If there's one thing in this world I love more than photography(not counting family), it's coffee. So, you can imagine my excitement when I move to Grand Junction Colorado a year ago and found that there's a coffee roaster right here in town. And this amazing place is called Colorado Legacy Coffee.
After following them on Facebook and Instagram for a while I asked them if they did tours, Chad, their roaster, told me which days they roast on and to stop by sometime. The idea of going to watch a roaster in action was very exciting. I've always enjoyed shows like How's It's Made and looked forward to seeing something like that in person.
As soon as I had some time, I went down to Colorado Legacy Coffee and met with Chad, he invited me to the back where he was getting ready to roast some coffee beans. Now, if you love coffee, and have never been somewhere where they roast coffee, you definitely should, the smell alone is totally worth it.
Chad started talking about the process, and honestly I could have listened for hours. I love learning, anything new is just fascinating to me. I wont become a roaster anytime soon, but listening to him talk about it, you could hear how passionate he was about his craft and that resonates with me as a creative myself.
When it came time to open the roaster, along with the beans came out bellows of smoke, and it was then that I knew I had to photograph Chad while he was roasting. After we talked some more, I asked him if it would be possible at all some day to photograph him, and after speaking with the owners, Dan and Roni, to my excitement, they said I could.
So, we planned the shoot for a couple weeks out when they had some time and would be roasting dark roast, which would yield even more smoke than I had seen that day.
2 weeks later, the day of the shoot arrived and I couldn't wait to get started. I unloaded my gear and set up, but before we got to work, I had to get a photo with Chad :)
The first thing I wanted to get, was a shot of Chad, opening the roaster with all those beautiful roasted beans accompanied with all that smoke coming out. I definitely was not disappointed, the dark roast did exactly what I had hoped for and let loose a ton of smoke when he opened it up, as you can see below.
After we got the images we wanted for that, we took a group shot of the owners Dan and Roni and roaster Chad and his wife Jayme. Near their roaster there're huge bags of coffee, so me and Chad decide to hang empty burlap bags on the walls around them to create the backdrop for this shot. This is that image, I love how this came out.
Once we got the group shot, since the backdrop we created was already there, I wanted to create a more dramatic image of Chad. We grabbed a mug that had the Colorado Legacy logo on it, red would go great with the browns of the backdrop.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
I'd like to thank everyone at Colorado Legacy Coffee for allowing me inside their amazing company
to capture a small part of what they do. I look forward to going back to visit and have some
more Nitro Coffee, it really is amazing!
If you'd like to know more about Colorado Legacy Coffee and the amazing beans they roast.
You can visit their website and social media pages: