Ispirare Coffee: Local and Inspirational

*articles may contain affiliate links* I received product from Ispirare Coffee in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

When we first moved to Kittanning, I wasn’t necessarily a coffee snob; however, after experiencing gourmet beans brewed in small batches at my work, I quickly realized just how limiting my local coffee shops where. We have one “big name” coffee shop, some gas stations, and of course local diners. But nothing gourmet like I have been spoiled with.

Thankfully, that’s changing because of local bean roasters like Ispirare Coffee. They get it, people deserve good coffee that inspires but isn’t ridiculously priced or hard to find.

Kittanning Coffee

Their story includes this gem:

As a company we want to be as inspirational as our coffees. We both grew up in economically depressed Western Pennsylvanian towns, and believe that success is not measured by what you get, by what you give. We’re committed to using our resources to help create inspirational moments in the communities we operate.

That’s pretty much my life goal – to give and inspire. Love this thought! Even better, their Inspire coffee blend has a hint of chocolate. Between this alignment of values and one of my favorite things, I was eager to give it a try.

The Inspire blend takes beans from Sumatra and Peru to create a savory, smooth drink. I could taste the chocolate, but also got a hint of acidity. This was a good thing, it made for a great finish and unique flavor. The chocolate doesn’t overwhelm – if you aren’t as used to cacao and are more the milk chocolate fan, you might sip past this taste. Sip it slowly, mindfully, and then you’ll get it. This coffee is to inspire, not to gulp!

I recommend getting the whole beans and brewing at home. If you do that, you’re going to need to get yourself an automatic grinder. This one from Cuisinart is what I recommend (and what we use at the office). 

automatic grinderIf you are in the Kittanning area, you can get freshly brewed cups at KICK and A Mano Pasta Shop or pick up your own pack of these beans at Dizzy Lizzies. If you live in Pittsburgh and want to give this a try, I suggest coming up for a visit; however, you can also get beans at Fort Pitt Coffee or a fresh cup at Mercurio’s.

For more information on where to buy, check out their coffee info page. Keep up with Ispirare Coffee on Instagram and Facebook, too!

Ispirare currently has two blends – Inspire (reviewed above) and Italian (described as “bright, juicy, crisp”). Which one piques your interest? 

Ispirare Coffee

2020 Update!!! Ispirare Coffee is opening a COFFEEHOUSE in Kittanning this year on Market Street. We’re excited to visit as soon as it opens and will let you know what the experience is like.

First Friday

Tonight started a new summertime tradition for the kids and me – First Friday. It’s an event local to us up here in Armstrong County, a food truck roundup on the first Friday of every month in the summer.

First Friday

We’re pretty lucky to have some really motivated business people in our area. The event was brought together by some of our favorite food truck owners in hopes to bring the community out and supporting local small businesses.

Even though it was raining, plenty of people came out to Ford City and indulged in everything from gyros to tacos to lemonade to bbq to monte cristos to cupcakes to crepes. Phew. It was amazing.

But even better for me, my kids were daring. They made a plan to see every single truck and have me tell them what they offered before deciding. After a hot dog, they also wanted pulled pork and cole slaw. They picked out their favorite cupcakes to take home and then asked for a crepe before we left the park. The choice was easy – s’mores with Nutella. Even the ‘lil girls enjoyed that treat.

As we were packing up and pulling away, Evan burped. “I’m not even going to say excuse me. That burp tasted like pulled pork and crepes. That’s a good thing, Mama. They were my FAVORITE THINGS EVER,” he screamed. I’ll let it slide. That smile is so worth a silly burp, right?

They’re already looking forward to the next event when the trucks come over to our ‘lil neck of the woods, Kittanning. “We can walk there and run and play and eat and eat and eat,” Arianna informed me.

You better believe I’m going to make sure these kids understand how awesome they’ve got it. Thank goodness for First Friday and food trucks!

Want to find out more? Follow our local taco truck, LA Taco, for more events like this!