Coffee with…Will Oldham / Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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Will Oldham loves coffee. Will Oldham loves coffee so much that he has his own Kona Rose Coffee (Bonny Billy) blend available through Drag City. Bonnie “Prince” Billy himself gives us the scoop on his favorite pairings and guilty pleasures.

How do you take your coffee?

“Filter coffee”: black. Espresso either as a macchiato or with cinnamon, honey, and a splash of cream.

What goes best with the Kona Rose Bonny Billy Blend?

Deep breaths and morning wood sunk deep into fleshy wetness. Or a good weeding session, by which I mean out in the yard.

What’s your favorite shop and city for coffee?

If I can’t be drinking Bonny Billy Blend straight from Kona Rose / Drag City, I’d go to Quills or Sunergos in Louisville and get a macchiato. Or I’d go to Ipsento in Chicago and get an “Ipsento,” which has coconut milk, honey, and cayenne pepper in it.

Do you have any coffee-shop guilty pleasures?

I don’t know if this counts, but before singing I prefer to have an espresso with a shot of grappa or sambuca in it. If I can’t get that, then instant coffee with whiskey in it is great. Also, I pretty much like any coffee supplied in-room at hotels, motels, and B&Bs around the world.

Decaf: sensible or blasphemous?


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