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.


  1. Angela barley

    May 1, 2014 4:07 pm

    Frozen mocha frappicino .. So yummm

  2. Melany

    May 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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

  3. Abby

    May 1, 2014 4:15 pm

    Coffee hot and black, always and forever

  4. Allison

    May 1, 2014 4:24 pm

    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.

  5. Aliza

    May 1, 2014 4:32 pm

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

  6. suz

    May 1, 2014 4:35 pm

    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

  7. Jenn

    May 1, 2014 6:19 pm

    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. :)

  8. Amy Millican

    May 1, 2014 6:45 pm

    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.

  9. Julie

    May 1, 2014 8:09 pm

    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?

  10. Laura S

    May 1, 2014 8:26 pm

    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 :)

  11. Wendy

    May 1, 2014 10:20 pm

    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.

  12. Melissa

    May 1, 2014 10:35 pm

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

  13. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    May 1, 2014 11:01 pm

    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!!! :-)

  14. Jessie C.

    May 1, 2014 11:29 pm

    I love it with soy milk.

  15. Nathalie M

    May 2, 2014 12:33 am

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

  16. Melissa

    May 2, 2014 1:26 am

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

  17. Katie

    May 2, 2014 6:58 am

    French vanilla creamer!!

  18. Michelle B

    May 2, 2014 9:04 am

    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?

  19. Meghan

    May 2, 2014 9:30 am

    Girly creamer too!! Love that stuff!

  20. Deborah

    May 2, 2014 3:05 pm

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

    Thank you for hosting this yummy giveaway!

  21. Erica

    May 2, 2014 3:15 pm

    Straight up, and as quickly as possible.

  22. twinmamateb

    May 2, 2014 8:12 pm

    Regular strong coffee worth flavored creamer.

  23. Carolyn G

    May 2, 2014 9:17 pm

    I love my coffee with creamer, no sugar.

  24. April

    May 2, 2014 10:24 pm

    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.

  25. Jenn

    May 3, 2014 2:10 am

    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.

  26. Margie

    May 3, 2014 6:31 am

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

  27. Sheila K.

    May 3, 2014 11:42 am

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

  28. Gena

    May 3, 2014 7:57 pm

    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!

  29. latanya

    May 3, 2014 9:09 pm

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

  30. meredith

    May 3, 2014 10:28 pm

    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

  31. Jesabes

    May 4, 2014 5:48 pm

    I’m a nonfat latte kind of girl.

  32. Sarah

    May 4, 2014 8:32 pm

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

  33. Emily

    May 4, 2014 10:30 pm

    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).

  34. Kristy

    May 5, 2014 3:35 pm

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

  35. Melissa

    May 6, 2014 10:12 am

    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.

  36. PaulaMS

    May 7, 2014 12:23 am

    I drink mine black

  37. nadya kotik

    May 7, 2014 8:55 am

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

  38. Danielle Taj

    May 7, 2014 9:55 am

    i love super creamy coffee with some sugar in it!

  39. Megan

    May 7, 2014 9:57 am

    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.

  40. Jen

    May 7, 2014 10:39 am

    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!

  41. Andrea

    May 7, 2014 11:38 am

    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.

  42. ikkinlala

    May 7, 2014 1:00 pm

    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.

  43. Tara

    May 7, 2014 1:14 pm

    Sugar and hazelnut milk! :)

  44. Rachel Cartucci

    May 7, 2014 6:18 pm

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

  45. Vera K

    May 7, 2014 7:41 pm

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

  46. Susan Christy

    May 8, 2014 12:13 am

    Just vanilla creamer for me.

  47. Mariaelena

    May 8, 2014 1:15 am

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

  48. Mandy Ruete

    May 8, 2014 2:14 am

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

  49. Lauren

    May 9, 2014 9:27 pm

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


    May 10, 2014 7:55 pm

    i love iced coffee!!

  51. natalie yeoman

    May 12, 2014 10:03 pm

    i enjoy my coffee iced with extra creamer

  52. Joy

    May 13, 2014 3:50 pm

    I love coffee & I mainly like to drink it black. I like to taste varieties, that range in flavor & type of roast.

  53. Michelle

    May 14, 2014 8:21 am

    Through an IV.

    Actually, iced is probably my favorite. But IV coffee comes very close.

  54. redpenmamapgh

    May 14, 2014 12:45 pm

    I used to drink it black, then my stomach rebelled. I like it strong, with cream. Simple.