Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Blend From Starbucks

I can't fight it.  Christmas is here.  And by here, I mean, retailers have increasingly moved up the launch of the holiday season so that Christmas now encroaches on Halloween. 

So, it's no surprise that with less than a week to Thanksgiving, Mr. Turkey has taken a second seat to Santa.

But, hey, if there's a bright side to the propaganda it could be that the holiday blends of coffee are on the shelves earlier than in previous years.

I walked into Starbucks this past week and to my delight, what did I see but stacks and stacks of Christmas Blend coffee!  

Since it has been at least ten months since I had any of this stuff, I had no choice but to pick up a bag of beans to brew at home.

Starbucks Christmas Blend 2014 still gives me the same drinking pleasure from a dark spicy roast that I've come to enjoy for so many holiday seasons.  


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Celestial Seasonings Introduces Two New Holiday Teas - Caramel Apple Dream (TM) and Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland (TM)

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is, of course, the Holiday blends of coffee.

But, there's something to be said for the limited offerings of teas during the Holiday Season.

For years, I've enjoyed Celestial Seasonings' Holiday Teas.  I'm especially fond of "Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride" and "Candy Cane Lane."

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this year they've added two new ones - "Caramel Apple Dream" (TM) and "Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland" (TM) both caffeine free and herbal.

If you know Celestial Seasonings, you know that the aroma hits you the moment you open the box.  A hot cup of their tea not only warms your palette, it sends a delightful fragrance throughout the cup.

And while it's may be a little early for "visions of sugar plums" to be dancing in your head, it's the perfect time of year to dream in caramel and wonder in cranberry.

Retail price:  Approximately 3.99 for 20 tea bags.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Hump Day!! Free Community(R) Coffee Pumpkin Praline Single Serve Cups

I'm giving away one 12 count box of Community (R) Coffee's Pumpkin Praline (Sweet & Lightly Spiced) Single-Serve Coffee to one lucky coffee lover who will be randomly selected.  

Email me at

*Giveaway Ends Midnight PST on November 20th, 2014

Pumpkin Praline + Community (R) Coffee = 
One Mug Full of Fall!

(Giveaway sponsored by Community Coffee)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Philz Mocha Tesora - Dark and Lovely

I'm becoming a little obsessed with Philz coffee.  Especially since their new location is closer to my house.  

Last weekend, I stopped in to see what they had that might peak my interest.  Did you know the new location is right next door to a donut shop??!! Dangerous.  

Anyway, to be perfectly honest, I'm a little bit intimidated by their stores because I don't really know their drink offerings and don't quite have their procedure down.  Most customers appear to be loyal fans and know the ropes.  It's hard for a newbie to feel at home.  However, that's not going to stop me from scoring great coffee.

I spotted the Mocha Tesora at the counter.  The first thing I thought is Mocha Java but it's not that at all.  It's a very dark roast with a chocolate undertone.  I mixed it with the "Philtered Soul," which is their "hazelnut misted blend."  Heavenly.

It's cold outside this morning but my heart and my hands are warm wrapped around a mug of this dark and lovely delight.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take Time and Taste the Tea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea (Decaffeinated)
We tend to move at lightning speed.  So much so that when our bodies force us to slow down, or in my case today, stop, it's almost like we don't know what to do.

But God and nature have a way of telling us just what we will do.  And that is - nothing.

So, today, I'm forced to look inward and simply sit here and sweat out my cold with a hot cup of tea.

I spend so much time talking about and sampling coffees, that I have a tendency to let my tea supply dwindle.

Fortunately, I was able to scrounge up a sachet of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane from last Christmas.  Still smells amazing and is so comforting.  Even with a stuffy nose.

I think there are several messages my body is sending to me.  One, I'm only human.  If I have to stop for a day or two or three, the world will still keep turning.  

I think I'll spend my time today "between naps," checking out new teas online.  Cold and flu season is just starting.  Best to be prepared.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Peet's Fair Trade Blend - Enjoy in October and All Year Long

I didn't want to let this month get away without giving an appropriate plug to Fair Trade Coffees.  

And while that term gets bantered about and there's quite a bit of argument about what it really means, one thing I know for sure, is that Peet's was on the "fair trade" wagon a long time ago.

Hard work deserves honest pay.  We don't want to drink coffee that is the product of someone's hard labor, unfair working conditions, poor pay and below-par ecological standards, do we?

And, the same rules should apply when you're buying and consuming premium gourmet coffee.  No worries here.  Peet's delivers on the name "Fair Trade."

Same great flavor you always get from Peet's - though this one tends to be a little on the "mild" side of the dark roast which is just fine by me.  

So, even though we're coming to the end of October and what is deemed "Fair Trade Month," it's nice to practice what we preach all year.  

What's Fair is Fair.

$15.95 per pound

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old - Keurig's Single Serve Brewer

Sure you can find other manufacturers who make a "single serve brewer" that will work with the "K" cup, but here is where it all began.  The Original Keurig (R) Single Serve brewer.

I "test drove" the Keurig K-45 Elite brewer.

It's easy to use, easy to clean and is an attractive addition to your kitchen counter and doesn't take up a lot of space.  

You have the option of preparing three cup size offerings (6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz).

I've used this machine consistently for the past three weeks and have found it to be durable, reliable and oh so convenient.

There are quite a few evenings when I get home from work and am not ready for bed.  I want to sit back and enjoy a hot cup of coffee (or tea).  This machine provides the vehicle for me to do just that.

And with the extensive variety of single serve cups from Green Mountain and other roasters, there's something for every taste and preference.  Whether it's mild, medium or dark roast coffee (or a cup of herbal tea).

If you haven't caught the single serve fever, the approaching holiday season is the perfect time to buy one for yourself or make a subtle hint to your kids, parents or siblings.  A welcome addition to the coffee loving household.

*Green Mountain provided me with a free Single Serve Brewer for the purposes of preparing this review.  The opinions stated are my own.