Happy June! Have you been anxiously awaiting this month’s coffee review?
Well, you don’t have to wait any longer!
June is here and with it comes another monthly coffee review on the blog.
This month, I’m so happy to feature Black Ink Coffee Company, a veteran-owned and operated small business coffee roaster out of Maine.
What I love most about this brand is the mission they are after.
“We believe that every dream should be followed and every story should be written. No matter how big or small, we want our coffee to be the catalyst that gives you the courage to ink your story.”
– Black Ink Coffee Company
Yes, they sell coffee, but they sell coffee that they hope inspires you to find your dream and fuel your passion.
And that mission really resonated with me.
I started this blogging journey to connect with other moms and coffee lovers. I love to write and knew that starting a blog would help fill a void that was missing in my life, a passion that I had.
And, I was right.
When I discovered Black Ink Coffee, I instantly connected to the brand and its mission.
I know my blog won’t move mountains or change the world, but it’s now become this dream of mine to grow and cultivate.
And, I love that Black Ink Coffee supports entrepreneurs from all walks of life to “relentlessly pursue” their dreams.
So for this month’s review, we are exploring the flavors of Black Ink Coffee as I pursue my blogging dream.
Keep reading to learn more!
Whenever I do one of these reviews, I always try to get a variety of coffee.
Not just because it’s more fun for me (and my husband, lol) to enjoy different blends. But, mainly so I can offer you more information about the company and the coffee they make.
If I just purchased one bag of coffee, I couldn’t give you as much useful feedback. And I wouldn’t really get to know the different roasters I feature.
Coffee tastes different to everyone. Some add milk and sugar, others drink it black. So, I try to keep that in mind when doing these reviews too.
From Black Ink Coffee Company I purchased the Maineiac Blend and the Brazilian Single Origin. I also purchased some coffee pods in a third flavor, but more on that in a bit!
Let’s first start with your standard 12oz bag of coffee that you can buy whole bean or ground coffee. (They also offer 5LB bags if you are a wholesaler!)
I’m a mom, and although I have a coffee grinder, I prefer to order my coffee ground when I can so I have one less step when making my morning cup.
I know, I know coffee beans lose their flavor after you grind them (which is why some companies like Oak & Bond which I featured last month don’t offer a ground option).
But, to be honest, I don’t think I’m that picky when it comes to coffee. (Although thanks to this blog I can now tell bad coffee from a gas station vs all the amazingness I brew at home, LOL).
So, all the coffee I ordered from Black Ink came ground because I’m a mom who tries to save time wherever I can!
The Maineiac Blend is their most popular, and currently owner Parker Russell’s favorite according to his email.
That’s another random thing I enjoyed about this company…their email subscription.
I know that sounds crazy, but I can’t tell you how many emails I sign up for (especially from coffee roasters) only to get emails that are long-winded, too frequent, or just trying to sell me something.
I never felt that way reading Russell’s emails. He takes the time to explain what Black Ink Coffee is about and I honestly enjoyed reading each of the emails that came through.
You aren’t bombarded with emails every day (something I personally hate).
The first few days you receive a few to learn more about the company, but after that, it’s pretty standard and I never felt “bothered” by the emails or like he was just trying to sell me coffee.
Russell also claims in one email that the “Maineiac Blend has superpowers.”
Apparently, it is supposed to taste even better after you microwave it. Which, yes…in case you were wondering, is terrible for coffee and not something coffee people/roasters ever suggest.
So, I knew I had to try this blend on behalf of all moms that drink coffee.
And, I’m so glad I did.
I loved the Maineiac Blend…and yes I did reheat it in the microwave several times. I don’t know that it got better after I reheated it…that might be a stretch. But, it tasted just as good to me.
I also tried this one cold/iced and enjoyed it as well. It’s just a great, well-rounded blend that works for all types of coffee lovers (and that’s probably why it’s the most popular one).
I picked the Brazilian Single Origin Coffee to try as well because I love trying different single-origins from any roaster.
I feel like when you try a single-origin coffee you get to experience a pure coffee that the roaster has worked to cultivate with a partner from that country.
And this Brazilian coffee with classic chocolate, peanut butter, and honey nut notes really delivered.
It’s one of the better single-origin coffees I’ve had in a while.
But, in comparison, it wasn’t better than the Maineiac Blend.
There was just something about the Maineiac that I kept coming back to and preferred over the Brazilian Single Origin.
And the fact that the Maineiac ground coffee is gone, lasting maybe 2-3 weeks, says something about how good it was.
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The third and final coffee I tried from Black Ink was the Inkwell Blend in coffee pod form.
One thing unique to Black Ink Coffee is the fact that they offer coffee pods for all of their blends.
For whatever reason, a lot of small-batch coffee roasters that I’ve found don’t do that. Or, if they do, they offer a very limited selection, not all their flavors.
So, I knew that I wanted to try out some of their coffee pods too!
On their website, Black Ink Coffee highlights how their coffee pod design “allows full contact to ground coffee with a larger coffee chamber and stronger polypropylene filter.” This in turn allows for a strong flavor profile as their pods hold 50% more coffee than your typical coffee pod.
The pods work with Keurig brewers and are made of 100% recyclable materials too.
Black Ink Coffee says Inkwell is one of their darkest blends and contains notes of caramel and dark chocolate with a smooth finish.
When they say the darkest blend, they mean the darkest blend. Inkwell Blend is a very dark coffee.
I tasted the notes of dark chocolate and caramel. And, I found that adding milk to this blend was one of my favorite ways to enjoy it (I typically drink my coffee black).
Adding milk enhanced the flavor profile of this the Inkwell Blend (for me) and helped highlight the smoothness and flavor notes mentioned above.
If you typically don’t drink dark roast coffee, I think this would be a good blend for you to try.
The coffee pods also worked great in my Keurig K-Supreme Plus Coffee Maker and I didn’t have any issues with compatibility. Each box comes with 12 coffee pods.
Overall, I think Black Ink Coffee Company has some really unique flavor offerings that any coffee lover would enjoy.
Shipping is fast and easy when you order directly through the website.
And depending on how much you spend or where you are located it is often free shipping (mine was!). They offer a subscription-based program too with a 10% discount!
Black Ink Coffee Company is so much more than just good coffee. It is a company on a mission to help others find and pursue their dreams, just like owner Parker Russell has done.
Their coffee is great, and their mission is even better. Be sure to check out Black Ink to see even more blends they offer!
If you are located in Maine you can check out these spots too where their products are available:
- Tiller & Rye – 20 S Main St, Brewer, ME 04412
- Tradewinds – 15 South St, Blue Hill, ME 04614
- The Grind House – 1 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401
- Coffee Express – 308 State St, Bangor, ME 04401
And remember to keep working towards your goal or dream, relentlessly, whatever that may be!