Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I got a package in the mail yesterday.  A package filled with happiness.  For Mother's Day, son #3 enrolled me in a "coffee of the month" club ("the gift that keeps on giving," as Cousin Eddie would say), and the first shipment has now arrived.
I am extremely fond of coffee, as my family well knows.  I'm a coffee lover--a "coffee achiever," if you will (does anyone out there remember those commercials from years back?).

I make a small pot of Maxwell House Lite (1/2 the caffeine) first thing every morning.  I would share it with my husband, but he is one of those alien creatures who not only doesn't drink coffee, but feels ill if he tries (which he did a couple of times, in an effort to become my "coffee buddy."  Isn't that sweet?).  Then I occasionally have a cup or two in the afternoon.  And I usually brew some just before we pop the DVD in on "movie nights," hoping it will keep me from dozing off during the...zzzzzzzzz.  What happened?  What was I saying?

You know how people say that if they drink coffee too close to bedtime, it'll keep them up all night?  That never happens to me.  I usually drink half-caf at home, but I don't know why I bother.  I think my body can handle all the caf I want to put into it.

If you've read this blog much, you might already know that I'm a real Dunkin' Donuts fan, and that I also fell in love with European-style coffees when I went on some trips with my husband--especially the cafe au lait served in France.  But now I have two new types of coffee on my ever-growing list of BEST COFFEE EVER!

One is called "Mocha Matari," which I tried last night (drinking two fully caffeinated cups and then going to bed and sleeping like a baby!).  This one is naturally organic and comes from Yemen.  The bean is left in the husk for a longer period of time, which results in hints of citrus and chocolate and creates a medium brew that is perfect for breakfast or after dinner.  I LOVE this one.  It is so smooth and delicious that I may never go back to Maxwell House Lite again.

The other is called "Guatemala Coban," which I'm sipping now, as we speak.  It comes from the Antigua region of Guatemala, a country which is often referred to as the "jewel of Central American coffee production."  The bean is roasted on the darker side, which gives Coban a lively flavor--clean, mildly sweet and citrusy, with a smooth, cocoa finish.  I LOVE this one, too.

I don't know which of these two gourmet coffees is my favorite, but I think both of them have my pedestrian go-to brand beaten by a country mile.  They both have a slight hint of chocolate flavor, and it just doesn't get any better than that.  And there is none of that acidy taste that coffee often has--just pure deliciousness.

My son ordered my gift from a company called Amazing Clubs.  I don't know how good their other products are, but their coffee is definitely amazing.  I look forward to shipment #2!

(To give adequate descriptions of the two coffees, I did some paraphrasing and some direct quoting from the Amazing Clubs brochure.  Just wanted to give credit where credit is due.)


  1. I am the same way as you, Mom, but with Mountain Dew. I can drink an ice cold can of Mountain Dew right before bed and sleep like a rock.

    I'm glad the first two coffees are so good. Hopefully the rest are just as good!

  2. It will not go to waste, that's for sure! (I'm just afraid I'm going to become a coffee snob.)