Part 1 of 3

Colorado Springs’ coffee scene is heating up! More than just fluid that infuses energy into our bloodstreams, and more than…yawn…Starbucks, the variations to the cups of the best substance God ever created available in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas are significant. Educated customers and fanatic loyalists alike all have their favorite local coffee shops. It’s a good thing then, there is, what feels like, an ever-increasing list of local roasters, experienced shot pullers, and a parched, caffeine-crazed population that is starting to demand the best.

Options now abound for coffee shops in Colorado Springs! Where to go for the best cold brew on tap? Where to go for the largest selection in single origin pour overs? Where to go for a robust full-flavored latte? Or even where to go for a Cortado? These questions are growing harder to answer with the local bar being raised on our coffee scene.

But, that’s just flavor…roasting…and quality. The real differentiater in Colorado Springs coffee shops is mission!

This week kicks off a 3 part series on our blog where we interview Sean Buckles from Building 3 Coffee Roasters in Lincoln Center! Sean sees mission starting in the very ground the beans are grown in. He wants to make sure that the farmer in Guatemala is getting a fair price, but also that it is helping support and benefit entire extended families! This is why Sean works with importers like Onyx who work directly with farmers in Guatemala and not only see that growers, like Maria, a single mom trying to support herself and her extended family, are paid a fair price, but also that she’s able to grow some of the best quality beans in the world, putting them in high demand. More than that…Onyx growers also give back to their local communities in big ways. Partnering with great partners like Edwin Martinez of Onyx, helps Sean to know that Building 3’s coffee starts in its very beginning on mission – helping families and communities thrive in areas like Guatemala!

So, please listen Sean’s great story of moving from a member of our special forces to owning his own coffee shop in Colorado Springs!

Pete Heiniger

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