Exploring Local Coffee Shops: Mission Coffee Roasters


Happy Monday! In an effort to hang out together more, explore our community and try out some tasty food and hot drinks, my mom Michelle from By Quiet Waters and I are starting a blog series of reviews of local coffee shops in our town. I don’t like coffee so I mostly drink tea and my mom enjoys tea and coffee so we will be writing the reviews from the perspectives of a tea drinker and a mostly-coffee drinker. Sometimes the posts will be on my blog and sometimes they will show up on my mom’s blog. The first coffee shop we reviewed is called Mission Coffee Roasters.

Mission Coffee is located on Ridgeline Dr. near New Life Church and the TCA east campus. Their coffee and tea is fairtrade certified and they serve espresso orders in reusable mugs. The atmosphere is casual and there are usually several people working on computers at their central table or in one of the easy chairs in the main area. Upstairs they have group working space available for a fee. They roast their coffee in house and if you come at the right time you can watch the roasters at work.


Michelle’s review:

While most of the time I drink Cafe Mocha, at Mission I have found another favorite, the Vanilla Lavender Latte, with soy milk.  The Vanilla flavor is full and smooth, and the lavender add a little something that makes the drink delicious as well as interesting.  I don’t recommend the Lavender Latte almond milk though.  The almond milk and the lavender by itself made for a bitter drink.



Amy’s review:

Mission Coffee has the best chai latte I’ve ever tried. It’s creamy and sweet enough to smooth out the black pepper taste but it doesn’t overpower the spices. They also have a really good selection of teas any of which can be made into a latte. I realized that this is the same order as the tea latte I mentioned in my Coffee Exchange review but the english breakfast latte with lavender is quite delightful.

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Colorado Travel Guide: The Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory



The Celestial Seasonings factory is one of my favorite places and definitely a must see if you are visiting the Denver or Boulder area of Colorado. Celestial Seasonings has been around since 1969, they  source top-quality ingredients from all over the world and sell their teas in many different countries. They have a huge variety of flavors and many of their teas are organic and fair-trade certified. Some of my favorite teas are Sleepytime, Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland and Fast Lane. Their factory in Boulder is the only one in the world.


The tour takes about 30 minutes and unfortunately, photos are not allowed. After the tour I highly reccomend spending some time in the tea shop and the sampling room. You can try out teas in the sampling room, and then buy them in the tea shop perfect, right? The tea shop has one of the best selections of their tea I have seen (surprise, surprise, I know) so whenever I visit I stock up on all of the teas that I can’t find anywhere else.


The Sleepytime Bear

Have you visited the Celestial Seasonings factory? What did you think?

Have a great day!