Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reunion Island Coffee Review

  If you asked me a few years ago if I wanted a cup of coffee I would have laughed at you. I worked a lot of late nights and on top of never liking the taste of coffee I also didn't need anything to keep me awake longer. Winding down and getting into sleep mode after work was hard enough without throwing coffee into the mix.

  My love affair with coffee finally began about 3 years ago. I started working mornings in administration and coffee became a regular thing for me. Now I need it. Now I CRAVE it.  Not only do I grab a coffee each morning in drive thru on my way to work but I also leave my house on Saturday and Sunday mornings to hit the drive thru for my coffee fix....usually while still in my PJ's :)

  So the question everyone asks me is "why don't you make coffee at home?". It is a simple answer really. I honestly have not found one that I like. I can't seem to find a brand that suits me. I have tried everything from cheap coffee to the ridiculously expensive coffee. I have bought well known name brands and I have bought brands that most people probably never heard of. The one thing I hadn't tried yet was coffee beans that I grind myself.

  When Reunion Island Coffee contacted me to do a review I responded with a giant coffee addicted YES!!! My package arrived and I was thrilled to see that it was coffee beans that I had to grind myself. Double Yes!! Something I hadn't tried before!!  I was dying to give this coffee a taste test when I suddenly realized that I didn't own a coffee bean grinder (oops!). One short trip to a local store and I purchased myself a cheap one at $7.77 that works perfectly.

    I have to tell you.  I enjoyed Reunion Island Coffee.  It did take me a little getting used to the grinding of the beans and I found I was off a little when measuring out my grounds to water ratio.  I originally put less in grinds than I was supposed to .  The measurement recommendation on the package just looked like a lot compared to what I was used to measuring.  The Columbia Las Hermosas coffee I was sent suggests 2 tablespoons per 180 ml cup and I was afraid it would turn out too strong.  Note to self : Always follow directions :) 

 I found the flavour of this coffee to be bold without being overpowering.  Reunion Island Coffee puts a scale on the bag that goes from Mild to Bold and the coffee I was sent rated around the middle of that scale.  It was perfect for me.  I don't like my coffee too weak but I don't think I would have enjoyed a coffee rated at the high end of the boldness scale.  This coffee was very smooth to me.  Much smoother than the coffees I have tried in the last few months.  I am quite happy with it. 

   Reunion Island Coffee  is based in Oakville, Ontario.  I love that they are a Canadian based company.  It was founded in 1996 and the company is also involved with Organic and Fair Trade products.

You can check them out at their website here: Reunion Island Coffee

Or you can Follow Reunion Island Coffee on Twitter

As for me ... I'm off to brew another pot :)

Reunion Island Coffee provided me with a bag of coffee and a travel coffee mug. My opinion was not influenced by this. I was not monetarily compensated for this review.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Therma Cell Contest


I entered the ThermaCELL May Lantern A Day Giveaway and thought you might be interested too. You can win some great prizes. Help me out and enter my registration code  ZMZTUK  when asked who referred you. Go to to enter!

I would love some help with this. Thankx guys! 

WIN a WII at One Savvy Mom!


I just came from One Savvy Mom! and I think if you get the chance you should hop on over and check her out!  She is kindly giving away a Nintendo Wii Console to one lucky reader!

What a great giveaway! Hurry though.. it ends May 14! You have to be in it to win it!

Enter for your chance to win here: 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BestKidsApps Contest and my Perfect Mothers day!

I’m participating in a contest at Best Kids Apps, a blog about iPhone apps for kids, for a chance to win an iPad.

The contest is being run by Best Kids Apps who you can find here:   iPhone apps for kids

I  promised to tell them (and you ) my idea for a perfect Mother's Day.  So here it is.  My perfect Mother's Day is simple.  I just want to spend it with my son.  That is all it really takes for me to be HAPPY! I will probably be visiting my mom of course but I have no idea what to bring her.  Maybe something for her garden!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Winners - Putamayo Giveaway!


Congrats Jennifer L. and Fredamans you are the winners of my Putumayo giveaway!

Congrats! I am off to email you both now!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Thank You Fredamans

So many wonderful people lately have introduced me to great music. Just wanted to drop a quick thank you to Fredamans for introducing me to this song :)