Dirt Coffee started out in 2013 as the brainchild of Lauren Thome, who developed the business plan for the coffee truck after receiving a scholarship to the Denver Greater Good Academy.
The mobile coffee shop has already served as the training ground for 26 people on the spectrum. "Our shop will allow us to expand our mission and train and employ up to fifty individuals with autism within its first year," she adds.
Whether stationary or mobile, Dirt has your coffee needs. Even after the cafe takes root in downtown Littleton, the coffee truck will still operate, primarily at special events. Location isn't the only change; Dirt is switching from Kaladi to Huckleberry as its coffee supplier. Huckleberry worked with Thome and Dirt staff to develop a barista training program, adapting Huckleberry's standard training for people with autism. The cafe, designed to feel like a "cozy farmhouse," as Thome puts it, was designed and built by TACT (Teaching the Autism Community Trades), a Denver organization that provides trade and technical skills to people on the spectrum.
Infinite Monkey Theorem will supply the wine, and some of the beer will come from Brewability Lab, a company dedicated to employing adults with disabilities, so your beer money will be doing double duty when you sip on a strawberry blonde ale. Food items such as paninis, salads and pastries round out the full menu.
“We want you to come to us for a quality cup of coffee and come back to support the cause,” Thome notes.
The grand opening, which has seen its fair share of delays, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday and will go until 9 p.m., with live music beginning at 3 p.m. Normal business hours will resume Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m..
For more details, call Dirt at 303-306-8259 or visit the cafe's website.