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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm a coffee snob. Okay, don't turn up your nose at me. I'll bet YOU are a snob about certain things too. The other day my daughter-in-law was mentioning that she is buying Kroger brand stuff. The kids are doing the Dave Ramsey money thing and she found that her food budget did much better when she bought the store brand instead of name brand.

But we all know that there are certain things that are a hill to die on. There are several things that I buy by name brand. Jif Peanut Butter for example. Nothing else will do. I buy Fage Greek Yogurt. Love the stuff. And I like Honeyville Farm almond flour. Everything else can be store brand.

Then we come to coffee. Ahem. Don't give me Folgers or Maxwell House or any other kind of grocery store brand. I want fresh roasted. I buy it from Echo Espresso in Phoenix. My favorites are World Blend and Java. And it has to be brewed in a Cuisinart coffee maker. And strong! Then I lighten it with heavy cream or half and half and add a touch of sweet. THAT is a perfect cup of coffee. When I've been on my hcg diet, the hardest thing for me was the coffee. The only way I could take it was iced and black with some sweetener. No half and half was allowed. Milk didn't cut it so I drank it cold and that changed the flavor. But boy, the first day off the diet, back came my coffee the way I like it!

What about you? Even in a down economy is there anything you'll pay a little extra to have just because it's your one indulgence? And by the way this might get into a book. Eden, my heroine in Lonestar Angel, is a coffee snob like me. I'm always looking for quirks and just maybe yours is one I can use. :)

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:57 AM  
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At 9:39 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I'm something of a coffee snob myself. If it ain't Folgers, I might drink it but I probably won't like it quite as much.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'm a chocolate snob. I'll eat the other stuff, but I won't delight in it unless it's Debrand. Their caramel apples are to die for!

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

How did I forget to mention Debrand? I'm as fanatical about that as I am about my coffee!

Smart man, Timothy! :)

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Book snob...or rather, writer snob? I know the writers I like, and will seldom try new ones because I've been disappointed so many times. If these writers, whom I trust, recommend someone new, then I'll try a book or two.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Denise said...

I think you and I could drink coffee together. I can do store brands....but not on coffee. Ever. My husband is super tight, always looking for a deal, and coffee he does not skimp on. :)

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Totally with you on the peanut butter!!! And I would say I'm a cheese snob... I can't stand anything like 'processed cheese product'... I will pay whatever for real cheese, and my favorite is triple creme' brie! SO YUM!!

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I'm like that with tea. I only like black tea. No green, white or rooibos for me. The only Chai tea I like is Tazo. For the rest of it I pretty much like loose leaf tea that I find in small tea shops.
When I go on a trip I take my own plug-in water boiler, my own teabags, my own sweetener and even a gallon of my own water.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger jel said...

I agree with being a book snob,
and being a soup snob, oh a TP snob bigtime! :)

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Long live Jif! :)

I've tried and tried mixing the natural stuff and I just can't do it. Almond butter I can. But not peanut.

At 2:20 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Call me spoiled but I am both a coffee and tea snob.

Contrary to most people, I HATE Starbucks Coffee! Just the thought of it nearly makes me gag. I buy my coffee from a group of hermits in Wyoming. The brand is "Monks Coffee" and they make the most amazing blends on the planet! The price is definitely worth it.

I also only drink one brand of tea: Revolution Tea. I discovered it in the grocery store but found the online store has every flavor in every line available. Among the only teas I drink are Earl Gray Lavendar, Tropical Green (you can see the fruit peelings!), and White Tea with Pear. These flavors are so addictive that I drink at least one cup, if not more, every day. Thankfully, my DH doesn't mind shelling out for the tea, either.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

My husband is a snob on almost everything he consumes. I decided after testing him that he's a "super taster." When he was a little boy, his mom was a head cook for the school. She would sometimes get chips on discount to bring home. She would put the chips into the Lay's bag and then try to pass them off as the real thing.

She never could fool him in any way. (And I have a chili story from when we were first married....)

You super tasters are not fooled. According to you all, there are differences....LOL.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Jif, that's about it. Beyond that, I'm easy to please. :-)

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Julia said...

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At 10:07 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Ah- coffee. Gift of the gods. I am a coffee snob and I wear the label proudly. Roast my own and french press, thankyouverymuch. If you are really looking to save money, look into roasting your own. Very easy to do, and green coffee beans typically cost half of what the pre-roasted stuff does. Tons of coffee to experiment with to find what you like- Ethiopian, Kenyan, Brazilian, Mexican, Indonesian... And you can't beat your own coffee roasted yesterday for freshness! Check out for lots of home roasting information


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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