I first met the Jo(h)ns—John Simonian and Jonathan Kelly—while interviewing for an article I wrote this winter on local coffee roasters for Edible Cape Cod. They gave me the grand tour of their Eastham roasting plant, let me in on a few tricks of the trade, and offered to send me packing with a few bags of beans.
Having already interviewed four other roasters in the course of the week, I told them I'd love to take them up on the offer—but on a later date. That was in October.
Today, having emptied my cupboard of its Cape roasted contents, I happened upon the duo taking a lunch break outside their office on Brackett Road. I hopped out to say hello, and left a few minutes later with a rich smelling bag of Decaf Espresso.
"The darker roasts make a better iced coffee," the two told me. "At least that's what we've found." I arrived home just in time for a late afternoon cup.
My test of the theory proved them correct. Four heaping tablespoons of grounds, a French press of piping hot water, and a few hours later, I enjoyed the icy treat.
If you're looking to pick up a bag of your own, check out these locations:
Provincetown: Angel Foods, Far Land Provisions, Blue Light, Spiritus Coffee, and Chach
Truro: Jams and Blackfish
Wellfleet: the South Wellfleet General Store, The Wicked Oyster, Box Lunch, Mac’s Seafood, and the Flying Fish
Eastham: Brackett Farm & Sam’s Deli
Orleans: Village Farm Market, Cottage St. Bakery, and Cape Cup in
Chatham: The Corner Store and Pampered Palate
Brewster: Bayside Seafood & Market and The Cook Shop
Falmouth: Sweet Tomatoes
Dennis: Health Nuts
Yarmouthport: Peterson’s Market
Hyannis: The Daily Paper, Cape Cod Beer, Brown Bag Bagels, and La Petite France Cafe
Barnstable: Whistleberries, Ojala Farm Bakery, and Cotuit Grocery
Sandwich: Paul’s Bean and Bagel
Osterville: Fancy’s Market
Edgartown: Herring Creek Marine & Market and Depot Market
Vineyard Haven: the Daily Grind