Forget About Savage Gold: the Most Intense Tombs Release of the Year Is Coffee

I don’t know if you’ve ever met Tombs frontman Mike Hill, but he personifies intensity. And as part and parcel of that vibe, the man is deeply serious about what he consumes. Take, for instance, coffee. Whereas you, a normal person, might have a favorite brand of bean, or maybe drive an extra mile to a great local roastery (I reside in Central NJ so I’m partial to Rook), Mike Hill just started his own damn company. He’s titled it Savage Gold, a name so nice he used it twice…. nay, thrice, actually, but I’ll get to that in a minute.


Here’s what Hill had to say about his java passions:

Coffee is the fascia that has connected all aspects of my life. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandmother brewing coffee on the stove top for my family after a hearty meal. The memories are warm and comforting, like a blanket against a chilly morning. During my college days, I relied on coffee to keep me focused on my studies as night time fell and fatigue set in. It has helped me achieve goals, kick off a busy day and been an accessory to deep, meaningful conversations with close friends.

I’ll spare you the monologue on the health benefits of coffee because much of it is anecdotal at best. Honestly, I take it black no sugar. I prefer not to adulterate the intensity of a finely brewed cup of java with sugar, cream, milk or any of the myriad of other additives that you can mix in. Of course, there are exceptions (see the blog for details).

The initial product is as aptly named as the company: it goes by the simple moniker of “Savage Gold Prime.” No, it doesn’t come with free shipping at Amazon. On the plus side, it’s a certified organic, 100% Fair Trade, wet-processed roast. The Yirgacheffe coffee beans are purchased from a co-op of Ethiopian farmers who grow them at 6,000-6,5000 feet above sea level. So in short, what I’m saying is that Savage Gold Coffee isn’t fucking around. You can learn more about the company and their delicious brown nectar at this address. Each pound sells for $16.50.

Turns out Mike Hill is also on that Bulletproof Coffee tip that we covered earlier when Origin/ex-Gorguts drummer John Longstreth extolled its virtues. I still don’t know about cramming half an cows’ worth of butter into your drink, but these guys swear by it. So, alright, maybe I’ll make a point of giving it a shot. Or even better, I’ll try the same recipe with Tombs’ roast.

Why are you still here?

…Oh yeah, I forgot. Tombs also made a beer, because only a chump would settle for releasing just one beverage this week. They’ve teamed up with Virginia’s Tired Hands Brewing Company to release a “Hallertau Blanc & Nelson Sauivn Crushable IPA.” No, I don’t have any fucking clue what any of that means, except for the IPA part.

So that third “Savage Gold” that I mentioned before? There you go: album, coffee, beer. All you need now is “Savage Gold” brand sex and all your life’s needs will be taken care of.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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