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Latte Art

Latte art isn’t a term found in art books or history papers, but the science is easy: Combine crema, which is the emulsion of coffee oil and brewed coffee, and the microfoam, which is the air in milk, to create two liquids that don’t mix. Add one creative barista and you’ll find art.

The idea behind pretty, simple shapes in your coffee’s foam began with a collaboration between two men in the coffee capitals of the world: Seattle and Italy, of course. But you can experience the same idea from local coffee shops right in your neighborhood.

We’ve rounded up the best locally owned coffee shops in the south Denver area for your choice of espresso and coffee drinks.

Enchanted Grounds

Highlands Ranch

Unlike any coffee shop you’ve ever seen, Enchanted Grounds provides a comfortable and fun environment for gamers to come play and meet fellow hobbyists over a cup of coffee or tea. Made for role-playing, comic book lovers, and coffee aficionados, Enchanted Grounds is a one-of-a-kind shop. Life-long gamer Jeff Kokx and his business partner Bill Woods co-own this hidden gem and plan on opening a second location soon. Order the Groundskeeper—a cold-brewed coffee with touches of chocolate, Irish cream, and a splash of cream for a treat perfect for the spring and summer months.

MIYO Café

Castle Pines

When Gary and Donna Stern took a plunge in their retirement to buy MIYO Café, they had no idea how many new friends they would make. Akin to the famous television show “Cheers,” they want to know the names of their customers. The acronym—Make It Your Own—allows for customers to make special orders on anything and everything on the menu. If they have it, they’ll make it. But don’t leave without trying the French toast cooked with corn flakes and sweet custard, which just so happens to pair perfectly with a cinnamon bun latte.

303 Coffee Company

Centennial

The locally-sourced products and hand-crafted drinks make this coffee shop a standout among its competition. 303 Coffee Company serves coffee from locally owned roasters and carries more than 30 varieties of beans in bulk. Grab a table in their modern shop, settle in with a good book, and try their signature line of Bear drinks made with cold-brewed espresso and vanilla.