They Like Their Coffee Black

10 Apr

For wine, it’s hints of cherry, chalk, or spice in bouquet or taste.  For beer, it’s the pungency of barley or hop crop.   In coffee, it’s the acidity, citrus, smoke, and leather notes that create flavor and personality once brewed.

For BlackCoffee Roasting Company partners Jim Chapman and Matt McQuilkin it’s just as much about terroir and science, as it is a good measure of joy.

Some use caffeine as a means to start and endure a long work day, but when McQuilkin heads into slumber it’s always with a smile on his face, thinking of morning cups of Joe. For Chapman, it’s the same. It’s why the pair became partners.

Once these longtime friends discovered they shared a dream of owning and operating a roasting outfit, they began to source and roast coffee from multiple regions across the globe to create custom blends. It started as a means of collecting local commercial accounts and now, after two years, has grown into an enormous consumer business where people collect limited release coffee types like baseball cards or Japanese anime toys.

The two dubbed their burgeoning company “Blackcoffee” as a nod to long-running serial “Twin Peaks,” and the many references to black coffee in the show, and conduct small batch roasting on a daily basis in their shop on Russell and Wyoming streets.

One Facebook post quotes Special Agent Dale Cooper:

“Harry, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a little present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt from the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Like this.”

Love these guys – and I would bet that Missoula-born Twin Peaks creator David Lynch might too.

Locals and visitors to Missoula can stop in at Wyoming and Russell to taste a specially brewed cup of  “pour over bar” drip coffee, made of exactly 22 grams of beans, and 12 ounces of 200 degree water poured over slowly – in four minutes – for the perfect brew cup.

Roastmaster Jim Chapman is a slave to coffee

In a word, these guys are fanatical about coffee.  I admit I’m in love with that sort of sensibility.

After tasting 25 varieties in the last year and a half, or so, I have easily concluded that it’s the best coffee I’ve ever tasted.  I’m also hooked on collecting these limited-release smoky, sexy, aromatic batches like everyone else and can’t wait for seasonal (Drift, The Hunt, Gun Club, Bloom) and single-origin releases (Rwanda, Mexico, Costa Rica) to emerge monthly.

Cool logo gear, and bag artwork by Dave McKay make loving this brand easy.  I’m currently hooked on single-origin Rwanda Musasa’s sweet smooth mouth-feel, and hate like hell that it won’t be around forever.

But constant yearning is all a part of good consumerism, right?  And fortunately, the alternatives are always good here.

4 Responses to “They Like Their Coffee Black”

  1. MMR April 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I’m going to have to try this! I heart black coffee!

  2. llgrannis April 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    It’s great stuff. Try the current Rwanda coffee.

    And PS I heart AND soul black coffee – so there! :)

  3. llgrannis April 14, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Thank you guys – appreciate the mention and link! Well deserved praise, I can assure you. It is such a pleasure to drink your coffee – I know what you mean about going to bed with thoughts of looking forward to it in the morning. Hope you become a national sensation! Just keep it affordable for us little guys! ;)

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