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CHOCOLATE! and Market District coffee (giveaway)

I never drank coffee until I had my second baby. Perhaps it was necessary for my survival at that point? Audrey WAS a particularly challenging newborn. I don’t even know what made me try it or make it part of my morning routine, but now I love it. I don’t drink a lot of it- usually just one cup in the morning with breakfast- but if I DON’T have coffee in the morning? The day is ruined.*

*possibly an exaggeration

The fun part about coffee is that everybody likes something different. Some people are weird like Dan and drink it nearly black with nothing but a splash of milk. Some people are like me and like it with some fun flavored creamer and tons of milk (more of a latte, I guess? I may drink coffee but I’m kind of Coffee-Dumb and never know the right lingo for all the combinations!) Dan and I may have different coffee tastes, but we both love trying new coffee roasts and flavors. We have a bean grinder and a fancy-schmancy single-cup brewer thingie he got through a rewards program at work, so our coffee lives are pretty complete.

Giant Eagle Market District sent me a lovely sampling of their new coffee roasts to try, along with some other goodies. Their new coffee roasts are made with premium grade 100% Arabica beans for a bold, rich flavor.

Market District coffee

Hazelnut coffee is one of our favorites. And I tried the Jamaican blend last week and it was delicious! I was a little nervous because it says MEDIUM ROAST and for a girlie-coffee drinker like me, sometimes anything beyond a light roast is too much, but it had the perfect amount of flavor and aroma without making me feel overwhelmed (I get OVERWHELMED by strong coffee! Sorry.) I haven’t tried the Italian Roast yet for just that reason, but I’m sure it’s also delicious if you like a stronger coffee. I’ll leave that one for Dan The Intense Coffee Lover. But next time I’m at the grocery store, I’ll be likely to grab a bag of the light or medium roasts.

As if three bags of yummy coffee wasn’t enough, I was also given a travel coffee mug AND CHOCOLATE. The chocolate is insanely good. We had a nice snuggle-date one night while I watched tv alone in bed. It was glorious.

Market District coffee

That chocolate is so good, in fact, that I’m tempted to NOT include it in the gift pack I’m giving away! But I’ll share. I guess. If I HAVE to.

Market District coffee
Gift prize pack: 3 bags of coffee, a mug, and chocolate. ENJOY!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment here telling me your favorite way to enjoy coffee. Straight up? Iced? With a crapton of sugar in it? A winner will be chosen at random from the comments on May 14, 2014.

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Disclaimer: I was given the products for this post, but my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase with my own money.

54 Comments


  1. Angela barley

    Frozen mocha frappicino .. So yummm

    May 1 4:07 pm


  2. Melany

    I too am a fairly recent coffee convert. I especially like it iced, with cream and a bit of sugar. Yum!

    May 1 4:14 pm


  3. Abby

    Coffee hot and black, always and forever

    May 1 4:15 pm


  4. Allison
    @akuipers

    I am a sttrroonnnng coffee drinker, although I do like a hint of sugar and 1/2 ‘n 1/2. Also, pro tip, any time you’re at a nice restaurant and they ask if you want coffee after dinner, if you get a cappuccino or espresso, they’ll usually come with a little cookie. Normal coffee doesn’t so I don’t know why anyone would ever get it.

    May 1 4:24 pm


  5. Aliza
    @alizark

    I generally take my coffee black, but every once in a while, it has to be a mocha.

    May 1 4:32 pm


  6. suz
    @souphead

    we recently switched to almond milk and i’m still getting used to it.
    but i have one tankard of hot coffee either at home or OMW to work then a tankard (really, they are LARGE) of iced from Starbucks when i get to work. I skipped the iced today for green tea and my arse is draaaaaging

    May 1 4:35 pm


  7. Jenn
    @kissmykitty

    I actually enjoy a scoop or two of flavored coffee in my chocolate protein shakes. I guess that makes them mocha shakes? In any case, coffee in any form is awesome, but when I mix it in with my protein shake, I get the protein I need and a nicely flavored kick-start to my morning. :)

    May 1 6:19 pm


  8. Amy Millican

    I also have a grinder and buy whole beans!

    Winter / any non-hot-summer day: I usually get a lighter roast and drink it black (I’m lazy, and especially so before coffee in the morning). But now I’m trying a medium roast (I just noticed Trader Joe’s doesn’t have my regular flavor in Fair Trade Certified, but they do for several medium and dark roast beans). With the medium roast I need half & half and sometimes a little sugar – like the equivalent of half a packet. So much more of a production!

    Hot Summer Season: I keep a pitcher of cold coffee in the refrigerator – when it gets low I make more. I also make ice cubes from the pitcher for to-go cups. I’m fairly certain this 1 lifestyle choice contributed greatly to me passing the New York bar exam last summer.

    May 1 6:45 pm


  9. Julie
    @julaver

    In my coffee, there is less coffee than anything else usually. Lots of milk or cream and sugar (or rather sweetener, if I’m being honest). I’m a sucker for a frozen coffee that is really more of a milkshake. But the longer I’m a mom, the frequency of my coffee intake has been taking a sharp uptick. Think there’s a correlation there?

    May 1 8:09 pm


  10. Laura S

    I’m weird, I like my hot coffee with just 1 cream and iced coffee (crushed ice is the BEST!) with 1 cream and 1 sugar. Flavored coffees are ok (hazelnut is my fav) but I usually default to boring ‘ole coffee-flavored coffee :)

    May 1 8:26 pm


  11. Wendy

    I’m very much like you in that I like my coffee weak with a ton of milk. Actually, I’m more of a latte drinker.

    May 1 10:20 pm


  12. Melissa
    @sempremelissa

    A little bit of low-fat half & half and a little bit of Splenda in mine. :)

    May 1 10:35 pm


  13. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)
    @scrumpydaddy

    Coffee! Yes! I’ll take it any way, but typically drink it as strong and black as possible, and hot. I love iced coffee in the warmer months, but I like those to be sweet; with or without cream. I also like to get the occasional latte from a coffee shop, which is definitely heavy on the cream and sugar, Yeah, pretty much any way, but black and strong is my favorite, now. I’m always seeking out new coffee, and while I have expensive tastes, I will admit that I tried the Giant Eagle Kenya coffee a few days ago, and really liked it, so I went back and got a pound of it. I’d love to get into roasting my own beans, but haven’t done it yet.

    Coffee!!! :-)

    May 1 11:01 pm


  14. Jessie C.

    I love it with soy milk.

    May 1 11:29 pm


  15. Nathalie M

    Cuban coffee (just a shot with sugar), or skinny vanilla latte. YUM

    May 2 12:33 am


  16. Melissa

    Either black or with sugar, depending on the flavor/roast.

    May 2 1:26 am


  17. Katie
    @ktbrown

    French vanilla creamer!!

    May 2 6:58 am


  18. Michelle B

    I like it with a small splash of cream. But it has to be cream, not milk, because it somehow coats your tongue just a bit and makes the coffee taste…more coffee-like?

    May 2 9:04 am


  19. Meghan

    Girly creamer too!! Love that stuff!

    May 2 9:30 am


  20. Deborah

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee is either black or with cocoa or chocolate stirred in.

    Thank you for hosting this yummy giveaway!

    May 2 3:05 pm


  21. Erica
    @ericahuff

    Straight up, and as quickly as possible.

    May 2 3:15 pm


  22. twinmamateb

    Regular strong coffee worth flavored creamer.

    May 2 8:12 pm


  23. Carolyn G

    I love my coffee with creamer, no sugar.

    May 2 9:17 pm


  24. April
    @aprilbapryll

    I drink my coffee black, although I also enjoy a latte with an extra shot or two so it’s not too sweet. A few years ago I cut sugar out of my coffee and now I can’t even enjoy a good foofy drink. It’s slightly sad.

    May 2 10:24 pm


  25. Jenn
    @jenndignazio

    Big cup of hot coffee with 3 Truvias and enough milk to fill ‘er up to the top. Preferably consumed before the small people wake up, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that that is not a reality for me right now.

    May 3 2:10 am


  26. Margie

    I like strong coffee with French vanilla or hazelnut flavoring. Thanks for the giveaway.

    May 3 6:31 am


  27. Sheila K.

    I like my coffee hot, strong, and with a bit of hazelnut creamer!

    May 3 11:42 am


  28. Gena

    I drink it black in the morning or with dessert, but I love a good iced coffee or a latte mid-afternoon. (I’ve been turning to coffee to curb my snacking habit while the kiddos are asleep!) And hazelnut is one of our favorites, too!

    May 3 7:57 pm


  29. latanya

    I like my coffee with tons of creamer and a lit bit of sugar

    May 3 9:09 pm


  30. meredith

    I enjoy my coffee in my big mug with a dash of cream – sitting in my comfy chair in the quiet time before my family is up

    May 3 10:28 pm


  31. Jesabes
    @Jesabesblog

    I’m a nonfat latte kind of girl.

    May 4 5:48 pm


  32. Sarah

    I prefer medium or dark roast and I like it black.

    May 4 8:32 pm


  33. Emily
    @notthatpregnant

    I’m a fairly new coffee drinker (the Diet Coke seems to have lost its effectiveness), so I still need lots of cream and sugar (or a froofy Starbucks drink).

    May 4 10:30 pm


  34. Kristy

    I LOVE my coffee… but it must have lots of milk and sugar! Thank you

    May 5 3:35 pm


  35. Melissa

    I love strong coffee when I’m making it for iced coffee. A little caramel syrup and some sweetened condensed milk…yum. Healthy? NO. Delicious? YES.

    May 6 10:12 am


  36. PaulaMS
    @Paula_Stewart1

    I drink mine black

    May 7 12:23 am


  37. nadya kotik

    i love frozen coffe drinks. Wish I could make them at home! This coffee looks great!

    May 7 8:55 am


  38. Danielle Taj

    i love super creamy coffee with some sugar in it!

    May 7 9:55 am


  39. Megan
    @mamabub

    I never drank coffee until after my second baby either. Now I can’t live without it. I prefer it iced, but always with some sort of flavored creamer.

    May 7 9:57 am


  40. Jen

    My favorite way to enjoy coffee…someone else drinking it! But my husband loves it black. My favorite way to enjoy chocolate, however, is in mass quantities!

    May 7 10:39 am


  41. Andrea
    @ajh_rigs

    Coffee & chocolate?!?! You’re speaking my love language!

    Decaf with cream & sugar, so it’s sweet & creamy, but I also like the coffee flavor, so I drink the darker roasts.

    May 7 11:38 am


  42. ikkinlala

    For me it depends on the coffee. Good-quality coffee I prefer to drink black, but if I end up drinking restaurant coffee I’ll usually add cream to mellow out the flavour.

    May 7 1:00 pm


  43. Tara
    @mrsdangelo

    Sugar and hazelnut milk! :)

    May 7 1:14 pm


  44. Rachel Cartucci

    I always liked coffee with cream and honey in it….and maybe a crap ton of whipped cream

    May 7 6:18 pm


  45. Vera K

    I drink my coffee with just a little milk in it.

    May 7 7:41 pm


  46. Susan Christy

    Just vanilla creamer for me.

    May 8 12:13 am


  47. Mariaelena

    I like my coffee just black. That’s it.

    May 8 1:15 am


  48. Mandy Ruete

    MMMM…..chocolate and hot coffee with a splash of milk and a dash of splenda. Perfect.Morning!

    May 8 2:14 am


  49. Lauren

    I like it with two Splendas and a splash of skim milk.

    May 9 9:27 pm


  50. CHRISTINA DUTRA

    i love iced coffee!!

    May 10 7:55 pm