5.10.2015

Valhalla Java - Odinforce Blend (Crafted for Guitarist Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society)

This morning post is being written on Mother's Day, but it's not full of flowers, jewelry, chocolate, sweet sentiments and all that wishy-washy crap the media tries to tell you have to do to prove your love for your Mom.  However, the idea for it does have a connection to Mother's Day.

On the coffee forum where we chit chat about anything and everything but rarely coffee, I posted a Mother's Day question; Thinking of your oldest child only, had they been born a different sex, what is the name you had chosen for them?  And why?

My answer was/is:  Our first born was a girl.  So, the 'boy' name we had picked out for her and didn't use was Zakk.  To be more precise, it was Zakk Sebastian.  'Zakk' after Zakk Wylde - one of my husbands favorite guitarists.  This led to me thinking about Zakk Wylde and clicked on their website - which I saw their Twitter widget - and a mention of "Death Wish Coffee" by a fan.

Death Wish Coffee... I know that coffee.  I feature that coffee on my Coffee Talking site... why is a shout out going to Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society as well as Death Wish Coffee?

And THAT is how this post was born!

Enter, Valhalla Java.  The artisan roast carefully crafted for and endorsed by, Zakk Wylde. 

“I always laugh when guys endorse whatever and they never use the equipment they’re endorsing,” said Wylde. “I play Epiphones, I play my Gibsons, I use Marshalls and I use all of the Dunlop stuff. That’s what I use, man. All of the stuff I use, I could walk into a music store, pick it up and do a gig.”

In his search for just the right coffee, Wylde eventually approached Death Wish, based in the village of Round Lake in New York’s Saratoga County. Their namesake brew is the self-proclaimed world’s strongest coffee. Wylde and his crew then sampled some Death Wish coffee at his Los Angeles-area home studio, the Black Vatican.

“When we had the Death Wish, immediately I said, ‘This is really good,’ ” Wylde recalled. “With the caffine intake, I cleaned the Vatican about five times, lifted and then cleaned the dog run, all before brunch. It was great. I was like, ‘I could definitely get used to drinking this stuff.’ ”*


Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend -Forged from the volcanic soils of Indonesia and nutrient rich soils of Central and South America.

How does Death Wish and Valhalla differ from each other?

While Death Wish has notes of dark cherry, dark chocolate & a touch of roasted almond, Valhalla is more a hint of walnut and toast.  A balanced palette with strength and a smooth finish. The Valhalla is produced from beans in the areas around South America and Indonesia while Death Wish is from areas around Peru and other south american countries.









* Quote from Source

Zakk Wylde is known for his merciless, heavier-than-thou sound, currently found on the guitarist and singer’s latest Black Label Society album, “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.” But these days, the Jackson native is also proudly presenting a knock-out new coffee: since last fall, Wylde has partnered with the Death Wish Coffee Company to release the mighty Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend.

The coffee, Wylde said, is the culmination of a long process of trying to find the right brew to give his seal of approval.
“We were trying to launch one for the longest time, and everything we were drinking ... was terrible, like the worst truck stop coffee I’d ever had,” said Wylde. “If I’m going to put ‘Valhalla Java’ on it and call it a Black Label coffee, it would be cool that I actually drink it.”

Wylde, who will perform Friday, May 9 at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom, is known for his endorsements, from Gibson’s Epiphone guitars to Marshall amplifiers and Dunlop guitar strings. “I always laugh when guys endorse whatever and they never use the equipment they’re endorsing,” said Wylde. “I play Epiphones, I play my Gibsons, I use Marshalls and I use all of the Dunlop stuff. That’s what I use, man. All of the stuff I use, I could walk into a music store, pick it up and do a gig.”
In his search for just the right coffee, Wylde eventually approached Death Wish, based in the village of Round Lake in New York’s Saratoga County. Their namesake brew is the self-proclaimed world’s strongest coffee. Wylde and his crew then sampled some Death Wish coffee at his Los Angeles-area home studio, the Black Vatican.

“When we had the Death Wish, immediately I said, ‘This is really good,’ ” Wylde recalled. “With the caffine intake, I cleaned the Vatican about five times, lifted and then cleaned the dog run, all before brunch. It was great. I was like, ‘I could definitely get used to drinking this stuff.’ ”

After nearly a year of working together to formulate the perfect brew, Wylde and Death Wish released Valhalla Java last fall.
Meghan Lanci, Death Wish marking manager, explained the differences between Valhalla Java and the company’s flagship product. “Valhalla is different than Death Wish in a few ways,” she said. “Death Wish is more of a dark chocolate, cherry, dark roast, and Valhalla Java is also a dark roast, but the tones in the coffee are a little more earthy. It’s considered a craft roast, so it’s different in those ways. Death Wish is a little bit stronger than the Valhalla, but the Valhalla is a lot stronger than normal coffee by far.”

Death Wish utilizes beans from regions around Indonesia and Peru, while Valhalla is a six-bean varietal drawing from regions around Indonesia, India, Central America and South America, and both types are available in whole bean, ground and K-cup form through the Death Wish website.

A guiding principle for Death Wish, which launched in 2011, is to create coffee in defiance of the rule stating that, in general, darker-roasted coffees have lower amounts of caffeine. This core value, Lanci said, comes from Death Wish owner Mike Brown’s days as the owner of a Saratoga Springs, N.Y. coffee shop.

“People would always come in asking for the strongest, darkest roast, and he had to explain that it’s not really possible that way, because usually the light roasts have more caffeine,” Lanci said. “So, he had to pretty much go on a mission and figure out how he could make that possible, and so that’s how Death Wish was born. He found different varieties of beans from all over.’’





You might also be interested in these Death Wish Coffees as well as Valhalla Java from Amazon;
Death Wish Coffee, The World's Strongest Ground Coffee Beans, Fair Trade and Organic, 16 Ounce Bag
Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Capsules for Keurig K-Cup Brewers
Death Wish Coffee, The World's Strongest Coffee, Fair Trade, Organic, Whole Bean, 16 Ounce Bag
Valhalla Java Whole Bean Coffee by Death Wish Coffee Company, Fair Trade and Organic 12 ounce