One must carefully prepare for two months aboard ship in the Arctic, and among the indispensable supplies to be planned for, evidently, is the right coffee beans.
Vallejo artesian coffee roaster Fabrice Moschetti was contracted to ship 600 pounds of the fragrant legumes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association ship Fairweather before it sets off on a sea floor mapping mission in the Arctic, NOAA spokesmen confirmed.
“Coffee is a must-have item,” ship chef Frank Ford said in an email. “It helps keep them warm and it helps them stay alert. In our line of work, and the places we go, these are two very important things. For their well-being and safety, I for one have no desire to find out what it would be like to be around 54 coffee drinkers who have none. On a 230-foot closed space in 35-degree waters with 40 miles of ice between me and land, nope, I’m good on that one.”