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National Coffee Day – Fill my mug!

September 29, 2014

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You know the saying -Don’t talk to me until I have had my coffee, it is a must in my home. My hubby understands the importance of my very first cup of the day. It is not that I need the coffee kick, it is my morning moment. I need the warmness to clear my mind and give me a start to my daily routine. Ahhhhh.

Today 9/29 is National Coffee Day. For me it is always coffee day. I have a small Coffee Corner in my kitchen with lots of coffee décor. Over my years of coffee enjoyment, I must have tried every method of brewing there is, or at least I have seen it.

Drip Brewer (Cuisinart is my fave brand)

Keurig

Senseo

French Press

Vacuum brewer (saw a demonstration of this and it was fascinating)

Percolator

Cold Brew

Instant (only in a pinch)

Espresso maker (sister has one)

I could go on. Is there a method I want to try? I am considering the Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Any thoughts?

America is infatuated with coffee, the proof is in the stores on just about every corner. Have you visited the coffee aisle in Target lately? They have an amazing variety. My coffee of choice is Gevalia House Blend Decaf. It is the best decaf I have ever had. I only drink decaf and have for years so finding a great tasting decaf is my ongoing quest. I am thrilled with the Gevalia.

Some incredible coffee facts from an online survey:

Morning Sunshine: Real coffee drinkers are only in a fog until their lips hit the java. 44% say their morning “officially” begins after they’ve had their first coffee

Cup O’Smarts: On average, coffee drinkers think they gain 25 IQ points after they have a cup of coffee – and 14% of drinkers think they gain 55 to 99 points!

The Real McSteamy: 59% of coffee drinkers agree that coffee drinkers are more attractive than non-coffee drinkers

The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between May 6th and May 14th, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+.

Go ahead and grab another cup! It is National Coffee Day. I am holding my mug up high in a toast to our favorite deep dark brown steepness of pleasure. I have about a hundred mugs too! Make mine with flavored Coffeemate please – (OMG another coffee related obsession, holiday flavors are available people). Time for another cup.

Have a great day!

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Kojava: The Ultimate Coffee Experience – Giveaway (closed)

November 2, 2013

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I just made the most delicious cup of coffee. I am tasting a unique flavored decaf coffee, it is a dessert coffee, a scrumptious Huckleberry Cobbler. Yes it is a delicious as it sounds. This incredible flavor is roasted upon ordering from the roaster Outlaw Coffee. I found this blend and many more at Kojava!

 

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Kojava brings you the best from artisan roasters all around the country. I really liked the selection from Outlaw Coffee. They have many more flavored coffees to choose from in regular and decaf. It is so hard to find flavored decaf that I had to try the Huckleberry Cobbler courtesy of Kojava. The aroma is very inviting and I honestly was looking for the pan of cobbler baking in my oven. The deep berry fruitiness does not overpower the coffee, it adds a sweetness with a little zip. I enjoyed Huckleberry Cobbler as a morning coffee and an after dinner coffee plus I made a batch for an afternoon iced coffee. Wow talk about flavor! It was so good as an iced coffee I will continue to make extra in the morning for an afternoon iced cup.

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All the many varieties at Kojava are tempting. I placed an additional order for another Outlaw Coffee – Decaf Butterscotch Brownie plus I am trying Austin Java Texas Pecan. Did I mention the flavors are mouth watering? Kojava sells from several roasters with selections ranging from light to dark, french roast, decaf, flavored and espresso. You can order from different roasters for only a $5 flat rate shipping no matter how many types you choose. Your order is freshly roasted and shipped directly to your door. Ordering was very easy and I like the “cup Rating” under each coffee. You can browse by coffee type, region, your favorite roast or by the price. The prices are very reasonable. They do have a full range of price points including the very expensive Luwak coffee.

Kojava was started by two avid coffee drinkers. They love sharing the micro roasters they have found along their coffee journey. There is nothing better than freshly roasted. Placing an order with Kojava brings the freshness to your coffee cup! Your coffee is prepared for you and only you—roasted and flavored to order, and delivered to your home. I know I will be a repeat customer!

 

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ONE lucky reader will win one bag of Coffee of choice (up to $19.99 value)

Thanks very much Kojava!

 

Giveaway ends on 11/15/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.Many thanks to Kojava for providing the review and giveaway product.

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Just Love Coffee Roasters: Coffee with Heart – Giveaway (closed)

September 18, 2013

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I just love my morning coffee. It is the best of the day. For me it has to be bold and flavorful. It has always been a dream of mine to be part of a coffee roasting company. It turns out, I am not the only one with such a dream. Making their dream into reality is how Just Love Coffee Roasters got its start.

Just Love Coffee Roasters began in a small space in Murfreesboro, TN. Two friends created a quickly growing coffee devotee favorite. Just Love Coffee Roasters take their small batch roasting to an art. Each roast is made to perfection using their own senses knowing when the batch is just right. It is a talent to bring out the best in coffee and Just Love Coffee Roasters brings out the best in each cup!

Another big perk of Just Love Coffee Roasters – They give back! The coffee beans selected are only Fair Trade, organic, shade grown beans from around the world. Each fantastic cup you drink gives a portion of proceeds to many non–profit organizations. They are truly Coffee with Heart!

I had the coffee loving pleasure of tasting Just Love Coffee Roasters Peruvian Decaf. ( I only drink decaf so it has to be good). The aroma was very inviting and I could not wait to drink a cup. It had the richness I desire while the fruity notes came through with each sip. Being an artisan roaster the beans availability may change. The Peruvian Decaf is currently not available for order but others are. I would love the try the Sumatra Decaf.

Watch the New selections for the latest tempting blends and more.

SS_Sidamo_NOJust Love Coffee Roasters recently announce Single Serve Coffee. The cups are for using in any Kcup brewers. The Single Serve cups makes it a breeze to have your Just Love Coffee Roasters in your cup in no time. The same attention to quality goes in each single serve portion.

 

LaborDayCombo_WholeBeanShop the selection at Just Love Coffee Roasters and you will find more than just coffee. They offer mugs, apparel, music and coffee equipment. Browsing the coffee is a lot of fun! I love the bright colors and fun graphics on each bag. The Reserve coffees are truly special roasts. It is easy to find your perfect coffee by type. The prices are reasonable plus they offer a Coffee Club to get your favorite sent to you when you want it!

Want to learn more about coffee? Just Love Coffee Roasters has a fabulous CoffeeU section. I found the information very informative! From the farm to the perfect roast explained in detail. I also learned more about the different grinds and how to store my coffee. Thanks for all the tips!

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ONE lucky reader will win a 13 oz. bag of African Skies coffee.

Thanks very much Just Love Coffee Roasters!

Giveaway ends on 10/02/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Just Love Coffee Roasters for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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iCoffee – Unique Steam Brewing Technology

August 1, 2013

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I recently had an invitation to try a brand new type of coffee brewer. It is no secret how much I enjoy coffee, so trying something new in the world of brewing, really peaked my interest. Introducing the iCoffee!icoffee logo

What makes iCoffee unique is a revolutionary SteamBrew Technology. The grounds are steamed and stirred to get all the flavor possible!

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My first impression of the iCoffee brewer is the futuristic look is an eye catcher! I could not wait to see the action of the brewing. It is very interesting to watch the process. There is a clean window illuminated with a light to see watch the steaming and stirring action. I was mesmerized. I have to watch it each time I make a pot! One plus about the system – it need no filters. The permanent filter just rinses out for the next cycle. I had to experiment with the grind of the coffee (I have my own bean grinder) to get the results I like in a cup. I like my coffee to almost be mud in richness and the iCoffee supplies my type of cup! At first I had too little grounds and too much water but once I got my ratio correct, it makes a great cup.

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Just to compare, I made the same coffee blend in the iCoffee and in my drip brewer. The iCoffee definitely had more coffee flavor.

One feature I liked about the iCoffee is the Mozart music when the brewing starts and finishes. It announces the excitement of great coffee. You can turn the music off if you like, it does drive my hubby crazy.

The iCoffee features:

12 cup fully automatic

24 hour programmable

Automatic Shut off

Premium Goldtone Filter

Dripless Pour Spout

Pause and Serve

The iCoffee is scheduled to start delivery in September 2013. Right now you can be part of the indiegogo campaign and get in on the brewer ahead of time. Contribution levels vary. See indigogo for more details.

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Watch for the iCoffee to hit the stores in fall. Perfect timing for the holiday shopping season!

Many thanks to iCoffee for providing the review and product.

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eKoffee: Fresh Roasted Coffee from Artisan Roasters – Giveaway (closed)

July 26, 2013

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Coffee is a funny thing. You either hate it or you love it. I happen to love it! I am always searching for the perfect coffee taste, which is pretty difficult as I only drink decaf. With all the kinds of coffee out there plus all the different coffee shops, it is a never ending search. I believe my search is over! I have found a company devoted to bringing Artisan Fresh Roasted Coffee direct to consumers. eKoffee is what is in my cup!eKoffee Logo

eKoffee started with a similar search of mine. After trying coffee all around the country, it became apparent that the best cup was made by brewing from fresh roasted whole beans. The coffee lovers behind eKoffee are dedicated to finding and sharing their artisan coffee roasters for the best in freshness at the best prices. It is all about the beans!

Did you know? Single Serve coffee pods are way overpriced. Think about it  – If you take the small amount of coffee that comes inside the pod and tried to make a full pound, it would cost you more than $50 per pound! Say what???? $50 per pound for the convenience of a single cup. Not to mention the package waste and some “cups” are not very tasty. I have ditched my single cup brewer. I went back to my drip brewer and am enjoying every cup! After trying whole beans in my grinder before each pot, I am completely coffee satisfied! The first sip of the day – is the best one!

It is easy to find your perfect coffee selection at eKoffee. They currently have 8 roasters featured. I am sure they are always hunting for more. From these fine roasters, the selection is mouth watering. Perhaps you like a particular roast. eKoffee lets you browse by your favorite type of coffee richness. Choose Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Dark and Dark Roast. Choose Regular, Decaf, Espresso and Flavored. eKoffee makes it a breeze to get great coffee!

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I have been enjoying the fresh roasted beans from two of the roasters courtesy of eKoffee. From Rostov’s the Decaf French Roast is scrumptious! The bold richness is exactly the way I like my coffee. I have a Garfield mug that says “ I like my coffee to sit up and bark”. My mug obsession, well that is another story. The Rostov’s Decaf French Roast smells warm and inviting. It tastes smooth with the boldness I expect in a Dark Roast. I think this will be one of my favorites for anytime coffee! I have my own “barista” corner. Check it out.

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It is hard to find a variety of flavored coffee. The selection at eKoffee is incredible. I was drooling over the images for each flavor. Patti’s Place is gem for flavored coffee. I have been enjoying two decaf flavors of Bananas Foster Style and Sipping Whiskey by the Fire. Sounds great doesn’t it? The flavors really shine. I love the Bananas Foster for a dessert time coffee treat. The Sipping Whiskey really perked me up in the morning. The flavors from Patti’s Place make me want to try one of each! She uses all natural flavor oils to enhance the coffee beans. They certainly are filled with fantastic flavor.

For the freshest coffee – your coffee is roasted after ordering and delivered within a few days right to your door. The prices range from under $10 to $20 depending on the coffee you select. I suggest the whole beans but if you are not equipped with a grinder, you can select different grinds. The shipping is a flat rate of $4.99 per roaster.

TODAY ONLY – 7/26/2013 1 Day Only! It’s FREE Shipping Friday at eKoffee!
Order Any 2+ bags of Fresh Roasted Coffee at www.eKoffee.com from the Same Roaster and your order Ships FREE!
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Here is a coupon code just for my readers – Use ONE2TRY (all caps) for 10% off your order. The code is good through 8/08. Once you try the goodness of eKoffee, stock up on your favorite or try new types! (cannot be combined with other codes)

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Three lucky readers will each win one fresh roasted bag of coffee (12oz or 16oz) of their choosing!

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Giveaway ends on 08/08/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winners will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to eKoffee for providing the review and giveaway product.

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Landmark Coffee: A San Francisco Treat – Giveaway (closed)

June 27, 2013

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A cup of coffee starts my day every morning. I have my own Coffee Corner with two types of brewers and a grinder. Lately I have been using my drip brewer more than my single cup. It is all about the beans! I use my grinder for every pot I make. The aroma of the beans adds to my coffee drinking experience.

Landmark logoI am enjoying fresh roasted beans from, the family run company, Landmark Coffee. They started with a small roaster in Monterey. Today they are bringing their years of roasting experience to home coffee devotees. Landmark Coffee offers coffee beans at low, warehouse prices.

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The coffee beans graciously sent my way are spectacular. One of my favorite aspects of drinking coffee is actually seeing the deep dark roasted beans. Just opening the package, I could see the richness in the shiny dark brown colored beans. I mostly drink decaf, but other family members drink regular. Landmark Coffee shared Decaf Telegraph Hill Blend. It is a Central American blend with a touch of French Roast. I like my coffee bold in flavor with no bitterness. The Telegraph blend is the perfect combination of mild and bold for me. I can drink this anytime of the day! Coffee for me is not about the caffeine, since I drink decaf, it is about the flavor. I like my coffee to reach out and punch me with flavor. The Decaf Telegraph Hill – it makes me say Mmmmm every sip! The first sip of the day is the ultimate!

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I shared the French Roast with my mom and dad. They are bigger coffee drinkers than I am. My dad is always searching coffees for One 2 Try! The French Roast beans – are exquisite is the word my mom used. When I saw the beautiful color of French Roast, I knew it was going to be a great cup! I just want to carry around some beans just for the aroma! My dad loved the smokey, dark strong brew in his cup. A reorder request from my parents is already in the works.

Landmark Coffee can be purchased at select Northern California Sam’s Club, Smart & Final and in Wal-Mart stores in the western US. Other locations can place orders directly online! The beans are roasted fresh and your order will arrive at your doorstep!

First Time Customers get a FREE pound of coffee with their order (details on the home page)! Plus you will find a $3.00 off coupon when you “like” the Landmark Coffee Facebook page.

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ONE lucky reader will win a 2 Pound bag (Whole Beans) of their choice!

Thanks very much Landmark Coffee!

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Rules: Giveaway ends on 7/12/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Landmark Coffee for providing the review and giveaway product.

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