7.02.2015

Beach + Summer = Coconut Coffee! 5 brands and blends of delicious coconut flavored coffee from Royal Kona to Dunkin Donuts


Last week was the official start of summer.  Lots of sunny days, summer vacations, trips to the beach, iced coffee and more.  That made me think of coconut coffee - which I only will touch when it's a hot summer day - and usually I make it into a frappuccino style iced drink.  (I personally use this to make them:  Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker)

This morning my quest was to find at least six different coconut flavored coffees. I had 6, but ended up tossing one aside and deciding not to feature it - so I ended up with 5.  

The first one is so unassuming.  So quiet.  The little guy standing in the corner, not drawing attention to himself, when in fact, he's a rock star!  This guy is from Hawaii, and has a cult like following of people who either bought this as their go-to coffee while they lived there, or they bought it while on vacation and were thrilled to be able to continue to get it when back on the mainland.  Personally I've never tried this one, but the reviews sparkle.



Royal Kona - Toasted Coconut - 10% Kona Coffee Blend - All Purpose Grind - 8 Oz. Bag

Product Description
Royal Kona Coffee is the best of the best. We purchase our coffee cherries direct from the farmers to ensure that only the finest green coffee gets roasted to perfection by our Roast Master. We then pack our Royal Kona in a freshness valve bag to lock in the quality and flavor. Our goal is to have the best coffee in the world.

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The Christopher Bean Coffee version of Toasted Coconut is one I'm listing next because apparently it's another "rock star" coffee.  Reviewers love this one.  Repeatedly, people say it's light and smooth.  Not overbearing, the coconut flavor is there but you have to reach for it.  Adding a sweetener or flavored creamer to the coffee brings out the toasted coconut.

 
  • Always fresh roasted never pulled from stock
  • Christopher bean quality
  • One of our most popular flavored coffees
  • 100% Arabica coffee beans
  • Kosher pareve

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I'm going to cheat just a little bit with this one.  Not just a 'coconut' coffee - it's a Coconut Caramel Crunch Coffee - and 460 reviewers (to date) are raving about it.  I've not had this one, but apparently it's so popular you can even get t-shirts with the coffee image on them.


Kauai Coffee Coconut Caramel Crunch Ground, 10 Ounce
  • Our most popular flavored coffee
  • Touch of coconut, caramel and macadamia nut
  • Delectable blend with a touch of whimsy and always bold character makes this a true Hawaiian treat
  • 100% premium Arabica coffee
  • 100% Grown, Harvested, Roasted and Packaged in the USA



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Time to add some k-cups into the mix, yes?
This is a product I have tried, I have bought and I believe even posted about at some point in the past few years.  It's not a coffee I continued to purchase and don't purchase regularly, but take that with a grain of salt.  If you read my site often you know I'm a fan of strong, hot, black coffee.  I don't go for 'flavored' very often and when I do it's either in the heat of summer as an iced coffee or in the raging winter, with a snowstorm brewing out my window.  I am also on the fence about the Green Mountain brand in general.  There are a few of their coffee varieties I absolutely love and a couple I can't stand.  Typical with all coffee really.  But it's summer time, it's hot, and if you are looking for a k-cup of Island Coconut, I think it's worth trying yourself.




Product Description
Indulge your senses with this delightfully fragrant, tropical taste treat. We've captured the lush aroma of freshly grated coconut - fruity, fresh, exotic - and blended it with the subtle sweetness of a lightly-roasted, Central American coffee. The result is as refreshing as it is unexpected.


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Last but not least - not least at all - is the Dunkin' Donuts brand Coconut.  This is one I have bought numerous times as my go-to brand of coconut coffee in the summer to make into an iced coffee.  If you have tried the Dunkin' Donuts flavored coffee then you probably know they are good.  There are many, many different flavors but finding them locally is a seasonal treasure hunt!  Right now you might be able to find this at your local grocery store - if not, you can always order it online.



Dunkin' Donuts Coconut Flavored Coffee 11oz
  • Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee (2 pack)
  • Coconut flavored coffee 11 ounces
  • Toasted Almond flavored coffee 11 ounces
  • 100% Premium Arabica Coffee


I'm going to go one step further with this one.  Many people like to brew this coconut coffee half and half with other coffees as it's a really great mixer blend.  Dunkin Donuts knows this and one of the pre-packaged duo's they offer is the coconut and toasted almond.  YUM!   Check it out: Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee Coconut and Toasted Almond (2 Pack) 11oz Each














7.01.2015

5 myths and misunderstandings surrounding coffee

Tonight I decided to check out some of the draft files and 'coffee' files I had sitting around gathering dust in my laptop.  I found part of an article I saved in my files last summer 2014, because it had 5 coffee myths - some of which I knew already but thought it would be a great idea to get the word 'out' there to other coffee affectionatos. 

Chris Vigilante, owner of DC-based Vigilante Coffee Co., fully admits that he originally got into coffee as a way to avoid the real world and elude the dreaded cubicle job. But what started as a long stretch of slackerdom while surfing in Hawaii has turned him into something of a java superstar among those who know coffee in DC.

“It’s a great time to be in coffee and have people appreciate it,” says Vigilante. “We’ve never had access to great coffee like we do now. It’s pretty damn similar to pot, wine or beer.”



Here are five myths and misunderstandings surrounding coffee that Vigilante would like to see debunked once and for all:

1. The freezer is best: “Everyone thinks they should store it in the freezer. It’s actually kind of the opposite. You can grow mold on the coffee if moisture builds up - and you don’t want to be drinking mold.”

2. Dark roast = more caffeine = more flavor: “Everyone thinks dark-roasted coffee has more caffeine. It’s the opposite - you actually roast out the caffeine when you heat it. The higher the temperature, the more you’re burning out the caffeine. I think people associate the stronger taste of the coffee with the higher caffeine content.”

3. Espresso is a bean: “It’s a process, not a type of coffee. You can make any coffee bean into espresso [by grinding it finely and brewing it in the style of espresso]. Some beans are roasted specifically to be brewed into espresso, but there’s no espresso bean.”

4. Coffee should be cheap: “Coffee is a commodity that's already undervalued, as far as I’m concerned. A lot of times farmers can’t make ends meet with the market price of coffee. Vigilante pays well above the market price for our raw green beans, and we pay based on quality - but it shows up in the cup. Consumers are used to paying low dollar, but that’s unsustainable. We’re eventually not going to grow enough coffee to supply everyone.”

5. Italians rule the coffee scene: “Everyone thinks Italians are the top dogs in coffee, and that’s not the case anymore. For Vigilante Coffee, we look to Japan, Australia and New Zealand for examples in the coffee industry. If you go to Japan or Australia, it will really blow your mind where they’ve taken the level of their coffee culture. The culture of Italy is more about quantity.”







6.30.2015

Product Review: Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster


I received this product to try in exchange for my honest opinion thanks to BzzAgent and Paula's Choice Skincare.

Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster is a thick, clear liquid that looks like water and has no scent or color so it can easily be applied by itself or mixed with your favorite moisturizer. It's a 'plumper' so it hydrates and smooths fine lines. 

I have been using it now for a few weeks and honestly love it.  No horrible smell, no need to wash my fingers of fake colors after applying it and I can put it on any time of day - it's easy so I've been able to continuously use it without forgetting or putting it off because of the smell, color, time of day, mixture with other products, etc.

The hyaluronic acid binds with skin to hold in moisture and plump up wrinkles while hydrating and reinforcing your skin’s barrier function.


Product Information:
What’s great about the liqui-gel treatment is that it can be applied directly to skin or mixed with any serum, moisturizer (without SPF) or eye cream to increase that product’s hydrating and smoothing properties. It can also be used before or after AHA or BHA exfoliants, retinol treatments and other anti-aging products.
  • The formula is suitable for all skin types — even breakout prone skin
  • Like all Paula’s Choice Skincare products, the ingredients in this formula are proven effective by published, scientific research
  • It’s also 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, with no added dyes or irritants






Product Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Adenosine, Cholesterol, Panthenol, Silanetriol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.














I've been using it primarily around my eyes and between my brows and feel my 'fine' wrinkles around my eyes are less noticeable.

The Paula's Choice skincare line isn't too badly priced, especially if you are using the code PRBZZ20 at checkout for 20% off, (plus you get free shipping) at PaulasChoice.com. 








6.23.2015

Coffee Donations to our US Troops Serving Honorably All Around the World: Donating Coffee to our Soliders (Boca Java)



This morning I was sipping my coffee and thinking about what 'coffee' themed post would be good for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  As I brainstormed in my head, I remembered a coffee company that donated coffee to our troops when you purchased a bag.  (I actually did a sponsored post for them back in 2006 or 2007 in which they sent me a coffee mug and a hat and a bag of coffee. That's how I originally heard about them!) This is not a sponsored post though.  

I did a quick web search and found they are still in business, have grown quite a bit in the last 10 years and are still donating coffee to our troops.

Since 2005, Boca Java and loyal customers have donated over 8.1 MILLION cups of gourmet coffee to our U.S. Troops serving honorably all around the world.  It's a 'matching' program, meaning: They match each bag donated by customers.

From their website:  Information about the 'Send Coffee to the Troops' program:
  • Why did Boca Java start this program?

  • In Oct 2003, one of the troops in Iraq contacted us requesting a coffee donation. The letter went on to explain there were many things the troops have to go without, but a few things, like a good cup of coffee would really be appreciated.

    We mailed out several boxes and received a nice email back in Nov 2003 that showed us how much they appreciated it. From that point forward, we have been sending regular shipments to the troops and we continue to get tremendous feedback on how much they appreciate it.

    In 2005, we expanded our donation program to invite our customers to send an 8 oz bag of coffee to the troops. The program has been such an overwhelming positive experience for both our military serving honorably overseas, and for us internally as a company; and the results speak for themselves. Over 7.9 Million Cups Served!

  • How do you get the troops addresses that you ship to?

  • We get them through a variety of sources. We have established an amazing professional relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO). Professional military personnel, friends, spouses and extended families of troops, will often email us directly. Troops that have previously received coffee, will often request it again when they get re-deployed.

    In addition, we started asking our customers to send us addresses for any troops that are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other active areas overseas. To send us an address of a troop that would appreciate some coffee, make a donation of at least one bag of coffee and you will be prompted for an address after you check out. Please make sure the address you provide is complete, verified and current. We will do our best to honor the shipping address requested but cannot guarantee which unit/base it will go to.

  • Do any troops qualify?

  • Any troops that are active in any of our branches of service qualify.

  • If I provide you an address of a troop, will you guarantee a shipment?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot ship coffee to a specific troop location. We have partnered with the USO and, per their requirements, we send all troop coffee donations directly to them. The USO re-distributes to active duty soldiers around the World.

  • How do you ship?

  • We ship through a variety of methods, depending the shipment's timing, size and destination. Fresh roasted troop coffee can leave the roastery in cases, pallets, and truck loads. For smaller military coffee drops, we ship through the United States Postal System using priority mail so they get it quickly. We only ship to valid and current APO and FPO addresses.

  • How do you know if the shipping address is valid?

  • We require an email address for every APO/FPO shipping address we receive. We send the troop an email asking them to verify their shipping address and to let us know how many troops are in their unit. The number of troops helps us determine how many bags to send.

  • How many bags of coffee do you send to each troop?

  • The number of troops in a unit determines how many boxes we send. Most addresses we ship 3 - 5 boxes (over 5,000 - 10,000 cups) and replenish the supply when they contact us letting us know it is out.

  • What type of coffee do you send?

  • We typically send a variety of ground coffee, including medium-roasted, dark-roasted and flavored (all in regular and decaf).

  • Can I specify the type of coffee I want to send?

  • Not at the moment but if that is an important concern, send us an email through Contact Us and it will be forwarded to our program coordinator. Please include ''COFFEE FOR TROOPS'' in the subject line.

  • Do you only donate coffee to the troops?

  • No, in addition to our great gourmet coffees, we have also donated our hand picked loose leaf teas, delicious gourmet hot cocoas, chai lattes, coffee grinders, mugs, coffee makers and more.

  • Is my donation tax deductable?

  • Unfortunately, at this time, your donation does not qualify as being tax deductable.

  • Does Boca Java make money on this program?

  • No. Boca Java does not profit from this program. We are doing this to show our support of our troops and give them a taste of home while they are making the sacrifices to protect us and be away from their families. We purchase, roast, pack, ship and manage the program and all logistics associated with providing consumable products for our military.


Visit Boca Java for more information.







You might also be interested in some patriotic coffee mugs or color books;
Color Your Own Patriotic Posters (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Old Glory American Flag Stoneware Pottery Mug, 14-ounce, Red, White + Blue
Stars & Stripes American Flag Ceramic Coffee Mug Cup

   




*Note:  I especially love the middle mug - the rustic, stoneware pottery mug.  Just FYI - 

  • Individually handmade on the potter's wheel in the USA
  • The Old Glory Collection celebrates the symbols of our American flag with contemporary shapes, muted colors, and a rustic handmade style
  • Permanent finish that is lead-free, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe
  • Holds approximately 14 ounces

6.22.2015

Dear Mom - thanks for putting up with a spoiled, ungrateful, messy, bratty child like my sibling. Love, Your Favorite (FUNNY COFFEE MUGS!)


This afternoon I'm taking a break and hanging out online looking up random things on Amazon.
I saw this and LOVE IT.
I'm thinking I should buy three of them; one for each of my kids.





Dear Mom: Thanks for putting up with a spoiled, ungrateful, messy, bratty child like my sibling... Love. Your favorite