Lake City Coffee Reviews

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Over the last six years, we’ve received literally hundreds of Lake City Coffee reviews. I don’t think you need to see them all, so I will post the last 50 or so below. You’ll get the idea. I’ve also included a few antidotal humerous emails.

And if you feel like writing us a review, that’d be awesome! Why? Because reviews are a big deal for how well we rank on Screwgle (still the 600 lb. gorilla in the search engine world, but not for long) .  You can leave your review on Screwgle, by just Clicking Here.  Don’t worry, I’ll copy and paste your Screwgle review over onto this page. Or if Screwgle isn’t your thing, then just shoot me an email or click our “Contact Us” page and I’ll put your review down below. Thanks a ton everyone! – Russell & Alisha Volz

“Iiiiiiiiiiimmmmm Baaaaack!” – Mike of Riesel, TX (Dec 30th, 2021)

Stronger Coffee

Yes sir I’m definitely back! I enjoyed your coffee so much I actually shared with family over Christmas. There were a couple folks asking for your info.  

I was seriously considering ordering 3 bags and you are exactly correct about me pondering the freshness question. Thank you for your communication and excellent roast! I would do a google review however I don’t have a google account. Mike

“Better Than BRCC” – Vanessa of Westwood, NJ (Dec 26h, 2021)

Thank you so much for the amazing coffee!! I used to get Black Rifle Coffee, but now that I’ve had your coffee, there’s no going back!!  Your coffee is fresh and smooth, the taste is amazing!! I didn’t realize I was suffering until now!!

This coffee is delicious!! Looking forward to many years of drinking your coffee!!

“That’s What I’m Talking About!!!” – Suzanne of Bloomer, WI (Dec 20th, 2021)

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Dear Russell and Alisha,

Our order arrived in a great timely manner.We just first opened up the one bag on Saturday and Paul ground some of it. The medium blend.We first had it yesterday morning – Sunday. OMG!!!! NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Coffee Heaven!

I’m looking forward to trying the other two roasts as well – the dark and the light.I think Paul is “hooked”. He can be a bit of a hard sell; but he seemed pleased.

I LOVE how it has such an earthy/organic/natural/almost-nut-like/COFFEE taste!  Certainly not bitter, harsh, acidic or anything like that.VERY, very pleased! 

Thank you!

“The Alternative Economy” – Jimmy of Indianapolis, IN (Dec 10th, 2021)

Best damn coffee on the planet

“This company is awesome.  I get individualized emails from Russell.  This husband and wife team must work really hard to keep it so personal.  They are true coffee experts, aficionados.  I don’t think I could stump Russell on a coffee question if I tried.  

His website/blog is a wealth of knowledge too – and funny!  The best part of doing business with Lake City Coffee is that I feel like I’m contributing to the alternative economy, an economy that shares my values.  

Almost feels like family.  

Thanks Russell and Alisha and God bless you and your wonderful coffee operation!”

“Best Medium Roast” – Chris of Coeur d’Alene, ID (Dec 4th, 2021)

Best Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee

“The medium roast makes a very smooth cup of coffee with no bitterness or bad aftertaste.

As someone who drinks coffee black, it is almost impossible to find a roast that is not over-roasted that has a burnt “espresso” taste.

I like coffee flavored coffee, not burnt coffee that you mix in hot milk, chocolate, whipped cream and sugar.

Lake City Coffee Medium Roast delivers. People who appreciate coffee will love this roast. Customer service is top-notch as well. Well done Russell and Alisha…”

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Hand Written Roast Date” – Tony of Lewisburg TN (Nov 27th, 2021)

Excellent coffee! It’s smooooth, fresh and has a roast date hand written on every bag. Debating the stuff? Buy it now, it’s worth every cent!

“Faceless Corps Just Can’t Compete” – Rob of San Diego, CA (Nov 23rd, 2021)

This operation is the real deal. They go far out of their way to guarantee the quality and freshness of the beans, and the consistency of the roast is impeccable.

Faceless corporations just can’t compete on quality and customer service.

Slipping a few beans from the White Lightning roast among the darker roasts when I’m grinding adds some nice peanutty grace notes, and lets me really dial in my caffeine levels.

“God – Country – Coffee” – Phil of Hidden Valley Lake, CA (October 19th)

Prayer and Coffee

The coffee is not just smooth and delicious but the website has everything you’d ever want to know about coffee.

If you’re going to sip a cup of joe, why not do it with confidence knowing it’s from a place that truly loves God and country. Thank you!!

“Great Business Model” – Sterling of Johnson City, TN (October 12th, 2021)

Great coffee, great business model, always on time. Much better than old beans in your grocery store or roasters that can’t tell you when your coffee beans were roasted.

“Better Than Jamaican Blue Mountain” – John of Sun City, AZ (Sep 13th, 2021)

The Villages Coffee Roaster

Well, I got my coffee a little bit ago. My favorite coffee in the world prior to tonight was blue mountain from country traders. But at $44 plus shipping a bag it is out of my price range for a daily drink. Well, I will say that your coffee is actually better than blue mountain at less than half the price. Thank you.

I hope that you are proud of the coffee that you have created. It is wonderful. Thanks and I will be ordering more in a few weeks after I drink this. I will be mentioning this coffee to my friends and probably to a forum that I am on also. Great work. 

I’m a true “coffee snob” according to my brother. I was looking for the best coffee and found Lake City Coffee. I’m telling you, if you pass on trying this coffee, it’s your loss! This is truly 5 star coffee.

If you like true Jamaican Blue Mountain, you’ll love this coffee.

“Great Fresh Coffee” – Lydia of Sarasota, FL (Sep 1st, 2021)

Great tasting real and organic coffee, fresh roasted and shipped right away, they even threw in a free sample with our first order and we’re looking forward to receiving our second order of Medium roast.

“Better Than Kona” – Marty of Sarasota, FL (Aug 30th, 2021)

Below is an email I received from Marty, but before reading it, I have to tell you the back-story. Keep in mind that Marty has been a regular customer with us for almost a year.

When Marty first came to us, he said, “I used to live in Kona Hawaii and absolutely loved the fresh Kona coffee. I might even have purchased that condo in Kona just for the local coffee. “

“Unfortunately, since leaving Kona and moving to Florida, I haven’t been able to find coffee that’s anywhere near as good as Kona coffee. The coffee alone is one reason that we now vacation in Kona.”

Now for today’s email…

“Hi Russ, We are in Kona now and I have to say, you’ve spoiled me. The Kona brews just don’t do it for me anymore. Can you please (I’m on my knees begging) send to me three bags of medium ASAP to our address here in Kona? Thanks! Desperately Marty”.

“Flashing neon “Fantastic!” – Jenn of Centreville, MD (Aug 17th, 2021)

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So here’s the report on the beans: Flashing neon “Fantastic!”

When you can impress an engineer, you know you’ve accomplished something. Dan’s first comment was, “Wow! There is a difference.” Even the smell of the pre-ground beans was better.

The beans arrived in 3 days (you didn’t mention you have genie capabilities). We have a FoodSaver so we sealed the beans in the freezer immediately. Since we wanted to follow your advice to the letter, we waited until the week-end to grind them so they could go directly into the coffee maker.

After the first grinding, we got to experimenting and settled on a medium grind. I never suspected grinding coffee beans would be fun, but it is! I grind flour, too, but it’s not the same as watching those little beans jumping around (is that why they call it the hopper?) and converting to a perfect heap of richly-colored, consistently-sized bean fragments. So satisfying.

Thank you guys for starting us on this coffee journey. See you on our next order.

“Roasted On Tuesday & Drinking On Thursday” – W.W. of Bellingham, WA (Aug 14th, 2021)

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I’ve spent many years drinking coffee, from many different roasters, and many different growing regions. In search of a different coffee to try, I came across Lake City Coffee, looked good so I ordered some.

Without a doubt, the best of what i’ve had. Fresh roasted really makes a difference. I received my order, put the coffee into mason jars for later use, and brewed a pot. Several hours later, I returned from running errands, and soon as i walked into the garage, to go into the kitchen, I could still smell the great coffee aroma.

Nothing better than coffee roasted on Tuesday, and drinking it fresh on Thursday. Russell the owner, roaster is very friendly, and very customer friendly

“Boy Was I Wrong!” – Ken of Eustis, FL (Aug 13th, 2021)

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I do not give many reviews on products that I purchase but once I tried Lake City Coffee I made an exception.

Before I tried Lake City Coffee I thought I knew what good coffee tasted like, boy was I wrong now I know what real fresh coffee is. I was of the opinion that bitter coffee was normal well that’s because I have never tasted Lake City Coffee.

This coffee is incredibly smooth and fresh. My search for coffee is over. I am a Lake City coffee customer for life.

“A Longer Steep” – Nathan of Paicines, CA (July 23rd, 2021)

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Good people are good to work with. The customer service was a breath of fresh air and the coffee was new and interesting.

If you like your coffee strong, get the dark/espresso. It is my favorite for the basic coffee pot morning when you do not have time or energy for anything else.

The Majestic Medium is my favorite in the french press. It has a smoothness to it that you don’t find many places.

The White Lightning goes great as a lighter drink. It is almost like having a peanut tea but with a better smell. If you have never had it, I highly suggest trying it.

Buy plenty because it might take a few tries to get the soaking times correct. It takes longer then other coffees.

“Game Changer” – Christy of Chapel Hill, NC (July 13rd, 2021)

True Specialty Coffee

We got our coffee yesterday, made some in the French press, and started some cold brew (first try with that method). Wow!  

We loved the coffee immediately last night, but right now, I am drinking a game changer in this cold brew.  

I woke my teenage daughter up and had her try it. We are blown away! We will definitely be returning for more of your coffee and will be highly recommending to our friends and family. Very well done!

Thank you,Christy

“One-Cup-A-Day” – Trene of Springfield, IL (June 16th, 2021)

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BIG shout out to Lake City Coffee! I’m a one-cup-a-day drinker, so bitter coffee is areal bummer. While searching for advice on smooth coffee, I stumbled upon Lake City Coffee.

The dark roast is definitely the best coffee I’ve ever had. I also appreciate Russell & Alisha’s advice on how to brew a perfect cup of coffee. The added bonus is that the owners are super nice and responsive.

Do yourself a favor and give them a try. I promise, you’ll be glad that you did.

“Coffee For People That Don’t Like Coffee” – Carol of Flint, TX (May 21st, 2021)

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I found you by searching the internet for “coffee for people who hate coffee”;  I was intrigued by what you wrote about how coffee has changed over the past century or more in how it’s made and… manufactured. And by your own story of discovering *good* coffee. So I decided to take a leap of faith and try it. I read the descriptions of your beans, and was torn between trying the medium roast or “white lightning”. As a tea drinker, I felt safest trying the lighter beans, even though I brew my tea so black it could probably swallow whole solar systems. 

 Your testimony has actually made me a little optimistic that I might finally be able to enjoy the actual taste of coffee. Since you’re the expert, I’ll trust your recommendation of what someone with a taste for strong black tea and inability to stomach Folger’s would enjoy. I’m actually looking forward to receiving my order (even got my hands on a little manual grinder per your recommendation) and finding out what all the fuss is about! 5/21 — You, sir, have done the impossible. I received your package yesterday, worked on my upper body strength last night hand grinding beans, and this morning finally tried a hot cup straight (well, straight after a nice long brew) from the French press. 

I finally get it, I FINALLY understand why people love this! Coffee actually CAN taste divine! Thank you, thank you for your amazing customer service and even more amazing (and that’s a BIG statement) product. You have managed to convert this die-hard tea advocate and coffee hater. 

Thank you for your utterly enjoyable site! 

“Hey Honey! That’s My Coffee!!!” – Kevin of Gaylord, MI (April 30th, 2021)

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This coffee is really special. It’s the first time I can drink coffee without milk and truly enjoy it.

Rachel, my wife, who NEVER drinks coffee always asks me for a sip or two when I brew a cup and she really likes it. It has this lovely, surprising “high note” at the end of each sip which is interesting and complex.

Rachel says that’s why she likes it so much. I’m looking forward to trying both their darker and white blends when we finish this package.

I also really appreciate the “homegrown” aspect of Lake City’s coffee business and the personalized work they put into it. It’s refreshing being able to buy a product and actually communicate with the owners rather than purchase from a faceless corporation.

Additionally, there is so much great coffee info on their website. I highly recommend their coffee.

“Sisters In White” – Bonnie of Camarillo, CA (April 24th, 2021)

Coffee Sisters

I am so glad you suggested I try the white coffee mixed with the dark – it is so good (75% Dark or Medium and 25% White Lightning).  I never would have tried white coffee in a million years if you didn’t suggest it.  I love how it smells like peanut butter!   

Every time I try lighter roasts they taste sour and I have to put more cream/calories in my coffee to cover it up.  My sister and I can’t believe how good and not bitter your coffee is.  It’s not sour either. My sister always would put some sugar in her coffee and she didn’t need to with your coffee!  

What first motivated me to place an order was your musings about conservatism and business, funny wise cracks about your business partner/wife, and the fact that you are Christian. 

What really really sold me though on your company though was all the information about how exactly to make a good cup of coffee, supplies to buy with links, lots and lots of details, and the fact that you drink your coffee and have done home experiments on how to make it as fresh as possible.  I have not seen any website go into that much detail. I love how transparent you are about your business. 

“Fresh Roasted Makes The Difference” – Dan of Dallas, OR (April 23rd, 2021)

I just got home from work to find my coffee waiting for me. You really are right on the ball with getting your orders out ASAP!!!  

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It’s almost 2 in the morning and I have to work tomorrow swing-shift, but I couldn’t help myself, I had to try a nice strong cup of americano. 4 shots and 2 shots hot water. I did the white 25% 75% dark… wonderful!!!  I will try 30% white with 70% medium tomorrow. I think that’s going to be the mix for me!! 🤗🤗🤗 

That being said, I drink coffee every day and it’s my only vice.  The extreme fresh roast REALLY makes a difference!! Either way thank you so much for your fast and very courteous responses, I appreciate it a lot ❤️💝👍

“God Forbid!” – Wendy Ray of Clancy, MT (April 19th, 2021)

Wendy Ray’s Alter Ego

Russell, you’ll probably cuss me, that’s okay, I’m used to it. I have grown weary of cleaning not one, but two, French presses every day. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I tried an experiment one morning & been rolling with it ever since… comes the cussin’  me part.

I grind the beans just a tad finer than for the press, but put them in my fill-it-yourself pod for Keurig. Hit the preset for 12 oz., hit strong brew (it brews much slower) & VOILA!

It’s pretty dang good! Albeit the French press is a little better but this works. It tastes real good, I get caffeinated and the world is a better place! Please don’t murderate me, I don’t take kindly to being ventilated. (and I shoot back). I will, of course, continue to use the press, but for the time being, it works for me.

Thanks again for such a fantastic product…..the 8th wonder of the world, I reckon. Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!! 

(Russell’s Reply) Wendy – If the the the the the the “thing”, I can’t even bring myself to saying that word. If that “thing” works for you, then by all means you have my my my my my my, sorry for the stuttering; “blessing”. I’m just happy to be part of your morning. And as for shooting back. I’ve always told Alisha, there’s nothing sexier than a woman packing.  Just saying.

(Wendy Rae’s Reply to me) – oh crap!! You’re not gonna use the WHOLE email, are ya? with’ me whining’ part about cleaning 2 presses every day. And I’m sure you don’t want to mention the, the, the, the, the, ‘thing’…and I don’t blame ya. I LOVE the French press and the fine cuppa joe it makes with your mo’ goodest fresh beans. I just get fed up with the constant cleaning……like I said, just me being a crybaby pee pants. I still do the cleaning & care of the presses.

My Daddy taught me at a very young age to use weapons when I was big enough to pick up a BB gun & use it, by the time I was about 14-ish, he had me onto .357 mags & laying em in the 10 ring. Yep, I’m one of those PEW PEW PEW girls. Spent a few years filling the freezer with my Rem. .308, now I just shoot things with my camera. But my love & respect of weapons has never gone away and I am prepared to defend this property. I pray all the time it never comes to that. I’m too old to fight anymore.

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