Dream|a|Latte

dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


When we were designing SONDER, we loved the idea of having it so homey that we’d sell trinkets and items that fit our brand on our shelves. Our space is on the small side that we haven’t made it happen yet, so we love having pop-up shops as an extension of this idea. We also get to meet and feature local creatives with their own inspiring stories, and foster a fun space where you can buy lovely handcrafted things. Enjoy an...

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Series two captures more of our early days, as we’re still within the first month of being open. Late summertime vibes continue throughout our warm Colorado fall with sunny outdoor weather, students working indoors, and yummy sweets and coffee found all around! Captured moments courtesy of my friend Liz of LT Fotography. 🙂 Thanks for stepping into SONDER Coffee, day in the life. SONDER Coffee Day in the Life: Series 2 Photo...

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We’ve graced you with posts on our Grand Opening and Holiday events, gave you sneak peaks on the space and how AWESOME it is that we’re up and running, but I it may be good to backtrack a little to finish some thoughts on build out. The summer was filled with build out craziness: prepping for it, planning it out, executing it— among other things, so you’ve seen the process of SONDER Coffee coming together. Yet...

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I love pictures. I appreciate having something tangible to take hold of, to mark milestones or to capture memories, especially during life’s crazy transitions. I can thank our lovely cousin Violet Odnoralova for coming in to take pictures of us at SONDER during our first week being open. Looking back, I realize even in a short few months we’ve learned so much, have gotten more of a rhythm together, and worked out various...

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Starting any business involves feeling the pressures of the industry. In the coffee world, there can be a number of big or small demands: elaborate latte art, profound tasting notes, entertaining social media, tight branding, or other fanciness and trends. Some coffee shops throw it all to the wind for whatever reason, but then risk falling short of customer expectations or becoming outdated. Is there a balance between these extremes?...

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What a year! Just in these past twelve months you’ve seen us find a location and sign a coffee shop lease, then spend all summer designing and building out what is now SONDER Coffee & Tea. Our lives have forever changed and this year will never be forgotten. It’s definitely a cause worthy of celebration. Our Christmastime decor was up for the season, but New Years Eve it all came down to get ready for 2017. We love a...

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Between it being our first couple months and the holiday craze, I haven’t had much time to sit down and process owning a coffee shop. We’ve been settling into a consistent rhythm, learning more about coffee, meeting our community, and also thinking about our future plans as a shop– already! I was almost too overwhelmed with it all to decorate for the holidays, but my friend Deb from Home Spice gave me a hand! We were...

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Up until now on Dream|a|Latte, our tagline was “daring and dreaming of starting a coffee shop.” All of our adventures pursuing our “dream” have been shared on this blog since the birth of the idea on day one, to our Grand Opening, posted a month after our grand opening day! If you told me the initial goal of Dream|a|Latte would be met upon writing those first posts, I would’ve hardly believed it. Starting...

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Saturday, September 24 we opened SONDER Coffee softly to celebrate with and serve our friends and family. We were so thankful to be sharing the beginning of a dream with those who had contributed to our success in their own ways throughout this challenging and rewarding year, supporting us with encouragement, advice, prayers, help, friendship, and mentorship to say the least. We made our first drinks, and for the first time saw SONDER...

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Where do I begin to explain what has unraveled before my eyes this past year? I’m not even going to start! From day one of daring to dream of a coffee shop, to traveling to Northern Europe for inspiration, getting my first barista job, taking a summer to write a business plan, then finding an actual location and seeing our vision develop, especially throughout the crazy build out process… here we are! These steps, little...

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