Forza Welcomes Writers

Dear Reader,

I’m writing in Forza Coffee Company in Westminster, CO, my office away from the office, a writers-welcome space, the setting for Denver Post  reporter Kristen Browning-Blas’ column entitled  “Poets bring bohemia to the ‘burbs.”

It’s comfortable here, which means I’ll occupy my table for hours, and that will please the owners because they intend Forza’s atmosphere — crafted from rich woods and varied seating areas, fireplace and fine service, ceramic tile and muted echoes, the aroma of good coffee — to reflect their stay-as-long-as-you-like attitude toward their patrons.

I’m impressed by the way Forza baristas and owners tend to business. They frequently check in with their customers, concoct one-of-a-kind drinks, or conduct experiments (to develop new drinks). On Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic nights, the owners are also greeters, stagehands, and/or performers.

The inaugural Third Thursday featured poet, Carolyn Jennings, also appreciates Forza. She says,

Faye and Harold, thank you  for setting up another fine evening of celebration, poetry and community at Forza. It was again such a joy to get to read, to hear the wide variety of readers and to gather in goodwill in such a lovely setting. I LOVE the readings YOU and Forza have given our community. Big HUZZAH!

Forza is an independently owned coffee shop, which means it relies on a community of independent coffee drinkers (not corporate) to keep it going, to tell everyone how great it is, to go there when they can.

So, would you please show your support for Forza — a writers haven — and post your thoughts about it here? I’ll forward your message to Harold and John. Would you also make a point to go to this shop to purchase your next hot or cold drink, or to meet with business associates or friends. And … it would be great if you forwarded this link to other independent coffee drinkers and writers!

Ciao for now!

Forza Coffee Company

Forza Coffee Company

6 Responses to “Forza Welcomes Writers”

  1. 1 Tim 10/24/2008 at 5:09 am

    Forza rocks!

  2. 2 Bill Roberts 10/24/2008 at 4:38 pm

    My first Forza experience was a solid night of fun – great coffee, companionship with poetry lovers, and atmosphere (like a second home). I read a few of my poems that night (10/16/08), received a warm reception, and found myself heading back the five-plus miles from Broomfield the next morning to recapture the feeling and enjoy a delish breakfast. Terrific place, and I’ve told many friends about it, some of whom may come to the next reading. I’ll bring my wife along next time, too – she was off celebrating her 55th high school reunion last time and missed all the fun.

  3. 3 Vicki Mandell-King 10/24/2008 at 6:40 pm

    Forza’s is not an ordinary coffeehouse. It has the feel of a library or bookstore, which makes its atmosphere ideal for poetry readings. Thank you, Harold and John, for your support of the poetry series. Coffee and poetry go together at Forza’s!

  4. 4 Krista Rimel 10/27/2008 at 8:05 pm

    I have unfortunately not been to Forza yet, but look forward to going. I must say that had I not heard so many good things about it, I probably wouldn’t have really taken notice of the shop! I am impressed that a business would be so accomodating in catering so happily to residents, especially in this area of ours that is continually growing and getting ever more crowded and sometimes ever more impersonal! I can’t wait to visit Forza and look forward to attending the next open mic night!

  5. 5 Kayla Speer 11/11/2008 at 4:28 am

    October was my second poetry open mic night at Forza, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. John and Harold really put forth the effort to accomodate to us. I’m thankful for their generosity and appreciation of the arts. Faye is a fabulous host indeed! If you haven’t been to one of these yet, then you haven’t experienced the essence of poetry! Simply phenomenal!

  6. 6 Debra Shirley 11/21/2008 at 10:52 pm

    November 20th at Forza proved to be another delicious night of excellent poetry and superb coffee. The writers that gather for Fay Quam Heimerl’s Third Thursday poetry events are an eclectic and fascinating bunch. No stuffy droning here. Lots of great words to roll around in, from ungulate to underpants. Featured poets, J. Diego Frey and Michael j. Henry dished up a satisfying blend of finely-crafted poetry and devilish horseplay. The Forza owners are not just welcoming – they are also poets and lovers of language. Thanks to Faye and to Forza for rollicking good time.

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