Watch: Fla. sheriff’s blind coffee tasting leads to ‘Judd Java’ brew

Dark Horse Coffee Company will donate half the proceeds from “Judd Java” to expand Polk County’s K-9 unit

By Joanna Putman

BARTOW, Fla. — A coffee brew named after a Florida sheriff known for his often-funny and sometimes-controversial comments will help raise money for county K-9s, KIRO 7 reports.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has gained internet notoriety for his comically blunt comments during news conferences, like his advice to criminals in 2021: “Just chill out. Drink a 7UP. Eat a Moon Pie. Quit murdering people,” Judd said.

The “Judd Java” brew will be added to the menu at Dark Horse Coffee Company in Plant City, Florida. Half of the proceeds made from people purchasing the coffee will be donated to K-9s for Cops in Polk County, WFLA reported.

K-9s for Cops was founded in 2011 and has purchased 23 dogs for Polk County’s unit in 11 years.

“K-9s are the tip of the spear. They are often leading the way into danger, protecting their partners and the citizens they serve,” Judd said.

Judd tested the brew options for “Judd Java” himself, commenting that one sample “smelled like someone’s armpit.” Ultimately, he chose the Ethiopian blend.

“That is tremendous,” Judd said. “This was fun, you know, this is the first time I ever have done a blind coffee taste.”


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