Pour overs in the Prow

Pour overs in the Prow

Tunnel City Coffee sets up a pop-up pour over bar inside Mass MoCA

If it takes four miles to travel through a museum, there’s bound to be a coffee stop along the way. About a half mile into Massachusetts Contemporary Museum of Art’s (MASS MoCA) Tunnel City Coffee brewed pour-over coffee at a pop-up stand in Building 6 throughout the post-holiday week.

Located in the Prow Gallery, visitors enjoyed a variety of pour over coffees while reading literature pertaining to the museum and its exhibits, displayed across a long wooden table.

"MASS MoCA visitors embraced the idea of stopping to enjoy a cup of thoughtfully prepared pour-over coffee,” said Sydney Lester, Tunnel City Coffee employee. “There's something special about experiencing something made just for you, and I think museum visitors appreciated what goes into making pour-over coffee, from its origins and roasting techniques, to all the different varieties that Tunnel City Coffee has to offer."

Tunnel City enjoyed its pop-up space in the elegant Prow Gallery, within the recently renovated Robert W. Wilson Building. Massive windows lit the gallery with natural light and created a tranquil scene for museum goers looking to indulge in an afternoon coffee.

“We’re often asked where the nearest coffee spot is in Building 6, a far trek from the museum lobby, so it was great to offer this new spot to patrons in need of a caffeine break,” said Rebecca Waterhouse, MASS MoCA gallery attendant.

Pour over coffee is available to order at Uptown Tunnel, Tunnel City’s newest shop inside the Williams College bookstore. Several varieties of single-origin light and dark roast coffees can be ground and brewed to order with the Kalita Wave pour-over system.

Tunnel City Coffee runs three shops in the northern Berkshires, one inside Mass MoCA, another inside the Williams College bookstore, and its flagship shop on Spring St. in Williamstown. Tunnel City operates its own roasting facility inside the historic Norad Mill of North Adams. To learn more about Tunnel City Coffee,  stop in or contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com/

'Soul-bending magic' in stained glass and surreal moonscapes at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

'Soul-bending magic' in stained glass and surreal moonscapes at Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA

This winter brings compelling color to Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA with surreal tree and moonscapes by artist JD Logan and “soul-bending magic” in stained glass by artist Joseph Tracy

Tracy’s inspired work blends deep mystical themes with tangible elements of the natural world to build powerful narratives in glass. “I try to do bit of soul-bending magic, where the viewer feels worlds colliding and marrying,” says Tracy. “The ancient and mythic and scientific compressed into compelling interaction, the inside and outside meeting, a child-like pleasure in kinetic translucent colors and textures.” 

Logan’s playful portraits of natural figures entice from another world. “I find trees extremely interesting to observe at different times of the day and of the year,” says Logan. “They constantly change and no two are alike, much like people. In that way, to me, they have personalities of their own.”

The satellite shop of Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA presents its winter art exhibition through March 2018. Art at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA and at Tunnel City Coffee at 100 Spring St. in Williamstown, MA, is available for in store purchase. Please contact Sydney Lester at sydneylester@tunnelcitycoffee.com with questions about art at Tunnel City Coffee. 

Tunnel City Coffee is a specialty coffee roasting company located in the northern Berkshires. Its flagship store on Spring Street in Williamstown features a full-service espresso bar, whole bean coffee, loose tea and pastry. Since its establishment in 1992, Tunnel City’s operations have grown to include a coffee bar on the Mass MoCA campus, an expanded coffee roasting facility in the Norad Mill of North Adams and Uptown Tunnel at Williams College. To purchase products or learn more, please visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call 413.458. 5010. Follow Tunnel City Coffee: facebook.com/TunnelCityCoffee, @tunnelcitycoffee on Instagram, @TunnelCity on Twitter

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Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

Tunnel City staff look forward to showcasing art to community

A handful of staff artwork –– photography, sculptures, paintings and other mixed media –– will make a home in the rotating gallery at 100 Spring St. this winter.

One of the more well known painters is Jean Bourn of Williamstown. She’s painted acrylic on canvas professionally for 10 years, but initially fell in love with it as a child during elementary school.

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St. Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Tunnel City Coffee employee and local painter Jean Bourn will sell work in the winter art exhibit at 100 Spring St.
Photo by Makayla McGeeney

Formerly a receptionist at the Williamstown Savings Bank, Bourn’s animal and landscape photos of northern Berkshire County circled around the world over the years. In 2011,12 of her paintings were printed as part of the bank’s complementary calendars. Students and professors from Williams College brought the calendar on their travels to various countries such as England, Australia, and South America. Bourn said it was even shown to the Dalai Lama.

“I like making people happy,” she said. “The reaction they get when they see the painting… that’s the best payment right there.”

She also illustrated the children’s book “Thank You Harry, Love, Max.” in 2015 by local author Jennifer Holey.

Bourn’s winter gallery pieces will include one seascape and a variety of animals –– she paints mostly from images.

John Ryan, a jack of all trades, considers his style of art as illustrational expressionism with mild surrealism. His skills encompass puppetry, sculpting, writing, illustrating, performing and traveling the world.

“I want my work to come alive for my viewers. I mean that literally. Whether it is a sculpture, illustration, or puppet, my goal is to have the audience relate to the piece as though it were another living creature, if even for the briefest of moments,” Ryan writes in his artist statement.

For the winter gallery Ryan will display miniature sculptures and pencil sketches.

“If the piece makes someone’s day better and makes them think, it is a success,” he said.

Tunnel City’s employee art show runs from Jan. to March 2018 and can be viewed during store hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

An owl drawing by John Ryan

An owl drawing by John Ryan

Tunnel City opens new roastery in historic Norad Mill

Tunnel City opens new roastery in historic Norad Mill

Tunnel City Coffee finds a new home for its roasting operation in the newly renovated and deeply historic Norad Mill in North Adams, MA. The new location provides more room for Tunnel City to roast its specialty coffee and create offices for marketing, human resources and professional development.

Along with moving its roastery to the Norad Mill, Tunnel City’s recent expansion includes opening its third cafe, Uptown Tunnel, inside in the Williams College bookstore. 

“Our new space at the Norad Mill will become Tunnel City’s primary location for teaching staff about alternative brewing methods, coffee production and espresso techniques,” says Tunnel City Coffee owner Paul Lovegreen. “We’re extremely excited to move into a community of artists, craftspeople, small manufacturers and entrepreneurs at the Norad Mill.” 

Building on history
The oldest industrial mill in town, the Norad employed several thousands of people in the late 1800s and was operated by the Adams Woolen Company and Crane Co, among others. New owner and Berkshires native David Moresi looks to dust off the cobwebs of this significant piece of North Adams history. “The history of the Norad Mill inspires my desire to grow opportunity for the people and economy of North Adams,” says Moresi.  “It used to be a driving economic engine back in 1863, and we want to bring that mill town spirit back.” 

For a town built on forward-thinkers and tireless work, breathing life back into the old Norad Mill is a direct representation of the kind of positive change happening in North Adams.

“Lots of people in the community were employed at the Norad Mill, and we are already seeing job growth within businesses here,” says Moresi. “It reminds us that our history can bring us into the 21st century as a thriving city.” 

Opportunity in the Berkshires  
Tunnel City Coffee employs young professionals, artists, musicians, photographers and individuals interested in learning the art of roasting, brewing and serving specialty coffee. It is a community in itself, a microcosm of a town like North Adams or Williamstown.


“There are so many good people in this community who want to work, and we lose something when we don’t provide jobs for them,” says Lovegreen. “By moving into the Norad Mill, we hope to create even more jobs for people who are tech savvy, skilled in graphics or marketing, or don’t necessarily fit into the service industry—Our young people don’t necessarily have to move away anymore.” 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Tunnel City’s reach now extends to three stores in Williamstown and North Adams.

Spirit of the mill town
“With Tunnel City, we are working towards bringing back the spirit of North Adams with small manufacturing,” says Moresi. “We are growing a community of diverse and growing businesses that can come together and compliment each other.”  

By tapping into the energy of passionate people actively involved in making their community better, both Tunnel City Coffee and Moresi and Associates hope to create a positive culture of growth and forward movement for the town of North Adams and beyond. 

“Being in an actual mill, you are surrounded by people who are interested in what they’re doing, and it’s fun to be in that environment,” says Lovegreen. “People here leave work and lead interesting lives, and their jobs make them even more interesting. I love being surrounded by that passion.” 

Norad Mill owner David Moresi of Moresi and Associates and Tunnel City Coffee owner Paul Lovegreen in Tunnel City Coffee’s new space at Norad Mill. Photo by Sydney Lester  

Norad Mill owner David Moresi of Moresi and Associates and Tunnel City Coffee owner Paul Lovegreen in Tunnel City Coffee’s new space at Norad Mill. Photo by Sydney Lester

 

Pour Over: Kalita "Wave" Series

Pour Over: Kalita "Wave" Series

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Coffee can be consumed and brewed in various ways. One preferred method is the pour over, which produces a much cleaner, crisper cup than a regular drip machine.

With the Kalita Wave ceramic dripper, a barista pours hot water over coarse coffee grounds, which lay flat in a paper filter. The first step is the initial bloom, which soaks the grounds and coaxes them to expand. The pourer waits about ten seconds and then consistently drenches the grounds with a steady, even pour, which starts the flow of coffee to the hot carafe.

Brewing with the pour-over method is a rhythm of pouring just boiled water over the grounds, taking care not to drown them and plug the filter. The process can take from three to six minutes, and the result is a clean, fresh cup with a rounded flavor and no residue from previous brews.

The Kalita heat resistant tempered glass server allows for multiple coffee lovers to enjoy a pour over simultaneously.


Benefits of a pour over:

  • Clean and pure cup with no residue from previous brews
  • Bold and even flavor notes
  • Fresh and made to order
  • Inexpensive
  • Time and energy efficient
  • Quick cleanup—no decalcification process
  • Good for a single cup