Monday, December 10, 2012

Community Coffee Gift Basket Review & Giveaway **Closed**

Sorry, I have been running behind on my reviews, guys, but I have had some back issues and have been getting nerve blocks done just about once a week with no luck and I just can't sit for long periods, so I do apologize to everyone up front on why things are taking longer than I like and I am deeply sorry for being so late. I hate being late and don't want that to be a continuous problem so once I finish up for Christmas, I think I am going to take a break until we get this issue under control so I don't disappoint anymore sponsors.

With that said, I have to tell you that Community Coffee is a great company that goes above and beyond when putting their Gift Baskets together to delight each and everyone of us! This is what was included in my Christmas Gift Basket:

Christmas Gourmet Gift Basket-$39.99
Indulge in everyone’s favorite coffee blends with Community’s most popular gift set which includes Private Reserve® Holiday Jazz® (12-oz.), House Blend (12-oz.), Breakfast Blend Supreme (3.25-oz.), French Roast (3.25-oz.), Louisiana Blend® (3.25-oz.), and 100% Colombia (3.25-oz.) coffees.   
Also included is a vintage diner mug (9-oz.), a stainless steel travel tumbler (16-oz.), two almond biscotti, and a red Community branded coffee scoop. This is all beautifully wrapped in a festive red and gold basket.
This basket had alot of stuff to try and we took our time as Mike is always in a rush during the week to get to work that he doesn't get up in time for breakfast so he grabs his coffee at work and whatever else they have that day, so we drink our coffee mostly on the weekends. I do drink a cup every now and then thru the day if I get cold but that doesn't happen often. We decided to start with the smaller bags and work our way up to the bigger ones. 
Breakfast Blend was one of our favorites. It is a Supreme Medium Dark Roast that will be crisp and smooth! Mike loves Hazelnut so while he does hide the natural flavor of his coffee, he can still tell the difference because we had some bad coffee awhile back from another source and he said even the Hazelnut could not make that coffee taste good!  So, the flavor of the coffee does come thru regardless of your creamer. I try to use regular on the first few cups so that I can really tell the difference then I will switch to Hazelnut also.
Our next venture was the 100% Colombia. Now this was really Mike's favorite because it is a Dark Roast and it's Bold and Lively! And that is just the kind he likes. Well, he used to not but since drinking coffee at work and the guys who brew the coffee there put ALOT of coffee in that filter, he has gotten used to coffee almost being an espresso!

But, if you like your coffee to be a Dark Roast with a Bold taste, then this one is for you. It's not as bold as Mike makes his, so this is not an espresso, just wanted to make sure you understood that Mike makes it that way on purpose. You don't have to unless you are like him and like it extra dark and bold.

I have sipped his cup (we now have a single cup Keurig and we have a single filter with single coffee cup liners so we can now each brew our coffee how we prefer, Thank Goodness!) Or we can get those little cups but they are way too expensive and will only be purchased as gifts or if I review them, I don't see how anyone can afford to drink their coffee like that every day. I am so glad we found the single little filter with it's on little paper filters so now we can make what we want and how we want.
Now, the next one was also his favorite, the French Roast, Extra Dark that is Smoky and Intense. For this one, I used less in my little filter and it wasn't so dark and intense and I actually liked it that way. Mike of course, filled his little filter to the top and then some.  I told him one of these days he is gonna have stomach issues (he already does some but won't admit it) He eats really hot salsa and all that jalapeno stuff. Well, it's not my stomach so nothing I say makes a difference.
But if you follow the directions on the bag, the coffee is really not as intense as Mike makes his, so don't let that throw you off of trying a good coffee because of his silly antics!

If you like a rich bold taste and don't cover it up like he does with Hazelnut, you will love this coffee. On this one, I did mix a little regular and some Hazelnut to give it a slight nutty taste and to tame it down a little. It really all is in how much you put in your filter and how much water you use.
You can make any coffee either too bold or too weak by changing those 2 things. So, play around with your coffee until you find the perfect combination that you like. We are not all made the same and won't like the same flavors but that's a good thing. I sure would hate it if all I had to choose from was one flavor of coffee or tea, wouldn't you?
Our next one was Louisiana Blend, which is also a Dark Roast and is bold. Now, here is what you are gonna have to understand about this particular gift basket that I chose. I did it more for Mike than me. I get to review teas quite alot and Mike will not drink hot tea to save his life. I also got to choose quite a bit of coffee not long ago that was more up my alley than his. So, this time, I wanted him to have most of the fun and that is why I chose this basket to review because I knew since he had started drinking his coffee stronger lately, that these would please him and I wasn't wrong!
But, I found that I could drink this one also, just by adding less to my filter. Again, that is the word of caution to use. If you are not sure about a coffee when it says it is a dark roast and bold, I would go light on the first cup and taste it and see what you think. You can add or take away until you make that cup the one that you want! So, even though this started out being Mike's basket, I was able to tailor it to suit me also by adjusting how much I put in my filter.
Now, we come back full circle to what I like in a coffee and that is the House Blend. It is a Medium Dark Roast coffee that you can make without having to add or take away anything. It is the perfect cup of coffee. By the way, I guess I should have mentioned this earlier, but all of these coffee's are their Private Reserve and are all served in their New Orleans style Coffee House. So, these are the real deal and they certainly taste like it! This is one of the two bags that we got that were the full size, so I am happy to report that this made my day because they chose the right one for me to have so I can make this coffee quite alot before I run out!
Then lastly, we tried the Holiday Jazz which is also a Medium Dark Roast coffee and another one of my favorites. This coffee is also the Coffee of the Month for December and well, that is understandable because it is named Holiday Jazz after all!  It has a tropical floral aroma that is made with the top 1% Arabica premium and specialty coffee beans. It does have some slight spices in with the coffee, so just in case you don't like spices, this might not be the one for you.

This one will make an awesome Christmas Gift or to even serve as your after dinner coffee for Christmas with your dessert. It will bring out the flavors of your dessert much better and you will enjoy this coffee immensely!
I am so glad we got this basket because for some odd reason, I thought this coffee would be spiced up like alot of teas are for the holidays and I was very glad that it was not. It does however have some spices in it but they are not so loud that you can't tame it down if you need to. And it is only in this one bag of coffee, all the rest are just plain coffee's with different roasts and blends.

We like to add our flavors mostly, we don't like them to come already flavored because if we don't like it, there really isn't much you can do to change the taste if it is in the coffee beans. So, for that reason, I try to stay away from flavored coffees unless they are Hazelnut or Mocha. Those are the two exceptions because you can tame them down a bit if you have to.
And, I have to tell you that is is fast becoming my new favorite mug to drink coffee out of! Why? Well, remember I said I have a single cup Keurig? One of the features of the Keurig is that you can make a small cup or a large cup. With this cup it is big enough to make both and that is one of the ways I can control the flavor. If I want to make a very bold coffee lighter, I use this cup and press the large cup and my coffee is not as strong as Mike's.
So, this cup has become an important part of my coffee experience and I am so glad that I have it! Plus, it is a nice heavy enough weight that it keeps the coffee warmer longer and I just love the way it feels in my hands. Perfect!
Lastly, this is what Mike takes with him in the mornings with him so that once he gets to work he loads it up with that darn old coffee that is so black I don't see how anyone drinks it! But, he will in the winter when it starts getting colder here, will get up in time to make some here to take with him so now he has a really nice To Go Cup to take with him and red has always been his favorite color. If I had not had to review this basket, I would have loved to save it as a gift for him, but you very well can't do that and review it at the same time! So, he got one of his gifts early this year, thanks to Community Coffee!
I found this great little gift on their site and thought you might be interested in it so the banner is a link back to the offer. You will get a free stocking stuffer with the purchase of the same Christmas Gourmet Gift Set that I just reviewed! 
I found this interesting History about Community Coffee:
For four generations, the Saurage family of Louisiana has owned and operated Community Coffee Company. In 1919, Henry Norman "Cap" Saurage discovered the secret of making this great-tasting coffee in his country store on the north edge of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  
He named his coffee "Community" in honor of his community of friends. In 1924, he closed the store and converted his backyard barn into a coffee mill, using coffee beans purchased from a local roaster. In 1941, Cap's son H. Norman Saurage Jr. purchased the company's first coffee roaster, having decided that Community should roast its own coffee to ensure quality at every step.  
A roasting plant was built in Baton Rouge in 1946. Over the years, Community Coffee Company would take countless steps to ensure the quality of its product. In 1955, the company began importing green coffee beans directly from coffee plantations in Brazil. 
In 1970, a new plant was built on the Mississippi River in Port Allen, Louisiana. In 1980, Community introduced the nation's first vacuum-sealed coffee package. The first CC's Community Coffee House opened on the corner of Jefferson and Magazine Street in New Orleans in 1995.  
Dozens more opened during the 10 years that followed. It's been more than 90 years since Cap Saurage founded Community Coffee Company, but our mission has never changed – to share our passion for great coffee with our customers. 
Connect with Community Coffee several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2311
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: 800-525-5583
Fax:     800-643-8199  

You guys are going to be so happy to hear that Community Coffee will be giving one reader the same Gourmet Gift Basket that I just reviewed to one winner! Open to the continental U.S. only. Good Luck!


Lisa Brown said...

I like the Season's Greetings Variety Gift Pack

Catie said...

I would love the Christmas Morning Gift Set!

Gala said...

Southern Christmas Treats gift basket

Kristy Schleitwiler said...

Christmas Morning sounds wonderful!

Jessica Robinson said...

I'd like their Southern Christmas Treats.

Tracy R said...

The Christmas Morning Gift set!

Eyreka said...

The Christmas Morning Gift Set!

Kathy Eyre
eyreka1 at

kellyr78 said...

I Like the Gourmet Flavored Coffee Lovers Assortment

JC said...

JC said...

I like Christmas Morning Gift Set

flairshare said...

I like the Season's Greetings Variety Pack and the Southern Christmas Treats.

Joni Caraway said...

I would love to have the Christmas Morning Gift Set

Joni Caraway said...

JJ Caraway said...

I would love the Christmas Morning Gift set.

Lisa R said...

Christmas Morning Gift Set because I also like my morning tea

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

Lisa R said... link works

Lisa R said...

fb name Lisa Reitano

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

fee roberts said...

I'd love to have the Christmas Morning Gift Set =D

Carol L. said...

I'd love the Southern Christmas Treats Basket.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Ken Ohl said...

southern christmas treats basket.

lag123 said...

Christmas Morning gift set.

Lag110 at mchsi dot com

Megan Parsons said...

Christmas Morning Gift Set
makeighleekyleigh at

Longpig said...

The Southern Christmas Treats seems lovely! email is ren_longpig @ (live) . c o c

Paula L. said...

I love the Christmas Morning Gift Set.

jandplee at att dot net

Tina said...

Southern Christmas Treats

barbara stenby said...

Christmas morning gift set looks nice. I've never tried this coffee before would really like to thanks for the chance! Barb Stenby on Facebook

Melissa said...

Christmas Morning Gift Set
lisa.blogs2 at

Dutch Girls Favorite Things said...

The southern gift basket
Becky Davis

Paul T / Pauline T said...

I like the Christmas Morning Gift Set - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

deb c said...

I like the Christmas Gourmet Gift Basket
missdeb1 at earthlink dot net

Gigi Sweeps said...

I also love the Christmas Morning Gift Set!

mediaworm said...

I am new to drinking coffee I ma mainly a therbal tea drinker so any of the flavored coffees sound good to try cause every time my dad or someone makes coffee I find myself putting some of my dark chocolate hot cocoa in and so far the few flavored ones I have tried aren't so bad. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays.

Kristin McDonald said...

I would like to try the Christmas Morning Gift Set
krissmac13 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I hope that you are doing better!
The traditional family gift set looks awesome- everything does!

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Christmas Morning Gift Set
Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Janet Vickers said...

The Christmas morning one!

Dominique Cloutier said...

christmas morning! =)

MomLovesDeals said...

The Southern Christmas Treats basket looks fun! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

Vanessa Vazquez

noreen said...

Southern Christmas treats

Di said...

Christmas Morning Gift Set

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Di said...

commented on FB -

M.j. said...

I like the Christmas Morning Gift Set ...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

lisa said...

The Christmas Morning Gift Set
lisa kay

nicolesender said...

The Christmas Morning Gift Set is my choice!

CarolynH said...

I like the Season's Greetings Variety Gift Pack. jojoecarol at gmail dot com

CarolynH said...

CarolynH = Carolyn Hernandez Left a comment on Facebook. Almond milk & coconut oil.

Eileen said...

I do love the Christmas Morning Basket, but would be just as happy with the smaller set of gourmet coffee's without the "basket" and extras.$40/Gourmet-Flavored-Coffee-Lovers-Assortment


ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

Krista Grandstaff said...

The Christmas morning basket is pretty awesome!! :)

but I LOVE their military match program...what a great thing for a company to do!

Krista Grandstaff said... comment on a review was not on Ozeri, but on quantum scales! I just realized what I did :(