Judging Java: The Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist

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I would like to make something very, very clear right now. I, and more formally, “Judging Java” as a whole and everything that it stands for, do not like United Airlines. While traveling over the recent break, my family and I were stuck for a day in Denver, Colorado because of United Airlines. I was planning on reviewing something local to my hometown, where I spent most of my break. Unfortunately, I did not have time for this because, as previously mentioned, I was stuck in Denver, Colorado, a city my brother referred to as “terrible.”

In short, a series of flight delays caused my family to miss our connecting flight, which left us in Denver waiting for a flight that was scheduled to leave the following evening. This isn’t a big deal on its own, but what was more frustrating about the whole mess was United Airlines. It feels like they do everything in their power to screw you over, because at the end of the day, the airline industry is a few steps away from being a conglomerate; you have no choice but to pick between a few airlines, and sometimes you don’t have a choice whatsoever. They wouldn’t even pay for our hotel, which brings me to my next point.

The Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast coffee is some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had in my entire life. I mean no disrespect to the staff of the hotel, because the rest of the continental breakfast was pretty high quality as far as continental breakfasts go, but the coffee was terrible. It was a dark roast, was over-brewed and tasted burnt with hints of ash. A high-quality dark roast will have hints of rich chocolate. Good dark roast is some of the most flavorful coffee you can get. Unfortunately for anyone planning on drinking coffee at the Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast in Denver, Colorado anytime soon, you might want to find somewhere else for your morning cup of joe. (Personally, I would recommend getting a salted caramel latte from Pigtrain Coffee in Union Station, which is in Downtown Denver.)

The thing about the coffee at the Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast is that it is not that different from United Airlines, if you really think about it. It’s an incredibly subpar service that just barely gets the job done. The biggest difference between them is that the Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast does not specialize in coffee, nor does the Hampton Inn Gateway Park even specialize in continental breakfast. United Airlines, on the other hand, specializes in getting you from one place to another via plane, something that they did not do a very good job of. If United Airlines had given me bad coffee (something they have done in the past) I would not care, just like I do not care that the Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast coffee was not very good. Coffee isn’t their specialty, so I don’t expect it to be particularly good, but I do expect their flights to be on-time.