It’s been a rough week in Colorado, where intense flash flooding in the Boulder area has been so severe that President Obama signed an emergency declaration last night to free up federal aid and allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
Much of eastern and northern Colorado remains under a flash flood warning, meaning flooding is imminent or already reported, the National Weather Service said. The warning zone included the entire Denver/Boulder metropolitan area, where more than 3 million people live.
But there’s a calm right now in Denver, at least, by comparison. There’s some rain, and it’s 75 degrees F as I type this. Tomorrow—Saturday—is supposed to be even warmer, and also with a chance of showers.
Sounds like good coffee-drinking weather to me. Tickets are still available for the Denver Caffeine Crawl taking place tomorrow, which will take attendees on a tour of Denver’s popular cafes and chocolate shops, stopping for specially made espresso beverages and treats all along the way. With such a range of quality coffeehouses and sweet shops, this Caffeine Crawl offers many routes: three by chartered bus, two exclusively for bikes (a first in Caffeine Crawl history); and one for folks who prfer to drive themselves.
There are two starting time options: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Here’s the list of participating shops, and the special education they’ll be offering tomorrow to Caffeine Crawl attendees:
Aviano Coffee : Achieving A Better Cup – Brewing Tips
Black Eye Coffee : Coffee Flavor Profiles
Commonwealth Coffee Roasters : Quality Control: Why A Quality Product Requires An Even Better Relationship With The Customer
Corvus Coffee Company : Roasting To Managing Coffee
The Denver Bicycle Cafe : Bike route – ABC’s of Bike Maintenance
Bus route – Single Origin Chocolate w/ guest Rebecca of Good Drinks
Fluid Coffee Bar : Cold Brewed Coffee
The Market at Larimer Square : Dessert Pairing with Allegro Coffee Celebration Caffé
Metropolis Coffee : Coffee Routines, Ceremonies & Traditions
Novo Coffee : Brewing at Altitude: Using the Six Factors
Rooster and Moon Coffee Pub : Simple Coffee Syrups
And one of the best parts about the Caffeine Crawl series? The swag bag, of course. Ticket holders will receive event packets filled with cool swag and programs at the startings. All ticket information can be found here.
There’s still more, guys: the After Crawl Party at 5 p.m. at Corvus Coffee Roasters! Located at 1740 S. Broadway, the party will go from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and feature a Latte Art Throwdown, a raffle, and some special vendors. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Donations can be made on the day of the Crawl, and one can purchase tickets from 5 – 5:15p at this event. You must be present to win.
List of current raffle items:
(updated Sept. 11)
– Baratza Vario-W coffee grinder
– $100 Whole Foods Market gift card via Allegro
– Koffee Kompanions 5 different gift certificates
– LAB gift package: Limited edition cocktail coaster set, bottle of wine, and 33 Books of Beer
– Unic espresso shirts and gifts
– Boulder Ice Cream 2 free pints. 4 available certificates.
– Barista Magazine one-year subscription
– 2 free tickets to the 2014 Caffeine Crawl in Boulder