Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I've Been Mail-Mugged! (It's nice to be loved)

I got a nice little surprise package in the mail this week.

My sister-in-law and my mother-in-law were shopping in one of their favorite stores and happened upon something to make my day.

Isn't this mug just the cutest?  If you're a mug-maniac like yours truly, you can never have too many mugs. There's always room for one more and this one will have a special place in the cupboard (when it's not on my desk).

Every time I drink from this, I'll think of family, friends and love.  I think the man upstairs would approve, don't you?


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Giveaway! Raise your hand if you want Ethiopia Hambela from Fonte Coffee


I woke up in a giving mood.  Actually, I woke up very excited to try the Ethiopia Hambela coffee that Fonté Coffee sent me this week to review.

They take micro-roasted hand crafted coffee quite seriously.  Roasted upon order.  

If you'd like to experience this "limited" offering of Ethiopia Hambela from Fonté Coffee for FREE*, enter HERE!

Today might be your lucky day.  

*Giveaway ends at Midnight PST on October 25, 2015.

From Fonté Coffee:

We’ve been proud to feature dry process Ethiopian coffees as a consistent part of our coffee offerings. Continuing improvements in the drying and sorting of these coffees have brought us intensely aromatic and fruity cups with little to no off flavors of ferment or of immature cherries.
Our latest edition of these fine Ethiopians is from the Oromia Region at the intersection of the Harrar and Sidamo growing areas. The coffee comes from a single family farm, Hambela, which was created from a grant to the family. The development of the farm gave rise to the METAD Agricultural Development, a family owned business that operates the Hambela Coffee Estate.  METAD strives to strengthen the local community with employment opportunities including a workforce that is 70% percent women, educational opportunities including sponsorship for a state-of-the art elementary school with more than three hundred students, and healthcare for employees including a partnership with Grounds for Health to implement cervical cancer screening for women in the community. METAD provides technical assistance and shares modern farming equipment with other local farmers. METAD also has the first and only private state-of-the-art SCAA certified coffee quality control lab on the African continent used to train both domestic and international coffee professionals. Today, the 200 hectares that is the Hambela estate include a washing station, dry mill, drying beds and a green coffee warehouse; a vertical integration that's unique to the Ethiopian coffee industry and that allows for strict supervision of coffee quality.
Intensity of aroma and sweetness are immediately apparent in the cup. Refined notes of blueberry dominate at first, underpinned by a light wineyness. The silky body presents a pleasing platform to savor the emerging brilliant apple-like tartness, ushering in a complex finish featuring notes of bergamot and lingering fruit over a foundation of rich chocolate.
Tasting Notes: intense, sweet, blueberry and citrus, complex finish.
Our Ethiopia Hambela is available in limited quantities.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

"Halo, Halo, Halo!" Lelisa Halo Cooperative from Peet's Coffee

Peet's Lelisa Halo Cooperative Limited Edition

I don't know if Beyoncé drinks coffee, but if she does, I'm sure she'd write a song about this limited offering from Peet's.

Lelisa Halo Cooperative with "hints of pomelo and sweet granite melon," is the medium roast I'm "vibing" with right now.  

I bought a half-pound last week and literally had to ration myself because I wanted to drink it all - in two days!  Forget about sharing.  But since today was Sunday, I started feeling guilty and went back and bought another half pound to share.

So good that I can't even find the words.

An heirloom single-origin Ethiopian coffee.  18.95.  Get it now.  It won't last.  Enjoy it while you can.