Once upon a time, all Americans were formally granted certain inalienable rights by the Declaration of Independence. Among those were life, liberty, and people sending you free stuff to try if you happen to have a website. I cannot even find the words to express my gratitude to our forefathers for toiling on our behalf to make these things so. But that’s probably because I’m too busy with the free stuff.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the nice folks over at BocaJava have launched a new line of premium coffees specifically for bloggers. I take my
mooching reviewing responsibilities very seriously, so I know they’re going to be thrilled that I was one of the recipients of a coffee reviewer kit.
First off, I barely read the description of what I’d be receiving–I figured it would be little mini-packs of a couple of different blends. Imagine my surprise when a CASE of coffee arrived (and a mug! and a hat!), containing full-size bags of each of the six new varieties for bloggers.
So I was already kinda crushin’ on them because it was a very generous freebie.
Well. The coffee arrived just before we left on our trip, so I looked through the varieties and selected two bags which I thought my parents would enjoy. They prefer darker roasts, so I brought Blogs of Bravery and Late Night Log In with me to share, as both are dark blends. (For the record: I personally am most eager to try Bloggers Pajama Passion, because it’s flavored with vanilla, kahlua and caramel and I happen to like girly flavored coffees. Shut up.)
[Before I continue, I just have to say this: A line of coffees named after blogging? Is that really going to make people more likely to buy them? Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t buy THAT coffee, it isn’t named after one of my hobbies. But I’m totally going to get a few boxes of those Well-Behaved Angels Cookies and a case of Big Fat Paycheck Cola!]
This morning I pulled out the two bags and asked which one we should have. My stepmom said either was fine with her, and my father settled in to comparing the two bags and pondering the composition of the blends and finally making his selection based upon the most important criterion for coffee: “Let’s not drink coffee that has a helicopter on the label.” Late Night Log In went into the grinder.
(And it was 8:00 in the morning! We are mavericks! Drinking the late night coffee with breakfast! Why, we are just the sort of folks BocaJava had in mind, I am certain of it!)
A mere ten minutes or so later, we three all had cups of coffee in hand. My folks drink theirs black, so while I rummaged in the fridge looking for half-n-half or milk, I asked them what they thought.
“It has excellent nose!” My father punctuated this declaration with a sweeping hand gesture. I could see we were off to a great start with the useful analysis. I turned to my stepmom.
“What do YOU think?” I asked.
“It’s strong,” she said, taking another sip. “It’s good.” I nodded and poured some milk into my mug, while we discussed whether or not I’ve always taken milk in my coffee, and I managed to restrain myself from rambling on about one of my biggest pet peeves in the world. [But I can vent it now, because I know you’re dying to hear: This makes me completely mental. If it’s fat free, it’s not half-and-half. It’s HALF-AND-NOTHING. And don’t bother telling me that it’s nice and thick like the real thing. I’ve had it. I’m aware. The uncanny resemblance to the real thing just makes it all that much scarier. It gives me the heebie-jeebies.]
I took a sip and my stepmom was right; it’s a very strong blend. And while I hate to agree with glib ad copy, the Late Night Log In description claims “This coffee is rich with flavor and has a smooth finish,” and it’s really true. Sometimes very bold coffees have a bitter note at the end; in fact, I think that’s why I often assume I don’t like dark roasts. But this was very smooth and I liked it.
I downed a large mug of it and then spent the morning neglecting my children and screwing up the same Sudoku puzzle several times, in fact. So, while the coffee didn’t actually inspire me to run off and blog (although look, now it’s late at night and here I am… SPOOKY), I was pleased with it. I’m looking forward to trying the others.
In summary: Nice people who give awesome freebies and actually make a yummy product. Plus, they sell this and I’ll just take that as a sign that these are Good People, even if they do give their coffees silly names.
Go visit BocaJava and check them out for yourself. Also, if you could come over here and explain to me WHY I keep coming up with two 7s in this one row, I’ll make you some coffee myself.