My sister was always sneaking coffee when she was a kid. My mom would never let us have it growing up (not sure if it’s true or not, but she always threatened that it would stunt our growth!), which was fine with me since I didn’t like it in the slightest. My sister on the other hand was a little junkie for it, stealing sips or even swigs whenever she could.
Rockin’ Coffee with Vegan, Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cookies
Even as a teenager when coffee was no longer forbidden I still didn’t care much for it. (But I did enjoy chocolate covered coffee beans…they were only sold at one particular coffee house and I stalked it weekly for my fix.) I started drinking coffee during law school out of necessity more than anything else, but eventually I started to like it. After law school I starting enjoying coffee as an occasional treat instead of fuel, and developed a real appreciation for its flavor.
At this point, there are few things in life that I enjoy more than a good cup of coffee and I love finding new brands that make a fantastic brew, which is why I was excited to recently have the chance to try Rockin’ Coffee’s coffee.
After checking out their website, I was impressed to see how deep their passion is for what they do. According to their site, “Roastmeister Peter Friedland…shared how his passion for fresh roasted, organic, free trade Arabica coffee was having a global impact – improving the lives of farmers half the world away, protecting the rainforests and creating jobs locally while serving up an unforgettable, mouth-watering treat for the senses, totally free of additives and pesticides.
Rockin’ Coffee’s custom-roasted artisanal blends combine the highest quality fair trade Arabica coffee beans cultivated using organic, environmentally sustainable methods. Rockin’ Coffee chose the high-altitude, shade-loving Arabica beans, because they mature more slowly allowing them to develop a more intense and sensuous flavor, far surpassing that of its sun-loving coffee cousins grown at lower altitudes where rainforests have been decimated to make way for coffee crops. We use beans from the best coffee producing regions in the world – including Ethiopia, Indonesian Sumatra, and Guatemala, where certified organic farmers carefully monitor the crop, picking the glowing red coffee cherries at the zenith of ripeness, minimizing insect damage and enabling customers to enjoy pesticide free java.”
I received a sampling selection of Rockin’ Coffee’s coffee beans, and I decided to start with the Ethiopian, which is a medium roast. I brewed the coffee up French press-style (which is my favorite way to brew, other than Turkish). I have to say, I loved it! It started off with a full-bodied mouthfeel and deep earthy flavor, and then it slid into rich chocolate-y notes and finished crisp and citrusy. I actually enjoyed it most without a drop of milk or sugar so I could really enjoy the flavor nuances.
The generous people at Rockin’ Coffee want to give someone else the chance to try this newly launched, whole bean, organic deliciousness, so they are providing one lucky winner with a full size (12 oz) bag of their choice!
To enter this giveaway, head over to Rockin’ Coffee to find out more about their custom blends, then pop back here and comment on which blend you’d like to try. After you do that, if you want a second entry, you can leave me another comment telling me what your favorite kind of coffee is (it could be anything at all…iced coffee, Turkish style, espresso, French press, latte, etc.).
This giveaway ends Monday, November 14th at 9PM EST; after that the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. Good luck to all!
For those of you who can’t wait to win to try Rockin’ Coffee (or who want to give it as a gift this holiday season!), An Edible Mosaic has an exclusive discount offering for you! Enter MOSAIC15 at checkout for 15% off your entire order, now through November 20, 2011.
Disclaimer: I received a sampling of coffee for free from Rockin’ Coffee, and they are also providing one full size (12 oz) bag for the winner. As always, opinions stated are my own.