Maybe you’re keenly aware of the struggles facing your favorite neighborhood restaurants or bars during the pandemic. But have you noticed the changes brewing behind the counter at your local coffee shop?
Over the last six months, a handful of independent cafes with locations around Denver have raised their prices for a single cup. Some of these businesses are rounding up to the nearest dollar, while others are increasing costs to customers by up to 50%.
There’s a good reason for that. At a time when the entire hospitality industry is collapsing, these independent coffee shops are taking a stand (and getting national attention along the way). Owners and employees of these businesses say it’s time the hidden costs of coffee come out.