All the way back in 2002, Kaldi's Coffee and the Firecracker Press shared a building on Washington Avenue (this building). Later that year, due to some lease agreements, both of us moved out. Kaldi's moved to its current location in the Grove / Midtown, and Firecracker moved to its current location on Cherokee St.
This year, we re-kindled our relationship. We're proud to present our Tis the Season Roast, a collaboration between Kaldi's Coffee & Firecracker Press. We've worked together over the last few months to create this blend of coffee and label to bring to you. Kaldi's gave Firecracker Press some guidelines to match our own holiday aesthetic this year, and they produced this gorgeous, hand-printed, 3-color wrap for our "mocha java" blend. Each label is hand-printed and hand-applied, just like all of our coffee is hand-roasted by our roasting team.
The coffee itself is a blend of 50% Ethiopia Aricha and 50% Sumatra Tano Batak. Way back in history, one of the very first coffee blends was the Mocha Java, a mix of Yemen (Mocha) and Indonesian (Java) beans. Kaldi's carried their own Mocha Java blend until about 5 years ago. We wanted to re-create both the original coffee blend and Kaldi's own Mocha Java blend for this year's Tis the Season Roast. This season, the coffee has notes of fruitcake, vanilla, cocoa, and plum, and gives off a comforting herbal aroma. It pairs particularly well with desserts or in the morning by itself.
We've also created this diner mug to pair with the Tis the Season Roast packaging. It holds the Tis the Season Roast coffee especially well.
You can check out both the Tis the Season Roast and it's Diner Mug companion in all our stores and online.
We're excited to work with another St. Louis craft producer and we hope you enjoy the product. We can't wait to continue our relationship with Firecracker Press.