Hardy Coffee Co. promises “excellent, approachable coffee roasted in Omaha Nebraska.” They offer a number of subscription options, including one or two 12-oz bags of either their Benchmark blend, a decaf version of their Benchmark blend, or a Single Origin selection. Prices start at $16/month for one bag of the Benchmark blends or $18/month for one bag Single Origin; they also offer discounted prices for prepaying for multiple months.
I am reviewing the Single Origin subscription. This month’s offering is Sulawesi Pango Pango coffee. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy coffee subscription boxes because once I find a good local or small batch roast coffee, I get stuck in a rut. I love expanding my list of fave coffees and am glad to try these from Hardy Coffee Co. I have tried Sulawesi coffee before, so I was looking forward to see how Hardy Coffee did it.
Hardy Coffee Co. promises, on the bag, “fresh and unique coffee experiences.” The bag also provided a few tasting notes (savory chocolate, dates, and lemongrass). I liked also that the bag displays a roast date — here June 16. It arrived at my house just a few days after that. Fresh!
Here is a photo of the beans (on the right) and ground (on the left). I tested this coffee using my Black & Decker burr grinder and my mid-level Mr. Coffee maker. I’m not fancy, but I love good coffee.
Out of the bag, the beans had a nice roasted coffee aroma. Upon grinding, the coffee had a fresh, maybe slightly citrusy smell.
The taste: I got what I expected from this coffee; Sulawesi can be bold (and I brew my coffee strong) but it also very smooth with the right amount of acidity. The flavor was rich – I got almost a raw cocoa flavor that got slightly sweeter as the coffee cooled a bit. There was a good bit of complexity in this coffee. I could drink it all day, every day.
Bottom line: Hardy Coffee Co. roasts some nice coffee. Seriously tasty joe. As I noted before, though, the one thing I wish they would do is provide some more information. Perhaps they could give me a little more detail in the tasting notes or tell me about Pango Pango – nothing too much, but in addition to providing me with a unique coffee drinking experience, I would love a little background for that experience. As to the coffee, which is of course the key piece, Hardy Coffee Co. is great.
Have you tried Hardy Coffee Co.?
The Description: Learn all about the different brew methods for creating wonderful coffee. Get brilliant coffee delivered directly to your doorstep every month. It’s the simplest way to assure you never run out of great coffee.
The Price: $16.00 per month