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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Parental Parody Review : Caffeine, my other great love

Following what was possibly the best 2 weeks of my life, thoroughly testing and reviewing both Yellowglen Spritz and Taylors Wines products for you (you're so welcome. So, so, so welcome), I bring you the third and final review....

Toby's Estate coffee and tea.

The good stuff, too.  None of that instant crap or dangly bag business.

I once coveted a job at Starbucks, such is my love of and dependence upon coffee.

It was both a beautiful dream and a life plan to spend my days creating caffeine masterpieces in return for an endless supply of free caffeine for myself.  This grand life plan was shattered when I found out that employees still have to pay for their coffee.

 "WOOLLOOMOOLOO"
This smooth spicy blend, excellent for milk coffees, incorporates an aged bean,
producing a real mouthful of body and a full, rich, lively cup.

Firstly, I just want to put your mind at ease by saying that Toby's Estate beans are not crapped out the back end of an animal.  I don't care how exclusive it is, I just can't do it - the drinking or the 'production'.  Toby's Estate beans are sourced from around the globe, then bought back to Australia for roasting, ne'er to pass through the internal workings of a living thing, pre-consumption.

I was without coffee machine when I received this, and so I spent the first 2 days walking around with the bag held up to my nose.  It smells so divine that I seriously considered #1 Hubby's smart ass suggestion that I gaffa tape the packet to my face and go hands-free.

I live for the day someone creates those smelly tree air fresheners in the scent of fresh coffee.

When #1 Nana coughed up her coffee machine I was in heaven.  It's creamy, it's rich, it tastes as good as my favourite Cafe Barista's efforts.

Head to the Toby's Estate website and order some for yourself.  Beans or pre-ground, they do both.  There's a huge range to choose from, including Decaf.  They even have Fairtrade Organic and Sustainability blends, so you can feel like you're saving the planet, one cup at a time.

In addition to my coffee addiction, I'm also a bit partial to a good cup of tea.  But it has to be really good stuff to tear me away from coffee.

"TOBY'S BREAKFAST BLEND"
This traditional recipe made with full leaf black teas from around the world creates a rich,
aromatic brew sure to satisfy any time of day.

This stuff makes the grade, even when brewed in Miss6's kiddy china tea set (since I don't actually own a grown up tea pot). Which, incidentally, is the perfect size for a single cup of tea. Thank you Dora the Explorer.

Tea is a personal thing.  I've learnt this after 20 years of failing to make the perfect cup for #1 Nana.  So if you like your tea weak, I'm guessing you can still make the perfect cup from this blend.  If you like your tea strong, this is the stuff for you.  There was no bitter after-taste either, which I have found with some brands.

Toby's Estate's range of teas is enormous.  As with the coffee, head to their website for further details and ordering.

And finally, the part you've all been waiting for....


The Giveaway of Awesome
(trademark pending)
This would be me breaking out into a Happy Dance.
If I danced. Or wore dresses.


The Giveaway of Awesome consists of all the goodies I've reviewed, split into three prizes :

                       1.  Taylors Wines 4 pack
                       2.  Yellowglen Spritz sparkling wines 2 pack
                       3.  Toby's Estate Coffee and Tea


For your chance to win (each item is worth one entry):

  • Follow / Subscribe to this blog
  • Like away on Facebook (page links for the Products of Awesome are above)
  • Share this competition on Facebook and/or Twitter (make sure you tag Me)
  • Comment with your favourite place to partake in any of these Products of Awesome
       Mine would have to be Bali.  Overlooking rice paddies.  Or Discovery Shopping Mall.
  
Comment below confirming the entries you have completed, thus ensuring you receive the correct number of entries in The Giveaway of Awesome.


Entries close midnight (WST) Sunday 29th January


The fine print : 
  • Entry is open to Australian residents only
  • Entries open 5am (WST) Wednesday 18th January
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Sunday 29th January
  • Winners drawn Monday 30th January 
  • Winners have seven (7) days to respond.  At which point my feelings get hurt, resulting in me turning all Emo before carrying out a re-draw.



95 comments:

  1. When I had small children my favourite place would have been the smallest room...at about 2am to ensure alone time! Now I'm a grandma it's the moment the whirling Dervishes go home to their mum and stop making me play.

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  2. I am following your blog

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  3. Liked all Products of Awesome on Facebook

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  4. Shared and tagged on Facebook

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  5. Shared and tagged on Facebook

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  6. I think I'd enjoy these anywhere.

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  7. I would enjoy these in the South of France, sharing Australian products with my French friends!

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  8. Following your blog :)

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  9. I'm a GFC follower (Mademoiselle Slimalicious)

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  10. Shared on fb and twitter :)

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  11. On valentines day, at home with my man

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  12. I would share any of these great products with my awesome girlfriend up on the Sunshine Coast

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  13. In my dreams in a gorgeous little cottage with a white picket fence, situated on a cliff face with a magnificent view of the ocean! In reality, I'd enjoy the Products of Awesome in my unit dreaming of a gorgeous little cottage with a white picket fence, situated on a cliff face with a magnificent view of the ocean :)

    Liked on Facebook, Shared on Twitter, Subscribed to Blog and Commented :)

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  14. Follow on facebook and twitter,shared on facebook gorgeous prize :-)

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  15. The best place to enjoy all of them would be sitting on my new terrace, at my new house, looking out over Taylor's Wine country. I knew I was moving to the right place!

    Tweeted, Facebooked, drooled over - CHECK!

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  16. Following with GFC, shared on facebook, tweeted on twitter @Jupiter707. 
    Awesome products should be consumed in an awesome place - like Tuscany, relaxing and scenic.

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  17. liked on facebook

    on my balcony for breakfast - would take the grind out of the morning!

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  18. love these products sitting on a mountain under a tree just reading a novel

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  19. forgot i did FB twitter subscribed and liked and shared

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  20. Liked, and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

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  21. Oh Yay!  I can just see me enjoying these sitting in a play wild, under a beautiful (and enormous..it must be enormous) oak tree, with my favourite book, or any book intact....a trashy mag might even do....with a elaborately painted sign hanging from a branch reading...."STFU!  I'M BUSY!"   Now that...is my idea of a little slice of heaven.

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  22. Liked, follow and shared..

    Quite simply I'd cop a drinking the Taylors Wine on the toilet reading a book (preferably minus toddler banging on door).... that is my lowest offer but one I'd gratefully accept.

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  23. Liked all pages and shared on Facebook
    Great giveaway!

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  24. Following
    Liked all pages and shared on facebook

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  25. Liked & shared the JOY on Facebook

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  26. Liked and Shared
    Favourite place would be at home,
    A relaxing moment without a moan!

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  27. Hi, I follow by email and on Facebook and I looooove coffee!

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  28. I am totally subscribed to your blog!

    Liked as All About Rachel on facebook.
    Shared from  rachiepie6 on twitter.
    Favourite place(s) to enjoy wine (or any alcohol) and/or coffee: My parents' place (currently living there), my best friend's house or my boyfriend's best friend's house, his wife loves wine and coffee too.

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  29. Liked, shared and subscribed
    Out on the Patio I like to sip,
    Coffee to see the day begin, Wine to watch it end.

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  30. +1  I'm a Subscriber.+1  Liked all on FB+1 I would be very happy sipping a coffee or wine on my front deck as I watch the world go by.

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  31. Well, for me, the best place to enjoy all three, would be under a shady tree on the river, warm day, gentle breeze, some dear friends or just the dear wife nearby.  Comfy chair and some wildlife, not the biting type, making gentle sounds in the surrounds. Ahhhhhhhhh, group hug.

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  32. I would love to enjoy these little luxuries Anywhere there is silence. Anywhere I don't have to hear..Mum, I am hungry. Mum, I need a drink, mum, I am bored. Mum, what can I do now? Mum, what are we doing tomorrow?

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  33. Mount Lofty botanic gardens right by the lake. I would love a moment just to myself and my partner to enjoy ourselves before the frantic wedding planning and relatives pleasing we have to deal with. 

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  34. The best place to try the products would have to be on the beach, watching the sun go down.

    Follow your blog, have liked all on FB and have shared :o)

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  35. The best place to try the products would have to be on the beach, watching the sun go down.

    Follow your blog, have liked all on FB and have shared :o)

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  36. have liked all on FB

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  37. I would looooooove to be sipping Taylors wine on the Isle of Pines near Vanuatu :)

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  38. I would love a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee out on the patio in peace and quiet.
    And Ive tweeted...

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  39. My Product of Awesome would be sipped in my lounge while the whole house was asleep. Pure bliss.
    Liked on facebook also!

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  40. Indulging in the wine whilst getting pampered at the Chi Day Spa in Fiji, AWESOME! Liked on FB, followed Blog & Tagged FB, thanks!

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  41. Follow you on GFC and email

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  42. Have like everyone on FB (well not everyone, just the companies you listed and of course you. lol)

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  43. Have shared on twitter (@Suzi_chesh)

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  44. Hmm, indulging somewhere quiet and remote. I don't mind as long as I dont' have to share it!!

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  45. Liked all on facebook :)

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  46. While watching the snow fall outside from a comfy bed in Sweden :)

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  47. Thank you i liked all on facebook

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  48. I'm liking you on FB TWICE! My real and blog aliases ;)

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  49. I'll drink the coffee anywhere peaceful and childfree thanks!!!

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  50. Taylors - Over water bure in Fiji (But I'll settle for over paddle pool deck chair in backyard)
    Yellowglen - Day spa in Hunter Valley (Again, will settle for cucumbers over the eyes with best girls in backyard)
    Toby's - Anwhere, anytime, anyhow

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  51. Yellowglen Spritz - Enjoying on top of Tamborine Mountain whilst watching the sunset in the arms of my husband.

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  52. Anywhere alone sans children at the moment would be bliss!

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  53. Also LOVE you on fb :)

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  54. And following you on gfc :)

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  55. And following you on twitter too

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  56. Okay I follow your fun blog, I 'like' you on FB, I follow you on Twitter, I liked the Taylors Wines, Yellowglen Spritz & Toby's Estate. I shared the comp & tagged you. I think it is time we go on holidays together? ;) I am more than happy to sample any of those delightful wares anyone I can hide from the school holiday rampaging offspring. 

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  57. I like to partake on the above items sitting on my front deck in the afternoon while watching the sun set in the west.

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  58. I love having my coffee in the spa

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  59. shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/#!/mandachic/status/162659376149176322 

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  60. I would partake in awesome over casual social dinner - to 'wine'  down after a long working week! 

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  61. Liked and FB and follow on GFC

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  62. Liked FB and would partake in the coffee overlooking my pool at sunrise

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  63. Over a 'dinner of denial' that summer and holidays are drawing to a close!

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  64. 3 entries please. Liked on facebook, shared on facebook and relaxing on my back deck with family and friends.

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  65. 2 entries - have liked on FB and am now following your blog. I'd love to enjoy any of those awesome things sitting out under our pergola, watching the kids frolic in the sprinkler.

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  66. 4 entries please - shared comp on facebook and twitter, liked on facebook and now:
    on my deck watching the stars -heaven!!!

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  67. 5 entries I do believe: Liked all three and Parental Parody on Facebook, shared on FB and my fave place to parktake in sparkling spritz - anywhere, because I always take the weather, and party,  with me!

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  68. Liked on Facebook

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  69. Liked and shared on facebook and twitter - I love to partake in a good bubbly while relaxing with friends with cheese and bickies on the deck on a beautiful summers day!

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  70. 2 entries please....Liked on FB and following your blog.  Would have been 3 but I have no idea how to tag someone on FB or Twitter...(blush)

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  71. Nice glass of wine on a rainy day in London. Perfect!  Followed blog by email and liked on Facebook (Jenny A Watson)

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  72. Ohhh mine is at home, I just love my hubby and my 3 little kids and want to freeze these last couple of days forever in time. My eldest starts school on Tuesday xoxoxo Thanks so much for the opportunity Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans xoxox

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  73. Liked and shared and tweeted 

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  74. At home with my Family and Freinds sharing Bubbles of Love, Stress Relief, Fun and Conversation! We love Good Drops from Taylors Wines, Yellowglen and Toby's Estate! :) 

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  75. I'm Viki Ashford on Facebook and all done. :)

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  76. I 'like' you on FB, I follow you on Twitter, I liked the Taylors Wines, Yellowglen Spritz & Toby's Estate. I shared the comp & tagged you, i am lyndel marshall rowe on facebook, i would share with my friend who has been through a tough few months,for relaxtion and good times

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  77. On the beach at Lucky Bay, Cape le Grand National Park WA = could you find a more awesome place for the giveaway of awesome.

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  78. Tweetd @ my little drummer https://twitter.com/#!/mylittledrummer/statuses/163426867397931009

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  79. liked all three products of awesome on FB

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  80. Like on Facebook (there really needs to be a love button though!) And I would most definitely love to enjoy this Giveaway of Awesome all by myself in my garden, having a little taste of all each day :)

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  81. Four entries please (I won't annoy you by commenting separately for each one!)
    1. Following you via Networked Blogs
    2. Have liked all 3 giveaway pages on Facebook and left nice messages on their walls
    3. Shared on Facebook (Public and tagged you)
    4. I'm not fussy - anywhere in Perth will do (King's Park might be nice) as long as there are no children around :D

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  82. Shared and liked on facebook.  At maleny where my husband proposed on St Valentines day 1996, 2 days after my birthday.

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  83. anywhere and everywhere,for my peace of divine solitude :) 

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