New Release: BNG-005 - Jacques Renault's "That's What You Are" / "My Love is Guaranteed"

Since 2022 kicked off, Bump 'n Grind Wax has been active playing the music we love, building up the record store at Analog Market, and promoting our growing brand over the past couple months. Much of our efforts have been in anticipation for the arrival of our fifth 7" release from Jacques Renault. BNG-005 is a labor of love and patience, one subject to the numerous delays impacting the global vinyl record industry. We are happy to finally announce that our black wax shipment of BNG-005 has arrived stateside!

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In Our Feels: A Look Back @ 1200 East-West Highway!

This edition of our Liner Notes Blog looks back at Bump ‘n Grind’s formidable years at our cafe at 1200 East-West Highway. It was here that we developed our brand, grew our community, and became recognized as a premiere destination for coffee and vinyl records in the US! We asked David Fogel, Bump ‘n Grind’s driving force, about his best memories from our first location in Silver Spring, and some of the key lessons learned about starting a small business.

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A Look Back at Our First Roasted Batch

This week’s Liner Notes looks back at the first batch of Bump ‘n Grind roasted coffee!

Bump ‘n Grind is entering into a new chapter with the start of our Analog Market at 923 Gist Ave. Since our flagship store at 1200 East-West Highway closed its doors during the pandemic, we have been actively looking for a location that will become our “forever” home. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is exciting to see the blooming of new ideas and fresh imaginations as we begin to plan for our next cafe and hangout in Downtown Silver Spring.

The First B 'n G at 1200 East-West Highway

All this looking forward makes us nostalgic about how far Bump ‘n Grind has come from being a nascent idea about creating a place for community, music, and coffee in Silver Spring, to roasting gourmet coffee from around the world, and now operating several outpost cafes, offering a complete wholesale coffee catalog, and organizing a weekly vintage and vinyl market showcasing amazing small businesses in the DMV! 

In 2016, it became clear in Bump ‘n Grind’s early days as a cafe that roasting our own coffee was the only logical direction of growth. At the time, we were serving delicious espresso and beans from our friends at Vigilante Co and Ceremony, while learning from other companies about their roasting processes, scalability, and diving-deep into the intricacies of crafting the perfect cup. 

In April of '16, head honcho, David Fogel, teamed up with long-time customer and coffee enthusiast, Vince Garcia, to acquire our first roaster and start dialing in our first signature roast profile. David explains, “before I opened B ‘n G, I knew I eventually wanted to incorporate roasting. Mainly to dig deeper in the process, and be more connected with our main product, and the communities that produce it.” It was imperative for the Bump ‘n Grind vision that we could have more of a direct and active  role in our position as stewards bringing “conscientious” beans from around the world, roasting them to our unique and desired tastes, and sharing them with our local communities.  

Our first small-batch was on a Mill City 2KG roaster at our original warehouse on Brookville Rd. A spiffy, brightly painted little machine, it has been affectionately dubbed our “Little Red Corvette.” It took a few months to dial in our blends, eventually working with Vince to create Mixtape, our first signature! Our Little Red Corvette is now roasting our sample batches at our Roastery in Kensington, MD, still an integral part in our roasting processes and bringing exceptional coffee to our customers in the DC area.  If you find yourself at our pop-up shop at the Roastery on 4120 Howard Ave, make sure to snap a photo of our snazzy Red roaster! She built the foundation for what is to come with Bump ‘n Grind Coffee and Records!




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Uptown, Downtown, All Around Town, there’s Bump ‘n Grind Coffee!

The latest Liner Note highlights our community partners and collaborators featuring our coffee on their menus, in their creations, and offering our roasted beans! We are expanding our partner base steadily into exciting restaurants, bars, and public spaces in the Washington, DC metro area. Our delicious, locally-roasted wholesale beans are offered at a competitive price, and we are eager to align with like-minded organizations, offices, and community partners who drink, sell, and enjoy gourmet coffee!

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Single Origin Profile: Java - Light

Bump ‘n Grind has another exciting Single Origin roast out in our cafes and pop-ups. Our Indonesian - Java is a light roasted bean with a powerful flavor combination. A one-two punch of Baker’s chocolate and molasses, with cedar and red plum notes, gives this unique bean a robust flavor signature. The Java - Light is currently receiving rave reviews from our Single Origin fans, one out in Denver claiming, “this is like the Barolo of coffee! I love the forward chocolate flavor, and that it is more syrupy and full-bodied than most light roasts.” While we recommend our small-batched, single origin beans to be served in a pour-over fashion, we are also offering it as a rich Cold Brew at our weekend pop-up cafe at the Roastery in Kensington!

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Analog Market runs July - December @ 923 Gist Ave!

Bump 'n Grind is hosting a six month pop up series called Analog Market at our new project at 923 Gist Ave in Downtown Silver Spring! The series kicks off July 2nd, will be Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4pm through December.  Analog Market is held in a two- story 1950's home, with a front garden and back patio, walking distance to Silver Spring Metro and the rest of Downtown Silver Spring. Every weekend visitors can expect vintage, antique and collectible vendors; fresh BnG roasted coffee served via a "coffee bike"; vinyl-spinning DJs; seating, stroller parking, plenty of shade, and fresh blooming flowers! 

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Single Origin Feature - Nicaragua - Matagalpa

Bump ‘n Grind is currently featuring a new Single Origin roast: the Nicaragua - Matagalpa. A lightly roasted approach brings out the complex layers of this bean from the northern mountain regions of Nicaragua. The Matagalpa region is famous for its lush tropical vegetation, most of the coffee grown in this region is shade grown in nutrient-rich, volcanic soil. Grown 700m above sea level, in a climate the locals refer to as “the eternal spring,” these beans go through a washed process before they are dried and shipped to our roastery in Kensington, MD. In line with our commitment to “conscientious coffee,” these beans are both certified organic and fair trade!

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Memorial Day Weekend: Bump 'n Grind's first Analog Market!

Bump ‘n Grind’s Analog Market

May 28th and 29th, 9am - 4pm 

9150 Brookville Rd. 

Silver Spring, MD

It’s Spring Cleaning Time for Bump ‘n Grind, so we are hosting our first ever ANALOG Market. Memorial Day Weekend, several vintage vendors and analog enthusiasts will be selling at our Clubhouse on 9150 Brookville Rd in Silver Spring, MD. 

 

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5 Ways to treat your Mother at Bump 'n Grind!

Sunday, May 8th, is Mother’s Day! Bump ‘n Grind is honoring all the hard-working Mother’s by offering a 20% at our cafe and pop ups all weekend long. Without all the Mommas out there, this world is an empty place. Make sure the leading nurturer in your family gets recognized with some Bump ‘n Grind love this weekend. This week’s Liner Notes gives 5 ways to Thank Your Mama at Bump ‘n Grind! The discount applies at our cafe in Silver Spring Library, as well our Pop-Up at The Roastery in Kensington, MD. 

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Earth Week 2022

With Earth Week 2022 coming to a close, Bump ‘n Grind wants to offer a friendly reminder of our commitment to minimizing impacts on climate change and encouraging our growing community to enjoy our “conscientious coffee.” This edition of the Liner Notes is a Bump ‘n Grind nod to the daily effort it takes for us all to strive for a healthier planet. As a small business, we recognize that individual consumer behavior will ultimately struggle to tilt the current trajectory of our environmental circumstances, it will take a collective. Bump ‘n Grind aims to be a steward on this wild and wonderful Earth, leaving it a little more magical, a place worth sharing for generations to come.  

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