Colombia Quinchia, Shearwater Coffee Roasters

Shearwater Coffee Roasters’ Colombia Quinchia is a smooth full bodied coffee with fruity notes. It has a delicate cocoa finish which lingers on the tongue with a medium to mild acidity.

Colombia Quinchia is from APECAFEQ cooperative & Granja la Esperanza in Midwest region of Colombia near Risaralda. The APECAFE cooperative is a collective that supports efforts to improve roads and schools, promotes education about organic and sustainable coffee farming methods, and helps diversify incomes away from illegal cash crops.

Shearwater Organic Coffee seems to source most of their beans from smaller farms, and lesser know locations. They are a USDA certified organic coffee roaster, and do small-batch artisan roasting.

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Tanzania Peaberry Coffee, CoffeeAM – Coffee Review

Tanzania Peaberry Coffee, CoffeeAM – Coffee Review

I just tried some Tanzania Peaberry that CoffeeAM sent to me. I found it very pleasing and smooth. African coffees tend to be a little winey in a good way, as long as it doesn’t go to far and become sour. Their light-medium roast preserved the rich flavors and muted the wineyness in a way that made it a very pleasant cup of coffee.

What they say about it

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in northern Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa at 19,330 feet. Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes provide fertile soil to grow Tanzania Peaberry Coffee, and the climate provides excellent conditions for coffee trees to thrive. Grown and harvested on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border, this gourmet African coffee displays many of the characteristics of Kenyan coffee, though much lighter in acidity.

Peaberry beans are small round coffee beans with a cleft in the middle; they have a richer flavor than their oval- shaped counterparts, often rendering a livelier cup with a full body and distinguished aroma. Peaberry coffee is rare; only 10% of all coffee develops with this characteristic, and as a result, peaberry beans must be hand sorted from the rest.

Experience a light-medium roasted coffee that is full of flavor!

Coconut Milk Creamer

For all of those who are lactose intolerant of just prefer to go dairy free there is a new coffee creamer alternative. Coconut milk based creamer. So Delicious Dairy Free has come out with a line of Coconut milk creamers that I recently tried. I have to admit, although I’m a fan of full fat real cream, I found their creamer to be pretty good. With the taste and creaminess of it, I wouldn’t have known it was non-dairy. It’s a big step up from the powdered creamers and a great alternative to soy milk.

What they say about themselves

Slide over Soymilk and move over milk, So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Beverage is here! This delicious beverage goes great on cereal, in coffee, mix into recipes and poured into a tall glass.

KIND Healthy Snacks Adds Two New Flavors

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) introduces two new flavors at Starbucks, Apple Cinnamon Nut + Fiber and Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew.

KIND sent me a few of these to try, after reading the label and seeing how healthy they were, I was skeptical.  But after I had one, I was amazed at how good they were.

These healthy bars are all natural, low in sodium, gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and non GMO.  (almost too healthy)

KIND says be kind to your body, which is great, but the taste is good enough that I’d eat it if it wasn’t healthy.  When you open the package you can actually see what type of fruit and nuts you are about to eat.

These two new flavors are only available at Starbucks, but  you can check out some of their other offerings online @

Melitta Ready Set Joe – Single Cup Coffee Brewer

Any Coffee lover who doesn’t have a Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is missing out. As long as you have hot water you can have a fast delicious cup of coffee in minutes. I don’t always like to committ to a full pot of any one coffee and with this device I don’t have to. Considering you can get one of these for about the price of a Latte, it’s a an easy decision to have one in the cabinet.

I know a lot of coffee purest who swear by press pots, I love a good press pot too, but it’s not the right solution for every coffee. The Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is the best of both worlds. You get the convenience of a single cup with taste profile of a coffee pot, also clean up is easier than both.

If you get a chance you should also try Melitta’s packaged coffees. They are extremely affordable and have a mild taste, suited to any coffee drinker. They also have some more of the popular flavored coffee selections.

Overall, the Melitta products are affordable and tailored to anyone from a coffee novice to a coffee expert.

Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass – Coffee Review

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Some of the most unique and high quality packaging I’ve seen. They actually seal their whole bean coffee in a can.

Getting past the packaging I brewed the “Kick Ass” (Dark) blend. It was full-bodied with just the slightest hint of smoke that most dark coffees are overwhelmed with. The flavor was pronounced, smooth mouth fill. If you like dark coffee but don’t like the bitter over smoked aftertaste of a lot of coffees then this it a good one to try.

Notes from Kicking Horse Coffee

The name says it all: carpe diem, play to win, no regrets. Don’t let this cute little donkey fool you-he plays for keeps. This take-no-prisoners roast is popular with athletes who’d rather enjoy a good cup of coffee than choke down an energy bar before a workout. A great mix of Indonesian and Central American beans that is guaranteed to kick some sense into you.

NEWHALL COFFEE’s Taste of California Collection – Coffee Review

Coffee Provided by Newhall Coffee,

The Taste of California Collection is comprised of 6 interesting blends.
Organic California Blend, Mammoth’s Bow-Chicka-Pow-Pow Blend, Beatnik Espresso, Surf & Snow Blend (Caramel Vanilla), Earthquake Blend, Sunset Blvd. Blend (Cinnamon Vanilla)

Overall this is a great collection of coffees. They seem to have something for everytime of the day, if your not a fan of flavored coffees don’t worry they are overly flavored or overly sweet and might be something to try with a dessert. The blends seem to play off one another and the Roaster seems to be trying to cover a full range of coffee flavors. It’s a neat idea to order a group of coffees that work with one another and rotate through them, it helps to keep your palate guessing.

Here’s what they say about these coffee blends

Organic California Blend
Roasted to a full city roast to bring out the earthy and citrus notes of the Sumatra bean, while developing the Peru bean to give it that chocolate finish. This blend works amazing as an espresso shot as well!

Features organic Sumatra Mandheling Double Picked, from the Aceh region of Sumatra, these are semi-washed arabicas and organic Peru, which has the standard body, brightness and depth for South Americans. Grown in very high elevations on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountain range.

Mammoth’s Bow-Chicka-Pow-Pow Blend
Inspired by Southern California’s Mammoth Mountain winter culture, this is a double picked Grade 1 Sumatra Mandheling bean roasted using a “long roast’ method to bring out the full characteristics of what the bean was meant for.

This Sumatra is grown inland from the southern coast in the Aceh Region, known for its earthy and spicy notes. These have low acidity.

Beatnik Espresso
A combination of 3 beans from Indonesia, South America, and Central America brings this espresso roast to a diverse and complex body, while producing a very mild and clean finish.

The South American bean of the ‘Typica’ Varietal is wet processed and sun dried. The Central American bean of the ‘bourbon’ varietal is semi-washed and sun dried to bring out its nutty and floral notes. The Indonesian is semi-washed and sun dried, bringing out the earthy and spicy notes.

Surf & Snow Blend (Caramel Vanilla)
Begins as a Brazilian bean and is inspired by the ideal California day – surfing and skiing or snowboarding the same day.

The beans are roasted to a city roast to enhance the caramel vanilla flavor.

Earthquake Blend
Wake-up California-style with a high impact blend.

A Central American bean with a very strong bite but with a rolling mild finish. You will find nutty and chocolaty notes with this bean mixed with a strong and crisp body.

A Guatemala from the Antigua Region, located between 3 volcanoes and grown on volcanic forested soil.

This is a Caturra type of bean grown on an elevation between 4,500 – 5,500 feet.

Sunset Blvd. Blend (Cinnamon Vanilla)
Inspired by the culturally, historically, and aesthetically significance of Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd.

The combination of cinnamon and vanilla brings out the bright taste and body of this bean. Perfect for those early mornings on the go!

Make Seattle’s Best Coffee’s cold brewed coffee at home with a Toddy

Seattle’s Best makes amazing Iced coffees and you can too. Their Secret is a Toddy home brewing System and their Beach House Blend.
I recently made a batch of iced coffee concentrate using this method and I have to say the Beach House Blend is amazingly smooth and great just over ice.

If you’ve never tried either they are worth a look. I added a pound of coffee to the cold brewer put it in my fridge and the next morning I had 2 quarts of coffee concentrate. This is like the espresso of the cold world. If you don’t drink a lot of coffee please remember this is concentrated. They tell you that you can ad some hot water to recreate a cup of coffee, and I was shocked how much this tasted like a good Americano. But, drank most of it over ice with a dask of milk. If you have a blender then the options are endless.

Seattle’s Best Coffee’s cold brewed coffee brewing process, can be replicated at home using the Toddy home brewing system.

The Seattle’s Best Coffee cold brewed coffee concentrate, a concentrate coffee extract produced by using a special cold brewing process, is the key ingredient in Seattle’s Best Coffee’s summer lineup. The cold brewing process extracts the flavors of coffee and leaves behind undesirable acids and oils, resulting in a bold, slightly sweet, smooth-tasting coffee with more than 50 percent less acidity than conventional brewing methods. Cold brewed coffee is used as the base for Seattle’s Best Coffee JavaKula blended beverages, cold milkshakes and Hand Shaken ColdBrewed Originals.

With the Seattle’s Best Coffee Toddy home brewing system ( you can make cold brewed coffee at home. The Toddy brewing system lets you make up to 48 fluid ounces of coffee concentrate – which is enough to make plenty of iced coffee treats for a party, or refrigerate (the concentrate is best for up to 7 days) to enjoy throughout the week.

I could tell you more, but I think this video on YouTube sums up the cold brewing process pretty nicely: (and next, make sure you check out this video on cold brewed recipes to see all kinds of drinks you can make with the Toddy!

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International Delight – Skinny Vanilla Latte – Coffee Creamer Review

Want to add a splash of flavor to your morning coffee or to a nice Iced coffee in the afternoon without any of the guilt.

Try International Delights new CoffeeHouse Inspirations “Skinny” flavors.

I’m not usually a fan of anything “Low Calorie”, but these are surprisingly addictive, especially in iced coffee. Just cubes, cold coffee and a splash of flavored creamer and you’ve got a nice treat. If your into the flavored coffee scene I’d definitely suggest Skinny Vanilla Latte creamer.

They are in most grocery stores now.

Check out their website and you might be able to snag a coupon.

Checkout their Skinny Caramel Macchiato flavored creamer too.

Superba Coffee – Coffee Review

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An amazingly smooth and well balanced cup of coffee.  Each bag comes in an attractive box that is hand signed and dated by the roaster. Superba only has 2 blends Classic and Decaf.  I’m drinking Classic.

As the cup goes on, nutty and smoky notes appear, but the incredible smoothness remains constant.  This is a coffee that you might serve after a nice dinner, or treat yourself to any time of day.

Notes from Superba Coffee

This distinguished blend is roasted to a “full city” medium roast profile. It has a perfect balance of richness with deep chocolate qualities, which are slightly paralleled by light, but distinct citrus and earthy notes. This blend endures well with a wide range of preparation methods and pairs extremely well with milk and/or sugar.