Coffee Review: Community Coffee’s Evangeline Blend

September 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews, Coffee Travel Mug Reviews | 2 Comments
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We received this Evangeline Blend with a travel mug  from Community Coffee (www.communitycoffee.com)and we were looking forward to trying them out. Community Coffee is family owned and operated and has been doing business out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a little over ninety years.

The Evangeline Blend is described as an exclusive gourmet coffee blend created to honor Louisiana’s most enduring legend. In the tradition of the poet Longfellow, this selection was crafted in honor of the bittersweet romance of Evangeline and Gabriel. We combine 100% Arabica coffee beans and dark roast them to produce a deep, semi-sweet flavor with no sharp edges. It is a dark roast, with medium-high acidity and a full body.

We still like to brew whole bean coffee at least three different ways for our reviews and first up was the auto-drip. The aroma from the both the bag and pot was mild. But it is the flavor that will get you. This coffee has a smooth balanced roast taste. It has a bright acidity and full body.

The next day we used the Chemex coffee maker and this brings out a little more of the tartness and brightness of the coffee. There is a fruitlike flavor too. Kim thought it went well with the orange marmalade on her toast. The aroma, though mild, is good. Kim and I both thought this brew had a pleasant aftertaste that seemed to stay on the tongue.

Lastly was the French Press and the flavor was a little stronger here. Since the aroma is mild you may be slightly surprised at the taste of the coffee. There is a little bit of a chocolate undertone and it seems to be naturally sweet. It is not too bold, but has a good, lingering aftertaste. It is simply a good cup of coffee.

If you have never tried Community Coffee and like dark roast coffees we suggest you try this one. We give it two thumbs up. We shared this coffee with a few friends and they all liked it. We like sharing coffee with friends and getting their feedback along with introducing them to coffee roasters they have not tried.

We also tried their travel mug and liked it. The rubber pad on the bottom is placed really well and helps keep the mug from sliding. The mug does a good job of keeping coffee hot too. It has gotten a lot of use. I haven’t taken it to a coffee shop yet to get filled up, but you never know! We received the coffee and mug for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time, remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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Review – Travel Mugs

July 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Coffee Travel Mug Reviews | 2 Comments
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We have practiced recycling for a long time, even before it was the cool thing to do. That is one of the reasons we use travel mugs. We spotted a unique eco friendly travel mug at one of the local stores we go to and thought it would be neat to try one out.

We received two porcelain mugs from Décor Craft Inc. (www.dcigift.com) to use and review. The white mug is called “I am not a paper cup…” and the green one is a color eco cup. Both of them have silicon lids that go with them. We used both of them several times to get an idea of how they were before reviewing them.

The “I am not a paper cup…” holds 10 ounces of liquid. It is a double walled insulated cup so it does keep your coffee hot and is not too hot to hold. It does get a little hot at the top but is comfortable. Kim thought the lid had a rubbery taste and smell even after a few cleanings. There are directions on the package on how to take away the smell and she followed them, but they didn’t help much. She soaked it in a 10% bleach/water solution and that seemed to help. I didn’t think there was much of rubbery smell or taste. The lid fits well and there was no problem with leaks when we used it.

The green eco cup is pretty cool looking and it holds 16 ounces of liquid. It is single walled and comes with a silicone sleeve that is to be used with it. This cup gets very hot when you put hot coffee into it. It also comes with warnings that it is not to be used without the silicone sleeve and is not for use by children under 8 years old. You really have to be careful when using this cup and I’m not sure I would let anyone younger than a teen use it. That being said if you use the silicone sleeve it is safe and it does hold the coffee’s heat well. The lid fits well and we had no problem with leaks. Kim thought the lid smelled and tasted rubbery, but she cleaned it the same way as the other lid and that took care of the problem. I didn’t have a problem with the lid’s smell or taste.

These cups are attention getters. We took them with us to one of our favorite coffee shops and they generated conversation among the employees and some customers. They look good and people notice them. They keep coffee hot and don’t leak. They are also eco friendly and we haven’t had a problem with getting them filled in coffee shops. If you want something that is pretty cool looking and will help the environment at the same time these cups are for you.

We use both of these cups on a regular basis now. Using these cups when we visit our favorite coffee shops helps us do our part in cutting down the use of both paper cups and sleeves. We received these cups for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation…and this time help the environment a little too.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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