Last year this time was devastating to our community. Coffee lost a friend. Chicago lost a brother. The insight and innovation that Jim Karr taught us still holds strong today and his friendship, compassion and presence are missed. To commemorate Jim's life and his inspiration to all of us, we are releasing a coffee with our brethren in his honor. Open Windows is a collaboration between DMC, Metropolis Coffee & Quasar Coffee. Special thanks for the brilliant bag and text, written below, from Timothy Breen.
"Jim Karr had a desire to engage with people. He set out manifesting this action through boundless friendships and through tireless work in the coffee community. He made no designation between the two. In creating Steam Volt there were regular discussions about the responsibility of business, and how great collaborative efforts must be driven by the hard-fought personal convictions. After all of the noise settles down the good ideas come in through the open windows. Jim was that open window for a lot of us, a sounding board and encouraging voice amidst a complicated work/life scenario. His memory will always be a guiding force. Seems appropriate then, with this bag of coffee in his honor, to let some light in and see what can be seen."
Coop: Grupo Asociativo Cafe Andino Especial
Process: Washed (low fermentation)
From Dark Matter:
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Vista Hermosa
Region: Santa Ana
Cultivar: Pacas "Joven"
Process: Pulped Natural (moderate fermentation)
Notes: Brown Sugar, Toffee, Baked Goods
The music mixtape was constructed by Konstantine Jace and features a rare collection of old Blues, Jazz and Pop Standards, all from 78 rpm shellac records. A fitting soundtrack for Jim's superb taste. Listen