One of the last things I will say is that don’t be fooled by the coffee’s strong aroma , it was strong but not overly powerful as I would have assumed. My husband and his soldiers honestly enjoyed it and I am glad they did since no one thought enough about me to save me any :)
Here are some simple tips on how to get the perfect pot of coffee from the cool folks at Lock -N-Load Java:
Coffee brewing tips:
1 – Water is critical. If the water tastes bad, the coffee will too. Most people agree filtered water (NOT distilled water) is the way to go. Reverse Osmosis filtered water is what we use at Lock-n-Load Java, but many people get great results from a Brita or other water filter or just from good tasting tap water.
2 – Store your coffee correctly. Heat, light, moisture, and oxygen are what degrade coffee once it is opened. Do not store it in the refrigerator or freezer – that causes condensation every time it is removed. Simply store it in a dark cupboard that is not next to a window or other heat source. We offer bag clips to seal the bag after opening in order to preserve the freshness. Some people also put their open bags of coffee in airtight containers.
3 – Fresh is the best. We ship our beans immediately after roasting – as fresh as possible. That is why we have a one way valve in our bags, to allow for off-gassing of the roasted beans as they cool. We only offer small bags so you can use it up before the coffee goes stale and then open up an airtight one that has been kept fresh. The longer coffee sits, the more flavor it loses. Most bags in stores have sat in warehouses, on trucks, on shelves, etc for weeks if not months prior to you buying them.
4 – Sharing coffee with someone you care about – always makes it better! Coffee is a social drink, invite someone to share a cup and you will both enjoy it more.
Giveaway (4 Winners)
(3) Readers will each win two bags of coffee (one Smooth Operator & One Vanilla Nut $20+ RTV)
(1) Winner with a spouse or significant other, family member deployed to Afghanistan will win one Coffee for Troops package of 5 bags of coffee sent directly to soldier overseas ($50+RTV).
How To Enter
Simply visit Lock N Load Java and tell me which flavor you or your soldier would probably like most and leave a comment below.
For an additional entry (after you have completed the one above)
Like Lock N Load Java On FB and tell them something you like about their site on their wall.
Be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry.
Winner will be chosen via Random.org
Giveaway Ends Monday November 21, 2011 at 11:59EST
18+ years of USA and APO only. Winner must respond within 48 hrs from time I send email or another winner will have to be chosen.
Leave a valid email so that I may contact you if you are the winner.
Disclosure: I was given 3 different coffee samples to try and a chance to give these same products away to chosen winners. All thoughts and opinions are mine .No other form of compensation was received for this post. You can read my full disclosure policy here…
Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market.
She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.