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Review: Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffees

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

breakfast time!

You all know I was a HUGE Tassimo fan, right? I loved the Tassimo. I could write sonnets to the Tassimo.  Well guess what?  As of March of this year, Starbucks no longer makes t-discs for the Tassimo.  I hate to admit it but I think those Starbucks t-discs are the real reason I loved the Tassimo so much. Sure, the Tassimo machine had sleek lines and it was small and fit on my counter nicely but without those frothy latte primos it wasn’t that special.  The Gevalia coffee they sent me was awful and sometimes the cream capsules leaked. Not very often but sometimes.  

It’s true, I was beginning to fall out of love with the Tassimo. Sigh.
But that’s not the end of the story of course.  
There’s a new girl in town who is now married to Starbucks: Keurig.  They don’t have Starbucks K-Cup Portion Packs out yet but I’ve googled it and they are due to come out in the fall of this year.  So you know what I was thinking: Goodbye Tassimo, Hello Keurig!  I’m not that loyal. Except I don’t really have the money to be buying expensive coffee machines.  So I bummed it for a while with my trusty French press and thought about getting a Keurig.

Then I got lucky. Maybe being the self-proclaimed coffee expert had something to do with it but probably not.  
Green Mountain Coffee asked me to review their Fair Trade coffees and they offered to send me a free Keurig coffee machine. Score!  Sign me up, I said, knowing next to nothing about Fair Trade coffee.
So I did my research.  And I sampled the Fair Trade Green Mountain Coffee.
adding cream
Lots and lots of sampling. (It’s a dirty job but some-very-caffeinated-body’s gotta do it.)
morning brew
And you know what?  
extra bold
I wasn’t all that fond of the lighter blends (I never am. I like my coffee tall, dark and burnt.) but the Sumatran Reserve Extra Bold is pretty good! It doesn’t come with a capsule of frothy milk (and why not?!!) but it is pretty tasty coffee.  Slosh in some cream and sugar and I’m a happily caffeinated girl.  
So if you are the type who enjoys using a single-serve coffee machine (Admit it, they are so handy and clean. No more coffee grounds all over!) this is good news!  

Green Mountain Coffee is known for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and social responsibility. They offer a lot of fancy coffees on their website (and free samples too!) and several of them are Fair Trade Certified™ coffees:
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That basically means that by buying these coffees your dollars are going to growers who meet a stringent set of requirements, including “democratic voting among members, fair labor practices, and the exclusion of using certain chemicals. 

“Growers are guaranteed a minimum price for their coffee. If market prices exceed the minimum, they receive current market prices plus a per pound premium for community development and an additional premium for organic coffee. The co-op members vote to determine how to invest the Fair Trade premiums. They might fund community projects such as schools, health clinics, safe drinking water or new roads.”   

Fair Trade means better quality coffee for you and a better a better quality of life for farmers. Fair trade Coffee is better quality for all.  You can learn more about the details of Green Mountain’s Fair Trade certification on their Facebook page and sign up for some free samples or coupons for your own taste test while you’re at it!
good morning Mr. K!
But you might need to win a free Keurig coffee machine first, right? Well you can!  Just leave a comment below in my comment box between now and September 24th and one winner will be selected to win a Keurig coffee machine and Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup Portion Packs, provided by BlogHer. Go ahead. Feel lucky. Just tell me what kind of coffee you like. Are you a dark roast like me or do you prefer the lighter blends. Tell me all about it. Coffee snobs want to know.

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Baileys Creamers!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

old lady

Good day! I am reporting for duty again as official coffee reviewer! Except nobody’s sending me coffee! Just creamers. But you need coffee first in order to try coffee creamers so I’m game. Today I’m reviewing Baileys Non-Alocohlic Coffee Creamers. French Vanilla, Chocolate, Hazelnut and Irish Cream to be exact.

Between you and me, I signed up for this for my dad. He’s a HUUUUUUUUUGE Irish Cream fan. It’s weird. Personally, I don’t like the stuff but he loves it. I thought it would be fun to try though and let you know what I think, as a coffee expert of course. Ahem.

Dad likes it my teenage taste-tester

My dad loves it. Thumbs up, he says. My niece loves it too. But then I think she just loves sugar.

I’m a little mixed in my opinions. I think I had my hopes up too high. I thought the creamer would taste more like Baileys and I might have expected more flavor or something. I liked the vanilla best but it tasted like all the other creamers out there to me. Which as you know I’m not a huge fan of.

Baileys Creamer

So there you have it. Bailey’s has a new line of creamers out. They’re good if you like flavored creamers. They are non-alcolholic too (dangit!). Go try ‘em!