From the Owners


We are Katharine and John Hiltbrand and we are honored to serve as the newest owners of Quince Coffee House. 


As customers of Quince and long-time Colorado residents, we knew that this place was something special and were overjoyed at the prospect of becoming a part of its legacy. Our lives have been about investing in the public community and we seek to continue that effort through Quince. 


John has served the city and state of Denver, Colorado directly through transportation and safety, continuing to work full-time with Union Pacific Railroad. He grew up in Aurora where he went to college at Community College of Aurora after returning from serving 4 years in the U.S. Army. As a Taiwanese American, born in Japan, and serving in Korea, John thrives on learning the nuances of coffees and teas from around the world. 


Katharine comes from 20 years in k-12 and university education, primarily through roles with scholarships, housing, international education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She earned a dual bachelors degree from her home state at the University of Maine in International Affairs and French and then her masters degree from Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education, continuing to work on campus for another decade. A pivotal moment for her was teaching a course on Fair Trade in Managua, Nicaragua and Oaxaca, Mexico, both with an emphasis on coffee. It was this experience of coffee that eventually would lead her to Quince, with the goal of furthering an understanding and appreciation for this classic beverage.


We are Generation X, multiracial Black and Asian, Capricorn, Coloradoans raising our family of 4 sons here in the Denver area. Outside of Quince, you could probably find us at home with our mini-farm of pets, going to concerts, paddleboarding, or enjoying Dim Sum and board games with our crew. Our team at Quince is an extended family (literally and figuratively!) and we know you will adore them as much as we do. 


We believe in building inclusive communities and creating access for everyone; in small business and big dreams; in family and friends. We would love to learn about your stories and experiences over a hot cuppa anytime. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of the Quince family. We are grateful to be sharing it with you.


With abundant love,


John & Katharine

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