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Black Eye takes the coffee-drinking experience to a richer level

Like beer, marijuana and oxygen bars, Colorado has quickly developed a subculture of people who like to geek-out on coffee, enjoying the everyday beverage on a level far beyond the utilitarian purpose of a quick stimulant. "We're here to deliver more than just caffeine; that's just a perk," says Ali Elman, co-owner of Black Eye Coffee, which opened last week in LoHi but is closed today to prepare for a grand opening tomorrow (and recover from a private party this past weekend).

"We're going to ruin people's palates to the point where they won't be able to take a sip of Folgers or Starbucks," adds Gregory Ferrari, also of Black Eye. "Once they discover there's something better out there, they won't be satisfied with other coffees."