Years ago, my father-in-law, Toby, owned a small deli in downtown Colorado Springs near the Colorado College campus, called Wooglins. As the owner of Wooglins, he was intent on selling only high quality, fresh food. To ensure this was the case, he performed most tasks himself.
Every morning he would get up in the wee hours to bake bread, biscuits, cakes and muffins and prep for the breakfast rush. He'd stay all through lunch and into the late evening as his employees rotated in shifts around him; he was always the last person out the door. Perfection was the name of his game; and that's why he was frustrated with his inability to locate high quality, fresh (and locally) roasted coffee to serve with his fresh baked muffins in the morning. So, of course, he began to roast his own.
Over time, Toby found himself delving deeper and deeper into the world of coffee. He loved the thrill of finding beans from exotic places, experimenting with blends, talking with -and learning from- coffee experts world wide. He enjoyed talking coffee with his deli customers and giving them the opportunity to tour the world via his coffee. For years, Toby roasted everyday, exclusively for Wooglins, until eventually, the coffee developed a reputation of its own.
The long days at Wooglins, however, began to seem longer and longer. The stress of managing a large staff, logging long days, and ensuring that all products served were of high quality by making everything from scratch himself, including the lemonade, began to overwhelm. He decided to sell the deli and work with coffee full time.
At that time, his biggest challenge was to convince his friends and neighbors that "coffee" is actually "coffees". While he already had a loyal following of clientele originating from Wooglins, he wanted to share his knowledge and love for specialty coffee with a larger community. Enlisting, my brother-in-law, Andrew, he opened High Rise Coffee Roasters. That was 20 years ago. Since then, the specialty coffee industry has nearly exploded and additional members of the Anderson family have been brought into the High Rise fold.
Over the years, we've followed industry developments; including pioneering decaffeination methods, new-fangled brewing paraphernalia, and the economic ups and downs of the coffee bean. We've watched the specialty coffee industry grow and change, while still maintaining our dedication to providing our friends in Colorado Springs with high quality, handcrafted, fresh roasted coffee- from all over the wold. That being said, as a family, we've decided its now time to expand our commitment to sourcing great coffees, handcrafting them to perfection and getting them to your door fresh.
We're more than excited to announce, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, High Rise Coffee Rosters will begin a new adventure, and offer our extensive collection of coffees online. We can't wait to share our knowledge with you, introduce you to exotic beans and offer the opportunity for you to "tour the world via coffee" with us online! Please join us online as we begin a new adventure!