Pinwheel Coffee (and this website!) is a cafe made and run by the students of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School and Compass Montessori School. Our coffee shop is located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver.
And while we may be students, our coffee shop is one of the best in town. We offer high quality craft coffee from Middlestate roasters, state of the art equipment and highly trained baristas to give you the best coffee in Denver, and our shop is an ideal place to work, meet or just to hang out and get a good cup of coffee.
We chose the name “Pinwheel Coffee” because we are all about progress, growth and moving forward and the pinwheel represents that. We also chose “Pinwheel” because we are students and pinwheels are a staple of childhood and we wanted to encapsulate that in our coffee shop. The work on this shop began in the Fall of 2016 and after a year of searching for the location by researching neighborhoods and traffic, and working on the marketing, branding and design, we are excited to be open! (and if you want to see a photo journal of the process getting to here, check out our gallery!)
We are still involved in guiding and learning from this business and use it like an extension of our school. We are learning math by understanding the accounting. The marketing is an exercise for our English and creative writing, and of course, we are getting real world on-the-job training learning to pour a perfect shot.
Between Compass Montessori and Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School we supply much of the pastries through our culinary programs. We sell fresh eggs from our chicken coops, and other farm stand produce that comes from our urban and rural farms, greenhouse, and aquaponics system. Sometimes we also have goat cheese from our school farm goats, ad other products made in our micro economy classes!
Our schools are built around a more personal learning system, customized to each individual student and we strive for a culture where each student to work as hard as they can, to achieve all the goals they personally want to accomplish and learn life skills that are needed to move forward in life.
SO, if you see a student at Pinwheel, say hi! We are really looking forward to meeting you!