Friday, September 28, 2012

Kicking Horse Coffee Review/Giveaway

My hubby loves coffee, I drink it on occasion. I don’t always react well with too much caffeine. The traditional brands that I grew up seeing all smell great, but I never cared for the flavor. I have always associated coffee with a bitter flavor that sticks around my mouth for the rest of the morning that I drink it. I was offered the chance to do a review for Kicking Horse Coffee, the ‘Kick Ass’ brew. I started to think that this would be a review that was perfectly suited for my hubby; I ended up discovering one of Canada’s best-kept trade secrets.

There are several different items you can purchase from Kicking Horse Coffee: Organic Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Accessories, and Mugs. We can't forget the different flavors that are offered in coffee. Kick Ass, 454 Horse Power, Hoodoo Jo, Grizzly Claw, Half Ass, Decaf, Decaf Cliff Hanger Espresso, Cliff Hanger Espresso, Three Sisters, Z-Wrangler, Pacific Pipeline, Kootenay Crossing, Jumbo Wild, Bugaboo, Mocha Yoho, Mexican, Sumatran and Peruvian.

This is a Canadian roasted coffee, but a quick goggle search and you will find that people import it all of the time, and not just Americans. It seems that people around the globe have developed a taste for Kicking Horse coffee. There are a few reasons why. The can itself was, too me, a masterpiece among the mundane cans that I am used to seeing in stores and at my home. It is metal, recyclable, and it has a pure black surface that seems painted on. There is texture to the outside of the can, this texture is finer than sand and as smooth as gloss. I fell in love with the container immediately. There is white lettering with a partially green emblem and a lid of the same color green. This is a great contrast with the elegant black can. I am not used to seeing this level of creative packaging. Several tidbits of information are available on the back of the can, as well as the foundations that the kicking horse company is associated with. Everything looks very nice; there are no paper labels or stickers to be found anywhere.
I noticed right away that the coffee smelled great. After removing the metal lid and peeling back the air seal, I saw that the beans were in fact full-sized coffee beans. While it was cool to see the beans in this form, my hear t slumped a little. You see, I didn’t have a coffee-bean grinder, this came as somewhat of a culture shock to me. After obsessing a little over when the next time I would be in town to buy one was going to be, my husband decided that he wouldn’t wait. He put some of the coffee beans in a zip lock bag, placed the bag on a cutting board, and began to pound and roll them with a roller pin. I laughed a lot at the sight, but it was actually effective enough to do the trick. The next morning we had our new coffee, which smelled even better now that it was brewed. A day later, I had my coffee grinder.

The coffee tasted great, it says “extreme bold” on the outside of the can. I was a bit worried that it would mean that the coffee would be super-strong, or loaded with caffeine. Neither was the case, the flavor was full, but only subtly bold by my standards. I do think that it has more body, deeper flavor, and a better aroma than Folgers. The cup I had did not make me jittery, but it did wake me up. I can be sensitive to caffeine at times, but I felt great without crashing later. The taste is bold, but I wouldn’t say extreme. There is almost a sweet aromatic aftertaste that follows the coffee’s flavor.

My husband loved it; he said it tasted almost like Starbucks, just not as strong. He also added that it was a good thing it wasn’t quite as strong. He drinks coffee every morning and said that the caffeine content was about the same as a regular strength cup of our domestic coffees. With options like kicking horse on the market, coffee can be exciting. Read the rave reviews that others have given kicking horse, and you’ll realize that this is a brew that reaches far and with mostly the same result each time, satisfaction.
About the company: Small in stature but big on flavour, Kicking Horse Coffee is Canada’s #1 Organic Fair Trade Coffee. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, a lot has changed since those humble beginnings in 1996. Now employing over 40 dedicated personnel and occupying a 60,000 ft2 office and roasting facility, a growing and loyal following continually reinforces our commitment to roasting, packaging and blending, the finest super-premium coffee in the country!

Where to purchase: You can purchase Kicking Horse Coffee at retailers throughout Canada and US. You can also purchase from the Kicking Horse Coffee website and on Amazon.com. Prices are $12.99 and up.

Disclosure: I was sent products for free to review for my honest opinion, from either a PR agency or a company. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

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