Dream|a|Latte

dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


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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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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