My name is... Daniel Boone

Highlands Ranch Herald 

“I work at Dirt Coffee, which employs people with autism. I've worked at Dirt for about three years now, and I was employee of the year last year. I really like serving out the drinks to customers and just spreading my enthusiasm around." 

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Dirt Coffee Impresses Investors at Contest

Littleton Independent

“The employees at Dirt Coffee are amazing - just ask the people who donated $7,291 to the company at a nonprofit event hosted by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce at the Denver Botanic Gardens on March 23." 

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Dirt Coffee Empowers People with Autism

7News 

“The dream of a brick and mortar store front is about to come to fruition in this old house just off Main Street near Santa Fe in Littleton"

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Dirt Coffee, Which Trains Adults Diagnosed with Autism, Plans Littleton Location 

Eater Denver

“A location has been secured but funds are needed to propel this new project.... Money will be used not only to pay rent and cover licenses and fees, but also to buy high quality equipment, including espresso machines, coffee grinders and brewers." 

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They Should be Heard

Parker Chronicle

“The drive, held at the Developmental Pathways office space on Inverness Drive in northern Douglas County, ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., enlisting three volunteers per three-hour shift. The goal was to give disabled citizens, a group often left out of the political conversation, the chance to speak up." 

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Dirt Coffee Truck Puts Young Adults with Autism to Work 

Colorado's Own - Channel 2 News

“Dirt Coffee Truck supports a good cause while serving good coffee. It employs young adults who [have autism], and gives them some great work skills they'll be able to use. Kevin Torres introduces us to the founder and an employee."

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Dirt Brings Authenticity to Denver's Coffee Scene 

The University of Denver - Clarion

“Coffee just made sense,” said Thome, who spent a week in Portland with professionally trained baristas before opening Dirt. “We want you to come to us for a quality cup of coffee and come back to support the cause.”

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Colorado Programs Prepare Adults with Autism for Employment

9News 

The main goal of the coffee truck is to train employees and help them develop skills for future employment. On top of steering adults on the autism spectrum towards a successful career, Dirt is also planning to open a coffee shop next year.  

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Dirt Coffee Helps the Autistic with Training, Employment

The Denver Post

The main goal of the coffee truck is to train employees and help them develop skills for future employment. On top of steering adults on the autism spectrum towards a successful career, Dirt is also planning to open a coffee shop next year.  

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EG Trekking Careers - Robby Chaney A Video Production & Editing Program Graduate 

EGTC Video Productions 

The EG Trekking Careers is a video series spotlighting success graduates of Emily Griffith Technical College. In this video we meet Robby Chaney, a graduate of the 11-month Video Production & Editing Program at Emily Griffith Technical College and former Dirt Coffee Intern. 

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Success Brewing at Dirt Coffee

The Denver Voice

“Coffee just made sense,” said Thome, who spent a week in Portland with professionally trained baristas before opening Dirt. “We want you to come to us for a quality cup of coffee and come back to support the cause.”

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Dirt Coffee at the Hacking Autism Conference

Kym McNicholas

Dirt Coffee rolled up at the hackingautism2016 hackathon and they only hire people on the spectrum! Great brew and great crew! 

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Taking Help for Autistic Clients on the Road

Denver Business Journal

Thome accompanies her clients on job interviews, offering prospective employers a primer on autism.“Most places will allow us to come in for an interview,” she said. “We usually don’t hear anything after the interview. We make a really big effort to go in and visit to spread awareness and educate employers. … It’s really frustrating. It kind of wears you down. If I’m feeling worn down in an interview, I can only imagine what our clients are feeling."
Now Thome and Emily Wallace are taking a different approach. They co-founded a business called Dirt Coffee Bar, which will employ people with autism to sell coffee.

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Dirt Coffee Bar Truck Will Steer a Course to Help Those with Autism

Westword

A new coffee and pastry truck will be rolling out this year that will not only serve drinks and other goodies, but also help those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Dirt Coffee Bar is a project of Garden Autism Services of Colorado, an organization that provides a wide variety of services to help individuals and families affected by ASD. The mission of Dirt, according to its website, is "to empower the autism community by providing young adults with the opportunity to grow personally, cultivate professional skills, and earn an income -- all while serving great coffee to the community."

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