giveaway: $100 amazon giftcard (*second round*)

Click the link below to read all about the review and GIVEAWAY!  :)

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Seattle’s Best.

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the first giveaway this month from Seattle’s Best Coffee!  As promised, here is the second giveaway with a rockin’ $100 giftcard from Amazon, and the results of my own taste test of the new “levels”!

As mentioned in my last post, Seattle’s Best has recently introduced a new “levels” system for labeling their coffees.  Instead of individual names (like what was formerly “Henry’s Blend”), they now range from “Level 1” (mild, light and crisp) to “Level 5” (bold, dark and intense).  Each coffee also includes flavor profiles and amusing character profiles.  For example, the personality test pegged me at “Level 2”, for those who are “spontanteous and fun, you’re a curious optimist.  Fond of going off the beaten path, you enjoy creating your own adventures and seeing where your heart leads you.

Read on to see if the taste-testing agreed with the levels profiles, and to enter the $100 Amazon giftcard giveaway!

Dum, dum, dum…..THE RESULTS!

Now I have to admit, I went to a tour of one of our local roasteries in Kansas City a year ago and learned the method for proper coffee “cupping” (taste-testing) which involved lots of loud slurping and spitting…but very little drinking.  So for my less-than-proper coffee taste-testing at home, I decided to reverse that.  Lots of coffee drinking.  Minimal slurping.  :)

For the first day of the week, I woke up extra early and decided to make a very small batch of each of the 5 levels, in order to truly be able to compare them!  Then each of the following days, I made and enjoyed a full cup of each level to get the full experience.  Lots.  Of.  Coffee.

In the end, I did honestly enjoy Level 2 quite a bit.  But Level 5 was the definite favorite.  This didn’t come as a huge surprise to me, since I love strong flavors in my food and all kinds of hot and cool drinks.  And this Level 5 didn’t disappoint.   Labeled as having a “roasty aroma, rich flavor with low acidity and body”, this coffee smelled absolutely heavenly, and tasted even better.  Reminded me quite a bit of a French roast.  It was wonderful served warm and steamy in the morning, and then cooled down later over ice in the afternoon.  Delish!

So would definitely encourage you to check out the new coffees for yourself in stores, or read about the levels system online.  And then enter to win the $100 Amazon giftcard giveaway below!


So to enter this giveaway, here are the official rules:

Sweepstakes Prompt:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite way to prepare coffee at home.


  • You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
    • a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
    • b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
    • c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
    • d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
  • Giveaway ends at 7:00pm Central Standard Time on April 30.
  • No duplicate comments
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
  • The Official Rules are available here
  • Feel free to read other bloggers’ reviews for more chances to win here

Leave a Comment:


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  1. jessica marinaccio — April 29, 2011 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    love love love cream and sugar and strong coffee

  2. Kevin Bell — April 29, 2011 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Always love using the old coffee pot! I tried the pod systems, but they weren’t as good to me and the pods are a bit expensive.

  3. Mary M — April 29, 2011 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Tweeted here too.!/marybug2/status/64071780502994944

    marybug2 @ yahoo . com

  4. Jackie — April 29, 2011 @ 3:04 pm (#)


  5. Natalie J. Vandenberghe — April 29, 2011 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    The way I prepare coffee at home does not result in a great cup of coffee. I use a decades-old Mr. Coffee drip maker. It no longer brews or keeps the coffee hot enough. If I win this prize, maybe I will invest in either a single-cup coffee brewer or a french press. Maybe then I’ll have a favorite way. I love to drink my coffee Black (strong & hot). Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Natalie J. Vandenberghe — April 29, 2011 @ 3:50 pm (#)
  7. Jeremy — April 29, 2011 @ 5:07 pm (#)
  8. Jeremy — April 29, 2011 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    I’m actually allergic to coffee! I know… sad, huh?

  9. Wanda M — April 29, 2011 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    We have a great KitchenAid Coffee maker that brews the greatest cup of coffee. I only take half & half in my coffee but my husband loads his down with Coffee Mate and Sweet N Low!
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

  10. Wanda M — April 29, 2011 @ 9:04 pm (#)
  11. Kerry — April 29, 2011 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    I like fresh ground beans and I’ve gotta have cream and sugar in it.

  12. Kerry — April 29, 2011 @ 9:11 pm (#)
  13. Steph — April 29, 2011 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    whipped cream and my husband brewing it!

  14. Patti — April 29, 2011 @ 11:12 pm (#)

    I really enjoy my cheap French press, but I would like to see what number they would choose for me.

  15. barbara wright — April 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#)

    My favorite way to prepare coffee is with the timer. I set it up at night and wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee

  16. Joanne Schultz — April 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#)

    I like my coffee black, no sugar, no cream!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. barbara wright — April 30, 2011 @ 11:33 am (#)
  18. Debra F — April 30, 2011 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    I like my coffee strong, but with cream and sugar

  19. angie — April 30, 2011 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    For me, the coffee needs to taste like melted coffee ice cream! TONS of cream and sugar! LOL

  20. angie — April 30, 2011 @ 1:08 pm (#)
  21. scott — April 30, 2011 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    I’m not a big coffee drinker actually. I only like the dessert type coffee drinks you get at places like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee! I never make it at home! LOL

  22. Tamara — April 30, 2011 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    I love a hot cup of coffee with a bit of sugar and creamer.

  23. scott — April 30, 2011 @ 1:44 pm (#)
  24. Heather E — April 30, 2011 @ 3:56 pm (#)

    I don’t make coffee at home. We don’t drink coffee. I hope that’s okay to say as my comment.

  25. Heather E — April 30, 2011 @ 3:57 pm (#)
  26. Betty C — April 30, 2011 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    I have an electric drip coffee maker that has a timer so I can set it the night before and have it ready to drink when I wake up.

  27. Teddy Breceda — November 15, 2011 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    french press, almond milk, agave syrup. Wow, I sound like a hippie.