Don Pablo Coffee Giveaway

Guess I need to start packing for HLS, no? Feeling pretty lazy today. lol

Stayed up till midnight working on emails and a new bloggie project (the one I’ve been procrastinating on for like a year now).


Coffee was a necessity today.


Check out Mr. Cuddle-pants (that’s Bailey, not hubby). Bailey thinks he’s a lap dog, but he’s really not. lol



Since I was feeling so lazy, a no-cook breakfast was in order. I just put some Galaxy Granola in Not Sweet Vanilla in a bowl with some organic milk, sliced almonds and cacao nibs.


Mate Vana is helping me wake up today, too.


Coffee Giveaway

Anywho, you’re probably wondering about the title of this post. It’s true, Cafe Don Pablo has offered to give away a 2lb bag of coffee to one lucky reader!

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You may remember I met the people behind Cafe Don Pablo when they were sampling their coffee at Costco this past weekend. Hubby and I picked up a bag of the coffee (we bought it FTC) and have been enjoying it with breakfast this week. Anywho, while I was at Costco, Darron, founder of Burke Brands LLC offered to do a giveaway for The Chic Life readers. Score!

Here’s some info on the coffee:

Sweetly intense, balanced aroma, with milk chocolate, cedar and ripe tomato notes. In the cup the acidity is sweet and well-integrated, the body full and mouthfeel supple, and the flavor quite sweet, with chastened but still rich complication: semi-sweet chocolate, ripe tomato, and a round, low-acid fruit that suggested banana. The finish is cocoa-toned and slightly though warmly astringent.

And here’s some more info from the coffee bag that I thought you’d like to know:

We have relationships at the oint of origin that give us a dedicated source of supply of the finest Arabica beans available. We grow, pick, and process our own coffee beans in Colombia. We never blend our coffees with Robusta, past crop, or defective beans.

We roast to order in regional small batch roasting facilities in the U.S. We never roast overseas, on a production schedule, or allow distributors to warehouse our coffee. We also do not require large minimum orders from our customers, guaranteeing that you get the freshest coffee possible. You can smell the difference!

I also like that they are Sharing Certified (click to learn more).

Ready to win some yummy coffee?

There are 5 ways to enter (1 mandatory and 4 optional if you want extra chances to win):

  1. *mandatory* Leave a comment on this post and say which of the 4 Sharing Certified areas resonates with you most (hint: here’s where they are located online: ).
  2. Tweet @thechiclife how you take your coffee (with cream, black, etc) with a link to this post (, for example: β€œ@thechiclife I love my coffee with milk and sugar ” (remember to include the URL!) Leave a separate comment on this post to let me know that you tweeted an entry.
  3. Subscribe to The Chic Life blog feed ( Leave a separate comment telling me you did.
  4. Add The Chic Life to your blogroll. Leave a separate comment telling me you did.
  5. Link to this contest from your blog. Leave a separate comment telling me you did.

Easy Rules:

  • Each entry must be left as a separate comment on this post to count individually.
  • All entries must be received by 8pm ET next Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 (you have one week to enter!).
  • Winner will be randomly selected.
  • Shipping is for US only.
  • Winner will be notified via email and so must have a valid email address.
  • If winner doesn’t reply within 48 hours of email notification, a new winner will be selected.

Let the giveaway begin!

And special thanks to Cafe Don Pablo for having this giveaway!

And PS If you don’t win, you can find Cafe Don Pablo’s signature blend at Costco!

72 thoughts on “Don Pablo Coffee Giveaway”

  1. Oh, it’s hard to pick just one! I’d definitely say the most important for me is labor conditions. Improving the lives of the locals is bound to have a positive effect on everything else.

  2. I love ALL 4 parts of their 4 sharing certified areas, but since a lot of other coffee companies bring up the labor & sustanable ag, I like how they also bring up the environment.

  3. They are all extremely important, but I think that labor stands out as #1 to me. Improving the lives of the local people will not only help them, but surely cause a snowball effect and lead to a plethora of positive improvements!

  4. i would say labor conditions. A few years back, I made a trip to Guatemala and saw the unfair conditions for myself. It is incredible to personally witness a group of people work so hard yet get completely undermined. If we can only work towards more fair trade for these hard working, passionate, loving people, the world would be a better place.

  5. I love, love coffee and care about good quality, but protecting our environment is what I care about the most. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I have a coffee obsession so this is extra fun! I think the biggest reason I like ethically grown coffee is what it does for the community (so I guess I’d answer labor).

  7. Sounds like a great company. I would definitely have to say environment. I love it when company’s make an actual effort to protect the envionment and use sustainable recources to produce the products they make. It’s all about going “Green”

  8. I’d say the labor aspect is most important. But, really, they all resonate pretty strongly with me. Really strongly. That’s so awesome.

  9. To me, the labor aspect of Sharing Certified is the most important. I feel strongly that people should be fairly awarded for the work that they do. Also, I love coffee and living in NYC it is so expensive! I always buy fair trade coffee though.

  10. I like the sustainable agriculture aspect – it’s very important (and SHOULD be important for farmers) to promote future viability. I know this isn’t one of the four, but I also love the idea of their “living program”… sounds like a very cool and progressive organization.

    I’d LOVE to try their coffee !

  11. Living in an agricultural area has really opened up my eyes to the lives of the farmworkers here so I would say the labor standards really resonated with me. I’m glad that more and more companies seem interested in the lives of their growers.

  12. I think the labor resonates most with me. I think it is so important to have compassion for every individual, no matter their work.

    Great giveaway!

  13. Environment is important to me because so many food producers mistreat their surroundings. It’s nice to see a brand committed to standards over profits.

  14. Both labor standards and environment stand out to because I feel strongly about both being fair to workers and caring for the earth so that future generations will be able to enjoy it as we did, but I think I’ll go with labor standards here because caring for the environment starts with caring for the people working on it.

  15. Sustainable agriculture is really important to me. I live in an apartment, and can’t garden for myself. I like to support farmers that do mainly sustainable growing. I especially love my CSA share!

  16. The two conditions that resonate with me the most are:

    Labor (I believe in humane treatment of workers!)

    Environment (more people should be concerned about the quality of the environment both short and long term).


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