EDC: Everyday Coffee

For a certain segment of the American population, EDC is thrown around a lot. When you search “EDC” on Instagram, approximately 8.6 million posts come up for viewing, and the majority of them have some sort of “tacti-cool” gear - the blackest of blacked out watches, knives and guns. For me, EDC means something totally different: Every. Day. Coffee. Boom.

This EDC is the coffee that I drink on a very regular basis. When I wake up in the morning, this is the coffee I brew before hopping on the bike and going to work. It’s nothing incredibly special, but it certainly gets the job done. This time, my EDC is “Organic Mayan Blend” from my favorite big box grocery store Costco! One of the best things about this coffee, besides its taste, is that you can get a very large bag of whole beans for fairly cheap!

These EDCs are an essential part of my morning routine and help me get the day started off on the right foot. With the right brew method, these coffees can add a lot of enjoyment to the daily slog of early mornings and sleepy walks around the city with Jack’s Cycle Cafe’s unofficial mascot dogs, Hilo and Leia. Aren’t they so cute?

Leia is ready to see you now.

Leia is ready to see you now.

Hilo is not sure if he trusts you yet…

Hilo is not sure if he trusts you yet…

Now, most people’s EDCs are “coffee in a plastic tub” grounds from a company like Folger’s or Maxwell House. There’s nothing inherently wrong with those coffees, but because coffee is such a big part of my day, I would like to enjoy a smooth and full bodied coffee that tastes delicious, while also kick-starting my day. I have fond memories of my early coffee drinking days my senior year in college, when there was nothing better (at least I thought) of brewing a big pot of Folger’s coffee, and then using the empty plastic container as coin jug.

The Organic Mayan Blend is from Jose’s Gourmet Coffee, roasted and packaged out of Vernon, California. The original Jose is from Cuba, and grew up hearing his dad and uncle wax poetic about the coffee trees on their farms. Jose’s is also engaged in sustainable farming practices in partnership with the coffee farmers who provide the green coffee beans prior to roasting. Sustainable coffee farming practices are a big deal in the world of coffee. When coffee first became popular, it was dominated by huge corporations like Folger’s and Maxwell House, who essentially ripped off coffee farmers and bought their beans super cheap, leaving the farmers barely able to eke out any sort of profit. As coffee became more popular and consumed more for its taste, the origin of coffee and the livelihood of its growers became more important to merchants and consumers. Now, the big movement in coffee is Direct Trade, with coffee roasters dealing directly with farmers rather than through intermediaries. This allows coffee farmers to get much better prices for their harvest, which in turn allows them to make an actual living and invest more in their business, thus producing better and better beans in more sustainable ways.

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The Organic Mayan Blend advertises a “floral & delicate aroma” with a sweet, chocolaty taste, full body and smooth finish. Letting the boiled kettle water sit for at least 5 minutes seemed to make the water much more amenable to the brewing process, and allowing the coffee grounds to bloom for a full minute and a half also brought out a lot of the sweetness of the coffee. This Costco coffee is excellent for those of us that love to enjoy a tasty and delectable mug of coffee in the morning without dipping into our savings to get that $50/12oz bag of beans that will be gone in about two days. For an EDC, the Organic Mayan Blend is about as great as it gets. It is tasty enough that I want to drink it everyday, and also economical enough that I’m not going to zip through the whole bag in the matter of a weekend. I highly recommend this coffee to all you EDC drinkers out there. Ditch the Folger’s and the Maxwell House!