Confetti Coffee Review: Great Value Coffee Brand

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I am just a girl with big dreams and big coffee cups to fill. In the midst of dreams coming true you have to cut back on some things. Save some money. But you NEVER cut your coffee! Instead, you find an inexpensive brand that will hold up to the quality of the brand (or brands in my case), you like.

This is my first try of the Great Value Breakfast Blend. A very, very light roasted, toasty smell when you open the package. It’s not strong (as it’s a breakfast blend, but with some brands you can smell the light roasted coffee upon opening it) and you barely notice the smell as it begins to brew if you are not standing right next to the coffee pot. Every now and then when I am brewing, depending on how many cups, it can give off a strong bitter smell (if that makes sense). It’s normal. This is the only time I can smell the coffee brewing from a distance. (More cups, stronger smell).

Arabica beans, once brewed, have a mild chocolaty taste with a hint of caramel finish and a bit of bitterness on the end. This is of course without any creamer (I know you see my Carmel Macchiato creamer by International Delight!). So imagine this coffee enhanced with a bit of caramel creamer. Delicious. Note, not everyone tastes caramel with this bean.

Overall, on my scale of 5 coffee cups, I give this brand 2.5 coffee cups. In a pinch it’s worth the purchase. Drinking this coffee without creamer or sugar, I didn’t catch the hint of caramel but, I did get the chocolaty and slightly bitter taste. If you are looking for a decent bang of coffee for your buck this would be it. Especially, of you were buying a large container for the office or an event.

~Nikki

Smokey Row Coffee Co. Oskaloosa

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We pull into Oskaloosa, Iowa late night on a drive from Memphis, TN and suddenly I perk up as we cruise down Market Street. What’s that? A coffee house? I will be back in the morning!

We were only in Iowa overnight as I rode with my brother to pick up my nephew from William Penn. We stayed at my second family’s house which is a home away from home. I went to “my” room and once I was underneath “my quilt” I was fast asleep. After getting ready the next morning I headed to this coffee house. It is huge with plenty of room, coffee, and uniqueness. I was overwhelmed and I am sure everyone knew I was a tourist as I snapped pictures of everything. The service was fast and as friendly as one could be on a Saturday morning. The hustle hand yet to bustle but, all of that changed as it neared 9:30 a.m.

Caramel flavored coffee was my choice and what a delicious blend! The caramel was subtle and not overpowering. I like to be able to taste my coffee and flavor at the same time. Each table in the shop is different, nostalgic and coffee related. I thought that was so cute!

And the menu…Breakfast all day, Lunch, Dessert, Kids Menu, Dinner…you name it! It was better than a Starbucks (No shade! I still love you Starbucks). It wasn’t carbon copy and I love the sunlight coming through the huge windows and so many places to go within. A parlor-ish feel for a coffee place is really different. I like different. A book vault? Upstairs? A stage for lets say…a live local band? Yes. All of that and more.

Fancy that. I purchased a mint green mug and a sconce. I eyed a big hunk of tiramisu but, decided next time and by next time I mean fall. I hope to be able to linger a bit longer with laptop in tow and just enough space for lunch and a milkshake. I am sure I can walk those calories off in the square.

~Nikki

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Coffee Connoisseur Review #5: Gevalia Kaffee Special Reserve Costa Rica

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I almost want to replace my long time standing morning coffee brand with this one! The only thing that is stopping me is I am on a strict budget! However, I have decided to compromise. I will savor this coffee as my official “Weekend Coffee.” Ah yes, brilliant! A win-win for everyone!

Sharp, crisp, sweet, and rich in flavor. Medium body. The aroma fills the house. Course ground. I may be partial since I have some sort of a obsession with visiting Costa Rica. I can assure you the partiality would not be enough to affect my pockets. The coffee is 7.99 in my area (Memphis, TN.) and worth every single penny plus tax!

5 cups for flavor and taste

5 cups for aroma (filling my little kitchen)

5 cups for price (because it is worth it for the 1lb bag)

Normally what I paid for this bag I can get a tub for my morning very good morning regular. I play to try more of their special reserves.

~Nikki

 

 

Coffee Connoisseur Review #4: Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend

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When I opened up the package you could smell an intense nutty blend and even after pleasantly waffling through the kitchen, for a light roast, you could still smell the distinct aroma. I wondered if it would have the same taste and it did. But, softer for a light roast blend (guess that’s why it’s light roast huh? lol). It was very good!  This is, as you can see, #TheFreshMarket ‘s Just Jo Brand. This is a sample and I can tell I will purchase the regular size.

5 cups for flavor

5 cups for taste

5 cups for the price of a sample bag

SIDE NOTE: Blue Mountain coffee has a blue green color in it’s original brew.

Coffee Connoisseur: Review #3 Community Coffee Private Reserve:Brazil Santos Bourbon

Oh. My. Coffee Beans! The Community Coffee’s Brazil  Santos Bourbon is as smooth as a good Bourbon and as flavorful, without being overpowering. When you pour it in your cup it’s the color of a good bourbon. Rich to the eyes. True to its medium dark roast with a bittersweet aftertaste. You know, like the bittersweet aftertaste you get from a dark chocolate. More of a semisweet than bittersweet in my opinion once you add your creamer and honey/sugar. (I always let you know I add 2 tsp of creamer and 1 tsp or 1 tbsp of honey). Yes you can smell the aroma when you open the package and it does slightly fill the kitchen with a light and airy smell. A hint of bourbon waffling through the house….ahhhh yes lol!

5 cups for flavor (bourbon)

5 cups for taste

6.49-8.99 a bag and worth it. 5 cups for price

Side Note: Chocolate and bourbon together is something you should try. Oh and the coffee was about this color when I poured it in my cup.

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Coffee Connoisseur: Review #2 Barissimo Donut Store Blend

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This is an inexpensive brand of coffee I found in the Aldi’s Chain Store. It’s 100% Arabica Coffee with No Artificial Colors or Flavors. It was $3.99 for a 120z. bag. This is a Light roast which is not bold but has a gentle tap verses a bold or dark coffee which gives a slap in the face or a kick in the throat as one of my friends recently said. She needs that kind of coffee!  ( I do too depending on my morning or night lol). So light and medium is the gentle wake up coffee. Did you know light and mild coffees are easier on the stomach if you have acid stomach problems? F.Y.I (For Your Information).

The aroma is very very light. It doesn’t waft through the house like a medium or bold coffee would. You smell it when you open the package and you can smell the light aroma when you are sipping.

However, the flavor delivers as a Arabica coffee would. It has a tang to it. I usually drink my coffee with two teaspoons of cream and a teaspoon of sugar or a tbsp of honey. Whenever I am reviewing a coffee I taste it without anything added then I fix it to my liking.

Overall I will give this brand 5 cups for price and a 3.75 cups for flavor.

~Nikki

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Please stay tuned for my Tea Time Reviews coming soon!

 

Coffee Review: Ugly Mug, First Cup Easy

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The Ugly Mug is a coffee brand roasted in Memphis, Tennessee. It is fair trade and organic. The Ugly Mug has its own personality that stands out on the package as you can see in the photos. This is my first time trying their brand and my daughter chose the First Cup Easy which may be considered a first cup of coffee in the morning for those of us who like to EASE into our mornings or for the weekenders that sleep in. You may not always need to swing from the chandeliers first thing sunrise 😊. I’d even consider it a late evening coffee as well.

It’s light-bodied, airy and has a clean taste. A beautiful brown with a gold tinge in the light. I call that “sunrise in my coffee pot.” Also, the aroma gently wafts through the air. If this coffee could speak, (stay with me), it would say “Good morning. Did you sleep well?” An Easy like Sunday Morning-Commodores type of vibe… And it is Sunday.

🍵🍵🍵🍵🍵 for being exactly what the package says it is.

 

 

You should know my daughter solely picked this coffee for me because she thinks this seems like something I’d say. Well. I never!!!!

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Spiced Coffee

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Obviously I just fell off the turnip truck 🚚 (a reference to ignorance). I never thought of adding cinnamon and nutmeg to my coffee 🍵 Until I discovered Spice Island drip coffee at the local shop Bedrock Market and Café on S.Main in Memphis,TN.

So, being the nerd I am, I looked up Island Spice and found the Saigon Cinnamon and Nutmeg. But, oh, my mind started to churn… What other spices could I sprinkle into my coffee? Mixes and matches which I prefer to call concoctions.

Well today I decided to just roll with cinnamon but, I’m looking into some other ideas I’ll share with you (Coffee) POT HEADS soon.

~Nikki

Coffee Connoisseur

 

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I am a coffee connoisseur. I don’t just drink coffee for the heck of it. It’s a ritual. Every one of us need some sort of morning routine before the busyness of the day unfolds. It gives us a sense of grounding. Coffee in the morning is a part of my “ME” time. After I open my eyes, give thanks, pray and get ready for the day, coffee and I watch the news. If it’s the weekend and I’m in my pajamas it’s usually reflection time. Hence my Saturday and Sunday Musings with coffee blogs. Coffee is a gathering of self for me. I’m always ready and willing to try different coffee from around the world and from local brewers. I’ve had geisha coffee in Panama. I’ve had Panama coffee. I’ve had coffee from Columbia in South Beach that was so strong it had me shaking after a few sips! They add a piece of chocolate 🍫 to the coffee. Anyways, it’s morning and I’m brewing a cup of my regular house brand. It’s the French Roast. I’m going to start a coffee review and information category under this blog. I’m going to call it COFFEE CONNOISSEUR.

~Nikki