After more than four years in The Source market hall in RiNo, Boxcar Coffee Roasters is moving on, expanding roasting operations to a bigger facility in Boulder and searching for up to two new Denver locations. The Boulder-based business already has one stand-alone shop at 1825 Pearl Street, and owner Vajra Rich says coffee production has tripled since he opened in RiNo, causing him to outgrow the current Denver real estate. Boxcar will pour its last cups at The Source on Brighton Boulevard this Sunday, January 28.
While its roasting will move to an industrial facility in Boulder, Rich also is looking for a new neighborhood cafe as well as a separate showroom and training facility for staff- and customer-oriented classes, parties, and events. Activities could range from cuppings to home-brewing technique trainings to talks on coffee regions and sourcing. Rich hopes to follow along the lines of the Stumptown Annex in Portland, creating an interactive headquarters for his company.
Caffe Figurati meanwhile will move into The Source starting January 28. Run by Jason Farrar of Commonwealth Coffee Roasters, the new shop will serve espresso drinks and pour overs as well as desserts. Commonwealth opened its roaster and first shop just over a year ago in North Park Hill.