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The mission of the Durango Coffee Company is to provide
you with an extraordinarily pleasant and special shopping experience
that will make you want to return again and again.
Our primary goal is to have you, our customer, feel delighted with
your experience while with us and to feel rewarded in body and
spirit when your shopping is finished. Its simple, we want you
to feel better when you leave than when you came in.
As we are one of the most popular and highest quality retail shops
in Durango, serving specialty coffees and teas, a large selection
of gourmet kitchen merchandise, and unique gifts we strive to be
a leader in the Durango retail marketplace. We can only maintain
this leadership through a well-trained and motivated staff who
enjoy their work. Our employees who greet and service you everyday
are our best assets and we expect them to carry a very high customer
service attitude and ethic.
Because we want you to have a special shopping experience we welcome
and even encourage you to complain if your experience with us is
not up to your expectations. Please let us know if anything in your experience with our business does not meet
Long before gourmet coffee had become a household
requirement in America, Carl Rand, the original owner of the Durango
Coffee Company, and still the artisan roaster of our fine coffees,
had begun a quest to find the perfect cup of coffee. In 1984, Carl,
a professional chef (Culinary Institute of America) started roasting
his own beans … out of a shed behind his home. Pretty soon
he was supplying Durango’s best restaurants with fresh roasted
coffee. He bought a bigger roaster and moved his business downtown,
opening a small retail shop to sell his coffees in bulk to the
public, and continuing to wholesale to restaurants in Durango,
Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.
In 1990, Carl moved the Durango Coffee Company into the current
building at 730 Main Avenue. Originally, the back of the store
held a coffee roaster and customers
could see the whole finishing process. But business outgrew the space and Durango
Coffee Company coffees are now being roasted in a warehouse nearby in Durango.
Getting back to his roots in the culinary arts, Carl expanded the store to
include a gourmet kitchen shop. Durango Coffee Company succeeds
because of these two
interrelated businesses: a coffee bar/cafe and a gourmet kitchen store. Customers – both
new and repeat – are enticed in for the area’s freshest, locally
roasted coffees. Many naturally begin browsing the extensive, ever-changing
kitchenwares on display. We like to think of it as a special blend of coffee
In 2004 Carl sold the retail operations of the Durango Coffee
Company located at 730 Main Ave. in Durango, CO to the current
Wheeler. Carl continues to operate the Durango Coffee Company’s
roasting and wholesale warehouse operations and is our exclusive
We are open daily from 7:30AM to 9:00PM and
always looking forward to serve you, please feel free to stop
in and taste the real flavor of Durango.