"People in both camps swear by drum roasting vs. air roasting," says Kyle Collins. But the local air-roasting contingent was pretty small — numbering just R&R Coffee Café and Colorado Coffee Merchants, to our knowledge — until Collins' SwitchBack Coffee Roasters (1637 W. Colorado Ave., switchbackroasters.com) joined in.
"We like [air roasting] because it's super-consistent," says Collins. "In drum roasters, the metal pieces heat to different temperatures," meaning that the chaff, the skin of the coffee cherry, can get stuck and burn, altering flavors. (Of course, the majority of coffee drinkers will never notice the difference between air-roasted and drum-roasted beans, according to R&R's Ryan Wanner.)
Collins launched SwitchBack with Brandon DelGrosso in a garage last December, and moved it into Old Colorado City in June. Roughly 90 percent of the fair-trade organic beans go out to wholesale clients, including Jives Coffee Lounge and a number of local churches with interior coffee shops. (Collins also works for Pulpit Rock Church and Campus Crusade for Christ.) But you can get a hold of SwitchBack beans yourself online or in person during limited weekly hours.
Soon, but not yet
• Notes posted on social media pages for Buttercup's Frozen Yogurt (27 S. Tejon St., buttercupsfroyo.com) say to look for an opening around mid-October; co-owner Alexis Spiranac had told the Indy in June that she hoped to be open by early August.
• In June, we reported that a second Rosie's Diner (eatatrosies.com) would open around early August at 11550 Ridgeline Drive. That date has now been pushed back to around the second week of October, according to folks at the Monument location.
À la carte
• A new international grocery store called Babylon Market (635-9632) opened recently at 2702 N. Nevada Ave. Raed Salih, the Iraqi-born owner and former translator for the Marines, says he mainly carries items from the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, Iran and Egypt. Salih plans to add an Iraqi-style café feature to the business, at a new, larger location.
• Conscious Table (26 E. Kiowa St., conscioustable.net) opens for dinner Thursday, Sept. 29, with regular Thursday through Saturday hours to follow. Classes, to include knife skills, gluten-free cooking and stock-making, began Wednesday, Sept. 21.
• The space at 6120 Barnes Road, which had turned from an Indigo Joe's franchise into the independently run Indigo Bar and Grill last year, became the Stadium Bar and Grill (302-0969) on Sept. 8. Co-owner Todd Cunningham, a former bar manager at the second Indigo, says he's updated the decor and menu, which he describes as "classic American grill" food, with excellent burgers.