Coffee, in and of itself, is an amazing drink. When you get your hands on a good cup of coffee with subtle complexities, exotic flavors, and a full body, it's easy to get lost in the moment. Many of us have our own routines, morning, evening and times in between where we just sit, relax and put off our worries with a cup.
What's been going on with coffee on the Western Slope of Colorado even transcends this amazing drink. I'm beginning to see what I would call "coffee family" develop. Others might call it "coffee culture" but I think it goes more intimate. As a roaster, I get to interact with not just the drinkers but also baristas, coffee shop owners, and the like. The other night Olive Ridley's in Rifle held a free coffee cupping class for their customers which they graciously asked us to teach. We had people from multiple coffee companies in attendance and what developed was a sweet time of talking about how we can encourage each other in business, personal and the like. Owners of Mistys Coffee Shop in Silt, Olive Ridley's in Rifle, and Li'l Coffee Shack in Parachute can be seen patronizing each other's businesses on their days off. Customers are being referred to one another's place for events. It is not even unheard of for one of these guys to run out of coffee and borrow some from the other until their trusted roaster can get some roasted in an emergency :)
Competition, if it exists, becomes a healthy spurring on of one another to be the best we can be, not a mud slinging, belittling, dog eat dog world that we've all grown accustomed to and tired of. The name of the game is healthy collaboration for the sake of developing our small communities into friendly places that won't tolerate products shipped across the country that sit on shelves for months, served stale and tasteless. We actually know one another in the coffee chain, have babysat each other's children, we go out to dinner together and are in the business of creating a great coffee family.
We want to be about and encourage others to invest in your communities. Form close relationships, be there for each other whether or not you benefit financially from them. As always, thanks to all of you patrons of Mountain Mama Roasters, and our network of friends and coffee shops that we can be a part of.
Call me up or come over and I'll make you a cup.
Mountain Mama has 2 new single origin coffees available! We are proud to introduce you to our Mexico Chiapas and Uganda Rwenzori coffees. Mexico is often not thought of as a premier coffee destination by many including me until a few years ago when I was blown away by a bag of Mexico Chiapas roasted by the Blue Bottle company out of San Francisco. Since then I have been won many times over by a good cup of Mexcian coffee. The tasting notes reads:
"This coffee produces a very sweet, clean and delicate cup, with flavors of honey, graham and caramel, a soft yellow apple acidity and a gentle finish. "
Having our roots in Uganda, we have been trying to find a way to get a good quality Ugandan coffee that we are proud of. We finally found it on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains. A high quality Arabica coffee, dry processed, that has the profile we were looking for. Tasting notes on this one read:
"This coffee exhibits many characteristics of what has come to be expected of a great East African cup of coffee. The cup is clear and bright, exhibiting notes of bright citrus flavors balanced by sweet pomelo accents that are pronounced in a smooth and mellow finish."
Sit down, take some time and enjoy. We look forward to hearing what you think. Go to the mountain mama roasters Facebook page to see how you can get a special deal on either of these new coffees.
There's a great place in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where the homeless have a home. During the day the homeless can come down to the drop-in center get a meal, have some coffee, get a shower, get cleaned up, and all of that good stuff. It's a place where the staff don't just run people through lines to get them fed but a place where the staff and volunteers build relationship with these men and women... and unfortunately sometimes children. They know the homeless need services but they know that more importantly they need to be in relationship with people who care about them and are willing to help each individual get out of the rut they are stuck in. You can read more about this great place at www.feedmysheephomelessministry.org
Mountain Mama Roasters wants to help and we want you guys to help. During the winter we are offering "Karolyn's Blend", a signature coffee blend paying tribute to the lady who started it all. The proceeds from this coffee will fund their Winter Overnight Program, which gives the homeless a place to sleep during the winter and avoids more deaths from hypothermia. Instead of simply going the "charity route" we are simply giving folks the option of taking the money we already spend on coffee and buy coffee that makes a difference. What a great Christmas gift for friends a family! Go to our online store and get a bag today.
Stay warm everybody and let Mountain Mama help you with that,
As the air cools, leaves change and the colors of fall surround us, a hot cup of joe carries an even greater significance. We, at Mountain Mama, are excited to finally get to share with you what we've been working on for quite awhile. All of this started as a dream in Uganda, and while we are still at work getting things up and running there, we finally have our stateside operation rolling. Thanks to many of you, our friends, who have been so helpful and encouraging along the way.
Our dream has been to take a passion we share, coffee, and use it to make a difference in the world while at the same time feeding our own families. We could spend some time talking about our ideas for using this coffee to bring spiritual and social change to Uganda and other places, or improving the lives of coffee farmers and their families, but we'll save that for another day. For now, just know that we plan to change the world with coffee!
It has been an amazing process to start a family business. We've had evenings sitting around the living room stamping bags and early mornings firing up the roaster together at 5 am. We get to work together, and it doesn't get much better if you ask me. We put a lot of care and attention to detail into this process, and we believe we've created something special.
Order a bag or two, make a cup, and let us know what you think.