Friends, there is certainly a lot to report these days with the return of Jim and our company’s owners from the annual meeting of Cooperative Coffees, our functioning letterpress, and the excitement that comes with a change in seasons. On the eve of the release of our next batch of Whiskey Coffee, though, I feel compelled to provide some further whiskey-related storytelling. Hopefully, you have read the earlier posts regarding the process, and the great story of this worthy experiment’s origins (http://domacoffee.com/coffee/whiskey-barrel-aged-coffee/).
Yesterday, as our current batch of Whiskey Coffee was completing its last days of aging, and while everyone else was hard at work at the roastery, it was with a twinge of guilt that I stole away with Terry to acquire the barrels for our next batch. Thankfully for me, even for someone as strong as Terry, lifting even an empty whiskey barrel is a two person job. We took the DOMA-mobile to Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, Washington (http://www.dryflydistilling.com/input-birthday.php?redirect=/). Here, we met Patrick, a partner at Dry Fly who graciously collaborates with us on this unique coffee. When a couple barrels were loaded safely in our vehicle, we went inside for a quick look around.
I am certain my friends and colleagues are filling their heads with images of foxes in henhouses over the idea of me at a distillery. I can tell you that like Terry, I am someone who likes to experience the world deeply through the senses (of taste and smell in this instance). The smells of the space itself were rather intoxicating: charred oak; grain; and the clean, sharp scent of spirits. After admiring the tasting space and distillery, Patrick showed us down a hallway covered in excellent art and graphic work to a dimly lit space loaded with cases of award-winning vodka, pallets of bottles, and aging whiskey barrels of course.
We realize this coffee may not be for everyone. It is a small-batch, labor-intensive creation, so that’s probably just as well. But, if you’re curious, this batch will be available October 1st for you to enjoy. Cheers.