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Fun Facts About The Coffee Tree

  • The coffee Tree is a local independent family owned business.

  • The owners are Heidi, Michael, Maureen and Bob Thrash. Maureen and Bob are Heidi's parents.

  • Heidi and Michael both have been working in coffee shops since their teens and have a combined 40 years experience in the coffee industry.

  • Their experience includes working for independent and corporate coffee companies as well as having been trained by United States Barista Champions (Heidi worked for Dismas Smith and Michael was trained by Ellie Matusak formerly with Intelligentsia Coffee).

  • Heidi and Michael met in Seattle, WA in 2001 while working together at the former Seattle's Best Coffee location at 1st & Pike; adjacent to the historic Pike's Place Market.

  • Both have always dreamed of owning their own coffee shop.

  • In 2005 children of life long friends of Heidi's parents were part of a church (Blue Sky) in Loveland. That church leased empty space at 202 E 4th st, Loveland, CO 80537. The church wanted a coffee shop in that space so the children of Heidi's parent's life long friends contacted Heidi and Michael in Seattle.

  • In the summer of 2005 Heidi and Michael visited Loveland, members of the church, the space available and potential investors.

  • The decision was made by Heidi and Michael to move to Loveland and pursue opening a coffee shop shortly after visiting Loveland. They arrived in October of 2005.

  • Shortly after arriving in Loveland some investors backed out causing Heidi and Michael to pursue other avenues.

  • While pursuing other avenues Heidi and Michael were frequent customers of Anthology Book Company, located at 422 E 4th st Loveland, CO 80537, owned by Stephanie Stauder.

  • Knowing Heidi was looking for employment Stephanie Stauder offered Heidi a job. At this time Heidi told Stephanie why she had moved to Loveland and Stephanie suggested buying her coffee cart portion of Anthology Book Company.

  • An agreement was reached between the Stauders and Thrashes and The Coffee Tree was opened June 1st 2006 at 422 E 4th St. The Coffee Tree opened with Heidi and Michael as the only employees. Their 1st employee started a few months later.

  • At opening The Coffee Tree was only 500 sqft (200 sqft was kitchen space) with 15 seats inside and 4 outside. At that time they served Allegro Coffee, burritos, bagels and select pastries

  • In 2007 The Coffee Tree began baking from scratch and roasting its own coffee at 422 E 4th.

  • What started as a one baker and one oven operation has grown into four bakers and four ovens (as of 2016).

  • The Coffee Tree still roast coffee in their Ambex YM-2 5 lbs drum roaster. For optimal coffee flavor they never roast more than 3 lbs 12 oz at a time. This makes them truly a small batch coffee roaster.

  • The Coffee Tree started serving breakfast sandwiches in 2009 and acquired its 1st panini grill.

  • In the beginning of 2012 it was becoming obvious that The Coffee Tree and Anthology both needed more space for their businesses. Together they looked at many properties in downtown Loveland to relocate together. None met all the essential requirements for both businesses. At that time they decided to go separate ways. The Coffee Tree started looking at the old Mandolin Cafe space in the Mercantile building; at that time owned by Barry Floyd of Logistics Real Estate and Larry Melton of Realtec.

  • The Mandolin cafe opened, at 210 E 4th st, in September of 2009. Prior it was The Sweet Spot (2008) and before that the Game Castle (2007).

  • The largest hurdle for The Coffee Tree to over come, at 201 E 4th, was the old infrastructure of the historic Mercantile building. The space was 80 amps below the minimum threshold for The Coffee Tree's electrical needs. This hurdle was over come by Barry Floyd and Larry Milton allowing diversion of amps from another part of the building to The Coffee Tree's new home, and the city of Loveland granting a share back incentive.

  • Other remodeling of 210 E 4th st included new flooring, lighting, painting and counters. The new space has 81 seats inside and 8 outside for a total of 89. It is 3,400 sqft in total.

  • The cafe includes social seating designs with interactive bar seating for customers and baristas as well as a long dinning table, called the community table, for groups and individuals to socialize and network together. Areas of the cafe can be and sometimes are reserved for a variety of functions such as: book clubs, knitting, discussion, gaming and writing groups, as well as a co-working space (high speed cable internet is provided free to customers).

  • Being an art community The Coffee Tree participates by having an “Art Wall” that host a new artist's art hanging once a month to coincide with downtown's night on the town (2nd Friday of each month).

  • Children are welcome at The Coffee Tree. They have their own special area filled with toys so the can equally be entertained.

  • At this time the Coffee Tree employees 15 people, four of which are cross trained as bakers and baristas and three cross trained as coffee roasters.