Biz Buzz, Aug. 19, 2012

It’s 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and you’re in need of a caffeinated pick-me-up. But hot coffee when it’s 91 degrees outside doesn’t sound good.

Colorado Legacy is now offering a cool alternative.

The coffee wholesaler and retailer at 1048 Independent Ave., Suite 105A, began selling at the start of summer a cold-brew coffee it’s marketing as Morning Moonshine. It complements the Toddy cold-brew coffee systems Colorado Legacy began selling about three years ago.

As opposed to traditional hot-brew coffee, cold-brew coffee steeps for 16 to 18 hours before the concentrated liquid is drained off the coffee grounds. What’s left, according to Colorado Legacy co-owner Dan Welsh, is a “super-smooth, super-concentrated coffee” that is far less acidic than hot coffee.

Welsh said the cold brew system has been around for decades; it’s how the bottled, cold coffee drinks sold at grocery stores are made.

Colorado Legacy sells the Toddy cold-brew coffee system for $38. A half-gallon jug of cold-brew coffee — like beer, it’s sold in a growler — is $12.75.

“It’s really caught on well,” Welsh said of the cold-brew coffee. “The trick, as in all things, is to just get the word out.”

■ For the second year in a row, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado has been recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Colorado by a state human resources organization and a state business publication.

Hospice, 3090B North 12th St.,  ranked fourth on a list of top-10 large companies as part of the Best Company to Work for in Colorado 2012 program, which is sponsored by the Colorado State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management in conjunction with chapters ColoradoBIZ magazine and

This is the seventh year of the program. Hospice was ranked sixth in 2011.

To participate in the program, companies pay $700 to $1,000 for comprehensive reports based on employee surveys on matters such as leadership, management, benefits and strategy, according to ColoradoBIZ. Thirty finalists are chosen and categorized by workforce size: small (25 to 99 employees), medium (100 to 249 employees) and large (250 or more employees).

Hospice President and CEO Christy Whitney said she believes her staff ranked the company highly because they’re given leeway to work independently and they receive much more out of their work in end-of-life care than a paycheck.

“I think that number one, they say that people are happiest and most successful if they have a purpose,” she said. “People are motivated by purpose. That helps at the beginning because for the people who work here, it’s more than a job. It has a purpose.”

The magazine reported that Hospice provides up to $1,000 per year in tuition reimbursement to employees and pays for many educational and conference opportunities. Other perks include discounts on gym memberships, dry cleaning services, hotels and movie and concert tickets.

Edward Jones received the top honor as the best large company to work for in Colorado, the fifth time in seven years that has happened, according to ColoradoBIZ magazine. Omni Interlocken Resort and PricewaterhouseCoopers ranked second and third, respectively. Following Hospice and rounding out the top 10 were CoBank, Davita, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, Gaiam, Quest Diagnostics and Merrick & Co.

Founded in 1993, Hospice employs roughly 300 people and has been operating in the Grand Valley since 1993.

■ Hospice isn’t the only local workplace receiving accolades.

Humphrey RV & Trailer, 800 U.S. Highway 50, was recently named KZ’s top dealer for 2012, the second year in a row the Orchard Mesa recreational vehicle and fifth-wheel trailer dealership has earned that distinction from the manufacturer.

Humphrey sold 253 KZ vehicles last year, more than any of the 296 KZ dealers in North America, according to Humphrey owner Brad Humphrey.

“It’s kind of fun to beat out Texas and California,” he said. “And here we are in little, old Grand Junction.”

“We just have really good service and take really good care of people, which is why we chose that company — it’s similar to us,” Humphrey said of KZ.

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