September 29 is National Coffee Day. I certainly hope some card company is coming out with a selections of well-wishing greeting cards about it. I’d buy them! To celebrate fully, the In Good Taste Denver team is serving up some NEWS, some DEALS and some RECIPES!

The U.S. coffee industry currently valued at $48 billion, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best Coffee Cities in America, along with its list of top coffee deals and discounts offered by retailers during the holiday (see more, below).

To determine the best local coffee scenes in America, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of a strong coffee culture. The data set ranges from coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita to average price per pack of coffee.

The Coffee Scene in Denver (1=Best, 50=Avg.):

  • 25th– Avg. Spending on Coffee per Household
  • 28th– % of Adults Who Reported Drinking “Ready-to-Drink” Coffee in the Past Six Months
  • 12th– Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses & Cafés Per Capita
  • 22nd– Coffee & Tea Manufacturers per Capita
  • 54th– % of Households that Own Coffee Makers

For the full report, visit:    

National Coffee Day
Vesta’s Vietnamese Coffee Mousse dessert – because one’s coffee consumption doesn’t have to be sipped.



Einstein Bros. Bagels locations (main terminal and Concourse C) in Denver International Airport are offering a free drip coffee with any food purchase all day on Friday, Sept. 29.

Dunkin’ Donuts is inviting its guests to have a free coffee. Any guest who purchases a medium, large or extra-large cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee will receive an additional medium-sized hot coffee for free at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts and its franchisees nationwide are marking the upcoming National Coffee Day holiday by donating coffee to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s critical mission, including volunteer and biomedical services, as well as disaster relief efforts. In total, this week Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees from across the country will donate more than 14 tons of coffee to the Red Cross.


National Coffee Day
Boyer’s Coffee will be celebrating.

Boyer’s Coffee is once again celebrating National Coffee Day by hosting a free coffee party in the front parking lot, held from 7 AM – 3 PM at the Boyer’s Coffee Café at 73rd & Washington in Denver. Not only will the party feature free drip coffee all day long, but patrons will also be offered discounted specialty Café beverages, fresh roasted coffee bags at discounted prices, breakfast and lunchtime food trucks, chances to win various prizes, live performances from local musicians, and more. They’ll also be hosting a Reverse Food Truck with the help of Thrivent Financial, collecting non-perishable food items on behalf of the Denver Rescue Mission, such as canned fruit and vegetables, stuffing mix, dry rice and pinto beans, all with the goal of filling an entire delivery truck.

Starbucks Coffee – Here’s what they’ll be doing – something different

Olive & Finch is offering 12 oz. specialty coffee drinks for just $2, all day from open to close at both locations.  Enjoy some coffee in the baked goodies too like the  java-inspired Mocha-Almond Cake

Vesta , has taken one of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee, Vietnamese coffee, and has turned it into a creamy, decadent dessert to end the evening. The Vietnamese Coffee Mousse is a flourless chocolate cake with roasted cocoa nibs, airy espresso mousse, creamy condensed milk custard, fresh vanilla-bean whipped cream and a scattering of white and dark chocolate shards for texture. 

From Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, which we absolutely adore because we can drink it into the wee hours and not be wired, we provide these quick and easy recipes. Thank you, Richardos for providing them:

Caramel Wake Me Up – Combine 1 shot espresso, 2 shots Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, 1 shot Irish Crème Liqueur, 2 shots milk, 2 pumps caramel syrup and 1 tsp. salt in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass. – Courtesy of Sammy’s Breakfast Bar, Ft. Collins. 

Juan Valdez – Combine 2 oz. Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur and 2 oz. reposado tequila in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange rind. Courtesy of Mojo Taqueria, Lyons.

The Drink with No Name – In a rocks glass with ice combine 2 ounces Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur and 2 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon and five drops of orange bitters. Garnish with an orange rind.



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