Electrified Brain with Municipal Waste!!!


You've never smelled nothing like this
Forever it will eat you alive
You've never seen nothing like this
Forever from graves you will dive...
"Taste The Waste"


Lighting arcs from an Electrified Brain. Screaming, bloody, reanimated anger incarnate reaches for caffeination to fuel a quest for Vengeance. Armed with thrashing guitar and coffee black as night, render flesh from bone and slay the slayer. Toasted Nuts, Black Tea, and Caramel a backdrop of aroma for the ripper's doom. Drink Deep, Taste the Waste, Go for the Throat. GO FOR THE THROAT!!!


Municipal Waste has been inciting riots since 2000 with its signature brand of hardcorepunkmetal. Listening to Municipal Waste will result in bloody ears, blown speakers, pissed-off parents, black eyes, and a healthy distrust of authority.

Similarly, Dark Matter Coffee has been agitating the coffee industry at large since 2007 with its signature brand of contrarianaudaciousabsurdity. Drinking Dark Matter Coffee will result in steamed faces, skinned knees, quantum disentanglement, confrontational attitude towards the mainstream, and further infatuation with Municipal Waste. Enjoy both with unreserved joy and fury.
 
July 14, 2022 — Jake Kryshak

Queen! Coffee Cold!

Sunday night: The fit. The make-up. You're looking fierce and those chicken cutlets in your dress are serving eye-popping décolletage. But girl you're all dressed up with nowhere to go! Where can someone see and be seen by the upper echelons of fabulosity like yourself? Baby, you need to sashay that ass to Smart Bar's weekly Sunday service drag party, Queen! Tonight DMC and the Queen! resident party people will save your life.

Smart Bar, for the uninitiated, is the nightclub located under Metro and one of the United States' most important nightclubs featuring cutting-edge DJs from around the world. For the last 10 years, Queen! has been hosted by legendary drag queens Lucy Stoole, Jojo Baby, and Nico serving the looks with music selections by resident DJs Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David. Consider it your weekly gospel to underground House and Disco.

For the coffee, we wanted to create a juicy, rich coffee cold, strong enough to keep you moving through the 4am crowd. Using a natural processed Pacas from Las Marias as the base with its red fruit notes, we paired this with a honey processed Sarchimor from Finca San Jeronimo Miramar to bring in the sweetness of brown sugar.

Together these create a balanced, smooth coffee cold and phantom disco balls clouding your vision.

Coffee 1
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Las Marias
Cultivar: Pacas
Process: Natural
Coffee 2
Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Sarchimor
Process: Honey
Notes: Pomegranate, Milk Duds, Tangerine

Another Side with Leo Nocentelli

'At just fourteen, LEO NOCENTELLI was backing up Otis Redding. Soon after, he was playing on hits for Lee Dorsey, The Supremes, and The Temptations...

As a young man and original member of legendary funk group The Meters, Leo wrote the Grammy inducted classic "CISSY STRUT” and the Mardi Gras anthem "FIRE ON THE BAYOU,” but his greatest moment on record has gone totally unheard -- shelved and believed to be lost to the ages by all involved, including the artist himself. Until now.


Another Side, the album that inspired this collaboration, is a previously unreleased studio album recorded in New Orleans from 1970-72 and features Allen Toussaint, James Black and both George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the archive where the album was stored and all seemed lost forever.
Over a decade later, collector Mike Nishita stumbles across the master tapes from the session at a Southern California swap meet, unearthing a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, and the rest is history...

 

 

For the blend, we've decided to pair two sides of a washed Guatemalan coffee (get it?), roasting one side to our typical light roast parameters and for the other side a bit heavier, caramelizing more of the sugars present in the bean. This darker component also matches the roastiness of the chicory, to further enhance that profile when brewing the two together. 

 

 

As an homage to his hometown of New Orleans and their coffee traditions, we have built this blend to pair well with roasted chicory root, a first for us. During times of economic crisis and coffee shortages, chicory root was roasted and blended with coffee to stretch the supply and has since become a staple in the coffee culture in Nola. 

This blend is a combination of two roast profiles on the following coffee:

Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Sarchimor
Process: Washed
Notes: Cocoa, Toasted Almonds, Dried Fig

Situation Chicago Volume II

Initially put together to support venues during the height of the pandemic, the first Situation Chicago LP successfully raised 35k for more than 25 stages. We're back for round two, and this time around, proceeds from the follow-up record go to the CIVL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund, powered by The Giving Back Fund, giving need-based grants to furloughed staff, local artists, and venues via need-based grants in the Chicagoland area. Volume 2 features tracks from Jeff Parker, Umphrey's McGee, and Fess Grandiose.

For this coffee cold can, we chose to highlight a fun, fruity coffee from El Salvador that went through a unique fermentation process. The Pacamara cultivar is a cross between Pacas and Maragogype, a spontaneous mutation of Typica with especially large cherries. Immediately after the cherries were picked, they were collected in an enclosed vessel using carbon dioxide to purge out any oxygen remaining. The intact cherries were left to ferment in this closed system, allowing the natural microbes and yeasts present to ferment the mucilage on the bean without introducing any outside factors. After a few days, the cherries were removed and dried in their skins on raised beds, further developing the acidity and complexity of the coffee.


Country: El Salvador
Farm: Santa Petrona
Cultivar: Pacamara
Process: Carbonic Maceration
Notes: Mulled Wine, Tangerine, Dried Cranberries
Wanna cop the record? You can either grab it from Quiet Pterodactyl's Bandcamp or swing through our Bodega record shop to snatch it up alongside a copy of the first compilation too!
March 16, 2022 — Jake Kryshak

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

Nightroamer is the third album from our friends Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, and we're happy to report their blisteringly energetic brand of punk-rock'n'roll-country fusion is more expansive and genre-defying than ever! Are they a rock-inspired country outfit or steel-guitar punk? Doesn't matter if it's this good. 



Inspired by this dynamism, we crafted a blend just as versatile as the band themselves: something that can be sipped and shared on the front porch, on the front dash of a tour van, in a honky-tonk roadhouse or a punk rock hole in the wall. Liz Pavlovic's violet night sky gives an indication of the blend inside: dark fruit notes and a twinkle of acidity. Honey processed Salvadoran coffee pairs creamy body (with more citrus acidity coming through as it cools),  with hints of berry notes provided by a Bourbon natural from the Pacas family. Is it a comfort cup or a heady dive? Doesn't matter if it's this good.

Lastly and definitely not least, we were graciously given three tracks from Nightroamer that are yours free via digital download when you purchase a bag through the DMC website. Make sure to grab the record here.
 

Blend Breakdown:

Coffee 1
Country: El Salvador
Mill: Café  Tuxpal
Cultivar: Bourbon & Pacas
Process: Honey
Coffee 2
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Santa Petrona
Cultivar: Bourbon
Process: Natural 
Notes: Blackberry, Caramel, Citrus
Net Weight: 12oz
February 17, 2022 — Jake Kryshak
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur x DMC

Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur x DMC

Jägermeister and coffee have a profound connection through the complex nature of each as well as the passion and dedication required to produce them. We've teamed up with the fine folks at Jägermeister to produce coffee and chocolate that marries the unique attributes of the world's favorite herbal liqueur to legendary coffee and chocolate. 

Drawing inspiration from the Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee - a classic herbal liqueur with coffee and a high of chocolatey cacao - we created a unique, limited-edition line of non-alcoholic, Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee-infused chocolate bars and coffee beans. 

Take heart in knowing with each sip and bite, you're enjoying a combination of family traditions, innovation and craftsmanship. 

Coffee:
For this collaboration we are highlighting a coffee from Guatemala, honey processed Caturra. The green coffee has been conditioned with Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, infusing the beans with the flavor profile of this fruity, botanical liqueur. 
Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Caturra
Process: Honey
Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Caturra
Conditioned in Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Notes: Concord Grape, Cocoa Nib, Black Licorice
Net Wt: 12 oz

    

Chocolate

For this collaborative chocolate bar, we used a well-rounded Trinitario from Chiapas that has been infused with Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Trinitario is a hybrid cacao cultivar discovered in Trinidad and Tobago and is a cross-pollination of Criollo and Forastero, two of the most common cultivars in the Americas. It has a dark fruit profile and complexity that pairs perfectly with the botanicals in Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur.

Country: Mexico
State: Chiapas
Producer: Don Margarito Mendoza and Family
Variety: Trinitario
Conditioned in Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Notes: Grape Jam, Citrus Peel, Black Cherry  
Net Wt: 1.2 oz (35 grams) 
 “Not for sale to anyone under 21”
January 31, 2022 — Kyle Hodges

The Ground Below with Run The Jewels

If you want to run them jewels fast, then you better have some extra gas in the tank, homie. When that crack team of ninjas you've been dodging finally busts down the door trying to steal your weed, money, and weed money, all you gotta do is grab a can of whoop-ass and open 'er on up. Featuring two all-star experimental fermentations to match the power levels of the legendary duo it's inspired by, this coffee is full of caramelly-sweet notes and flavors like Peach, Rolos, and Vanilla Bean. Peep below for a breakdown of each bean.

Coffee 1
Country: Guatemala
Farm: San Jeronimo Miramar
Cultivar: Catuai
Process: Fermented with Oenococcus Oeni Bacteria

This bacteria converts malic acid, commonly found in melons, apples, and coffee cherries, into lactic acid. This process is popular in Chardonnay production, giving the wine a soft, buttery mouth-feel. In coffee it provides a pop of smooth creaminess that'll make you say "ooh la la" 

Coffee 2
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Santa Petrona
Cultivar: Bourbon
Process: Carbonic Maceration

Fresh coffee cherries are picked at the peak of ripeness and collected in a container with added carbon dioxide, forcing out any oxygen from this closed system. The intact cherries are left to ferment using the sweet fruit still on the seed and then go through the normal coffee fermentation process, adding bright, juicy fruit flavors

Notes: Peach, Rolos, Vanilla Bean
September 27, 2021 — Jake Kryshak

Rituale with Diadora and Fleet Feet


Runners are a different blend of people because, well, they enjoy running. Finding excitement where others find only exhaustion. To these oddballs, running is a ritual that begins the second their alarm buzzes, rings, or chimes. They don shorts that show a little too much thigh, put on bandaids before they bleed, and play it safe so they never chafe. Then off they trot, treating themselves to morning miles for breakfast with coffee on the side.



And for this different blend of people comes a special blend of coffee. Made in collaboration with Fleet Feet and Diadora - Rituale draws its name from Diadora's own Italian running roots to celebrate the runner's ritual. And as a proud member of the Chicago running community since 1996, Fleet Feet believes in providing what's best for runners, from the shoes on their feet to the coffee they sip. Which is why this unique blend gives runners the fuel they need to get a running start to their day. 


For this coffee we decided to add a sweet and fruity twist to our Northern Italian inspired Unicorn Blood, paying homage to Diadora's Italian roots! Catuai and Catimor from Finca San Jeronimo in Guatemala are joined by a bright, natural processed Bourbon from Santa Petrona in El Salvador, adding a strawberry-like profile. As with Unicorn Blood, this coffee performs well in a variety of brew methods from coffee cold to espresso! 

August 19, 2021 — Jake Kryshak

2021 Artist Interviews - Nate Gonzalez

In celebration of our monthly blend Competition Orange, we sat down with artist Nate Gonzalez to discuss music, art, and the creative process.
The next best thing to land on Planet Earth since the invention of anime, it's your favorite boi Nate G aka YunGFlop. The hero we didn't deserve, but the hero we realized we still don't want. He's creator of the air molecule, so every time you breathe just remember to say thank you. Instagram - @Yungflop.wav
August 17, 2021 — Jake Kryshak

2021 Artist Interviews - Jamiah Calvin

In celebration of our monthly blend Poetry in Motion, we sat down with artist Jamiah Calvin to discuss comics, inspiration, and process.
Jamiah Calvin is a visual artist and muralist from Chicago Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in studio art with an emphasis on painting.  He specializes in figurative and narrative oil paintings that captures raw emotions and nostolgic experiences growing up within the Austin Community on the West side of Chicago. ​

Calvin's art remains just as diverse as the areas that influence him. He draws inspiration from the 1980-1990s era  filled with vivid memories of comic books, saturday morning cartoons and the effects of Reganomics on the African American culture. His strong respect for the creative works of John Coltrane and love for R&B music of the 1980-1990s influences many of his great works.   
His works have been displayed in various exhibitions throughout the country as well as Art Basel Miami. He is honored to evoke deep thought to all whom witness his creations.
July 14, 2021 — Jake Kryshak