The third annual Grand Coffee Bazaar hosted by Two Parts buzzed through RiNo’s art district last Saturday, under a clear blue sky, easy breeze and a mutual appreciation for beans. This event saw the third year running. Comprised of an all local lineup, the Bazaar showcased the independent coffee scene, which has been flourishing in Colorado. The event not only brought all Colorado coffee together under one roof, it brought the coffee pros and local aficionados together too.
The event sprawled into both gallery spaces of the Redline non-profit contemporary art center, with brunch offerings and artful hand tossed mugs for sale from local artists. The event is the perfect place to take a date, co-mingle with friends, or to simply just increase your coffee knowledge. The bazaar gives all the chance to talk to the brewers about exactly what goes into the process of brewing excellent coffees, and all the flavor compound complexities that go into the mug.
Some of our favorite Coloradan coffee vendors were present, including Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Corvus Coffee, Huckleberry Roasters and Pablo's Coffee. We were also stoked to try coffee beer, which tastes as good as it sounds, and it’s a multi-purpose breakfast beverage. This event is fitting for anyone who loves waking up with a fresh cup and a warm bagel, whether you prefer a nitro cold brew from Method Roasters, or an organic, medium brew Colombian coffee from Boulder Organic Coffee.
The Sophisticate’s Tea offered great Chai tea concentrates that allow you to create your favorite iced chai from the comfort of your home. We also recommend their Mountain Fog Earl Grey concentrate as well. The Sophisticate’s Tea was also a great option for for the cross-fitters who chose not to imbibe on coffee beer in the morning.
The brunch snacks were the perfect pair with an early morning bazaar experience. Hi Rise Bakery offered an amazing artichoke cream cheese sesame bagel, and Noosa Yogurt featured a spectacular chai flavored greek yogurt topped of with Olde Man Granola. While the event was pretty packed, the lines were manageable, and the coffee kept flowing forward into our complementary mugs. The brunch was more than enough to satisfy our morning hunger, and the event space was the perfect size to hold the bazaar. Spirits were as high as our adrenaline. According to our fitbits, our heart rates were happily high on a caffeine buzz as well.
We can’t wait to drink up at next year’s Coffee Bazaar, but until then, we’re going to try and roast our friends with our newly harvested coffee knowledge!