June 30, 2022
We can forgive you if you’re not quite sure what Spirit Infused Coffee is all about.
Our goal was simple — create a completely new coffee drinking experience. We know what good coffee tastes like. And we know the distinct qualities we love about the most popular premium spirits. We wanted it all in one incredible cup.
We’re talking about enhancing your coffee with the subtle — and non-alcoholic — notes from a glass of your favorite spirits.
In 2016, Fire Dept. Coffee developed a proprietary way to infuse your cup of coffee with bourbon, tequila, rum, Irish whiskey and many more fine spirits.
It wasn’t easy.
We started this grand experiment by aging the coffee beans in used barrels of high-quality bourbon before roasting. Coffee beans are absorbent and can take on the characteristics of their environment. The idea was promising, but the results were inconsistent.
We tested this process and kept experimenting. We tried different barrels and different spirits. We tried different char levels and different moisture contents. The charred wood created a harsh taste.
We knew that coffee people would scrunch their face. And aficionados of fine spirits would turn up their nose. But we kept at it, kept testing new ideas.
Then we came to our senses and developed a way to directly infuse the coffee beans before roasting. That’s when it happened. We’d created delicious coffee without sacrificing the unique, bold taste of the spirits, and we haven’t looked back since.
When we set out to create our first Spirit Infused Coffee, a bourbon coffee, we held ourselves to a high standard. The spirits had to be clearly noticeable, yet not overpowering. It’s a supporting actor, while the coffee remains the star of the show.
Once we arrived at our eureka moment, we were able to replicate it with different spirits with impressive results. Now developing new Spirit Infused Coffee is one of the most enjoyable parts of our coffee roasting experience.
When people heard for the first time that we offered Spirit Infused Coffee in 2016, the initial reaction was usually a raised eyebrow and a little curiosity.
One of those things where people say, “That’s so crazy, it just might work.”
And it did.
The momentum grew more and more as people tried it and shared it with friends. Then they told two friends, and they told two friends, and … You know how it goes.
The process was not easy. It took a lot of time and a lot of effort for us to arrive at a level of proficiency to create a product we were proud to share with all of you.
Just like coffee lovers have their go-to roasts, people who enjoy spirits have their favorite drinks that they keep coming back to again and again.
That’s where our Spirit Infused Coffee journey began. We chose the most popular spirits, including bourbon, Irish whiskey, rum and tequila.
These are staples in the world of spirits, and now they are staples in our Spirit Infused Coffee collection. We make these popular favorites available all year long, and they remain among our most popular roasts.
The big draw is the authenticity of the taste. When you're sipping Bourbon Infused Coffee, you’ll discover tasting notes that evoke unique characteristics of the distilled bourbon. Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee will transport you to a Dublin pub and Rum Infused Coffee to the Caribbean sands. Tequila Infused Coffee? The smooth, rich taste is undeniable.
Like any coffee or spirits expert, once we developed a taste for it, our adventure — and yours — had only begun.
We began experimenting with infusing even more specialized spirits to create new roasts to treat your senses. Now these roasts have become much-anticipated and highly sought-after.
To feed the thirst for new spirit-infused roasts, we created the Spirit Infused Coffee Club. Now spirit-infused fans can sign up to receive a new specialty roast every month.
These roasts are not available for one-time purchase, so they are a special treat for our club members. Previous Spirit Infused Coffee Club roasts include Coconut Rum Infused Coffee, Pumpkin Rum Infused Coffee, Chocolate Cherry Bourbon Infused Coffee, Old Fashioned Infused Coffee and Special Reserve 12-Year-Old Scotch Infused Coffee.
And we’ve got even more exciting roasts that we’re looking forward to in the months ahead. We love pushing the limits of what we can do with our coffee, and we’re thrilled to have you join us on this delicious ride.
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