Gettysburg Coffee Company

19 Jun

This adventure involves the famous town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It actually took place in the small town of Glen Rock, at the annual Glen Rock Arts & Brew Fest. Glen Rock is located partway between York and Gettysburg. This is not the kind of event where I expected to find a new coffee. Granted, I did say that I was specifically going to focus the summer portion of this blog on new coffees discovered during festival trips, but I was speaking of side trips into town. I never expected to find a great new coffee at one of the actual festivals. This post is going to be a bit shorter than normal, but hopefully, it gives you a good idea of how everything went down.

As you can see in the first photo below, the Brew Fest itself was intense. The crowd was maddening. The street parking was nonexistent, and the fields designated for overflow parking were over a mile from the festival. At least the weather and music were awesome, and really, that’s what matters, right? I finally found a free spot on a side street. I promptly locked my keys in the car. Yes, I needed to call for help like a dweeb, but before engaging with that particular humiliation, I decided to have a drink to take the edge off the situation. A craft IPA or three later, I was wandering through the meandering bazaar that had taken over the streets of Glen Rock, when I came upon a little kiosk run by GettysGear. They were selling a variety of Gettysburg-themed items including local honey, tchotchkes…and coffee!

The coffee was labeled “Gettysburg Coffee Company,” and apparently it’s all part of the same outfit. It wasn’t available freshly brewed (there was nowhere to brew it), but they were selling bags in several sizes, so I took a small version of their “Presidential” roast. That was their medium roast. After getting extricated from the keys-in-car situation and spending way too much money on hot sauce at a nearby stand, I headed home eager to try this new mystery blend.

Now, I’ve been drinking Folgers as my regular coffee for some time now. A “normal” mass-produced coffee is great to stick with for daily use because it gets the job done and makes the small-batch hand-roasted coffees all the more distinctive and unique when you have them. Elephant in the room: It’s also far less expensive. Craft coffee is a treat you have to savor like wine these days. There are far worse fates! The Presidential roast was a good example of that distinctiveness I mentioned. It actually tasted a lot like an elevated Folgers Colombian. It was straightforward, but it was also textured. It was velvety and lacked heavy earthiness, but it remained robust enough to not have a threadbare mouthfeel. They didn’t try to do anything fancy with this, and that was the right move.

I wish I had gotten more than the smallest bag, but I had no idea what to expect. I’m still wary of the coffee in this area because of that one time at that one place in the middle of nowhere (you know what I’m talking about). I wish Gettysburg Coffee Co. had a permanent presence in Glen Rock. Like many small towns in PA, Glen Rock has a lot of town pride, a small-but-cool art scene…but not the critical mass of artsiness that results in coffee culture. At least now I know where to stop in Gettysburg if I want to take coffee home! It remains to be seen if they sell it by the cup at an actual coffeehouse down there. They probably don’t. They certainly should.

That’s all from this leg of the Journey. The next installment is probably going to be from another beer or wine festival. With those springing up everywhere that there’s a field and a place to stick outhouses, any little town in PA might be the next place I go desperate for both hops and caffeine. Until then, stay caffeinated!


the event…

the coffee…

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