I Tried Green Day's Coffee- AXE

October 4, 2019
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Did you know the guys from Green Day own a coffee company? It's true. Oakland Coffee Brand is the name of the company and you may have seen an article on the website recently about the band releasing a 'Father of All Dark Roasts' coffee as a promotion for their forthcoming album 'Father of All MFers' (link to that article here: https://alternativebuffalo.radio.com/articles/radiocom/green-day-unveils...). Well, seeing as I've know about their coffee company for awhile, and the fact I'm a huge coffee AND Green Day fan, I figured it was time I tried another one of their flavors before the 'Father of All Dark Roasts' comes out. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it in any stores (if you know of any stores that carry it in Buffalo, please let me know), so I went online and ordered a bag of their 'Atomic Garden' Blend (bonus points for the Bad Religion song reference as the blend name).

The 'Atomic Garden' Blend is a Medium Dark roast and has a very full, rich, earthy flavor (I'd almost describe it as a bit of a minty after taste. It's quite unique and delicious). Despite usually drinking light to medium roasts, I found the medium dark roast to be very flavorful, while not overpowering. I used 4 Tablespoons for 30oz of water and probably could have gotten away with 3 (even though the packaging suggests 2 Tablespoons per 10 ounces of water which would work out to 6 Tablespoons for my 30 oz travel mug). I also don't drink my covfefe with cream or sugar, although I used to use tons of both. And frankly, this coffee doesn't need either, having such a rich flavor on it's own. However, if you MUST drink your coffee with cream and sugar, Kennedy mentioned to me he wanted to try it and and that he loads his coffee up with both, so perhaps I'll add an update with his thoughts after he tries it.

When I did some research into the company and coffee, there were three things that really jumped out that I liked. First was that it is organic. "In the case of organic coffee, there are no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals used in growing or production, which means cleaner beans, air, land, and water. The coffee is grown with only organic fertilizers, like coffee pulp, chicken manure, or compost. Organic farms also combat climate change by emitting less carbon than chemical farms, while also sequestering significant amounts of carbon. As a bonus, organic coffee beans are richer in healthful antioxidants, and many people can even taste the difference." (source: https://blog.equalexchange.coop/organic-vs-conventional-coffee/) Second, it's fair trade. "Fair trade coffee is coffee that is certified as having been produced to fair trade standards by fair trade organizations, which create trading partnerships that are based on dialogue, transparency and respect, with the goal of achieving greater equity in international trade. These partnerships contribute to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to coffee bean farmers. Fair trade organizations support producers and sustainable environmental farming practices and prohibit child labor or forced labor." (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_trade_coffee). And lastly, it comes in a compostable package. "Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil." (source: https://www.goodstartpackaging.com/what-do-compostable-and-biodegradable...). Being eco-conscious and having high standards for labor and farms your company uses is always a good thing in my book.

Maybe I'm just biased because my favorite band made it, but I am extremely excited now for the 'Father of All Dark Roasts' and will post a review of that one when it comes out.