Wednesday, June 30, 2010

oldie.. but not so goodie anymore


I used to use Folgers coffee all the time. My mom always got Folgers so I guess I was just copying her in some small way lol. Then about two years ago when I was on my own, I realized this coffee tastes like crap lol. So I switched and went to Maxwell house. That I loved. Although sometimes if I put to much I think it tasted a bit funky. Or bitter. But maybe that's just me. . .
I thought today I'd use up the old Maxwell house I had with the baileys hazelnut creamer today to save some of my k cups. Well, the coffee wasn't bad let's just say that. But that smooth "everyday coffee" taste I used to think It had, just wasn't really there anymore. It kind of blend in to the hazelnut creamer ( mind u I only put 1tbsp) . I guess some time's an oldie is just an oldie for that reason, and it really isn't anything special. And maybe it never was. Now my palette is so open to so many new things that I've tried in ground gourmet coffee and the amazing k cups. So it's really hard to try just "regular coffee anymore" . But if you do like Maxwell house and you don't have a keurig, hey more power to you everyone likes their own thing. I just was disappointed because I did used to love the Maxwell house. So anywhoo only 3coffee cups for me today for this coffee. ...
My question is , If you have a keurig, do you still use "not gourmet" coffee in your kcup filter ??


Signing off on the gorgeous day A coffee Diva

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sometime's all we need is a cup of coffee to make it all better


As I wrote the other day, I have been having a rough month. The past week has been both good and bad for me. So I've been struggling you could say. Today I thought I didn't even want to get up and deal with it all, but some how I pulled it together. And got up. And cleaned and worked. Did my website. And I felt like the one thing I was so looking forward to make my day just a little brighter, to just reward myself that I did have the courage to get up and face another day. Was my coffee. As corny or stupid as it sounds. . Some time's it could be the biggest or smallest things in life that will awaken us, and show us light when we feel there is only darkness left. .

My coffee choice was Kona blend kcup that I reviewed before, but I put it with the new "bailey's hazelnut coffee creamers". It is so good. I really wanted the french vanilla one but my key food only had the big french vanilla and I thought it might go to waste lol. So I got the small hazelnut for $2.99 I think. I tried it with a few other coffee's and already I love it. It's great with a plain kcup to flavor it up. It's great iced or at night so you don't eat dessert . It will be great to use with some old maxwell house I have in the freezer. Now I can use it with my kcup filter to use it up. ( I kind of just had it layin in the freezer . I guess I've been spoiled with the great gourmet kcups I've been drinking lol) So all alround 5 coffee cup rating. Now I'm definitely going to buy the big french vanilla baileys! So good, cheap, and so versatile. You can't go wrong..


Have a great day enjoying those small things that make your day. It really can make the difference...



Signing off A coffee Diva

Monday, June 28, 2010

Loving June? Not so much !


I don't know June just seemed to be a really stressful, really hectic month for me. I was really looking forward to the summer, having a great time, celebrating the up coming wedding. But it seems to be the complete opposite. Extra bills. Doctor appointments. Stress. Apartment obligations , etc. I want to enjoy my time (which is now) But I'm struggling. So many things on my mind. So many things to do. Anthony works the late shift so , a lot of things are always put off because he never has any time in the day to do them. Which I hate. Procrastination is not my thing lol. . I am going to see my mom and sis in S.I for two weeks in July. My sister is graduation medical and billing class (which i'm super duper proud of her) so at least I'll have some sort of vacation then. My dad is also having another hip surgery so I will be seeing him. So I think that will really help me. When I am having a hard time it's hard to not see my family. . Well I can't wait for this month to end this Wednesday, and hopeful July will be much better, and more positive. I will try my best to make it that way.
My coffee for the day is Newman's own organic extra bold special blend. The first time I tried this kcup I absolutely loved it. The coffee says it's extra bold ( which it is) but not in the bitter after taste kind of way you usually get with an extra bold type of coffee. It is so good that today I didn't even use any sugar. Just some half and half. It's just a great every day coffee. I really want to try a lot different kcups for newman's own now that I know I really like one of their Kcups. I can imagine the other flavors and varieties. I think this was my last one, because I have this one so many times. Even my fiancée' Anthony loves this one. And he doesn't really even like strong coffee! So 1 to 5 cups of coffee I give it a definite 5 cup rating! If you don't have the keurig brewer like I do, the company does make every blend in ground coffee as well as whole beans! I love that it's organic and supports the farmers and fair trade as well. So try it out today. Stay cool, hang in there with me, all things have to change no matter what right. So let's look forward to the good change this week ! Happy Monday you definitely need an extra bold coffee on Mondays lol...

Signing off. A coffee Diva

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cheap doesn't have to mean bad..


Today my review is for Folger's Gourmet Carmel Drizzel Coffee. I first bought this coffee to try in Kmart. I was looking for kcups of course, and waned to maybe get bag coffee to spread it out in between, so I wouldn't use all my kcups up! So I thought well I really hate folger's coffee the past few years . Would this be any good? Well I am so glad I got it! This coffee is only $5.99 to start with, and it tastes amazing! The caramel drizzle is just that. Has a great hint of caramel in the background of just a nice mellow nutty coffee. Medium roast. Nothing to light or strong. Great for the morning or at night. I can not wait to try all the other ones. I just wish the stores sold them all. Some of them you have to buy on amazon.com. But it would be worth it. So who says you have to spend $20 on a bag of foo foo name coffee to get "gourmet" style flavor at home. At an affordable price. Scale of 1 to 5 coffee cups I give it 5! Definitely try this it's a super duper reccoment. I was in the mood for it today. I hadn't had it in a while. I forgot it was still there from all the other brands lol. I even bought 3 bags and gave it to my mom as a mother's day gift with boscotti. It is just great. And again, coming from folgers which I hated using in my coffee maker a few years back lol. Says a lot. I hope they never discontinue it. I mean a whole bag last me months and months. And $5.99 anyone can afford. !There are about 7 varieties including decaff and espresso! So try them all and let me know. Purchase on amazon.com . Or in stores at kmart!


Signing off A coffee Diva

Saturday, June 26, 2010

latte art www.corsidibarman.com Latte Art

Happy weekend all:) Here are a few slides to display the beautiful work of "latte art". Love it! Enjoy and let me know what's in your cup this weekend ? Do you drink more or less coffee on the weekend?

Signing off A coffee Diva


Friday, June 25, 2010

Bormioli Glass Mug Combo

Bormioli Glass Mug Combo

I'm thinking of getting this. I really hated Gevalia's customer service, but the coffee was worth it to be honest. I have only tried one so far but the creme brulee decaff was very good. And works great in my Keurig kcup filter. So I think I am going to try this. Get the two boxes, and I love these cups, I've wanted them forever!! lol gevalia.com for purchase

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - June 2010

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - June 2010


My babies are on this list! Keurig, and my new coveted item the nespresso maker!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A few of my fav things...




Hello my coffee people! Today is me and my hubby's day off. Thursday/Friday. So much to do so little time . Well as I wait for him to get home, here are a few pics of some things I'd love to get . And some things I think you might love. So enjoy and I will post the links where to buy each. .


Enjoy Signing off A coffee Diva

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kona Blend :)


Hello my coffee lovers. I hope you enjoy my youtube posts on all things coffee, including my wish list. The nespresso maker I posted is quite amazing. I put it on my wedding registry list and I really hope I get it ! Well today I don't really have anything to say, other than talk about my coffee of choice. Today's choice for me was Tullys Kona blend. It's a very good coffee. It reminds me of a good every day coffee. I know many coffee's can have that "everyday" coffee taste, but they all still are slightly different in their own ways. I felt like treating myself today that I can have caffeine again so I went for the kcup. I am in the mood to buy some new ones. Today I got an email saying that on coffeewiz.com there was a sale free shipping on any orders any price. That is a great deal. I might order a summer blend later. Their prices are good too because they have 24ct boxes for 11.99 about. Anywhoo so yeah Kona blend is good and would recommend it as a good every day coffee like I said. Would definitely buy them again. So I hope everyone has a great wednesday !




Signing off A coffee Diva

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Ultimate Espresso? Nespresso Essenza C100 and Aeroccino Review

It's getting hot in here....

So I know they say Florida has the worst humidity and heat. But I gotta be honest with you, some time's NY city can really rival them. The heat is up in NY. Which means all the lunatics are going to be out. Including the hoochie mamas with the pum pum shorts and cellulite flying every where ( who really shouldn't be wearing all those "little outfits for summer"). It makes me quite nauseous. Just because you are "skinnier" doesn't give you the right to let me see your c section scars. Seriously. And what's up with the mom's who had the kids when they were 14, so they like to share clothes with their 16 year old daughters because they think they are sisters? Oh boy where has this society gone? To shit I say. And I'm only 24 ! So yeah it's hot, and humid. Bad hair day. I put my hair back, I wasn't even going to try and blow out my platinum locks. If I did I'd just sweat my hair into an afro by the end of the afternoon. Of course I pick the hottest day to do laundry. And to cook later a big hot meal. Yeah what can I say I'm brilliant ! ..Well my advice is if you can stay in, stay in with the fan, an ice bath, or the ac. It is going to be hot for the next week here in n.y.c so get prepared . Oh yeah, and bring a bat for when you are out and people are bitchy because they have a rash between their thighs, you can club them over the head. 123! LOL
So as you can can see I posted a video on French Press coffee . I know I am married to my Keurig brewer and I love it so much, But I am a coffee lover of all sorts. I had a french press from ikea like 2 years ago. I used it maybe twice because I never really knew how to use it. ( i know why did i buy it then again, I'm brilliant). So I decided to start using it in the morning, on the days I am not using my KCUPS. So I used caffee verona from starbucks. I think it's about $9.99 at most stores. My dad actually got me this one from Target. It is not for the faint of heart. I'll just say that much. It has a very distinct, espresso like flavor. Which it does say bold on the bag. It does taste nice in the french press with a little equal and half and half. The french press gives it a nice froth at the top of the coffee. And when I was youtubing coffee video's a lady said to put the milk first then add coffee to get a nice froth. So I did, and she was right! So yeah I do like the coffee with milk and sugar like I said. It's just an acquired taste so I know my hubby won't like this at all ! He loves flavored. The one bad thing I will review about it is.. hmm how shall i say . It smells like donkey ass!! It really smells so bad when you open the bag, I thought I was drinking dirty, but again the taste is worth it to drink. If you love espresso I think this is a great every day coffee. It just reminds me of that flavor. Maybe because espresso is Italian and so is this coffee who knows? But scale of 1 to 5. I give it a 3.5. Definitely would buy again. Once in a while....


So stay cool this week and hydrated!
Signing off.. A coffee Diva :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

French Press

Positivity ? Is it learned or Instinct?


Happy Monday all. Monday is a good day to start fresh. If you cheated on your diet on the weekend, today is the day to start over. Today is the day to work out. To start a new outlook. To be positive. I usually believe that bad things happen Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday lol. . My whole life I have tried to be positive, but have struggled a lot. So many years I have been depressed. I feel like it comes and goes. Some weeks, days, or months, are really bad for me and it's hard to even get up in the morning. And some times I am so happy. It's so hard to stay balanced, and keep that positivity when I'm young, and so many things have happened. I never used to worry as much as now, or stress out as much as I have these past few years.
But you have to take the good with the bad right. It's been the worst two years for me ever, but then in the same sense I met the love of my life. My soul mate. The one man I always was looking for but never thought i'd find. And we're getting married. So maybe it hasn't been a total shit ?
How do you guys stay positive and focused? I am trying so hard lately, to be in the mind set, that even within the next few weeks even if something happens "bad" or "stressful" I want to just say hey it will be ok. I will get through it, and go on with my day. I have been through much worst than this. So I can do anything! How do you guys do that? And what really defines positivity? Is it being happy all the time? Or is it letting yourself have that bad day here and there, that will then bring you out of the doldrums and give you the courage to face the hard ship you are encountering head on ?
I think positivity has to be practiced. It's not something that comes over night. It takes a lot of factors, and influences to help spark that happy , calm feeling inside. For me, when I'm "positive" so to speak, I listen to new age music to calm me. To keep my blood pressure down. I work out once a day or even more. I eat healthy. I read. I go outside every day no matter what. I at least am on my porch . Looking at the sky. Being thankful for another day. Appreciating the beauty of this world. I talk to my best friend. My sister for hours, to make me laugh, and make me feel as if I went to therapy for the day. Have a glass of wine on the weekend. Or a great cup of coffee! Simple things like those bring me great pleasure. These are just some of my ways... Please tell me yours..
The coffee post for the day is my Gloria jeans hazelnut. I had it iced today since it is so hot. You can get it at bedbathandbeyond.com or even kmart sells kcups now! I love it. It tastes very nutty. It's medium bodied. Not to weak or strong. Perfect for the morning, with something sweet for breakfast. Or at night when you don't want to eat bad, have a sweet coffee to curb your craving. That's what I do. And if your worried about the caffeine you can always get it in Decaff.. P.S. do you guys French press? I think I will be posting on how to and why today or tomorrow..
so smile today and try.. as well are all doing that every day. Just trying.. and survive :)


Signing off... A coffee Diva

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yoga is Sweeeet!


So yeah, it's been a rough two weeks, so I have kind of veered off my "healthy path". . But I have been trying to get back on the hoarse so to speak. I just did a 30 minute routine of yoga. I love yoga because you can do it on your own intensity, but still have it be effective. And I don't know about you ladies, but working out is a bitch. I'm sorry but whoever says " oh yeah I like to put my big but on the floor and bang out 400 sit ups , just to look like I didn't swallow a bottle of salt in the morning, was fun". They were sadly mistaken!@ I hate working out. That's my biggest problem. I have grown to have um, how shall we say it, ADD . I used to work out for an hour when I was 18 just shaking my rump shaker to techno, and over the years, and the pounds, I just lost my will power. My energy level is constantly at a 1. So to get up and work out just to loose 1 pound at the end of the week, it just hasn't been happening the past two weeks. I have been healthy for 4 1/2 months now, so I am trying to get back in full force. If nothing else just to be healthy. I don't care about what the scale says, or my number on my jeans. ( that's why I don't even have a scale) I just lost weight according to my jean size that I went down. . . So any whoo the yoga is good because you get your ass kicked without even realize it. Your just like hmmmmm I'm getting all Zen like, but then your working out every muscle in your body you know. It's something different. Maybe tomorrow i'll want to do aerobics, or jog, but at least today I did my work out, without really "doing" much. (haha to the jogging right!) ...

So my coffee review of the day is to check out q.v.c because they have the beautiful Keurig brewers on sale on easy pay. Which makes it dirt cheap! I love q.v.c i wish they hired me. I sell them to everyone I know lol. So check it out maybe you can get on the kcup revolution. I tell you time and again people it will change your life. Much love in yoga and coffee land !!

Signing off , A coffee Diva

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A little Paris anyone ?

Happy Saturday all. I am home with my fiancée' still taking care of him. Today is his last day home then he goes back to work tomorrow. I know I will be sad and miss him, but this is life.
So lately I have been trying to occupy myself with happy thoughts. Not of negativity and bills and worry. So, I was thinking after getting married in December, I want to really do a lot of stuff to our apartment that I've been wanting to do for 2 years now. One of them being redecorating the bathroom. I was thinking of doing Parisian theme maybe. Something very glamorous but affordable. My bathroom is big for a studio apartment, but I still need to find ways to make the space more efficient. (Ex. Shelves, cabinet's). .. so if anyone has any idea's for colors, or arrangements or website's please comment back and let me know. I found this picture online. I thought it was some sort of inspiration. Obviously my bathroom isn't this big lol. .
So what are your plans for the weekend ?? Any body else going through a rough time in life ?
What was your coffee for the day hot or iced ?? Mine so far was crappy old school instant decaf. Yuck! I guess I am just so spoiled on my Keurig lol. I might be posting picks of some cute cofee things today. Well please follow me , write, post, etc....



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Don't worry... Be happy....


So today is still Thursday for me, but it will prob come up Friday since it is after midnight. Sorry my blog is late. Even though so far I only have two followers, which of whom the two are both family members lol! .. Never the less, here goes my rants for the day..
Well I am still drinking the same Decaff I reviewed yesterday. ( Gevalia creme brulee Decaff which by the way you can purchase on gevalia.com) . So no review today.
Life has been a big rough for me the past few years, as I'm sure it has been for many people. This was a tough week for me as usual so I am just going to leave you guys with a happy picture to try and put a smile on your face and maybe mine.. Have a great day and hope tomorrow is better than todays :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The bumpy road ..


To say I had a long night would be an understatement. My fiance' got sick, and was in the ER last night. What a nightmare . I am just glad he is ok. Sometimes in life, It seem no matter how good of a person you are, and how hard you work it's never enough. There's always the bills that never end. They just pile up and pile up , right when everything goes. And you need to do a huge shopping. Or someone gets sick, something breaks, an unwanted bill comes out of the blue and you're set back a few hundred. It just seems like it never ends. It's hard to not get stressfull with so many things in life. If your just a regular working middle class family like
me and my fiance' then you know exactlly what I'm talking
about. It just gets so discouraging. It's like what's even the
point of going on and working so hard ? If it feels like you're
just surving week to week. Or day to day even ?............. But
then you realize none of that matters. Bills will always be
there every month. Good people will always work at jobs
that are less than what they should be doing. And making
way less then they deserve. Bumps in the road will always
come up. People will get sick. . You're job is to treck through
the mess. To look on the positive side always. To laugh.
The moment you feel like giving up, that is the moment
that you need courage. And it will be worth it in the end.
To be around your family. To love. To enjoy the little things
in life. Money, cars, designer labels don't matter . Doing your
best, treating people good. Loving your spouse. And knowing
it will be ok. Things could always be worst. Be proud of the
little or big things in life you have. That's what I do now.
If not, I will just go through my whole life worrying about
things that are inevitable in life, and that are trivial compared
to life itself....
I hope this helped in some small ways. As I've been through so
much in my life.. So, on to the coffee lol.. I choose Gevalia Decaff Creme Brulee' today. I am on my decaff (because it's that time of that month lol and you shouldn't have any caff). I really like this coffee. It's nice and flavored. Medium roast. Works great in my keurig. It's only about $7.95 per box. Not bad. . I love it because it doesn't even taste like Decaff. So I don't have to feel deprived for the week lol. ... Well let's raise our cup to life and bull shit it both at times can stink , but also can be a relief and a joy at the right times !!!
The coffee Diva

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Love & Coffee


Good afternoon all. . Today is Wednesday , my fiance' had to take a personal day because he wasn't feeling good. I am taking him to the doctor today. I think when your significant other gets sick , you realize evern more than often how you love them so much. It is amazing how when you love someone so deeply that you put their feelings before your own. And for those few hours or moments when you are worrying so much about them, you realize it's not about you anymore in life. There is someone else you have to care for . . .

Well my coffee for the day is Green Mountain Island Coconut blend. It is amazing. I use it with my Keurig Mini Brewer. The best coffee maker I have ever used in the entire world!!!! lol

So just a quick rant abou the Keurig in case someone is still on the mr. coffee pot lol..The whole system is great. You use these "kcups" which has a perfectlly measured out amount of coffee. They come in like hundreds of flavors. Teas. And hot chocolate. And the best part, they give you a "kcup filter" . So you can use your own favorite blend. I over the months have stocked up with many kcups, as well as dunkin donuts, starbucks, and gevalia bag coffee to space out the kcups in between. Otherwise I'd go through a box in a week and then it would be a bit pricey right:) ..So ok back to the coffee review lol..

The Island coconut says its Light on the box but I would say more medium. It tastes like your drinkin a mound candy bar so good. But in the same sense not too much cocounut. Just enough. I do not add any sugar. Just a splash of half n half. That's all. I even brew into an espresso size cup to make it even stronger. Well I love green mountain. They are my favorite coffee brand. Every flavor they have is soo good. I have tried this coffee both hot and cold (and both are equally amazing ) . .

So here's to hopefully a good day, with my fiance' feeling better, and at least now a good cup of coffee...



The Coffee Diva

Welcome..



Hello to all my future friends out there in cyber space. I'm sure if you've read my title, you have assumed this is a blog about coffee. Which it mostly will be. I have grown to love coffee a lot over the years, And I have an opinion about pretty much everything in life lol. I should have been a lawyer .. So today, I thought I'd take a journey in life, with some humor, (and a cup of espresso on the side ):) I hope you all join me , email me, follow me, or whatever else you do ... This is my first day ... so let's see how this blogging thing goes


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