I was at ACME with Dayne the other night and started pulling out my oft-neglected coupons, and realized I had two for gourmet coffee – one for Starbucks Natural Fusions and one for Melitta. So I decided to go crazy and get both. Starbucks in Cinnamon and Melitta in Hazelnut Crème Brûlée (wow, it was entirely too much fun finding those little letter accents on my keyboard). They both come in such itty-bitty bags that I figured getting two would last me for maybe a month or so before I go back to my old, cheap, trusty fall-back – Maxwell House Original Roast (it’s good to the last drop).
Besides the issue that I kind of had to get the cinnamon flavor of the Starbucks coffee (based on the fact that the Vanilla ones were all expired and neither Dayne or I were thrilled with Caramel being that we were getting the Crème Brûlée stuff), I also forgot my coupons at check-out. Meaning that I paid $8.79 for this:
So this morning, even though I’m sick and not really in a coffee kind of mood, I was reminded that I have a May expiration date to adhere to with an $8.79 price tag! Thus, I decided to crack the bag open. I’m not really a huge cinnamon fan — yes, maybe a dash of it on my applesauce, and by all means sprinkle it on my french toast — but in my coffee? Go away.
It’s awful. Maybe not awful if you’re into that kind of thing – cinnamon tar water, that is – but I ended up dumping french vanilla creamer into it and calling it a day. After forcing myself to drink almost the entire cup, I feel like I’m going to be dehydrated for the next 72 hours.
As a disclaimer, it’s really not bad tasting, it is just entirely too strong. And entirely too expensive. And I am entirely too stupid to ever try and use coupons again.
On that note, however, I’m really looking forward to the Melitta Hazelnut Crème Brûlée. Not only is it a better-sounding flavor, but full price was only about $5.49. And now that I double-checked my receipt, I saw that it was actually on sale for $5.19. That’s the kind of price I can live with.