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Celebrate national disability employment awareness month

Located in Downtown Littleton, Dirt is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food & drink while employing & empowering individuals with autism. 

Dirt is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization


Did you know that 90% of individuals with autism are either unemployed or underemployed? Founded with the idea that people with differences deserve better, Dirt's mobile coffee truck hit the ground in 2013 on a mission to change minds and change lives one cup at a time. Since it's inception, Dirt has trained and employed over 100 individuals with neurodiversities while providing over $40,000 in scholarships to families in need and their caregivers.

From the ground up, our shop goes further to cultivate a culture of acceptance, inclusion, and opportunity while empowering others to do the same. Are you in love yet? Dirt breaks the expectation that a good cause comes with a lack of quality. Our baristas are socially conscious and craft a damn good cup of coffee. What's in the cup is great, but what's beyond the cup is life changing. 

Coffee shop open 7 days per week

5767 S. Rapp St.
Littleton, CO 80120



Hours of Operation

M-Th 7a-7p
F-Sa 7a–9p
Sun 8a–5p







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Lauren Burgess, Founder & Executive Director

Throughout her career, Lauren has founded organizations, like Dirt, with a mission to empower individuals living on the spectrum though community.  She has served on a number of boards including Colorado's Coalition of Autism Professionals, Autism Society of Colorado, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Alliance. In 2016, Lauren was elected to serve as City Commissioner on Denver's Commission for People with Disabilities. While advocating for public policies that positively impact individuals with disabilities, she continues to serve as Chair and Executive Director of both Dirt and Garden.


Emily Wallace, Director of Employment

Emily began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2006. After attending a life-changing leadership conference that summer, Emily became President of Best Buddies Indianapolis and started volunteering with the state Applied Behavior Center. These experiences taught her about the gifts that individuals with autism possess and it was then that she knew she wanted to make a career out of serving people on the spectrum. After moving to Denver in 2013, Emily began working as a Behavior Therapist at Garden, where she teamed up with Lauren for the launch of Dirt. She has since received her Masters in Educational Technology and is currently overseeing Dirt's training and education programming. 

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Natalie was born and raised in Evergreen, CO, the youngest in a large family and the third sister in a legacy of working at a local coffee shop. She rose from barista to manager and quickly learned that she enjoys every aspect of the coffee business. The amazing sense of community and family that comes from working in a coffee shop is her favorite part about the industry. When Natalie isn't slinging coffee you can find her hanging out at local coffee shops, hiking with her puppy, or hanging out with her family.

Robby Chaney, Manager

Robby has been with Dirt since the very beginning, first as an intern, then as a mentor and now as a manager! Robby is a talented artist and videographer. When he's not at Dirt, you can find him producing videos for local organizations, including Dirt. Now working full time and living independently, Robby embodies Dirt's mission each and every day.  


daniel boone, Mobile Truck Manager

Daniel loves to make people smile and is passionate about trains. After graduating from high school, he began interning at Dirt and as they say, the rest is history. Dirt wouldn't be what it is today without Daniel. Whether he's dancing, singing or managing the pick up window, Daniel is sure to brighten up anyone's day. Next time you're in, make sure you say "hi" to Conductor Boone!


Ready to give beyond the cup? Help us build a culture of acceptance and inclusion. Your gift will allow us to employ and break down barriers for individuals with autism. 


Ready to get involved? Whether it's serving on our Board of Directors, pouring a cup of coffee or mentoring a person with autism, there's a place for you at Dirt. 


Are you a neurodiverse teen or adult ready to cultivate skills towards competitive and integrated employment? Then you're in the right place! Dirt offers individualized paid internships for individuals (16 and up) with autism and related disabilities. Work, learn and grow with Dirt!

Passionate about coffee & care about our cause? Join our neurodiverse team of socially conscious coffee connoisseurs! Full and part time positions seasonally available.