Today I’m sipping Captain Bert’s Breakfast Blend, one of the staple roasts that has buoyed Lighthouse Roasters’ reputation for over 25 years. Darker than the usual breakfast blend, Bert’s is a Central American and Sumatran mix: the Central American brings body, heft, and a smooth nutty chocolate; the Sumatran its earthy complexity. It’s a hard coffee to describe, because it “tastes like coffee”. The type of coffee that’s heady, aromatic and dark, easy to throw into a French press, maybe heat up some milk in the microwave, and settle into the morning. A good breakfast blend, roasted a few ticks lighter than a traditional espresso blend, this is the lighthouse of the coffee world, shining a beacon of flavor and welcoming us to the day.
If Captain Bert were here to share a tale or two, he might talk about how important coffee has always been to seafaring men--captains and crew alike--through weeks and months of seafaring or the loneliness of quarantine at port. The U.S. Navy has a vast collection of fun coffee-related lore: the tradition of never washing coffee mugs; the popular myth that the phrase “cup of joe” originated when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels banned alcohol aboard naval vessels in 1914; that a group of sailors dipped their white uniforms in coffee to create the very first khakis; and so on.
If you’re a dark-roast lover, stock your home with Bert’s Breakfast Blend, one of my favorite dark-roasted Seattle staples. May your own journey through the next few weeks be smooth sailing and perfectly caffeinated.
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||★★★★★||★★★★★ Really great flavor and I liked the silly information on the label.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Breakfast Blend is the perfect name for this one, though I’ve also enjoyed it after lunch. Lighter roast than I usually favor but it was a flavorful cup of coffee with a lot of lovely notes to it.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Hearty brew that wakes you up in the morning. Great in my french press, next time I'd like to grind it fine and try espresso.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Great coffee! Would definitely buy a bag! Could be a breakfast regular.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Delicious!! Would definitely buy on my own! Could be a breakfast regular.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Like most "breakfast blends" it was light-bodied and nothing special. It reminded me a lot of Dunkin Donuts (their freshape in-house coffee). Drinkable, but not memorable.|
Alicia j btown
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Seemed way to dark to be called a breakfast blend or roast|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Darker than my wife and I were expecting. Not one I'd buy again, because I prefer lighter and smoother.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Very nice dark roast, it had a deep bold flavor that was satisfying.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Too dark for me, but some people would really like it. I used with chemex and espresso. Strong flavor, just too acidic and oily for a guy that likes lighter to medium roast.|
S and W
||★★★★★||★★★★★ A darker coffee with a single note, however very tasty.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I did not like this one. This roast tasted too earthy.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Less powerful flavor than my previous shipment, but delicious nonetheless!|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ dark roast....yes it is, makes a strong cupa but I found it to be single note. Not my favorite so far.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ A bit stronger than a breakfast blend as it is a darker bean with a bit of oil. Very tasty for those that like dark roast.|