Black Sheep Coffee Roasters is a local, hole-in-the-wall java joint with good WiFi and plenty of tables. There’s a couch, magazines, chess boards and a little stage for live music next to the window. There’s a porch in the back by the Whitney Alley with excellent outdoor seating. It’s right in the middle of town, across from the Bishop Twin Theater.
The coffee’s pretty tasty, too. The drink names are spot on. Try a Miles Davis - iced mocha topped with hot milk froth - or an Affogato — espresso over vanilla ice cream. Espressos are made with exact weights, pressures and water temperature. They also whip up smoothies with seven fruits to choose from, and vegetarian fare, teas, quiche and homemade granola are available as well.
It’s a roasting company after all, and they sell perfectly roasted beans in bulk, check out the website, blacksheepcoffeeroasters.com. They search for the sweetest beans from around the Americas, including a micro-grow from the rain forests of Nicaragua that produces a cherry flavored berry, the Finca Aconcagua from the revered coffee experts, the Dumont family of El Salvador, and the Peruvian El Norte — Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Choosing Direct Trade Coffee - that is, coffee purchased directly from the farmer - has been a top priority at Black Sheep since they opened their doors in 2004. At that time they were the only local coffee roaster in Bishop. These days they not only serve their deliciously roasted coffee, but they also regularly host local music, art openings and slide shows. Owner Peter Schultz travels directly to farms in Central America to select the finest beans as well as ensure the fairest trade for Black Sheep coffee. The good will and honesty is felt through their great customer service as well.
Black Sheep Coffee Roasters is centrally located for all the needs of the climber, traveler, or family. An international guide outfit is right next door, and down the block is Eastside Sports as well as Range and River Books. Up the block is the Gear Exchange with used gear for sale, and nearby Sage to Summit specializes in everything for the trail runner. Get your coffee, bites, and supplies all in a rock’s throw.
Mike Bodine has been reporting on the small town news and gossip of the Eastside for more than 15 years.