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

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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

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231 comments on “giveaway: $100 amazon giftcard (*second round*)”

  1. I love my French Press! The coffee tastes so smooth!

  2. i buy bottled or instant coffee from the grocery store. a coffee machine would be handy.
    songyueyu at gmail

  3. tweet:!/syytta/status/60523147925008384

  4. My morning routine…husband grinds and brews early, the aroma wafts into the bedroom, kids awaken, I drag myself to the machine for a cup of awake, with lots of cream, no sugar. All day long, from my trusty thermos, the beans of life keep me moving, through teaching, coaching, transporting. The level is not important. What is is relevant is the aroma, the taste, the perk that fulfills the need to be.

  5. strong coffee with a lot of milk, one sugar or s/f vanilla syrup, like a latte

  6. tweet!/FotoMacro/status/59704406727335936

  7. tweet
    (sorry, my last tweet had the wrong status – not mine. )

  8. My favorite way to prepare coffee is with the “help” of my 2 1/2 year old. He loves to count the number of scoops that I put into the electric coffee maker and then pretend to drink a cup of coffee with me later while saying, “Mmm. Good coffee Mama!”

  9. I use my Braun electric-drip coffeemaker to get my fix. No sugar, unsweetened soy milk!

  10. tweet.

  11. using my “greca” — a stovetop coffee maker from the dominican republic, i make a soy cafe con leche

  12. When I put my coffee in my drip coffee machine, I love adding extra spices to the grounds like nutmeg or cinnamon. It adds great taste to the coffee!

  13. I am a college student, so I have my little 4 cup drip coffee brewer in my dorm that I frequently turn to. I usually use one heaping Tablespoon per cup and then add some organic half and half to make a creamy, tasty brew.

  14. I’ve just recently become a coffee fan but my husband always makes it via french press!

  15. We grind the beans and use our 4-cup coffee maker. Just the right amount!

  16. I love making coffee in my Cuisinart 12-cup coffee maker. It has a 4-cup setting, and a timer, which is perfect for weekday mornings when I’m in a rush to get to work! It makes the smoothest coffee and brightens up my day from the very beginning!

  17. I love making my coffee by getting ground coffee, usually Dunkin Donuts brand, and making it using my coffee machine. Add a little bit of sugar, milk, and cinnamon and it’s good to go!

  18. french press please!

  19. Instant, but a coffee maker would be handy!

  20. French press coffee is yummy!

  21. I love to make coffee at home using my age old espresso machine, and then I foam some milk using my aerolatte! Top it off with some white choc syrup and I am happy as a clam. :)

  22. And I tweeted about it of course. :)!/TheCilantropist/statuses/60961448880390144

  23. I put on coffee first thing when I get up each day. I start with chilled, filtered water and a quality brand of coffee (I have been experimenting with lots of premium brands of coffee lately). I like to drink it with 1 tsp of sugar and a splash of milk.

  24. i’m boring–i simply dump some ground coffee into the percolator and when it’s done, mug it up and go, black as moon-less night. :)

  25. Love strong dark bold coffee to go with my extra cream and sugar.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  26. Tweeted here too!/gmissycat/status/61014582977761280

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  27. I use our Senseo machine and eco pads. That way I can fill the pads with my favorite coffee (*hint hint). It makes a killer cup of joe.

  28. We’ve got a french press I adore, but the ol’ dripper gets used way more often.


  30. I love making french pressed coffee with a square of chocolate in the bottom of my cup! YUM!

  31. We grind our own beans and brew the coffee in our Krups coffeemaker.





    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  34. I add hot chocolate to my coffee…my form of cappacino. :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  35. I am absolutely devoted to Seattle’s Best Level 2. I go to bed at night looking forward to making a pot in the morning! Even though my husband doesn’t drink coffee, he loves the smell of it brewing. So if he is up before me, he will have a lovely pot ready when I wake. I was becoming worried in recent months that I’d have to switch to decaf, but I have never found a decaf that I like. I tried Level 2 just to give it a shot, and I was soooo happy. I got the flavor I love and just enough of a boost without making me climb the walls. I recommended it to as many friends as I could, and several of them are now converts too!

  36. I love my coffee made in my one-cup coffee maker….nice and hot, hot, hot…and black, black, black!

  37. Here is my video that includes a special appearance by Level 2!

  38. I am another fan of the French press. We’ve been using ours for about six months now and I can’t see going back to a regular coffee maker.

  39. My mom makes coffee at the house..OLD SCHOOL STYLE. She made this fabric thing that she would put her Bustello coffee in, boils water & add the water in the fabric thing & drains it into a pot. LOL! It sounds weird & looks weird but the coffee comes out tasting yummy & Im not even a big coffee fan.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  40. I tweeted @mskenyaf!/MsKenyaF/status/61274142737047553


  41. I love my Nespresso machine!

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  43. Stumble into kitchen
    Grab instant
    Dumped in the coffee maker
    Don’t burn hand while getting some before it’s done brewing

  44. French press!

  45. My fav way is for my husband to prepare it!

  46. French Press. Can’t beat it.

  47. i make my coffee with lots of cream and sugar! :)

  48. I don’t like coffee so I never prepare it at home. I do like Amazon so I will enjoy this prize.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  50. My favorite way to have coffee is from my espresso machine with a square of dark chocolate. Tastes like heaven when you take a bite and a sip simultaneously!