Denver >Common Grounds Downtown Coffee
Never stepping foot back in there! EVER!. I wouldn't even give it one star! I went in there and ALL I got was an attitude that made me turn right back out the door. I was so excited thinking I found an amazing little local coffee shop, a place where I could hold my meetings and do my girls nights, but once I got there and I got was attitude that made me walk right out the door. Seriously, if you want to support a local coffee shop, especially downtown there are several great ones who will actually treat you with kindness and respect, not a snooty attitude. I try to support my local cafe's but this is one place that did NOT make me feel comfortable. And ask anyone I am not one who usually complains. I will never ever go back.
I love this coffee shop. I HATE the parfait.. I really enjoy Common Grounds. I like all the people that work there, I like the decor, I really like the coffee and ice cream and sammichs. But I am SO PISSED right now at the stupid yogurt parfaits! First, the yogurt is delicious...it is...but the little dollop you get is ALL the way down at the bottom, underneath way too much heavy, chewy, RAISIN-LADEN granola that is completely impenetrable by any spoon I've ever tried (broken one plastic spoon after another), and some nice, fresh berries, which I'd LIKE to mix in my yogurt. You try eating this without a freaking bowl. Aint gonna happen!!
Two great Denver coffeehouses. Common Grounds has two locations, and while different, they're both great examples of an urban coffee house. The Highlands location (the original) is still funky and comfortable, with sometimes wacky art and a variety of local musicians, and the Downtown location is convenient, cool, and absolutely non-corporate (hear that, Starbucks?). I've always found the staff friendly at both shops, and they make great coffee. I've never found either place dirty, and if things are a little cluttered, its certainly because of the brisk business that Common Grounds does. You can't go wrong with Common Grounds.
2007 Review.... I guess its easy to see that NOBODY has reviewed this spot for years. The reason, and I'm guessing here, bis we Highlanders are just too polite. "Food Snob", never reviews bad spots. They just dont deserve mention. But, I need to check in here. I've been going to CG's since they opened. YEARS !!! For just the meeting of neighborhood friends. In all those years the owner has never said "hi". Thats one ! Two... the place is dirty ! and 3, the coffee is just plain awful. Enough said. There are now 6 good coffee houses within walking distance and soon another. Who needs it. Get it together CG"s !!!
Excellent venue for the LoDo professional's tete-a-tete with friends and business colleagues..
The crisp decor here includes ornate suspended lighting fixtures, large front windows and dark woods used throughout. There's also bookshelves full of books and board games, bulletin boards advertising groovy events and an upright piano.
All the food --pies, cakes, cookies, sandwiches, salads, quiches and breakfast burritos--comes from different vendors. But the real draw is the full coffee bar plus a fine selection of teas. The high-quality coffee is imported from Colorado's Breckenridge Coffee Roasters.
Just around the corner. My boyfriend and I like to go here to get something yummy to drink and sit around and play games. That's the kind of thing you do at Common Grounds. It's a great hang-out spot where you don't have to worry if you're the prettiest person there or not. Try their hot chocolate!
Keeping it local.... Common Grounds has a great location, wonderful food with lots of choices (oh, the pies!), and good coffee to boot. Nice, quiet atmosphere during the day; good for us book & coffee lovers. BUT - they don't accept credit/debit cards. I rarely carry cash anymore, so sometimes I have to go somewhere else for my caffeine fix... Otherwise, this is definitely one of my local faves.
making impact on coffee in denver!. Common Grounds has consistently put forth great coffee for the common man. They work hard to maintain that funky coffee house atmosphere without raping your wallet for a great cupofjoy/joe...I dont often review but I drive 20 miles to buy their beans which they have only recently begun roasting themselves in small batches and the coffee couldnt be more fresh. I am really pleased with the small batch roast and the flavor consistency and the aroma of the organic sumatra is absolutely perfect.
Uncommonly Bad Coffee. Common Grounds is all about atmosphere--but not about good tasting coffee. Their espresso is horribly over roasted and bitter--which makes for terrible Americanos, Lattes, et al. Creepy old college professor types scope young women from behind their newspapers, while neighborhood yuppies line up for an average cuppa joe. The coffee jerks behind the counter are generally slow--the male ones, not the female ones. If you want a great cup of coffee with service to match, try Kaladi Bros. coffee near the University of Denver.
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