Contrary to what’s been reported here and just about everywhere else, Federal Donuts will not be pouring oh-so-precious Stumptown Coffee when it opens Monday. Percolating in its place will be a proprietary blend developed specifically for the donuts and Korean fried chicken joint by Topeka, Kansas-based PT’s Coffee Roasting. Partner (and BODHi Coffee owner) Thomas Henneman told Grub Street that the FD crew enlisted a panel of 10 tasters, comprised of friends, staff, coffee professionals and customers for a blind taste test of several small coffee roasters’ best blends. “PT’s was the preferred coffee nine to one,” Henneman said. “And that made it really easy for us to make a decision.”
“Stumptown’s a great roaster,” Henneman added. “But working with PT’s will allow us to carry our custom blend throughout the year.” He explained that Stumptown’s single origin beans are only available when in season. In addition to the tasting panel’s preference for PT’s, the roasters ability to keep the supply coming year round sealed the deal. Federal Donuts will offer its custom blend coffee brewed up hot, cold brewed and bags of whole beans.