Name of business: Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea – Roastery Cafe
Physical address: Meadow Mountain Business Park, 23698 US Hwy 24 Minturn, CO 81645
Phone number: 970-827-4008
What goods or services are you offering at this time?
We are offering all coffee and tea drinks to go along with our freshly baked sweet and savory treats. We are still offering all seven brewing options along with a full flight of espresso drinks. All of our coffees are available in our standard retail package and 5-pound bulk bags start at $39.95. For the tea drinker, we are offering a 20% discount on all loose-leaf teas.
How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?
We are offering pick up of our bulk items in a drop box outside the front door and the opportunity to pre-order drinks for take-out. We have hand sanitizing stations at the front door and adjacent to the espresso bar. We are also following all social distancing protocols laid out by Eagle County Health.
We just started offering free delivery on all retail orders placed online at vailcoffee.com from Edwards to East Vail. We have 65 whole-leaf teas and 35 coffees to bring to your doorstep. Place your order each week for Thursday delivery.
How can the community support you?
The community has been amazing by purchasing 5-pound bags of freshly roasted coffee directly from us. We had a parent from Red Sandstone Elementary School order coffee to be shipped as gifts to all 29 teachers as a thank you for their extra efforts. Also, we offer free shipping on our website and many people have been placing orders to ship home to friends and family as a “stay-at-home gift”. This has helped us maintain our staff for the past six weeks.
What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?
Our website, vailcoffee.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees?
Our customers are very happy that we have stayed open. People, in general, are concerned about our local economy and what recovery will look like but on the whole, there is a fair amount of optimism. I believe that our employees are very happy that we have created a situation that we are still able to do business and they have been able to stay employed.
What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?
We will continue to build on our bulk sales for people to enjoy our coffee and tea brewed in their homes. When we move to dining in, we have a big area that we will be able to create a welcoming environment with great social distancing. Also, as our restaurant and lodging community reopens its doors, we will be ready to service all of their wholesale needs.
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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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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
23698 US Highway 6 & 24, Minturn, 970-827-4008; vailcoffee.com
Vail 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.