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Saturday, January 21, 2012

coffee date & a giveaway.


before i catch you up on some of the yummy portion packs we've been indulging in, i want to let you know that you can get free shipping and 15% off your purchase at green mountain coffee by using the code
AM0016-3605. this code is good until february 29th.
{no minimum purchase required & offer is valid in the u.s. only}

once upon a time, i referred to myself as the ambassador of coffee quan.
of course, anyone who owns a keurig might think of themselves in the same way. 
but, you & i both know that the keurig is not just for coffee lovers.

one of my family's favorite portion packs is the hot apple cider.


made from real apples, this is a warm, refreshing drink that the whole family enjoys. my children love that it's an alternative to hot chocolate and they have a lot of fun using the keurig to make a cup. the hot apple cider portion packs are available year round.

another favorite are the fair trade coffees.


the sumatran reserve is just one example of the variety of fair trade coffees offered at green mountain coffee. my husband and i loved the bold flavor of this blend. 

it's no secret that i love iced coffee. while it's convenient to swing into my favorite coffee shop and order an iced coffee to go, it is certainly cheaper to be able to make them at home. i'll admit...i was skeptical of the iced coffee portion packs at first. but, add in some hazelnut syrup and some half & half and i'm good to go.


everyone i know how has a keurig has tried the donut house variety of portion packs. the flavor is's described as "easy going, bold, and dependable."


we enjoyed the "regular" variety of donut house, but we did not care for the cinnamon roll portion pack by donut house. my husband and i prefer bolder, stronger coffees and the cinnamon roll was a bit too weak for our taste.

for the holidays, we had the privilege of sampling two seasonal portion packs: spicy eggnog & gingerbread.



my husband and i are not big fans of flavored coffees. yes, we'll use flavored creamers or add syrups to our coffee, but we prefer a nice, bold coffee taste for our coffee {if that makes any sense at all}. my father enjoyed the gingerbread coffee. it had a nice, spicy flavor and he enjoyed it black. the spicy eggnog's flavor, however, was inconsistent. sometimes it tasted like eggnog, sometimes it did not.

one seasonal flavor i did enjoy was the pumpkin spice. yum, yum!

perhaps the most favorite portion pack we've sampled thus far has been the barista prima variety: french roast, italian roast, house blend & colombia.


out of the four varieties, the house blend was our least favorite. why? because it wasn't as bold as the other three. the italian roast was my husband's favorite. i preferred the french roast. both were smooth, bold and tasty. in many ways, the rich flavor reminded me a lot of the coffee we enjoy whenever we vacation in mexico.

and, if you've made it this far, you have the chance to win a four pack sampler of the barista prima variety {one serving of each blend}. and, as an added bonus, i'll even throw in a box of your favorite portion pack!

here's how to enter...
in a comment, let me know your favorite keurig portion pack.
for an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway. leave proof of the tweet in a separate comment.

please make sure to leave your email address in your comment so i have a way to contact you if you're the winner.

Winner will be announced on Friday, February 3rd!

disclosure:  i am a k-cup ambassador working in conjunction with green mountain coffee roasters & the your perfect cup program.  i was given all of the k-cups mentioned as compensation for my review.  all opinions in this review are my own. regarding the giveaway, the barista prima sampler has been provided by green mountain roasters. the bonus portion pack will be paid for and provided by me.

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Anonymous AshleyD said...

My favorite is the german chocolate cake, but I'm also a huge fan of Gloria Jean's butter toffee and cinnamon pastry. Basically any flavored coffee and I'm good to go! :)

Jan 21, 2012, 6:42:00 PM  
Anonymous AshleyD said...

I tweeted:!/AshleyD/status/160869989019160576

Jan 21, 2012, 6:43:00 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

My favourite is the White Chocolate Hot Chocolate. (By Timothy's, I think.)

Jan 21, 2012, 6:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Maris (In Good Taste) said...

I am a fan of Starbucks k cups. My mom loves the Green Mountain braekfast blend

Jan 21, 2012, 6:51:00 PM  
Blogger Lacey Bean said...

I love the Celestial Seasonings Sweet Peach Iced Tea k cups! So refreshing!!

Jan 21, 2012, 7:04:00 PM  
Blogger Lacey Bean said...

And tweeted!!/LaceyBean/status/160875759383228416

Jan 21, 2012, 7:07:00 PM  
Blogger Beau said...

Fair Trade Wild Mountain Blueberry™ K-Cup® Coffee sounds good!

heyfrugalmommy at hotmail dot com

Jan 21, 2012, 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Beau said...


heyfrugalmommy at hotmail dot com

Jan 21, 2012, 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Preppy Girl Meets World said...

My favorite coffee is the Donut Shop Chocolate Glazed coffee. I have been craving it lately, so I would love it if I won that.

Also, I have to ask, how did you get the ambassador gig? I love our keurig and would love to do it.

Jan 21, 2012, 8:54:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

My favorite are the Timothy's Kahlua K-cups! A must try :)

Jan 21, 2012, 8:58:00 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

We love the Black Magic from Green Mountain--sooooo good!

Jan 21, 2012, 9:22:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I love Green Mountains French Vanilla!


Jan 21, 2012, 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger Fritter said...

I am currently lacking a favorite. I've had my ol girl for about 2 years and just cannot find anything to my 'black tar' level. I am drinking the Starbucks- but it's a bit bitter. What's the strongest one out there????

thanks! farrah dot ritter at gmail dot com

Jan 21, 2012, 9:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am loving the Green Mountain French Vanilla! Such a great giveaway for the coffee addict in me! :)

Jan 21, 2012, 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger Gina M Maddox said...

I love the cinnamon bun variety! Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jan 22, 2012, 3:18:00 AM  
Blogger Gina M Maddox said...


gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Jan 22, 2012, 3:19:00 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

i love the cafe escapes chai latte!
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

Jan 22, 2012, 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger amanda said...


Jan 22, 2012, 2:24:00 PM  
Blogger Robin O said...

I love my Keurig brewer, and one of my favorite portion packs is the Green Mtn Coffee Wild Blueberry--so delicious! I am dying to try the Spicy Eggnog too! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Jan 22, 2012, 2:31:00 PM  
Blogger Robin O said...

I tweeted! thanks!!!!/rkosully/status/161170033198903296

Jan 22, 2012, 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

I am a coffee queen. My current favorites are Donut Shop Chocolate Glazed Donut, Gloria Jean's Mudslide & Cafe Express Dark Hot Chocolate.

How did you become an ambassedor? I'm jealous. :-)

allthelittlestuff at gmail dot com

Jan 22, 2012, 5:20:00 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

I tweeted. :-)!/allthelilstuff/status/161220315941322752

Jan 22, 2012, 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

My most favorite is wild mountain blueberry, then butter toffee, then chocolate glazed donut. Soooo good!

Jan 23, 2012, 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Oh email is

Jan 23, 2012, 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green Mountain French Vanilla. Awesome giveaway.

Jan 23, 2012, 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tweeted!!/amiller534/status/161467292343992320

Jan 23, 2012, 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Wehaf said...

I love the Sleepytime K-Cup Herbal Tea.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Jan 23, 2012, 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger AndreaLeigh said...

i absolutely love the starbucks kcups! i am loving the pike's place blend.

Jan 23, 2012, 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger 3carnations said...

I love Donut Shop Cinnamon Roll, but with coffee, you can never go wrong! What a great giveaway!

Jan 24, 2012, 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger 3carnations said...

I love Donut Shop Cinnamon Roll, but with coffee, you can never go wrong! What a great giveaway!

Jan 24, 2012, 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger 3carnations said...



Jan 24, 2012, 9:48:00 AM  
Blogger Lis @ A Trucker Wife said...

Ummm coffee? Yes please! I love the donut shop kcups but i'm not picky!

Jan 26, 2012, 7:36:00 AM  
Blogger Lis @ A Trucker Wife said...


Jan 26, 2012, 7:37:00 AM  
Blogger Kimmie Schiffel said...

I forgot to tell you I wanna win! I love the new special Folgers blends!

Feb 2, 2012, 4:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Keurig!! The favorite around here is Green Mountain's Nantucket Blend.

Great giveaway!!

melanie (at) morgieporgieribbon (dot) com

Feb 2, 2012, 5:41:00 PM  

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