Monon Coffee

Monon Railroad Coffee

Despite long-outdated equipment and minimal schedules, Indianans had not lost their love of Monon passenger trains. Riding the Hoosier between Indianapolis and Chicago, in particular, had become a rite for generations of families. The railroad understood that such goodwill was invaluable, but there were limits to the markets the road served and the realities of costs and delivery times for post WWII streamlined cars. Accordingly, the Monon modernized its passenger trains in 1947 on a budget by buying and rebuilding 28 almost-new, scarcely used U.S. Army hospital cars into a fleet of modern coaches and dining, lounge, and parlor-observation cars.

New York industrial designer Raymond Loewy was retained to create interior furnishings and exterior styling for three new trains: the evening Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier, the morning Tippecanoe, and the Chicago-Louisville Thoroughbred. Loewy clad the trains in a livery suggesting the cream and crimson of Indiana University and the freight diesels in Purdue University’s black and gold, both of the state’s biggest schools being on-line.  All of these trains offered dining car service.  Passenger service ended September 30, 1967.

For the better part of a century, Reid, Murdoch & Company was the granddaddy of gargantuan wholesale grocery establishments in a city that was home to plenty of them – Chicago. From humble pre-Civil War roots on the Western frontier, the business evolved into a leading manufacturer and importer of canned food products, with more than 250 different offerings available under its popular Monarch label by the 1920s—including jams, jellies, pickles, coffees, teas, and cocoa. These products were sold exclusively to independent merchants rather than chain stores, making Reid-Murdoch one of the last great champions of the mom & pop shop—despite existing as a coast-to-coast corporation in its own right.
As part of the Monon’s effort to revitalize its passenger trains, it came to Reid, Murdoch & Company to have a custom version of its Monarch coffee created for them.  This Colombian and Guatemalan blend is our most developed roast that conveys a flavor profile that was intentionally designed to work well with milk or cream, creating a rich, decadent flavor. It involves a natural, dense coffee that binds to the fats and creates multiple complex caramelized notes during the roasting process. Look for the dark chocolate undertones!
Several generations have now passed since the last of Monarch’s “Finer Foods” were shipped out to retailers in the 1960s, and Reid-Murdoch’s once ubiquitous lion-head logo and kitchen cabinet cachet have been almost entirely forgotten in the process.  Now we are able to bring the Monon’s coffee back, over 50 years since it was last roasted!

We ensure that dining car experience by roasting only the highest quality beans in small batches to ensure you experience a great cup of coffee every time.

Enjoy a 12 oz of Ground 100% Arabica Coffee Micro-roasted.

$14.95

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Monon Railroad Coffee

Despite long-outdated equipment and minimal schedules, Indianans had not lost their love of Monon passenger trains. Riding the Hoosier between Indianapolis and Chicago, in particular, had become a rite for generations of families. The railroad understood that such goodwill was invaluable, but there were limits to the markets the road served and the realities of costs and delivery times for post WWII streamlined cars. Accordingly, the Monon modernized its passenger trains in 1947 on a budget by buying and rebuilding 28 almost-new, scarcely used U.S. Army hospital cars into a fleet of modern coaches and dining, lounge, and parlor-observation cars.

New York industrial designer Raymond Loewy was retained to create interior furnishings and exterior styling for three new trains: the evening Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier, the morning Tippecanoe, and the Chicago-Louisville Thoroughbred. Loewy clad the trains in a livery suggesting the cream and crimson of Indiana University and the freight diesels in Purdue University’s black and gold, both of the state’s biggest schools being on-line.  All of these trains offered dining car service.  Passenger service ended September 30, 1967.

For the better part of a century, Reid, Murdoch & Company was the granddaddy of gargantuan wholesale grocery establishments in a city that was home to plenty of them – Chicago. From humble pre-Civil War roots on the Western frontier, the business evolved into a leading manufacturer and importer of canned food products, with more than 250 different offerings available under its popular Monarch label by the 1920s—including jams, jellies, pickles, coffees, teas, and cocoa. These products were sold exclusively to independent merchants rather than chain stores, making Reid-Murdoch one of the last great champions of the mom & pop shop—despite existing as a coast-to-coast corporation in its own right.
As part of the Monon’s effort to revitalize its passenger trains, it came to Reid, Murdoch & Company to have a custom version of its Monarch coffee created for them.  This Colombian and Guatemalan blend is our most developed roast that conveys a flavor profile that was intentionally designed to work well with milk or cream, creating a rich, decadent flavor. It involves a natural, dense coffee that binds to the fats and creates multiple complex caramelized notes during the roasting process. Look for the dark chocolate undertones!
Several generations have now passed since the last of Monarch’s “Finer Foods” were shipped out to retailers in the 1960s, and Reid-Murdoch’s once ubiquitous lion-head logo and kitchen cabinet cachet have been almost entirely forgotten in the process.  Now we are able to bring the Monon’s coffee back, over 50 years since it was last roasted!

We ensure that dining car experience by roasting only the highest quality beans in small batches to ensure you experience a great cup of coffee every time.

Enjoy a 12 oz of Ground 100% Arabica Coffee Micro-roasted.

Additional information

Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions10 × 4 × 4 in
Coffee Type:

Regular, Decaf

Grind:

Ground (Drip), Ground (Drip)

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