I’m going to be perfectly honest with everyone, I totally forgot that Market Days existed, so imagine my surprise and subsequent joy when I stumbled across a booth selling perhaps my favorite thing in the world.
Not just coffee, but fast coffee. I’m talking, right now coffee. Who doesn’t love that? Gail’s booth states her intent in creating her custom blends: Gan’t nobody mix it like Gail, I want to comment on her tagline for a quick moment. It has a charming and authentic character, that I can really get behind. And that logo? I’m loving it, personally. But, you guys know what gets me by now- I love coffee and everything about it.
Her booth was full of possibility and there were so many delicious flavors and all of them were so fairly priced. She had a station set up where you could fix a hot cup of coffee right there, but I opted to wait until I got home so I could enjoy it in a more conducive environment. She does sell her mixes at Bluebelle, here in Columbus as well. So I may be heading that way for my fix sooner rather than later.
I selected the French Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato packets, to get me started and ventured around the market for a moment longer before returning to work. The temptation to make it there was almost too strong, but I’m happy to announce that I was able to talk myself out of it and the wait was well worth it. Coincidentally, one of my co-workers was familiar with her wares and really ramped up the temptation- I still prevailed, though.
Once I got the coffee home, I set it out and set about deciding which to try first. I decided on the French Vanilla for my first sample. And for this first one, I made it as the packet recommends, which was with water. I generally prefer milk but I’ll give that a try with the Caramel Macchiato and get back to you guys in a later post.
I can definitely say that this is impressive coffee- it’s not overly sweet or overly bitter. It’s pleasing and actually has a bit of a nostalgia factor that calls back to the coffee I used to drink when I was younger. The vanilla smells soft and is nice and subtle. I definitely feel like this would have been a good candidate to be made with milk, because I’m generally partial to a richer flavor. As is, however, this is a very mellow and relaxing flavor.
Gail has created the perfect coffee to drink in front of a fireplace on a winter night or sip while watching rain pour outside. Something about her mixture is so relaxing to me, that I have the urge to pick up a book to pair. What I’m getting at is that this coffee is a relaxing experience from the preparation to the flavor. It took all of maybe 1-2 minutes to prepare and is wonderful to sip while I write this.
Situations for which Gail has the perfect cup:
- In bed bundled in plush blankets with a large book
- Watching the rain on a lazy Sunday afternoon
- In a bath overflowing with bubbles
- In the front of a fireplace with a cat or partner
- At the dining table with the news
Those are just a few ideas, I’m sure there are many others. Think about what relaxes you, Gail has the perfect cup for that.