I had recently decided to rejoin Klout Perks and I’ve been enjoying their new layout which brings me into contact with new people places and products. I was alerted by Klout that I had a perk waiting for for me if I was interested so I checked it out. Perks are an interesting thing. Depending on your interests you’re offered samples of things to try usually based off of what you talk about on your social media.
In this case a variety of Fair Trade items were being offered by various companies to try for free. REALLY? OK! So I sent off for the sample pack that had a little bit of everything. This is what I was sent:
I felt like angelic music was playing when I opened the box. HA HA.
It was the mother lode of goodness and what excited me most is that I had not tried any of these brands before. NICE!
We are serious coffee drinkers in this house so the first thing I did was grind up each bag for our pour over. I was basking in the rich aromas that filled our tiny house.
TONY’S and DILLANOS so different from each other and so delicious.
Dillanos LA FAMILIA GUZMAN ORGANIC blend is what I tried first. It’s a part of DILLANOS One Harvest Project and keeping it short and sweet, they work directly with the Guzman family/ADISA cooperative in Peru and this means cutting out a lot of middle men and more support going directly to the farmers that grow the coffee. It’s a definite win/win. Gotta love FAIR TRADE.
The first thing I noticed in opening the bag is the sweet and roasty scent. In our daily drinking we pick coffee up from the store and our store coffee seriously paled in comparison. Fresh roasted, it reminded me of waking up as a kid to my dad brewing his coffee in the early a.m.
I started the pour over and was delighted as the roasted coffee scent deepened. Our house is only roughly 250 square feet (we live in a tiny home) and was now enveloped in coffee heaven. Who needs scented candles?
After pouring myself a cup I sat down and smiled at my first sip. I’m not into bitter tasting coffee. Usually I need to add in milk to tame it a bit and this was not the case with Dillanos Guzman blend. This coffee is smooth and didn’t need any sweetener (which I also usually add to my coffee). It’s rare for me to find I coffee I would drink black without sugar. Out of curiosity I added in some coconut milk and sweetener. This turned it into a light sweet treat for me. Delicious.
My husband has been drinking it and though this coffee is listed as a medium he felt it was more of a light coffee. It’s a mild flavored coffee and not too sharp so if you like your coffee friendly on the palate then this one is for you. I really enjoyed it.
The next coffee I tried a little later in the week is TONY’S PERU CEPICAFE. CEPICAFE is the co-op in Northern Peru that Tony’s works with. Organic and Fair Trade focused this is also a partnership that benefits the farmers and gives them more for the care and quality that they put into growing their coffee beans.
This coffee made me chuckle. Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a soft loamy coffee scent. Definite cocoa notes and a little sweet to my nose. Having just woke up, in retrospect this was the perfect coffee to try this morning.
TONY’S describes this coffee as “Cocoa, Vanilla, Malty Body” and even though that’s plain enough I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from “Malty” not with a coffee. So with eyes half mast I sat and took my first sip. My eyes popped open. Oh. MALTY. *laughs* for me (in connection with Tony’s Coffee) malty means BOUNCY. The coffee hit my tongue and proceeded to bounce all over my mouth. It was like the coffee wanted to make sure every part of me tasted it. Very bright very eye opening. It took the cocoa and smoothed out any bitterness with the vanilla notes. I normally go for mellow coffees and I’ll tell you I would SO love to have this on a camping trip. It brewed up into a very awesome cup. In after thought I added some almond milk and sweetener and that took it from a bright light to a soft glow.
The chocolate. The first chocolate I tried is the UNREAL chocolate peanut butter cups:
NOM NOM NOM
I shared this with my husband and immediately wanted more. Unreal who uses non-GMO, organic ingredients has totally got me hooked. I am now seeking out their chocolatey goodness ALWAYS. The milk chocolate is lightly sweet. I love this. Some milk chocolates are so sugar filled that you lose any sense of the chocolate flavor only tasting sweet. I’d also like to high five them for the balance of chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter did not over power the chocolate and vice versa. Both flavors melted and blended and the one candy cup just wasn’t enough. Try them but buy two, because YUM.
The next chocolate was also from UNREAL and it was their Milk Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Peanut Butter Cup:
Single chocolate cup of yum!
A crunchy peanut butter cup? Ok. There was only one of these, but I still shared it. I need more *laughs*. Light sweet milk chocolate smooth and delicious. The peanut butter is super creamy and then there’s a crunch. The quinoa adds a pleasant little crunch and honestly I can’t decide which peanut butter cup I like better. Both have the same delicious flavor – but if you like a little crunch in your candy I’d choose this one.
The last candy I tried is ALTER ECO Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate:
I love reading about the products I get and this chocolate didn’t disappoint:
I thought it was just a small blurb on info on the chocolate but it was more than that:
As I enjoyed my chocolate I also got to learn a bit about ALTER ECO what they do and why they do it. Not just consuming but learning about where the product comes from and how the Acropagro Co-Op helps restore their ecosystems with their agriculture practices. It’s an eye opener and an amazingly delicious chocolate.
This chocolate came at me in waves. At first taste it was smooth and I could taste the dark chocolate but without any of the expected bitterness. This was surprising but I happily enjoyed it. After the swell of earthy dark chocolate came a sweet caramel swirled with a sharp salty flavor. POW! A pow that left me satisfied. The sweet and salty mingles with the 70% cocoa and fades out…until I take another bite.
I would have finished the whole bar but luckily my husband helped me out with that. The smile on his face let me know we had found a dark chocolate winner.
The last two items I was gifted was the FAIR TRADE lip balm and the KLEAN KANTEEN 16 oz. tumbler.
I love this lip balm! It smells minty and has a light tingle going on. It’s not greasy and absorbs nicely into my skin. Fair Trade USA – THANK YOU. This contains Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter with organic ingredients (like beeswax, coconut oils etc). A very well made lip balm.
The Klean Kanteen tumber is AWESOME. It’s stainless steel, vacuum insulated and great for hot or cold drinks.
This is the perfect size tumbler for me and has worked great with my pour over coffee. I had been looking around for an insulated tumbler since I got rid of all my old ones in our move last year. We used to have an electric coffee pot but having downsized we opted for a pour over set up which takes less space and doesn’t require a plug in. So while I can brew fresh coffee I usually only get the first cup as a hot cup. Now? Problem solved. Kleen Kanteen: Well made and well loved!
Again I’d like to thank Klout for the opportunity to get to know such wonderfully conscious made products. I will definitely be spreading the word!
You can find these awesome companies on Twitter:
@ALTERECOSF @TONYSCOFFEES @DILLANOS @GETUNREAL @FAIRTRADEUSA @KLEANKANTEEN