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Sourcing, Tasting, and Enjoying

Purple Door Coffee

Purple Door Coffee is a well-established Denver coffee roastery that enjoys a strong reputation for ethically sourced and finely roasted craft coffee. We are committed to artisan handcrafted quality, direct relationship buying with ethical coffee growers and importers, and a roasting philosophy that highlights the characteristics of the origin.

All of our coffee is sourced from direct trade resources. Direct trade is a type of coffee sourcing that involves buying coffee beans directly from farmers. Under direct trade, coffee farmers get a better deal and roasters and consumers get better access to the world’s highest quality coffee beans.

Our Coffees

Costa Rica Tarrazu

Notes: Stone Fruit, Citrus and Honey

About San Diego Mill
Beneficio San Diego is the most modern mill in Costa Rica. It was established in 1888 and has been innovating ever since. Today Beneficio San Diego specializes in coffees from Tarrazú and Tres Rí­os regions. The mill takes pride in striving for ever increasing efficiency and quality standards. At the same time it has taken a leading role in working with producers to ensure good community relations and sustainable production.

About Honey Process

The honey process started in Costa Rica and has since spread to other countries in Central America. In this process some or all of the mucilage of the coffee cherry – or coffee honey – that coats the parchment is left on during the drying stage, giving the coffee a sweetness that resembles a natural.

As the average farm size of three hectares in the Tarrazú region, this unique honey coffee is produced by a community of farmers who deliver to the San Diego wet mill. These are carefully selected during the harvest, based on their farm condition and cherry ripeness.

This coffee was selected for its incredibly exceptional cup profile. Given the uniqueness and complexity of the honey process, no two honey coffees are alike. This craft process starts with the strict selection of perfectly ripe cherries, once the coffee is depulped the mucilage is left on allowing the natural sugars to enhance the coffees sweetness. The coffee is then dried on African beds or patios, allowing the coffee to dry in a slow and even way.


Tanzania Mbeya Mwangoka Farm
Single Origin

Notes: Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Red Currant

Coffees from Tanzania are typically wash-processed, so this natural from GD Mwangoka Farm is surprising in its juxtaposition of dark red fruit (akin to black cherry) and a sweet earthiness reminiscent of wet slate with undertones of dark chocolate and amber. Gently tart acidity and full, syrupy body. This fruit-driven coffee would easily work as a single-origin option on the espresso bar. 

One of the few native-owned medium farms in the region, GDM farm boasts 81,000 coffee trees, a thriving coffee nursery with 19,000 young trees and a sophisticated milling coffee operation on its 90 acre plantation. At capacity, the farm can produce 200 – 250 metric tons of parchment per year.

Ethiopian Sidama Honey Process
Single Origin

Notes: Smooth and sweet with tart acidity, winey fruit, jasmine, chocolate and lemon flavors.

This special Honey lot comes from the Abore washing station, near the village of Bombe in Sidama, Ethiopia. It is comprised of coffee harvested from 341 surrounding farms. Only ripe cherries were selected, de-pulped, and placed directly on raised beds for drying. Coffee was moved multiple times a day over a 12 day period until it was dried to ideal moisture levels.

In general, Honey processing has helped improve cup score and complexity when it comes to offerings from this washing station.

Empower Blend

Notes: Blackberry Jam, Cocoa & Carmel

This is our house espresso blend. It serves well on many brewing methods, but shines on espresso. We use a Colombian, Brazil and a third rotating seasonal offering to round out the blend–currently an Ethiopian. It has beautiful notes of cocoa and caramel with a rich nuttiness balanced out with a blackberry jam brightness. Comes through milk nicely, while also standing up on its own as a shot or in an Americano.

Motivate Blend

Notes: Baking Spices, Cocoa & toasted marshmallow

Our three core blends (Opportunity, Thrive and Motivate) are built of the same coffees, but roasted differently. Opportunity is our light offering. Thrive is our Medium offering. Motivate is our Dark offering.

While not as dark as some of the chain shops or grocery store offerings, Motivate is a nice balanced dark roast. Roasting this coffee darker has brought out some cocoa, baking spice and toasted marshmallow notes and a very classic flavor! If you like darker roasts without it tasting burnt, this is your coffee!

Pour Over

Step-by-step instructions for making your coffee with Pour Over (Chemex or V60).

French Press

Step-by-step instructions for making your Purple Door Coffee using a French Press.


Simple and portable: What’s not to love about AeroPress? Instructions and details here.

Single Serve Bags

When you’re in a hurry and want to take your Purple Door Coffee wherever you’re headed… 

Brew Your Perfect Cup

Different brewing techniques require different sizes of coffee grind, based on how long water and coffee are in contact. Generally, brew methods with shorter contact times, like espresso or Aeropress, require a finer grind size; longer, slower brew methods, like French Press, work better with a coarser grind.

Taste and brew time tell you which direction to go. If your mouth feels dry with an ashy aftertaste, you’re likely grinding too fine. If the coffee tastes weak, sour, or a little papery, you may be grinding too coarse.

No matter which brewing method you choose, these general rules of thumb will help ensure best results:

  • Use freshly roasted and just-ground coffee.
  • Brew with water heated to between 195 and 205F.
  • Use 1.6–2 grams whole bean coffee per 1 oz (28 grams) water, adjusting to taste.
  • Store whole bean coffee in an airtight container, out of direct sunlight, and away from heat, cold, and moisture.

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