Saturday, May 17, 2014

Can one day of Gorilla Coffee in Montclair lead to a lifetime of love?

By the time I got to Whole Foods this afternoon, I was on the brink of exhaustion (though it was a happy exhaustion since I had just completed an hour of power yoga and half an hour of cardio).  I had been up working during the early morning hours, gotten kids to schools, worked out---and gone for a walk. I had already consumed at least 5 cups of coffee....

So when Rhiannon Corby, a representative from Gorilla Coffee, a microbrewery with 2 locations in Park Slope, Brooklyn, offered me coffee, I actually wavered briefly. Very briefly. "Sure," I said. I tried a small cup of Ixil A' Achimbal single-source Guatemalan coffee--a coffee grown by a collective of coffee farmers in the rugged western highlands.

My response: It gave me a sense of completeness. A satisfaction that even I could not articulate. Drinking this tiny cup of Gorilla Coffee made me feel more alive and gave my life in that moment brighter overtones. I felt like a craving was being fulfilled and stimulated at the same time.

Rhiannon told me that the subtle bliss I was experiencing may be related to the coffee's "herbal overtones," a quality that she referred to as "herbalicious."

I had to have it. EXCEPT: The Guatemalan coffee was sold out. Web site to the rescue. And as I was leaving, I said to her, "Do you know that coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants in the American diet?

"Of course," she said. "And it prevents diabetes and a lot of other diseases."

Exactly. Would you like to share my coffee-drinking epiphany? There are new experiences to be had. Perhaps I'll see you in Brooklyn...


Flagship store/cafe: 97 5th Avenue in Park Slope (at the corner of Park Place)
New location! 472 Bergen St.
Both locations are easily accessed from the Atlantic Ave./Pacific St. stop