Coffee. It’s what we here at Sweatpants & Coffee value so much we named ourselves after it. But what we value even more than coffee is our platform of kindness and connection.┬áSo when I was approached by Fire Dept. Coffee, I jumped at the chance to review their fresh roasts, not only because they produce beans that make for an excellent cup, but also because they give back to those who put their lives on the line for us every day: first responders.

Inspired by the vital role that coffee plays in helping firefighters stay alert and energized through long shifts, Fire Dept. Coffee was founded in 2016. Founder and CEO Luke Schneider is a full-time firefighter/paramedic and a U.S. Navy veteran who teamed up with firefighter/paramedic Jason Patton who is also a full-time firefighter and VP. The business is run by active and retired firefighters, including their operations officer and chief coffee roaster.

Fire Dept. Coffee also supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges. If you want to learn more about their generosity, you can visit their charity page.

Fire Dept. Coffee sent me two blends, their Skull-Crushing Espresso, and their Bourbon Spirit-Infused Coffee. Bourbon, you say? Yes, indeed. Amongst their many roasts, Fire Dept. Coffee offers blends infused with Bourbon, Whiskey, Rum or Tequila. I’m not much of a bourbon drinker, but I do know good coffee when I taste it. And Fire Dept. Coffee is good.

The star of the show for me was the Skull-Crushing Espresso, which we brewed in a Breville espresso machine, but can also be prepared in an automatic drip machine or as a pour over. The espresso wasn’t too bitter or oily, and while it certainly caffeinated me, it didn’t make me jittery or anxious. It went down smooth and bold, and there were no harsh notes. Even those who like milk or cream in their coffee could easily drink this black. I highly enjoyed it.

In addition to their many light, medium and dark roasts, and the spirit infused blends, Fire Dept. Coffee even offers their coffee in pods for convenience. They also have a coffee club, where they promise to take you on a coffee world tour, featuring blends from different coffee growing regions and origins each month.

So if you want to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and do right by those who do right by us with their heroic efforts, I recommend checking out Fire Dept. Coffee–coffee that tastes good and makes you feel good, too.

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