When we set out to create the “flagship” blend for Ironclad Coffee Roasters, one primary goal was to develop something that would perform well in any brewing application. Whether we’re talking espresso, auto-drip, French press, AeroPress, pour-over, cold brew — you name it — our house blend had to produce a delicious cup, no matter the choice of preparation method. It absolutely needed to be a “work horse.”
We think we’ve nailed it with Steam Engine Blend (based on overwhelmingly positive feedback). If you enjoy great blends, we invite you to give it a try in any and all brewing methods at your disposal. Let us know where you think Steam Engine shines the brightest.
So, what’s with the name? Our hometown — Richmond, Virginia — has a long and illustrious history of trains and railroads. RVA’s grand old Main Street Station stands today in all her glory as a reminder of the golden age of railroads in Virginia. It’s our favorite building in all of Richmond, and you’ll see it on the rear panel of every Ironclad coffee bag. We commissioned an artist to create that rendering based on a 1901 photograph when the station had just been completed.
Richmond was home to North America’s only “triple crossing” (as seen in one image above). It was here — located just east of 14th and Dock Streets — that the Chesapeake and Ohio crossed over the Seaboard AirLine Railroad, which crossed over the Southern Railroad.
Trains and the rails on which they travel remain a prominent feature of Richmond today. Steam Engine Blend is our nod to vital role the railroads played in building not only Richmond, not only Virginia, but our entire nation. Pick up a bag of Steam Engine Blend, enjoy it however you wish, and be reminded of the men and women on whose shoulders we stand.