Seattle’s Best Coffee – Giveaway 2

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Seattleā€™s Best.

When I was a little girl I pretty much assumed that all coffee tasted the same. Oh, I have vivid memories of being in a restaurant with my parents and hearing my mama say something along the lines of “This is THE BEST cup of coffee!” – but I guess I just assumed that the coffee was extra hot or the perfect ending to a good meal. The coffee grounds, I thought, were all the same.

But now that I’m a little older, I know better. I’ve tried countless brands and blends of coffee over the years, and each one is distinctive. Granted, some are distinctive for not-so-good reasons (like, for example, the fact that they’re sort of tasteless, but for most part the distinctions are enjoyable ones: more acidic, more chocolate-y, more nutty, more robust, more smooth, etc.

Given all that, I was beside myself when I found out that I was going to get to taste test the five levels of Seattle’s Best Coffee as part of this giveaway. I mean, I know some people are big on fine foods and wines and pairings and whathaveyou, but not me. Not my husband, either. We’re coffee people. And we talk about our coffee the way some people would talk about their favorite wine. It took us years to find a brand and flavor of coffee beans that we could brew consistently well at home, and we don’t mess around. Honestly, I hate to say it, but I think the term “coffee snobs” might very well apply to us.

I’m not proud, people. I’m not proud.

So. All that being said, here are my reactions to each level of Seattle’s Best Coffee. No candy-coating. In every instance I used a full sample pack of coffee to 8 cups of cold water, and I brewed each pot in my coffee maker at home. And I don’t even know why I said that because what, WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE? THE COFFEE MAKER IN MY CAR?

Level 1 – I was skeptical before I tried this blend because I like really robust coffee, and my assumption was that it would be weak. Actually, though, it wasn’t weak at all – it was just mild. It would be a great coffee with a citrus-y dessert like Key Lime Pie, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my mama would adore this coffee. In fact, I will probably keep some on hand for when she visits. It’s light, bright and has no aftertaste. Very clean.

Level 2 – This blend would be my mama’s idea of “strong coffee,” but for me it’s a little too light to wake me up in the mornings. I’d definitely serve it with dessert, though – especially with something that’s good and chocolately (there’s a very appealing hint of chocolate in this blend). Interestingly enough, I’d probably enjoy the Level 2 best by drinking it black, so it’ll be a good go-to if I’m feeling kicky and adventurous in terms of abandoning my sweetener and half & half.

A cup of Level 2 without any sweetener or cream. LIVING ON THE EDGE, I AM.

Level 3 – I thought this blend might end up being my perfect dessert coffee since it’s medium-bodied and a good bit stronger than Level 1. But I actually liked Levels 1 & 2 better. Level 3, for me, couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. It started off with a rich flavor but finished weak – and the pot I made had a weird aftertaste (could have been the way my sweetener and half & half interacted with the blend). My husband agreed with me. Not our favorite.

Level 4 – This is a tasty early-morning coffee – it’s bold but not too strong, and it smells absolutely delicious when you pour it in your mug. I really enjoyed the taste of this blend on the front end, but it didn’t finish strong enough for me on the back end (hi, I’m Sophie, and apparently I fancy myself a coffee sommelier). I thought it had a little bit of an aftertaste, and that’s probably because the taste sort of gently faded away (as opposed to Level 5, which sort of comes in for a second wave at the end). This blend has a strong chocolate flavor, though, and that’s always a plus with me.

Level 5 – I made a pot of this blend early in the morning, and it was the perfect way to start the day. It was robust, hearty, rich – and it smelled fantastic. Before I tasted the coffees I guessed that I would be Level 5, and I was right. It’s strong, and it’s delicious. It has such a full, round flavor, and of all the blends, this one is the most likely to make its way into our daily routine. Loved it.

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  1. Well, if I had to venture a guess, I will say 2 or 5. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on them and thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I think I’d probably like Level 1 or 2 best, but you make Level 5 sound really good . . . I’m just not the robust coffee type!

    I saw an ad for this recently in a magazine, too — I can’t help but wish that since this is a new product, they’d make a sample pack with one of each level . . . it would be so helpful in determining which you liked without worrying you’re going to “waste” a whole bag of coffee! (Guilt issues — I have them.) I’m assuming this sample size you’ve mentioned was exclusively for review purposes, and not available somewhere I’ve missed?

  3. Fanannie says:

    For sure Level 5. And I HATE kalamata olives (just had to throw that it as they are in the orzo salad I am eating while commenting).

  4. Pretty sure I could do a level 1 sans cream/sugar and level 2 with it

  5. Allison Burleson says:

    Definitely level 2 – I love adding a little cream and sugar to a light cup of coffee…yummy.

  6. Not a coffee drinker myself (sorry). But the hubs is a coffee snob! Will maybe switch out the Peet’s he usually drinks with the Level 5 and see what he thinks! Thanks for the play by play!!!

  7. Hands down, Level 5! I love a good cup of strong coffee. The closer to the constancy/strength of espresso, the better! :) {Thanks for the review!}

  8. Well, I’m not a coffee drinker, but if I found myself brave enough to attempt it- I’d go with a 2. But I do know and love a coffee drinker that would be a 5 all the way!

  9. I would probably be a Level 4 – sans cream and sugar. Unless it’s a dreary winter morning and I need to cheer myself up on the way to work, I drink my coffee black. Mmm. :-)

  10. I’m pretty sure that I would be a Level 5! I too am a coffee snob!

  11. Level 2 sounds right up my alley!

  12. Probably level 4. :)

  13. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but level 1 sounds about right for me!

  14. Lacey C. says:

    I mix my coffee with stuff (think homemade frappuccino) so I’d probably like a level 5!

  15. Sounds wonderful! I would probably like 2 or 3. Love my first sip of morning coffee!

  16. I would just love to sample all of them to see which is my favorite. I have always thought I liked a mild coffee until my mother in law let me try her Starbucks brand that was really strong. I drank it without sugar or creamer and really enjoyed it. I’ll go with a 2 and 4, just to be safe. But I’d rather walk the wild side and try 5.

  17. Mami2jcn says:

    I think I’m a level one.

  18. Meredith says:

    I think I’m a level 4. I like it fairly strong.

  19. Mami2jcn says:


  20. I’d say the 2, with the slight hint of chocolate. Usually I like a medium roast but the hint of chocolate is what caught my eye ont this. How nice to keep something on hand for when your mama visits. Maybe she’ll bring a dessert to go along with this!!

  21. Well, I don’t really prefer coffee on any level, but I would love the gift card!

  22. Deanne Robertson says:

    Level 3 for me….I’m a medium roast kinda girl.

  23. Deanne Robertson says:

    I meant LEVEL 2…oh for the love it….so sorry. I, of course, apologize for taking two comments. I realize I will only have one shot to win. (Oh, so embarassing…..)

  24. Robin Troxell says:

    I’m thinking Level 2 with a good dash of my current creamer, butter pecan!

  25. I’m guessing level 2 would be my favorite — whatever goes best with yummy creamers actually :-) I’m finally able to stomach coffee again – this pregnancy and coffee have not been agreeing with each other!

  26. I think I would only be a 1 or 2. Ahem, I may be a coffee wuss. Don’t mind me.

  27. Porbably a 3. Though maybe if I win I’ll spend the money on trying all 5.

  28. I’m guessing a 3. I’m middle of the road in most things coffee, so…

  29. aubreylaine says:

    I think I’m a level four.

  30. I love coffee but don’t like it strong, so I think I would be a level 2.

  31. Now that you put it that way, I think I would like Level 2! Yum!

  32. I think level 2 sounds good, although I’d like to try 4 and 5 as well!

  33. BraydenandBodiesMama says:

    I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but we keep it on hand for when our Bible Study comes to our house. My guess from your descriptions is that the Level 2 would be a good fit, because it would be light enough for the after dinner crowd but not too strong.

  34. Coffee snob? Me? Ok, my friend totally mocked me the other day for ordering a semi-dry cap, but that’s not snobbish–that’s just sensible.
    I totally already know I would be a level 5. I AM INTENSE! about coffee, that is ;)

  35. Oh, level 5, for sure. We drink the Sumatra from World Market and it is strong and fabulous!

  36. Casey A. says:

    Level 1 or 2 but I’m an un-coffee snob. That is, the opposite of a coffee drinker!

  37. I think I’ll stick with level 1. : )

  38. Level 5 sounds like me – I love coffee. I would actually take a level 7 or 8, if they made it.

  39. I’m probably a level 2 or 4. Given that I could never pull off an accurate taste test of coffee without owning enough coffee pots to simultaneously brew then and taste them back to back, I am taking your word on the test of #3. :-)

  40. A level 5! I like my coffee strong!

  41. Tiffany says:

    Ummm…I don’t drink coffee, (she says as she ducks her head) my parents, on the other hand, love coffee and I’m sure they would enjoy level 5!

  42. I think I’d be a level 4. I’ve been experimenting with new coffee brands and flavors lately and I’ve had a few too many weak and light ones. However, I’m not sure I’m a fan of the highest level of strength. So, I think a 4 sounds about right. Might have to give it a try.

  43. I think I’d like Level 2.

  44. Jennifer says:

    I imagine myself a level 5 loving person. I love being able to actually taste a full bodied, well rounded cup of strong coffee-especially in the morning! I NEED IT!

  45. I think I would probably like coffee #2 — I like a little lighter flavor, and for my coffee not to take the enamel off my teeth. :)

  46. trixiefan says:

    Probably Level 2 black. I don’t like coffee that’s too strong. Sounds good for a morning or dessert coffee.

  47. 4 sounds like it would be my choice. I love the smell of good coffee almost more than drinking it, and anything chocolate wins tons of bonus points with me! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  48. I’d be a 4 or 5

  49. Junglewife says:

    1 or 2. I like my coffee with lots of cream and sugar, not too strong!

  50. I think I would probably be a level 2.

  51. Allison says:

    Definitely Level 5!!! :)

  52. Johanna says:

    5, please.

    Half the pleasure of coffe is the smell, afterall…

  53. Level 4 sounds heavenly to me. You had me at chocolate.

    And a coffeemaker for your car? By golly, Miss Sophie, I think you are ON TO SOMETHING!

  54. Level 5 all the way. I like my coffee to taste a little earthy.

  55. I’m going with Level 1, because I like a little coffee with my cream -and-sugar (half Great-Value Sugar Free Vanilla, half Peppermint Mocha and one pack of Splenda) but I have tried the Seattle’s Best Vanilla Bean coffee and it was FAB, I tell you! Esp. with the above mentioned creamers!

  56. Level 2 with a touch of honey

  57. Carolyn Clifton says:

    I would probably like Level 5 – you described it as rich and hearty – and I like my coffee strong. Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. I am thinking I’d be a level 4…chocolate flavor? Yep. I’ll take it! :)

  59. Is there a level DECAF? Because, me and the caf are a dangerous mix. Sad, but true…

  60. Maureen says:

    I think that I am a level one coffee drinker. Just enough to get me going.

  61. Love how you described all 5 levels. Makes my choice easier – definitely level 5. Thanks Sophie.

  62. Butterbean says:

    I’d guess #2…I like my cream and sugar with just a hint of coffee! =)

  63. amy in austin says:

    I believe I’m a 1. Yes, I know some people wouldn’t even consider that drinking coffee would they? Well, you asked and I answered! Love ya, Boo Mama!

  64. I going with 5!

  65. Shannon says:

    I like my coffee very mild level 1 or 2

  66. I like a 4 or 5 to jump start my mornings!

  67. I’m thinking a Level 4. I prefer my coffee iced, so I like a strong coffee that will hold up to the diluting.

  68. Based on the numbering, I’m probably a 3 or 4 fan, but after reading your reviews I’d guess that I’m a level 4 coffee gal.

  69. My husband is a three!

  70. I’d go with Level 2. I like mild coffee, and the hint of chocolate reeled me in.

  71. I would more than likely be a 1, but your descriptions of 4 and 5 have me curious!

  72. JustBetty says:

    Living in New Orleans didn’t make me a coffee snob, but it sure turned me into a Level 5 kind of gal. [sidenote: My sweet Mama in Mississippi would probably add a little warm water to her cup of Level 1. Bless her.]

  73. I’d start out at 1 and maybe move to a 2. I need to ease into my coffee. :D

  74. Level 4 sounds great, although any Seattle’s Best would make me and my coffee cup happy!

  75. #2

  76. I’d like #5…I love bold coffee!

  77. Kristen says:

    If I had to guess I would choose a 5. I like a strong cup of coffee!

  78. Ashley S. says:

    I’d be a level 3

  79. Ashley S. says:
  80. Melissa OConnor says:

    I’m a level 4!

  81. I would be a level one or two. I like mild coffee :)

  82. Laura Knapp says:

    Level 5.

  83. I’m guessing Level 4 with a wee bit of cream would be perfect for me!

  84. Level 1 for me! I am definitely a coffee snob.

  85. Donna G says:

    I’m guessing that (coffee)-wimpy me would like the hints of chocolate in level 2. The Boss, though, would probably go for level 5 even though he says he doesn’t like bold coffee. To me, his coffee tastes like dirt smells.

  86. Level 1

  87. Level 5 for sure!

  88. Robin M. says:

    Probably level 1… I like my coffee pretty mild.

  89. last day to enter

  90. I would guess that I am a 4. I like some splenda and creamer in my coffee so it needs to be strong but not too strong:)

  91. Kristina G. says:

    I would probably be a level 2. I drink a lot of coffee and always black. I tend to buy the flavored kind, I love the way it makes the kitchen smell when it’s brewing!

  92. I think we would be Level 4 people, not too strong but a bit of a kick to it.

  93. 3. i heart coffee.

  94. I’m probably a level 1, since it is mild and has no aftertaste.

  95. My husband is the coffee-drinker in our family, and he likes it strong, so I’m sure he’d prefer level 5.

  96. Holly Schwartz says:

    I could probably do up to a level 3 if I was feeling adventurous.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Holly in Kentucky

  97. My guess would be all. If it is good coffee I love it. There is no coffee snob in me. Work night shift for years, coffee got nasty. Seattle’s best is great coffee.

  98. Level 4 sounds delicious to me. You had me at “chocolate!”

  99. I would go with number three I think.