Scott’s Addition-based Ironclad Coffee Roasters today announced their own line of specialty grade instant coffees.
This new frontier of what’s known in the coffee world as the specialty “third wave” coffee industry takes the same whole-bean coffees of exceptional quality and makes them available in freeze-dried form for convenience.
The business is one of only two in the world managing the entire process from start to finish.
“This is ultimately about both quality and convenience” said Ryan O’Rourke, Ironclad’s founder. “Finally, coffee enthusiasts don’t have to go without specialty coffee or settle for something they don’t enjoy when they’re 30,000 feet in the air, in a hotel room, camping off-grid, or staying anywhere that doesn’t offer access to great coffee. There’s no longer any need to compromise.”
Ironclad will be rolling out these instant coffees over the summer as they prepare to open their own café in Shockoe Bottom. Some of the same coffees for which Ironclad has received national accolades will be converted into this crystalized instant format with an eye toward giving coffee lovers the opportunity to enjoy world-class coffees anywhere they go and at a moment’s notice.
Local tasting events will be announced in the days ahead, O’Rourke says.
Boxes of Ironclad’s specialty instant coffee are available online and will be available on the shelves at the Ironclad Café, which is slated to open this summer.