A Pueblo, Colo. roaster that uses solar energy to roast coffee beans has opened a drive-through retail location and cafe. According to a recent report by the Colorado Springs Independent, brothers Michael and David Hartkop opened the drive-through location months ahead of schedule, after being evicted from a mall location to make way for a Lids store.
The company also operates cafes at the campus of Colorado State University Pueblo and at a flagship downtown location, where solar panels are currently being installed to make the entire downtown roastery carbon neutral, according to the report.
The brothers are still working on the Helios 5, a version of the solar “power tower” technology used in some deserts. They say the technology will allow roasters such as themselves to harness energy on urban rooftops and divert it to the spaces below.