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Famous James’s Murphy and Freeman Developing a ‘Very Friendly’ Espresso


James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem, is getting into the coffee game. Press photo.

Nearly two years after announcing his intentions to sell his own brand of coffee, LCD Soundsystem creator James Murphy tells Rolling Stone he’s settled on a roast and will soon begin production. Just as interesting is Murphy’s announcement is his mentor in the venture, Blue Bottle Coffee founder and former touring clarinetist James Freeman.

The two met as Murphy was apparently traveling the world in search of coffee roasts and education, including a training session in London with 2009 World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies, according to a September report from the New Yorker

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So what did cuppings with Freeman lead to? Murphy tells Rolling Stone, “It’s a very neutral espresso with really intense elements. No filler, all really good single-origin beans. It’s lighter than a traditional Italian roast, but not as light as a Nordic espresso…The idea is that it should have a real complexity on the palate, like a single-origin does, but not be difficult on the finish. It should be very friendly.”

There is no timetable for the development and release of the coffee, with Murphy telling reporter Simon Vozick-Levinson, “You just reminded me. Now I feel like a dummy. I gotta send [Freeman] an email.”

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