As I sit here, I'm enjoying my morning brew. I dread the time when we're ready to have a second child. Don't get me wrong - I love my Monkey and do want more children. I dread the 9 months of pregnancy forcing me to give up my morning cup - and the 12 months (plus) of breastfeeding where I need to pare it down. Caffeine withdrawals are the pits. Though I would rather give it up to play it safe, it doesn't mean I won't complain about it!
In the past, when we didn't really know any better, we always purchased whatever was cheapest (ground, of course). Then, while registering for wedding gifts, something made T register for a coffee grinder. Friends purchased it for us. Thus began our love affair with a fresher brew (as beans stay fresher much longer than the grounds).
We began experimenting with brands. Folgers was a name we knew well, so we started out with their whole beans. We then moved on to Green Mountain Coffee. We could measure out the exact amount of beans we wanted, as opposed to the prepackaged varieties. Breakfast Blend is still one of our favorites. Occasionally we'd foray into flavored coffees, but we always came back to Breakfast Blend. That is, until T opened our hometown newspaper one day and saw a story about a new roasting company.
Acadia Roasting Company is located near our hometown. We are all about supporting local companies and buy locally as much as we can, so it seemed pretty obvious to try them out. We have since tried all 3 of their caffeinated varieties (they do have a decaf, for you decaf drinkers) and have yet to be disappointed.
Our trips up north have always consisted of making lists of purchases we need to make (Houlton Farms butter for T, for instance). Making sure we've got a constant supply of coffee beans is now at the top of our shopping list.