Annual staff retreat!

It’s that time again! While we have much to update you with and many, many happenings (ALL THE THINGS ARE HAPPENING ALL THE TIME) and we’re woefully behind in informing you all of all our awesome endeavors, we need to let you know that


Every year, we take the whole staff camping. This year, because of Steph and John’s two little ones and our lack of planning (*foghorn noise*) we are skipping camping and renting a cabin instead. So, we’re roughing it. In a cabin with a hot tub and a pool table.

We’re closing early today (Friday, July 31st) and will be closed Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd.

We’ll be back with updates on shenanigans and shop stuff on Monday, August 3rd.

See you soon!

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Ready for some awesome news?! We have a MOSTLY COMPLETE list of our sponsors for this year’s Save Our City! Over the last two weeks, dozens of local businesses have been in touch, finding out how to help us make this event THE BEST EVER and MAN do we have a ton of awesome support this year! When you’re out and about in Bellingham, do make sure to stop on by one of our AMAZING SPONSORS and say “THANK YOU FOR SAVING OUR CITY!” while you’re helping support these local businesses and agencies.

Without further ado:


on SATURDAY, MAY 30TH, 12 pm to 3 pm


The Black Drop Coffeehouse, ModSock (Visit their Facebook page here) and The Bellingham Department of Parks and Recreation


And last but not least, the wonderful

With additional sponsorship provided by:

and promotional consideration and prizes provided by

  • Sabbath Tattoo
  • The Local
  • Mallards Ice Cream
  • Man Pies
  • Cellairis at Bellis Fair

And prizes, OMG, the PRIZES! Gift certificates for noms from Casa, Bayou, Brandywine, Mallards, Man Pies, The Local, Fiamma Burger and Pye Hole! Merchandise and gift certificates from Dakota Art, Film is Truth, Otion, Michael’s books,  Everything in Sight Optical, Merrilee D. Photography, The Bellingham Pinball collective and more! Tickets to a Good Time Girls tour from the Bureau of Historical Investigation! Tickets to a show at the Mount Baker Theater!


Bank of the Pacific is running a complementary snack and water table! Fiamma Burger will have a lemonade stand! Honey Moon is having an after event all ages special hot dog grill out with drink specials for the 21+ set!


Stay tuned to this space for further updates and more sponsors and prizes as they come in!!!


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SAVE OUR CITY: ZOMIBES vs. SURVIVORS VI Presented by The Black Drop Coffeehouse, Bellingham Department of Parks and Recreation, and MOD SOCK!

It’s that time of year. Our FAVORITE time of year. Time again for Save our City! Set aside Saturday, May 30th, from 12-3 for some serious zombie fun and mayhem!

Yes, that’s right, for the 6th year in a row, The Black Drop will be putting on our insane, downtown wide, HUGE zombie themed game of water balloon tag.

Last year saw 290 registered participants. This year, the event has been posted for a little over a week on our Facebook and we already have almost 200 people saying they want to attend, and it’s EXACTLY  a month out!

We’re SO EXCITED to once again be partnering with The Bellingham Department of Parks and Recreation to bring you this fun filled, family friendly afternoon of mayhem. This year looks to be bigger and better than ever, with our additional THIRD partner in presentation MOD SOCK! Mod Sock has been a huge supporter of our event in every previous year, and this year they’re going ALL OUT with HUNDREDS of dollars and merchandise donated towards prizes for our winners. More sponsors are rolling in EVERY DAY. We’ll be pinning a post to the top of our website that we’ll update frequently listing all the prizes available and all the sponsors helping us to make this event the BEST one yet!

In addition, we’re adding another fun component: In the weeks leading up to the event, we’ll be dropping “SPECIAL ITEMS” around town, scavenger hunt style. These items, when found and brought to team registration on the day of the event, will confer specific advantages to the teams that hold them. Sound intriguing? Follow the event page on Facebook , our Instagram and our Twitter for clues. Clues will be given on each platform, so remember to check in with all three!

Follow the event page for all forms, official rules, and constant updates on the event.

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Board Game Night!


Do you love board games? Do you often wish you had more people to play board games with? Do you find yourself wishing you knew more cool board games to play?

Here at the Black Drop, our nerdiness knows no bounds. We love board games. And we love making new friends. And we LOVE playing new board games! So our friends over at The Comics Place  are bringing a TON of cool board games for you to try out. We’ll be here with our full menu available and some snacks. All we need is you and some friends!

Bring your own games or try ours. Come! Saturday, April 18th, from 7 pm to midnight!


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Upcoming closure notification

Hello beloved Black Drop fans! It’s been a busy year so far, and we have a full update in the works. Just a quick heads up that this UPCOMING Sunday, April 12th, The Black Drop will be CLOSED so that we can take our ENTIRE staff to the World Barista Championships at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) conference in Seattle. We’re REALLY excited for the whole staff to see something like this in person, and we’ll also be doing (and documenting) a little coffee crawl at a few shops in Seattle, so we’ll have some fun stuff to blog about here.

We’ll reopen for our NEW NORMAL SUNDAY HOURS of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday April 19th.

Come down and get some bulk coffee this week to get you through a Sunday without us.

Hope to see you soon at the Drop!

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Modified Hours Notice

Beloved customers:

Just a notification to let you know that we’ll be closing EARLY at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jauary 15th for some unavoidable serious espresso machine maintenance. Never fear, we’ll reopen at our normal time of 7 a.m. on Friday, January 16th.

In addition, we will be closing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 17th, to prep for that night’s annual Black Drop Blackout event! We hope to see you there!

We’ll be CLOSED on Sunday, January 18th for recovery. And that will be our LAST unscheduled closing until Easter.

Thanks for bearing with us. Come down and celebrate the old and new alike with our Blackout party on Saturday night! We’ll see you there!

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Black Drop Blackout : 2015 Edition

Cocktail attire, candlelight, victuals, music, libations, you, us. Magic.

Cocktail attire, candlelight, victuals, music, libations, you, us. Magic.

It’s that time again. We know. You thought we forgot. How could we forget our second favorite event of the year? (Nothing tops zombies, y’all. But this comes pretty darn close.)

This Saturday night. 7 pm to midnight, we’ll be serving up your favorite Black Drop inspired cocktails, a lot of delicious fancy pants snacks, and listening to the musical stylings of Scot Casey and Thadius Kroening. We’ll be in our best and finest fancy get up. There will be candlelight and laughter. Later… there might even be karaoke. You never know ti’ll you show up!

$5 at the door gets you in, gets you a drink and a plate. All ages are welcome, only 21+ with ID will be able to partake of the libations. Our full coffeehouse menu will be available at regular prices.

You need an invite to get in the door! Speakeasy style, but for our digital age. Follow the link below, and bring the QR code it generates by printing it out or showing it off on your device screen. Our scan will get you in the door and into the best celebration of the beginning/end of the year that you’ve been to since our last Black Drop Blackout.

We’ll see you Saturday at the Drop!


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End of the year

Once again, another year is wrapping up and we have some reduced hours at New Year’s to give our staff some time to celebrate. We’ll be closing early, at 5 pm on Wednesday, December 31st. We’ll be CLOSED on Thursday January 1st, and re-open for normal hours on Friday January 2nd at 7 am.

Look here for news in the next few days for our annual Black Drop Black Out on Saturday, the 17th of January.

Have a safe and happy new year!!

<3, The Black Drop Staff

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Merry, Merry and All That Is Bright

We’ve had a busy second half of the year at the Black Drop! While John and Stephanie adapted to life with TWO small children, our staff solidified and went through some big changes, and the ownership team went through another shift. We have much to tell you in the upcoming days as 2014 comes to a close, but today, let us share with you some great write ups of our little corner of the world!

First, this article from Bellingham Business News highlights some of the happenings around our shop. (Thanks for the great write up, Tobias!)

Second, we’re one of the sponsors for the holiday happenings through the Downtown Bellingham Partnership this season, which means we’re participating in a few events to help encourage people to shop locally this year. We had a super successful “Shop Small Saturday” for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, including homemade mini cinnamon rolls and mini muffins that Stephanie whipped up and passed out to shoppers. This weekend is Downtown’s Shop Dine Celebrate event, which we’re also participating in! We are offering 10% off your entire order when you purchase any of our already really reasonably priced retail goodies. Better yet, tag yourself from ANY participating location with the hashtag #bhamSDC on ANY social media platform and be entered in a drawing to win some GREAT prizes from lots of downtown merchants!

In the coming days, we’ll have updates for you on this year’s Bellingham Mama’s Support Network giving tree (which we’re participating in for the 4th year running) and on our upcoming holiday hours for Christmas, New Years, and our annual Black Drop Black Out cocktail party of awesome. So now that we’re back in the swing of things, check back in with us, won’t you?


-The Black Drop Staff

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We care about Womencare, and you should too.

Think about your favorite space in your home. Close your eyes and picture it. What comes to mind? What do you envision? Is it a cozy chair, full in the sun and with your favorite book? Is it a dark corner and comfy pillows and a good cup of coffee, snuggling a beloved pet? Is it a chair in your kitchen, surrounded by the warmth of your family?

Now picture this. For many women and children in our community, home isn’t a safe space. There is no bright window, no laughter in the kitchen. Instead, there is pain. There is the place the child hides while their mom is beaten. There are shattered remains of a favorite cup, of a mirror, of a cell phone. There are hidden and quiet tears, desperation of circumstance and hopelessness. There is fear. There is anywhere but Home Sweet Home.

Here are some sobering statistics:

-1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

-Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

-Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.

-Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%.)

Here in Bellingham, we are fortunate enough to have several outstanding organizations that help combat these heartbreaking statistics, one family at a time, one story at a time. One such organization that we have partnered with in the past is Womencare Shelter.


Womencare’s Mission statement: (From their website at

“Womencare Shelter is an empowerment-based organization working to end domestic violence by providing emergency, confidential shelter, 24-hour crisis support services and community education.”

For the month of July, we at the Black Drop would like to invite you to join with us in supporting Womencare’s mission and helping victims of domestic violence in our community.

Introducing the Home Sweet Home latte. Only served in 12 oz size, a healthy dose of molasses and a sprinkling of ginger with two shots of espresso and expertly steamed milk warms your hands and your tummy and brings to mind batches of cookies and the smell of baking, without being overpoweringly sweet. At $4.50 including tax, this drink is the same price as many of our other much beloved creations like the Black Widow and the Just Like Heaven, except this one comes with a community hug. For EACH AND EVERY Home Sweet Home latte we sell during the month of July, The Black Drop will donate $1 to Womencare Shelter. We will also have a donation jar on the counter for you, in case you’d like to donate but molasses ain’t your thang.

Please help us to help women and children right here in our community who are living in the nightmare of not having a space to call Home Sweet Home. Come spend some time with us, buy a drink, help us donate to Women Care, and support this vital community resource.

So much love. We’ll see you at the Drop!

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