Dream|a|Latte

dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


Coffee cupping is a method of evaluating and tasting the quality and profiles of different coffees. It’s a must for anyone in a coffee career, and as a coffee shop we do it at least once a week. What we’ve also starting doing is small public coffee cupping for our customers and community, which has been a lot of fun! Corvus Coffee Roasters, who provides our current flagship espresso and drip (roasted locally in Denver), is...

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“You can’t please everyone.” We all know this, but this phrase takes on a whole new meaning when you have your own business, and it’s not really a fun lesson to learn. As coffee shop owners, we thrive in providing a tasty experience others can enjoy and leave with a smile. But the reality is… not everyone will, and you often realize this in the form of a bad review *gasp*. It’s a terrible feeling;...

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This week was quite exciting in our world as we headed to Seattle, WA for the Global Speciality Coffee Expo! Six months into SONDER and still new in the coffee world, we had no idea what to expect and were just taking everything in. Rather than describe our weekend in a timeline fashion or go through the pictures (which are self-explanatory, plus who wants to check facts), I’ll leave you with my overall impression and the areas...

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Dream|a|Latte is our adventure of starting a coffee shop. You’ve seen our journey throughout the ups and downs, tracking the excitement and progress. But as we’ve said before, it’s definitely not for everyone. It can easily and often be romanticized through the “reaching your dreams” feels, making scrumptious coffees, all on lovely filters and often through the scope of social media. But there is also the...

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A quiet early morning. Opening the door to a clean, fresh shop; everything in it’s place. Click on the lights, turn on the soft indie electro tunes. Weigh and grind fresh coffee and brew the first pot. As the world is taking their time to wake up, you pour yourself a mug and watch the sunrise spill an orange-pink over the Rocky Mountains right into our very shop. Here’s a little of what that looks like in this SONDER Day...

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FIKA. A swedish verb to describe the taking time out of one’s day to enjoy coffee and sweets over conversation. We learned that tasting a bit of the coffee culture in Northern Europe. We definitely embrace the fact that we could use a little moment to slow down and enjoy the little things in our life, and a coffee shop is a great place to do so– thus we couldn’t be more happy to be part of the FIKA Coffee Passport program...

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Some things in isolation aren’t a big deal, but when it happens in a stream of events it really takes a toll. That’s a little of how this last month was. I was feeling the weight of everything from being sick, busy, dealing with personal and work matters, and all these things were building up and being magnified upon each other. I found myself wondering, “why am I doing this to myself?” Why couldn’t I...

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Series three features a sunny lazy Sunday afternoon. Colorado’s January sunshine streams into our windows as groups of friends take the time to slowly sip their drinks over casual convos, in between open books and open lap tops. All three of us –Pop, Ernest and I– were in this afternoon which gave us time to play around with the Kalita pourover, and to sip and chat a bit ourselves. Sunshine, smiles, a steady pace on...

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I woke up feeling terrible, but looking forward to a day off tomorrow. “Just one more day… ” The last week had been so packed; days were growing increasingly busy (a good problem to have), and we had our first two coffee cart events in one week (exciting steps too)! Yet in the midst of everything I felt myself getting sick, and with not even a moment to myself I was getting worn out and worried that without rest...

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Many have asked about our name and logo, and if you’re wondering with how we came up with I’ve described the year-long process in this post. But today, I wanted to share the inside look behind developing and designing a logo – our SONDER logo- from the perspective of it’s artist and graphic designer, Filip Popa. He creatively and methodically took our concept and brought it to life in a way that dynamically...

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