New Shop Line Available Now

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We have a new small batch of coffee we’ve brought in for the early summer season. This one is from Cajamarca, Peru, grown between 1300-2000 meters above sea level, and produced by the Chirinos Cooperative. The crop is certified organic, and processed using a double-fermentation method, in which the coffee is left in vat at a stable temperature for twice the usual length of time. We have been excited to see in the last few years how producers around the world are beginning to step outside the tradition bounds of coffee processing to push the envelope for how coffee can be produced and testing how new methods can effect the final outcomes of their crops. There are so many variables that are part of the flavor of coffee that occur while they are being produced in their country of origin, and we are excited to see new methods emerge and be experimented with before the coffee gets to us.

We have been really pleased with this coffee, and love the full, sweet body that it has in cup. Organic coffee quality has been growing tremendously in recent years, and we love to be part of this dynamic that results in healthier ecosystems, health, and quality crops as well as a more sustainable, long term relationship between people and the earth we live on. We hope you will try out the newest Shop Line. It is only available online and in our shop, and will only be around for a short time.

Warm Season, Cold Drinks

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The mountain snow is retreating quickly with warm weather moving across the northwest, and warm days have finally settled into the valleys of Montana. So it is time to resurrect summer cold drinks at Black Coffee here in Missoula. We have brought back one of the highlight drinks from last summer, a mint-infused cold brew coffee, topped with organic cream or vegan options including soy, almond, or our house-made Brazil nut milk. This year we also are offering a cold-steeped cascara tea, that has all the delicious coffee cherry deliciousness in a mellow, cold tea. Also this summer we are offering house-made lemonade, which can be taken straight or with a shot of cold brew. Summer is nearly here. Get out and stop in along the way to where ever your adventures take you.

 

SHOP LINE

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Special coffees with limited availability, just for you.

Occasionally we are introduced to small lots of coffee that are special, but limited. Coffee, being an agriculture crop, has dynamics that range across the board, and generally when we purchase a crop we are purchasing enough to supply our various coffee shop and grocery stores so that the coffee is available to them all for the season until the next seasons crops arrive. However, we are often presented with lots that would be too small to supply to the various outlets we sell to. Now we have created a new line called Shop Line, that lets us bring in these very small offerings and offer them directly to our customers at our own shop in downtown Missoula, and on our website. They will not be available anywhere else, and we buy a very limited amount, so once it is gone, we on to the next one. This inaugural batch is from Brazil, and is an incredibly lively, organic coffee.

This small lot is from a family owned biodynamic farm sourced from Fazenda Floresta near the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The farmers use a holistic approach to agriculture where the farm is managed as an interconnected organism that generates its own fertility through diverse cover-cropping and working with the rhythms of nature. Pulp natural and dried in the sun, this coffee produces a clean and complex cherry fruit flavor with nice chocolatey sweetness and bright orange acidity.

Keep an eye out throughout the year as we offer these new organic micro-offerings. They will not be available anywhere else.

 

As always, our coffees are organically grown, sourced at or above Fair Trade price, roasted and sold fresh, and packaged in 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging. We strive to find the best coffees, so you can drink the best the planet has to offer with minimal impact on the earth.

Sulewasi

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We have been lucky over the years to have access to some terrific coffees from Sumatra. The mood of most Sumatran coffees fits nice into the woods of the Northwest. Dense toned coffees with the mood of moss and steep mountain tops, tall evergreen stands, glacier melt streams, and big skies. Their attributes find commonality with life in places with long winters and forest rich summers and this new crop we have in from Sulawesi is along the same vein, but it really has something else that we do not see as often, an level of elegance and silkiness that makes it truly special. It has a very natural sweetness that hides like a hint, and a tone of green apple that is masked as a subtle acidity. It really is something unique and special. And delicious.

 

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