Working at Blackfive does have benefits. Right after getting to meet good and interesting people, the best benefit is finding good things. Those who have met me know I like good food and drink, possibly a little more than I should. Good coffee is something I appreciate, and I know others do too -- particularly out in the field. I made friends on embed by bringing good coffee with me.
I wish that I could have had Lock-N-Load Java with me for those embeds. The kind folks at Lock-N-Load have sent me some of their products to try, and I (and my hosts) are very much enjoying the opportunity.This isn't a company that just does your standard blend and roast, but one that is dedicated to providing the finest coffees for all range of uses.
This week's review is of the sampler pack of their Task Force Zulu premium single origin coffees. As a coffee snob appreciator, I like single-origin coffee. In fact, I had a favorite for making in a french press on those days that called for a really good start to the day. Any of these coffees will give you that.
Our tour started with the amazing Papua New Guinea. Amazing is not too strong a word, as this medium roast coffee has a good body, wonderful flavor(s), clean finish, and absolutely no bitterness. The write-up talks about dried fruits and other notes, and they are indeed there. If you like complex coffees that are balanced and with no bitterness, this is a great coffee to try. My host likes cold coffee, as in iced, and not every coffee holds up to that -- and this one did with even more notes and flavors coming out.
Next up was the light roast Rwandan. As I noted on Facebook, it has a good body and flavor, with hints of plum and fruit. The body is a bit lighter, but not weak. The finish was good, and the overall flavor truly is unique. If you like a lighter roast and coffee, without loss of flavor or complexity, you should try this one.
Then we tried their Ethiopian coffee. Let me preface this by saying that a particular Ethiopian coffee is my favorite mentioned above, and I benchmark other coffees against it. Despite not being made in a french press, and being a medium light roast instead of a darker roast, the Lock-N-Load Java Ethiopian more than held its own. This is a solid coffee with rich complex flavor, hints of fruit and herbs (to me), and a clean finish. I really want to try this in a french press and compare to what I normally get/got.
Finally, we tried the Costa Rican. I put it off because my host has not had good luck with Costa Rican coffees before, but this one may have changed that for him. It has a solid body, with the hints of sweetness for which Costa Rican coffee is known. A light roast, it is flavorful and presents the best qualities of Costa Rican coffees.
Now, I know I've talked about a french press a few times here, and for more than one reason. To me, it is about the best way to make coffee there is. Sadly, my glass french press is not able to travel with me because, well, it's glass. For those in the field, that is a drawback. Well, not anymore as thanks to Lock-N-Load Java you can get a stainless steel french press to go into the field with you. And, yes, this is now on my Amazon Wish List.
Oh, did I forget to mention that the company is veteran owned, has an option for you to ship coffee to the troops, and does other good work? Well, here you go and more is coming on some of those good works. Stay tuned.
It's also not just me that likes them. Check out this review at TAH.