We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Lima and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks are definitely hard but no one would have their own business if they never took the risk to follow their dreams. We took a huge risk by opening our first retail location in July 2020, right in the middle of a pandemic. People definitely thought we were crazy but we took the risk to pursue our passion in coffee and the support in our community has been incredible! We have actually had such a good response that we are looking to open a second location sometime this year.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is a local coffee roasting company as well as a coffee bar. We started roasting our own beans and made sure that we nailed the art of coffee roasting before crafting drinks to share with the public. Diego (my husband and roaster) has been roasting coffee for the past 8 years and prides himself in bringing out the natural nuances that the farmer had in vision when roasting each batch. We are passionate about people, and coffee, in that order, and simply love how coffee brings us together. It wasn’t easy to get to where we are now but with taking little bits of every journey we had in life, we were able to create our business that creates community through coffee. Through the process we’ve definitely learned to follow our instincts and not to give up!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first off have them stay at The Edwards House botique hotel. Its a historic house with the most amazing owner and original victorian design. It’s right next to Downtown Fort Collins, were you can find everything. I would definitley bring them to Lima Coffee Roasters (our coffee bar) but would definitly bring them to other staple coffee shops in town like Bindle, Starry Night, The Crooked Cup, Harbinger and Little Bird. We would probably grab lunch at The Rio for some awesome Mexican food or hit New Belgum and O’dell breweries. I would make sure to take them along the Poudre River as well as see a movie at The Lyric. The farmer’s market is always a hit featuring local vendors and would end up at Jessup Farms, a place for shopping and more food!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly our shoutout goes to not a specific person or group but our brothers and sisters in the coffee community! It has been such a relief to lean on one each other and help each other out in any way to grow each other. There are some days that just by having conversations with other coffee shop owners has helped up jump through hurdles.