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Roasting the finest coffee in the world. Right here at home in Colorado.

Mel and Mark, co-creators of Conscious Coffees, both started in coffee in the early 1990's as baristas at a Colorado roaster/retailer location in the Rocky Mountains. The barista life was the first element that pulled them into the coffee world. Learning to roast at that location was the element that pulled them in deeper. 

By mid 1996 they had a roasting machine of their own and their first couple of wholesale accounts. Since the early days of trial and error roasting techniques and roasting equipment, they have refined the roasting process down to a science with their modified Diedrich CR-series drum roaster and an art with their fanatical craft roasting team. 

In 2017, an opportunity to sell their beloved business came along. Craig Lamberty, a long-time business man and lover of coffee, entered their lives. and after a long courting process, Mel and Mark decided to sell Conscious Coffees. Along with his wife Laura and his sister Kim, Craig delved into the world of specialty coffee with plans to grow without compromising the mission of socially and ecologically responsible coffee. 

Today's roasting headquarters is part production facility, part laboratory. Coffee is seasonal and new arrivals show up continuously. Each coffee is taken through a roast development journey, for as long as it takes, to discover the sweet spot, or the perfect roast profile. Then, as the green coffee changes each week (because green coffee is a living produce), this profile is adjusted using bean to air ratios, conductive and convective temperature adjustments, and airflow rate changes. Every coffee batch that comes out of the roaster is cupped (tasted), graded and logged into a database where the information is available for future cup and roast profiling. This whole process, which contributed greatly to us being awarded Roast Magazine's Micro-roster of the Year 2011, enables us to keep our coffee very consistent week after week and our method of sourcing enables us to remain consistent year after year, crop cycle after crop cycle. 

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Craig Lamberty, Co-Owner Craig is a civil engineer by schooling and a former executive for a Fortune 500 company. Desiring to do something more meaningful and make a difference in the world, he decided to quit his job and pursue other opportunities. His later-in-life passion for coffee and long held interest in peace and justice issues led him to explore Conscious Coffees, where he discovered that they shared his passions. This led him, along with his wife, Laura, and sister, Kim, to purchase Conscious Coffees in early 2017. Craig was born and raised in Nebraska where his family took frequent trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. He, Laura and his two children lived eleven years in western Colorado where they enjoyed camping, hiking and river rafting. The mountains have a way of getting into a person's blood, and they definitely did with Craig and Laura, who now reside in Boulder.     

Craig Lamberty, Co-Owner

Craig is a civil engineer by schooling and a former executive for a Fortune 500 company. Desiring to do something more meaningful and make a difference in the world, he decided to quit his job and pursue other opportunities. His later-in-life passion for coffee and long held interest in peace and justice issues led him to explore Conscious Coffees, where he discovered that they shared his passions. This led him, along with his wife, Laura, and sister, Kim, to purchase Conscious Coffees in early 2017. Craig was born and raised in Nebraska where his family took frequent trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. He, Laura and his two children lived eleven years in western Colorado where they enjoyed camping, hiking and river rafting. The mountains have a way of getting into a person's blood, and they definitely did with Craig and Laura, who now reside in Boulder. 

 

 

Ricky Aughenbaugh, Director of Coffee Ricky has worked with specialty coffee and tea for over five years. For him, the passion for coffee lies with the connection from the farms all the way to the enjoyment of the cup-not to mention the precise craft of roasting and brewing coffee which adds to his love. As a roaster, his goal is to have minimal influence on the bean. Instead, he believes the art lies within discovering the bean's identity and figuring out how to allow it to shine through. Even though he has only been on one origin trip, he cannot wait to get more involved with Conscious Coffees' farms all over the world. He moved to Colorado in 2011 from Ohio and loves spending time with his lady and his dog exploring the outdoors. One day, he hopes to open his own restaurant.    

Ricky Aughenbaugh, Director of Coffee

Ricky has worked with specialty coffee and tea for over five years. For him, the passion for coffee lies with the connection from the farms all the way to the enjoyment of the cup-not to mention the precise craft of roasting and brewing coffee which adds to his love. As a roaster, his goal is to have minimal influence on the bean. Instead, he believes the art lies within discovering the bean's identity and figuring out how to allow it to shine through. Even though he has only been on one origin trip, he cannot wait to get more involved with Conscious Coffees' farms all over the world. He moved to Colorado in 2011 from Ohio and loves spending time with his lady and his dog exploring the outdoors. One day, he hopes to open his own restaurant.  

 

Dan Shoup, Director of Special Projects Dan is a native of Northern Michigan but moved to Colorado over two years ago, with his family in tow, before jumping on board with Conscious Coffees. He is excited to get more involved with the process of roasting and cupping at Conscious Coffees, after being involved with On The Ground, and our sister Co-op partner in Michigan, Higher Grounds Coffee Co. When he has a spare moment, he loves to spend his time playing guitar or doing just about anything outdoors—or playing guitar while doing anything outdoors.  That free time wouldn’t be half as much fun without his lovely wife, three beautiful daughters and his crazy rottie-lab mix named Harbor.  He (Dan, not Harbor) also loves to cook particularly spicy food, and makes a mean ‘tom kha gai’ soup.  Though his own rudimentary algebra skills have not made him famous yet, Dan once chatted with and served drinks to the famous mathematician John Nash (who was played by Russell Crowe in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”).  Dan aspires to win the lottery and become an über philanthropist while funding his own retirement, but realizes that his record of never buying a lottery ticket has made that path rather elusive to date. 

Dan Shoup, Director of Special Projects

Dan is a native of Northern Michigan but moved to Colorado over two years ago, with his family in tow, before jumping on board with Conscious Coffees. He is excited to get more involved with the process of roasting and cupping at Conscious Coffees, after being involved with On The Ground, and our sister Co-op partner in Michigan, Higher Grounds Coffee Co. When he has a spare moment, he loves to spend his time playing guitar or doing just about anything outdoors—or playing guitar while doing anything outdoors.  That free time wouldn’t be half as much fun without his lovely wife, three beautiful daughters and his crazy rottie-lab mix named Harbor.  He (Dan, not Harbor) also loves to cook particularly spicy food, and makes a mean ‘tom kha gai’ soup.  Though his own rudimentary algebra skills have not made him famous yet, Dan once chatted with and served drinks to the famous mathematician John Nash (who was played by Russell Crowe in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”).  Dan aspires to win the lottery and become an über philanthropist while funding his own retirement, but realizes that his record of never buying a lottery ticket has made that path rather elusive to date. 

Kim Lamberty, Co, Owner Kim Lamberty is the Co-Founder and President of Just Haiti-a fair and direct-trade coffee company that partners with associations of small-scale coffee growers in Haiti to improve their quality and yield as well as to provide access to the fair-trade coffee market in the US. She is also Director of University Engagement for Catholic Relief Services where she oversees a national program to engage students and faculty in social justice and global solidarity initiatives. Kim has been developing and directing social justice programs for nearly thirty years and has accompanied vulnerable communities and human rights workers in Haiti, Colombia, Palestine, Guatemala, the US-Mexico border and the former Soviet Union. She is the author of a book and multiple articles on accompaniment, solidarity and international development. Kim brings her experience and worldly expertise to Conscious Coffees and is excited to partner with her brother and sister-in-law in growing this great company. 

Kim Lamberty, Co, Owner

Kim Lamberty is the Co-Founder and President of Just Haiti-a fair and direct-trade coffee company that partners with associations of small-scale coffee growers in Haiti to improve their quality and yield as well as to provide access to the fair-trade coffee market in the US. She is also Director of University Engagement for Catholic Relief Services where she oversees a national program to engage students and faculty in social justice and global solidarity initiatives. Kim has been developing and directing social justice programs for nearly thirty years and has accompanied vulnerable communities and human rights workers in Haiti, Colombia, Palestine, Guatemala, the US-Mexico border and the former Soviet Union. She is the author of a book and multiple articles on accompaniment, solidarity and international development. Kim brings her experience and worldly expertise to Conscious Coffees and is excited to partner with her brother and sister-in-law in growing this great company. 

Shelby Williamson, Production Roaster/Director of Sales and Marketing Shelby started her coffee journey while still living in Moscow, Russia as a teacher. She has always had a passion for coffee and books and decided that she would like to open her own coffee/bookshop. She landed her first coffee job at Corvus Coffee in Denver, CO where she met an amazing friend and coffee mentor, Daniel Mendoza. He opened the world of roasting to her. After hearing about an opportunity at Conscious Coffees--a company that shared her wish for a more sustainable roasting and trading operation--she emailed the company and was thrilled when they asked her to join the team. She cannot wait to form personal relationships with the farms whose coffee she roasts and drinks with so much care.  

Shelby Williamson, Production Roaster/Director of Sales and Marketing

Shelby started her coffee journey while still living in Moscow, Russia as a teacher. She has always had a passion for coffee and books and decided that she would like to open her own coffee/bookshop. She landed her first coffee job at Corvus Coffee in Denver, CO where she met an amazing friend and coffee mentor, Daniel Mendoza. He opened the world of roasting to her. After hearing about an opportunity at Conscious Coffees--a company that shared her wish for a more sustainable roasting and trading operation--she emailed the company and was thrilled when they asked her to join the team. She cannot wait to form personal relationships with the farms whose coffee she roasts and drinks with so much care.