May 29, 2019

U.S. Small Business Administration Welcomes Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. as the 2019 inductee to the SBA Wall of Fame

DENVER—On Friday, May 10, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted their 2019 Awards Ceremony in celebration of National Small Business Week. The event took place at Front Range Community College where Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. was inducted into the SBA hall of fame.We are honored to be recognized by the SBA and to follow many other great Colorado business” Arseneau Said, Co -Founder of Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea. The Wall of Fame recognizes successful small businesses that have widespread brand recognition and also received support from the SBA.  In this case, the SBA helped Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. through its SBA 504 loan program, which helps small businesses acquire owner-occupied commercial real estate with minimal down payments and low fixed rate financing, partnered with Colorado Lending Source.Owners, Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau, accepted this recognition during the ceremony where Chris gave advice to small business owners looking for funding, "More often than not, businesses are under financed.  It's important for small businesses owners to obtain the right amount of capital to make them successful.  We were very fortunate to have a worked with a banker to help us understand our financing needs who introduced us to Colorado Lending Source and the options that SBA offers."

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May 29, 2019

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co receives prestigious Small Business Excellence Award

DENVER, CO— On January 31, 2019, Colorado Lending Source (CLS) held its Annual Meeting, a celebration of small business ownership, entrepreneurship, and the incredible community of resources that support those business owners and entrepreneurs across the state of Colorado.  At the Annual Meeting, Colorado Lending Source elected its 2019 Board of Directors, described its economic impact in 2018, and revealed the recipients of their Small Business Excellence  awards.


Colorado Lending Source presented five Small Business Excellence Awards that included Minturn based  Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co (VMCT) . Co-Founders Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau were present to receive the award. “ It’s a great honor to be selected from several hundred other Colorado business.” Said Chantler.  Colorado Lending source shared that Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea has a had an amazing economic impact on their community. Chris and Craig created a strong relationship with their lender, Larry Cavanaugh of Citywide banks. Who worked with CLS to secure financing for VMCT. Larry Cavanaugh  was also recognized as lender of the year for his support of small business in Colorado.


VMCT recently expanded their operation adding  a full service Roastery Cafe inside their roasting facility. Highlighting 35 coffees brewed 5 different ways and 60 whole leaf teas. There is also a full espresso bar and an assortment of sweet and savory treats. The funding from CLS gave VMCT the opportunity to purchase another unit in Meadow Mountain Business Park giving the company room to continue to expand. 


This year, Colorado Lending Source’s Annual Meeting celebrated and acknowledged Colorado’s unparalleled small business community.  Colorado Lending Source is truly a critical component of that small business community.  In 2018, the non-profit economic development company facilitated the funding of 221 loans totaling $331,674,205.97 while helping business owners create 1,747 jobs across the state.  Of those 221 loans, 83.2% went to underserved business owners including $15,361,000 in rural communities. 



Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co.has long history in Vail Valley (video)

Dine and Drink

You may not realize that your daily ritual of sipping coffee may come from a very close source. Sure, the beans may be imported from Indonesia, Africa, South and Central America, but if you are drinking a brew from Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company, it's roasted right here in Eagle County.


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November 30, 2017

Grind Rewind - A New Cafe for the valley's largest roastery

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea’s new Minturn shop

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea’s new Minturn shop.


Back in the mid-1980s, just as Starbucks was becoming a thing, Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau met while working in the hotel industry in Boston and decided to open a chain of espresso bars. Until the young entrepreneurs took a ski vacation in Vail, the only question was where.

Craig Arseneau and Chris Chantler

Craig Arseneau and Chris Chantler.


“We looked around and nobody was doing the specialty coffee thing, so we quit our jobs, moved out here, and opened the Daily Grind,” Chantler recalls. “We didn’t know very much about coffee, but we knew about how to build community, and we knew about service.”

That original Bridge Street café quickly expanded to six locations in the valley and Denver. By 1997, as Starbucks was opening stores in Japan, Chantler and Arseneau divested themselves of their mini retail empire to focus on their Minturn roastery. Twenty years later, 350 wholesale clients (from local restaurants to national grocery chains like Kroger and 1,500 mail-order customers), Chantler and Arseneau decided they missed the brick-and-mortar side of the business. Over the summer, they carved 1,300 square feet from their 7,000-square-foot roastery (showcased behind glass like a brewery at the center of a pub) and opened an upscale café for coffee aficionados.

The daily grind

The daily grind.


“It’s always been pure; it’s been simple,” says Arseneau. “When you manufacture something, when you cook and create, and then you serve it to the community, it’s all-encompassing, and it becomes part of your life.”

And coffee flows in your veins.

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VMCT Launches Nitro Cold Brew Coffee on Tap in Colorado

Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau of Vail Mountain Coffee stand with their kegs of Nitro Cold Brew CoffeeVail Mountain Coffee and Tea (VMCT), one of the highest altitude coffee roasters in the world, is bringing “Craft Draft Nitro Cold Brew” coffee to Colorado.

Craig Arseneau and Chris Chantler, co-founders of VMCT, have invested time and effort to change the way their customers enjoy iced coffee.

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Fuel Your Adventure®

Whether it's biking trails or hiking trails, running or training, your most recent endurance adventure through the backcountry undoubtedly includes water and, or an electrolyte drink to fuel your exercise. However, you can't forget to fuel your adventure with your favorite cup of coffee from Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea. For years, studies have shown caffeine should not be discounted in relation to athletic performance. In fact, caffeine is shown to improve endurance, reduce the amount of perceived pain mentally, and reduce post-exercise soreness.

A study in the American College of Sports Medicine showed ingesting caffeine one hour prior to prolonged exercises, such as running and cycling, increased performance. Although there are some positive effects of short-term exercise, evidence supports that caffeine is most useful in endurance events. A cup of coffee increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, and the muscles use those fats for fuel and leave carbohydrates for later when the athlete's need for endurance kicks in. In sum, the next time you're headed out for a half-day of mountain biking in the hills, plan to have your coffee close to your start time.

Mentally, caffeine can also help you to put in more effort while exercising. When reaching the end of your workout caffeine can help the athlete to invest mentally more in the physical effort. One study found athletes who did not consume caffeine reached exhaustion quicker than those who did.

Not only can it help with mentally motivating you through your workout, but caffeine is also found to reduce post-exercise soreness. In fact, between one and two cups of coffee can reduce your post-workout pain by nearly 50%. A 2003 study showed caffeine reduced thigh pain during moderate-intensity cycling. It's time to skip the ibuprofen and brew a fresh pot of coffee.

Here in Colorado, being active out in the beautiful backcountry isn't just a hobby but a way of life. Make Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea a part of it . Greet a fall sunrise by sipping on a favorite light, medium or dark roast and head off on your fueled adventure.