Monday, August 27, 2018

Wayfinder Coffee Company in northern Springs plans opening for mid-September

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Wayfinder Coffee Company's owners plan to open their doors in mid-September. - MEGAN LIBBY
  • Megan Libby
  • Wayfinder Coffee Company's owners plan to open their doors in mid-September.
When Anna Summers and her best friend, Megan Libby, decided to at long last start a business together, their first step was to make a list. They wrote down everything they loved in life, and four things that brought them both joy — coffee, pastries, wine and cheese — formed the foundations of Wayfinder Coffee Company.

“We love coffee shops," says Summers. "We love the atmosphere. And we love the coffee.”

Summers says she worked in restaurants through her twenties, but most recently, she was a manager at a travel agency. Libby, on the other hand, describes herself as a "serial entrepreneur," raised by small businesspeople — she adds that she previously owned a delivery restaurant in Denver. They chose the name Wayfinder in the hope that their coffee shop would embody both definitions of the word: a landmark for bringing community together, and a guide to the global nature of food and coffee.

Currently, they're working with a few importers to source a range of coffees — while they prefer extra-dark Italian roasts for espresso, they intend to roast a range of lighter beans with flavor profiles for all comers. As they're both avid home bakers, they'll be producing their pastries in-house, including cupcakes and more, perfect for customers to enjoy on their sizable deck space.

“One thing that we’re really excited and proud of is that we’ll be making our own croissants in house," says Libby, teasing a variety of house-made fillings. On the savory side, they'll be offering small plates — think tapas, charcuterie and cheese boards, made to pair with a selection of wines and beers. For booze, they hope to offer a few old-world wines and global beers alongside beloved local options.

They plan to soft-open the café and roastery in northeastern Springs in mid-September, with a grand opening to follow a week later.
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Archives promises classic drinks in a subdued atmosphere

Posted By on Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The Archives is accessible from Colorado Craft or a door in the nearby alleway. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • The Archives is accessible from Colorado Craft or a door in the nearby alleway.
Dylan Currier, formerly of Cowboy Star and Sakura Speakeasy, now owns his own bar. Located downstairs from Colorado Craft, The Archives soft-opened on Saturday, Aug. 25 by reservation only. And from the decor to the drinks menu, the spot’s focused on honoring the past.

Though Currier’s wanted his own place for some time, he says this opportunity fell into his lap. He was contacted by Colorado Craft co-owner Bryan Bradigan, who offered him the spot earlier this year.

Currier plans to pull archival photos from all throughout the Springs’ history to decorate the walls. And the cocktail menu’s divided among classics, modern classics like the paper plane and original cocktails — Currier says that while it’s great every bartender worth their salt has a play on a daiquiri or old fashioned, it can be hard to find a to-specifications preparation of the original in town.

“We really want to be that late-night downtown cocktail bar for people who want to get away from the noise,” says Currier — the spot will be open until 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with an alleyway door providing access after Colorado Craft closes.

He’s also sourcing various amaros from the mid-20th century, such as a vintage ‘70s fernet and hard-to-find Amaro 18 Isolabella, both higher-dollar options for fancy nights out or amaro nerds. There will also be an appetizer menu provided by Colorado Craft, as well as a range of beer and wine. By winter, Currier hopes to have a different appetizer menu than what’s offered upstairs, and he’ll be working in seasonal cocktail and punch bowl specials.
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