Octopus Coffee

Some recent digging in the archives led me to this old gem. Minimal photos, but the world needs to know about this place. Octopus Coffee was a lucky hit! The long, windy course of our 2016 road trip took me to the airport in Grand Junction, Colorado… at 5:30 a.m. Needing coffee intensely and immediately, I did a quick Google search that led to a Yelp list of coffee places in the area. Two choices from downtown GJ popped up, but then there was one option less than a mile from where I was. Seeing as I would have subjected myself to coffee via IV at this point, that was the obvious choice. That was Octopus Coffee. 

I was surprised to find a coffee shop with such personality in the midst of 10–20 airport hotels. Before I even pulled up beside the bike rack, I noticed the orange sign and the “NOW OPEN” painted artfully on the front window. Inside, I was immediately greeted by two cheerful-but-candid baristas behind the counter. It was just after 6 a.m., after all, and the sign outside said that summer hours were 5:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was early for all of us.

We kept talking as I perused the menu, which was miles long. Your standard Americanos and pour-overs appeared next to a number of lattes, tea lattes, frozen drinks, milkshakes, mochas and tea. Beside that, there was a case full of scones, cinnamon rolls and bagels. Beside that, there was a menu featuring sandwiches, wraps, burritos and bagels for both breakfast and lunch.

My first visit saw me ordering a London Fog. It was the perfect start to a day of driving (I hopped on I-70 and went to Boulder that day). On a second visit, I ordered a Sochi Special latte and a veggie wrap with eggs. Again, both were fantastic. Both were also gone within minutes.

On the second visit, I met a woman whom I can only assume to be the owner. She was hilarious, and I’ll be submitting a typed report of the “summer reading” she assigned me for her perusal on the way back. I haven’t made it back yet, and I haven’t exactly done the reading, but I can’t wait for my next visit to Octopus Coffee, anyway.

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