What a pleasant surprise.
When I walked into Tinderbox Coffee Roasters in Aberdeen, the barista immediately apologized for just putting on some “weird” music. When was the last time you heard the Bee Gees playing on a turntable in a coffee shop? I had a quick chuckle and started a great conversation with a very friendly and well-trained barista. Truth be told I enjoyed the Bee Gees as background music. Shh don’t tell anyone!
Since Tinderbox roasts their own coffees, I was looking over their selection and was excited to see several choices. I selected their Firestarter Blend the barista began preparing it with an Aeropress. Personally, I use an Aeropress as my go to coffee maker, and have since a handful of years now. But watching someone who is well trained making a cup of coffee with one is always enjoyable.
The Firestarter blend was just what I was looking for: big and bold, without being over roasted. It was a nice well-rounded cup of coffee packed with flavor! It was mid-afternoon, so naturally, a second cup of coffee was called for.
I picked the Peru which is described as a “light roasted coffee. “ As you know I am not always fond of light roasted coffees. The Peru was prepared using traditional pour over method. I have to say though, the coffee was good and didn’t have the thin after taste that I associate light roasts with. It packed a flavor that I actually enjoyed! Who knows – maybe I’ll order another light roast during these 100 days…
The coffee shop itself is a very comfortable space with a lot of seating. During my visit, there was a nice couple who were enjoying an afternoon coffee together. We struck up a conversation and they said they were regulars of both the downtown location and the drive thru. After chatting I wandered around the shop and looked at the local artwork that was being displayed and took a quick glance at the record collection. Next time I stop in I will ask for the Boz Scaggs Silk Degree album to be played.
There is a nice selection of swag and whole bean coffees to choose from. My recommendation: take home some Firestarter Blend, it will help you face Monday morning with a smile. If you need to have a meeting with clients, there is a private conference room that can be reserved. I can see it would be very easy to stop in for a cup of coffee and spend time getting some work done.
Tinderbox Coffee Roasters also frequently showcases local music. Their Facebook page has a list of upcoming events. Next time I am in Aberdeen I will be stopping in and spending more time here.
Where to find
You can visit Tinderbox Coffee Roasters they are located at 113 E. Wishka Ave Aberdeen, WA 98520. They also have a drive through location in the parking lot of the shopping center where Walmart is located. Visit their website www.tinderboxcoffeeroasters.com or find them on Facebook. When you stop in tell them you heard about them at Explore Washington State.
This wraps up day two of one hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Share your comments about Tinderbox Coffee Roasters 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.