Lakewood’s Sweet Bloom on the national map.
When I read the Thrillist.com headline, “The 21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country,” I idly wondered which Boulder or Denver roaster would be on the list. Answer is “none” — or “one, sort of.” Sweet Bloom is the only Colorado roaster to make the list. It’s located in Lakewood, but its bags say “Denver.”
The bean: San Adolfo Colombia (floral, berry, nougat)
Most roasters are proud to have visited the farms they source their coffee from, but Sweet Bloom takes it a step further by actually inviting its farmers to its Lakewood, CO headquarters to taste the fruits of their labor, which happen to be roasted by a guy who’s taken home first or second in nearly all of the most important competitions in coffee. The roasts skew lighter than average, with an emphasis on sweetness (go figure) and floral aromatics. Word on the street is that Colombian beans are the move, but it’s hard not to try the Guatemalans once you hear the story of the third-generation farmers behind the crop.