I am a coffee lover. I am a coffee snob. I am a coffee…?
I search for good coffee, the best coffee, local coffee. I use filtered water when I make coffee. When I switch to a different type of coffee, I clean my machine and cup completely so as not to mix the flavors. Single origins are my favorite. I have tried Kona, Blue Mountain, Civet, and a myriad of other coffees.
Most recently I was on a hunt for something new, something different and something local. Google, here I come. I searched for Coffee in Denver, after sorting through all of the Starbucks, Caribou Coffee shops and a few Uptown shops that hold no interest for me, I noticed a little dot on the map in the middle of a lesser travelled section of the city. Tucked back into a northern suburb, in a mostly industrial area is Coda Coffee.
As I walked into the front door, I was greeted by pure Ambrosia… I thought, how lucky! What would it be like to come into work and smell fresh roasted coffee every single day? Heaven… absolute H-E-A-V-E-N!!!
While I was placing my order, I starting finding out more about this little shop. They travel worldwide to look at the beans they buy. They have a 1000 kilo roaster in the back where they roast all of the green beans they bring in from their travels. Ethiopia, Honduras, Brazil… They ship worldwide, sell to local businesses and run a shop that is as green as possible. From their cabinets to their carpets, their packing peanuts and their roaster, they conserve energy and utilize renewable resources as much as possible.
Then I had the pleasure of taking a tour of this facility (thank you Marciano!). One of the perks of purchasing coffee from Coda (as a coffee shop owner) is that you get to send your baristas over for a free training on the amazing machine pictured here! They get to learn how to make all sorts of amazing drinks, the right way. After all- you could have the best coffee in the world and if you don’t know the correct way to make it… it kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think?
Onto the back room- In this picture you can see the burlap sacks filled with green(unroasted) coffee beans and the roaster. The roaster is unique as it has a recirculation system that takes the smoke and heat and relays it from the chamber around so they cut their heat and smoke loss down to 50%- pretty awesome!
The hardest part of the tour for me was not walking away with one of the five pound bags of 100% Kona… but I knew Sarah would probably not be too happy with me spending that much…(hint hint)
Coda has standard coffees on the list month after month, but in addition to this they also have a monthly coffee they feature, and even another coffee they feature quarterly to give those of us who crave a little exotic taste bud adventure can get our fix. January’s feature is El Salvador El Naranjo, not only a great coffee but also from a location where this local business runs an annual fundraiser for the coffee pickers children’s school!
How can you get some Coda Coffee of your very own?
So if you live in the Denver area, or are just visiting and have an unrequited love with coffee… be sure to stop in at Coda Coffee, say hi and pick up a pound or five… You won’t be disappointed! If you don’t live in Denver, don’t worry! You can order your coffee straight from their website, you won’t be disappointed!
Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything in exchange for this post, I just loved the coffee so much that I wanted to share the info with you so that you could get yourself some amazing coffee (locally) too! All opinions are 100% my own and are completely honest and were not influenced in anyway.