The block of 49th Street that houses Brian Donaldson’s Native Roasters is in the 11103 ZIP code,which covers three neighborhoods Astoria, Long Island City, and Woodside. Between different delivery protocols for the USPS,UPS, and FedEx that can be somewhat of a logistical nightmare he says. Perhaps the fact that his eight-month old small batch coffee roaster exists at the nexus of three neighborhoods explains why this video is part love letter to Queens, and part love letter to coffee. With its jazzy sound track, I know it perked me up.
Right now Native Roasters coffee can be had at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Later this year Donaldson plans to have his beans: NYC Diesel, a medium roasted seasonal blend; La Arboleda from Colombia, a medium roasted coffee with dark chocolate tones; and an El Salvadoran Finca Fatima with citrus and honey notes available at several as yet unannounced markets. The latter is the one being roasted in the video. Donaldson, also has several customers who pick up beans from Native Roasters HQ on a weekly basis. If you’d like to become one, shoot him an e-mail at email@example.com.