Dec 04, 2013
James Murphy Has His Own Espresso

LCD Soundsystem frontman and DFA Records boss James Murphy revealed to Rolling Stone in a recent interview that not only does he have his own blend of espresso, but his long-awaited caffeinated concoction is ready for enjoying.

He and James Freeman, founder of the Oakland and Brooklyn-based Blue Bottle Coffee, have apparently been doing a good amount of research in the espresso department together, and they’ve come up with a blend that satisfies the coffee-lover’s particular taste.

“It’s a very neutral espresso with really intense elements,” he says of their final product. “No filler, all really good single-origin beans. It’s lighter than a traditional Italian roast, but not as light as a Nordic espresso…The idea is that it should have a real complexity on the palate, like a single-origin does, but not be difficult on the finish. It should be very friendly.”

Murphy, who’s been drinking his own special blend for about a month now, said he created it to achieve balance in a cup of espresso and satisfy the needs of both his five-ounce cappuccino and his wife’s americano with water.

“[The espresso] should go both ways, and it should be really good espresso. We’ve had difficulty with that. The stuff that she likes black doesn’t hold up to the milk sometimes, and the stuff that cuts the milk is too acrid on the palate in water.”

Not quite yet ready for purchase, Murphy’s espresso blend still has a few more planning stages to complete before it will be seen on shelves, but he assured Rolling Stone that he was on it.

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