Nothing captures the culinary zeitgeist more than a pop-up coffee truck. Add on that this purveyor is typically found in the parking lot of a burger restaurant and Brigade Coffee Co. is due a t-shirt soon. The first thing the owners of Brigade Coffee had to do was find a Citroen truck for them to trick out into a caffeine lovers paradise. They found one, in Belgium and had the truck shipped over. The only thing that could make this story better is if the truck was fabricated in Brooklyn by a guy in flannel who is an amateur shitake historian.
For the last few weekends, Brigade Coffee has pulled in and popped up at the parking lot of Adam Biderman's Company Burger. Kudos to Biderman for using his parking lot and restaurant as an incubator for various pop-ups from tiki to latte. The flaps of the truck open to reveal a coffee grinder, espresso machine, and all the trappings of your corner coffee klatch. The Brigade Coffee group is, according to Twitter, finalizing a regular morning location. So stay tuned.
New Orleans has had a long history with coffee, but the amount of solid coffee shops in the city are embarrassingly low. The coffee and chicory at Morning Call and Cafe du Monde are delicious, but an acquired taste. Velvet and Il Posto serve impeccable cups of joe, but that is about the end of the list. But there is hope on the horizon, the coffee at Brigade is a vast improvement over the field of Starbucks and CC's in town. An iced latte on a recent visit was cool and sweet with just the lightest jolt of bitterness. The zeitgeist is rewarding.