Coffee Reviews


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I love coffee.

Let me count the ways.

One sentence mini-reviews of each…

Smores Coffee.  Delish.
 Smores Coffee

As reviewed, so good.  Not every day, perhaps.  But a great change of pace.
Vegan Caramel Macchiato
Save money and make them at home.   Even if you don’t have an espresso maker, brew some strong coffee, buy a cheapie milk frother, add your caramel sauce and you’re done.
 Vegan Caramel Macchiato
 Vegan Caramel Macchiato
And not paying for Starbucks makes me happy, too.

Some other coffees I like.  And clearly I support TJ’s with my coffee habit.

Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian: Good, worth the price for fair trade/organic, medium, mellow.

Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian coffee

Fair Trade Organic French Roast: Good, bold, dark, not as bitter as their non-organic French Roast.  I prefer the organic to the non-organic French Roast.  Normally not a French Roast fan but this one is good.

Fair Trade Organic French Roast
Bay Blend: This coffee is somehow dark, yet sweet.  I use less sugar per cup when I brew this.  It’s naturally sweet and for a dark roast, it’s uncannily sweet.
Bay Blend
Bay Blend
Dark Sumatra:  Look for the red can and the $4.99 price.  Great value, and I always have it on hand.
My daily go-to coffee.  I always come back to this one.  I dabble around with others, but this one and I have been best friends for years.
Dark Sumatra
Dark Sumatra

TJ’s Joe’s Dark.  I am normally partial to Dark Sumatra for my everyday coffee but the Joe’s Dark is a nice change of pace.

TJ's Joe's DarkThe Joe’s is bold and dark, but also sweeter than the Dark Sumatra.  Some people would call this “less acidic”.  For me, it just means I use less stevia.

Godiva Coffees

Godiva Coffees

Dessert-like, wonderful, sweet undertones.  Not something I’d drink everyday but if you like pumpkin or caramel, then these are for you.  Great seasonal coffees.

and Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (vegan, gluten free, and a money saver)

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin-flavored coffee makes this even better but not necessary

Peet’s Coffee & Coffee Shop

Peet's Coffee & Coffee Shop products Medium bodied, crisp, but full of flavor with hints of sweetness.  Perfect everyday coffees.

Outside Peet's Coffee & Tea Shop

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Coffees

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Coffees

A local San Diego roaster with amazing coffee as I mentioned here.

La Jolla coffee

Cafe Bustelo is a full-bodied supermarket gem of a find.  At less than $4 dollars for a 10-ounce can, this coffee will put hair on your chest and a spring in your step.

Cafe Bustelo

It’s not light or “breakfast blend-ey”.  This coffee is bold, rich, and intense.

Cafe Bustelo

It has become a daily go-to favorite of mine, alternated with Trader Joe’s Dark Sumatra.

Trader Joe's Dark Sumatra

From my last post about watching the football games on Sunday.  Many of you said that you are not a football fan and would do most anything other than watching a game.  But glad you enjoyed my link back to my post with Game Day Recipes.  The Superbowl is coming up so maybe you can get a few ideas.

Dessert: Special K Bars
Thanks to everyone who’s written me telling me you’ve made this recipe.  Since it comes from my Grandma, I know she would be absolutely thrilled to know you’ve tried these.  So thanks for telling me.

Special K Bars up close
An oey, gooey caramel-ey + peanut buttery bite
Underside of one Special K Bar
Stacked Special K Bars

1. Best thing you’ve ate or done so far this weekend?
Spending time with my family and enjoying the 75-78F degree weather we’ve had in San Diego!

Close up of pink flower
Blue sky over house with trees and cars on street

2. How do you usually start off your day?

I usually start my day off with:
A morning workout.  Check out my recent post with Morning Workout Tips

Checking emails, blogs, and making sure there are no fires burning in my inbox

Getting breakfast ready for everyone


After that, it’s anybody’s guess how the day will shape up.

How does your day usually start?

3. Are your days the same, different, similar, or there is no pattern?
For me, there is somewhat of a pattern, but they do vary widely.  More so now than ever before.

I used to think when I was in college I was busy and couldn’t imagine how I’d add more into my life.
Then I got married.
And I continued to work full time and take care of our house.
Then I had a baby.
And now I am married, with a house to take care of, I work full time, and have a child.

That’s why my days…well, there’s no telling how things will go!  Busy is an understatement.

But they do start, sort of the same each day.  Sort of.

4. Favorite coffee or any recommendations?
I’m all ears!

Have a great week everyone!

P.S. If you are just catching up on Weekend Posts since I know many of you unplug over the weekend, here are the last few:
3 Hours of Free Time
Hidden Treasures
Morning Workout Tips
Making Weekend Plans, Lens Review
Are You a Girlie Girl, Weekend Snacks

P.P.S. Big Changes are in Store.  See #3

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  1. We usually drink the regular cup o joe from TJ’s. If we’re taking coffee as a gift to someone, we take locally roasted Intelligentsia. Yum.

  2. I start my day off with either a gluten free granola, some other type of quick cereal, or in the winter it’s oatmeal. Get the kids and my husband out the door. Then usually, it’s a cup of coffee – sometimes coffee AND tea. I really love Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Spice with 2 percent milk and a little coffee syrup. I know, it’s a little sugary, but I rarely have more than one a day. Too busy to have more!

    I’ve started going to the gym in the morning, trying to figure out if I should do it before or after coffee – yes the coffee is important! Looking forward to doing a flexibility and stretching class tomorrow morning, which would be AFTER coffee :) I do enjoy yoga, but I’m not finding the classes I like, used to be able to attend.

    You seem to be well liked among your readers. So much here to read, I’ll have to come back!

  3. I discovered your blog site on google and checked out a few of your earlier posts. Continue to keep up the work. I just added your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. looking forward to reading more from you later on!