Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Fill the Stocking of a Coffee Lover with Wicked Joe Coffee This Holiday Season (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"At Wicked Joe it is our mission to source exceptional coffee from around the world, guarantee sustainable wages for the farmers who grow our wonderful beans, and roast epic coffee for each and every customer."

It wasn't until I went away to college that I started drinking coffee.  Even though I wasn't a fan at first, coffee was the only thing (the darker and stronger, the better) to get me out of bed at 7AM to make it to my 8AM classes.  As the years went by and through sampling different coffee blends I found myself gravitating to dark roast and even espresso.  And, when I got married, I was introduced to different things needed to make the perfect cup of coffee including a  coffee grinder, French press, and home brewing station.  

I, oftentimes wondered why some coffees tasted fresher than others.  I though it was just how it was made, or the type of coffee bean used.  But, after receiving my own little Barista station I realized that it was all about the bean and how you brew up a cup of coffee.  I found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a great tasting cup of coffee. And, as the years have gone by I have compiled a list of go-to coffee brands that I love and will stock up on, so I don't wake without a bag of coffee to reach for.  One of my new favorite brands is Wicked Joe.  Have you heard of them or sampled their coffees.  They over a variety of coffees blends including Wicked French, Jamaican Me Crazy, First Tracks Breakfast Blend, Bella Maria, and even a few decaf blends, to name a few.  The kind folks at Wicked Joe sent me two of their popular blends, Wicked Italian and Sumatra, to try, and I have to say that I was hooked at first sip with each of these coffee blends.

Here is more about the two coffee blends I was sent...

Wicked Italian

"A delightful blend of Latin American and Indonesian beans roasted a bit longer for a dark, rich velvety sweetness. Makes a great espresso in the darker Southern Italian style. This complex and intense blend would make DaVinci, himself, proud to be an Italian. Coffees from South America and Southeast Asia."


"Delicate malty aroma, slight sweetness, rich, earthy spices throughout, peppery, nutty, smooth, low acidity, heavy body, syrupy, subtle apricot and cherry notes, dark chocolate finish."

Even though I wasn't a fan of coffee during my college years, I needed it to help me get me through my early AM classes.  And, then when I started working I found myself gravitating to a local coffee shop drive thru to get my caffeine fix.  But, if you frequent a drive thru for your coffee in the AM you know that it adds up.  And, it is usually hit or miss if they make it right.  There is nothing worse than stale or watered down coffee, especially first thing in the morning when you are trying to wake up and get a much needed caffeine kick.  Because of this, I have found that brewing my own coffee at home is best, especially because I can choose the blend based on my mood, or the season.  I, for one, find dark blends with chocolatey notes are perfect for fall/winter months.  I am not one for pumpkin spice or those other fall flavors...just a simple chocolate lover here.  So, I was excited to learn about the Wicked Italian blend from Wicked Joe, as it prided itself on this deep and soulful blend, that was rich and smoky with notes of dark chocolate.  I could really taste the smoky flavor with hints of chocolate whenever I would brew myself a cup of Wicked Joe Wicked Italian.  And, my husband, who is not usually a fan of this type of blend, found himself loving it, too.  He said it was smooth and full of flavor, and really gave him that push he needed in the AM.

As far as the Sumatra, blend, this, too, was another dark roast coffee from Wicked Joe.  While not as strong as I would expect from a dark roast coffee, it was full of flavor, with subtle earthy tones to it.  I especially loved how this blend made my kitchen smell when I was brewing up a cup of coffee in the AM.  There were times I found myself craving a second cup of this coffee midway through the day.  It was that memorable, and pleasing to the palette.

With the holidays fast approaching -- only 2 months to be exact until Christmas, I know I will definitely need my coffee each morning, and probably at night when the gift wrapping begins.  And, when I need my coffee fix, I will be reaching for Wicked Joe coffee. I, for one, have already added a few of their other blends on my wish list for my husband.  I hear the Bella Maria and Big House blends are tasty.  And, being a New Englander, I am excited to try the Main State Parks Blend.  I am planning to pick up this blend and serve to family and friends who will be over for Thanksgiving.  There is nothing better than a great tasting cup of coffee to wash down sweet pastries and desserts.  :-)

To learn more about Wicked Joe and their different blends, which can be purchased as whole or ground bean, visit their website  These coffees would make a great stocking stuffer, or as a gift basket when paired with a new set of coffee cups or on-the-go tumblers. And, at only $9.99-$12.95 (on average) per 12 oz. bag of coffee, you can't go wrong with Wicked Joe.  Once you take a sip of their organic fair trade coffee, you will see why I and so many others have this brand as our go-to for our morning coffee fix.  You will not be disappointed.

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Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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