Starbucks offers this weekend only....

I've been so busy with the relocation, moving, and all the problems that have plagued us since arriving that I've not had the time to post some of the Christmas holiday COFFEE offers that are surrounding us!  This morning I'm on the tail end of some great Starbucks offers and wanted to pass them along.

To get the special offers you text MERRY to 697289 to have offers sent to your phone. (Message and data rates may apply)

December 10:
Tazo® Tea Sampler or Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Gift Pack Sampler $12.95 (regular price $16.95-19.95) 12/10/2011 only. Quantities limited.
December 11:
Holiday Boxed Mugs $6.95 (regular price $9.95) 12/11/2011 only. Quantities limited.
December 12:
Free brewed coffee during the month of January 2012 When you purchase and use this 16 oz tumbler. $19.95 (over $70 value) 12/12/2011. Quantities limited. Restrictions apply. See tumbler hangtag/insert for details.
Text MERRY to 697289 to have offers sent to your phone.

Free Torani Flavored Syrups to.....

Judy AND nimrodiel!

On this particular blog I have enough coupons for free Torani Syrup to send you BOTH a freebie! A full sized bottle of whichever flavor you choose at your local merchant. (If you lived close to me I'd hand deliver a bottle of Peppermint Syrup as I already owned one full bottle I bought and they sent me another!). Oh well, mint everything in December, from homemade mint ice cream to mint hot cocoa! LOL.

I need a mailing address to send the coupons to. Please email me.

Would you like a splash of flavored syrup with your coffee? Enter to win!

Contest Closed!

The number one flavored syrup in America is Torani and they have over 100 flavors to entice you with!  (They offer sugar free versions too!)

This week I enjoyed a free bottle of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup compliments of and Torani Flavored Syrups.  While great in coffee, I personally love it even better in cooking.  From desserts to fruits, flavored soda's to oatmeal.  Have fun finding new ways to use it.   You can order from the vast choices online at with a special code to save 10% (use offer code "shespeaks") but I've also got a bottle (free coupon) to give out to one lucky Coffee Talking reader for free!

A splash of syrup and a dash of milk for an amazing coffeehouse style drink or perhaps an Italian Soda?  The choice is yours.  Comment below with your favorite flavor (make sure your email is linked to your user name or you leave it for me, or else I won't be able to get a hold of you!).  I will draw one random winning email/name next Monday, November 21, 2011 at 12:noon.  If you prefer to email me your comment and name (and not post it on the website) you can do that too.  All entries will be created equal. 

Regular Flavors Available from their website:
  • Vanilla
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • French Vanilla
  • Irish Cream
  • Syrup Dispensing Pump
  • Almond Roca®
  • Amaretto
  • Apple
  • Bacon
  • Black Currant
  • Blackberry
  • Blood Orange
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon
  • Butter Pecan
  • Butter Rum
  • Butterscotch
  • Cane Sweetener
  • Caramel
  • Chai Tea Spice
  • Cheesecake
  • Cherry Lime
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Bianco
  • Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Mac Nut
  • Chocolate Milano
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Cinnamon
  • Classic Caramel
  • Classic Hazelnut
  • Classic Root Beer
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Crème Caramel
  • Crème de Banana
  • Crème de Cacao
  • Crème de Menthe
  • Cupcake
  • English Toffee
  • French Vanilla
  • Gingerbread
  • Grape
  • Green Apple
  • Guava
  • Hazelnut
  • Honey Vanilla
  • Huckleberry
  • Irish Cream
  • Italian Eggnog
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Mango
  • Maple
  • Orange
  • Orgeat (Almond)
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peach
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peppermint
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Raspberry
  • Red Raspberry
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • Salted Caramel
  • Shortbread
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Tiramisu
  • Toasted Marshmallow
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Vanilla
  • Watermelon

My Island Coconut Coffee Update

Remember my post last weekend when I ordered 7 boxes of coffee?  They were delivered yesterday!  Yeah!  I was so excited to try them, so the first one I brewed last night was the one I had been thinking about since I placed the order;  Island Coconut.   I first tested the aroma.  I put it in the Keurig and punctured the top, opened the brewer lid and inhaled.

Eh.  Not much to write home about.  I guess based on the reviews I was expecting a nice, deep, rich aroma.  Not so much.

I brewed and and inhaled.  Still not impressed.  Oh, I could smell a hint of coconut in there, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

I tasted.  It was a very typical flavored coffee.  The hint of coconut was there, hidden beneath a little bit of bitterness.  Many times you have to add a bit of sweetness to bring out the flavor in coffees so I added a bit of sugar free almond syrup.  Sipped.  Nothing.  Added 1/2 packet of Splenda.  It brought out the flavor a little more but I realized the coffee reviews are only as good as the reviewers.  Many had exclaimed about the rich flavor of coconut coming through and others said it was dull.  I guess each to their own!

I thought it was "fine" but not outstanding.

Later that evening I brewed it over ice.  Using a cup full of ice and the 6 oz. setting I brewed it over ice and added splenda and vanilla.  I think it was better this way than hot brewed, but only just.

In the end I think the Island Coconut is fine and 'good' but don't expect the flavor to be a burst of island goodness.  Instead, think;  typical flavored coffee.  Ok but not anything unexpectedly good.

Movie and a Cup of Coffee?

This morning coffee started out with Dark Magic k-cups, but because they are expensive, I only allow myself 2 (sometimes 3... LOL) before I switch to the My k-cup and fill it with my own ground coffee.  So now I'm sipping Italian Roast Starbucks.  Pretty tasty.

You'll note a guest post or two on my blog.  I'm offered to post these with the understanding that I don't write them or edit them, I just post for other companies and/or people and I earn a few bucks for it.  I'm all for a couple extra bucks in my pocket so I do my best to look over the offers and see if there are any that match the topic of my websites.  I couldn't find any about coffee but figured as long as the topics and posts wouldn't be detrimental to my site at all, I'd post them.  I'll always let you know in the first line that it's a guest (paid) post though so you know I'm making a couple bucks by placing it there even though it's not my writing (which is pretty obvious if you actually read them). 

Dan in Real LifeAlthough I don't watch television and I can't sit long enough in front of one to watch a movie, I do enjoy watching movies on my laptop.  It allows me to easily multi-task.  I usually have 2 windows open;  one for the movie and one for reading the news or doing something else at the same time.   I typically go for horror and Sci-fi but last night I went for a drama/comedy instead.   "Dan in Real Life" was surprisingly good for being a movie I had never heard of before even though I think it came out in 2007? 

It wasn't a typical guy-comedy with over the top crude humor but it wasn't a chick-flick either.  Dan in Real Life is about a single father who meets a woman in a bookstore and instantly they hit it off.  After sharing coffee, a muffin and conversation, she gets a phone call that reminds her that she has to leave as she was on her way to visit her new boyfriend and his family.  She hurries off and Dan hurries back to the family home as well, only to find that the girl he has fallen in love with is his brothers new girlfriend.  This is where the comedy comes in as they struggle to pretend they don't already know each other and spend the weekend with the large, extended family.

For this zombie-loving girl, what a surprise to like a drama/comedy so much!

Anyway... I'm off to throw in a load of laundry, get dressed for the day, change the sheets and do other mundane tasks that are vying for my attention.  Have a great day all!

Update to my "STUPID ADS" post below....

I'm not sure I even need to offer any sort of explanation as to why these are two of the stupidest ads ever.....

One Odd Trick to Stay Asleep All Night???

If you've read any major news source in the past month you may have noticed the ads on the side of the pages and one in particular that I notice and started to make fun of is always titled;  One Odd Trick to Stay Asleep All Night.

What caught my eye was the stupid photos they put with it.  Photo's that have NOTHING to do with what the ad is for.  They always put big chested females trying to look sexy on the ads.


What do big chested females trying to look sexy have to do with trying to stay asleep all night?

Look at my big chest!
I got it from getting a good nights sleep!?

Let's fix each others hair while sitting half
dressed in a field!  This will show people how
to get a good nights sleep!

Those are just three that I print screen saved but others are similar... including one of two females sitting on a bed, barely clothed.

OMG.  Do they have 17 year old males writing these ads???  Because I'm NOT looking at those pictures and thinking to myself;  "Wow, they look like they got a good sleep last night!"

And for the record, I've never once clicked on their stupid ads either!  Ha.

Update:  Don't forget to check out how posing sexy with a bunny rabbit can help you sleep all night.

An alert NOT to purchase Grove Square brand Coffee for Keruig... it is terrible INSTANT coffee

Grove Square coffee for Keurig is NOT ACTUALLY REAL GROUND COFFEE!  Don't waste your money!!!

Yesterday I chose to visit Super Walmart so I could get household items and groceries in the same stop.  While shopping quickly to fill my cart I needed coffee for my Keurig and quickly scanned the choices that said "Dark Roast"  or "Bold Roast" on the box.  While I was happy to grab "Dark Magic" by Green Mountain, I spied a 'new to me' brand I hadn't noticed before;  Grove Square.

Cute box design with an old fashioned feel of nostalgia, it said on the box it was for Keurig brewers and was 'Deep Roast'.  I put it in the cart but noticed it felt lighter then the Dark Magic.  I compared the two, noted to my daughter that it felt funny, it rattled a little and was lighter.  She felt it as well.  I thought they packaged it wrong and perhaps only put 12 cups in instead of 18?  But checking three other boxes, they were all lighter.  Odd.  But glancing at the packaging it looked just like all the other K-cups we've bought and it was one of the few offered by our Super Walmart Coffee Aisle that said it was a DARK roast (verses the breakfast blends, medium roasts, decaf and light roasts).

In a hurry, I threw it in and went on.

Last night I was ready to relax with a cup of coffee and an old Doris Day movie for some 'me' time.  I brewed the Grove Square and smelled it.

It looked and smelled like...  INSTANT coffee.

Oh no.

That explains it.  The lightness of the box.  The rattling sound.

I got the box out to see if it said INSTANT on it.

It did not.

In VERY small print it said it was micro-roasted and it was soluble.

That was the ONLY clue that what I spend $$$ on and what I bought was a cheap imitation.

No one in their right mind would buy instant coffee for Keurig.  The fact that Keurig brews one cup at a time in a minute makes it almost like having 'instant' coffee only it's freshly brewed REAL coffee.

I checked out the maker of this product and it RIPS OFF 'REAL' foods for a living!  They have a 'quick' and cheap website thrown up just as fast as what they explain their business is... will tell you on their homepage their business is;

"....  Sturm Foods is committed to innovate and rapidly introduce new products..."    Catch those tags?  Innovate and rapidly introduce new products.  In other words;  see what is hot in the market and then quickly make a FAKE product that LOOKS like the real thing in order to screw over as many people as we possibly can in as short amount of time as we can before someone sues us.  (Which I've read online this morning that Keurig is attempting to do!).

If you WANT instant coffee, purchase the little jar of Instant Folgers or even Via by Starbucks, but for heaven's sake, don't waste your money like I did!

Newman's Own K-cups for Keurig - a Blend of Medium and Dark Roast Beans

I was sipping Neuman's coffee this morning and noticed that overnight our trees have gotten green buds on them.  I was so excited!  (Just this week we had snow again.)

I took a freshly brewed cup of coffee and headed out to the backyard patio and sat on a bench in the warm breeze and enjoyed a nice, quiet morning.  I wanted to share it with my husband so I called him at work and he had me put the cellphone up to my coffee mug so he could inhale the aroma and enjoy the moment with me.  LOL.

A hearty, full-bodied blend of medium and dark roasts. Bold yet refined. Strong, yet smooth. A Fair Trade Certified, organic coffee that tastes great and the chance to make a difference.

Not sure if I like this trend or not... Starbucks inside my local funeral home?

With a coffee themed blog you know I couldn't resist a headline that told me a funeral home was now a Starbucks coffee stop!  Sure enough - this from AOL News;  Owners of a funeral home in a Dallas suburb have taken their customer-service concept to another level: They now sell Starbucks coffee.

Visitors to the mortuary making arrangements for loved ones can now have a macchiato instead of the ordinary cup of joe.

Turrentine Morrow Jackson Funeral Home, a family-owned business that has been operating in McKinney since 1945, opened a coffee shop in February as part of a building upgrade.

"Our clients have been spoiled by Starbucks," co-owner Terry Turrentine Irby told AOL News. The funeral home staff had always provided free coffee to clients as part of their hospitality, Irby said, but customers were becoming more discriminating in their coffee preferences.

"They are used to having custom types of coffee. We've had customers ask us where the nearest Starbucks was," Irby said. "We finally felt it would be OK to extend this type of service to our customers. It fits our philosophy of having everything you need at one location."

Now even regulars from the neighborhood are beginning to stop by for coffee just because they like the atmosphere, Irby said.

The coffee shop does not carry the Starbucks name, but the funeral home owners acquired a license from the company to use its brewing equipment and sell its specialty drinks. The familiar green logo is posted on the coffee menu board that hangs on the wall.

The coffee shop is located in the recently renovated south end of the building next to the gift and flower shops, which are also part of the expansion. The area resembles a tastefully appointed hotel lobby. While there is a display of grave markers near the entryway of the coffee shop, the more sobering reminders of the funeral home -- where services take place and the room where caskets are on display -- are on the other side of the building.

That was by design, Irby said. "This is the happy environment; here is where customers should be able to find comfort and peace."

One customer from New Mexico, who was in town to attend her grandmother's funeral, wasn't expecting to see a Starbucks-themed coffee shop inside the funeral home. But the familiar green logo was a signal that she was likely to find the vanilla Frappuccino she purchases regularly at the Starbucks in her neighborhood.

"I first thought it was odd," said Kyla Jeffries, 17, who was seated at one of the tables with a younger sister and cousin as they waited for her parents, who were busy on the other side making funeral arrangements. "But I like it. It's pretty soothing to be able to have a drink here."

For employees like Freida Rose, the coffee shop is a far more pleasant venue to relax in than the back room where employees brewed java with varying degrees of success.

"This gives us a choice," said Rose, part of the clerical staff. "I didn't used to drink coffee, but I really like this."