Coffee is one of those categories I don’t like to mess with. My first cup each morning sets the tone for the day, so I expect perfection; that’s why I’m pretty much addicted to The Golden Cobra, a boutique brand of coffee that’s roasted in Botany. So you’ll understand my deep suspicion when I was sent a bag of Mongrel Joe’s High-Octane Coffee ($15.95/200g).
Firstly, it comes from Marrickville (enough said?) and it’s packaged to look decidedly hipster in a hessian bag with a bloke with a moustache printed on it. Throw in that it’s marketed at gym junkies with lots of information about how it’s performance enhancing, high octane and rich in antioxidants. They even suggest pairing it with things other than cow milk – like coconut water, butter, protein shakes, and even sprinkling it on yoghurt.
So you could say, I approached Mongrel Joe’s Coffee almost wanting to dislike it… The thing is, I actually didn’t. It’s robust and sophisticated, and didn’t dissolve into a loosely chocolate or caramel flavour. It also suits my preferred home application – cold drip with added cow milk – and is enjoyable to the last mouthful, because there’s enough going on in the glass.
And in terms of sustainability, Mongrel Joe’s premium blend is made on coffee beans that are grown in India, on a plantation that has made a commitment to making a small environmental footprint. They’re achieving this using methods like top-notch water recycling, and turning the methane produced by coffee cherry husks into generating electricity.
Yep, I’m a Mongrel Joe’s Coffee convert – though I will say it’s pricy at $59.95/kilo. Guess they’ve gotta pay for that hipster packaging somehow…
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