Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Green Coffee Bean Company Giveaway

This is my last coffee review for Coffee Month 2010!  I'm ending my month with The Green Coffee Bean Company.

Here is their bio: The Green Coffee Bean Company is a little coffee shop in Ketchikan, Alaska, located in beautiful and rainy Southeast. We do all of our own roasting with our Probat roaster. We put a little bit of love into all the coffee we roast and we hope you can taste the difference. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. We love to talk about coffee!

The Green Coffee Bean Company is owned by Steve, main roaster/owner/head honcho. Brittany does the online part of TGCBC to help Steve out, as he's usually pretty busy with roasting coffee! We also have Crystal, our roasting assistant, and a barista or two.

We also have green coffee beans available and do wholesale orders. We package our coffee in stand-up bags with a zipper-style closure and a one way valve to let air and gases out. Coffee will stay fresh for a long time!

I had the pleasure trying Harrar Longberry, dark roasted; Alaska Black Wolf, dark roasted and Midnight Sun Espresso Blend, medium roasted.  I could not stop smelling all three of these.  I would love to be at their coffee shop in Ketchikan and smell their shop.  If I ever get to Alaska, I would plan my time around going to their shop.  
Alaska Black Wolf
(From store) Black Wolf Espresso Blend is a dark roasted delight. This is a bold and flavorful blend that is perfect for espresso, but tastes just as great used for drip coffee. Black Wolf will keep you howling all day!  This espresso does make you howl!  It is smooth and tasty!!  I brew it in my one cup Keurig Machine! Works like a charm!
Midnight Sun Espresso Blend: 
(From store) At the top of the Northwestern hemisphere lies the land of the midnight sun. A place where majestic snow-capped mountains fall into a sea of sparkling blue, a place where bears, orcas, eagles, and the world's most revered salmon form the basis of an intricate web of life, and a place where the humans are known for their obsessive love of coffee. Whether it's fuel to keep you going on those darkened winter days, or to revitalize the senses with the midnight rising of the summer sun, we hope you'll raise a cup and join us Alaskans in praising, "Let the midnight espresso shine down on me." 
 For me, this coffee had the best smell, ever. There are many smells and taste in this black bag! One of them that I picked up on was a light coconut smell and taste.  My daughter loved the smell of this one, too!  This for me, is definitely a coffee to be enjoyed with friends.
Harrar Longberry:  This was their coffee of the month for August! Lucky me I was able to get a bag!  They are all sold out!  Keep checking back because this is a bag of beans worth owning.  

(From the label) The district of Harrar is located in teh Northeast area of Ethiopia at about 5,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level.  Longberry is a large, long-pointed bean.  They are grown by hand on smal peasant plots and processed carefully by the traditional, dry method which brings out characteristic wild blueberry undertones, flowery aroma, medium acidity and heavy wine-like body.  With all this in one coffee bean, just roast to second crack to bring out he natural wild fruitiness or dark roast for more pungent cup.  A very special treat with any blueberry dessert.  

I love coffee from Ethiopia.  This is a first for me to try Harrar Longberry.  I was amazed at the floral, blueberry taste and smell.  Very exciting!  This is a great afternoon coffee and great for dessert time.  

Now that you know what I tried, enter to win coffee for yourself!  I'm not sure what you will win but I can guarantee you it will be good!

GIVEAWAY
COFFEE from The Green Coffee Bean Company (TGCB)

To enter: Go check out TGCB on Etsy and tell me something you like to try. Leave email with your comment.


Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win Coffee Beans from The Green Coffee Bean Company http://bit.ly/GreenCoffeeBean" , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make their shop,TGCB as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at their ETSY store and tell me something you learned, something you would purchase, and Heart something you like. (5 entries per comment)
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)
7) For 5 entries each: Go visit them below! Fan/Follow them and come back and get your extra entries

Giveaway ends Sept. 21. USA
Thanks to the sponsor for sending me all the generous coffee beans to review and mailing out coffee to the winner. All opinions stated here are my own tasty words. All the coffee pictures came from their ETSY store. 

Coffee Month- Organo Gold Healthy Drink Review

Happy Coffee Month!  I've sampled some yummy, new coffee's this month.  The only coffee that I've sampled that was instant this time is coffee from Organo Gold Gourmet Coffees. If I didn't know that they were instant I would not have known any difference from instant to fresh brew.  It tasted more like a herbal mix than just coffee.  I guess that is why it is a healthy drink vs instant coffee.  The Latte was sweet and creamy.


The smell of the coffee was very rich and inviting!   They sell a "healthier coffee" that is packed with 100% certified Ganoderma Lucidum Red Mushroom! This is a true first for me.  I was pleasantly surprised!  


Here are the two that I sampled.  The descriptions are from Lisa, at  Healthy Drink and more: 

Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee

Organo Gold Gourmet Black coffee will excite and awaken every coffee lover’s senses. You’ll be delighted by the familiar Organo Gold rich aroma and the flavour of fresh brewed coffee. It’s a convenient “anytime” drink that is ready in seconds. Most importantly, it’s Healthier Coffee. Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee is packed with the goodness of the 100 Percent Certified Ganoderma Lucidum Red Mushrooms. It truly is a celebration in a cup for lovers of Gourmet Black Coffee taste
Organo Gold Gourmet Latte

Organo Gold is proud to offer what coffee lovers have been searching for. A truly healthy Gourmet Coffee Latte. Organo Gold Gourmet Latte is packed with nutrition from the 100 Percent Certified Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Red Mushrooms that have been acclaimed for more than 4,000 years as the “King of Herbs.” OG Gourmet Latte is made from high quality, aromatic Arabica coffee beans, infused with Organic Ganoderma Lucidum extract and blended with sweetener and cream. Let Organo Gold Gourmet Latte invigorate your imagination and stimulate your taste buds.
Check out this coffee for yourself:
Thanks to Lisa at Helathy Drink and More for the samples! Any opinions expressed here are my own tasty words.

Coffee Month Giveaway by Good Harvest Coffee

Happy Coffee month with Good Harvest Coffee Company from Texas.  They don't roast your beans til you order!  They state that roasting is an art, and every batch is a new experience.  I got to review their Fair-Trade, Organic Nicaragua Beans. The beans smelled great!  I love smelling coffee beans.  I poured the beans in my hand so that I could get a good whiff!  My nose really picked up on the cherry and chocolate smell.  Yum!  When tasting the brew, it had a full, delicate taste that left my mouth very happy.  It had a light fruity tasty!  This is definitely a morning coffee for me. 


Here is their description of this coffeeThis is a medium-bodied varietal of organically-grown, fair-trade coffee beans from the high-grounds of Nicaragua. According to coffeebeandirect.com, "Nicaragua is a fairly new entry into the coffee export world, and they have made quite a splash already. Some experts say that this coffee can give Kona a run for its money."

As to flavor, this coffee is mid-toned, with a pungent aroma containing fresh cedar, cherry, and chocolate-caramel notes. In the cup delicate, roundly sweet, with floral and high-toned fruit notes.

To Best Enjoy This Coffee:
* To bring out the very best flavors of this tasty bean, we recommend a medium (Full-City) roast, which is how we will roast it for you unless you specify otherwise (lighter or darker).
* Also, we ship our beans whole and not ground (unless you specify), because we don’t want to compromise an ounce of freshness by grinding them before they get to you.

We want you to have fresh coffee, and we want to sell it to you at a great price! Our coffee is not roasted until you place your order, so it arrives at your doorstep at its very freshest. We are a family-run business and your satisfaction is key. Please let us know how we can better serve you. (photo up above from their ETSY store)


GIVEAWAY


1 winner to get 8-oz (1/2 lb) of coffee-of-choice, chosen from their Etsy store

To enter:  Go visit their ETSY store and leave a comment on one of their products that you'd like to try.  Leave your email with this address. 


Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win Coffee Beans from Good Harvest Coffee http://bit.ly/GoodHarvestCoffee " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make their shop, Good Harvest Coffee as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at their ETSY store and tell me something you learned, something you would purchase, and Heart something you like. (5 entries per comment)
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)
7) For 5 entries  Go visit them at their website and come back and leave me a comment on something  you learned. 
Giveaway ends Sept. 21. USA
Thanks to the sponsor for sending me a sample and mailing out coffee to the winner.

Mud Pie Studio Pottery Review and Giveaway

Happy Coffee Month! Today is my last day to post coffee and coffee products!  Oh don't worry I will still post coffee reviews and giveaways but not daily for an entire month!  How fitting, on the last day, I'm going to be posting about actual coffee and coffee mugs!  Not a bad way to end the month.  


Today, I'm featuring my newest favorite ETSY store, Mud Pie Studio by Stacy.  Pottery is her second career and it has taken time to master her craft.  She didn't just wake up and start making pottery. It took time and patience! I really wish that she lived near me because I would be over all the time trying to master what she is doing.  


Here is what she has to say about her studio and pieces:  I work out of my garage/studio. It's drafty and smells a bit strange on warm days, but it's fabulous to have my own space. I have little windows and a 'studio assistant' to talk to. (My dog)


I create each piece that you order from a ball of clay on my potters wheel. It then goes through a lengthy process. Once it's dry enough to handle, I customize it for you, and add any embellishments or handles. I paint the dark bottom by hand, and do carving by hand. I then fire the piece in my kiln before applying the color. Once the glaze is on, it is fired once again. Then... a long 24 hours later... it's cool enough to ship to you.


Sounds awesome, right?  She made me one of her customized mugs! I had her put Susie's Cafe on my mug, as that is what my family calls my kitchen!  One of my dear daughters asked me if this was my favorite mug now?  Well it is one of my favorites and it will go into the rotation of my favorite mugs that I use for my daily grind.


The mug is beautiful.  It is actually perfect.  I love handmade items and have one other mug that is also handmade.  I get so much more pleasure drinking out of them vs. just the store bought mugs. (shhh don't tell my other mugs about this...)  I just can't stop looking at the mug.  I had to look at it for a few days before I let myself drink from it.  The colors are rich and the design is perfect.  I could really go on and on about this mug!  Here is another photo of mug. Can you see why I love it?  
You'll have to go check out her shop and look at all of her other products.  I just sit and stare at some of these pieces.  Besides mugs, she dog bowls, beer steins, pitcher's, bowls, kid cups, tea cups,etc.  The coolest feature is that you can customize her products. (Custom Mugs from start to finish is an excellent article with great photos of her work)  These pieces of functional art would make the best present ever for anyone at any age!  Her items should be sold in specialty stores.  All of the photos on this page are her photos.  
                  She is offering one of my lucky readers a chance to win one of her special 10oz tea cups. 
GIVEAWAY
1 winner to get 10oz Tea cup
Wheel Thrown Stoneware, turquoise glaze.

Entry:  Go visit her shop, Mud Pie Studio, look around and come back and leave a comment about one of her products, or something you learned. Leave email address with this entry.

Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win wheel thrown stoneware by Mud Pie Studios. Each is a piece of functional art! http://bit.ly/MudPie " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make her shop, Mud Pie Studio as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at her ETSY store and tell me something you would give as a gift, something you want for yourself, and Heart something you like. (5 entries per comment)
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)
7) For 5 entries each, go find her at the below locations. Come back and leave me a comment on something from each site. 
GIVEAWAY ends 9/21- USA
Thanks to the sponsor for making me a custom mug to review and giving away an item for one of my readers. All opinions stated here are my own tasty words.  

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coffee Month- Starbucks Coffee ebook Recipes Giveaway

Happy Coffee Month! Thanks to the clever ETSY shop, infooncd, I got to review an awesome EBook on Starbucks Coffee Recipes!  The book is 34 pages of yummy Starbucks recipes.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes: Chai Tea, Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte', Camamel Macchiato, Eggnog Latte', Marbled pound cake and Mocha Brownies.  I was impressed with all the baked goods listed!!

Most of the recipes have easy to find ingredients that you probably have on hand at home.  There are a few items that you will have to buy at Starbucks or search online!  For me, it is easier to search online to get what I need.  We live in a small town with the nearest Starbucks 25 minutes away.

Her shop offers many ebook.  Some of them are Arts and Crafts, Recipes, Business Opportunities, Home and Garden, Pets, Health and Beauty and more!  The next book that I'm going to get is the Jerky Recipe book.  I just recently got a dehydrator and I can't wait to try out some of her recipes.

The book was very easy to access.  As soon as you pay for the book, she sends you the file.  I have ebook cookbooks on my computer so I just filed it in with the others.  So easy and right at your fingertips!
GIVEAWAY
5 Winners for the Starbucks Recipe Ebook

Entry:  Go visit her shop, Infooncd, look around and come back and leave a comment about one of her ebooks! Leave email address with this entry.

Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win one of Five Starbucks Coffee Recipe books http://bit.ly/Starbucks4U " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make Infooncd as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at her ETSY store and tell me something about her store/products. Heart something you like. (5 entries per comment)
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)

GIVEAWAY ends 9/18
Thanks to infooncd for providing me a copy of the book and 5 copies for my giveaway winners.  All opinions expressed here are my own tasty words.  

Crazy Dog Tshirt Giveaway for National Toasted Marshmallow Day

I love Crazy Dog Tshirt. I am proud to say that we have quite a few in my household! We've also ordered them for others as gifts.  Crazy Dog has shirts for men, women, kids and dogs! The tshirts are very affordable.  The quality is top notch! One of my shirts, I've had for over a year and probably wear it once a week, looks and feels just as great as it did when I purchased it.  I've never had an issue of shrinkage, either.

Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day (8/30) and I recently reviewed the Smore tshirt. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shirt. People always comment on this shirt.  This is one of the softest Crazy Dog Tshirts that I own. I could sleep in this shirt! IT is that comfortable.

I also love the caffeine addicted tshirt!  It is so fun to wear. I always feel smart when I have it on! lol  People try and figure out what it says.

Here are some of their crazy shirts:
Would you like to win a shirt???  This would make a great shirt for yourself or someone as a gift. They have something for everyone!  Check out their Funny t shirts, Vintage t shirts, 80s t shirts and even Custom t shirts.

GIVEAWAY
1 shirt of your choice $19.99 Value
To enter:  Go to Crazy Dog TShirts and tell me one you'd love to get if you win! (You can pick something different if you win!) Leave your email address with this entry.
Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win a CrazyDog Tshirt of your choice! $19.99 value! These make great gifts! http://bit.ly/CrazyShirts " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in 
Signup on their email list (http://www.crazydogtshirts.com/servlet/the-template/facebook/Page).
5) Stop in at their Facebook page and tell them Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life sent you! Facebook 
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)

7) FIVE ENTRIES EACH- Go back to their site and tell me a shirt you would give as a gift, a shirt you would NOT wear and a shirt that brings back a childhood memory.  


GIVEAWAY ends September 21st
Thanks to Crazy Dog for providing a review and giveaway shirt. I expressed my own tasty opinions in this post.  

Coffee Month- Giveaway magnet with The Charm Lady

Happy Coffee Month!  I can't believe that my month is almost over! I still have quite a few things to post so keep checking back!  Today I'm featuring The Charm Lady on ETSY!  She sent me this AWESOME magnet that says, "I haven't had my coffee yet, don't make me kill you."  This is so funny and if you are an avid coffee drinker or know someone who is one, this is the perfect saying for them! 


Shop description of magnet:  A sassy mini collage captured between 1.5" squares of thin glass and then soldered around the edges. The solder has been sanded & polished resulting in a smooth shine. 

Attached to the back is a rare earth magnet - a super strong magnet which can easily hold up to 8 sheets of paper.
My Take on the Product:  Yes it is a strong magnet.  Some of my magnets fall off the fridge if the door gets shut to hard... well this one does not fall off!  It is very high quality and professionally made.  She should sell this in local shops.  I am so impressed by the wide variety of items that she carries in her shop.   She has beautiful clay pendants, reversible pendants (very unique idea), rings, a moss ring (so original), bubble pendants, wristlet key fobs and more!   She has over  170 items for sale!  I love her shop! These are high class items at really great prices.  

She also has a sale going on right now!  All items are buy 2 get 1 free!  What a great way to get a good deal on some presents!  
GIVEAWAY
1 Mouthy Housewife Magnet (shown on top of blog post)
Entry:  Go visit The Charm Lady, look around and come back and leave a comment on one of her products that you like! Leave email address with this entry.

Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win a Mouthy Housewife Magnet by @thecharmlady http://bit.ly/CoffeeorDie " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make The Charm Lady as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at her ETSY store and tell me something about her store/products.
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)

7) Here are other place you can find The Charm Lady!  Follow her and come back and claim 5 entry points for each one!
http://www.thecharmlady.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/thecharmlady
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Charm-Lady/104649909061?ref=ts


GIVEAWAY ends September 18
Thanks to The Charm Lady for providing a review item and a giveaway item.  All opinions expressed here are my own tasty words.  USA

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Coffee Month- Scrabble Tile Giveaway with Triple Nerd Score

Happy Coffee Month!  I'm so thrilled with the fun products at Triple Nerd Score.  Heather takes scrabble tiles and forms them into individual pieces of art!

Here is the latest scoop on her shop: *FREE SHIPPING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST!!!!!*

Hello and Welcome to my latest obsession - Triple Nerd Score: A Scrabble Tile jewelry shop.

I have just started a fan page on Facebook - find us under Triple Nerd Score! Be the first to find out what's new, any specials, and info on any art and/or craft shows I'll be at....

Check back often, as I am just setting up shop, just diving in and have more tiles, and more ideas, than I can possible have time for! :)

SPECIAL *Buy 3 pendants, get one FREE*
Please DO NOT put your 4th and free pendant in your cart, or you will be charged. Please put your free item request in the "message to seller" section.

NEW! Domino magnets! For your fridge or any metal you want to spice up...

SPECIAL *Buy 3 magnets, get one FREE*
Please DO NOT put your 4th and free magnet in your cart, or you will be charged. Please put your free item request in the "message to seller" section.

Shipping in the US is a flat $2.50 no matter how many pendants you purchase. Everywhere else? $3.00.

I also have a fine arts jewelry Etsy shop, new and improved and now fully stocked- Jezebel's Jewels
JezebelsJewels.etsy.


My Take on her product: She has the cutest tile designs.  I did a search for coffee and found 8 different designs.  I chose the cup of coffee with spoon.  It is so fun and a lot of people ask about it.  Her shop has a wide variety of designs.  She creates bracelets, too.  They are adorable. These little pendants and bracelets should be sold in specialty gift shops.  
Here are a few of my favorites:
GIVEAWAY
1 pendant of your choice


Entry:  Go visit Triple Nerd Score and tell me a pendant you would pick out if you won! Leave email address with this entry.
Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win pendant of your choice from TripleNerdScore http://bit.ly/TripleNerdScore " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make TripleNerdScore as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Stop in and visit her other ETSY store, Jezebel's Jewels and tell me something about her store/products.
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)
GIVEAWAY ends September 14



Stop in and say HI on her Facebook wall! Tell her Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life sent you! 
I was given a product to review and one will be sent to the winner. Opinions expressed here are my own. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Coffee Month- Jon Whitney Pottery

Happy Coffee Month!  I had the pleasure to come across a beautiful store on ETSY, Jon Whitney Pottery.  He makes functional pottery that is affordable enough to use it every day!  

Here is his bio: Jon Whitney Pottery was established in the country setting of Mason Michigan in late 2004. Since that time he has strived to make beatiful functional pottery that is affordable enough for every day use.  He thrives off inspiration from natural forms and the ideas of the arts and crafts movement. All of his wares are high fired stoneware finished in a gas reduction kiln. The work is safe for the dishwasher and microwave for easy handling.

Some School and Work Information: He attended Eastern Michigan University with the intention of becomming an art teacher, then started making pots. As any potter can tell you that was the end of that. He loved making pots and decided to make it his life. He quit his job at a retail store in his junior year and went to work in a slip casting shop to pay the rest of his way through school by working with some type of clay. After school he worked at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Pewabic is one of the last 3 functioning arts and craft pottery studios still going in the states. The experience of being the wheel thrower and running the glaze room gave him what grad school would not, that being training as a production potter. After 4 years he got the itch and moved out to the country to seek his fortune in life. He built my own gas reduction kiln and works out of his own home/studio. His wife helps to keep him sane and his studio cat Osiris keep him company durring the day.

He is also a member of the Etsy Mud Team (EMT) check us out at http://etsymudteam.craft-sense.com
My take on his product:  I reviewed a piece of Jon's art!  He sent me one of his espresso cups. It is a beautiful piece of art.  It is a perfect 1/2 cup sized espresso cup.  It is strong and durable.  I'm so impressed with his work.  All of his products would make great gifts for anyone.  I learned that his wares are high fired stoneware in a gas reduction kiln.  This makes each piece safe for the dishwasher and microwave.
Stop in and visit Jon Whitney Pottery at ETSY, his Blog and on Twitter!  He also post his newest work for viewing on flkr http://www.flickr.com/photos/29331762@N02/

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