GSN Review: Fire Dept. Vanilla Bean Bourbon Coffee

We were recently sent a bag of whole beans of a new blend from Fire Dept. Coffee, Vanilla Bean Bourbon. Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business and certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), we’re dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee to people everywhere. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs.

GSN has previously reviewed several of Fire Dept.’s Spirited Coffees here.

GSN’s Thoughts: We really love this new coffee. The vanilla bean brings it over the top into an entirely dessert-like realm. The bourbon adds a flavorful kick. This just may be our new favorite morning beverage! Make sure to order a few bags since this is a limited edition for the time being. GSN Rating: A

To order go to: Fire Dept Coffee

You can also join the new Spirit-Infused Club here

GSN Alert: Mugs by Day, Pint Glasses by Night

Morning runs to the coffee shop and happy hour cocktails at the bar have been halted for more than two months now. We wanted to know how this impacts in-home brewing and mixology. Influence Central surveyed 630 consumers in May as part of an effort to understand the consumer mindset during COVID-19.

CHEERS TO THE QUARANTINI 

Alcohol has always been a part of restaurant profitability and social culture in the U.S. With varied rules around alcohol sales and delivery state-to-state, alcohol brands have found themselves in an interesting spot. Some creative brands like Grey Goose, have hired out-of-work bartenders to become online mixologists for home-drinking cocktail makers.

  • Only 26% of consumers share that they’re consuming even more alcoholic beverages at home now than they were before. But drinks abound even if at typical consumption levels.
  • Among all consumers when it comes to drinking choices, wine tops the list of drink choices, with cocktails and beer rounding up the top three:
    • 43% turn to red wine
    • 38% prefer white wine
    • 37% are mixing up cocktails, while 18% prefer hard alcohol straight up or on the rocks.
    • 31% drink beer
    • 14% love hard seltzer
    • 13% like hard cider
  • 94% have not utilized any of the home delivery services for alcoholic beverages yet and are still going in-store for their alcohol purchases.
  • Of those who are utilizing home delivery services for alcoholic beverages, 65% have only just recently started turning to these services. 

Marketers of alcohol brands and services should be pouring themselves into these findings and capitalizing on a market that hasn’t quite taken off. The momentum of Online Grocery Pick-up can be an example to both national alcohol brands, as well as local businesses, including the rapidly growing craft beer industry.

A HIGHLY CAFFEINATED HOME-BREWED NATION

Home brewed coffee abounds during COVID-19. The number of movies, TV shows and memes that portray the morning hustle and hurry-up mentality of American culture is staggering. So, it’s not surprising that the line at your Starbucks’ or McDonald’s Drive-thru was long or that office coffee stations were as common as copy machines. But what happens when consumers’ to-do lists are still expansive, with increased reliance on caffeine increased to battle long unremitting, but you’re home most mornings? Well, it turns out that it’s coffee that happens:

  • 89% of consumers have at least one person in their household who now drinks coffee at home.
  • 56% brew more pots and cups of coffee at home than before social distancing, generally brewing 2 or more times each day.
  • When asked what they are using to brew coffee, 66% purchase ground coffee, 49% use K-Cups and 20% grind coffee beans.
  • Among the different types of coffee brands being purchased for home:
    • 50% opt for well-known chain coffee shop brands (such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Caribou).
    • 46% preferring well-known grocery store brands (such as Folgers or Maxwell House).
    • 29% choose other specialty coffee brands.
    • 24% opt for generic supermarket house brand.
  • 42% had typically brewed coffee at the office prior to the shift to stay-at-home.
  • 71% purchase creamers or other additives specifically for coffee.

People clearly still want their daily pick-me-ups of caffeine during the pandemic, creating a swath of opportunities for coffee brands and coffee appliances alike. Plus, it’s opened the door to new coffee drinks, such as the hugely popular and trending “Dalgona” whipped coffee made with instant coffee whipped with sugar and water, then poured over milk. Clearly, home baristas have arrived!

Stacy DeBroff is a Social and digital media strategist, best-selling author, attorney, and founder and CEO of Influence Central, which delivers cutting-edge social media and digital campaigns focused on influencer marketing.

 

GSN Review: Mad Bean Iced Coffee

Mad Bean hard coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans. In a typical cup of coffee, there is around 95 mg of caffeine. Mad Bean has 1/3 the amount of caffeine as a regular cup! Enjoy a nice hard iced coffee pick me up without the jitters. It is made with a stabilized and pasteurized cream that does not require refrigeration.

Mad Bean’s process of proprietary filtration creates a malt base giving their products a natural spirit like finish. This multi-stage filtration process naturally removes gluten from the malt base. Even after this rigorous filtration process, there may contain some trace levels of gluten.

Mad Bean Iced Coffee (4.5% ABV)
GSN’s Thoughts: What we especially enjoyed about these is the low caffeine/low alcohol content, making them perfect for an after dinner beverage. These are also great to throw in your backpack for camping. The Mocha Iced is less sweet than the vanilla (to be expected), but neither one is overly sweet. The flavor was even and natural, with just a hint of the malt liquor. These are handy, tasty and well packaged for travel.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Drink Mad Bean