A drive-thru and walk-up destination for a quick, satisfying cup of joe, Rocky Mountain Mocha's small stature can be deceiving, as there's much more than freshly brewed coffee on the extensive menu. Using fresh beans imported from Guatemala, Ethiopia, Honduras, and El Salvador, baristas craft drinks such as flavored lattes, Black Forest mochas, and foamy cappuccinos. The menu also includes non-caffeinated Italian sodas in a variety of flavors, such as strawberry, sugar cane, lemon, and watermelon.
Neon-blue lights illuminate Clutch Gaming Arena, where 50 gaming PCs and five Xbox 360 stations await eager players. Gamers can choose from more than 300 games, matched with a huge variety of energy drinks, nonalcoholic beverages, and snacks. After a day racing in Ducati World Championship or blasting newbs in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, patrons have the chance to play the spectator; the facility broadcasts national and international tournaments on a massive projector. When it's time to get back in control, gamers can take part in Clutch's own casted, cash-prize tournaments for popular games such as League of Legends and StarCraft II.
Three green leaves and a small, blooming bud rest upon the globe. It’s an appropriate logo for Wystone's World Teas, given that they carry more than 150 loose and whole-leaf teas from around the world. These are the ingredients the tea bar’s teatenders use to craft beverages ranging from Japanese green teas to tea-infused cocktails. Tea also spills over into the bar's menu of breakfast, lunch, and light-dinner fare, since many dishes––including breakfast burritos, paninis, and Greek pitzas––are accompanied by Kenyan tea-roasted red-bliss potatoes or tea-smoked chicken. The sweet notes of the beverage even flavor such desserts as the African Rooibos carrot cakes, which come topped with Caramel Rooibos–tea cream frosting.
Private and daily tea tastings give guests the chance to learn about the drink's preparation, origin, and three purest forms: dry leaf, infused leaf, and leaf that looks a little like Larry Bird. During these one-hour sessions, participants sip on five to seven different teas while snacking on chocolate, gelato, cheese, and fruit. Wystone also sells teapots and glassware in-store and online and gives back to the community by donating a portion of their profits to the local nonprofits they feature in their store on weekdays.
The history of Ceylon tea can be traced back to the late 19th Century, when a Scotsman by the name of James Taylor cleared 19 acres of land in Sri Lanka to plant the country's first seedlings. It was the beginning of what has since turned into a globally celebrated region of the tea industry—and Ceylon Pearl Tea has certainly contributed.
Rather than snatching steaming teapots from neighborhood windowsills, the company imports teas directly from its family of plantations spread across 53,000 acres of fertile land in Sri Lanka. This valley-to-cup process enables the business to be extremely selective: it picks only the highest qualities of black and green teas, which are available in more than 200 flavors and blends. To enhance the tea-drinking experience, Ceylon Pearl Tea also carries a line of porcelain cups and saucers, and packs customized gift baskets with quality teas and accessories.
Tucked amidst an historic block of downtown Denver is the family-owned Market at Larimer Square. This former grocery store has been replaced with a gem of an espresso shop, complete with deli and bakery touches. The European-style market starts with the enticing smell of brewed coffee at the entrance, and customers can continue up the stairs to an open square space topped with plenty of casual seating. The deli and bakery offers more tempting scents, and customers tend to fall for the hot French dip, a staked Cuban sandwich or the New Orealns-leaning Muffuletta. Of course, the perfect finisher is the Market’s signature dessert: the Spring Fling, a delightfully layered concoction of zucchini bread, cream cheese and fresh fruit.
Not much at Corvus Coffee Roasters is automated. Here, the coffee beans are roasted in small batches using a Geisen cast-iron roaster, which must be operated by hand. This device results in a carefully attended roast calibrated to the nuances of each batch of beans. Beans are thus roasted several times a week, so customers get a bag in their hands within mere days of this process taking place. In the shop, coffee is brewed by hand as well, using an aeropress brewer or squeezing it between the barista's fists. Guests perch at the steel-and-oak bar or find a spot at community tables??crafted from salvaged Broadway trolley rails??inside or on the patio.