Founded in 2018, Torpedo Coffee is not only a fresh face in the Denver coffee community, but a fresh opportunity for its owners, Kyle and Fallene Wells. Fallene has been entrenched in the small-business world since 2013, with owning the salon, “Let Em Have It,” but Kyle was looking for an escape from the monotonous lifestyle of his job in I.T. If you want to brew your own Sumatran coffee beans, check out our recommendations.
It Was Full Speed Ahead For These Two Owners
The encouragement he received from his wife over-took the naysaying from those that couldn’t conceive of leaving a secure, nine-to-five job, and thus, Torpedo Coffee swam into fruition. Not only are the products they serve crafty, but so too is the business itself.
Torpedo Coffee gets its name from a quote by Navy Rear Admiral Farragut, which also inspired the title of Tom Petty’s third album, for reference. It is no coincidence that Kyle Wells took interest in this creative direction, with having himself served in the Navy.
They Have a Cute & Quirky Mascot
Correspondingly, the store has a mascot bluntly named “Torpedo guy,” which is a smiley torpedo with a coffee-mug handle; and the business as a whole is fashioned with quirky caricatures and pictures promoting a hard-work, or “full speed ahead” mentality.
Beyond the nautical connotations, the quote Torpedo’s name comes from was said with the meaning similar to “just do it,” or “get on with it.”
Serving Delicious Food and Drinks
Kyle Wells struggled to take that first step, but having now successfully “got on with it,” Torpedo Coffee satisfyingly serves customers the products of Corvus Coffee Roasters, Sophisticates and Sanctuary tea, Delmar Burritos, Share Good Foods, and Rosenberg Bagels.
Corvus Coffee Roasters are local to Denver, but they source their beans directly from all around Central America. Torpedo’s coffee beverages come in standard forms of lattes, espresso, cortados, americanos, mochas, cappucinos, and nitro cold brew, but also in a handful of specialty forms.
Come Try Their Signature Drink!
A rotating cast of other local roasters are featured in small-batch brews at Torpedo for those that desire to expand their palate, but most relevant to Torpedo Coffee is the signature “Full Speed Ahead!”
This drink epitomizes Torpedo’s ethos, and adds an espresso shot to coffee that already has plenty of caffeine, thus ensuring the consumer is awake enough to handle whatever is in their way; life-threatening torpedos or otherwise. The teas from Sophisticates and Sanctuary are offered as loose-leaf teas, matcha, chai, golden, and london fog lattes, as well as dona turmeric.
The food available at Torpedo is both baked fresh and packaged to pick up and go, and some of these options are the fresh breakfast burritos and quiche, buttermilk muffins, individual croissants and those that are made into sandwiches, mac and cheese, salads, bagels, soft pretzels, and much more.
It’s Brand New But Going Strong
Torpedo Coffee has only been open for about a year, but there are no signs of stopping, as it is heavily fueled by its surrounding businesses and the nearby schools, Denver School of the Arts, and Johnson and Wales University.
Indeed, Torpedo Coffee will continue full speed ahead, satisfying customers and freeing themselves from monotony. If you want to try out their food and beverages for yourself, Torpedo won’t be hard to find with the “Torpedo guy” mascot sitting prominently atop a pole outside the cafe.
2231 Oneida St, Denver, Colorado.