Bean Fosters creates space for community through coffee

The shop is now roasting its own beans

Shanna Maxcy
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/25/21

Looking around the cafe at Bean Fosters people can be seen studying, working remotely, catching up with friends, meeting an online date for the first time … These are the scenes that owner Truett …

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Bean Fosters creates space for community through coffee

The shop is now roasting its own beans

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Looking around the cafe at Bean Fosters people can be seen studying, working remotely, catching up with friends, meeting an online date for the first time … These are the scenes that owner Truett Mickey say his space is all about.

“The reason I'm in the coffee industry is because I just really enjoy hosting the people space — that's the primary,” he said. “That said, we're also really pretty passionate about our coffee and about our product. Serving quality local things in a suburban appropriate way.”

Mickey opened the coffee shop in Golden Ridge in 2012, when he and his wife, Shana, purchased the existing shop in the space, Read, Write and Brew.

Over the years, the shop has been home for local writing groups, knitting groups and community events.

“In the last year especially, people are lonely, they aren't as community engaged as they used to be and some of that is pandemic, some of it is lifestyle, some of it is learning to deal with new technology,” Mickey said. “To me, coffee is the medium that brings people together in our space, but the end goal is the space not the coffee itself. I just think there is some power in that.”

Like many businesses, Covid required the Bean Fosters to pivot and do things they never thought they would do, such as online ordering, running orders out to curbside and delivering jars of nitro cold brew to people's doors. All kinds of things to “make it work in the new environment.”

Mickey said grants from both the city of Golden and Jefferson County also helped keep the shop open during the pandemic.

Online ordering is one thing that has stuck around, as well as some safety protocols, such as not handling customers personal cups.

“It wasn't our favorite business model because we've always been so person-focused,” Mickey said. “To me, it was a pretty big bummer to have this giant empty space and have people trickling in every hour. Now we've returned to a lot of what we enjoy, which is hosting people here with mugs.”

One thing unexpected that came out of the shops Covid closure was roasting their own coffee. In May, Mickey partnered with a co-roasting facility and started roasting their own beans.

“I think I'd been hesitant because I've seen other shops jump into roasting and not necessarily transition well from a specialty roaster to their own and still tasting good,” he said. “But we found that in a couple months we were able to match the quality that we expected.”

The shop has now fully transitioned into serving house-roasted beans. This week they also start kegging their own nitro cold brew.

Bean Fosters makes all their syrups in-house and uses local products when possible. Some cold-weather seasonal favorites are their Vermont maple spiced latte and local eggnog lattes and chais.

“There are shops in Denver where you can get the best cup of coffee you've ever had but you don't necessarily want to go back because your service or environment weren't desirable,” Mickey said. “The goal here is you can come in wanting a venti caramel Frappuccino and we're not gonna make it. But we'll offer you a nice caramel latte with our in-house made caramel and our local whole milk and our coffee we roasted last week, and hope you enjoy your experience and come back.”

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