The Daily Grind Coffee Company, Inc. was founded in 1989 in Vail, Colorado by Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau. The company began as a retail concept responding to trends in the specialty coffee industry. After aggressively opening 6 retail outlets in Vail and Denver between 1989 and 1993, a roasting concept was created called Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters. In 1997 the retail outlets were sold allowing for attention to be focused on the quickly growing Colorado wholesale roasting operation.
From 1993 to 1998, Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters established itself in the Vail Valley as the primary coffee provider, handling small and large local accounts such as the ski resort company, Vail Resorts. In the late 90’s expansion continued with growth into the Denver and Boulder markets. Based on their past retail experience, Chris and Craig work with new coffee houses and espresso bars as retail consultants. Today the team continues to provide assistance to coffee houses and restaurants as part of its commitment to customer care.
Tea was added to the product line in 1995. Through the years, Vail Mountain Coffee Roasters became the leading supplier of loose-leaf teas in Colorado. As a result, in 2002, due to growth and success of the tea line, the company changed its name to Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Co. (VMCT)
Today, VMCT supplies over 300 customers throughout Colorado and its neighboring states with 46 different coffees, 60 different teas, and a large selection of espresso equipment, accessory goods and syrups. The success of VMCT is a result of buying only the finest coffee and tea, consistent roasting, commitment to freshness and outstanding customer care and education.