In many ways, Queen City started in the mid-2000s while we worked, researched, and played in rural Africa. From Zimbabwe to Rwanda, we spent nearly a decade coordinating humanitarian programs, organizing research projects, and kicking around on humble soccer fields with friends. We learned about community in Africa — real, honest community.
Life eventually brought us back to our roots, back to Colorado and the great city of Denver. Along the way, we indulged our passion for coffee by moonlighting as baristas and roasters, and this made our next project an easy progression — we love our farmer friends + we love our city, the Queen City of the Plains + we love coffee — so we started a company that combines all these things!
Collective coffee means we’re doing this together — we have real, tangible connection with our coffee farmers; we know the conditions of their production; we then small-batch roast their coffee in the city we love and we proudly serve it in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood. We believe everyone is welcome to this ragtag group because good coffee should build the collective good.
Located in Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, our second coffee shop is right off the L-line at 30th & Welton. Watch your step and don’t get smashed by a trolley while you’re sipping on a delicious coffee.
Located in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood, the QC Baker bar is a collaborative coffee shop/brewery with our dudes, Novel Strand Brewing Co. It also happens to be our first cafe.