Tree is a local independent family owned business.
are Heidi, Michael, Maureen and Bob Thrash. Maureen and Bob are Heidi's
Michael both have been working in coffee shops since their teens and
have a combined 40 years experience in the coffee industry.
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
Matusak formerly with Intelligentsia Coffee).
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.
always dreamed of owning their own coffee shop.
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.
of 2005 Heidi and Michael visited Loveland, members of the church, the
space available and
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.
after arriving in Loveland some investors backed out causing Heidi and
Michael to pursue other avenues.
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.
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
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
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.
started as a one baker and one oven
operation has grown into four bakers and four ovens (as of 2016).
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.
Tree started serving breakfast sandwiches in 2009 and acquired its 1st
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
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.
Mandolin cafe opened, at 210 E 4th
September of 2009. Prior it was The Sweet Spot (2008) and before that
the Game Castle
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.
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.
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).
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
night on the town (2nd Friday of each month).
are welcome at The Coffee Tree. They have their own special
area filled with toys so the can equally be entertained.
time the Coffee Tree employees 15 people, four of which are cross
trained as bakers and baristas and three cross trained as coffee