Community Coffee Review + Iced Coffee Recipe

Community Coffee Review + Iced Coffee Recipe

When I wake up there are two things on my agenda: coffee and the bathroom. Not always in that order but one things for certain and that is I need my morning caffeine to get me going.

Community Coffee

So the Community Coffee Company recently sent over (for review) three of their blends: Breakfast Blend, Golden Caramel, and Pumpkin Praline. Needless to say they are my new BFF’s because these coffees are (excuse the expletives) freaking awesome man!

As you may already know I’m a little guy fan and family owned businesses fit into that category for me. Therefore, Community Coffee is on my radar of awesomeness for more than one reason. But back to the coffee, this is a review after all!

The Breakfast Blend is on par with your typical coffee, it has a smooth taste that is just right for your first cup(s) of the day. It’s not overly bitter so if you drink it black/plain you’re in for a treat. It tastes fresh even though what I sampled was already ground, which is an added bonus.

But then there are the others… flavored coffees that hit me right in the feels! Pumpkin Praline is one of their limited time special blends. When you open the bag it smells like fall and Thanksgiving and Grandma’s kitchen all wrapped together with a pretty, ornate bow. This is a sweeter coffee so it may not be right for everyone but for me it was spot on. I love the hint of spice that lingers after you take a sip, it’s perfect for the pumpkin spice protesters and lovers alike.

The Golden Caramel is my absolute favorite. It has a smooth base with a slightly rich undertone. It reminds me of a fall night at the fair with family and friends. It’s great for giving you those warm, tingly nostalgic feelings. Something familiar but not overpowering. I love using this one for my iced coffee.

Community Coffee Iced Coffee

This will probably make you think I’m crazy, but even in the winter I love iced coffee. I crave it throughout the day and going out to get one gets expensive. So, I make a big jug of it at home and enjoy it for days. I do this with Community Coffee and it is so good, SO GOOD! It’s really easy to make too, and there’s no fancy gadgetry required.

How to Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Get a large pitcher and mix together ground coffee and water. The general rule is to use 1 cup more water than coffee. So, if you use 1 cup of coffee you’ll use 2 cups of water. You can adjust this according to your taste preference (more water for a weaker blend, more coffee for a stronger blend.) Be careful though!

Whisk the coffee and water for about 4 minutes and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, but no more than 12.

Strain the coffee through a filter into a larger pitcher. Take your time with this process and repeat if you feel you missed some grounds.

I like to add milk and sugar to my iced coffee immediately, but you can do it by the glass if you prefer. Experiment with flavoring syrups and different flavored coffees. Go wild with it! Now that you know how easy it is to make iced coffee at home the world is your oyster.

Cold Brewed Coffee

Be sure to visit the Community Coffee website for all of their selections of coffees, teas, single serves, and more! Right now you can get free shipping if your order totals more than $20 so don’t miss out on that great deal!

Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker and Hot Shot Station Review

Coffee is like oxygen for me. Without it I would simply die; well I’d be as good as dead. I love trying new blends, new creamers and most of all new brewers. The recent addition has been the Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker and Hot Shot Station.  It’s a pretty awesome addition if I do say so myself. I received this for review but that doesn’t affect my opinion.
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Not only does this coffeemaker brew up your cup of Joe, but it also gives you hot water. I love that this is the perfect morning beverage station. You have your coffee and hot water on demand for tea, oatmeal, or hot chocolate. So handy and each sections has its own water reservoir so it can really do 2 things at once!

Mister Coffee

The basket uses your typical flat bottomed filters. The carafe and reservoir hold up to 12 cups of liquid and the Hot Shot Station holds up to 16 fluid ounces, or 2 cups.

The Mr. Coffee coffeemaker is programmable with a button to delay brewing and to clean the machine. You can set the brew timer up to 24 hours in advance, which is super handy for those of us forgetful souls.

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I love the concept of the Mr Coffee Coffeemaker + Hot Shot Station but there are a couple things that I’m not so crazy about. The first being the time it takes to brew a full pot; 15 minutes. It would be awesome if the Hot Shot Station was able to use some kind of K-Cup or reusable pod for a quick, single cup of coffee. The timer isn’t as important for those who only drink coffee in the  morning. You can program it to brew while you’re still sleeping. It stays on for 2 hours.

That’s another thing I’m not so thrilled with. Most of my older coffeemakers stayed on for 4 hours. This one only stays on for 2. I could make half a pot and have no leftover coffee, but what if I want more?!

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I can definitely recommend the Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker & Hot Shot Station. It’s something the entire family can get use from and the attractive design will lend a modern look to your kitchen, office or dorm room.

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The Mr Coffee Coffeemaker + Hot Shot Station retails at around $66.00 from the Mr. Coffee website and mass retailers everywhere

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Iced Coffee At Home Just Got Easier with Primula

When you rely on coffee to get and keep you going summer can be a nightmare. The last thing you want on a 90+ degree day is a hot cup of coffee. I actually prefer Iced Coffee to hot coffee and now that I’ve been introduced to Primula it’s easy to make. The Cold Brew Glass Carafe Brewing System – Iced Coffee Maker is probably the best thing to happen to me all summer.Primula's Iced Coffee Maker

The only downside is the wait.

I’ve tried my hand at making iced coffee at home many times. It’s never ended well for me (or the coffee.) I’ve always ended up with ho-hum iced coffee or a diluted, tasteless cup of Moe (calling it Joe is an insult to Joe’s everywhere – I don’t know anyone named Moe!) Making iced coffee with the Primula Cold Brew glass Carafe Brewing System is effortless and flawless. The only thing you need to pay attention to is measuring out the coffee grounds.

How to Make Iced Coffee with Primula’s Iced Coffee Maker

The first step to making iced coffee with Primula’s Iced Coffee Maker is to fill the pitcher with water. I use around 14 1/2 cups.

Next, take the top off of the brew infuser (MyBev core) and fill it with your preferred {ground} coffee. Don’t fill to the tippy top or you’ll end  up with grounds in the carafe. 

Screw the top on securely and place in the pitcher.

Place the pitcher in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours.

Enhance with your preferred flavor(s), add milk, sweetener and enjoy!

Primula Iced Coffee Maker

What I love most about this cold brew method is how much more gentle the coffee is. I have recurring heartburn and hot brewed coffee doesn’t go easy on it. The cold brewing method yields a full-bodied iced coffee that has 65% less acid than hot brewing.

The Cold Brew Carafe makes 16 cups of prepared iced coffee that lasts up to 14 days in the refrigerator. It is BPA free and dishwasher safe! There is even a silicone ring on the bottom that keeps the carafe from spilling.

My only complaint would be with the mixer. It’s a great concept but can be rough on the fingers when you get into it. I’ve pinched myself a few times trying to ensure a thorough mix – to mix you pull up/push down on the mixer.

All in all, I am beyond pleased with the Iced Coffee Maker from Primula and can highly recommend it to any coffee lover.

Primula Iced Coffee Maker

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Kicking Horse Coffee Review

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