Coffee beans and bear claws: Dynamite Roasting and City Bakery collaborate

Dynamite Roasting Company is laying a new fuse. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25, their beans will be the only ones brewed at City Bakery's three café.

Dynamite co-owner Josh Gibbs says the collaboration with City Bakery is one of several opportunities the four-year-old, Black Mountain-based company has had to expand recently. “ Over the past month, we have had some larger accounts that we've been working on for a long time starting to come through,” he says. But he adds that it's too soon to say where else their beans might be available.

Brian Dennehy, who manages City Bakery for his parents, the owners, says he expects Dynamite's blends for the bakery to pair well with his favorite baked breakfast treat: the chocolate-almond bear claw.

To commemorate the new partnership, City Bakery's Biltmore Avenue location will host the Dynamite roasting crew for a tasting of high-quality, micro-lot Honduran beans on Thursday, Sept. 27. “You can walk around and taste all the different lots and talk to the roasters,” Dennehy says.

While Dennehy hopes to host more coffee-oriented events in the future, he says the new beans do not signal a change in the identity of his business. “We want to produce a consistent, good drink,” he says. “We're not going to be a coffee shop … We're a bakery, and of course you have a cup of coffee when you get your croissant in the morning.”

The micro-lot tasting will take place at City Bakery's 60 Biltmore Ave. location on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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