Fire Dept. Coffee is a new online coffee brand with a mission to serve the community by giving back to some of your hardest working neighbors, firefighters. When we’re in trouble or in danger, firefighters and other first responders race to our side without a second wasted and without a second thought.
Launched by Luke Schneider, a Navy veteran turned firefighter-paramedic himself, the original idea for Fire Dept. Coffee was to provide fire houses with better tasting coffee, and donate 10% of the sales back to charity. So, he began roasting and blending beans in Chicago, along with his wife—not only to keep firefighters happy, but give back as well.
10% of net proceeds from every order goes towards supporting ill or injured firefighters and first responders. The Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supporting groups that help first responders who are injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.
Fire Dept. currently offers four different spirit infused coffees, which were were more than happy to try.
The Irish Whiskey Infused has an immediately recognizable taste, and is one of the strongest coffees in flavor. This makes for a great faux Irish Coffee for those looking for an alcohol free choice after dinner.
The Rum Infused coffee is our personal favorite among the four styles. Slightly sweet, but with a lovely richness that marries well with the beans.
The Bourbon Infused was surprisingly less forward in spirit character than expected. Softer than the Irish Whiskey beans. The flavor was still there, but in a more subtle way. Tasty, but shy.
Lastly, the Tequila Infused coffee was quite interesting and perhaps the most unusual of the beans. The tequila flavor has a somewhat fruity flavor which I found myself really enjoying. The taste was again not as intense as I would have suspected, but this works to its favor. I could easily see this working in a Mexican coffee with some spiced cocoa added for sweetness.
Overall, these are all excellent, unusual and well roasted. I’d recommend each one, not only for your morning eye-opener, but as a great gift to be shared with any spirit & coffee lover.
GSN Rating: A-
To order go to: Fire Dept Coffee