Coffee roasters are like religions. Conversations about both tend to be contentious. The faith that their apostles have impresses me and chances are, devout followers of both will try to convince you that their way is the right way—the one you should support and and hop on board with.
Well, there’s a new relig--, er, I mean, there’s a new roaster in town. A very small one. Koan Goedman, Mark Mann and Derik Penny are the founders of Huckleberry Roasters, located at 2830 Larimer St. in Denver. They roast 4 1/2 lb batches with their Ambex YM-2, that the traveled to Los Angeles to buy from Gospel Swap Coffee.
Huckleberry Roasters is similar to many of the smaller roasters that have been popping up, especially in the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast, for the past decade. They focus on developing unique roast profiles for each of the single origin coffees they offer. Mann notes, “To treat them (coffee beans) all the same wouldn’t do justice to the incredible diversity in aroma, fragrance and taste.” Huckleberry also emphasizes the importance of a transparent bean to cup process. So far, they work with importers such as Sweet Maria’s, Coffee Shrub and Cafe Imports who source green coffee beans responsibly. Eventually, they hope to develop direct relationships of their own with farmers in growing countries like Ethiopia and Guatemala.
For now, the guys at Huckleberry Roasters are focused on perfecting their roast profiles and introducing themselves to coffee drinkers in Denver. Their space is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm, and is actually shared with a couple of other small businesses, including A Small Print Shop. Why does this matter? Only because when I looked that business up, I discovered they made the shirts for the Never Nudes kickball team that I played on last summer. And look! The guy who plays Tobias Funke has a lot of opinions about religion. Here’s what he has to say about Jesus:
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If you like coffee that isn’t over roasted and prefer to avoid green apron wearing evangelists who worship a mermaid, check out Huckleberry Roasters.