What changes a decent coffee town into a great coffee town is the quality of its roasters. In the last five years, the game has been stepped up by several new generation roasters and the world is taking notice. Here is who they are.
- Boxcar Coffee Roasters first started roasting in Boulder in 2010 and has since established a cutting-edge Denver outpost in the Source. The small batch coffee is done in a German classic Ideal Rapid coffee roaster from 1929. The industrious company has even developed its own method of brewing the perfect cup at high altitude known as the Boilermakr. The Boilermakr is a spinoff of the "cowboy coffee" technique, involving coffee grounds immersed in boiling water to ensure optimal extraction.
- Huckleberry is Boxcar's neighbor in the RiNo district with an original location in Sunnyside. The coffee roasting company comes from humble backgrounds, beginning as a side project in a garage between two friends. As Huckleberry continues to grow, its masterful technique and dedication to good coffee is becoming crystal clear. Sourcing from the world's finest producers and roasting the beans to their utmost potential and complexity will continue to put Huckleberry Roasters on the map.
- Corvus Coffee Roasters has a location in a hip neighborhood where single origin coffee is expertly roasted and served by skilled baristas. The mission at Corvus is to look past labels like "fair trade" and "certified organic" directly to the crux of the issue: Establishing relationships with coffee farmers to ensure the highest quality product and best livelihood for its producers. In this manner, Corvus is able to seek out highly specific flavor profiles in the beans and roast them in small batches at the location here in Denver. Beans are always roasted within two days of arrival in a cast-iron Geisen roaster in the highly advanced Norwegian method.
- Method Coffee Roasters began as many of the small business in the entrepreneurial landscape of the Front Range area do: through a group of friends at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Quality coffee for the sake of community is the underlying mission at Method, which gained traction in this community through local farmer's markets and unique partnerships. The roasters at Method seek a balanced cup of coffee through the bean's natural flavors and finely tuned roasting practices.
- Sweet Bloom is the brain child of coffee connoisseur, Andy Sprenger, who brings an extensive background in the coffee industry to his Lakewood project. Sprenger has won numerous awards and is a certified Q-grader (a coffee sommelier, essentially). The team at Sweet Bloom takes the highest quality, ethically sourced coffee beans and from there applies skilled roasting methods to let the natural flavors shine. Sweet Bloom tends to specialize in lighter, more vibrant roasts and serves them up in what is quite possibly the most charming shop in town. From beginning to end, the holistic and adept process at Sweet Bloom is apparent in every last sip.
- Commonwealth's particular roasting method is to find sweetness and fully attenuated flavors in each and every small batch. The people behind Commonwealth believe that a good cup of coffee goes beyond the actual cup itself- customer service and care are equally as important here. This local business already has its eyes on markets outside of Denver and is available at specialty coffee shops across the country.