Our search for some of the best veteran-owned coffee's led us to Kill the Enemy Coffee (KTE), a brand we recently discovered while conversing with a fellow coffee lover. The individual was so complimentary of their cup of Joe that our interest was fully piqued. We fully realize that the world of coffee lover preferences is subjective and very wide-ranging. That being the case, we wanted to test it out for ourselves. We reached out the company they sent us two bangs of their most-popular blends to review. The following Kill the Enemy Coffee review was conducted by one of our resident coffee reviewers whose flavor profile is best described as bold, strong, and robust. He generally prefers a medium / dark to dark roasts and isn't a fan of the “weaker flavored” coffees.
Kill the Enemy Coffee Review – by Big Sky Pedro
At least that’s what I did during the past couple of weeks with some fresh ground beans from Kill the Enemy Coffee. KTE is an intrepid coffee company focusing on small batch roasts of high quality beans sourced from all around the world. As you can see, these guys have a brash name and a bold commitment to producing high quality coffee with a purpose. More on that in a minute.
Last weekend I poured a second cup of KTE Blazin’ Bitch medium/dark roast for the road. I had to go to town and drop my dog off at the groomer…no wait…I mean pick up more concrete for my moat. Shhhsh, who even grooms their dog nowadays? Anyways, I passed a coffee drive thru kiosk and counted 11 cars in line. I looked down at my steaming mug, inhaled and sipped a bit more of this damn fine brew.
And then it hit me. Coffee transcends place and people. I love it because it feeds my craving as an individual. Yet, it’s not just mine. It belongs to those 11 people in line no matter how different we all are. It belongs to people all over this land, from different places, different walks of life, different preferences, beliefs, and perspectives. Coffee is a commonality for many many people, and people tend to have obstacles.
Enter the mission of the KTE founders. Three active-duty veterans, who have likely faced tough and harsh obstacles, are sourcing and fresh roasting beans for a purpose. And that purpose is to motivate coffee drinkers to kill their obstacles whether they internal or external and accomplish the day! No judgments of being tough or weak, just straight up action! I love it and this spirit is reflected in their coffee.
If the mission isn’t enough let’s get on to the taste test. I received two samples of medium/dark roasts, Blazin’ Bitch and Kill The Enemy Signature Roast. Plain and simple, these Arabica beans are roasted with a qualified hand and are high-quality.
Kill The Enemy Signature Roast – the beans were dark chocolate colored, dry and certainly fresh. They ground easily to my medium-fine liking, drip pot after drip pot. The coffee was just easy to drink, smooth, with nothing bitter or overpowering. I found it slightly sweet, but certainly robust. A great every morning brew to get things going.
Kill the Enemy Blazin’ Bitch had dark chocolate colored beans, but with visible oiliness. I ground these a little coarser because I could see and smell that they held some flavor. I really really liked this brew. It was strong, but not bitter. That's a very important quality for any good cup of Joe in my book. The flavors were even, nutty and chocolaty, and very smooth with limited aftertaste. I like dark coffee so this hit right at home with me in the mornings. But mornings weren't enough. I had an afternoon cup or two due to the brews's attractively strong flavor, yet light feel in the mouth. This one was my favorite so far, well done!
In concluding this Kill the Enemy Coffee review, this brew is definitely something worth checking out for a coffee lover who enjoys a solid, consistently strong brew. It’s simply good coffee and better yet, a good idea from people who seem to know a thing about getting things done. (But still love coffee.) Hell, I’m gonna have another cup and then start digging a big-ass trench around my house (after I pick up my dog that is).