Coffee roaster aims to be heart of the community

Red Silo is the only roaster in West Arvada

Posted 11/28/18

The driving force behind the launch of Red Silo Coffee Roasters was the co-owner Greg Pierce just wanted a good cup of coffee. Pierce, a managing partner for Micro Commercial, is part of the team …

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Coffee roaster aims to be heart of the community

Red Silo is the only roaster in West Arvada

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The driving force behind the launch of Red Silo Coffee Roasters was the co-owner Greg Pierce just wanted a good cup of coffee.

Pierce, a managing partner for Micro Commercial, is part of the team that is building a small business campus at 66th Avenue and Holman Street, one block east of Indiana Street in West Arvada.

The first three buildings, which opened last year, brought in 45 new people working.

“As we started building it out, the goal was to create spaces for small businesses to thrive, expand, grow,” Pierce said of the micro spaces. “Our motivation was to create spaces that weren’t available.”

Now Red Silo Coffee Roasters, which officially opened its brick-and-mortar shop Oct. 27, is one of those small businesses.

The name of the roaster comes from the large red brick silo that sits on the site. It’s a scene that was recreated inside the coffee shop.

Pierce described coffee as a love language.

“I think each one of us coffee means different things,” he said.

“The silo signified the homestead,” said Shelley Flood, director of operations for Red Silo and self-proclaimed “bean queen.” “It was the heartbeat of the whole farm and that’s what we want to be for the community — that place that you come in and feel like home.”

Being a hub for the community — a place where people can talk over a good cup of coffee — is something Flood said is important. To help accomplish that, the shop has two reservable conference rooms available. Knitting groups, Bible studies and companies have already taken advantage of the space, Flood said.

As a precursor to the shop, for the past year, Pierce has been roasting coffee and introducing the product through farmers markets throughout the metro area.

“That was a perfect start for us,” Pierce said. “Farmers markets are all about community. It helped us refine our mission.”

The shop was meant not only to fill a void in the business park, but also to fill a void in West Arvada. Red Silo is now the only coffee shop on that side of town roasting and sourcing its own beans. Pierce said eventually, he would like to bring customer service to the next level by delivering freshly roasted beans to homes daily, following the old model of the milk man.

“We have great expansion plans,” Pierce said, adding that they are currently building a drive-through coffee stand in Washington. “We want to engage the community however they want us to engage them.”

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