The Give-Back: Joe Van Gogh Organic Coffee Review + Giveaway

Every Sunday here at The B Keeps Us Honest I highlight companies that “give-back” to the community. If your company or a company you know gives-back to the community I would love to know about it. Please contact me.

Today’s give-back company is Joe Van Gogh Coffee

I don’t drink coffee but I am married to a coffee connoisseur. So today’s review is brought to you by my handsome husband, Joe (not Van Gogh).

Joe Van Gogh gave us two of their blends to check out.  Usually I’m a single-origin kind of guy, because blends sometimes end up being a mix of good beans with not-so-good ones, but this was definitely not the case with JVG; it’s high quality all the way.

The first blend I tried was the High Noon blend, which per my request was provided with a course ground for French press.  This coffee has an excellent body and a classic flavor that is bold but very smooth, and made a superb French press.  Course ground coffee is also good for a cold-filter brewing method, so I gave that a shot as well, and ended up with a pretty decent Thai-style iced coffee.

Red River blend was next on the agenda.  This coffee is a blend of Peru and Sumatra, and has a fruity taste with a little bit of spice to it.  I don’t always go for Sumatra-blends, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had, and also made a good French press.  The addition of milk and sugar bring out the flavor of this one, if you’re into that sort of thing.

About Joe Van Gogh

Joe Van Gogh is a certified organic coffee roaster located in North Carolina. They offer a variety of certified Fair Trade and Shade Grown coffees. Owner, Robbie Roberts has been in the coffee industry since 1991. Joe Van Gogh roasts their coffee in small batches to order, because they believe fresh coffee is the best coffee.

Joe Van Gogh uses the Loring Smart Roaster, a new technology that allows for re-circulation that actually burns the particulate matter in coffee smoke, providing heat to the roast process and significantly reducing emissions and natural gas usage. This state-of-the-art equipment accounts for 80% fuel savings and 80% less carbon emissions compared to traditional thirty-five kilo roasters equipped with an after-burner .  

In addition to all the Fair Trade and Green benefits of Joe Van Gogh they also give-back. They give a percentage of profits from their Cafe Femenino coffees to enhance the lives of  women coffee producers in developing communities around the world. Additional, this holiday season Joe Van Gogh has a special Home for the Holiday Blend that donates 10% of the profits to Habitat for Humanity.

Buy – You can buy Joe Van Gogh online or at select retailers throughout the US

Win! One (1) lucky reader will win a Home for the Holiday Blend gift set.

How to Win – Maximize your chances of winning. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Only valid after you complete the first mandatory entry:

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Please leave a valid email in the comments if your Blogger profile is private so that I can contact you if you win. Giveaway ends 12.5 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

The featured product was provided to me free of charge by Joe Van Gogh. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by the company.


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