Color Roasters

Color Coffee Roasters is the culmination of years of obsession, backyard tinkering, and the desire to spread the gospel of good coffee.

Color Headquarters: Located in beautiful Eagle, Colorado.

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Originally a home roasting project, Color Coffee Roasters is the culmination of years of obsession, backyard tinkering, and the desire to spread the gospel of good coffee. Sourced and roasted with exceptional care and passion, our goal is simple: deliver a premium coffee experience to our wholesale and retail customers. We provide wholesale roasting services to a variety of businesses and organizations including: coffee shops, markets, restaurants, hotels, offices, co-work spaces, and more. With a fanatical attention to quality, state of the art equipment, and innovative techniques, our aim is to make coffee as approachable, accessible, and delicious as possible. Our Flagship Cafe opened in 2016 in Eagle, Colorado and was founded on the principle of providing warm hospitable service, consistently excellent coffee, and offering the community a clean, bright, and functional community hub.

TOP COLOR NEWS: Color Roasters were recently featured in Vail Valley Economic Development Success Stories!

Charlie Gundlach

Color Coffee Roasters, Founder

Charlie started roasting partly out of curiosity, but mostly out of passion for vibrant, complex, and fresh coffee. His home roasting passion enabled him to get a job as a barista at Portola Coffee Lab in 2013, a new micro-roaster in Orange County, California. During his time working the bar at Portola, he learned the intricacies of espresso preparation and single-cup coffee extraction. As Portola grew, he joined the production team and completed the roasting apprenticeship of his dreams. Portola would go on to win 2015 Roast Magazine Roaster of the year. The mountains were calling after a return to Colorado and a brief stint mastering the art of hospitality at Boxcar Coffee Roasters in Boulder, it was time to launch Color.

Why Color

The name Color Coffee Roasters, stems from the relationship between the flavors of coffee and the colors associated with these certain flavors. Great coffee should provide a spectrum of fruited flavors and often times these flavors correlate to these fruits. For example, a coffee with a “red fruit” flavor, may taste like raspberries, cherries, and pomegranates. Or, a coffee with “purple fruit” flavor may taste like black currants, plum, and blueberries. This is the level of nuance that really gets us excited and is what inspired the name Color Coffee Roasters.

Sourcing

At Color, we seek to find highest quality raw (green) coffee we possibly can. To do this, we work the best importers in the world to acquire fresh and vibrant green coffee from the world’s most renowned and sometimes undiscovered coffee producing regions. Our focus is on coffee sourced from single farms, co-ops, and villages. Working on this level we can showcase, with a greater level of detail, the subtle differences in flavor and cup characteristics of each producers and micro-region.

Roasting

Simply put, our roasting style is intended to highlight the terroir, or origin characteristics, of each coffee we source. What is terrior you say? Terrior, pronounced like reservoir, is a French term that is intended for products that display attributes unique to the micro-climate, soil, and micro-biology of the place it was produced. This means that one variety of coffee plant will taste different if grown on a farm in Huila, Colombia, compared to a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Each plant will have experienced a different set of inputs and treatment and will henceforth display different cup qualities. In regards to roasting, it is really easy to hide these qualities.

One easy way to do this is by roasting too dark or too light. Once you pass a certain point in the roasting process, a coffee begins to take on “roasty” flavors: ashy, carbon, smoke, burnt toast, etc. If you roast too light, the flavors will be equally unpleasant: sour, thinly bodied, grassy, savory, etc. These are NOT our intended flavors. With our roasting style we seek to find the sweet spot and our approach to roasting is based on a quest for this sweet spot. Through our experience, innovative roasting techniques, and best in-class equipment, we can consistently find it. The flavors that arise from our process often taste like colorful ripe fruit, caramel, candy, chocolate, and a variety of sugars. These are the terrior flavors we are after when we roast coffee.

Work at Color

Color Coffee Roasters is a vibrant and growing company with a cafe and roastery in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We are a close knit team of baristas, educators, artists, roasters, surfers, runners, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers, dreamers and more. We live in the mountains and love it.

We are always looking for dynamic, fun, talented and exceptional people to join our team. We offer competitive wages and a inspiring work environment. Color Coffee Roasters is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please pop us an email to inquire about current openings or to send your cv.

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