As CH&L’s editors travel across the state to cover the people and places that make Colorado distinctive, we often discover what we call our “new favorite things,” everyday indulgences or big-time splurges that we can’t wait to share with each other and with you. Here, a few of our must-haves this winter.

Organic Peru Roast
($10.55/pound) Bongo Billy’s Coffees, (719) 395-4991,

Why we love it: This Buena Vista-based coffee company roasts its fair trade beans at 8,000 feet to tease out the flavor characteristics of mountain-grown Arabica coffees.
Pismo glass chocolates ($30 without bite, $35 with bite) Pismo Gallery, Aspen, (970) 920-1313,

Why we love them: These gorgeous little teasers are the best way for chocolate lovers to stick to their weight-loss New Year’s resolutions.

Vines Wine Bar, Parker, (303) 736-VINE,

Why we love it: This little gem in the ‘burbs offers about 100 wines by the glass. Pair your favorite with any of the bar’s tasty tapas (such as baked brie or wild mushroom ravioli) for a delicious meal.

Four-person Backpack ($60) Epic, Equipement de Vin, Denver, (720) 946-3287,

Why we love it: A virtual party in a bag, this backpack comes equipped with service for four, including non-breakable  wine glasses, a waiter’s corkscrew and stopper.

The Mara Trouser ($195) Blu, Denver, (720) 941-8034.

Why we love it: You can never have too many pairs of blue jeans, and these trousers look great on all body types.

Photos:  coffee, jeans, Chocolates and book;  Martin Crabb. Vine Restaurant; courtesy of Vine

 More Indulgences…Spada skis by Zai ($4,999, includes bindings, ski bag and poles) Gorsuch, Vail, (970) 476-2294,

Why we love them: Manufactured in the Swiss Grisons, these skis are made in part with Carbon Fiber Stone—cutting-edge technology—that means you’ll glide down the mountain with great precision and speed.

Indispensable™ countertop dispenser ($49) The Container Store, (303) 336-0909, container

Why we love it: It keeps our munchies fresh, thanks to an airtight lid. A swift turn of the handle releases a pre-measured six-ounce serving of cereal, candy, dry snacks—or even dry dog food.

“Bunny Williams’ Point of View” ($60)

Why we love it: Manhattan design diva Bunny  Williams shares the inside scoop in her latest book that’s part memoir, part how-to manual.
Jewelry by Günter Wermekes, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, (970) 728-3300,

Why we love them: Each sleek stainless steel-and-diamond ring is a unique combination of industrial strength and ultimate glamour—and a bold contemporary statement, besides.
Barbara Barry wallpaper Tiara, Kravet Fabrics, Denver Design District (303) 733-1891,

Why we love it: Known for her elegant designs, Barry partners with Kravet to deliver the subtle touch of softly patterned wallpaper.

Photos: book, dispenser and wallpaper photos; Martin Crabb; ski photo courtesy of Spada Skis; ring photo courtesy of Günter Wermekes

Categories: Entertaining, Furniture & Accessories