12.15.2014

The Coffee Themed Christmas Gift Baskets Post (and all are listed as 'in stock' and available by Christmas!)


This morning I was thinking; "Boy, none of my posts last week were even remotely Christmas or holiday related..." and since I am sitting here at the computer this morning with Christmas on the brain (and I'm drinking my 4th cup of coffee) I thought; Oh my gosh! Duh. Christmas Gift baskets with a COFFEE THEME! So... off to Amazon I went to see what goodies I could find to feature.



As of this morning's post, these are all listed as "IN STOCK" and available "BY CHRISTMAS"


Click on the image OR the product name to view more details and pricing (hint; they are all affordable).


Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Coffee Caddy with Treats

Product Description:
Send your best wishes with this handsome coffee gift package featuring an assortment of premium coffees paired with gourmet go-togethers to enjoy. Your gift is presented in a handsome caddy that would compliment any home or offices decor. It's perfect for organization, storage, keep pens, papers and notes together or makes a handy catch all. Includes premium columbian coffee, jamocha almond fudge coffee, butterscotch flavored coffee, barista blend cafe latte mix, cappucino coffee drink mix, chocolate truffle cookie,bali's best espresso candy, luscious lemon biscotti bites, espresso glazed toasted almonds, heavenly gourmet chocolate chip cookies, chocolate raspberry tea cake, black caddy gift tote. Each gift is crafted with attention to detail, tied with a bow for presentation and ready for gift giving. Please select gift during check out so you may include a personalized gift message to convey your best wishes. This is an original gift basket arrangement created by art of appreciation gift baskets.





California Delicious Starbucks Sampler Coffee Gift Basket
Product Description;
Warm conversation and enjoying small moments of peace during a busy day - this is what the Starbucks coffee and biscotti gift box is meant for. Slow down for a cup of soul-soothing Starbucks coffee: breakfast blend, house blend, caffe Verona or Sumatra, complimented with a sweet bite of biscotti. A perfect gift for that favorite colleague, client or teacher.



Sampler of Flavors
Product Description;
A perfect gift made up from 6 of our best sellers! Basket includes: 1 - 1.75oz Peppermint Twist Sampler 1 - 1.75oz Beanery Blend® Sampler 1 - 1.75oz Cinnamon Holiday Blend Sampler 1 - 1.75oz Café Carmel Cream Sampler 1 - 1.75oz Breakfast Blend Sampler 1 - 1.75oz English Toffee & Cream Sampler *All Coffee is freshly ground for Automatic Drip* **Each sampler makes approximately one 6-8 cup pot of coffee, depending on the preferred brewing strength** ***Due to the popularity of this item, we reserve the right to exchange products of equal or greater value at our discretion*** ****Please allow an extra week for this item to be shipped when ordering in quantities of 10 or greater.****



Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Coffee Connoisseur Gourmet Food Basket
Product Description;
Your coffee connoisseur will truly appreciate this handsome gourmet gift basket filled with everything caffeine paired with great gourmet go-togethers to nibble, dunk and savor. After the goodies are gone, the dark stained wicker basket makes handy storage or decor in any office, den or home. Includes: Travel Coffee Mug with Lid, Ravishing Raspberry Biscotti Bites, Heavenly Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies, Bali’s Best Espresso Candy, Café Comforts Cappuccino Drink Mix, Dolcettos Tiramisu Pastry Cookies, Torani Almond Hazelnut Biscotti, Premium Columbian Coffee, Butterscotch Flavored Coffee, Jamocha Almond Fudge Coffee, Mocha Hazelnut Java Wafer Cookie, White Chocolate Amaretto Wafer Cookie, Espresso Glazed Roasted Almonds, Aunt Glorias Sugar Cookies, Barista Blend Café Latte Mix, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Dark Stained Wicker Basket. Each gift is crafted with attention to detail, tied with a bow for presentation and ready for gift giving. Please select GIFT during check out so you may include a personalized gift message to convey your best wishes. This is an original gift basket arrangement created by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets.


12.14.2014

I'm back in coffee....



Yesterday we had to take a trip to Sam's Club for dog food, seafood, Monster drinks, paper plates and prescription glasses (I just realized how 'American' that is to be able to get all our needs in one store like this....) and I decided to see if they had the 80 count box of their Daily Chef Colombian coffee.

They did not have it in the normal place with all the other coffee so I was going to give in and get the 54 count Starbucks... but while hesitating, I walked around the corner and saw tucked away on a busy end cap that was partially hidden behind some big cut out cardboard something-or-other, the coffee I was looking for.  Not one person was stopping to find it there - where it wasn't expected - but Sam's has been doing that lately.  Everything around the store has been changing places every time I go.

I thought it was just 'me' irritated by not being able to quickly find the eggs, the cheese, the bacon (two different spots for bacon - 2 aisles apart) and the eggs were moved next to the cream cheese and sour cream.  But I heard 3 different comments by other shoppers saying things like "They keep moving things around"  or "I don't know... they've moved it again!"  Just in case you might need to know; They also moved the butter next to the cream cheese instead of over by the dairy, cream and milk where it used to be (and where everyone looks for it).

But I digress...  they had the 80 count box of coffee back in stock.  So I bought it.

And I think it was 'out of stock' last week because I noticed they changed the design color of the k-cups again.  They are now bright red and white and quite shiny plastic verses the dark maroon burgundy labels they were 2 weeks ago.  So that may explain their brief disappearance?

And we are back in coffee.
So if your Sam's is like mine and likes to screw around with their customer's and make it as difficult and time-consuming as possible to find your 'regular' purchases, try looking in the most unlikely place in the store.  I bet you might find it.


12.13.2014

Winn Dixie's brand coffee; k-cup style (Surprisingly very good)

   This coffee is available at Winn-Dixie grocery stores.  This is a grocery chain in the Southern part of the USA so it's not a store that some readers will be familiar with.  We have this retailer near our home, but admittedly I don't regularly shop there.  I popped in about every 6 months so it's possible I never saw these brand k-cups before, but until last week I didn't know they carried them.

Recently our local retailer underwent a big remodel and I had a $5 off coupon for my total purchase.  It was time to try Winn-Dixie again.  I spied these k-cups in French Roast and Colombian.  My current favorite coffee (for in-the-home brewing) is Colombian and the price was great!  About $6 for a box of 18 count.

"There was no special 'one thing' that stood out about this coffee 
but that is in NO WAY a negative.  It's a positive.  
It means it's a good coffee to serve to almost anyone."

For a basic, easy to drink, average 100% Arabica bean coffee, it's good!  There is no certain flavor or hint of special spice or overtone that stands out.  It's just a good, sturdy, home brewed cup of coffee.  Not bitter (yeah!) and not burnt tasting, but also not light or floral or woodsy or - best of all - no 'cigarette ash' flavor that many affordable blends have. 

There was no special 'one thing' that stood out about this coffee but that is in NO WAY a negative.  It's a positive.  It means it's a good coffee to serve to almost anyone.  And when it's a k-cup, it can be brewed in different sizes, so a 6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz. size is going to please those who like it more bold, or more 'light' brewed.

It's not going to be my first choice to keep on hand, but for a quick 'coffee run' to pick up coffee inbetween regular purchases or if I'm near a Winn-Dixie and I need to pick up coffee, this is one I would purchase without hesitation due to the affordability factor.   Price for the taste is good and beats out the other 'store brands' such was Walmart (not a great contender in my book).

If you aren't in the deep Southern states, and you want to try the coffee you can order it on Amazon (18 count French Roast Winn & Lovett Single Serve for Keurig).


12.07.2014

How can Sam's Club be completely out of their own brand coffee?




If you know me in real life or chat with me on the coffee talking forum, then you know I've started to become, well, let's just say 'disenchanted' with my local Sam's Club. 

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10 minutes of typing later I looked back at this post and I had FILLED the editor box with a long, rambling rant about the downward spiral of my local Sam's Club in the 3 years I've lived here.

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Suffice to say that when we moved here 3 years ago I was happily surprised to see my local Sam's Club wasn't too bad!  Not up to Costco standards, but when Sam's is 4 miles away verses a long, traffic filled city commute to Costco... Sam's won out.  But it was all good because it was really, shockingly, a pretty nice one.

I liked them enough that I wrote about it a couple of times;  the first time was in 2012 (here).

Over the last 2 years they've gotten progressively worse every time I go.  And yesterday, as usual, within about 3 minutes of trying to shop, I was debating leaving my cart, walking out and making the long trek to Costco.

But I told myself to suck it up, get the items on my list and mostly... GET MY COFFEE.


So imagine my "Ohhh man!"  moment when I see that an entire huge section of k-cups had disappeared.  (And I'm sure you guys know since they sell in bulk, the space where their store brand coffee SHOULD be is like, 6 or 8 feet across).   Gone.   They had 1 version of their brand;  DECAF.  The entire space where French Roast and Colombian should be was now filled in with their regular offerings of Starbucks, Green Mountain, Newman's and yada yada.   The entire area where Daily Chef is had disappeared.

The one thing that I came for that I couldn't get anywhere else in town and that had kept me shopping in a store that can kill even the most positive, happy soul.

I don't want to order them from Amazon even though I can.  (Daily Chef Colombian Supremo Coffee Single Serve Cups 80ct) I just want to pick them up with my groceries.  Not order them. 

So anyway... in that long, rambling, drawn out post that really serves no purpose;  I just want to say darnit.  I'm out of decent coffee so I'm drinking the cheap Walmart coffee I posted about last week.




..... if I start to ramble or rant, don't worry; it's just the coffee talking.











Product discussed in this post available through Amazon;  Daily Chef Colombian Supremo Coffee Single Serve Cups 80ct








12.04.2014

Postum is back - the healthy coffee alternative - Plus a 'homemade postum' recipe

Some mornings I have no intention of posting an entry into CoffeeTalking.com but... one just happens!  This post on a new-to-me product is one of those.

This morning I was enjoying flipping through a Christmas catalog that was mailed to my house.  As I sipped my coffee and flipped through the pages of 'old fashioned' products this company carries, they had a tiny little cup of coffee with a blurb that said;  "Postum, the healthful coffee alternative is back" and a price of $16.95 for an 8 oz. jar.  But... NO other description or information.

I was intrigued (and a bit frustrated) they included no information as to what this healthful coffee alternative was.  So, I had to go on a search.  And this is what I found!



Postum Instant Hot Beverage, Original, 8 Ounces

Product Description

Postum is the perfect family alternative to coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Its rich, savory roasted flavor is similar to coffee, but with none of the caffeine, acidity or bitterness. We use a healthful blend ingredients to create a wonderful drink that the whole family can enjoy - anytime!
  • Instant Hot Beverage
  • Naturally Caffeine Free
  • Made from Wheat Bran and Molasses
  • Finally Back after not being made for two years!
  • Made from Roasted Grains. Great coffee alternative
Ingredients
Roasted wheat bran, wheat, molasses, maltodextrin from corn.

Directions
Use 1 tsp. Postum, add boiling water, stir. Add milk and sweeten to taste if desired.

About Postum - from their website: postum.com

In 2007, when POSTUM® was discontinued by a large food company, there began a groundswell of support from loyal POSTUM® drinkers “Bring Back Our POSTUM®!”

We at Eliza’s Quest Foods felt the same way.  Like many other loyalists, we tried the available coffee substitutes.   After many well-meant attempts, we arrived at the conclusion that the POSTUM® recipe with wheat was far better and something had to be done.

Starting like C.W. Post so long ago, we worked in our kitchen to recreate that POSTUM® flavor from wheat and molasses.  In 2008, POSTUM® was once again created in a small kitchen with the same ingredients used since the 19th century.

Still the fans continued clamoring for POSTUM®’s return.  Blogs, petitions and articles said the same thing, “Bring Back Our POSTUM®.” Eliza’s Quest went to work to make that happen and today we’re proud to offer POSTUM®, the world’s best coffee substitute that is completely caffeine free so you and your family can once again enjoy the delicious taste you love from the brand you trust.

Eliza’s Quest Foods, LLC acquired the rights to POSTUM® and for the past three years have been working to bring it back to market for all the loyal supporters who love Postum as a coffee alternative that is caffeine free.  Co-owners and lifelong POSTUM® drinkers Dayle and June Rust spearheaded the drive initially.

Bringing the product to market has not been without its challenges.  It has been time-consuming and we thank all of you for your patience.  We know you understand that POSTUM®’s unique flavor doesn’t come from a cookie cutter recipe and that we want to offer you the best coffee replacement possible.  While we were working on the process, we were also able to secure the POSTUM® trademark.  This was something of an unexpected miracle, and gave us additional impetus in our journey to market.

To all the POSTUM® fans who believed, we are excited and proud to bring you the one and only roasted wheat, bran and molasses beverage with over one hundred years of satisfied drinkers: POSTUM®!



But... how does it taste?

Because I've never had this product, I spent the next few minutes reading through about 150 different reviews and comments from all over the net; Amazon, message boards, forums, product review sites... and the reviews were interesting.

The majority of people exclaimed this was spot on.  Exactly as they remembered.
The other group (smaller) declared it close... but not 'it'.

The negatives were the same, repeated over and over.  This particular review off Amazon stated what all the other not-completely-positive reviews said;

"It didn't have any smell when I opened it. 
The color was a lot darker. I actually have about 
a teaspoon left in an old jar to compare it with. 
When I prepared it the color was not quite the same 
but I don't care about the color. 
 I tasted it and did not find the old familiar flavor. 
It was close."


In researching Postum I did find this simple 'recipe' online - repeated many places as it's so quick and easy and only has 3 ingredients. 

HOMEMADE "POSTUM"

1 qt. fine ground wheat
1 pt. coarse ground corn meal
1/2 c molasses or dark syrup

Mix the wheat, corn-meal, and syrup. Rub them in the palms of the hand until it is well mixed. Put it into shallow baking pans and brown in a slow oven until it is a rich dark brown. It must be stirred often for even browning. Don't try to hurry the process or it will burn. When it is done, cool and store in a sealed jar or canister. Use like any cereal coffee. I use 2 tablespoons coffee for each cup and a half of water. It may be boiled or it can be made in an electric coffee-maker.


If you can't buy ground wheat, you can sort whole grains of wheat and grind them in your blender. However, take them out before it grinds them into a flour.

If you aren't up to ordering it online (Postum, Original, 8 oz.)  You can see if there is a store near you that carries it.  There are over 300 stores in the USA that have brought it back!  store locator