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Monday, January 25, 2016

Community Coffee Mardi Gras King Cake Coffee Review & Giveaway

Press Sample: While many are preparing for Valentine's Day, the citizens of Louisiana (especially New Orleans) & Mississippi are preparing for Mardi Gras (Feb 9th)! Have you heard of Mardi Gras? It's a really FUN time. There are parades, floats, costumes, beads to catch, King Cake to eat and now King Cake coffee to drink! Community Coffee wants you to "Have your cake…and drink it, too!" King Cake in coffee!?! Yes! Please! I LOVE supporting local businesses! And you guys know, I'm no stranger to Community Coffee (here and here). Plus they have an awesome Military Match Program! Community has excellent coffee and now they're offering more specialty blends! Mardi Gras is here and so is the “king” of flavored coffees, Community Coffee Company’s Mardi Gras King Cake coffee (it's offered in both grounds & kcups). This coffee is a delicious blend of Cinnamon & Vanilla. It tastes really good! I'll be giving one lucky reader of A Very Sweet Blog this coffee along with some other Mardi Gras goodies PLUS $25 in PayPal! This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! As we say in New Orleans, "LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!" We definitely know how to party!

Mardi Gras Top 10 Countdown

It’s time to put your revelry shoes on and celebrate. The origins of Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice to evolve into the ornately-costumed festivities we see today. There’s a lot of tradition and heritage that have helped to produce the Mardi Gras scene as its currently celebrated. So here are our top ten good things to know to enjoy Mardi Gras like a native.

 Number 10

How to spell “krewe” and “flambeaux” and “Mardi Gras” and, well, you get the point.

Number 9

Technically, Carnivale is a season, and Mardi Gras is a day. 
But we tend to generalize and refer to the weeks of parades leading up to Fat Tuesday as Mardi Gras.

 Number 8

The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Remember to coordinate your outfit appropriately.

Number 7

The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King. 
But the King gets all the glory, while the Captain does all the work.

Number 6

If you miss a doubloon thrown from a float, never reach down to pick it up. 
Always put your foot on it. 
If you go with your hand, you're either too late or you'll get your fingers stepped on.

 Number 5

If you bite into a plastic baby in a King Cake, that's a good thing.

Number 4

Any beads shorter than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass -- 
the bigger and longer the beads, the better.

Number 3

Once any beads have touched the ground, they are sullied and should not be picked up 
unless under the rarest of circumstances.

Number 2

The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnivale are from out of town.

Number 1

The Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras season is that Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits the shelves. We suggest you celebrate with the “king” of all flavored coffees, our delicious Mardi Gras King Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring. For a limited time you can have your cake ... and drink it, too.

The Origins of Mardi Gras

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, beginning in Rome and Venice and evolving into the ornately-costumed festivities we see today. This Mardi-Gras-themed coffee provides a subtly sweet flavor that exemplifies the fun and spirit of the carnival season mixed with a full-bodied blend rich in tradition. To honor the heritage that has helped make Mardi Gras what it is today, this coffee blend makes Community® fans everywhere want to celebrate.

 Where Can I Purchase Community Coffee?

Mardi Gras King Cake coffee can be found in Southeastern U.S. markets such as Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Orleans and surrounding areas, Houma, Memphis, Birmingham, Jackson, Mobile, Houston, Shreveport, Tyler, Monroe, Little Rock, Austin and Dallas. It is also available in HEB and Dierberg stores, as well as online at

About Community Coffee Company

Now in its 97th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees, using only 100% Arabica beans. For additional information, visit or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter



  1. I'm not a coffee drinker but cake flavoured coffee is something I'd love to try! :)

    Hope you enjoy all the Carinvale and the lead up to Mardi Gras Kim :)

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  2. this was an interesting read! I didn't know all these facts about Mardi Gras!

  3. How cool I been to Mardi Gras and love the activities great information I did not know and learn here thanks Kim also find interesting about the coffee great job.

  4. King Cake coffee? Mmm sounds heavenly! Im a huge coffee drinker as u know Kim, curious to taste it. We also celebrate Mardi Gras here, usually bake apple donuts!:P

  5. I just entered! So excited! Such a great post idea and a wonderful sounding cake!!!
    xx Annie

  6. This post is so interesting for me, Kim, because my favourite cake at this time of year is called "la galette des rois." That roughly translate to king cake, so I thought that it would be similar - but looking at the photos of King Cake from Community Coffee, it looks like I'm completely wrong! It's amazing how traditions morph and change from place to place as time goes on. I would love to be one of those out of owners in the French Quarter for Mardi Gras one year :)

  7. The Mardi Gras facts are a riot! Someday I will have to go and join in the festivities! I love your support of Community Coffee. Since my other half doesn't like flavored coffees I will have to stay away from this giveaway.

  8. I totally didn't know most of these Mardi Gras facts. Good luck to everyone!

  9. The only Mardi Gras experience that my husband and I ever seen was through the show Cops! LOL! I had no idea about all the facts but this was such a great read about the festival, Kim!

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  10. Great post Kim. I've always wanted to go to Mardi Gras once, lol. My sister in-law is French and some of her family Creole, so I know a bit, but always found it interesting.
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  11. I am on the same page as the rest, King cake sounds amazingly tasty! Never heard of this brand before, but will have to look into it. I love coffee! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


  12. I've seen and read about Mardi Gras so much, but have never gone there for the actual celebration, and man, I know I'm missing out! It just looks so wild and awesome, eh? And I've read about No.5:D How cool is that tradition with the King Cake?!?

  13. This local brand sounds interesting and I really like these top 10 countdowns, especially 9th and 7th one :)

  14. This is such a fun post, Kim! I never experienced Mardi Gras before, and so I had no idea about the details of it and what it actually consists of, well, other than the beads, everyone knows about the beads, haha! This coffee sounds amazing, too. What does King Cake taste like and why do they have a plastic baby in some of them? Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have an amazing week ahead!



  15. Hmm... I was wondering if tradition of Mardi Gras tastes like Cinnamon & Vanilla I totally need a piece of it and who doesn't love coffee? ;-) So generous of you to support local businesses. Kudos, SWEETheart!

    xoxo Ira

  16. You know I'm a sucker for good coffee too Kim! And it's definitely nice to support local businesses! I've never been to s Mardi Gras before but it sounds so fun!

  17. Mardi Gras sounds like so much fun, Kim! Too bad, I only have a Nespresso or else I'd enter in a heartbeat. Good luck to all those participants!

    xo Jo

  18. I'm not a coffee drinker though this sounds great and can try it one time.
    Great review loves.

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  19. I have never heard of Mardi Gras. It sounds like so much fun. These coffee's look yummy ��

  20. I love Community Coffee. I drink the k-cups one. I've heard a ton about Mardi Gras from my former coworker, sounds like a lot of fun. He brought a King Cake to the lunch room one time, and something about biting into the baby is an experience I'll never forget :) The cake was really good too. I'm thinking of getting a cake for the kids this year since they've never tried it before.

  21. The cake coffee sounds like it would tast good!

  22. Cinnamon and vanilla sounds really good! I'm all about my coffee, so I would love to try this. I get Community Coffee from time to time at Costco. Yes, I drink enough coffee to buy in bulk! lol It's good stuff!

  23. So many interesting facts I didn't know! The coffee sounds delicious


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