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Review: RoosRoast Coffee – Portland in the 90s and Lobster Butter Love

I worked out of cafes all day in the pre-pandemic era so I’ve been trying to adapt to being home more and still finding a way to explore different coffees. In a way getting coffee delivered is a big game changer since I am more inclined to buy coffee from around the nation than usual.

A friend recommended RoosRoast based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I decided to give them a try. I ordered myself an 8 oz. bag of Portland in the 90s ($8) and 8 oz. bag of Lobster Butter Love ($8) to try. Both darker roasts.

RoosRoast is rated in the Top 10 in Michigan by MLive.com. Like many entrepreneurs, John Roos started his business in his garage. The business has now grown to have multiple locations and is sold at major retailers.

I loved the packaging of the coffee and the way it was delivered with a personalized postcard. I feel like the little touches definitely improve a customer service experience, especially since I can’t actually travel to Michigan at this time or really anywhere.

The Lobster Butter Love.

The first roast I tried was the Lobster Butter Love. Upon first opening the coffee bag, I almost felt like I was smelling seafood which was interesting (there is no lobster though of course). I ran the coffee through my IMUSA moka pot first.

The coffee has strong buttery element as the name implies and is smooth. It is a very easy coffee to enjoy. The flavor is a little overwhelming and great for one cup – but I probably would not enjoy it as a big batch.

I actually fell deeply in love with with the Portland in the 90s dark roast. This coffee I could drink over and over and waking up to this coffee was truly a delight. The smell and flavor was excellent. I would order this one again.

Both coffees were great as pour overs, but honestly I was quite happy with them in my moka pot as well and preferred it in there for a more bold flavor instead of the light, clean flavor that the Chemex gives for these coffees.

Overall, I recommend both coffees from RoosRoast although Portland in 90s is my choice out of the two and would order from them again. The half pound pricing makes it quite easy to try different roasts as well.

Check them out at RoosRoast.com.

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Product Review: IMUSA Electric Coffee / Moka Maker 3-6 Cup

Full disclosure: This coffee maker was sent to me complimentary by IMUSA in exchange for a review on my blog. Any opinions expressed are my own and do not represent IMUSA or any stakeholders.

I’ve been looking for a new coffee machine lately during quarantine and was fortunate enough to receive one complimentary in the mail a few weeks ago from IMUSA. I’ve bought and used their smaller 3-cup aluminum moka pot in the past, but was looking for an electric solution.

This coffee maker allows you to make a 3-cup or 6-cup brew of espresso in less than 10 minutes. What comes out is a clearly superior brew that beats out even our Keurig machine at home (that costs nearly double the price).

Coffee is easy to make in this appliance. You simply add your water to the base and then add coffee to the filter, screw on and hit the on-button. You can watch your coffee flow into the eletric moka pot through the plastic which is an added bonus.

Before you know it you’ll have plenty of coffee ready to go. We even got a new milk frother to make some lattes at home. Being a regular at coffee shops, the pandemic has made it a little rough for me to enjoy my coffee favorites but I’m thankful there are solutions out there for those at home.

To clean out the machine: Rinse out the reservoir and use water and soap on the top part (after unscrewing). Make sure to dry fully.

I highly recommend the IMUSA Electric Coffee / Moka Maker. You can find it online at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3cae1Ew

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Product Review: Hangover Over

Full disclosure: I was sent a package of Hangover Over for a product review from the manufacturer. These opinions are my own and do not reflect Hangover Over or any affiliates.

Recently I connected with the owners of Hangover Over on Instagram for a product review. They shipped me the product to try for my readers.

I am always down to try a product that can help prevent hangovers, having had many myself during the college years of my life.

Hangover Over seeks to use activated charcoal, Vitamin C, B Vitamin Complex, Electrolytes, Vitamin D, White Willow Bark, and Valerian Root Extract to achieve this goal of detoxing the body.

Ingredients:
Activated Charcoal 250 mg
Vitamin C. 600 mg
B complex (the whole B complex B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B12)
Electrolytes (4 of the 5)
Calcium
Magnesium, potassium, and sodium
Vitamin D 1000 units
White Willow Bark 325 mg
Valerian Root Extract 300 mg

Most people interested in health products have probably heard of these ingredients as they aren’t exactly a secret. I have personally never used activated charcoal for a detox, but decided to give this a shot.

As far as taste is concerned, it certainly tastes like a health product. Hangover Over uses mango and orange flavors. It also uses a small amount of sugar (3 grams) and splenda for added flavor.

I think I would prefer a more banana-like taste to the product, just to make it a little better to drink. Still it wasn’t half-bad for all the vitamins and ingredients inside.

I don’t even think a fruit flavor is necessarily needed for taste and would be really interested to see what sort of future flavors appear for a product like this. Perhaps something with coconut would also help support the health message around this product. The owners are currently working on their second flavor at this time.

The main active ingredient in Hangover Over is activated charcoal, which is still being studied by medical researchers but has been used recently to help remove toxins from people with various illnesses or poisoning including things like malaria.

White Willow Bark is supposed to work similar to aspirin and it really makes sense to include in a hangover drink if you’re trying to avoid pain the next day. Likes all things it is best in moderation.

Valerian Root is meant to induce sleep and reduce anxiety. Anyone who has ever had a hangover knows sleep is one of the keys to fighting off a day after drinking. Anyone who has drank Gatorade to try and stop a hangover knows electrolytes are a key to re-hydrating the body.

Hangover Over is meant to be taken as a response to drinking and less as a daily supplement or product. No more than 3 bottles should be taken with 24 hours. People taking it should consult their doctor if they have pre-existing conditions or are pregnant/nursing children.

As far as Hangover Over’s background, it was created by two women from Florida.

Maria Lafalce has worked in the healthcare field as an RN for 10 years and always wondered why more products weren’t available with these ingredient that can help people detox. Her business partner, Linda Pinzon, is a life-long friend and MBA graduate that lives in Miami. Both of them know each other from living in Colombia and they are both Florida residents now and entrepreneurs to boot.

A 4-pack of Hangover Over retails for $29.99 as is being sold online and in-stores.

Hangover Over is currently retailing at Armature Works at Inside the Box and is coming soon to Sparkman Wharf, PINCH Kitchen Miami, Liquivida Lounge Miami, The Hochstein Medspa Miami, Bulk Food Superstore in Sun City Center, and Tarascos Mexican Bar and Grill in Greenville, South Carolina.

Hangover Over is in the process of moving to using environmentally bottles that are 100% recyclable and works closely with Ecopazifico and 4Ocean.

Overall, this product has promise. I think more conclusive studies on activated charcoal may bring this product further into the limelight in the future, but I would watch this product if I were in the retail business.

You can visit their official website for more information at www.myhodrink.com

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Review: Amy’s Organic Soups Golden Lentil Indian Dal

I have been shopping for some new soups lately and came across Amy’s Organic Soups Golden Lentil Indian Dal. I found the soup at Sprout’s Farmers Market on-sale for about $2.50 per can.

I was really surprised with how great the flavors were in this soup.

You can really taste the organic tomatoes, organic carrots, and organic red lentils and it isn’t spicy besides a little organic black pepper. I have a bit of spice sensitivity and I was just fine with this soup. The ingredients tasted rich and full of flavor. It tasted savory and I gobbled it down.

Many store-bought soups are too watery and that wasn’t my experience with this product.

I would recommend getting some Naan bread or pita bread on the side. This soup would pair well with any dish and was quite filling on its own. The soup also has no trans fat and like the rest of their line is Non-GMO as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, soy-free, corn-free, tree-nut free, vegan, and kosher. Their cans have non-BPA lining too.

The sodium level is 56% of your daily value or 1,360 milligrams with 2 servings or 1 can so if you’re watching your salt intake this soup may not be for you unless you’re going to balance the rest of your diet out. It is low sugar with only about 6 grams in a can.

I recommend Amy’s Organic Soups Golden Lentil Indian Dal. Great flavor and quality for the price.

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Organic Carrot Turmeric Juice Blend

Recently I’ve been frequenting Trader Joe’s more often. I wish there were more locations in Tampa especially over in Brandon, but for now South Tampa is the place to go to grab some goods. The Organic Carrot Turmeric Juice Blend inspired me to write a review because it was the first carrot juice I have enjoyed in a long time.

I have been searching for healthier juices to have at home and it is harder than you think to find a good juice at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, many local grocery stores in Tampa overcharge for organic and healthy drink choices. I saw a carrot juice for about $9 last week – which is a ton of money where I live and higher than the minimum wage here.

This juice blend at Trader Joe’s is both affordable and delicious at $3.99 for 32 oz. The spices, including an added organic black pepper, give the blend a nice aftertaste and the organic lemon juice balances the blend.

We also added this blend to an organic orange juice we had in the fridge to add some sweetness, but the juice was great even without it.

Here is the nutritional information for this product:

Carrot Juice is also great for Vitamin A, antioxidants, maintaining cholesterol and blood sugar, among other things. Turmeric is known to have plenty of benefits.

I recommend this product!