I recently told you about the delivery of International Delight Iced Coffee, sent by my friend Beth through #CBias, that put a smile in my cup. The smiles kept coming, because shortly after that, I received an opportunity (also through #CBias) to share that cup o’smiles with friends via an iced coffee tasting group. I could think of no better place to share a cup of coffee with friends than at the pantry where I volunteer.
Each week, a small group of us gather to inspect and sort canned goods and dry goods into bagged food orders that we distribute to pantry patrons. Our morning starts around 8 a.m. We break at 10 a.m. for Bible Study. The pantry opens, for food distributions, at 11 a.m. and closes at 12:30 p.m. For those of us that stay the entire morning, it makes for a long day. Especially on days that we receive delivery, because then we also have pallets of food to categorize and put away.
I knew the other volunteers would enjoy a well deserved treat, so I called Pastor Marcella to ask if I could provide the treats for the week. After she agreed, I shopped at my local Walmart for the iced coffee (check out my #IcedCoffee Limerick and shopping trip here). On my way to pantry, I stopped to pick up donuts and pastries, as I thought they would be the perfect compliment to the morning activities and iced coffee tasting. Boy, was I ever right!
As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I initially started volunteering at the pantry as an excuse to spend time with my Mom. It’s a great way to spend time together, because we both enjoy helping others.
Mom enjoyed a cup of International Delight Iced Coffee as she chatted with other volunteers. Of the three flavors, (Mocha, Original, and Vanilla), Mom preferred the Vanilla flavor.
Have I ever told you that my love for coffee is ALL MOM’S FAULT? Seriously. I started drinking coffee when I was a toddler. When I was a toddler, Mom started adding cold water to her cup of coffee, so that if I grabbed it, I wouldn’t burn myself. To this day, we both add cold water to our cup, to cool off our coffee, before we drink it. In my family, coffee was the culture. The pot was turned on in the morning when we got up, and off at night when we went to bed. See. I rest my case.
Pastor Marcella took time out to taste all three flavors…
She said that she preferred the Vanilla, as well.
Pastor Norm said he would stick with his brewed hot coffee. He’s not the iced coffee sort of guy. LOL.
Everyone that did try the International Delight Iced Coffee enjoyed it, and overall, the vanilla won out as the flavor enjoyed by most. The comment that was most frequently made about the mocha flavor was that it wasn’t chocolatey enough, which is what my husband had previously said.
Several people also said that they would be more likely to purchase the International Delight Iced Coffee if there were a lower sugar or sugar free alternative.
We will be chatting about Iced Coffee, recipes, flavors, and so much more. Oh, yah, and if you RSVP below and participate during the party, you have a chance to win one of (3) $25 Walmart Gift Cards and (1) $100 Walmart Gift Card.
WHAT: #IcedCoffee Twitter Party – get inspired to host a coffee klatch
WHEN: Thursday, February 9 th, 1-2 PM EST
WHERE: On Twitter on your computer! Follow and use the #IcedCoffee hashtag during the party, you can also use the Tweetgrid created just for the party – http://bit.ly/w1vJob.
FUN: Tips, coffee talk, faves and giveaways.
FOLLOW: Follow @RebeccaEParsons, @LaurenRodkin, @MonicaJohnson and @inDelight and RSVP.
NOTE: You will have to follow @inDelight to win prizes during the Twitter party.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own (or those shared with me by the tasters).