Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A great cup of coffee...

I went to school in Denver and without a doubt, it will probably remain one of my favorite cities in the United States forever. The people are great, the weather is great, the mountains are great and the coffee shops are without a doubt a notable attribute. In whatever city I live in or even might just be visiting... I seek to find the perfect coffee shop with the perfect cup of coffee and in Denver, Colorado it is Kaladi's. Hours upon hours were spent in college at this coffee shop...

Mark Overly is the owner and founder of the operation. He is the heart and soul of the coffee shop and I will never forget the day he came into my classroom at DU to talk about his experiences in the industry. Before opening Kaladi's in Denver, Overly had already established himself on the A-list of the coffee industry in Anchorage, Alaska. He had everything from money to fame, but the only thing he cared about was making a good cup of coffee. In escape of the increasingly corporate direction that he was heading toward, Mark picked up and moved to Denver.

Upon re-locating, Overly had a quest and that was to have one coffee shop with a heart, soul, and face behind it and that is exactly what Kaladi's has become. He is involved in every step of the coffee making process at his Denver store, offering 20 varieties of coffee that were carefully selected by Mark himself.

In an interview with 5280 Magazine in May 2008, Mark says, "As long as the coffee is good, I'm happy." Perhaps sometimes it really is as simple as that.

If you find yourself in Denver, stop in... I don't think you will be disappointed.

1730 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80210

1 comment:

  1. Love Kaladi. And don't forget the Trompeau Bakery directly across Evans. I'll have a Cafe Ardra and a ham and cheese croissant, please!