Andrew Sprenger is the coffee brewing champion behind Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters. He spent 10 years working in the specialty coffee field before returning to his hometown of Lakewood, a suburb just west of Denver, to open Sweet Bloom in 2013. His extensive resume includes two-time US Brewers Cup Champion, the Runner-Up in the World Brewers Cup Championship, the 2013 US Aeropress Champion, and Runner-Up in the 2014 US Cup Tasters Championship. Sweet Bloom is evidence of his experience and deep passion for coffee, its growers, and his customers. This craft coffee roastery and tasting room is all about the coffee, where you can try every kind they are currently roasting. Housed in the same industrial style warehouse where their coffee is roasted, the cafe is a small area in front where you can grab a single-origin coffee brewed, and pair it with a gluten-free pastry from Wanderlust Confections. They also sell beans by the bag and coffee subscriptions.
Their servers can not only make a cup of coffee with precision but can also educate you on the fine points of coffee making, from the type of water to the equipment to the process. Depending on the type of bean, three different procedures are used to create their tantalizing whole-bean bags, including washed, natural, and controlled yeast fermentation, to extract the maximum flavor and aroma.
If you'd like to learn more, Sweet Bloom offers classes for both coffee enthusiast and professional brewers. They provide free public cuppings every other Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. Reserve a spot to taste all their coffees side by side in a traditional coffee cupping, similar to a wine tasting at a vineyard. No experience is necessary.
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