From the moment that Mary and Lisa Rogers opened Common Grounds in 1992, the coffeehouse at 3484 West 32nd Avenue was a neighborhood gathering place -- even if the Highland neighborhood was far from the hot spot it is today.
Today the area is so hot, in fact, that the landlord raised the rent 40 percent, which prompted the Rogers family to close that original location at the end of April and move the coffeehouse into a facility at 2139 West 44th Avenue, where they've been roasting coffee for a decade. The second Common Grounds in LoDo kept pouring through the transition. And last week, Common Grounds finally rose again in northwest Denver, this time in Sunnyside. See also: -Photos: Common Grounds will pour its last cut at original home tonight - Best Coffeehouse for finding a date 2011: Common Grounds - Best New Coffeehouse 2013: Black Eye Coffee Shop
After more than two decades in business, Common Grounds Coffeehouse has relocated its premier coffeehouse.
Now comfortably situated in the Sunnyside neighborhood at the corner of 44th Avenue at Vallejo Street, the coffeehouse will continue its mission of providing a community gathering place for North Denver with great coffee and food. The location has been the site of the company's roasting operation for the past decade but is known locally as "the Radiator Shop," which was its initial incarnation.
In honor of its new location a new coffee blend will be unveiled: The Sunnyside Radiator Blend. The Sunnyside neighborhood has always been one of Denver's working class communities. Its history is rich with stories of hardworking descendents of immigrants from all over the globe. This coffee blend will be created using an unusual process which roasts beans from Mexico and Sumatra at the same time, creating sweet yet deep flavor. This cultural melting pot of a community warms the city like a toasty radiator.
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By the way, the original home of Common Grounds -- which was rumored to become a location of Ink! coffee -- is still empty, and the space for lease.