Sunday, October 30, 2011

Grounds For Change Review

I know most of you are going to be surprised that I am doing a coffee review because I love tea so much. But there are rare occasions that I do like a cup from time to time.

But really, the huge coffee lover in the family is Mike, my husband. And I have to tell you that he really enjoyed Grounds for Change! He just about finished one whole bag all my himself in less than 2 weeks.

I had to remind him he had 2 other blends to try and not to get stuck on just one.

He was slowing my review down a bit so I had to crank him up!

These are the three blends we got to try:

1. Decaf Peru "Cafe Femenino" dark roast, chocolate aroma, grown by women
2. Decaf First Light Blend medium dark roast, chocolate notes, smooth finish
3. Decaf Midnight Blend dark roast, bold full body, long smoky finish

Mike tried the Decaf Peru first and really loved that one the best. I did join in a few times he made this one and have to agree that we really liked this one! Doesn't hurt that it was grown by women!! I tried to find some info on this particular blend but when I went to the site they did not have it listed so I don't know if it is a new coffee or an old coffee that they are discontinuing.

I did not choose the blends, I just chose the decaf ones. They asked me if I wanted decaf or regular and I said decaf. I think they sent me three that they thought was an all around good choice for someone new to their coffees. If you are not a 100% coffee drinker you won't know the difference but because for some odd reason when I was working, I always had coffee going at the office and drank it every day sometimes 2 cups!

It wasn't until after my disability that I got back into my teas. Well, one reason was that you could buy tea cheaper than coffee but also I just fell in love with it again. But, you still can't beat a great cup of coffee and Mike wanted me to make sure that I told you that Decaf Peru was a huge hit with him and his friends. The bag is just about gone so I guess so!!

Next we tried the Decaf First Light Blend. And this was was really nice, a little less dark than the first one and I really liked this one because of the smooth finish. I have GERD as I often point out and the best judge of things that might not go for people with stomach issues. This one caused me no heartburn or backup of acid so that is saying alot!

Now, I have to be clear on something. Everyone has their special way they make coffee so your experience may differ from ours because we don't put as much coffee in our coffee maker like I see most others do. It comes out too bitter for us if we follow directions to the letter. I put just a smidgen less than what it says because of my stomach issues. I would rather enjoy the cup than regret it later. Another reason we chose decaf.

Oh, another thing I need to point out, at the time I ordered these coffee's I did not have the grinder, so we had gotten these coffee's already ground. So, that will also make a difference in how it tastes if you get your coffee in whole beans. Whole beans is really the best way to get coffee because you get the real flavor and it is richer and more full bodied.

Lastly, we tried the Decaf Midnight Blend. When we first opened the bag, wow, it was really strong! According to Grounds for Change's website, this is their darkest decaf and now I know why! It was definitely the strongest coffee we had smelled so far so I did not use as much of the grounds as I had in the previous coffees because of that.

And we were not disappointed in that decision as the coffee still held a rather dark flavor but it was not bitter and mainly, it did not upset my stomach. So, that was the right call for us to make. If you like your coffee really dark and strong, then this is the one you will want. Even though it is Decaf, it is still the strongest coffee I have ever tasted. I think maybe that had something to do with the smoky finish more than anything. Go check out all the different blends here on this page to read more about all the others.

Guess what? I found Decaf Peru under a different page! Now I know why I like it so much! They put in notes of Baker's Chocolate! The women who make this coffee do all of the work and then they decide where the profits go to help them further their lives and the lives of their children. Grounds for Change donates 10 cents a pound back to the women's coffee growing project!

Now, that is more like it. Isn't it nice to know that there are companies out there that actually share some of the profit? Gosh, there is so much more to this company than I will be able to write about but here are a few basics you need to know about them:

1. They specialize in 100& Fair Trade Coffee
2. Their coffees are CarbonFree certified
3. They are proud members of the Green America Business Network
4. They are members of 1% For the Planet (they donate 1% of their gross annual sales to environmental & social organizations)
5. They offer coffee fundraiser opportunities
6. They are Organic certified
7. Most of their coffees are Shade Grown (helps insure healthy habitat for migrating birds)

I have to say, what a great company this is! They are taking on alot of issues that most companies would just as soon did not exist or pretend to be helping. I am definitely going to look more into this company and their coffees! If I am going to steer away from my teas from time to time, I want it to be coffee that means something just like my organic teas, I want my coffee to be from a great place that tries to help our planet.

Please go here and read their Mission Statement that lists even more ways that they try to help with other organizations! Also check out their Communities page where you will learn about the different places you help by purchasing Grounds for Change! I gave you alot of different places to go and read about them because it is way more than I could possibly write so I won't do the history section because in some ways I have already done a little of that throughout my review and given you the specific pages to read for yourself how great I think they are.

Here are some ways to support this great coffee company:

Mailing Address:
Grounds for Change, Inc.
15773 George Lane, Suite 204
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Toll-free: (800) 796-6820

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.


royalegacy said...

These look like some pretty dark roast. I love finding new brands of coffee, but I don't like a roast that is too dark