Weird Merch: Purple Snow Coffee Celebrates Pre-Prince Minneapolis Funk

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PURPLE SNOW COFFEE

Dark Matter Coffee, makers of such finely titled roasts as 'Old Dank Nic' -- "a festive cup with nuances of cocoa, cranberry, and gingersnap cookies" -- is now ready to celebrate the mighty funk history of the Middlewestern town of Minneapolis in a slightly confusing (maybe pancake mix would've been more appropriate?) way with its 'Purple Snow' blend, created to coincide with the inimitable Numero Group's "Purple Snow" compilation which documents the innovative funk coming out of the coldest of states in the late '70s and '80s. "Like the majestic waters of Lake Minnetonka, this jive coffee has a taste & style all its own," says Dark Matter of its new blend. The only problem being, of course, that by the time you get your mug to your lips it's already frozen solid. Ice cold.