We had the good fortune of connecting with Brice Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brice, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
We are increasing the social capital in our area and globally by purchasing consciously, hiring local, and buying as much produce and supplies as possible in Boulder County It’s been our mission from the beginning to make a better world one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee is the highlight of many people’s morning. Add to that the ability to be sustainable and support sustainable efforts, it’s at the heart of what we do. When we introduced baking to our little coffee house, we approached it from a healthy, conscious and family friendly perspective, as we wouldn’t provide anything to you we wouldn’t give to our own family.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At Precision Pours, we make it worth the “67 steps” from our parking lot. This means almost everything is made in house; alternative milks, breads, pastries, sauces, syrup, jams and more are made in our tiny 360 sq ft facility in Louisville. Our biggest challenge is existing in a location dubbed as a “destination.” We know our location is not great, but I am extremely proud of our design, concept and progress. We are located on an island of a plot that is unpopulated in an area with a lot of competition, but we still find ourselves sold out of pastries almost daily. Our brand is about helping others, making people happy, and improving the overall quality of the life for those around us through sustainable and ethical practices.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Need to visit: Breakfast in Boulder- The Village Coffee Shop Go for a drive up to NCAR to hike or look at Boulder’s architecture Best cookie in Boulder- Great Harvest, the OG! Aoi for sushi lunch or playful dinner Le Pops on Pearl Stree then people watching Cellar West Artisanal Ales in Lafayette for a good time and great beer Other notable coffee shops and bakeries: Beleza and Babettes
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, my partner Amy Newman has been an inspiration and the love of my life for 13 years. We have 4 kids and one business and while I’ve tried to improve our situation by attending graduate school in architecture full-time, she’s been the rock of our family. She has been my muse and I rely on her for her expertise in coffee and food tasting. Second, my dad. He helped me build this dream. From the mobile coffee bar, to cafe, and now our nano-bakery, he’s had more than just a hand to do with our success. Being a general contractor of 40 years in Boulder, he had the ability and knowhow to help me, teach me, and build all physical concepts I’ve been daring to try out. Along with his handy skills, he and my mom have always believed in me. Gregory Kolsto and Michael Valverde of Oddly Correct and Mud Pie in Kansas City were monumental toward the image of Precision Pours. They have been mentors and friends who run successful small businesses in Kansas City. I remember my first experience with a three minute, hand brewed drip coffee and that coffee can be used in multiple ways as highlighted by the two men’s shops. Zach Martinucci of Rebel Bread in Denver was one of the first people people to take me seriously about our sourdough and pastries. The guy is a rockstar of baking and with some direction and guidance he helped us understand nuances to the bakery and baked goods. His openness and continued support is inspirational and I hope to be as good of a teach as him one day.