Berry Fruity, Coffees, Dark, Espresso, Nutty/Cocoa, Spices, Urban City
An aromatic, smoky blend with pepper, fruit, and dark chocolate notes
12 oz Whole Bean
Tasting Notes: An aromatic, smoky blend with pepper, fruit, and dark chocolate notes
Roast Level: Dark
Origins: Brazil, Central America, South America
Our Pike Street Blend
Chocolate and coffee. What a team. Both begin as tropical beans, both are roasted, and both contain caffeine. A coffee with chocolate notes is pleasing to the pallet. It’s familiar. It’s meant to be. Like the famous market that inspired the name, this blend offers a pleasant aroma and loads of flavor. We have written a Pike Street blend inspired story here, the story of Seattle’s most iconic tourist attraction and how it was born from a revolution.
Beans from the Mantiqueira de Minas
Pike Street gets its iconic flavor from a coffee sourced from the Mantiqueira de Minas region in Southeastern Brazil. It helps bring out nice bittersweet chocolates notes in the blend. At one time, the Coffee Kings of Brazil ruled all. They were big plantation owners, monarchs of estates blessed by the government to exercise a nearly complete monopoly over the global coffee market.
Coffee and politics were so entwined that an entire era of Brazilian government was referred to as the Café con Leite – or “coffee with milk”. This referred to the country’s twin exports: java and dairy.
Brazil knows coffee. They “got it” almost immediately after introduction – production ramped up quickly and now it’s integral to their economy. Good coffee still comes from Brazil: soft and nutty coffee with low acidity and a nice bittersweet chocolate taste. It’s a coffee that the locals drink with milk.
Brew time is shortened to 5-10 minutes. This is because darker roasted coffee extracts faster than lighter roasted coffee.
French Press Brewing Guide
Grind: Medium coarse (Slightly finer than sea salt)
Water: 600g 93°C/199°F
Total Brew Time: 15 Minutes
Yieldes appx. 2 cups
1. Preheat the French press by filling it with hot water
2. After heating the French press, dump the water out and fill with ground coffee.
3. Pour all of the hot water over the ground coffee. Start the timer and stir for 30 seconds.
4. Secure the top with the filter pulled up. Wait for the coffee to brew.
5. When the timer reaches 5:00 remove the top, stir briefly, and secure top back on.
6. Wait an additional 10 minutes. Press the filter down and decant the coffee into mugs to serve or another vessel.
Espresso Brewing Guide
Notes: Distribute the ground coffee evenly in the portafilter basket. Tamp straight down with approximately 30lbs of pressure leaving a flat and even bed of coffee in the portafilter. Review your brew recipe, pull your shot of espresso. Adjust grind finer/coarser to increase/decrease brew time. Results will vary due to machine/grinder differences. Explore taste results at +/- 3 seconds in relation to the recipe time to find the best taste at home.
Discover the Inspiration Behind the Blend
Below are some basic recipes outlining what we found produced the best cup with this coffee, however we encourage each home brewer to experiment and modify these recipes to suite their own tastes.
Visibility in the Dark
This street, to us, depicts the struggles, victories, and losses of the minority communities and people of Seattle as well as the United States.
Seattle’s Caffeinated History
Much of what makes Seattle’s coffee scene unusual is the willingness of people here to shun the ordinary.