In many ways, Queen City started in the mid-2000s while we worked, researched, and played in rural Africa. From Zimbabwe to Rwanda, we spent nearly a decade coordinating humanitarian programs, organizing research projects, and kicking around on humble soccer fields with friends. We learned about community in Africa -- real, honest community.
Life eventually brought us back to our roots, back to Colorado and the great city of Denver. Along the way, we indulged our passion for coffee by moonlighting as baristas and roasters, and this made our next project an easy progression -- we love our farmer friends + we love our city, the Queen City of the Plains + we love coffee -- so we started a company that combines all these things!
Collective coffee means we're doing this together -- we know our coffee farmers and their exporters; we know the conditions of our coffees’ production; we hook other roasting friends up with our farmers' coffees; we small-batch roast in the back of a coffee & whiskey bar on Denver's historic Colfax Ave.; and everyone is welcome to our ragtag group because we believe good coffee should build the collective good.