5.31.2015

New to Me Product Review: Verena Street Coffee - Nine Mile Sunset

This morning I was lucky enough to discover a brand new to me coffee and I'm more than thrilled to chat about it Coffee Talking.  (NO this is not a paid review, when I talk 'coffee' it's usually purchased by ME, so you can be sure you are getting nothing but my own thoughts and opinions!)

First, I'd like to say that I had no idea this coffee existed until yesterday.  You see, it's only available in 700 stores in a small Midwestern state market (but you CAN order online).  If you live in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin, you might already but lucky enough to drink it.  Me?  I've lived all over the country but currently live far, far away in a distant galaxy...

I am visiting family in the Midwest and in order to not drink up all my host's coffee (hee hee) we made a trip to the local Sam's Club to purchase a box of k-cups.  While I was intending to just pick up a box of Starbucks Pike Place, I saw these;  Verena Street Coffee - and because it was new to me, I had to stop and read the box.    Looked good, so my host and I decided TWO boxes of coffee were in order, the standby Starbucks and the new Verena Street Coffee.

So, who IS Verena Street Coffee?

Here is from their website;

"Verena Street Coffee is named after the quiet neighborhood nestled in the Mississippi River valleys of Dubuque, Iowa where we grew up. Five houses lined this street and our extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents were our only neighbors.

In the early 2000s, Verena Street was removed for highway expansion. Erased by the progress of modern development, the narrow lane called “Verena Street” survives only in our memories. Today, countless cars pass over the spot where we once played on the swing set our grandfather built.

Hoping to recapture the excitement of our childhood, Verena Street lives on as the namesake of our craft roasted coffee. Although we can no longer walk down Verena Street, it is a place we can once again call home."

Verena Street Coffee Co. is a privately-held, family-owned organization founded in December, 2010.  They roast and package their coffee at their facility in Dubuque, Iowa. Verena Street Coffee can currently be found in over 700 grocery stores, club stores, warehouse stores and mass merchandisers in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and surrounding areas.

How does it taste?

  • Smooth!
  • NOT BURNT!  (This is a HUGE HUGE issue for me.)
  • No cigarette ash taste, beef bouillon taste, or weird aftertaste.

They manage to somehow work their magic to make a dark roast that is not burnt, harsh, smokey or bitter.

From their product description on Amazon;

  • Full-Bodied and complex dark roast with a rich but appealing roast character
  • 72 Capsules (6 Boxes)
  • For use in most Keurig K-Cup brewing Machines
  • 100% Arabica Coffee
  • 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Content

I honestly thought this was a new product all Sam's Clubs carried and was kind of excited when I saw it, as I figured it would be available at my local membership store back home.  After visiting their website I saw it was only in a limited market so I know it won't be in my home state.  However, it IS available through their website as well as Amazon.

I've linked below if you want to give it a try.

Well done, Verena Street Coffee!  Well done.


Products related to this post;
Verena Street Coffee Nine Mile Sunset Single Cup Capsule (72 Capsules)
Verena Street Coffee Nine Mile Sunset, 11oz. Whole Bean (pack of 3)
Verena Street Dark Roast Ground Coffee, Nine Mile Sunset, 11-Ounce (Pack of 6)


     







5.17.2015

Father's Day = Dads plus Coffee! (Coffee themed t-shirts for Dad!)


This morning I'm sipping my coffee, reading the news, when suddenly I think "Hmm. Father's Day is coming up" because until that second, I really hadn't thought about it. So I hopped over to Amazon to see what coffee themed t-shirts they have - because, believe it or not, I've never got him a coffee themed t-shirt before.  Beer yes.  Calvin and Hobbes yes. Coffee cups and coffee, yes.  But t-shirts?  Nope. 

And that my coffee loving friends, is how this mornings post came about.  

                                                     





Here is a list of the same shirts by funny coffee sayings;

Starbucks Junkee
No Talkie Before Coffee    
Coffee - The Most Important Meal of the Day
I Love Guns & Coffee T-Shirt
Drink Coffee Do Stupid Things Faster
Descendents
Coffee Lovers - Beans Front and Back
I Just Want to Drink Coffee, Create Stuff, and Sleep
Star Wars Coffee
Structural Formula-Coffee
Caffeine System



5.06.2015

Kuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone


Last week I did a couple collapsible coffee drip filters for being 'on the go' hiking, camping and what-not.  I said I had one more, then life got busy and I forgot to post it!  Sorry bout that one!  This is the Kuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone but you might also know it as the Cuissential brand as apparently they used to spell their name with a C but recently had to switch to the "k" spelling.

Why do I like this one?  The size mainly.  It's going to collapse down so it won't take up much space in your pack and it's also food safe, FDA approved so you don't have to worry about strange chemicals leeching into your morning coffee.

You can use a #4 or #2 filter, but I'd opt for a #2 Natural as the 4 is just a little big and you need to position it to get it to fit just right.  A #2 will slip right in.

The strength of your brew and how big of a mug you make is up to you.  You simply use as much grounds as you wish and pour through the amount of hot water you wish.  The end result will be as strong or weak as you like - or as you get used to it, you can play with amounts of each to see what brew is your favorite.

From their own description:
  • Brew delicious flavorful coffee without an expensive, bulky machine
  • Modern silicone design will last longer than more expensive glass/porcelain coffee drippers
  • Unlike cheaper plastic coffee drippers, silicone does not absorb odors or pass on chemical taste into your brew
  • Unique collapsible design saves tons of space and makes storage a breeze...Perfect for your RV, Camping, Glamping, and Office caffeine fix
  • Easily cleaned in your dishwasher or sink


Product Description
Are you having trouble getting a delicious, flavorful brew with your counter-top coffee machine? Need something portable for your Office, RV, or outdoor adventures? Tired of having to make a whole pot of coffee when all you want is one cup? Those days are over thanks to the Cuissential SlickDrip Coffee Dripper. Simply place the SlickDrip over your mug, set the paper filter, add coffee and boiling water, and your java fix will be satisfied within minutes. Thanks to its modern, FDA food-safe silicone design, the SlickDrip lasts much longer than more expensive acrylic, glass and ceramic versions. Also, unlike cheaper plastic drippers and counter-top coffee machines, silicone does not pass any odors or flavor into your coffee. Who likes plastic coffee??? For best results use a #4 or #2 coffee filter, which will keep loose grounds out of your mug. If you want more control over your coffee's flavor, and a more affordable, collapsible, alternative to glass and ceramic drippers, welcome the SlickDrip to your home. (Please note we have recently changed the spelling of our brand name from Cuissential to Kuissential. Everything else about us is staying the same. Sorry for the confusion!)

If anyone has this one, I'd love to hear from you and hear your thoughts too! 


5.02.2015

Over a dozen awesome coffee mugs for Mom for Mother's Day - from sweet to sarcastic, witty to religious

Because I've been so busy with house projects and travel schedules, I completely blew off the fact that next weekend is Mother's Day - so I'm making up for it this morning by taking the time to find a dozen awesome coffee mugs to post; but then decided to do a baker's dozen instead, because I hate being so typical.  So, thirteen it is.

All of these mugs are pretty darn affordable too - and I noticed when I was researching them, most offered free shipping!  Gotta love free shipping!


Hallmark Coffee Mug Fabulous


Abbey Press Mom Coaster Mug

Super Mom 14 oz Coffee Mug/cup with Bow on Handle Gift Boxed



World's Okayest Mom Coffee Mug - 11 Oz Mug - Mother's Day Nice Motivational And Inspirational Office Gift


Big Mouth Toys Toilet Mug


Pavilion Gift Company 14115 I Love You Mom Latte Mug, 18oz,, Mom Love


I'm Trying To Be Awesome 11oz Ceramic Coffee Mug Cup


I Love how we don't even need to say it loud that I'm your favorite child - Coffee Mug © By Heaven Creations 11 oz -Funny Inspirational and sarcasm, mom, dad


Funny Mug - Dear Mom: Thanks for putting up with a bratty child... Love. Your favorite - 11 OZ Coffee Mugs - Funny Inspirational and sarcasm - By A Mug To Keep TM


Our Name Is Mud 'Mom The Original' Mug by Lorrie Veasey, 4.5-Inch


Pavilion Mark My Words Mother Mug, 17-Ounce, 4-3/4-Inch


  I'm A Mom, What's Your SuperPower?" 12oz Coffee Mug Great Gift for Mother

  Mom Porcelain Blue Coffee Tea Mug Cup 18oz Gift Box Holds Childs Hands...Hearts