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Dazbog joins coffee competition with new store on South Downing

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A Dazbog coffee franchise opened in this 1980-vintage office building at 2450 S. Downing St., a block north of Porter Adventist Hospital. Photo: Richard Chapman

Competition for the coffee dollar intensified over the holidays when a new Dazbog coffee shop quietly opened Dec. 27 in the 2400 block of South Downing Street.

The bright, airy bean-and-brew store occupies a one-story office building on the west side of Downing just north of Porter Adventist Hospital.

“People who come in say they’re finally glad we’re open,” said franchise holder Keith Darr, a former software consultant and real estate fix-and-flipper. “Most of the people from the neighborhood love the location.”

So do Dazbog founders Anatoly and Leonid Yuffa, who dropped into the store Monday morning to make sure everything in the shop — the company’s 30th — was perking along properly.

“It’s a great neighborhood store,” Leonid Yuffa said proudly, noting that the shop expects to draw from the University neighborhood to the east and the Porter Hospital community in addition to the University of Denver.

“I like the appearance and the openness,” Yuffa said. “It has room and a food feel. It’s a good place to study and hang out.”

There’s free WiFi and Darr added parking in the back for about 11 cars.

In 1996, the Yuffa brothers started Dazbog — a greeting that expresses a wish for good fortune — and have expanded the chain to five states since then. The company sells about a dozen locally roasted specialty and organic coffee blends plus pastries and teas. The new store at 2450 S. Downing St. will be open daily from 6 a.m.–8 p.m.


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