Comments about coffee, salt spark interest


■ WHAT: Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee.

■ WHERE: 1048 Independent Ave., Suite 105A.

■ CONTACT: 241-6558; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

After last week’s column, in which I wrote about food trends for 2012, I received emails from readers who thought I should expand on the topic of home roasting coffee beans and mention Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee.

Legacy, owned by Dan and Roni Welsh, has been open since 2004 and offers commercial and retail fresh roasted coffees and, if you prefer to roast at home, sells raw, green coffee beans.

Even before they opened in Grand Junction, the Welshes had a rich history in the coffee business. They operated a coffee shop in Corvallis, Ore., where they specialized in roasting coffee. Roni is from Seattle, the nexus of the American coffee generation.

Their move to Grand Junction was kismet, Dan said, a series of coincidence after coincidence. Dan had always wanted to go to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, N.M., so they cranked up the motor home and headed out, aiming to stop at the Fruita Fall Festival on the way, Dan said.

But the motor home broke down in Grand Junction. With three days to waste and explore, while they waited for repairs, they discovered the old Rocky Mountain Roasted Coffees, boarded up and for sale. In a wildly impulsive decision, they bought the place. They spent the rest of their vacation wondering “What the heck did we just do?” Dan recounts on his website.

The motor home was a wash, but they had a new home.

Most of Legacy’s business is wholesale, roasting coffees for Roasted Espresso, Four Winds Coffee & Tea, Morning Mission and Aspen Street Coffee.

But the retail section has gained a loyal following, either from people who want their coffee roasted for them or for home roasters.

“The green beans are catching on more and more,” Dan said.

Home roasters often use an old hot-air popcorn popper to roast the bean. Or, Roni and Dan can steer you toward a machine specifically designed for the task.

Legacy imports coffee beans from 12 countries and will ship to the far reaches of the Grand Valley, Delta and Montrose, Dan said.

Dan’s favorites are African and Indonesian coffees, but one of his top sellers is a breakfast coffee called Mesa Blend.

If you see a little one scampering around the shop, that’s their daughter, 10-year-old Dani, who they adopted from China in 2002.

With the addition of Dani to the family, adoption and orphanages have become a mission very close to their hearts.

So, buyers who purchase Legacy’s coffee from Mexico, Mission Blend, are contributing to a favorite cause of the family, an orphanage in Mazatlan. In addition to helping fund the cause, the Welshes visit the children in Mazatlan every year and work around the orphanage.

REAL SALT: Another item came across my desk this week, again from a reader. His favorite sea salt is called Real Salt and it is mined from an ancient seabed in Redmond, Utah.

The salt deposit was long known to Native Americans. The wildlife in the area used it as a salt lick.

Today the coarse-ground sea salt is sold in its natural state, without additives, chemicals or processing.

Packed in the pinkish and flecked salt are more than 60 trace minerals, according to the company, including calcium, iron and magnesium.

The taste is nuanced and a bit sweet. It’s available in the Grand Valley at Target or at health food stores. Go to for information.

QUOTE: “A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee — a lot more.” — Jayne Mansfield

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