In May 1991, The Fresh Prince was fresh, R.E.M.’s “Shiny, Happy People” ruled the airwaves, the Internet went commercial, and Greg Ubert roasted his first coffee beans.
For May 2021, our Founder and President kicked off 30thth anniversary celebrations by introducing a new, limited-edition coffee: 1991 Blend. He also teased a series of nostalgic brew bar drinks, coffee shop specials and giveaways.
Light-roasted 1991 Blend
“1991 Blend represents our origins and our journey as a coffee roaster over the past 30 years,” he said. “Each year, we increase our focus on representing the hard work that local farmers put into growing each crop, and we develop relationships with as many individual farmers as possible.”
To create the new, light-roasted blend, Sustainability Director Brandon Bir and Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge blended Guatemalan and Peruvian coffees sourced through long-term farmer relationships.
“1991 Blend showcases the hard work of our farmers with flavors of chocolate-covered raisins and s’mores,” Brandon said. “It’s a really approachable coffee, but nuanced for people who like a more exciting cup.”
1991 Blend comes in bright, retro packaging that recalls the vibrant 1990s. “This was the decade that specialty coffee and café culture really took off,” Greg recalled. “It seemed as if a new coffee shop opened nearly every day.”
30th Anniversary Celebrations Continue with Retro Drinks, Prizes and a 90s Spotify Playlist
Throughout May, we will unveil innovative brew bar drinks that celebrate the nostalgia of the 90’s we all love!
Coffee lovers can also win coffee and fun retro prizes such as t-shirts, enamel pins, slap bracelets and fanny packs.
Among other App exclusives, you can access a retro Spotify playlist with 1990s songs curated by the coffee team at the Innovation Lab and Roasting facility and our coffee shop baristas.
“Our playlist will lift your spirits with upbeat 90’s songs like The Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe,’” Brandon said.
While supplies last, 1991 Blend can be purchased at Crimson Cup’s Clintonville, Upper Arlington and Tallmadge coffee houses, at The Hills Market Downtown and at Weiland’s Market in Clintonville. A 12-ounce bag sells for $15.