Grounds for Change; Certified Organic Coffee {review}

Coffee is my morning wake up and without it I am pretty helpless. Actually, I enjoy my coffee so much I set my coffee pot every night before bed to have my coffee brewed before I wake up the next morning. The 1st thing I do in the morning (after brushing my teeth) is head to the kitchen for a cup of liquid pick-me-up!

As with most foods or deserts we have in our home I always try to buy organic when possible. Not everything can be found in an organic version, but what is available we do purchase. My beloved coffee is no different, I normally look for organic coffee online as it is not available here in our local stores.

I recently had the opportunity to review the organic coffee from Grounds for Change, a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade Coffee. All of the Grounds For Change coffee is Fair Trade Certified by TransFair USA and  Organic Certification meets the Organic Processor Standards. The vast majority of the coffee we sell is also Shade Grown Coffee which ensures healthy habitat for migratory birds.

I was a little worried the coffee would arrive and not be fresh, but it was! Stale tasting coffee is not very pleasant, and I can not drink it! The Grounds For Change coffees are packaged in air-tight, foil-lined bags with one-way degassing valves to preserve freshness. Needless to say, all 3 bags of my coffee arrived fresh and smelled wonderful. When I opened the box I could immediately smell fresh coffee. That was the first sign I was going to like this coffee!

I received 3 bags of ground coffee to review. The coffee flavors I received..

Vienna Roast- The Vienna Roast is a classic blend of five varietals that are slow-roasted to a medium-dark, highly aromatic level. This blend has a full body with caramel and citrus flavor notes and a rich, satisfying finish.

Peru Cafe Femenino- A Medium bodied coffee with a fine acidity. sweet aroma and hints of baker’s chocolate that are accentuated by a slow, dark roast. A new niche in coffee, Cafe Femenino Peru, has evolved that is changing the role of women in rural coffee communites. Female Coffee growers have become better educated, organized and for the first time are producing women’s coffee as a specialty commodity.

Mexico Cafe Femenino- Cafe Femenino Mexico is a new origin for this special project that empowers women coffee farmers by involving them in every step of the coffee production process. This coffee is grown, processed and traded exclusively by a group of women in southern Chiapas state.

{My Thoughts On The Organic Grounds For Change Coffees}

I had to try out the coffee that was smelling up my kitchen by my opening of the box… I just could not wait for the morning. I set the coffee pot to brew a half of pot of Vienna Roast to try with 3 teaspoons of ground coffee and 8 cups of water. In about 2 minutes my kitchen (and living-room) was filled with a heavy coffee aroma that only a good coffee could create. My husband was in the living-room (he is not a coffee drinker) and yelled in to ask why I was making coffee at 4pm.

The Grounds For Change Coffee brewed wonderfully. Two teaspoons of sugar and a little milk and I was in caffeinated-coffee-heaven! The smooth taste of the Vienna Roast hit the spot!

I enjoyed each flavor of coffee, even the Mexican blend that was a bit strong. Each flavor differed slightly in strength but the Vienna Roast was my favorite. I normally like a medium roast coffee, and it is very close to what I am used too. Not to light and not to strong..just perfect coffee!

I stored each open bag of coffee in my fridge, to help lock-in the flavors and not allow the coffees to get stale. Each bag lasted me about one week and each pot of coffee was fresh and good to the last drop!

I LOVE that the Ground For Change coffees are organic and fair trade! I love to support companies that do good for the world, and this company does! Not only are they great environmental stewards, but their finished product is delicious!

In terms of cost, the Grounds For Change coffee is not any more expensive than any other good coffee brand. I have paid for more gourmet coffees that tasted horrible! The Grounds For Change coffees are well worth the price! Each purchase not only fuels your inner coffee lover but also does good for others, making it a great purchase!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
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  1. My SIL is really into coffee and insists on organic/fair trade. I had not heard aboaut Shade Grown, I’ll have to ask him about that.

  2. Nice! I might have to try this out. I love fairtrade organic coffee!

  3. I want to give this a try as I have never tried organic. I love that it is fair trade too.

  4. Erin Cook says:

    not much of a coffee drinker but its sounds like a very good kind of coffee

  5. nicolerenae says:

    The Peru Cafe Femenino sounds great! I love the smell of good coffee almost as much as the taste!


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