by Bill Batson
Adam Berrios has converted his Burd Street chocolate factory into Nyack’s newest espresso bar. In the cacao bean business since 2015, the drummer for the band Impossible Colors had previously vended his artisanal chocolate from a tent at the Nyack Farmer’s Market. Nyack Sketch Log dropped by Adam’s new spot for some organic dark chocolate recently, digging the sound track filling the modest ground floor storefront. Adam serves flavor notes of toffee and raspberry for the taste buds, and some butter and oak for the ears.
It just happened. I’ve always been fond of coffee and thought I would pursue it. I went to Costa Rica after college and was introduced to cacao by the indigenous people I met there. The more time I spent around cacao, the more I grew fascinated with it.
Why a coffee shop? or are you an espresso bar?
I don’t know really. It’s like a chocolate and coffee kitchen where you can hangout.
How did you find this place?
I was praying for one. I had been making chocolate in this same building for a number of years.
When I came in, what music were you playing?
A song by my band Impossible Colors, Like Blades.
Who are Impossible Colors?
Ben, Scott, Chris, and myself
Give me some lyrics?
“They want us numb and contained, numbered, not named”
Are there impossible flavors?
Umami is half flavor and half your glutamate receptor being happy. Maybe that. I think Jelly Belly would make an impossible flavor. Maybe then we will know for sure.
Will you have events where you combine music and chocolate?
Sure Bill, you can bring your bass guitar.
I heard that you jam at Living Christ Church?
The whole place jams really. Gotta check it out.
Do you like gospel music?
Oh yes, they are some of the best musicians in the world. They are on fire.
What’s your favorite gospel song?
The one with the dancing pastor.
Can you hear the choir from St. Philip’s on Sunday?
Health Benefits of Cacao
1. 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries
2. Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron
3. Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain
4. More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk
5. A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
Adam’s Chocolate is made from organic cacao from Bolivia. The bars have flavor notes of smoke, toffee, raspberry, butter, and oak.
What are your hours?
Seems to be all day and night at the moment 10am-1030pm
Do you exhibit any artists other than Vinny Raffa
It’s an exhibit?
What’s the best thing about having your own business?
Skipping songs on the spotify, youtube, pandora phone.
What is the hardest thing?
Going to bed early.
What’s the significance of the coin wrapper by the counter?
We are never above counting coins to make it happen.
Who’s is (are) your inspiration(s)?
Is there such a thing as chocolate soup?
There is now.
Adam’s Chocolate is located at 150 Burd Street, Nyack, NY. Hot Chocolate anyone?
Props to the late Craig Mack for the last sentence in the first paragraph!
Nyack People & Places: Adam Berrios, Chocolate Maker by Micke Hayes, May 17, 2017
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Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives and sketches in Nyack, NY. Nyack Sketch Log: “Adam’s Chocolate“ © 2018 Bill Batson. To see more, visit billbatsonarts.com