Boulder’s Dragonfly Coffee Roasters has racked up scores of accolades over its seven years in business, including America’s Second Best Espresso at the 2016 national Coffee Fest trade show. But one thing the award-winning roaster has lacked? Its own retail space for introducing customers to its artisan, direct-trade coffees. That was, until January 2, when it opened a public-facing tasting room in North Boulder. Tamas Christman, Dragonfly’s founder, says that the shop is meant to welcome the coffee novice and sophisticate alike, with an experience that is completely focused on the beans.
“My goal is to have engaging coffee experience…we don’t have any food, no milk, it’s all about the coffee,” Christman says. “[It’s] not in a pretentious way that we would suggest you not using milk, it’s more that this space, particularly, is just designed [for visitors to] interact with the coffee and learn about the farmers.”