Must have coffee……..
I stumbled into Black Rock Coffee early on Sunday morning. It was around 6am and after a terrible nights sleep at a hotel that will remain nameless I NEEDED COFFEE! I was not too friendly (blame the horrible bed and lack of coffee) so the conversation part of my journey here is lacking. Next time I go back I promise I will be more awake (and friendly.)
The shop had one other customer who was working on a laptop and focused on getting things done. The two baristas were managing the coffee bar and drive thru. I ordered black coffee for here and was quickly presented with a to go cup of coffee. Too tired to ask for a ceramic coffee cup, per part of my 100 days of coffee rule, I took the coffee and sat down at a bistro table to drink that magical first cup of the day.
Love the space
This location is a comfortable space with a lot of seating and a lot of glass to make the space bright and open. I enjoyed my coffee and looked around at the décor, I am not a designer nor do I claim to have any taste at all. But the space and the whole brand experience presented was clean and well thought out. Black Rock has done a great job at creating a brand experience here. I know that I will be stopping by their locations as I travel across Washington and Oregon later this year. Black Rock has impressed me with their delivery.
Lets talk coffee shall we? Afterall that is why I am writing these posts.
I was too tired to really pay much attention to the coffee. It was hot, dark, and steamy. For my taste it was served a bit too hot. (remember I like my coffee a bit cooler than thermal nuclear hot) It was a solid cup of coffee. One that I would have no problems ordering again. I really need to go back while awake and try more of their selection. Look for an updated article later in the 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days series.
Thoughts on road tripping
One last thing. Around Washington State you can find thousands of drive thru coffee stands. More than I can imagine counting. Starbucks and Dutch Brothers seem to have a lot of visibility when you drive around you see them everywhere. If you see a Black Rock Coffee Bar and you are needing coffee for the road or want a nice place to unwind give them a shot. They are a great alternative to big corporate coffee.
Where to find
You can visit Black Rock Coffee Bars at multiple locations. The one I visited is located at 13309 NE 20th. Ave Vancouver, WA 98686. Visit their website www.br.coffee follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/blackrockcoffeebar/ or check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/blackrockcoffeebar
When you stop in tell them you heard about them at Explore Washington State.
This wraps up day three of one hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Share your comments about Black Rock Coffee Bar below. If you have any interesting coffee shops that you think I should go to send me your recommendations.
Why 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days? Read my original article here.