I can't have a gift guide without including my morning pick me up, and what gets me through the day. No, I am not talking about wine. :-) I am talking about coffee!!! Usually something strong in the AM, and then again at night, if I am up writing blog posts. :-) For Christmas the year before last, my husband surprised me with a Keurig coffee maker. I have to admit I am a simple type girl, and am used to boiling water in a teapot my Mom gave me in college, or using a French Press picked up at a yard sale to make a great tasting cup of coffee from recently ground coffee beans. But, having two little ones who like to rise either before, or shortly after I do, I don't have the luxury to grind fresh coffee beans daily. Instead, I had relied on instant coffee poured into the same coffee pot I bought when my husband and I moved into our first apartment after college. While other friends were upgrading to the new Keurig machine, I kept telling my husband I was happy with the things I had -- but, I secretly wished Santa would bring me one of these machines. I loved how you could switch up the different K-Cups depending on your mood, either by having different strength or flavored coffees, to having teas (hot or iced) and even hot chocolate. I just thought this was the neatest thing. Didn't you?
I guess Santa heard my request, as a new Keurig machine found its way under my Christmas tree, and a prominent spot on my kitchen counter. Since switching to this new machine, I have been able to experiment with different flavored coffees -- something I otherwise would not have, as I hated to buy bags of coffee of a new flavor, or to waste it if I didn't like how it tasted. With the use of the K-Cups, I was now able to buy sampler boxes, to enjoy myself, and offer up to family and friends who come to visit.
But, if you own a Keurig or other machine which takes K-Cups, then you know how expensive buying these little single serving cups are. I tend to shop around to find the best deals on them, and will stock up on favorites when the price is right. I have found that the best deals are found online, where you can also find a larger assortment of K-Cup flavors -- more than what I find in local stores. So, last month when I was looking to restock up on K-Cups, I stumbled across Cross Country Cafe, family-owned Keurig Authorized Distributor online. I was amazed at their product offering, and saw flavors and brands I never knew existed, like Wolfgang Puck's line of K-cups.
Upon reaching out to the folks Cross Country Cafe, they agreed to sent out two sample boxes of my choice, as well as offer a giveaway of two boxes of the winner's choice for a giveaway (scroll down to enter), as part of my Mother's Day Gift guide. And, within a few days of sending in my requested two flavors, I received the Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy Keurig K-cups and Celestial Seasonings® Authentic Green Tea Keurig K-cups to review, right to my doorstep.
If it wasn't for Cross Country Cafe, I would never have known about or sampled the Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy Keurig K-Cups. But, I am so glad that I did, as it tasted great. As for the Celestial Seasonings® Authentic Green Tea Keurig K-cups, this was also tasty, and has become a popular request from family and friends who come to visit. I love the convenience of the K-cups, but especially love how affordable they are from Cross Country Cafe. Both the Wolfgang Puck box of 24 K-cups and Celestial Seasonings® box of 24 K-cups are only $13.75 here, as are many other K-cups. Now, I don't have to research to find the best deals when it comes time to restock, as I only need to head online to Cross Country Cafe to place my order, and sit back and wait for my order to arrive at my doorstep. Easy as 1-2-3! :-) All, without breaking the bank.
So, with Mother's Day fast approaching, why not pick up a few boxes of K-Cup flavors from Cross Country Cafe to have on hand to serve your Mom and guests. It is always nice to chat over a hot cup of coffee. I know as I remember seeing my Mom enjoy this time with friends and family when we were little. And, now, I find myself enjoying this connection over a good cup of coffee from my Keurig machine. :-)
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Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views I share are mine and mine alone.