One coffee roaster closes, another opens in The Source

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Barista Selina Pena in the new Caffe Figurati space in The Source in RiNo. (Kailyn Lamb)

The Source in RiNo has traded one coffee roaster for another.

Boulder-based Boxcar Coffee Roasters shipped out of its Denver location at 3350 Brighton Blvd. on Sunday. A flyer on the counter before it closed stated that it was looking for potential locations in Denver.

Owner and founder Vajra Rich did not respond to requests for comment.

A Boxcar employee at The Source location said it had outgrown its space and would be moving its roasting operations to Boulder.

On Jan. 29 The Source’s new coffee tenant, Commonwealth Coffee Roasters’ concept Caffe Figurati, had moved in and was selling coffee.

Commonwealth owner Jason Farrar said that for now, Caffe Figurati is a pop-up cafe at The Source. In the next few days, he said, the coffee company will begin construction to tweak the former Boxcar layout.

“We want to make it more of an open interface with the customers,” he said.

Commonwealth Coffee Roasters opened its roasting facility at 5225 E. 38th Ave. in Park Hill in 2013, and later opened a small cafe there.

Caffe Figurati will have a different concept than Commonwealth’s original spot.

Farrar said the Park Hill location focuses on the origins of ingredients, as well as roasting coffee for wholesale. For Caffe Figurati, he wanted to focus more on the traditional Italian style of brewing. He said Italian espressos tend to be darker roasts with small amounts of sugar.

“The concept at The Source is going to be really high-intensity service,” he added.

Farrar said Commonwealth has a five-year lease in the space.

Developer Kyle Zeppelin said the nearby Source Hotel project is estimated to be completed around May 1.

While the company will still have a café spot with seating, the store portion of the space will be used for a new coffee school. Farrar is working with several other coffee shop owners to act as consultants for people looking to enter the business.

“The whole backspace will be a classroom space and a training lab. We want to make it available to baristas in a cost-effective way,” he said.

Novo Coffee offers a similar school for baristas at its RiNo headquarters.

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Barista Selina Pena in the new Caffe Figurati space in The Source in RiNo. (Kailyn Lamb)

After another company packed its bags, the RiNo development's new coffee tenant has moved in and started to pour.

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