Intellectual Curiosity (February 2016 Limited Blend)

This is an age of ever-increasing possibilities. Access to information is limitless.
New scientific techniques bring old and fundamental truths to light. Discourse is held at a global level. Mysteries are demystified as vast chasms in our society are bridged. 
Our collective cognitive resources are greater than ever before. Knowing ourselves and truly seeking to understand the world around us is the basis of compassion, and the key to our greatest innovations. 
Let's think critically, question bravely, and abandon bias in pursuit of something greater...
Is it really February? As in the second month of 2016, half way through winter? It seems so, which means that it's time for Intellectual Curiosity, an annual blend in its fifth year. 

We took you to the depths of space with January's limited release, Nordic Thunder; a wild blend featuring an aquavit cask-conditioned madness, not intended for the tame caffeine junkies. Intellectual Curiosity,brings you back to earth's orbit, (probably near the gravitational pull of the moon) with an Ethiopian earth-funk-fruit-bomb of a blend. Classified as one of our Light Speed coffees, this blend combines an Ethiopian coffee paired with a Caturra from Finca San Jeronimo in Guatemala. Celebrating the fun and exciting flavors that are anchored by a rich, dark chocolate flavor (think of a 60% dark chocolate bar) with juicy, fruity flavors that continue to open up as the coffee cools. (If you can make it last that long.) Here's the breakdown:
Coffee 1
Country: Guatemala
Farm: Finca San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Caturra
Process: Washed

Coffee 2
Country: Ethiopia (in Keffa)
Farm: Mullege Bonta Estate (Bonga Washing Station)
Cultivar: Heirloom Typica 

Notes: Meyer Lemon, Dried Apricot, Dark Chocolate 
Net wt: 12 oz

Music for the release is provided Chicago's own SHOWYOUSUCK, released on the new DMC record label, Press Pot Recordings. The bag's artwork was created by world renowned, Chicago based artist, SLANG (Read about both artists below) (ALBUM STREAM)
ShowYouSuck has raised the bar for live hip-hop performances and is considered a trailblazer for a new era, alternative hip-hop; promoting P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) while connecting with his fans through shared obsessions such as fun, food and relationships. Having performed across the United States & internationally, SHOWYOUSUCK is one of the most relevantly liked emcees out of Chicago, giving his fans everything he didn't have as a kid; a live, metal enthused, rap performance. 

On the heels of his Chicago Tribune article, DMC is stoked to include his newest EP as part of the Intellectual Curiosity. AWESOME TAPE! will be released as a cassette only, with a guest appearances from Oreo Jones and a remix from previous DMC collaborators and famed Chicago french fry experts, The Hood Internet.
When the word SLANG is said, seen or heard around Chicago, everyone knows exactly who it is. One of the OGs of the Chicago graffiti scene, Slang's work can be seen in almost every corner of the city and especially on previous DMC collaborations Intellectual Curiosity 2014, Star Lounge Coffee Bar's Cheshire Cat mural and a custom piece for the DMC box truck. 

Nordic Thunder (Jan 2016 Limited Blend)

"It takes a lotta something to be a professional idiot. If you're goint to deem yourself one, such as I have, you must take full ownership of that responsibility. My Thor-given mission is to spread peace and understanding through the absurd act of playing an invisible axe. I have found air guitar to be a vessel that has paved my path to a more compassionate, way of living. Air guitar is a unversal language anyone can understand. It's a tool that can be used to immediately connect with anyone, anywhere, at any given time. You just have to abandon logic and believe. By having the willingness to make fools of ourselves and put absurdity on center stage, I truly believe that air guitarists and idiots alike have the capability to change the world."
                                                                                                     Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard 
                                                                                                     2013 World Air Guitar Champion 


The words written above paint a picture of someone who looks a life through glass that most of us only dream of, the ability to optimistically see every day as one of only opportunity. Nordic Thunder's focus is making everyone who watches him perform feel that same optimism and the point of this entire project. 

To the average person the words Nordic Thunder, sound like a character from a viking folklore. But to some individuals, these words have become a symbol of bigotry, hate and Nazi fascism. A neo-nazi "music" group called themselves Nordic Thunder in the early 1990's, before disbanding. The name carried on, helping to sell the hate and ugliness long associated with both the band and pathetic cause. 

Fast forward to 2012, when Justin Howard wins the Air Guitar World Championship as Nordic Thunder! Pretty badass eh? That's when the resistance from the white power/neo nazi groups began and haven't stopped since. Why you may ask? The domain name,, was already taken by a neo nazi group and they didn't like Justin's use of the name. This attention was not only disheartening but also prevented Justin from actually promoting himself as Nordic Thunder. But not any more! 

The Nordic Thunder coffee is a project representing a group of friends who decided the evil skinhead bullshit was no longer going to dictate how the Nordic Thunder name would be viewed. Together, Justin, Jourdon Gullet, Collin James Diederich, CH Distillery and DMC teamed up to release the new Nordic Thunder! A new website, instructional video and coffee will all help lead this charge to allow love to conquer hate for good! 

The bag artwork is from Jourdon Gullet, known for his Bluetown skateboards and Solemn Oath Brewery designs. Collin's video captures Nordic Thunder himself teaching viewers how to become their own air guitar hero, with snake oil salesman charm. Not to be out-done, CH Distillery & DMC teamed up to create a cask conditioned Aquavit cask conditioned coffee using a custom Aquavit. This Scandinavian spirit pulls at the heart strings of Justin, as he has consumed large amounts during multiple trips to Finland as a cultural ambassador.  

The project consists entirely of Caturra & Catuai, a blend of steel cask conditioned and non conditioned versions of the bean. CH Distillery was also kind enough to build a specific recipe for this project involving a much heavier dose of fresh dill, caraway, fennel, cardamom, etc. and a much higher proof of alcohol.

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Country: Guatemala
Farm: Finca San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Caturra and Catuai
Process: Washed and Cask Conditioned

Notes: Milk Chocolate, Honey, Juniper Berry