I recently had the pleasure to speak to Carl over the phone. When asking what the goal of Lock-N-Load Java is, Carl replied. “Our goal is to work hard, do good, give back, and have fun! We created a code of conduct for our company that states our mission. We will consistently provide great tasting, premium coffee and superior service to our community of customers. That includes the military and veteran communities and their families. It also includes all those that support them. We are finding that this includes a large number of first responders, law enforcement, and gun enthusiasts. We also want to give back to our military community through donation to well run military related charities and donations of coffee to deployed troops. In the end, we hope to be recognized as a premium coffee brand for warriors.”
The company sources their coffee from small specialty farms and estates to create a number of blends and single origin offerings. Lock-N-Load’s offerings are all top grade arabica coffee beans from the premier coffee growing regions around the world. They work with an award winning specialty roaster to provide freshly roasted premium coffee to their customer base via their on-line portal www.locknloadjava.com.
To start, I think it is important to reiterate that Lock-N-Load sells their products nation wide to any consumer that wants to experience a great cup of coffee! That being said, it is fairly obvious that Lock-N-Load markets themselves to the weapons community and more specifically, to our troops, who for the most part are big on coffee as it is! I can remember in training, there would be times where I would literally be falling asleep standing up due to over exhaustion and would have done anything for a hot cup of coffee! For most, coffee is more than just a drink that is high in caffeine, its a form of comfort. Comfort is something that many service members lock away in order to serve our country. It is because of this that I commend Lock-N-Load Java for bringing the comfort of home to those who are thousands of miles away.
Lock-N-Load offers a number of flavors all with their own witty name. Thursday 5/4/2012 I made it a point to have a least one cup of each flavor of coffee that Carl sent me. Although I consume at least one cup of coffee every morning, I knew Thursday was going to prove to be very interested being that coffee is a natural laxative. Each flavor that I have had the opportunity to try was brewed and consumed without sweeteners or creamers. Lock-N-Load offers their coffee in a few different forms Drip Grind (used in your standard coffee machine), Whole Bean (for those of you who like to grind your own beans), and Grind for Kcup (for refillable Kcups). Before I get into each flavor I want to express the fact that every place I opened a bag of Lock-N-Loads java and brewed the coffee, the entire room smelt like a coffee house (if you don’t know what I mean, stop by your local coffee house and smell the sweet aroma it holds).
Smooth Operator: A very smooth light roast that I had drank with breakfast out of my new Lock-N-Load Master Blaster Mug! As I brewed the small amount of coffee I also took this time to read the brewing instructions included in my package. As I read, the sweet smell of the coffee was making it’s way to my nostrils and literally making my mouth water. Being that I always add half and half to my coffee, I was skeptical to drink the blend black. To my surprise the coffee was so smooth and rich that I was glad I hadn’t ruined the experience by adding anything to it.
Charlie Don’t Surf: “CDF” as I refer to it, is what I brewed directly after Smooth Operator and brought in my thermos to work along with a few other bags of coffee to brew during the day. Still having the remnants of the awesome taste of Smooth Operator I began to consume CDF on my 30 minute commute to the office. CDF is a Hawaiian blend that although wasn’t my favorite, tasted better than any cup that your local coffee house has to offer. The only way to really explain how it tastes (to fellow coffee drinkers) is that there is no bitter after taste but instead a prolonged taste of the blend smacking your taste buds around.
Warrior Select: By now I have drank a cup of Smooth Operator for breakfast and a medium sized thermos of CDS, so when I began to brew Warrior Select at lunch I was awake to say the least! Warrior Select was in my opinion the most potent when it came to smell. Not in a bad way, but it definitely smelled like coffee in my office! It has been about an hour since I had polished off CDS and I my taste buds had me craving more coffee! This blend that Lock-N-Load claims to be “combat tested” will definitely keep any military personnel on their toes. I don’t know if I had caught my second wind for the day or is the caffeine was all kicking in at once, but I could not sit still. The coffee machine at work must have been on over drive because Warrior Select came out incredibly hot and being the “jump before you look” kind of person I am, burnt the roof of my mouth something awful. That obviously has nothing to do with the taste of the blend but I figured it was bound to happen at some point, and it did. Warrior Select provides a great middle ground between strong and weak coffee. It was my second favorite blend by Lock-N-Load and was by far the new office favorite for the rest of my staff at work.
Double Tap: My personal favorite, Double Tap is simply delicious. Lock-N-Load’s description of the coffee is spot on. “A medium roast of Ethiopian and Sumatran beans, complex taste of spice and chocolates, tantalizing flavor” -LockNLoadJava.com. Double Tap was the fourth and final coffee from Lock-N-Load that I had the pleasure of pouring down my throat. The blend was amazing and packed a serious punch. As my day wound down and I prepared my last brew of the day to drink with dinner I was jittery to say the least. The wife had made some chicken and rice, and as I sat down to kick the boots off I drank the last cup of coffee and was able to share it with the her. Thankfully I had a ton of work to do that night because there was no way I was sleeping a wink. Double Tap was a double slap in the face, but was worth every sip!
Although it may have seemed like it at times, I never felt as though I was pushing myself to drink any of Lock-N-Loads product. If anything I was counting the minutes until it was time to try the next blend. I found out the hard way that Carl and his staff send a “Brewing Tips” card to help you get the best out of each pot of their product.
Lock-N-Load offers several other blends on their website along with a delicious mint hot coco. If you would like to read more about Lock-N-Load Java and purchase some of their delicious products, please visit their website by clicking here.