I’m definitely not a coffee connoisseur, but I do know what I like and what I can drink. I used to not be able to drink coffee unless it was in the form of a vanilla latte (hot or cold) or saturated with creamer. Lattes are expensive and creamer, well, lots of extra calories. It only took a month, but I weaned myself of the creamer and was taking my coffee black. Because I drink my coffee black, it needs to taste great. Smooth, no funny aftertaste, no bitterness to it. Community Coffee sent me two of their ground coffees to review, their Breakfast Blend and French Vanilla. You can find the reviews below.
Gluten-Free and Community Coffee — Since this is a gluten-free food blog, I looked into the gluten-free aspect of their coffee. Yes, generally coffee is gluten-free, but I read a few reviews on people having some issues with their flavored coffees. The list of ingredients on the French Vanilla only stated, “Flavored coffees contain natural and artificial flavorings.” I contacted the company directly to see what their gluten-free practices were. I specifically asked about whether or not the “artificial flavorings” would be harmful to someone who has celiac disease and if during the manufacturing process if any of their coffees come in contact with any thing containing gluten. Here’s what they said, “All of our coffee is gluten free. During the process of grinding/roasting it does not come in contact with gluten containing products.”
Breakfast Blend — Ground
The Breakfast Blend is a medium roast made from 100% premium quality Arabica coffee. The grounds smelled a little burnt, so I was a bit concerned on how it would taste. While the coffee was brewing, the smell was heavenly. I drank my first cup black and it was delicious and smooth. There wasn’t any harsh after taste and I didn’t feel the need to add sugar.
French Vanilla — Ground
The French Vanilla is a medium-dark roast made with 100% premium quality Arabica coffee and flavored with natural and artificial flavorings. As soon as you open the bag, the grounds smelled just like french vanilla. Strong, but not over powering. My first cup of the French Vanilla was black and I really didn’t care for the taste. It didn’t taste like french vanilla and had a definite artificial flavor. When I added a spoonful of sugar to the cup, it tasted a little bit better. This wouldn’t be my first choice. I much prefer to add french vanilla creamer to get the taste.
Community Coffee Giving Back
Community Coffee is boosting morale for our troops overseas by offering their Military Match program. According to their website, Community Coffee has shipped over 55,000 pounds of coffee to our troops. Here’s how their program works:
Step 1. BUY 4 – Buy your favorite Military Match Set of four 12 oz., 16 oz., or Single-Serve 18 ct. coffees.
Step 2:GET 4 FREE – We’ll match your purchase with an additional four items, and send all eight items to the APO/FPO or military base address you provide.
Step 3: A FREE MUG! – We’ll even include our Signature Military Mug with your shipment.
To learn more about the Military Match program, visit their website at CommunityCoffee.com/militarymatch.
Coffee, not just for drinking!
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*Disclaimer: I was not paid by Community Coffee for this review. I only received free product to give my honest opinion on what my thoughts were on their product.