Colorado Coffee: Sourcing from afar, roasting for local

Written by Mike Tortorice

There are many things to be said about the nuances of a fresh clean cup of java. Among those things such as taste, flavor, and hyper caffeinating, one thing always stands out. The coffee culture. Coffee has a magical way of bringing us together. Often, it is the last course in a meal sharing its time with dessert.  Holding us together for a few more fleeting moments.

What Makes Colorado Coffee Taste So Darn Good?

There is something different about coffee that is roasted in Colorado. It may be the altitude or the care that Coloradoans put into all their efforts, but whatever the case may be, coffee here, in Colorado is among the best.  Recently we had the pleasure to speak with Laura Davidson, owner of Kapow Comics and Coffee, a high breed coffee house in Colorado Springs that incorporates the culture of comics into her coffee house venue, and here is what she had to say, “It starts with sourcing the beans thousands of miles away, from farms that support Fair Trade and the ethical treatment of its farmers, and then finally having the coffee roasted to its perfect and final form, from cup to farm, it is a huge process!” She continued, “Coffee being roasted at this altitude does something magical to the beans, adding more flavor and releasing the moisture that causes Arabica beans to loose luster.” 

Perhaps this is true, as the high quality beans that are important to the fundamentals of great coffee are also grown at high altitudes often not needing the help of pesticides to grow.  When looking for made in Colorado Coffee, you always want to make sure the beans are of the highest standards from Rain Forest Certified to Fair Trade and are also freshly roasted by local roasters. These artisans have a way with beans.

Roasting can be as much science, as art and when the two meld properly you are left with perfection in a cup.

Another fundamental of great locally roasted coffee comes from the main ingredient, and that is clean, filtered H2O. The water being 99% of coffee also adds to the flavor, and without a good water source, your coffee can fall flat.  If you don’t like the taste of tap water, then why would you add this to your coffee? The water here is just better. Reason number 2, why Colorado coffee just tastes better. Think about it. That famous Rocky Mountain water is sought after by major corporations such as Coors from Golden, CO and others. A major bullet point in their advertising campaigns.

So in other words, stick with Colorado locally roasted coffees from small batch roasters and when brewing, be sure to use fresh, filtered water for the perfect cup of Colorado Coffee.  You are not only supporting the local economy, creating jobs and taking pride in Colorado, you are also sustaining a culture of what it’s like to live, work and play in Colorado.

Tips for Great Tasting Coffee Every time:

·         Beans – Use only freshly roasted Arabica beans

·         Grind – Grind Coffee just before brewing geared to the type of machine you use

·         Water – Always use cold filtered, fresh water

·         Proportion -  Use the correct amount of coffee. Varies from coffee maker to coffee maker but a general guideline is two tablespoons of ground coffee beans for each six (6) ounces of water.

If you use these four fundamentals of coffee brewing you will constantly have a great cup of coffee every time you brew at home, and of course, don’t forget to use local Colorado Coffee roasters.