DENVER — Kabod Coffee, a Denver-based coffee and breakfast business opened by an Ethiopian-American woman who immigrated as a teenager, has been evicted from its original location in north Denver.

Owner Muluye Hailemariam said this is despite never missing a rent payment and never causing any trouble at the Northfield Commons shopping center.

Hailemariam’s shop furniture and equipment are now in storage, as she prepares for legal battles and tries to make sense of what might come next for her dream.

“I grew up in the birthplace of coffee,” Hailemariam said of her childhood in Ethiopia. “Coffee is in my blood. And I enjoy it.”

Hailemariam came to America as a teenager with only $38 to her name, but with a strong belief in the promise and opportunity of her new home. In 2019, she opened the first location of Kabod Coffee off Northfield Boulevard in Denver, and quickly built a loyal fanbase — so loyal, in fact, that several customers continued to slip money under the shop…



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