Art comes in many forms, is felt by many different walks of life but there is always one common thread connecting it all, how it touches the soul. While our business is coffee, there are multiple forms of art that constantly inspire us on a daily basis. Music is one of those, which seems obvious with our many themed releases over the years. Dusty Groove is a indie record store that shares these same passion and dedication to constantly bringing their customers unearthed and and classic gems of jazz, soul, funk and world music, to name just a few genres.
Dusty Groove is more than a record store, it is an institution when it comes to rare and collectable records. Starting as an online only store in 1996, the business kept expanding, from a converted apartment once used by a prostitute, it now holds down a sublime building in the heart of Wicker Park. Their catalog and offerings have also expanded, providing cds, vinyl and accessories from bargain prices to the highly valuable collector pieces. Rated as the #3 record store in the US by Rolling Stone, the shop has also received numerous accolades from Time Magazine, Wall Street Journey among many, many others.
Dark Matter Coffee is proud to collaborate with Dusty Groove, a honored partner and gate keeper of all things funky. The collaboration blend, Everyone Loves Sunshine, is a tip-of-the-hat to the 1970's Soul Jazz era. Featuring coffees from Mexico's El Eden and Guatemala's Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, this blend is smooth, funky and delicious! Grab a bag today from their retail store or online at www.dustygroove.com
"To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it's your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?" Woodstock 1969
When the famous words were echoed from the microphone to the crowd at Woodstock, the legend of Brown Acid was born. While the folklore of this drug and many others during this time of enchantment, it was hard to pin-down if the acid was actually good or bad. According to one very experienced attendee, the acid was so pure, people mistakenly took more than one hit. A fair number of these people where novices, inadvertently labeling their experience as a "bad trip", instead of just a very intense one. The resemblance between Brown Acid then and our version now shares a similar characteristic when it comes to purity.
Released once, four years ago, Brown Acid is our answer to the common approach to third wave espresso: bright, clean and vibrant, blending similar cultivars, from the same country, but three different farms.
These three farms share similar care in farming and a beautiful mill where they process and dry. The largest factor in their differences are their degrees of fermentation: washed, semi washed and natural. Each coffee was strategically placed in this blend to bring out the best in each bean.
We begin with sparkling washed beans from Santa Elena, an established farm in El Salvador, which commonly places in the Cup of Excellence, among other awards. With its particular style of processing, the semi washed bourbon from Las Nubes, contributes body and sweetness. Santa Josefita, on the conservative side of dry-processing, is a natural processed that brings juicy fruit and acidity to the blend.
Pick-up orders can be grabbed at the location/times below.
738 N Western Ave
Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 8am-3pm
We will be releasing two different mixes for this collaboration, a cassette version and a CD version. The cassette will be a shorter mix, highlighting the labels releases - the CD will feature a longer, psychedelic path of music, featuring some from the same artists.