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A party is best shared and so is a pot of coffee, which is why we like to bring Mardi Gras on the road with our Mardi Gras King Cake coffee. Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits shelves in late December to kick off the carnival season. Of course, what would Mardi Gras King Cake coffee be without a little King Cake as well. Mardi Gras season and King Cakes go hand in hand with literally hundreds of thousands of King Cakes being consumed at parties and office lunch rooms every year. The coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. This is referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany, or Little Christmas on the Twelfth Night.  King Cake continues the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany with a special cake to honor the Three Kings. This tradition originated in Europe where a bean or a coin would be hidden inside of the cake for good fortune to the finder.
In Latin America, a small figure, representing the Christ Child was placed inside for the same purpose. Today, the tradition continues with people all over the world. The tiny baby in the King Cake is generally plastic now and many times provided with the cake so the party host, and not the baker, can insert the “baby.” In offices, schools and homes the King Cake is a weekly tradition from January 6th until the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, with whoever gets the baby usually buying the next cake. And, of course, whoever gets the baby in the cake on Mardi Gras day has to bring the first King Cake next year on January 6th.
Originally, King Cakes were a simple ring of braided dough with a small amount of decoration. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Some bakeries have been creative with stuffing and topping their cakes with different flavors of cream cheese and fruit fillings. We’ve also gotten creative too and added Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee to our offerings. With the King Cake being the centerpiece at many Mardi Gras parties throughout the season, it only makes sense to pair it with the “king” of all flavored coffees, Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee. The king of all flavored coffees. Enjoy this perfectly balanced blend of cinnamon and vanilla flavored coffee. Made from only the top 10% of the world`s coffee beans.
*The above content was originally posted on Community Coffee`s Blog here.
What I think
I am a huge fan of coffee. I drink a cup every day and could not wait to get this one in. As many of you know, I was born and raised in New Orleans and still continue to live here. So as a New Orleans native, I just had to see what this "King Cake Coffee" was all about. As soon as it arrived, I put it in my Keurig and it was ready in under a minute. I then added sugar, creamer and topped it off with some whipped cream. Now I`ll be the first to say, it does not taste exactly like king cake, however, it had a sweeter/dessert sort of taste to it. I`ve had my fair share of flavored coffees and I`ll admit, I`m a sucker for them. I like flavored coffee more than regular old fashioned coffee. With that said, I love how I could taste the dessert flavor to the coffee. Most "flavored" coffees you really don`t taste a difference or it`s hardly noticeable.
With Community`s King Cake Coffee, the difference in flavor was clear. There was no second guessing it - which, of course, I loved! As someone from New Orleans, Community Coffee is a trusted brand and a favorite around here; my home included. They definitely did not let me down with this one. Best of all, the coffee gave me that extra "pick me up" I needed to wake up and get things done! Want to try it for yourself? Get it here!