The Dark – A New Blend by Black Coffee.

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We’ve had a lot of requests over the years for a darker blend. While our primary style of roasting lies solidly in the middle-leaning-light, we have shied away from a truly dark blend based on personal preference.. Our focus on roasting has always been to highlight the nuanced characteristics of each coffee crop. But as we’ve grown, we’ve also opened up to new ideas. More people have come to us asking for a coffee sourced in the same quality manner we do our others, but with a darker roast. They want to support organics, fair trade with farmers, fair wages and community support, but crave a little more edge on their coffee roast. We’ve listened. And we’ve worked hard to develop a new coffee blend specifically for these people. Introducing the Dark. It is, like all our coffees, 100% organic. Ethically sourced (fairly traded). With a roast we worked hard to hone in on, creating a darker flavor that makes for a solid, robust coffee. The Dark is a coffee that is truly dark.

The Dark is how people dream of drinking coffee in Paris, circa 1990.

The Dark is your favorite diner, tucked in a small town in the Cascades.

The Dark is black as a moonless night.

Roast level, full 6. Fair warning, if a coffee like our Guatemala or AM is already your favorite, this may not be your jam, but for those that have been craving something truly darker… The Dark.

Cheers Friends. Enjoy the coffee.

BLACK COFFEE DRIFT SALE

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This weekend Drift bags are on sale, 20% off from Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15, both online and in-shop. We are also offering free drip coffee at our shop on Spruce Street all day on Friday, December 13. Happy Holidays. Free shipping on all orders over $45. Cheers.

Website changes

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You may have noticed some changes to our website recently. We are working towards making our coffee more accessible, while also streamlining shipping and reducing waste. After nine years of business, we also had to change our pricing slightly, to catch up to current costs. All this was done in one quick swoop, and at first glance, it was a big change, but for sake of clarity and transparency, here is how it played out.

Shipping used to be built into the coffee costs online. We did this because it is sometimes nice to just know the cost and have nothing more added. But the pricing never lined up with our retail presence, so this fall we dropped the price online down to coincide with our retail shop. This meant we had to add shipping costs, but in an effort to keep our coffees reasonably priced for people out of town, we have capped shipping costs to $4/bag. We also now offer completely and totally free shipping on all orders over $45.

Our hope is that this will help incentivize consolidated shipping, even if we have to cover the costs. It will reduce packaging and our overall carbon footprint as shipments spread out around the country. But if you want just a bag or smaller quantity, we hope the capped costs help keep it accessible.

One last thing you will notice, and for this, we are pretty excited, we now offer sample packs of coffee. Four bags of your choosing, packed tightly into a nice little package allows you to keep a little variety in your day to day drinking, or help you hone in on which coffees you love the most.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Black Coffee.

Remote coffee

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There have been a lot of people asking lately about getting coffee from us… And we do ship, everywhere in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Over the years we have done our best to simplify our website and make it as intuitive as possible. In the coming months, we are working on refining the selection process even further to help select the coffees that fit your taste.

In terms of roasting, we have a wide selection available. The reasons are two-fold. First, there are a lot of great coffees out there, and we love to try, play with, and sell them. Secondly, we have never seek to cater to just one style of coffee. While we tend to lean towards a medium roasting style, this type of roast we give a coffee is completely dependant on each individual coffee. Each coffee we bring in we put through a series of experiments, pursuing a roast that we think highlights that particular coffee best. And while we each have personal preferences on which coffee we think may fit espresso or French press, or an Aero-press best, we do not roast any coffee with a specific method exclusively in mind. When we are experimenting with coffees, we are trying them in all forms. The goal is to make each coffee as delicious as possible for that particular bean, rather than just pushing it towards a specific extraction method. We love coffees across a wide spectrum, and love to see what all the beautiful variations are from around the world. Coffee characteristics vary as widely as the places they come from and the people that process them.

That said, we realize a lot of people are just looking for a “light” or a “dark” coffee. And we get it. Light, Medium, and Dark are words that have been at the center of the coffee conversation for years. We also think in those terms, but with less regards to roast, and more regards to the bean characteristic. In roasting to highlight the best of each bean, we find that some coffees have naturally darker characteristics, while others lend to brighter, lighter characteristics. Some of that has to do with the roast, some of it is inherent to the beans. We try to put this in the descriptions of the coffee to help as a guide.

So check out our coffee selection online, and order a bag. If you have any questions you can feel free anytime to email us and we love a good coffee conversation and are happy to help you select what we think will fit your tastes. Because that is the goal. To introduce you to the world of coffee as we see it and help you find a cup that makes you super happy every day. And if along the way you find that you don’t want to be without our coffees, we’ve made subscriptions really easy to sign up for. You pick the coffee (or let us pick it under “roaster’s choice”), the amount, and the frequency you want to receive it. And without another thought, we’ll ship you freshly roasted, delicious, 100% organic coffee right to your mailbox. We ship USPS priority, so your coffee arrives fast.

Coffee is a personal ritual. Every day for most of us. It is the way we take off in the morning, and can often set the tone of the whole day. A good cup of coffee can be a highlight of every day, and we’d love to be part of yours.

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