Coffee is shipped whole bean to ensure freshness and flavor.
The Coffee Ride,based in Boulder, Colorado
In our sixth month of launching this program,I amproudto finally announce our very firsthometown roaster showcase! Grateful does not even begin to describe my sentimentstoward this particular partnership because Josh Crane, the owner and roaster of The Coffee Ride, has supported me time and time again in my own coffee endeavors, and has intertwined himself so actively in our community of Boulder, Colorado that he's proven the term "community" to be anything but an industry buzzword. The Coffee Ride is exactly what the coffee community should be about!
It all began 7 years ago while Josh was studying in pursuit of medical school. His daily coffee consumption was a means to stay focused on this cutthroat career path, but it eventually led to an eye-opening realization of a cup's true potential. He started experimenting with roasting at home, and with an obsessive personality and a background in science, Josh taught himself how to produce a more refined cup. After years of honing in on his development and reaping the benefits of freshly roasted coffee, he began sharing his new found love with coworkers via Chemex, a drastic upgrade to their other caffeine options, where they were just that...a caffeinated means to get by. When Josh saw how powerful of a tool this passion of his could be, positively transforming the mornings of individuals and putting smiles on their faces, he decided to take his skills and his daily bicycle commute and turn it into a business. So, The Coffee Ride began and Josh has been making connections with the community by delivering freshly roasted bags of happiness by bicycle for over 4 years. Even in the harsh winters, with snow on the ground and all, Josh is out there on his bike making sure every one of his customers receives their coffee via personal connection.
You can typically find Josh in his warehouse in North Boulder roasting, brainstorming new collab ideas, or surrounded by other friends of his in the cycling community. He uses his coffee as a means to bring people together, and often organizes cycling meet-ups at his roastery where friends fuel up and ride out. When I first met Josh this past January, it was not long after I had first relocated to Colorado and was still trying to get Pin Drop off the ground in this new community. He had actually reached out to me on Instagram and invited me to his shop to sample his coffee, and not once did our interactions feel transactional or with ulterior motive. Josh intently listened to my business visions and shared similar entrepreneurship struggles, and he even took notes on what he could potentially help me out with, despite me not yet being in a place to be a wholesale partner of his. Within minutes of parting ways that day, he was already reaching out to his local network to help me get more connected. Not only did Josh and I become friends that day, but he has continued to be a loyal support system in this industry, while never losing momentum in sourcing and roasting incredibly good coffees. Like me, he's operating his company solely by himself, yet he constantly puts others first and makes sure everyone else is taken care of. I can honestly say that the majority of the contacts and local businesses I've collaborated with in Boulder have been a result of Josh's unconditional kindness, generosity, and desire to see others around him succeed. I share this personal experience because, while producing quality product is important, I value even more when good humans cross my path and remind me of what led me to coffee. It's enthusiastic, warm people like Josh Crane that help make this industry exactly what most of us claim we want it to be about: connection and community.
The Farm / The Coffee
Finca Los Pinosis a blueprint for harmonious co-existence between farming and nature. Orderly rows of coffee shrubs are protected by towering shade-giving pine trees — hence the nameLos Pinos, or “The Pines.”
The producer, Don Milo, has been a coffee farmer for 50 years. Now his two sons, (Olman and Luis Emilio) manage the farms and the mill. He is known in the region for his honesty, working habits, humility and quality of the coffee, and in fact, his coffee has consistently been in the top 3% during the specialty coffee competitions he's participated in.
Los Pinos is a blend of caturra coffee from Cafetalera, Buenos Aires. The coffee is processed with the most delicacy and precision demanded by the specialty coffee industry. It presents attributes such as a fragrant chocolate aroma with sweet butterscotch, walnut, and canella taste notes. A balanced, creamy body with a medium acidity, delicate citrus notes, and a clean residual taste.