DOWNTOWN — Indie-rock songstress St. Vincent didn’t get her first choice in names for her recently released signature coffee blend roasted by Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee.
“She wanted to call it, 'I Prefer Your Coffee To Jesus,' which I quite liked. But ultimately I wimped out,” Intelligentsia spokesman Stephen Morrissey said. “We settled on 'Bring Me Your Mugs,' a play on one of her song titles, 'Bring Me Your Loves.'"
St. Vincent, whose given name is Annie Clark, says coffee is her reason to wake up in the morning and Intelligentsia is her favorite brew.
“I love Intelligentsia coffee. I have stood at their counter waiting for my order like a fan waiting for a show. Eager. Expectant,” the singer said in a statement. “So when my favorite coffee shop approached me about collaborating on a signature coffee, I was thrilled.”
The St. Vincent blend is a Costa Rican variety that’s “citrusy, fruit-forward vibrant coffee” just the way Clark told Intelligentsia’s coffee gurus that she likes it.
“Our first coffee from Costa Rica landed shortly after talking with her,” Morrissey said. “We usually get coffee sent from different parts of a farm and gave her an entire lot for ‘Bring Me Your Mugs.’”
But the St. Vincent special coffee stockpile won’t last long — certainly not until St. Vincent comes to town to play the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 19.
“We just did a count and the estimate is that there’s only about four weeks left,” Morrissey said. “'Bring Me Your Mugs' is only available at all our coffee bars right now. We’re selling through it quickly. And St. Vincent is about to start selling it on her website, too.”
This isn’t Intelligentsia’s first rock-star coffee blend. The Chicago coffee roasters have made signature blends for bands including Wilco, Guided By Voices, Maps and Atlases, and singer Mayer Hawthorne.
“We’re working on two more musical collaborations that we hope to have done in a couple weeks,” Morrissey said. “Our whole thing at Intelligentsia is to connect and bring people together through coffee and music and food, art, fashion and design.”
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