A gas station, a tire shop, an ARC donation drop-off … the building at 1190 W. Littleton Blvd. has had many identities over the years.
For the past year it has been the location of Lost Coffee's roaster. And at the end of June, it opened as a coffee shop as well.
“The idea here with opening this store is a way to allow for customers to be able to see us roasting and get that full experience,” said Danielle Wagner, manager of Lost Coffee in Littleton. “So they know how we care about the beans from the green stage all the way to the end production of the perfect cup of coffee.”
Lost Coffee was started by owner Scott Gaerte in 2010 as a food truck and expanded into its first location in Castle Rock within the following year. Since then, it grew to three locations in Castle Rock, one in Aurora, and the newest location in Littleton.
Beans for all shops as well as wholesale and retail are roasted out of the Littleton shop.
But opening the doors to the public in Littleton had setbacks. The first opening date was set for March 2020. Then the pandemic hit. Opening was pushed back to October 2020. Then January 2021.
“Everything got pushed back,” Wagner said. “Finding contractors to finish within a certain time was really hard. The company took a hit to our business, so there was a lack of funds to get open. It's been a struggle.”
But Wagner said the community support in their first month of business has been overwhelming.
One of the things that's important for Lost Coffee is to work with coffee farms that use better practices not only for nature, but also for their employees. They also support programs that help provide better wages for women, wash-plant workers and farmers.
“We want to know who we're supporting, especially people who are creating this great product who maybe don't even get to experience it themselves,” said Wagner, who worked as a coffee farmer for four years. “We are just trying to do justice to the farmers.”
But making good small-batch coffee is just is not the only important thing at Lost Coffee. Wagner said getting to know the community and the customers is just as important.
“We love to learn everyone's names, their kids, their dogs, know what their regular order is,” Wagner said. “It's letting the community know that we care as much for them as they care for our coffee and drinking good coffee.”
Lost Coffee on Littleton Boulevard is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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