Sunday, March 10, 2013

Roger's Family Company Coffee Sponsor Spotlight Review

I got the chance recently to try some really good coffee from a new coffee company that we reviewed these past two weeks called Roger's Family Company.  Mike really had a good time going thru this particular brand that Roger's Family Company sells. They have several brand's of coffee's and that is kinda neat because you can get one bag from one brand and another bag from another one and so on.
Mike really does love his coffee so much and drinks alot of it while at work and at home, that it's a good thing that they sent us several 2 oz. size bags to try.  Oh, all of these coffee's were San Francisco Bay Coffee's.
Here is the flavors we got to review:
**Colombian Supremo
**French Roast
**Breakfast Blend
**French Vanilla
We tried the Hazelnut first because when we try coffee that is already ground up, we start with the flavored ones first so that they don't lose that flavor before we get to it. It is a mild coffee and it set very well with me. I know most of you know me, so no use in covering nothing up, plus I did a new health update late last night. So, you know my stomach is acting up again and I had to be put to sleep so they could go take a look.
Bottom line, I have to be extra careful til the other tests and biopsies come back, so I was very pleased that when I took a tiny sip, it was mild and I had made it that way by pushing the large cup instead of regular cup on the Keurig.  So, that way, the extra water diluted it down some. Now, Mike did a regular cup and since he has been working with these new guys, they have him drinking some seriously black and bold coffee that I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole!
I added a little bit of sugar, a little bit of creamer and I was good. I could only drink about half of the cup but that was pretty good considering I haven't been eating or drinking much lately. I am seriously having to count each drink and how much food I eat. Like a journal. Til we figure out what the heck is going on.
Next was the French Vanilla. If you notice I am also doing the milder tasting coffee's and will be leaving the bolder ones for him. Otherwise, Mike actually does like Hazelnut and Vanilla alot. He won't tell that to the guys, but at home, he pours the heck of alot of Hazelnut creamer in just about every cup of coffee unless it's the vanilla.
I also have the flavored syrups that if I feel it's not quite enough I will throw a few drops in for good measure but I didn't have to with this one. I use regular creamer by the way so I can actually taste the coffee.  Only time I use the Hazelnut is when I am drinking Hazelnut and want it to be really rich. I was really pleased with this French Vanilla Coffee. It was just the right taste, even for a larger cup and I didn't have to add anything extra. If you are a French Vanilla coffee drinker, then this one is for you!
This one I approached a little differently because everyone's idea of a Breakfast Blend is different. Some like it really strong to jolt them awake or some want it to be smooth going down with their breakfast and don't want nothing upsetting the stomach first thing in the morning. So, I didn't put as much grounds in the little coffee filter and still used the larger size mug and was pleased to find out I could have drank this one in a smaller size. By doing it my way, I weakened it just a tad too much. 
So, when Mike got in to make his, I told him to make it regular which he did and he really did like it and after a few sips of his I did, too. It's not often we agree on coffee but this one we did. A nice morning coffee to help shake the cobwebs a little loose but not so bad you get the jitters.  If you like  a smooth and good coffee, then this one is for you. It's a no nonsense coffee that won't let you down.
Okay, here is where Mike steps in and does his thing. French Roast coffee to me is exactly what it means. It is a European style flavor that lives up to that name. They like their coffee bold and dark. So, I didn't even attempt to make a larger cup with less grounds. To me, that would have been a waste of a good coffee that I knew Mike would enjoy and so I left that one for him. Of course, by the time he adds all that Hazelnut creamer, I don't really know what he tastes.
If I had tried it I would have used just the regular. If my stomach was in better shape, I would have tried it, but not quite willingly to make things worse at this point. I am waiting to see what the doctors say and that is just gonna have to be the way it is. Besides, Mike really does have a good head on his shoulders and he knows if a coffee is good or not. If you like nice bold coffee with a hint of darkness, this is gonna make you happy.
Okay, coffee die hard fans, this is your coffee! This one is very rich and just the way that the guys at Mike's work loves it so I sent it with him to work. I knew I was not gonna touch this one with a ten foot pole and when he got home that night, he said I made a wise choice.  I think Colombian Supremo is a man's coffee thru and thru.
He said I wouldn't have liked it but the men had every bit of it gone by the time they got off of work that day! Can you believe that? Yes, come to think of it, yes, I can. These are men who have to work in bitter cold temperatures so they drink this stuff I think to get them moving. So, I made a wise
choice in not even giving this one a chance in my mouth.

This was saved for last because I wasn't quite sure what it meant, Fogchaser. It says its a blend of the world's best coffee and roasted to perfection. It says its a sure way to clear your head. When I think of something like that, I think bold and too dark for me, almost like espresso. So, I wasn't sure what to do with this one and let Mike take the first sip and waited for him to say something.
Mike made a cup just like he normally does and hit the large button on this one and he said it was pretty good so I took a sip of his and it's not bad, but for me, it was a little too much. So, for me, anyway, this is another man's cup of coffee who needs the extra boost to finish out his day or help him get started.

Either way, I knew that it would not be touching my lips. And really, there is nothing wrong with you guys not liking the same coffee or soda, so stop flipping out over it and just agree to disagree on some things.  Coffee to me is a personal thing and you can't possibly like every single one that you have tried. 
Coffee is a self expression and you are free to make your self expression however you choose! Mike says you will like this coffee if you drink your coffee black, then you will love this one.

Here is a little bit of history about Roger and why he started the coffee business:
Our founder Jon Rogers invested in the purchase a small coffee and tea company in the late 70’s. With the help of his family and friends, it has grown into the company known today as Rogers Family Company. In honor of Father’s Day, we sat down with Jon and asked him a few questions about the business, his family and life.

What inspired you to get into the coffee business?
It was available actually! I was looking for a company to buy in 1979 when I had taken a year off from work. After 22 years in the marketing industry with companies like Revlon and General Foods , I learned that I didn’t like the way “Big” businesses operated and the way people were out for their own agendas rather than for the good of the company. I wanted to start my own company where I could make the decisions myself. That year, a small coffee and tea company came up for sale in San Francisco, and I bought them out of bankruptcy.

How was it starting out like that?
It may be hard to believe, but we started out in a 5,000 sq. ft. location on 3rd Street in San Francisco. Space was definitely limited as we had to move pallets of stock out onto the street each morning just to make room to work. At night, we would move them back in just to close up. We started with one family member, then another, and pretty soon we had the whole family and four other full-time employees
Connect with Roger's Family Company several ways:
Mailing Address:
1731 Aviation Blvd.
Lincoln CA 95648
Phone: 1-800-829-1300
Fax:      916-543-0493
The awesome folks at Roger's Family Company will be giving the winner of my March Into Spring Giveaway Event a $75 GC to spend on their site which is this link. The Event starts on March 11th and ends on the 25th of March. Good Luck Everyone! Open to the U.S. only.
Disclaimer: 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.


Georgette C said...

Ooh la la! The coffee sounds scrumptious. Yes, not a word usually reserved for coffee- until now. I really like my strong coffe(like Mike); however my digestive system does not like the strong blends(like you)....and I love flavored coffee all the time, so any way you look at it, win win. I just use loads of creamer if need be, with the stronger blends- it helps somewhat(you do the same, it seems). I haven't heard of Roger's so I'm glad, as always, to read about a new coffee company. I drink so much coffee that it would not take much to use that gift certificate. I also wonder aloud--the Fogchaser, the description reminds me of a coffee that Millstone used to put out called FogLifter(not sure if they still make it, this was many,many years ago) but it sounds very similiar. I couldn't find that blend anymore from Millstone, so if this is similiar, I'd have to order it all the time, as that was one of my favorite coffees. :)

Melissa Storms said...

I enjoy stronger coffee, so thee sound wonderful to me. I am sorry you are struggling with so many health issues, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love your blog!

fee roberts said...

I would love to try the Colombian Supremo. I love the robust flavor of Colombian coffees. =D

Jennifer Hiles said...

Ok, I am really intrigued by the "Fogchaser" blend! Never heard a coffee named that before but I bet it does what it says! My husband works outside too so sending him off with a hot cup of good coffee really helps. I'm a huge coffee lover myself and I would love to try this brand!

Sharon Shoemaker said...

I find that there are few better things in life than enjoying a great coffee in the morning before starting your day :) I love coffee!!

Carol L. said...

I'd love to try the Morning Blend and the Hazelnut flavors. Great story of how the company started too.
Thanks for the review.
Carol L
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