“There once was a girl who loved ice cream and a boy who loved coffee. One day, they decided to try them together. The rest is history.”
That’s the simplified version of the story behind Eiskaffee, a newly opened coffee and ice cream shop that is located inside the renovated and expanded 11th Avenue Hostel hotel in Denver.
Eiskaffee (pronounced “ice-cafe”) is a German treat that combines ice cream and coffee. In a German cafe, you’d be served your eiskaffee in a tall glass. In the newly opened Denver shop, you can get your nitro cold brew with two scoops of ice cream in miniature, topped with whipped cream, grated chocolate and a thin slab of a waffle cone.
Eiskaffee offers European tastes and the sweet buzz of caffeine, according to co-owners Erika Thomas and Chad Stutz.
The two have waited for some time to open the shop, the sister concept of their other ice cream enterprise, High Point Creamery, which was founded in 2014 and already has four Denver locations in RiNo, Berkeley, Hilltop, and at Choice Market on Broadway. They pointed to equipment and construction delays due to supply-chain issues for holding up the opening by nearly 18 months.
“It’s been a long year, because we started talking to [the hotel] before they even began their renovation, and the process took longer than anyone could have imagined just because of COVID and everything wrapped up with that,” Stutz said.
A customer is served a mini eiskaffee (coffee and ice cream) and a “waffle shot” at an event the day before the opening of Eiskaffee, an ice cream shop in the 11th Avenue Hostel on Broadway in Denver. (Photos by Annie Dent for Eiskaffee)
In the meantime, the couple has operated Eiskaffee out of a small food stall in the Grange Hall food market in Greenwood Village. Now they say they look forward to having enough space to make more pastries to offer alongside their 14 ice cream flavors and “waffle shots” — yeah, that’s a shot of espresso served in a chocolate-lined waffle cone cup.
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Some of the their ice cream flavors are European-inspired to match thematically with the shop’s namesake, Thomas said. Customers can choose Belgian chocolate, Bavarian cream, or Scotch pudding among the list of more traditional flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
The twist is fitting given their home inside a hostel, the name for traditionally low-cost, dormitory-style traveler inns that are far more popular in Europe than in the U.S.
“We’re really excited to have this concept fully realized,” Thomas said, looking around the new space. “And who doesn’t love coffee and ice cream?”