4

Conscious Coffees is Roast Magazine's micro roaster of the year

Unless you count the tented stand at the Boulder farmers' market from which a couple of employees proffer tin cans of coffee beans and steaming-hot cups of joe, Mark and Mel Glenn's Boulder-based Conscious Coffees doesn't have a retail outlet. The coffee, though, is everywhere, the beans of choice for restaurants like

The Kitchen

, 1039 Pearl Street, and cafes like

The Cup

, 1521 Pearl Street.

Boulder knows the beans are good, but the roaster just scored some national acclaim, too: Roast Magazine just bestowed on the company the title of micro-roaster of the year.

The award is given to the best roaster in the country with an annual output of under 100,000 pounds of beans. This year, Conscious Coffees will roast about 85,000 pounds of coffee -- and all of it is organic.

The publication takes note of Mark Glenn's focus on the nuances of single-origin coffee, roasting small batches to preserve the unique characteristics of the regions from which he sources. It commends Conscious Coffees' focus on community, citing the Glenns' commitment to sourcing at the origin -- buying directly from farmers -- and building model sustainable business practices that include delivering their goods by bike and packaging their beans in reusable steel cans. That community focus extends to the customer base: Conscious Coffees provides educational tours for its buyers and interested customers. Plus, the roaster works only with retailers that share its commitment to good practices.

We're sold. We already liked the coffee. Now we feel good about drinking it, too.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: