Different

Written by Amber on November 28, 2010 – 3:13 pm -

My husband & I both drink coffee. But we do NOT like our coffee the same! I can tolerate coffee much stronger than he can. He doesn’t like strong coffee at all.

This morning I had one more scoop of coffee beans left in the bottom of the bag so I went ahead and added them to the grinder, knowing it would make the coffee stronger but I did it anyway. OH MY GOODNESS I wish you could have seen the look on his face! It’s actually quite funny, the faces he makes.

What’s also funny is that I used to think that I didn’t like strong coffee, either. And I still think that coffee from fast food restaurants is way too strong. But the difference is that now I just add more sugar and cream and drink it anyway. 😉


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Happy Birthday to Meeee

Written by Amber on September 1, 2010 – 9:47 pm -


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Well, not yet. My birthday is coming up in a few days though. So why am I singing? Because I got an email today saying that my next Gevalia shipment is shipping out. Perfect timing! I’ll be getting some more Antico Greco, Breakfast Blend and French Roast. Three of my favorites. (Actually all four of the European blends are favorites, with Cafe Sperl at the top and Antico Caffe Greco #2.) So happy birthday to me! Have some coffee – Why thank you, I think I will. 😉


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The Decaf is Coming!

Written by Amber on June 21, 2010 – 4:07 pm -


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I’m not a “coffee for the caffeine” drinker. Well, not always. SOMETIMES. But most of the time, I drink it for the flavor, for the aroma.

So sometimes I crave coffee in the evening. Or at night. Those times when it would be less than convenient to down a cup (or two) because after all.. there IS caffeine in it.

So. I did what any fine coffee lover does. I ordered decaf. In less than a week, 3 boxes of Gevalia decaf will be shipped to my door. I’m most looking forward to trying the Creme Brulee. Just the name sounds delicious. Here’s hoping. =)


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I’m thinking about *Shudder* … DECAF

Written by Amber on April 23, 2010 – 11:07 pm -

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I can’t believe I just said the D-word. But it’s true. I’m one of those people. One of the ones who drink coffee for the taste of it, not it’s caffeine benefits. Or at least… not ONLY.

However.. one can’t just go chugging coffee at nine o’clock at night just because the taste buds have a craving!

Which leads me back to the decaf coffee. I’m thinking about keeping decaf on hand so I can drink coffee later in the day but not stay up all night.

I’m just wondering.. does that make me MORE or LESS of an addict?? 😉

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Review: CoffeeMate Eggnog Creamer

Written by Amber on April 13, 2010 – 8:00 am -

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Eggnog. Coffee. Two great beverages in life. Could this be the best flavor combination ever? Or a really bad idea??

I’ll admit I really wasn’t sure which way it would go, when my grandmother gave me a free bottle of CoffeMate Eggnog creamer last month. (The eggnog flavor is one of their seasonal flavors that’s only available during certain times of the year.) So it was with a big of skepticism and a smidge of anticipation that I opened it up and gave it a whirl that first time. How bad could it be?

I’ll be honest – it wasn’t great. That first cup of coffee, I added waaaaay too much coffee creamer for that strong of a flavor. I didn’t realize how potent it was going to be. And though I love the flavor of eggnog, the truth is that the eggnog flavor was buried under something almost woody. It was almost like the flavor was “Christmas tree with a hint of eggnog.” Truly.

Never one to give in easily (especially when it comes to eggnog) I gave it another try the next day. I used half the amount I did the day before. Better. Much. But still piney. (It may have been cinnamon? But it was more like: “here, use this pine branch as your stir stick.”)

Now don’t get me wrong… I really wanted this to work. What can I say? I like eggnog. I gave it a third shot, and I used even less. The woody flavor was tolerable, but the eggnog flavor wasn’t as strong as I’d have liked. Still, it wasn’t bad.

Actually, it was good enough that I used the entire bottle. In the end though, I’d have to say that I probably wouldn’t spend my money on it in the future. (Not unless they came out with an improved version.) Especially since there are other flavors I like so much better.

However, if you like woody, earthy flavors (I don’t) you might actually love it!

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It’s Bean A While…

Written by Amber on November 16, 2009 – 8:48 am -

I mentioned before that I can’t find whole coffee beans at our local stores. Over the weekend I drove 30 minutes to the next town for a Wal-Mart run and while I was over there I checked out their HEB grocery store. Since I did accidentally order ground coffee instead of whole beans on my Gevalia order, I thought I would check out their coffee selection while I was there.

Whole beans!

Need I say more?

However, I still goofed a little, with the press of the Saturday shoppers on a payday weekend and three children in tow who get restless if I pause to peruse a label for too long, I inadvertantly bought decaf beans. *rolls eyes* The decaf label is tiny and I overlooked it at first glance. Oh, well, I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have a decaf option. Now I can justify having coffee in the evening, right? 😉

I can’t tell you how good it smelled when I opened the bag. Like the chef in Ratatouille who is taken back to a moment from his childhood with a single bite of the ratatouille, the smell of the beans was delicious, so familiar, like a long lost friend. If you’ve never bought whole bean coffee, it smells different before it’s ground. It really does!

And now my coffee pot is done brewing, the wonderful aroma fills the house. Time to sit & enjoy a cup. MMmmm… the end really does justify the beans!


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