Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Café Domingo #PeetsCoffee

Tuesday morning I woke up feeling slightly panicky about my day. Both kids had been sick with nasty colds for almost a week now, and it was the first day I wouldn’t have any help since Justin had to work. I needed to be on top of things and couldn’t be dragging. Instead of pulling out my go to coffee, from that coffee chain with the green aprons (you know the one), I opened up the new package of Peet’s Coffee I bought when I was shopping at Target last week.

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I had bought a 12oz. bag of their already ground coffee, a medium roast called Café Domingo. On the bag they described Café Domingo as being “smooth and balanced, with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean crisp finish.” They had me at “hints of toffee sweetness.”

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Having spent a lot of time slinging coffee in a previous life, I feel like I appreciate good coffee. I enjoy medium roasts like Café Domingo, but I also like a lot of bold roasts and some mild or lighter roasts too.  Hint 1: If you’re looking for more caffeine, go for the more mild or lighter roasts.

 

While I was feeding my youngest breakfast, I decided to brew up some coffee, hoping I’d get some energy to carry me through the rest of the day.

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I am the only coffee drinker in the house (Justin gets his caffeine through downing energy drinks), so I only brew a small amount at a time. And most of the time, I actually prefer to use my French Press when I want a hot cup of coffee. It makes a perfect amount to have a cup or two and you have a more flavorful cup of coffee when you use a French Press. There’s no filter so you get all of the oils from the coffee beans.  But since the #PeetsCoffee was already ground for me, I went with our coffee maker.  Hint 2: For every six ounces of water use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Some people might find that too strong, so you can always use less coffee if you like.  Hint 3: If you do go with a French Press, make sure you buy whole beans and grind them on the French Press setting.

I poured myself a fresh cup as soon as it got done brewing, and had a few minutes to enjoy it while my daughter finished up her breakfast. My first impression is that it isn’t as bold as some of the roasts I am used to, but it does have a good smooth balance like they described on the bag.

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I only got to drink about half of my cup this morning before I had to clean my daughter up, and get breakfast for my son, but that half a cup kept me going all morning and afternoon. And I’ll be honest, it probably wasn’t just the coffee that gave me a boost of energy, taking the October Unprocessed challenge has helped a lot too. Good thing I can still enjoy coffee this month without feeling guilty!

I’m going to continue testing out Café Domingo from Peet’s Coffee and I’ll let you know how I’m liking it later on this week, okay?  But I’d love to know what some of your guys’ favorite coffees are…Brands? Roasts? Favorite way to drink coffee? Let me know in the comment section so we can chat about it.

 

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. The opinions and helpful hints are my own or have come from previous work experience/knowledge. #CBias #PeetsCoffee

3 comments:

Anne said...

Sounds like good coffee. I tried the Cafe Solano, and it is excellent!

San said...

I always like a good coffee review :)

I am alternating between Trader Joe's "Tarrazzu" coffee at home (medium roast) and Peet's Major Dickenson Blend at work.

Theresa said...

I love good coffee! We have a local roaster here Joe Bellas but if I haven't stopped in I love a good medium roast from Petes! or Trader Joes.