Pumpkin Spice Breve

Caffè breve is an American variation of a latte: a milk-based espresso drink using steamed half-and-half instead of milk. The snows bring with them a desire for warmth and comfort making this a perfect cold-weather drink – richer and slightly less sweet than a latte. For a special treat to welcome the autumn snow, try a Pumpkin Spice Breve from Java Mountain Roasters. It’s delectable ~ a bit like pumpkin pie in a cup. Do you love the winter weather? This will add to the joy of the season. Do you not? A breve is a truly wonderful way to console yourself. Drink up – you deserve it.



A cappuccino  is an Italian coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam. The name comes from the Capuchin friars, referring to the colour of their habits. It is made by pouring espresso into the bottom third of the cup, then adding a similar amount of hot milk. The top third of the drink consists of milk foam. 

One of the most important factors in preparing a cappuccino is the texture and temperature of the milk. When a barista steams the milk for a cappuccino, microfoam is created by introducing very tiny bubbles of air into the milk, giving the milk its luscious texture. The traditional cappuccino has a ¾ inch thick milk foam on top. Variations of the mixtures are cappuccino chiaro (a white cappuccino, also called a wet cappuccino) with more milk than normal, and cappuccino scuro (a dark cappuccino, also called a dry cappuccino) with less steamed milk than normal. Attaining the correct ratio of foam to espresso is a craft. It requires skill and experience and makes the cappuccino one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make well. A skilled barista not only makes a quintessential  cappuccino, but may also create artistic shapes while pouring the milk on the top of the espresso coffee ~ called latte art.

Cappuccino was developed in Italy by the early 1900s, and grew in popularity as the large espresso machines in cafés and restaurants were improved during and after World War II. Here in America, cappuccino did not become widely available until the appearance of coffee houses in the 1990s. Those same coffee houses have become increasingly commercial, and now we long for an independent shop with some personality. That’s exactly what we have in Java Mountain Roasters. Just because Americans are late to the party (the coffee connoisseur party, that is) doesn’t mean we ever need to settle for second best. Let JMR’s skilled baristas serve you a hand-crafted cappuccino. You’ll never view coffee the same.

The Art of Tamping

Creating an espresso is a work of art. A certain weighed amount of coffee is necessary to create a ‘dose’ or ‘shot’ of espresso. The frreshly ground coffee is placed in a small basket where it is leveled to an even depth with no gaps or breaks in the coffee. It is then tamped down with a tool to make a sound ‘puck.’ A sound puck is crucial for a good cup of espresso, and creating one takes skill and practice.  Since the water from the espresso machine is under pressure, the espresso puck must be hard and evenly tamped.

Many coffee stores have their pucks pre-made. All a barista needs to do is allow the hot water to pour through to make the espresso. The result is consistent, but with no real quality control at the shop. At Java Mountain Roasters, all the espresso baskets are hand-filled and hand-tamped. What you get is a hand-crafted espresso made freshly and right before your eyes. It’s one of the benefits of an authentic coffee shop.


Although Idaho Springs has many activies to keep a family busy, it is also a gateway to all the Summit County ski resorts, such as, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge. Keystone is just forty miles away – an easy drive from Idaho Springs. Additionally, this small town has a quaint and cozy feel, unlike the big resort towns, and is close to shopping, restaurants and museums. Next time you’re planning a Colorado vacation, remember Idaho Springs.

If you’re local, and skiing is a day trip for you, don’t forget that Idaho Springs is the place to get that perfect cup of morning coffee at Java Mountain Roasters, or even a hearty, healthful breakfast at Mainstreet Restaurant. Idaho Springs is more than a stop to relax on the way back down the hill — although it’s that, too.

Something Real

Do you get tired of drive-thru coffee? For goodness sake, even McDonald’s has boutique coffees on its menu now – you can drink a “fast food” mocha with your hamburger, if you can stomach it. To be fair, McDonald’s has its niche, but sometimes what we crave is that hard to find something that simply can’t be found driving through at a fast-food restaurant.

Sometimes what we need is to pull our chair up to true coziness, drinking a made-to-order coffee from a real cup – with a handle, no less. Sometimes we need to walk into a place where we’re not assaulted by brand everywhere we look, where baristas are friendly and knowledgeable, where we’re viewed as customers, not just as a half-caff, non-fat, no-whip mochaccino. Sometimes what we need is a real … live … coffee shop.

Java Mountain Roasters has atmoshpere, fragrance, great coffee and smiling faces. They have that something you’re looking for. Come on in and have a cup.

How Do I Love Thee?

Roasting coffee transforms the chemical and physical properties of green coffee beans into roasted coffee products. The roasting process is what produces the characteristic flavor of coffee . As green coffee is more stable than roasted, the roasting process leads to the best cup of coffee when it takes place close to where it will be consumed. We know what we want our coffee to taste like, and we’re quite particular. So, in order to have more control over the freshness and flavor profile of the beans, we roast our own.

Come into Java Mountain Roasters and let the exhilarating aroma of roasting coffee beans envelop you. Let our barista know what you long for in that perfect cup of Joe, and she’ll lead you to that ‘just right,’ freshly roasted, perfectly brewed cup of coffee.

Run to the Mountains

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” John Muir