Our Story: The Mystery Behind Highland Coffee Company

Our coffee speaks to the core of who we are as owners of one of the finest coffee companies in America. Those who know us consider it to be also a most interesting characteristic.

In 2022 eight friends…

with legendary backgrounds were blessed by God to discover something very interesting about not only roasting coffee at altitude but roasting coffee at altitude in Estes Park, Colorado.  It soon became apparent that we were roasting in a vortex of enchantment that reflected the Highlands of Scotland, that, interestingly enough, rested close to the longitude lines of Estes Park.  Adding even more to the story, the archaeological record shows that humans have lived in the area for several thousand years. Remains from the Clovis culture, the first known people to cross the Bering Strait land bridge from Asia into North America, have been found in Rocky Mountain National Park. Thousands of years ago, this popular destination attracted the Native American tribes of the Ute and Arapaho whose families summered in the Estes Park area.

It also became apparent that for no other reason could we eight people have been brought together than to carry on a tradition that reflected the very essence of who our ancestors were, who loved their coffee.

The finished product is a coffee as unique as each of our backgrounds…mysterious, courageous, honorable, magical, and filled with folklore, sending a clear message that what we are producing is as much a reflection of our DNA as we are a reflection of those who came before us.

We discovered that our individual heritages…

–and our love for highland coffee–had Journeyed Far thorough the annuals of time encompassing historic moments where surely a flavorful brew rested in the hands of:

The Crusaders in Lebanon (1095 – 1302 AD)

and those from Scotland who fought alongside Hugh de Payens, the founder of the Knights Templar.

“The Knights Templar were an elite fighting force of their day, highly trained, well-equipped and highly motivated; one of the tenets of their religious order was that they were forbidden from retreating in battle unless outnumbered three to one, and even then only by order of the commander, or if the Templar flag went down.’  Perhaps our Templars could only overcome their advisory with the aid of a superb cup of coffee.” (source)

 

General William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, KB, PC,

a British Army officer who rose to become Commander-in-Chief of British land forces in the Colonies during the American War of Independence 1775-1783. Howe was one of three brothers who had distinguished military careers and was known among Parliament as an American sympathizer, proclaiming the colonies should be independent of British rule.

Perhaps it was the aroma of a bold, dark roast coffee handed to him by a Washington Spy that awakened his senses, reminding him that he was fighting Colonists who showed daily the willingness to take surprisingly bold risks, who refused to be defeated, who would one day create the greatest nation the world has ever known…The United States of America.

 

Daniel Boone

who remains an iconic figure in American history. He became famous for his exploration and settlement of Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies. Boone served as a militia officer during the Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which was fought in Kentucky primarily between American settlers and British-allied Indians.

Perhaps it was the smell of coffee that reminded him of his Scots-Irish stock and evoked a sense of adventure and wanderlust…sparking his curiosity to discover the brave new world.  Boone believed that true happiness could be achieved through three essential elements: “having a good gun, a good horse and a good wife.”  If truth be told, he probably had a forth…a good cup of coffee.

 

Daniel Fisher Jr.

(7th of 13 children) joined the Union Army to fight during the civil war, in Mansfield Ohio in August of 1864. One month later in September of that year, he was taken prisoner after Major General Nathan Forrest launched an attack at Fort Henderson in Athens Alabama. Daniel Jr. was taken to Cahaba also known as Castle Morgan, at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba rivers, where the Confederacy held captive Union. soldiers. The name Cahaba is derived from the Choctaw words “oka” meaning “water” and “aba” meaning “above”.  In April of 1865 the war was over, and prisoners were loaded onto steamboats to go back north. Daniel Jr. was loaded onto the Sultana that after a few days it exploded killing over 1500 soldiers, Daniel Jr. was among the dead.

Perhaps it was the aroma of medium roast coffee that reminded him of home and family, giving him the sense of warmth, security, and the endurance to sustain captivity.

 

If there was ever a coffee birthed from the earth that has the ability to capture moments in time, traced to their earliest accounts, infused with the spirit of all that is legendary…it is Highland coffee.