Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A cup of Louisiana Community Coffee Anyone? A Taste Test...














Ah, my friends, look at what I received in the mail! A holiday gift set of Louisiana Community Coffee - straight from Community Coffee in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Now, all of you know how I always talk about my Smoky Mountain Roasters Deep Creek Blend. Deep Creek Blend has made it into at least one short story, one novel (the Sweetie novel that I hope to have published in the future), and et cetera.

However, I rarely write about Louisiana, particularly South Louisiana, without saying something about the Community Coffee--I mean, that's the state coffee far as most Louisianians are concerned! How could I not have some of my characters sipping the State Brew? Just like the po-boys, etoufee, gumbo, crawfish, and french bread, Community Coffee is a Louisiana staple in most homes.

My Louisiana friends say, "You ain't drinking Community Coffee up dere in dem mountains? Harumph . . ." and I answer, "No, I'm drinking mountain coffee, huhn." They say, "Didn't you fixin to used to drink Real Coffee when you lived down here dem years ago? AIYEEEEE!" And I answer, "I don't recall, so there." And then they get all huffity and stamp their white rubber boots in the swamp and tell a Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke about yankees even though I'm not a yankee, they think anyone who lives northeast of them is a yankee and they of course say that CC is unforgettable and I am forgetting the good stuff and that's why my taste buds are all wonkified and . . . and on and on they go. We have a war of words about which coffee is the better, although they're pretty danged arrogant about their coffee, let me tell you!
So it's time to put it to the test!

I am going to have a taste test of these holiday coffees, and I'm going to post what I think about them. I thought I may even have some people over who have never had CC and see what they think, or take the coffees down to Osondu's Booksellers and see if she wants to brew some up and then we can get customers to taste it and tell us what they think! (I guess I should ask Osondu's that before I make those plans *laugh*).

Also, I want to have a coffee give away - but I haven't decided yet what I'll do. I'll figure that out soon.

I think the first thing I'll do is brew up a small batch of each one and let GMR pour them into little cups and see if I can guess what they are just by tasting them, and include the DCB, too boot. At any rate, I plan to have fun with my experiment - and I'll let y'all know what I think about the coffees.

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Also, for any of you out there who like to listen to audio books: I'd love to see Tender Graces published as an audio book (love to hear how they'd do the WVA voices and the Louisiana voices; how VK would sound, or Aunt Ruby! Momma, Micah, etc) . . . a friend of mine who travels a lot and listens to books went in and requested TG be added to the audio books line up at audible.com-- that may be what it takes, so, if you listen to audio books, and would like to listen to Tender Graces, please go by and request they add TG to the line up. It takes just a couple of seconds - all you do is type the following in the boxes:

Title: Tender Graces
Author: Kathyrn Magendie
ISBN: 978-1602855823

you can click on audio.com/request to find the page to do so. Thank you! Maybe we'll be able to listen to the TG characters one day!



15 comments:

Sandra Leigh said...

That was easy. I followed your link and requested a TG audio book. Wouldn't that be great, though?

As for the coffee, I can attest to the superb deliciousness of Community Coffee, because a certain lovely Louisiana lady sent me some - but at the time, I had no idea there was more than one kind of Community Coffee, so I don't remember which one it was. I see that I can order it online, so I'll look forward to your report and govern my order accordingly.

Diane said...

Sounds delich! :O)

Katherine Aucoin said...

You are my new best friend! We drink the same coffee!

Luckily we can get CC in the gorcery stores here...go figure. It's a little pricey, but usually it's on sale so it's all good.

No locally produced coffee rom this area comes close to CC in my opinion!

Judith Mercado said...

You're probably going to get inundated now with coffee suggestions. I'll be the first: CafĂ© Bustelo. Memories of childhood are easily triggered by the aroma of that Puerto Rican-Cuban coffee, which my mom used to brew with a cloth strainer every morning. It’s what I woke up to. Interesting literary exercise: how to develop fictional characters using memories of aromas.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Wouldn't it be cool if we could all trade around our coffees from our areas and taste them

but even better, if we could all meet somewhere and take our coffees to that meeting place and spend a few days drinking each other's coffee and talking.

What things we'd talk about as we sipped our brews!

Angie Ledbetter said...

You KNOW Community Coffee is THE best! Who else would send you all those awesome bags of java and a mug? :)

Deb@RGRamblings said...

I don't think we have either of those brands of coffee up here in Canada. Huh. Therefore I have no valid opinion on the matter. :) But I do love a good cup of coffee. Mmm!

Sheila Deeth said...

Slow, but not the slowest...

And coffee always helps. My husband reckons Portland's good for coffee 'cause the weather means we all sit indoors sipping while we read. Good for bookstores too.

Karen said...

Community Coffee, man it's been a while since I've had that. Some of my family don't believe it's brewed right unless the spoon stands up straight. lol....

Marguerite said...

Now you're talking my language, sha! Community Coffee is the best!!! The French Roast and the Praline are my faves. I have a link on my sidebar for those who want to order this fantastic coffee. An audio book would be awesome! Entered my vote on the link!

Janna Qualman said...

What a great package to get in the mail! The coffee sounds rich and perfect.

Keep us posted on the audio book thing!

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Char said...

I went to Publix grocery store earlier today and there it was right there on the shelf, Community Coffee. They only had two kinds. I was tempted to try it, but didn't know which one to choose.

xoxo

Jessica said...

I wish I was a coffee drinker. The whole experience sounds fun. :-)

Travis Erwin said...

I want some chicory coffee.