The Culture Trip

The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver

Born from a mission to help the homeless teenagers and young adults of Denver learn the skills needed for employment, Purple Door Coffee brings a special culture to the scene. This coffee shop is named for the idea that every person who enters the door, regardless of background or abilities, is treated like royalty…

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Denver Eater

Four Coffee Options to Keep You Buzzing This Summer

The house-made sodas at Purple Door Coffee are the cold kick you need on a hot day, especially when they include espresso. Try the espresso cherry soda.

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Denver: Purple Door Coffee, A Story Of Coffee & People

First opened in April 2013 in the historic Five Points neighborhood, Purple Door is a brainchild of Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud, two of the program’s three present-day directors. “Purple Door came about in college when Madison and I interned with Dry Bones Denver, a program that exists to build relationships with the many ‘street kids’ here in the city,” Smesrud says. “Dry Bones had long dreamed of employing their friends from downtown to help them exit street life. Madison picked up this dream in 2010 and she convinced me to move here in 2012.”

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Voice of America

Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

“It is a struggle to get a job even when you have a house nowadays,” he said, “but when you don’t have a house, trying to get a job … is so much harder.” In Denver, Purple Door Coffee makes that a little easier. The nonprofit organization doesn’t just serve java, it turns lives around. Each year since April 2013, it has selected three or four homeless teens or young adults for paid job training, reaching out to shelters such as Urban Peak, where Kevin was staying, for recommendations.

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Our Mission

Purple Door Coffee is committed to creating a loving, Jesus Centered environment where every single individual is valued no matter what his or her life has look like up to this point.

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In the Coffee Shop

Purple Door Coffee

“Purple Door Coffee is a specialty espresso bar and coffee shop in Denver, Colorado that employs teens and young adults who have been homeless and want to leave homelessness behind.” That is what makes Purple Door Coffee (“Purple Door”) different from just about every coffee shop around. They got their start because of their desire to fill a need of employing and training teens and young adults to transition away from street life.

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Coffee shop takes girl from homelessness to happiness

DENVER – Hidden on the edge one of Denver’s most colorful neighborhoods, the color purple is making a name for itself. It’s the color of the front door at The Purple Door coffee shop, a place that does so much more sell than coffee and tea. “The reason they call this place Purple Door Coffee is because back in the day purple … was for royalty,” said Jenna Williams, who has been working at the coffee shop for close to one year. “It had high value, and so whenever you walk through that door, anyone, they should know you have worth, you have value.”

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Huffington Post

Denver Coffee Shop Hires Homeless Youth, Gives Them Second Chance ‘No One Else Would’

Most bosses avoid meddling in their employees’ personal lives, but Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud are different. They co-founded Purple Door Coffee, a Denver-based nonprofit that employs young people “who have been homeless and want to leave homelessness behind.” The shop provides a 52-week curriculum, teaching employees practical skills — like budgeting and banking — as well as the know-how to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.

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9 News

Denver coffee shop gives jobs to homeless young adults

The Purple Door takes in young adults, three at a time, and gives them a job for one year. It’s a non-profit that also helps them find a place to live, giving them a chance to reenter a stable life. It’s the brainchild of co-founders Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud, who opened the coffee shop, which is about to celebrate its two-year anniversary. “Street kids — it’s just such a distinct culture, that they needed something that was very specific to them,” Mark said. “I saw a hope that was present there that like had been squashed out so much, but they kind of constantly said ‘No. I’m still going to be hopeful.'”

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Denver Eater

Fifteen of the Best Coffee Shops in Denver

There is a coffee revolution brewing in Denver. There are high-quality locally-roasted beans, well-trained baristas versed in innovative ways of brewing coffee and creative latte art, and an audience of caffeine lovers patronizing the ever-growing number of coffee shops taking brewing seriously. So, when you look for your morning fix, for the perfect latte or cortado, and the best beans, look no further than these fifteen spots.

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Denver Post

Purple Door Coffee in Denver’s Five Points provides jobs, training

The job market isn’t exactly booming for people who just spent 6½ years in prison. But thanks toPurple Door Coffee, Mike Staggs has been employed for the past 11 months. Purple Door Coffee, 2962 Welton St., opened in April 2013 and provides jobs to homeless youth and young adults as well as a way to learn the skills necessary to maintain employment in the future. The jobs can last between six and 12 months. Employees have to move on at that point. The idea, according to co-director Mark Smesrud, is that Purple Door staff wants to help their employees get jobs and give other youth a chance.

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