As of late, I’ve turned into a bit of a coffee snob (although I only drank tea for the eight years I lived near Seattle), but on my first trip to Crema, I skipped the coffee and went right for lunch. I was not disappointed.
Located in 5-points, Crema Coffee House is the first child of Populist owners, Noah Price and Jonathan Power. In spite of my wariness by the disaffected-looking hipsters that manned the kitchens, the espresso machine and the front counter – the service couldn’t have been better. A V-necked and bearded chap continually referred to me as “dear” or “darling” in a way that was surprisingly not at all annoying. I settled into one of the awkward log benches and received my food in under five minutes.
What I Ate
I had a daily special, the Ham Parisien which included: Niman Ranch Ham, Buttery Radish, Arugula and Brie. I opted for the Quinoa salad as my side. The sandwich was perfect. The Brie was room temperature and perfectly oozy, and the ham was fresh and abundant. Nothing screams “spring” to me more than radishes, and they were slipped into the folds of the baguette and dotted every bite of my meal. All of the flavors were so delicate and nothing overpowered the other.
The Quinoa salad didn’t knock my socks off. The flavors of dired cranberries and almonds were nice, but the salad was a bit dry for my taste. I had a San Pelligrino to drink, but I’m excited to try the coffee next time around.
In keeping with the trend of hipster restaurants in Denver, the decor is natural and unfinished. Cheeky posters and local artwork adorn the walls, Edison-style bulbs serve as the lighting. The wooden benches are surprisingly comfortable.
Lauren and I came to Crema for a work session but we weren’t prone to linger. We sat at a cramped table with techno dudes peeking over our shoulder and commenting on our blog layout. As soon as we finished our food we headed over to “Our Mutual Friend” for a beer and some more room to spread out.
Great food, and wonderful service. I’d definitely head back to have a meal or make my way through their list of premium roasters. We came on a Sunday afternoon and were lucky to find a table.
Crema Coffe House
Open everyday 7am to 5pm
720 284 9648