March 25, 2013 by Jason Rice MD
This was not intended to be a part of this coffee series, especially since I’ve already written a post on beans (which is a topic that could easily be a blog unto itself, which is why I planned to show some restraint on this topic). However, I have recently come into a sample of some of the best beans I’ve ever brewed, and they come from a company with a very unique service to offer.
Here at Eats For All Ages, a good chunk of what we’re trying to do is simplify parents’ lives while helping them enjoy the finest foods and beverages they can. As mentioned before, I will not enter the debate on the age at which coffee should reasonably be introduced to a child. (That age for me was a single digit, but I digress…) Regardless, coffee is an essential part of the daily routine for most sleep-deprived parents. And I, for one, do not see any reason to sacrifice quality in one of my favorite daily rituals.
As was clear in my post on beans, I believe that fresh beans roasted in small lots are worth the money and the hassle of obtaining them. The flavor, aroma and quality just can’t be matched in the grocery store. The hassle of obtaining good beans is, however…a hassle. Again, enter Tonx. These guys hand select and perfectly roast small batches of amazing coffee in a shop out in California. Then, they ship it right to your door. Shipments come every two weeks, and there are two sizes available. Even more amazing, they will send you a sample (like the small package pictured here) with no commitment. That’s how amazing this coffee is – they are will to give it to you because they know you will want more. (Yes, this is a similar concept to how heroin dealers work, I get that…but, I can quit whenever I want…I swear…give me back my mug!)
I made this coffee as I make all of my coffee, with my trusty Hario Canister C hand grinder and my Hario V60 pour-over brewer. The results were amazing. I have had three cups so far, and all have been excellent. The roast level is perfect, the cup has a nice clean and bright flavor, but not overly acidic. While I don’t pretend to be a coffee expert (just a bit obsessed), I happened to have a Rwandan coffee roasted by Stumptown in the house as well, and I don’t think it’s even worth comparing the two. The Tonx offering was fresher, the aroma sweeter and the cup much more satisfying. (I’m sure the coffee geek gods will hunt me down for saying something negative about their beloved Stumptown, but there’s no denying the facts here…)
So, if you’re looking for top notch beans without the hassle of hunting them down, a Tonx subscription really might be your best option. And, I know what you’re thinking, “Hey, Eats For All Ages, lots of roasters are doing subscriptions these days. Did you just figure this out? What makes these guys so special? How much did they pay you for this post?”
Good questions, there, imaginary reader. You are right, there are lots of subscription services out there. What makes Tonx stand out to me is that every shipment is a new varietal. Each lot is hand-selected, roasted, shipped, and then it’s on to the next one. For me, this is a great idea, because one of my favorite things about coffee is exploring new flavors, and a set-up like this has new beans on my doorstep every two weeks. As for that other question, they paid me nothing. They gave me a free sample of their coffee, which they do for everyone. They had no idea (like 99.999% of the world) that this blog exists, and (like 99.999% of the world) would likely have no interest in paid placement in a blog read by literally dozens of readers around the world.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, check out Tonx online, get yourself a sample, and get ready to experience some truly amazing coffee. Enjoy!