Coffee Fanatic

Yes, I am a fanatic. A coffee fanatic, I mean.

Hot, cold, cheap or expensive, I love it! There aren’t too many mornings that pass that I don’t have a big cup of coffee. No fancy, flavored creamers and no sugar. Just coffee and cream. And since I am being honest, I’ll tell you that I love heavy whipping cream fat-free half and half.

So when I was given the opportunity to sample two of Gevalia’s newest coffees, I jumped at the chance! Royal Vinter and Royal Vinter Spice are available once a year, only during the winter season and in limited quantities. I was excited to try them and see just how tasty they really were.

Jason and I tried the Royal Vinter first. As it brewed, it smelled heavenly! I tasted it first without adding cream. It was rich and full-bodied. Then I added my cream, ahem, I meant fat free half and half. It felt comfy and tasted smooth. It wasn’t bitter or over-powering. We both loved it, and finished off the entire 8 ounces within a week!

Just over this past weekend, we tried the Royal Vinter Spice. As this one brewed, you could smell cinnamon in the air! It reminded me of Christmas. Again, I tasted this one first without adding cream. I could definitely taste the vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. My husband tasted cloves, too. Neither of us are a fan of flavored creamers, and this coffee tasted like it had vanilla creamer in it, without adding anything to it!

Because we don’t like flavored creamers, we both preferred the Royal Vinter to the Royal Vinter Spice. That was the only reason, though. I think that if you like flavored creamers in your coffee, you’ll probably love the Royal Vinter Spice.

You can purchase both of these coffees directly from the Gevalia website. You can select from whole bean or ground and decaf or regular. Pricing for regular is $8.95 for an 8 ounce box, and decaf is $9.75 for an 8 ounce box. Remember, they’re only available during the winter season and in limited quantities, so hurry and get yours reserved! And I’ll let you in on a little secret…Gevalia gives exclusive online offers to their Twitter and Facebook fans, so follow them on Twitter or fan their page.

But I have a surprise for you! The good people over at Gevalia are giving me an AMAZING reader giveaway package! One lucky reader is going to have this package delivered right to their door!

  • 1 box of Royal Vinter
  • 1 box of Royal Vinter Spice
  • 1 pack of Gevalia coffee filters
  • 1 pack of Gevalia coffee cleaner
  • Set of 2 Brabantia canisters
  • Set of 4 Guggenheim mugs
  • Gevalia robe

I know…WOW, right?! So go ahead…leave me a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! That’s it! If you would like an additional entry, you can tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (make sure to include @Gevalia and @mommyofamonster in your tweet). *Please leave a separate comment for each entry*

This giveaway will be open from Thursday, September 30th and will close at 8:30 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, October 6th. I will announce the winner on Thursday, October 7th.

And for another chance to win, head over to visit Gigi at Kludgy Mom! She’s hosting the same giveaway…tell her that you’re visiting from Mommy of a Monster!

Good luck to you!

And so it goes…

I received free Gevalia coffee for hosting this review and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any other source. I was not compensated to provide an opinion of Gevalia products. This giveaway is open to US residents only. It begins on September 30, 2010 and will end on October 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using The winner will be announced and must respond with a current mailing address within 48 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen.


  1. You love coffee like I love diet Coke. Todd's a java drinker, so this would be a nice giveaway to win. :)
  2. Coffee is the second thing I smile at in the morning, right after I smile at my husband for handing me a cup.
  3. I love coffee. I wouldn't get out of bed if it weren't for the fresh pot brewing in the kitchen.
  4. Belle's Butterfly says:
    My morning hasn't started until I have had my coffee. Love this giveaway!
  5. Yes! Coffee contest. I NEED coffee. I tweet coffee. I'm drinking coffee now.
    Creme Brulee sounds like a beautiful flavor.

    And I saw Kludgy Mom first. She sent me here.
  6. MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) says:
    As I'm enjoying my cheap-o coffee with cheap-o flavored (and fat free!) creamer this morning, I'll tell you that I'd love to try the Genevalia you described...sounds heavenly! :)

    I'm not always such a cheap-o kinda girl, but this is my morning routine. I'll make up for it over coffee at Starbucks with the girls tonight, after my girlies are in bed.

    Hope you're well!
  7. And tweeted for another entry.
  8. Oh, fun! I hopped over to your blog since I have been MIA lately and here you are doing a giveaway! I love, love coffee. Of course, I've had to cute back significantly during my pregnancy, but doc said a cup a day is perfectly fine. Thank goodness! :) I love Gevalia!
  9. Do I get disqualified if I say that without coffee I am a real bitch and no one wants to be near me?
  10. I heart you. I can't stand coffee though.

    My husband on the other hand? Is like an uncaged monster without coffee. So for that, I like it.
  11. AndrewTansley says:
    I love coffee like you do AND I love it with heavy whipping cream as well. I never knew anyone else who liked it that way! My kids even ask me if I've had my coffee yet if I am grumpy in the morning!

    -Carrie Tansley
  12. We drink our coffee the same way -- and I have a Gevalia machine that is going at all times... I love coffee -- but no flavors, please, just coffee... my sister, on the other hand, will pop in a flavored coffed the minute she just thinks I'm heading out the door! and she loves the flavored creamers... we would love the win the prize... thanks for sharing and a great review... come visit when you can...
  13. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    I SOO want this prize! I love coffee with all kinds of yummies.

    I love cannisters! And we all know how I feel about mugs.

    I am so entering this contest at Gigi's place too.
  14. Champagne Mom says:
    Coffee is the life-line of all moms. I couldn't live without it.
  15. you may not understand my level of love for coffee. i may stalk you hardcore for this giveaway.
  16. ChristineMarie_ says:
    I'm just in it for the robe.

    Just kidding!! I see so many people having giveaways on their blogs. I hope I get to do one some time. There have been so many great prizes! If I win, I think I will be nice and share this with my husband. I like coffee, but I am in love with the smell of it filling my house. He is a total coffee addict!
  17. Love me some coffee!!!!
  18. I LOVE coffee. LOVE. Addicted. But I've had to drink less because of the babe, so I'm looking forward to getting back to my morning brew eventually. Those both sound heavenly!!
  19. Just tweeted about it too :)
  20. Um, caffeine delivered to my home? Are you an angel? Cause that would be so heavenly.
  21. I have to have my coffee before I can function, which is saying something since I work 3rd shift lol. The guys at work have figured out that if I walk in with coffee in hand give me at least 30 min before attempting to have a conversation with me!
  22. The Blogging Goddess says:
    This is the giveaway du jour today! You and Kludgy mom!
  23. This would be a cool gift for my brother. Thanks for the chance.
  24. I"m in need of some coffee right now! I've been putting it off this morning and because of it I'm nursing a big ol' caaffine headache! I'd love to win this package! Gevalia coffee is amazing!
  25. Mmmm . . . that coffee sounds DELICIOUS.
  26. Losing Brownies says:
    I love coffee! It is the one thing that makes getting up before the sun is out worth it.
  27. From Tracie says:
    I love coffee, I love mugs, I love cannisters. This is the giveaway of my dreams. Flavored coffee is my favorite.

    Here via Kluggy Mom. ;-)
  28. Are you a Simpsons fan?

    Coffee? Beer? Coffee? Beer? C O...B E...

    I love beer, wine and coffee in some order.
  29. Isaiah Ketterhagen says:
    LOVE IT!!! My job is to make coffee for my wife and I! Without me, we wouldn't have coffee because Sara doesn't want to tackle the coffee maker. I don't think I would be able to handle my identical twin toddler girls and 11 month old girl! Any and all kinds!!!!
  30. Courtney Marin says:
    I just discovered Gevalia after a friend gave me a box as a gift, I know exactly what that first sip is like! I'm sure it is the best part of the day with 3 kids under 3! Good luck!
  31. I can't even think of doing anything in the morning till I have my coffee
  32. Jennifer Hitchcock says:
    I am also a mother of twins. I have a total of 4 children, one 8, one 5, and twins at 15 months. Staying home with them is the light in my world right now, especially with all the bad things that have happened in my life this past year (ranging from my 32 year old brother having stage 4 rectal cancer and mine and my husband's father having heart problems to someone cheating me and my husband out of $700). However, with still having one 5 am feeding for both twins and having to get up at 6:45 to get my older two on the bus for school, coffee is a major essential at our house, drank through out the day to help keep me out of junk food ;-). I really enjoy Gevalia and would love to try their winter flavors......
  33. Coffee is a gift from the Latte Gods.

    I'm grateful for drive-thru coffee shops with 2 kids in tow. Heaven.
  34. Saw your tweet and came over. I thought I was already following your blog but I guess I wasn't! I am now. I've never tried Gevalia but from your review it sounds wonderful!
  35. I tweeted. @varunner7
  36. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:
    I LOVE coffee. I need coffee. NOW!!!!
  37. I don't drink coffee but my sweetie pie sure does. He drinks a lot of it! This would be for him!
  38. Mmmmmm . . . I'm ALL OVER this coffee post, and will be heading to Gigi's page now! Oh, dear ... and the cream ONLY is all me! No sugar in my coffee, either. LOVE ME some coffee right now, actually! ;)
  39. I think I would my my sister-in-laws day with this! She is a coffee freak.
  40. Permanently At Lunch says:
    This prize would be amazingggggg!!:)
  41. Dirty Dishtowels says:
    Well, now that I'm a grown up....I just started drinking coffee on a regular basis last Dec. How did I survive before...I do not know.
  42. Andie@multiplemama says:
    Sounds good even now and it's almost 9pm. I love my coffee so much. After five years of decaf through pregnancies and nursing, I'm so excited to be back on the real thing!
  43. Mmm the spice one sounds good. So I'm leaving a comment if it let's me. (being that comments & iPhones don't always mix )
  44. Booyah's Momma says:
    I think this was my second giveaway I've ever entered (the first was Kludgy Mom's). I do not function well without coffee, and that Raspberry Danish blend sounds divine!
  45. Wow! What a fantastic giveaway and a great opportunity to try some new Gevalia coffee! Thanks for the entry. :)
  46. Lindsay {Designer Wife} says:
    YUM! I adore Gevalia coffee.... and, ironically, am drinking a cup of it now!! :)

    Love this giveaway!!

  47. donnallah says:
    You have a good thing going here--Resounding thanks!
    I've been trying to order Gevalia's intro package on their web page--I keep filling forms out with my information but it keeps telling me that my various credit cards' numbers are not acceptable.
    Am quite frustrated. I KNOW my cards are FINE because other merchants are accepting them, both online & in person. So now at least you have given me the chance of a needle in a haystack of winning some bloody Gevalia coffee along with a million others. Failing to be able to place my order for Gevalia online didn't even give me a needle of a chance.
    So, lucky I found your opportunity.
    Also, can you help me with my problem? Who do I have to be to get some respect around here?:) (On the off chance that I don't win...)
  48. donnallah says:
    @gevalia better watch out. I now have a friend in high places! Her name is @momyofamonster! Yay!
  49. I love flavored coffees and creamers! I have had Gevalia really is good! Sign me up for the contest!
  50. They both sound heavenly to me! Thanks for the opportunity! :)
  51. The Crave to $ave! says:
    I am dying to try those flavors!

    gmloschiavo at yahoo dot com
  52. The Crave to $ave! says:

  53. mykidsmommy says:
    Coffee helps this mommy be awake to enjoy all the baby/toddler smiles.
  54. Femenina Deliciosa says:
    Coffee keeps me sane! Lol. Oh and I too love-me-some heavy cream, I mean fat free 1/2 & 1/2. ;) Gevalia coffee has always been absolutely lovely tasting/smelling, I'm curious as to the flavor of these. Sounds delish!
  55. I live on coffee!!!

    Cbrocious1984 AT gmail DOT com
  56. Tweet

    Cbrocious1984 AT gmail DOT com
  57. For Their Future says:
    Ooo! Sweet! My husband would love this too!
    I would love to try their French Vanilla!

  58. For Their Future says:
  59. Koelyn Rollison says:
    I love gevalia coffee!! If you didn't like the royal vinter spice because of it tasteing like it had vanilla creamer in it you may like there cinnomon coffee it just has wonderfull coffee and cinnomon flavor
  60. I love coffee and have just found your site which I like.
  61. Femenina Deliciosa says:
    I tweeted your giveaway!
  62. This sounds like a really fantastic giveaway. I know my whole workplace would love if I won, too! :)
  63. Twittery tweet over here! :D
  64. I firmly believe coffee should be it's own food group. I would LOVE to win this giveaway.
  65. I tweeted the giveaway.
  66. Susie B. Homemaker says:
    I love a good cup of joe... this would be a great giveaway to win!
  67. Susie B. Homemaker says:
  68. Coffee and Me are BFF. :)
  69. Hook me up!
  70. says:
    I love coffee. It's my number one comfort food.
  71. MommaKiss says:
    I just RT again :) I. Will. Win!!
  72. Love this giveaway!
  73. Yummy, pick me


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