We've featured four coffees for a while now a rotating light-roasted Ethiopian coffee, a medium-roasted Honduran coffee we named "Boulder Blend" to reference all the boulders on Rocky Butte, a dark decaf coffee, and a darker-roasted Honduran coffee we've called "French Roast." Well, the thing is—it wasn't really a French Roast.
"French" refers to how dark the coffee is roasted, and ours wasn't quite that dark. "Italian roast" is a little lighter, and probably closer to the truth, but that can be confusing because a lot of people think Italian roast is actually darker than French. So what's a coffee roaster to do?
The hunt for a new name began! Of course, we looked for inspiration in our own neighborhood, and we know Rocky Butte is one of the best places to rock climb in Portland—there are several routes climbers can take. One of those routes is called "Mean Street." That resonated. Some of our streets around Rocky Butte might seem "mean." That's one reason we worked with our neighbors to paint them! We also know that the neighbors on our streets are awesome and kind, not mean. Still "Mean Street" has some grit to it we're embracing. We're proud to roast Mean Street coffee!