As you know, whenever I talk about a product or service on my blog, I usually say something to the effect of “just for the record, this company didn’t give me any money, free products, or backrubs to get me to talk about this.” Usually I say it resentfully, because I almost never get free products to review and you know how I feel about free stuff. Well, this time I can tell you that I am, in fact, reviewing a product that I was given for free for the explicit purpose of reviewing on my blog. Well, they gave me a voucher and then I went to the store and traded in said voucher for said product. OK, I actually went to like four stores, because I couldn’t find it in the first three stores I tried1. But then I asked what stores carry it and that made it a whole heck of a lot easier to find. Also, before I accepted this deal, I said, “OK, I’ll do this but only under the conditions that I’ll say I got the product for free to review and that if it sucks, I’m going to say it sucks.” And they were all fine with that, so here goes2.
Now, the first thing I should point out is that when I got the email asking if I’d like to review “So Nice for Coffee” – a soy-based coffee “creamer” – I was all excited because, like I said, I rarely get products to review. And then there was the tracking down of the product – after consulting with my contact who was working with So Nice, I found out that Choices carries it. So then I went to Choices, found the creamer, did a happy dance that I found the creamer, walked up the checkout and as I’m standing in line, the following thought pops into my head: “Beth, you drink your coffee black.” Seriously. Amidst all that hoopla, it hadn’t occurred to me that I don’t even put cream in my coffee, making me a rather crappy person to review a coffee creamer type product3 (This is probably why people generally don’t ask me to review things.) Anyways. I said I was going to review it and damnit, I’m reviewing it!
Here’s what black coffee looks like:
And here’s what coffee with So Nice creamer in it looks like:
The next step, of course, was to taste it. So I tried it and it tasted fine. It definitely doesn’t taste as dairy-like/creamy as regular cream does, but I don’t like things that taste that creamy4, so that’s fine with me. It’s definitely thicker than soymilk, which tends to be rather watery, so when you add soymilk to coffee it barely changes the colour. The creamer also does seem to take a bit of the bitter edge off the coffee, which I think is the reason that people tend to put cream in their coffee, isn’t it5? Personally, I like the bitterness of coffee, with just a hint of sweetness from the tiny bit of sweetener that I add, but that’s just me. If you like cream in your coffee but are looking for a dairy alternative, this might just be the thing for you. Oh yeah, and it’s made from organic soybeans, in case you are interested in such things.
Of course, you really need to try it for yourself to know if you like it. And, as luck would have it, the fine people from So Nice gave me four vouchers for a free So Nice creamer to give out to my readers. So now I feel like I’m a very special blogger, because I can run a contest! To enter into my little contest to win your very own So Nice creamer, just leave a comment on my blog about why you want to try this soy-based creamer. Or you can just compliment me – flattery will get you everywhere, including into my draw. The contest closes next Friday (
JuneJuly 22, 2011) at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. I’ll take the names of whoever has commented by then and use a random number generator to pick the winners. Because random number generators are cool. Then I’ll mail the voucher to the winners. And perhaps the winners will even be people who like cream in their coffee!
- See how much I work for you, beloved blog readers?? [↩]
- Basically, you now know that I can be bought and my price is about $3. At least, I think it was $3. I wasn’t paying all that much attention at the cash register, what with having a voucher and all [↩]
- Honestly, this is what it’s like to live with my brain. Sure, I can do all sorts high-level research, planning, teaching freaking university courses, but then my brain forgets to put 2 + 2 together. Ask Kalev about the time I forgot it was his birthday even though a couple of days before I emailed him to apologize that I’d sent his present late and it wouldn’t get there in time AND on the actual day he referred to the day in a text message as “Kalev Day” and I *still* forgot it was his birthday! [↩]
- And, honestly, I find 2% milk tastes too creamy for me! [↩]
- Perhaps people who drink cream in their coffee can enlighten me? [↩]