Community Coffee: Golden Caramel & Pumpkin Praline Coffee Review

Friday, November 7, 2014

Today's post is so special to me, because it brought back memories of my grandfather Jesse Blakely (7th paragraph). Let me elaborate. I was asked to review 2 NEW flavors of Community Coffee, Golden Caramel & Pumpkin Praline (both come in Ground and K-Cups) Well, Community Coffee was my grandfather's FAVORITE BRAND of coffee. It's a local coffee, that's made right here in Louisiana. He sipped on Community Coffee EVERY MORNING! I can remember it so clearly and couldn't help but SMILE when the representative asked if I would like to sample them. I LOVED and ADORED my grandfather (he loved me to pieces and I loved him to pieces). He was an exemplary man. His degree was from Ohio State University (where he grew up). He relocated his family to New Orleans, Louisiana (teaching jobs) where he taught English, Science & Math at Gilbert Academy (it's now De La Salle High School) and he coached football (under 'Other Great Head Coaches') & basketball. An extraordinary man, that gave me such a wonderful foundation to life. I always admired and respected him. Community Coffee has been around for four generations (since 1919) and MY family has been drinking it for three generations. BOTH coffees smell and taste SO GOOD! The freshness is amazing. The Golden Caramel has a rich coffee and buttery caramel taste. The Pumpkin Praline is a DREAM! It's not super-sweet like pumpkin spice lattes! It's smoother and ooh la la, has a yummy taste of praline candy (local candy). My grandfather shopped locally and believed in supporting local businesses. I raise my coffee cup to you papa! I love you! Thank You Community Coffee for reaching out to me! You didn't know my family's story, but this meant so much to me. There's nothing like FAMILY! I wish everybody a lovely weekend. Spend time in your community. Spend time with your family. God Bless.






















On the left is a picture of my grandfather at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. It's our family church and you may remember my post about it HERE. The picture on the right is of him and I. It's my favorite picture of US because he loved the kitchen & food as much as I did (and we're BOTH pictured in it! HaHaHa). I was having a birthday party and he was helping me prepare for it. My hand was literally in the potato chip bag. One day, I'll show you all the birthday pics from that day. Besides teaching and coaching, my grandfather loved to bake & cook. He also did a little side bar tending. He was a man of many talents. Sorry for the quality of these photos (polaroid). I snapped them with my cell phone quickly. I don't usually post personal family photos on the blog, but when Community Coffee asked me to review this, I had to tell his story (and of course, show you the man). Writing this made me misty eyed. I think this is where my love for food began. He loved Community Coffee.


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supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Community Coffee's Pumpkin Praline and Golden Caramel are Superweet

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Nats ~Coral Tinted Perceptions said...

Oh Kim I love the personal touch with your grandfather, it really just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling because it helped me remember my grandfathers who are both late x

Lilli said...

Oh Kim, you brought tears to my eyes. The way you talk about your grandfather shows how much you loved him and how much amazing he was. The photo of you two together is very tender, you were so pretty and fun. He reminds me of my grandfather, he loved to eat and drink coffee too..miss him too. Glad the company contacted u, the coffee sounds very good, here is morning and Id like a cup, the caramel one please :) hugs Kim and enjoy the weekend <3

Ahleessa C said...

Pumpkin is everywhere... hehe~ I love how you cherish your pictures. It's so sweet! :)

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crafty-zone said...

This photo with your grandfather is amazing, Kim :) And this coffee have to taste delicious!

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Emma Henderson said...

This coffee sounds amazing - but not as amazing as your grandad. X

Mica T said...

Aww Kim, what a sweet post! I'm not a coffee drinker, but I saw this post in my bloglovin feed and thought I'd click through anyway, while I wouldn't have a comment on the review I could at least wish you a happy weekend.

But what a wonderful review, it's so sweet how much you love your Grandfather. I bet he's really proud of you Kim! Made me smile too just reading what you'd written, so lovely.

And I do hope you have a happy weekend!

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Stanislava E. said...

Kim, that story is so touching... I can imagine how many memories this brought to you... But it was the best review of yours! Your dad looked like a good man and I am sure he is proud of his daughter somewhere there! So, drink your coffee and raise it to him! Have a good weekend!

Jackie Harrison said...

Love the image of you both and how you admire your grandfather is so sweet Kim, after reading this I need a cup of coffee. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Ahhhh...this made me tear up, this was so heart-warming and wonderful. He looked like a great man indeed & it was wonderful that you could share such a connection with him growing up. I know this post would have made him very happy indeed :))) So precious <333

Missy May said...

Great post! I don't drink coffee, but this sounds great.

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Hollands Reverie said...

Such beautiful words about your grandfather, and intrigued by the coffee!

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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

I love memories like this, Kim! So special! And also absolutely adore the fact that you can buy locally produced coffee - the freshness must be unbelievable! x

Pilar said...

I absolutely loved reading this post Kim! I loved the pics as well! This is so sweet! The connection you had with your grandfather reminds me of the one I had I with my grandfather. My grandfather loved coffee! I can't remember a time he didn't drink coffee in the morning lol! The coffee you displayed sounds yummy! Great post!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Thank you for sharing these photos and your wonderful memories with your grandfather Kim. It's so sweet and obvious how much he means to you! And you were an absolutely adorable little girl!

Ashley said...

This is such a nice post Kim! I loved reading about some of your family history and all the nice things you said about your grandfather! both these coffees sounds so good, especially Pumkpin praline!

Lauren Michelle Major said...

This post is sweet, what great opportunity to give a tribute to your grandfather. He sounds like a wonderful man and clearly made a large and positive impact on your life.

The pumpkin praline sounds delicious, so I'll have to see if I can find it outside of Louisiana!


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Loving it…
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borka gamero said...

Loving it…
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Linda B said...

You just made this coffee even sweeter...what an awesome man your grandpa was! Love it. And now I'm gonna go home and visit my parents because of this lol

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Rachel Lynne said...

YUM! This sounds so freakin' good!

Anne said...

What a lovely post Kim and the photographs are so sweet:) Have a good weekend:)
~Anne

LoveT. said...

What a lovely Review!

Have a great Weekend Kim ,kisses

Robin Hardeman said...

Moving post! I love of a good cup of coffee and this brand sounds like it is worth a try!
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Pamela RG said...

How sweet. You must have a really special relationship with your Grandfather. This coffee must taste really good.

Mitch Sasil said...

How I wish this also available here in our place, I wanna taste it also..
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Rakhshanda Rizvi said...




Dear Kim, what great opportunity to give a tribute to your grandfather. He sounds like an amazing man and clearly made a great and positive impact on your life. Loved the picture you have shared. Nice review of coffee.

Very very happy weekend doll <3 Kisses <3



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Cee said...

What a touching post, Kim. It's amazing the things that bring back a connection to our family - often their the simplest ones, like your morning cup of coffee. Your grandfather sounds like a truly formidable man and you were lucky to have such a wonderful relationship.
xox,
Cee

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

What beautiful memories you have of your grandfather Kim, must have been a wonderful man, you have good weekend!

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jo said...

Hi Kim, what a beautiful post! I can tell how much your grandfather meant to you. He sounds like a generous and kind man (just like you). It must run in the family. Loved the pic of you two! So precious, and boy, you were tall back then too. Love you!

xoxo

Jo

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Tanya W. said...

It's really lovely pictures of you two and the story of your grandfather is so sweet. Nice reviews of coffee:).

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Glamour ZONE said...

Such a great post.love the story
Great review dear

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather! I love how he felt it important to support local businesses. This coffee sounds delicious. I wish my man liked flavored coffees. Great old photos!

Jessica said...

I haven't tried these, but you make it sound like I should! I love the family photo.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Tina Bradley said...

These coffees sound FABULOUS! I am a java lover--especially of flavored coffees. The seasonal themed flavors are great! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

miss b said...

What a wonderful tribute to your gradndfather who certainly sounds like a man who deserves to be respected and admired for his qualities and achievements. I can see why that lovely photo would make you feel emotional. Memories can so easily be triggered by so many little things such as this. A lovely post (and the coffee sounds good too!)

Jo said...

Hello Kim. Honestly speaking, I'm not a coffee person so I thought wouldn't need to read the review and would glance through this post. Boy am I glad I read it. Firstly, not being a coffee person, the flavours and your description of the coffee sounds heavenly. Secondly, I love it when you talk about how we should support local businesses. And finally of course, the way you write about your grandpa. He sounds like an awesome person. So rich in every aspect of life and and an incredible person. I'm glad you have such a good relationship with your grandpa. The photo is just so cute. Little Kim!

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Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

What a beautiful post about your grandfather! I love Community Coffee too; several of my co-workers are from Baton Rouge and used to bring Community coffee to work all the time. Now I drink it at home too because it is really good coffee.
BTW, the photos of your church is just lovely. It reminds me of the basilica where I used to go to school and attend mass.

Diva In Me said...

Coffee is my favorite topic to talk about! =D
I've not heard of Pumpkin Praline flavored coffee but it sure sounds delicious.

Nails My Dreams said...

Awwwww. That's so sweet, Kim! I wish I have something I can remember my grandparents with. And, whoa~ I studied in the local De La Salle High School here! Haha. So cool!
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Lorena said...

I absolutely love it when a product reminds me of someone, specially of those dear ones who have parted. Its like you can almost relive a moment with them.
Sounds like you had a wonderful grandfather.

Ivana Split said...

I get the impression that your grandfather was a real gentlemen and a special man...in this photo he reminds me of my grandmother's brother who passed away recently...he was like a grandfather to me because my grandfather (both of them actually) passed away before I had the chance to meet him.

It is a blessing to have had such special people in our life...I always tell that to myself when I feel sad about a loss of someone dear. In our heart they always live.