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.
I would most definitely get the Armory Select Hazelnut Cream. I own a Keurig single cup coffee maker so I love to buy the already ground coffee and make myself a single a cup or two during the day. Hazelnut happens to be my absolutely favorite flavor. When I go to Star Bucks I always grab a Hazel Nut latte. At home I just use the CoffeeMate Flavor.
I think that the Armory Select Southern Pecan sounds yummy!
Definitley armory select vanilla nut
I would lIke to try vanilla nut!
Vanilla nut please :D
My soldier would LOVE the Vanilla Nut coffee
This coffee sounds great! My husband and I are big coffee drinkers in this house, two cups a day is a must. We have two sets of twins, so in order to keep up with them we must have some caffeine. lol
The coffee that I think I would like most is Armory Select Hazlenut Cream, I love hazlenut coffee. My husband on the other hand loves black coffee, so he would enjoy Double Barrel Black more. :)
I liked Lock-N-Load Java on Facebook and left a comment on their wall. :)
I tweeted about this coffee giveaway on twitter.
What an amazing thing this company stands for!! Whether we win or not, we will definitely be buying from them!! Thank you!!
Sorry forgot to mention which flavor ~ Vanilla Nut :)
Well i would say this coffee sounds like something Im going to try the one I would like to try is Warrior Select
I also liked them on facebook and left a message
I also tweeted this
I would like to try the Armory Select Vanilla Nut !!
Left a comment on their FB page !! What an AWESOME company !!
My soldier would probably choose the Warrior Select but I’ll be ordering the Vanilla Nut for me!
i think my choice would be the Double Barrel Black
I posted on their FB page as well…I love the names of the coffees!
I’d love to try the Warrior Select!
I like Lock-N-Load Java on Facebook.
I would love to try the Armory Select Southern Pecan coffee.
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I like Lock n Load java on FB and left a message.
clenna at aol dot com
My hubby and I would love the vanilla nut. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. What a great company!
I love their website! I like a dark roast coffee, so I would probably try the Double Barrel Black first, and then the Warrior Select, but I would also like to try the Double Tap Special Reserve. Hmm. Sounds like a Christmas gift to myself.
Southern pecan! I do not have a soldier right now, but i love that you are sending a package to them!!
Armory Select Hazelnut Cream sounds delicious!
I would love to try the vanilla nut and/or the lock and load. My husband and I are avid coffee drinkers and if you have followed me on fb then you know how much we drink coffee. I do love my starbucks being from seattle area. We have a coffee pot that freshly grinds your beans with each pot. Its the best. Nothing like the sounds of beans grinding and then smelling the fresh pot of coffee.
I think warrior select sounds yummy and definately Charlie can’t surf. Looks like a.great company would love to support them!
he is currently deployed and only asks for dark coffee so i know he would love double barrel black
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I know my husband would love Army Select Vanilla Nut
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I would definitely try the armory select hazelnut cream!
We would select the Armory Select Vanilla Nut. We drink flavored coffee every morning and this sounds wonderful.
What an AWESOME company and products! Would love to try the Vanilla Nut.
I like Lock N Load on Facebook and left a comment.
Ooohhh the Double Tap Special Reserve sounds right up our alley. I just might have to give hubby some of their coffee for Christmas.
I just posted on their facebook too.
I would love to try the vanilla bean, I adore flavored coffees!! My husband would probably like the lock and load.
I would love to try the vanilla nut ! Yum ! Thank you for the opportunity to win and also for spotlighting this company. I love what they’re doing !
I would love to try the Vanilla Nut. Either way I plan on purchasing a bag for myself and possibly as gifts for the holidays. It’s all for a great cause! Thanks for sharing Army Wife 101!
I just liked Lock N Load on FB and left a comment. Thank you.
I “liked” Lock-N-Load Java and left a comment!
Those all sound really good! I love.my coffee too! I would prbably do the hazelnut or the vanilla one! Yum! My favorites!
double barrel please!
I would love the Southern Pecan. Being stationed at Bragg in the Fall makes me think this would be a great choice for myself and hubby when he returns from Iraq.
Thanks for this contest, I visited LockandLoad Java and left a comment. What an awesome company!!