At Alice’s Restaurant… ‘Ceptin Alice….
Growing up near Philly, you could always count on WMMR to play this classic on Thanksgiving day (WARNING – DO NOT CLICK THE VIDEO IF YOU DO NOT HAVE 19 MINUTES TO KILL… KILL… KILL).
So what in the world does this have to do with coffee, you may <very fairly> ask? Well, our Thanksgiving Blend is now available! The story of this blend is a little like that Thanksgiving classic… long and rambling, and just tangentially related to the title.
It was Thanksgiving 2002, I think. I was charged with the weighty responsibility of bringing the coffee to the Thanksgiving feast. Per my usual work style, I conceived of a plan early, and waited until the last possible moment to execute. Like the best strategies, it was dead nuts simple – bring Kona. How could I go wrong?
The day before the holiday, I pulled the inventory to roast. Low and behold, I was short. I needed a Plan B, but most of the other beans I had in inventory would need more than 24 hours to out-gas. So I conceived of a blend with what precious little inventory I had, and crafted a combination that leveraged the Kona’s legendary smoothness, yet had flavors that were complimentary… and could sufficiently out-gas in 24 hours. I didn’t expect to ever repeat it, but it turned out to be quite popular. So like that perennial Arlo Guthrie tune, we trot it out every turkey day and provide just one more thing for which to be thankful.
In the cup, expect the smooth nuttiness of Kona, punctuated with a surprising but completely harmonious zip that will put some spring in your step.
Oh, and you will note the photo of a new canine model sporting the web site description, and <hopefully> on the label of this blend. This is Lauren, the Muddy Dog’s older, sweeter and smarter sister. She is half Springer Spaniel, half Beagle, (a Spreagle?) and 100% sweetheart.
WWJD (What Would Jim Drink today?): Believe it or not, I’m drinking the Christmas Blend I’m crafting for release about the time you need to unbutton your pants from too much turkey. It’s an unusual blend – rich and earthy, woody and nutty. A future classic, I think. You’ll have to tell me. Look for it in about a month.