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 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.)