Pending a few more inspections, Corvus Coffee's new flagship store at 1740 S. Broadway is just days away from opening. Owner Phil Goodlaxson started roasting his single-estate coffee sourced from privately owned farms in Arvada, and then moved to a different location on South Broadway before setting up shop in the new space.
Corvus will roast coffee, offer retail, and train its wholesale accounts at the new location. Goodlaxson and co-owner/head roaster Travis Gilbert will also teach coffee roasting classes there twice a month. Retail manager Dave Puchta will sling coffee onsite, and also sell specialty teas, chocolate from , and pastries from Boulder's Breadworks Bakery and Cafe.
Corvus Coffee roasts its beans with a cast-iron Geisen roaster made in the Netherlands, and focuses on a Norwegien style of roasting that results in light roast, fuller developed coffees. "Supply channels are getting a lot better, and small farmers are putting a lot more work into their product, says Goodlaxson. "We have access to better coffee than we did years ago, and as a result I'm seeing a lot lighter roasts on the market."
There's no predicting what beans Corvus will be serving, but what customers can always expect is a traceable cup of joe roasted to perfection— never burnt— to showcase the beans' terroir. Corvus offers several single origin varieties from places like Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Brazil, as well as several coffees blended after the beans are roasted.
Corvus is also collaborating with other local businesses to create inventive coffee varieties. For example, the first run of the company's Barrel Series is a bourbon-barrel aged coffee aged in white oak barrels from the nearby, yet-to-be-named distillery owned by Jake Norris, formerly of Stranahan's Distillery. This Sour Mash Bourbon Coffee is available for Christmas pre-order here.
Stay tuned for Corvus' official opening date, and other events and classes that will take place at the facility. For more details, follow Corvus' Facebook page.