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Is ‘Italian” synonymous with “design”?  Perhaps my husband could help answer that question.  A proud European to the core, he practically shuddered with delight when a Bialetti Moka Express arrived in our home.  Was I excited too?  Yes, I adore coffee, especially any with a European preparation involved, but for my husband it meant a glimpse of home.  He even researched the little unit and discovered the Bialetti is a 70-year-old Italian design icon, found in most Italian kitchens.  And a big hurrah was let out from the man who yearns for something more lasting (and more Old World) these days. 

So what is this Bialetti?  Envision a simple coffee pot that brews espressos and prepares unbelievable coffee-house style coffee on your stovetop, without electricity, loud whirring noises, or attitudinal, heavily-pierced baristas rolling their eyes at you.  If you wanted an espresso machine but didn’t want to cough up hundreds of dollars for the countertop hogging unit of your dreams, this darling Bialetti takes up no more than a few inches of space and starts at only $19.95, well worth every dime.  Mine stays on the stove because it’s just that darned charming looking!  And the coffee?  Let’s put it this way:  Since the Bialetti Moka Express’s arrival, my cappuccino machine has been in storage.  The operation is simple.  Place water in the bottom portion, fresh ground coffee in the strainer, screw on the top half, and set the unit on low heat  until all the water from the bottom has found its way to the top.  (I wait for this pleasant little gurgling sound; then I know my coffee is waiting.)  The results is smooth, heavenly coffee with no grounds to chew around.  I haven’t prepared a bad brew yet!  It’s very consistent in its results, with the simplicity of the unit most likely its secret. 

And my Euro husband?  He used to work for an American movie company overseas and says this: “I did see the Bialetti Moka Express sometime in 1993, and had a taste of the coffee it produced. It was a great starter for a hard working day. And it was three Italians that brought this wonderful coffee maker to the film crew. A lot of us gathered there to jumpstart the day. Gianni was brewing, Aldo would comment and Adolfo would bless it, the rest would drink and wish for more.”  I’d say that sums it up nicely!  With no Adolfo for the blessing, though, I’ll just have to thank heaven each morning myself.

Want to win your own Bialetti Moka Express?  The people of Bialetti are kindly offering one to a lucky carp(e) libris reviews reader!

Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:

1.) Just visit Bialetti and tell me something you liked or learned about the company or their products. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Blog about, Twitter, and/or Subscribe! Get an extra entry for each of these activities.  Blog about and/or Twitter this giveaway with a link to the post.  Subscribers to carp(e) libris reviews and get an entry too!  Just leave a separate comment for each, giving me a link to your blog post, your Twitter name, and/or a note saying you’re a subscriber.  SUBSCRIBE HERE!  

(Psst!  My Twitter name is dkMommy.)

Feel free to do all four to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, to enter.

 

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What say you to a mug of marvelously different joe?  What if we call it Henley instead?  Henley Von Roastingburg coffee is as unique as its name, and I’ve had quite a taste for it lately.  A micro-batch coffee roasting company, Henley Von Roastingburg offers a selection of beans that are roasted right before shipment.  My bag of Costa Rican SHB Villalobos came straight from roasting; it was evident as soon as I opened the delivery box.  That wonderful aroma snagged me by the nostrils like a bull by its nose ring and I knew I’d had it – nothing could be done but to have a coffee fix right away.  

And a fix it is!  I love unique coffees with multiple layers of flavors and aromas.  I don’t review boring coffee.  In fact, I prefer to ruin boring coffee forever for every guest entering my house.  Preparing a labor-intensive cappuccino with the Villalobos beans and serving it to overnight guests as part of their breakfast was so much fun because I knew they’d arrive home to a plastic bucket of coffee that was roasted and ground months before it even hit the store shelves.  The Villalobos bean we enjoyed has a caramelly, spicey flavor that tastes and smells exotic.  If you allow it to linger on the palate, you’ll find much more there to love.  I enjoyed watching my guests’ eyes roll back in their heads.  They loved it, burying their noses in their mugs, smacking, swirling – we looked like an early morning group of professional wine tasters.  

I had my mug of Henley Von Roastingburg this morning; if you’d like to try some, I’m sorry to say I won’t be inviting you to breakfast at my house.  But you can enter here to win your own bag.  Then when I’m out, I’ll be visiting you for a cup of Henley!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit this most creative Henley Von Roastingburg website and tell me what about their site most makes you want your own bag.  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, April 13, 2009, to enter.

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I’m so pleased to introduce you to Pura Vida Coffee.  Not just because they’re an excellent cup of coffee, which to me is an essential part of prying open my eyes in the morning.  But even more important than a fine brew, Pura Vida is using their capacity as a company to reach out and help those countries responsible for growing their coffee.  Fair trade, organic, and eco-friendly with a humanitarian presence in five different countries, Pura Vida donates thousands of dollars to various charities and is actively involved with numerous organizations through their project “Create Good”, helping the very countries who provide them with high-quality shade grown beans. 

Maybe that’s the extra something special that one can taste in this organic coffee – their sense of responsibility for everything from the coffee drinker’s experience to the coffee growers themselves.  Every variety I’ve tried from Pura Vida has been a quality, flavorful cup from beans fresh roasted in small batches.  Whether you prefer something bold and full of flavor such as their dark and delicious French Roast or my personal favorite due to its complex intensity, Cafe Kilimanjaro; or if you lean more towards the aromatic flavored coffees such as Irish Cream or French Vanilla, Pura Vida delivers a gourmet cup every time. I like to mix things up by preparing my coffee as an espresso, a cappuccino, regular drip – even “stuff-left-on-the-bottom” Turkish.  You can’t prepare things like espresso or Turkish with an inferior bean; I’ve not been disappointed with Pura Vida’s performance in any of these variations.  The full flavor of freshly roasted beans makes a huge difference in the end product of something as demanding as a Turkish brew! 

I always look forward to sharing companies such as Pura Vida with my readers.  When a company is able to balance a good quality product with caring for the environment and for people in need, I’ll gladly sing their praises.  We should feel good about the purchases we make; it’s nice to know where our consumer dollars are going for a change, isn’t it?  

It’s time to try some Pura Vida Coffee for yourself!  One carp(e) libris reviews reader will win a bag of the coffee of their choice; be prepared to help change your world!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit the Pura Vida website and tell me something this company does to help better the world.  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to enter.

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Whether you’re a book lover, a music lover, or both, chances are you like to indulge in your appreciation of either with a hot cup of your favorite coffee or tea by your side.  I prefer having a favorite mug to fill; something that’s mine and mine alone.  For years now I’ve used the same old tired yellow mug that sports a faded cartoon of the Chicago skyline.  I overpaid for it in the Hancock Tower gift shop, and although it represents a very pleasant day, it was time to replace it with something not so worn.  Mug Heaven has such a large selection of handmade ceramic mugs that choosing one to replace my old standby was an enjoyably difficult task.  Animal mugs, personalized mugs, beautifully glazed pottery pieces that looked more like art – and that’s where I stopped.

See the photo above?  It’s the mug I chose, my new sidekick while I blog, read, listen to music.  It’s sitting next to me right now, filled with my favorite cappuccino.  A beautiful piece which came wrapped with extreme care, so it looked simply brilliant when I received it.  There’s something about a good mug that makes drinking coffee and tea seem more satisfying, like a little indulgence in the midst of my usually busy day.  If you’ve ever used a good pottery mug, you probably noticed its tendency to hold onto the heat a little more than the average mass-produced, thin walled piece.  That and, darn, cappuccino just looks better surrounded by a mug called “Golden Toffee and Raspberry“.  

This is where it gets fun:  Mug Heaven is giving away a mug to one carp(e) libris reviews reader.  The winner gets to select the perfect mug to fit their personality; up to a $20 selection! 

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit Mug Heaven and tell me what mug fits your personality and why.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, March 2, 2009, to enter.

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Numi Teas have quickly become one of my favorites.  Organic and smooth, fair trade and fresh.  The varieties are endless, and one of their new additions to the Numi Tea family is Puerh tea.  Puerh has a unique history behind it, one that adds to the enjoyment of drinking in its smooth flavor.  Numi tells the story of Puerh:

 

Puerh’s ancient history, filled with secrecy and mystery, dates back before the Han Dynasty to over 2000 years ago. During that time, tea was transported by mule and horse caravans along five main routes known as the ‘Tea Horse Roads’. The first and most traveled road started in the village of Pu Erh (pronounced ‘pu-err’), in the high mountains of the Yunnan Province, China’s most Southwest region near the border of Laos and Vietnam.

Merchants on the trading roads compressed tea for easier travel and to maximize their load. These long journeys from western to eastern China (the size of the U.S.) led to a mysterious but extraordinary process. To the tea traders’ surprise, the tea tasted better at journey’s end then the beginning and yielded additional health benefits. It is said the Last Emperor’s mother, known as the ‘Beautiful Countenance’, was cured of her gout from drinking this amazing tea named Puerh.

The secrets of processing Puerh have been guarded for generations and still remain a treasured tradition. Although all teas come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, Puerh is made from a different variety that grows on wild, old, tea trees or bushes, known as ‘broad leaf’, found in the cool, crisp, pristine Yunnan Mountains. Numi obtains its Puerh tea leaves from rare 200-500 year-old wild-harvested tea tree varieties, not the pruned bushes that are 40-50 years.

 

Although Numi’s Puerh tea won’t travel to you via mule mail, they do provide wonderful Puerh teas in a few different flavors:  Emperor’s Puerh (black tea); Mint Puerh; Chocolate Puerh; and today’s giveaway, Magnolia Puerh.  The Magnolia Puerh is an organic green tea blend with a hint of magnolia.  Between my husband and myself, we managed to drink a box in a matter of a few weeks!  It’s mellow and smooth, no bitterness as I’ve found the case to be with Numi, and wonderfully uplifting without the jitters.  This quickly became a preferred green tea here at the house.

Now it’s time to enter to win your own box.  Numi is giving away one box of Magnolia Puerh tea to a carp(e) libris reviews reader.  Enjoy!

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit the Numi Tea site and tell me what you liked or learned there.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, to enter.

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Katharina, it’s time to start journaling again – you won! Look for the winning email and respond right away to claim your prize.

Journaling has been an important part of my daily life for many years, and while I have written in less-than-impressive journals, tablets, and even hotel notepads when in a pinch, there is nothing like being able to write my thoughts in a journal that inspires me to write every time I look at it.  As my writing becomes more important to me, so does my choice of journal.  I have recently started keeping my everyday writings in an Italian Leather Travel Journal from JournalShelf, and I’ve found writing in it to be completely enjoyable.

This JournalShelf journal is actually designed for travel with its belted cover and practical 4 x 5.5-inch size, but I’ve found it’s also perfect for everyday use.  I have never really taken to using the large desk sized journals because I so rarely write while sitting at a desk or table.  Most times it’s a lap thing.  A big bulky tome just won’t do.  Add to the convenient size the fine Italian leather craftsmanship with hand tooling, the warm scent of smooth quality leather, and 240 wonderful hand-cut Amalfi paper pages in an easy-on-the-eyes cream color, and the journal is a writer’s dream.  This would make a fantastic gift for the writer or writer-to-be.  Mine came wrapped beautifully in fine paper making the experience one of quality from the get-go.

JournalShelf is generously giving away one Italian Leather Travel Journal to a carp(e) libris reviews reader.  

 

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit the JournalShelf site and tell me what other item appeals to you.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, February 15, 2009, to enter.

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What’s better in blustery January than snuggling in with a good book and a favorite throw?  Land’s End sells a wonderfully warm Combed Cotton Cable Knit Throw, perfect for long, luxurious Sunday afternoons with your favorite novel.  I’ve been enjoying a Land’s End throw myself, and I’ve found the knit to be warm, comfortably stretchy, and long enough for coccooning myself with the latest book up for review.  At 6 feet long, there’s plenty of room to wrap up or share, and 100% cotton means durability and easy cleaning.  Very important for me since some of my book time includes a certain not-so-tidy toddler!

In Honor of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival, Lands’ End is generously giving one of you a Cable Knit Throw in white so you can spend the rest of the winter days warm and toasty! This one is white, so it will easily match anyone’s favorite reading nook.

 

1.) Just visit Lands’ End and tell me something you liked or learned there. (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, February 1, 2009, to enter.

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Congratulations to Leah, winner of this beautiful leather journal!  It’s on its way to you, so we wish you happy and inspired writing!

Between my two blogs, I review literally hundreds of items. I get the opportunity to write about some pretty outstanding things, but occasionally something comes my way that makes an extra special impression. This time it’s a leather journal from Renaissance Art.

I’ve always been a journaler. When I was small, my journals were garish orange diaries perfect for seven-year-olds, had locks capable of being picked open with a toothipick, and were written in religiously – about once a month. As I grew older, the journals got a little nicer looking. I opted for cloth covered blank books, started calling them journals instead of Dear Diary, and wrote in them more relularly with the aid of my favorite pen which wrote in a very adult shade of violet. Talk about purple prose…

These days I’m much more serious about my journaling – not only what I write about, but what I write in. The Medium Journal from Renaissance Art is handcrafted; “…everything we do is made by real people in our Santa Fe Studio” says Arthur, the owner of Renaissance Art. This particular journal is made of a wonderful thick leather and gives it a surprisingly warm feel. When I first received it, I couldn’t keep my hands off it. I opened and closed it several times. No chincy locks from dimestore diaries gone by. This one has a braided leather cord which wraps around and holds the cover flap in place. But the craftsmanship doesn’t end there – thick pages of high quality paper fill its covers, perfect for writers, artists, and people like me who still insist on scribbling with a fountain pen. The pages are hand stitched and very secure. This is a journal built to go wherever you want to take it.

After much deliberation and toting of the journal with me for days, I finally decided to dedicate it to my herbalism studies. It’s perfect for taking along on walks in the woods on herb hunts, for writing down my observations, and for sketching what I’ve found. I’ve already started in on my new journal and can’t wait to see how it ages and fills with discoveries – it’s just that sort of thing.

Renaissance Art is kindly giving one carp(e) libris review reader a Medium Journal of their own, ($55 retail) as part of the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival week.

1.) Just visit Renaissance Art and tell me something you liked or learned there. (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

Already a subscriber? Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

Want to subscribe? Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first. My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery. If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, February 1, 2009, to enter.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here.

For us readerly types, tea seems to be the perfect addition to a great book.  Red Leaf Tea recently gave away some of their wonderful African Summer tea here at carp(e) libris reviews, and they enjoyed your response to their teas. Today they’d love to give away some more!  Your input means a lot to them – for that reason, this time there will be two winners.  Red Leaf Tea wants your ideas and suggestions for improving their online store.  As usual, a winner will be selected randomly, but Red Leaf Tea will select the best suggestion as the second winner.  Both winners will receive any tea of their choice, up to a $15 value.

Also for carp(e) libris reviews readers, Red Leaf Tea is offering us all a 20% off coupon code for the first 10 people who use this coupon code: carp(e)libris.  

Ready to enter?

1.) Just visit Red Leaf Tea and come back here to comment on any ideas or suggestions you may have for the Red Leaf Tea people.  They want to hear from you! (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four, plus enter once a day! You have until midnight EST on Thursday, January 8, 2009, to enter.

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Nothing beats relaxing with a good book and your favorite cup o’ joe.  For coffee connoisseurs, the joy of testing new brews is equivalent to the wine taster’s experience.  This is the great pleasure I’ve been having lately with the Grounds for Change Songbird Gift Box.  Grounds for Change is a unique coffee company; all of their coffee is organic and fair trade, and they roast to order and ship fresh daily.  That means really fresh coffee!

Grounds for Change is giving away one Songbird Gift Box to one of you!  Their Songbird coffees aren’t just your average bean.  These days when coffee is grown, the fields are clearcut and the beans are grown in full sun.  But the coffee shrub is a shade-loving plant.  After scientific tweaking, coffee was developed to handle full sun.  But truth be told, nothing is better than coffee grown as coffee should be – in the shade, surrounded by a wide variety of trees.  These coffee farms, second in biodiversity only to the rainforest, quickly become the home to a wide variety of animals, including migratory birds whose songs surround the farms.  Hence, the Songbird coffees of Grounds for Change.

But are they good?  I’m telling you, I’ve not enjoyed coffee so fresh and wonderful in a long time.  Peru “Cafe Femenino”, Agate Pass Blend, and Bolivia “Los Yungas” have been in my mug every morning for the past week, and every cup has been a pleasure.  I love to prepare cappuccino, and in my opinion that can’t be done properly without a full wonderful coffee that lacks bitterness.  All three of the Grounds for Change flavors have been smooth and delicious, perfect for cappuccino.  

Now that you’re jonesing for joe, it’s your turn to enter to win!  The Songbird Gift Box includes the following:

  • Three 8 ounce bags of Fair Trade Organic coffee (Regular or Decaf; Ground or Whole Bean; Coffee Varieties Your Choice)
  • One Fair Trade milk chocolate bar
  • One Fair Trade copper & brass coffee scoop from Chile

1.) Just visit Grounds for Change and tell me something you liked or learned there. (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four, plus enter once a day, and you can gain up to 9 entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, January 4, 2009, to enter.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here.