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Ranger Up’s Product Review – Ranger Coffee
By RU Rob
Hi, my name is Rob and I am a coffee-o-holic! I drink coffee from the time my eyes open, through the course of the day, until my head hits the pillow. When we first discussed conducting product reviews for the Rhino Den I knew immediately where I would start…RANGER COFFEE! A sucker for liquid crack, I was intrigued by their claim of Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee, and boy let me tell you I was not disappointed.
Before I delve into the coffee itself, it is import to know about the company. Founded in 2005, Ranger Coffee is much more than just a good brew. As their tagline suggests they are “serving those who serve.” In an interview with Ranger Coffee president Rob Swartwood, an Army veteran himself, it is very evident that they are so much more than a cup of Joe. According to Swartwood, “…vets play a key role in the future of our country. Unfortunately, our fellow countrymen just don’t get it and the disconnect is a big one. Education on our part is the key. If we don’t make the kinds of investments that were talking about making in each other, then we’ve failed – we’ve set our kids and their kids up for a life of hand wringing and worry at the helm of a bureaucracy that’s too unwieldy to get it done quickly.” Ranger Coffee is so serious about transitioning veterans that it has pledged 50% of its profits to transition assistance groups to solidify our veteran populace.
Ranger Coffee also has a program where you can donate coffee directly to deployed troops. “Coffee for the Troops” sends a care package of coffee and a note from the donor directly to a service member who is signed up on their web-site. The reviews have been fantastic and it sure beats the hell out of a freeze-dried package of 5 year old instant coffee in an MRE!
Now on to the good stuff, the actual coffee! I have had the pleasure of gulping all five blends of Ranger Coffee and am currently sipping on a tall steaming mug of the Ranger blend, so let’s start there. As described from the Ranger Coffee site: the Ranger blend – “Our signature coffee is a medium dark roast, full-bodied blend with a sweet, rich and nutty taste, an exotic blend of Ethiopian Harrar, Sumatran GM and Tanzania Peaberry coffees” (honestly I have no freaking idea what the difference is between a Harrar and a Peaberry, but it sounds really cool) “It is crafted using only Specialty Grade Arabica Coffee beans. They are carefully blended, and roasted in micro batches to ensure quality, and then immediately hand packaged to secure maximum freshness.” Did I mention that Ranger Coffee uses a mad chemist to perfect the blend to extremely high standards?
I have tried a lot of different coffees in my time; from the extremely dark and finely ground to light and barely brewed. This blend is one of the best that I have tasted. It isn’t too dark and strong yet carries a natural boldness to jerk me awake after a short night’s sleep. There is no bitter after-taste if I brew it a little too strong and the aroma is as arousing as morning wood! Another good thing about Ranger Coffee is that they offer their goods in five pound bags. I will be buying the Ranger blend in bulk for a long time!
Moving on to the Airborne Halo Joe Hypercaff; this blend is NOT for the weak at heart. Just like a roller-coaster, you should not drink this if you have a heart condition; are prone to motion sickness; pregnant; or lack testicular fortitude (I am just kidding of course). When they say this coffee is hyper-caffeinated they are not kidding! There is enough caffeine in here to power a small village in Africa for weeks! Again from their website, Ranger Coffee states: “HALO Joe, like regular Airborne Coffee, is a dark roast blend of Columbian Supremo, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Tanzania Peaberry coffee – but with approximately twice the caffeine!” I can’t taste the difference between the Airborne and Halo Joe but I can definitely feel it.
I will caution you, this one packs a proverbial punch! This is what you use when stuck out on an OP at 0300 after a long day of movements and need something to keep you awake. Take a pinch of this, drop it in your lip like a dip of Copenhagen, give it 4 minutes to kick in, and enjoy the ride! Airborne Halo Joe doesn’t have taste of a dark, strong coffee yet has the same effect.
Here’s the bottom line…I like Ranger Coffee. I like what they are doing for the active duty, the veteran population and America as a whole. This is a company I can get behind and support and will continue to do so as long as I can. Consider it Rob approved!
Go check out Ranger Coffee and support veteran owned businesses.
Oh, and by the way, Ranger Coffee is giving away one 12ounce package of your Ranger Coffee choice to wittiest coffee related comment left below.
I’ll start… I like my coffee like I like my women – ground up and in the freezer!