We love stories like this. By merging the reality of coffee in the workplace with the primary goal of connecting, educating and caring for young people at risk, a new coffee destination has emerged in Denver. It’s not a proprietary model – we’ve practiced it in places like Street Bean in Seattle and Carrot in Edmonton – but with the rhythm of today’s modern coffee landscape, these types of coffee bars have an opportunity to thrive.
When the quality of the offer is in place and consistent, the capacity to be contacted grows exponentially. Great coffee is an undeniable case in itself and can be a starting point – let’s jump together at the newly opened Prodigy Coffeehouse in Denver, Colorado.
As Jeffrey Knott, partner at Prodigy Coffeehouse, said Sprudge.
For those who are unfamiliar, tell us about your company?
Prodigy Ventures Inc. is the newest corporate social network in Denver, designed to demonstrate that the same entity can create and mutually improve significant social impact and high-profile business standards. The first, Prodigy Coffeehouse, is a neighborhood café that offers mentoring, work experience, and the finer points of specialty coffees for Denver teenagers.
Can you tell us something about the new room?
We’re located at 3801 E 40th Ave in Denver, Colorado in an old Jiffy Lube building. With six large garage doors we can blur the lines between inside and outside. And if that’s not enough, we have a west-facing deck with views of the Rocky Mountains.
How do you deal with coffee?
We pride ourselves on the skills of our trainees and expect nothing less than the best when it comes to product quality and consistency. However, our focus is on the experience. For us, coffee means hospitality first and foremost. We create a safe place for community members from all walks of life.
Any machines, coffee, special equipment in a row?
We were fortunate to work with another Colorado company, Allegro Coffee. You have been such a strong partner from day one and have allowed us to fling drinks with a brand new La Marzocco Strada EE. Without the support of both companies, a machine of this caliber would not be possible for a non-profit startup. First class equipment and more than 85 coffees enable us to provide first class training to our young apprentices.
What is your hopeful opening date / month?
Our grand opening was July 30th! The event included live music from Youth on Record (another Denver nonprofit), a giveaway sponsored by Allegro Coffee, and discounted memberships.
Do you work with craftsmen, architects and / or creatives you’d like to mention?
Prodigy has teamed up with Jeffrey Knott, who specializes in opening high-profile coffee shops.
What is the address?
3801 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado.
August 1, 2016