Pour Another Cup


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Happy Martin Luther King Day and maybe you were fortunate enough to get the day off from work or school.

Or maybe you were fortunate to pour another cup of this coffee, Cafe Bustelo, which is what I did earlier.

Container of Cafe Bustelo espresso coffee

It’s my latest coffee find and I am loving how it puts hair on my chest how packed with flavor it is.  Very full-bodied and intense, which is preferred for me and the only way I like coffee.

Brown-tinged water that is called coffee and served on airplanes or the free “coffee” that’s sometimes served in office waiting rooms is simply colored water, not really coffee.

If you’re the type of person who likes a lighter, more mellow, “breakfast blend” middle-of-the-road type of coffee, this isn’t that.

Open container of Cafe Bustelo espresso coffee

It’s bold and I poured a cup or two, which went down so easily on this gloomy, overcast and very lackluster Monday.

A perfect coffee-slurping day.

Cup of coffee made with Cafe Bustelo espresso coffee

The price is right, too.  I got it at my local Ralph’s grocery store for less than $4 dollars for a 10-ounce can, or you can order it.

I have been swapping it in place of my other daily go-to favorite coffee, Trader Joe’s Dark Sumatra, which is currently $5.99 for a 12 ounce can.

Cans of Trader Joe's Dark Sumatra coffee

The Sumatra went up in price about six months ago after the worldwide coffee bean shortage but still very affordable and a fantastic coffee.

I have nothing but praise for most of TJ’s coffees, especially considering the price; you can’t beat it.

Can of Trader Joe's coffee

I have a coffee reviews post where I’ve mentioned dozens of coffees:

From the more expensive and fancy

Bags of Godiva flavored coffee

to niche microbrewed blends

Bags of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters coffee

to the more humdrum.

Container of Trader Joe's Joe's dark coffee

I love coffee in all forms…

With extra Bailey’s non-alcoholic coffee creamer and that stuff is a dead ringer for the alcoholic version of Baileys.  If you like Baileys, but don’t want to pour booze in your coffee on Monday morning, I highly recommend the creamer.  Or course, use real Baileys in your morning coffee if you’re looking to spruce up your day.

Baileys coffee creamer with cup of coffee

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can chug Vanilla Iced Coffee without shivering for an hour or two afterward.

Glass of vanilla iced coffee

Pumpkin Spice Lattes were a favorite in the fall.

Mug of pumpkin spice latte

…And just drinking my ‘joe with a splash of half and half is my usual way.

Coffee is best used to wash down a Magic Eight bar.

Stack of magic eight bars with chocolate chips

Or a No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffle because cake (batter) + chocolate + coffee just go together.

Bowl of Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

Do you drink coffee?  Tea?

Do you have a favorite kind or brand?

I hope your week is off to a good start!

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  1. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your rockin’ review. I bought Cafe Bustelo for my Fella’s birthday after reading your post. He is a wonderfully un-snobbish coffee snob and I wanted to get him something truly great. He was so pleased and impressed by “my” good taste (thanks again!)

  2. Hey! I, too, love Trader Joes coffee! My favorite is the House blend. It is a dark roast, and the price of it went up for 26 oz container. I am now paying 14.99 instead of 12.99… As of late last summer. I live over a hundred miles from the nearest store, but truly love Trader Joes!!! I wish they would open a store in Springfield Illinois… I also agree about the free coffee thing…I feel like coffee should stand at attention! I definitely like the bold coffee the best.

  3. Finally catching up on my Google Reader! I totally drink coffe and I LOVE Bird Rock Roasters. I don’t get to go there too often, so when I do, it’s like a little treat.

    Love the picture you selected! Great smile :)

  4. I was in Jamaica a couple of years ago and twice then and discovered Blue Mountain coffee, it’s very expensive in the states ( like 25.00 a pound)but we bought it at a grocery store CHEAP when we were there. IT IS WONDERFUL, almost chewy is the only way I can describe it.

  5. I hate coffee with an absolute passion. I don’t even really know why. But it doesn’t matter how mild the roast is, or how much flavoring or milk is added, it tastes horrible! More for everyone else :) Oh and tea – I just can’t get down with tea. I’ve tried various teas and the only one I have ever liked is chai with non-dairy milk. But not actually the chai tea that comes in packets, only from those Oregon Chai cartons. I don’t know what’s in it, but it is palatable.

  6. Oh, yeah ~ LOVE coffee. The darker the better! I buy Trader Joe’s coffee, too ~ I’m a huge fan of the Organic Fair Trade French Roast… but you are winning me over with the Cafe Bustelo description. Sounds right up my alley :-D

    1. Yes the Organic Fair Trade French Roast was on rotation with me a few years back and I need to pick that one up again.

  7. I love them both. It’s coffee in the morning for me (oh and maybe in the afternoon again!) and tea by night. The darker the coffee the better for me too!