Mirage Trading & Roasting Company in Moffat, ColoradoMirage Roasting Co. 17555 State Hwy 17 Moffat, CO 81143 719-256-4357 www.miragetradingco.com
The charming Mirage Roasting Company sits in the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado on Highway 17. One woman told me that there is 1 person for every 2 square miles of land out there, which makes it the least densely populated area in Colorado.
The entire valley consists of acres of farm land for potatoes, barley, quinoa, etc. and sits on top of Colorado’s largest aquifer providing life-giving water to this high desert landscape.
Mirage Roasting Co. also houses an art trading business and cafe where both the locals and tourists gather. Lisa, barista and roaster, explained that they purchased a roaster about a year ago and now roast several pounds a week. Several of the area’s restaurants are now serving their specialty, single-origin coffees. They are proud of their 100% organic, fair trade beans and so is the community. They wish to remain small and specialized and never compromising quality.
On my tour of the Valley I also discovered The Great Sand Dunes National Park, a restaurant that raises and serves grass-fed yak, an alligator farm, the international spiritual hub of Crestone, and a UFO lookout tower.
What a grand adventure! This is what road trips are for … to discover the uniqueness of our country.