Certified organic, with the roasting date inked in by hand. Now that’s artisanal!
If you’re a coffee fanatic, it calls for a little celebration every time a new coffee roaster hits town. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the arrival of Stumptown (Portland), Intelligentsia (Chicago), and Blue Bottle (Oakland/San Francisco); the formation of Oslo Coffee (Brooklyn) and Gorilla Coffee Roasters (Brooklyn); and the reinvigoration of the ancient Dallis Bros. Coffee (Queens). New long ago, Fork in the Road reported on the arrival of the legendary Ritual Coffee (San Francisco) at Murray’s Cheese. Now the venerable cheese vendor has scoured the country and come up with another new brand of roasted beans from a surprising place.
The beans are certified organic, and the coffee company is Black Coffee Roasting Company of Missoula, Montana. Talk about a random location! Still, one imagines that the beans–gathered from around the world–have benefited from the clear mountain air and cool temperatures, even though Missoula is located in one of Montana’s flatter parts. Or maybe you can taste the influence of ranches and tumbleweeds. Either way, the Six Towers blend has a bitter backbone that presents itself about a second and a half after you sip it. The color of the coffee after press-potting is dark as a moonless night in the country. The sturdy blend is especially nice in the morning, and seems heavily caffeinated, and the beans glisten in the bag, every tenth bean slicked with coffee oils.
Here’s the description of the blend from the Black Coffee website:
Medium-Dark Roast, this bean has dark, full throttled appeal. Delicious no matter the preparation method, this coffee has great notes of coco, nuts, and caramel and just a hint of sweet fruit. This is the perfect coffee for everyday drinking.
Not sure what they mean by “coco,” but the coffee is worth checking out.
Six Towers beans from Black Coffee Roasters as poured from the bag
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 7, 2012