Another Mystic Monk Addict

Got a fun email today from Peter, who is obviously a very smart fella – I repost it almost in its entirety:

For the last several years I’ve been a regular reader of Spengler…after he unmasked himself as David Goldman and announced he was decamping to First Things, I followed along to see what he’d be writing about as an Observant Jew contributing to a Conservative Catholic Intellectual Journal. That’s when I found your Blog and became an occasional reader. It was on your blog that I saw mention of “Mystic Monk Coffee”. ‘Cool name,” I thought.

A few weeks ago I ordered some “Hermits’ Bold Blend” …I couldn’t find the size of the bag of coffee but, since the price was about the same as at the Starbuck’s and Dunk’n Donuts shop I figured it had to be a pound. I can’t tell you how annoyed I was when the package arrived and it was only 12oz. “What a Rip-off!” I shouted out loud.

I still had some beans from an unfinished bag of grocery store coffee sitting in the burr-grinder so I put the Monk’s coffee in the pantry. For the next few days I would grind my molars each time I opened the larder door and saw that 12oz bag sitting on the shelf.

[Finally got] around to opening the Mystic Monk’s. I took the top off the grinder to pour the beans into the glass holding vessel and, as I tore open the bag, I nosed the wonderful aroma and saw the volatile oils glistening on the surface of the beans. ‘Wow!’ I thought, ‘Right out of the roaster and into the bag. You don’t see beans like this in store-bought coffee – not even Starbuck’s.’ I ground some beans and made a brew. At the first sip I thought, ‘This is fantastic!’ But, at the equivalent of $14/lb I thought it over-priced. After all Starbuck’s and D-Squared only charge $10/lb.

[Only? Admin, who is cheap about some things, but not about coffee]

Yesterday I placed another order with the Mystic Monks. I got three bags of beans for myself and a couple of bags of ground coffee for some friends. This stuff is just too good not to share. W. Edwards Deming, the statistician who made post-war Japan an industrial powerhouse, famously pointed out, “Price, without a measure of Quality, is meaningless.” After doing a little thinking and drinking I decided that, yes, Mystic Monks Coffee is worth the price.

Oh, and after reading a few blog posts and articles, I also became a subscriber to First Things.

So, hooked on the Mystic Monks Liquid Crack and also subscribing to First Things? Did I not say he was smart? Yes, the Mystic Monk Coffee is a tad pricier than normal, but the stuff is so good, (and the Carmelite monks have such ambitious, heartening plans for growth), that it seems a worthwhile expense, to me.

Speaking of First Things
, take a look at some of the October issue. I think most will love this piece by Mary Eberstadt, “What Does Woman Want? and will find this piece on Economic Justice and the Spirit of Innovaction equally satisfying.

And of course, I’m a contributing writer, too! What’s not to like?

Anchoress Shows Up to Give Homily at Mass! Also, Fatso!
A Most small-c Catholic Drama
Immigration & the Storm Next Time
The Worth and the Witness of Women Bloggers
About Elizabeth Scalia
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  • Gina

    It doesn’t seem terribly pricey to me. Works out to about .83 per ounce, and Peets (which is my other favorite coffee, can’t stand Charbucks) is slightly more expensive. I always order enough to qualify for the free shipping.

    I went through the whole rack of Trader Joe’s coffees and just couldn’t find one that left me with that satisfying “aah” in the morning. So I’m a regular customer now.

  • Chris

    My husband thanks you for introducing us to the good monks. Our second order is on its way.

  • Katherine

    I don’t drink coffee myself, but I have a really good friend that mentioned she enjoys coffee in the morning. I ordered the gift set for her, and it was delivered on a Monday morning. I brought it over to her house and she told me about a harrowing weekend she’d spent cleaning out a relatives hoard choked broken refrigerator, and how badly everything had smelled.

    It was so nice to offer her a small indulgence into the other end of the olfactory spectrum.

    She thanked me repeatedly, saying each morning she enjoys this remarkable coffee and she feels loved and looked after.

    Thanks for the recommendation!


  • Hantchu

    I have subscribed to “First Things” in your merit (Yes!). The Eberstadt article is great, and the review of the Sacks prayer book is a bold attempt to explain one faction of The Wars of the Jews to a general audience. In general, a high ratio of meat to fat, which is always a pleasure in hard copy.

    Although I confess, originally I subscribed because it looked like they weren’t going to allow me to post on your site unless I did.

  • Myssi

    I’m going to have to try that Monk coffee……I really am….