Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cross Country Cafe K-Cups Review & Giveaway! (Ends Aug 30)

Have I even told you guys yet that I got a Keurig? It's a kind of long, odd, awesome story, but for now I'll just keep it short and say it was a gift from a friend.  Being a ginormous coffee addict, I've been having SO MUCH FUN with it! 

One of the best parts of getting a Keurig is trying out all of the fancypants coffees you can get for it! I contacted a company called Cross Country Cafe to ask if I could review some of the K-Cups they sell, and not only did they send me a big ol' box-o-coffee goodness, but they offered up the same coffees for one of my readers to win, too!  How cool is that?

If you're not familiar with them, Cross Country Cafe is an internet coffee company based on the theme that they are an ecafe which creates a sort of coffee community.  They are family owned and operated and have been in business for over 100 years. They offer a great selection of k-cups, including many on sale or clearance, as well as gourmet coffee pods and whole bean/ground coffees.

The site is super easy to navigate. You can sort the offerings by brand (like Wolfgang Puck or Twinings), roast (medium, extra dark, etc), shop other selections like teas and brew over ice varieties, or just check out what's on sale. 

Just a preface to my reviews of the flavors: I like a pretty wide range of coffee types/roasts/flavors! I tried to order a mix of k-cups that would include a wide variety. As a kid, I drank the strong black coffee my mom made, so a rich, bold coffee is right up my alley.  However, I'm also a big fan of fun flavors! Here's what I tried:

Wolfgang Puck Creme Caramel K-Cups

This is the first one that I tried, and as soon as I hit the button to start brewing, I was hit with a wave of caramel scent! YUM! I was actually a little worried that the caramel flavor would be too strong, based on how strong the scent was, but it ended up being just about perfect! You can definitely taste the caramel, but it's not sickly sweet or syrupy at all.  I think this may be my second favorite of all the k-cups I ordered, but at the same time I think it's the most addicting! This is one of those coffees where I reach the bottom of the cup and have a "Hey, where did all my coffee go?" moment. 

Green Mountain K-Cup Variety Pack

Variety packs are an awesome thing! Given that most packs of K-Cups run at least $10+, it can be a little scary (at least for me!) to try a new brand or flavor for the first time, since I'm on a pretty limited grocery budget. Packages like this one make me really happy, because I get to try 4 different flavors in the same box! This particular variety pack has 6 K-Cups of Caramal Vanilla Cream, 6 of French Vanilla, 6 of Hazelnut Sweet and 4 of Fair Trade Wild Mountain Blueberry. All of those sounded pretty rad to me, so I was super excited to dig in and start brewing!

(Green Mountain also makes a decaf variety pack, but I have zero room for decaf in my life!)

One interesting thing I noticed on the product description at Cross Country Cafe was that the Green Mountain flavored coffees are calorie-free! I never would have guessed! One other thing I really like about Green Mountain is that they really put an effort into being environmentally and socially conscious. Their Facebook photo albums show pictures from multiple events they've done to raise money for charity (a concert for Irene flood relief, a car wash to raise $ for women's cancer screenings, river clean-ups, etc.).  If you are a big supporter of fair trade coffees, you'll find that Cross Country Cafe also carries Green Mountain's Fair Trade Our Blend and Fair Trade Vermont Country Blend.

 Fair Trade Wild Mountain Blueberry
You can also find a 24 pk of just the blueberry!

So, how are the actual flavors? The Hazelnut, French Vanilla and Caramel Vanilla Cream are all pretty much what you would expect. The real stand-out in the bunch is the Fair Trade Wild Mountain Blueberry. I can never resist sniffing my Keurig while it's brewing, and holy cow, you guys, I basically wanted to take a bath in this coffee it smelled so good! The aroma reminds me of a blueberry muffin. It definitely smells like real blueberries, not a candy version.

Gloria Jean's French Vanilla Supreme is probably my favorite! It has just the right amount of vanilla flavor. Kind of like the caramel coffee above, the flavor is noticeable and sweet, but not overwhelming or TOO sweet. This one is a great choice if you like to add flavored creamers, because the vanilla mixes with other flavors really well! Some coffee flavors just don't mix well with others, but this seems to enhance whatever creamer I add to it. I've done some pretty thorough coffee testing for you guys in the past couple of weeks (tough job, but someone has to do it!) and this is definitely the one I seem to reach for the most!

Last is Revv Pulse Extra Bold! I was interested in trying this because it contains ginseng and guarana for extra energy!  Kind of a coffee/energy drink combo. I have to admit that this is probably my least favorite in terms of flavor, but I do like the added energy effects, especially since my caffeine tolerance is basically superhuman at this point! (The flavor isn't bad by any means, it just has tough competition!) This one is a good pick for those mornings when regular coffee just isn't going to get the job done. 

Ready to try some of these for yourself? Cross Country Cafe has created a coupon code just for my readers to use! Just enter  LOVEMANYTHINGS  at checkout for free shipping through Sept 1!

Want more info on Cross Country Cafe? You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and their blog, all of which are great places to learn about sales, giveaways, and cool K-Cup info/trivia!

Want to WIN? Cross Country Cafe will send one of you the same 4 boxes of K-Cups I got to review!  How awesome is THAT? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on 8/30! Good luck!

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1 comment:

dawnie1973 said...

I would like to try Island Coconut Keurig Kcups