Portland loves strong coffee, as evidenced by both the sheer number of micro-roasters we support, and the fact that Pam Grier could easily win the mayoral election and become the baddest one-woman hit squad that ever hit town, rendering Randy Leonard obsolete. Making sure no one sleeps when they mess with this Coffy: Black Blood of the Earth.
From a Bay Area mad-crazy not mad-angry scientist as adept at using liquid nitrogen to remove the "useless water" from martinis in Antarctica (true story) as he is at removing the useless not-caffeine from your morning cuppa, BBotE is an ultra-small-batch, pre-brewed, cold-vacuum-extract coffee elixir created in his Oakland loft, which packs a wake-up wallop around 40x stronger than your standard cup. Due to an extraction method way more complicated than pour-through, BBotE has none of your daily brew's bitterness and tooth-staining danger, while offering a full robust flavor that "tastes like coffee smells" and yet offers more caffeine in a single 375ml bottle than "a month's worth of Starbucks Ventis" meaning it'll probably get you higher than hitting Fresh Pot...on Hawthorne. While the standard BBotE is available in roasts from dark Sumatran to light Panamanian, and quantities up to 4L, the truly buzz-obsessed will want to look to an extract pulled from even more caffeinated Robusta beans called Death Wish, which is named after the company who roasted the beans, and not because drinking it will make you kill 10 would-be muggers in 1974 New York before you're banished to Chicago.
Because his production is super-limited, BBotE requires that you get hooked up online to pre-order your brew and wait for it to arrive, or if you're super-tired, you can track down the local Black Blood distribution rep, who better make sure Mayor Grier knows nothing illegal is going on, unless she wants her coffee operation busted by a Coffy operation.
Published: July 22, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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