conscious coffees our story

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 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. 

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) and 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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  Mel Evans-Glenn Mel is the co-founder and owner of Conscious Coffees. She grew up in Australia and in her early 20’s found herself in the US on a marketing internship through her University. Landing in the Rocky Mountains was a love at first sight experience for her, and she has made them home ever since. Mel worked for many years in the coffee industry and through this experience, a sense of entrepreneurial curiosity, and the desire for days off to ski and mountain bike, the idea was conceived to open a small wholesale coffee roastery in Breckenridge Colorado in 1996. The first two formative years of business and coffee travels created a deep commitment to the social aspect of the coffee business. Visits with coffee producers exposed the deep caverns between the north and the south and this became an inspiration to look for alternative business models, which led to the partnership with Coop Coffees and the trade relationships that would define Conscious Coffees. Mel and her husband Mark live, love and play in Boulder with their passionate son Eli, who also loves coffee!

 

Mel Evans-Glenn

Mel is the co-founder and owner of Conscious Coffees. She grew up in Australia and in her early 20’s found herself in the US on a marketing internship through her University. Landing in the Rocky Mountains was a love at first sight experience for her, and she has made them home ever since. Mel worked for many years in the coffee industry and through this experience, a sense of entrepreneurial curiosity, and the desire for days off to ski and mountain bike, the idea was conceived to open a small wholesale coffee roastery in Breckenridge Colorado in 1996. The first two formative years of business and coffee travels created a deep commitment to the social aspect of the coffee business. Visits with coffee producers exposed the deep caverns between the north and the south and this became an inspiration to look for alternative business models, which led to the partnership with Coop Coffees and the trade relationships that would define Conscious Coffees. Mel and her husband Mark live, love and play in Boulder with their passionate son Eli, who also loves coffee!

  Mark Glenn Mark is co-founder and owner of Conscious Coffees, a Boulder Colorado wholesale organic Coffee Roasting company. After working as a barista in 1995, Mark undertook a roasting apprenticeship which opened the door for him to the extensive world of coffee. A few years after the 1996 founding of Conscious Coffees, and during one of his first visits with coffee producers in Latin America, he recognized the challenges farmers faced with market access, information, and authentic trading relationships. Vowing to find a way to participate in an alternative trading model which puts the farmers first, he discovered and joined Cooperative Coffees, a member-owned green coffee importing cooperative of 20+ roasters who maintain long-term relationships with over 20 producer groups in 14 countries. Mark is a past chair of the Green Quality Committee and current BOD member for Cooperative Coffees and can be found most days either cupping in the roastery, in the field, or out spreading the good word of coffee's journey from seed to cup.

 

Mark Glenn

Mark is co-founder and owner of Conscious Coffees, a Boulder Colorado wholesale organic Coffee Roasting company. After working as a barista in 1995, Mark undertook a roasting apprenticeship which opened the door for him to the extensive world of coffee. A few years after the 1996 founding of Conscious Coffees, and during one of his first visits with coffee producers in Latin America, he recognized the challenges farmers faced with market access, information, and authentic trading relationships. Vowing to find a way to participate in an alternative trading model which puts the farmers first, he discovered and joined Cooperative Coffees, a member-owned green coffee importing cooperative of 20+ roasters who maintain long-term relationships with over 20 producer groups in 14 countries. Mark is a past chair of the Green Quality Committee and current BOD member for Cooperative Coffees and can be found most days either cupping in the roastery, in the field, or out spreading the good word of coffee's journey from seed to cup.