Awake yet? Me neither, but this handful of magic coffee beans from the newish Exo Roast Co. should fix that.
I've been hearing about the place for months but finally made it down there this Saturday. It's a super cool space, all brick and steel like many of the places downtown, and the people are great. Really great.
I know precisely jack shit about good coffee, which I told the people behind the counter. This was not a problem. They walked me through what they have, asked me what I was used to and helped me decide what to purchase. But then, out of nowhere, everything got incredibly interesting.
"Come on back here," said the guy, introducing himself as Noel. Moments later he was pulling big bins of coffee beans off of a shelf and telling me the story behind each. Sales of one helped support a school in a faraway place, others had similarly intriguing histories. He went on to explain how he and the other owners of the cafe and roastery worked tirelessly to make sure the coffee farmers they worked with got paid properly. It was very impressive.
And the coffee? Mind blowing. All of that stuff you've heard about coffee having complex flavor profiles like fine wine is happening down at Exo Roast Co. The Americano I had was literally the best cup of coffee I have ever had. I left feeling a little ridiculous for waiting so long to try this refined form of coffee. Folgers will no longer be adequate.