I participated in Mom Blog Tour at the Summer Fancy Food Show (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers and received Brooklyn Bean Roastery products and a @HamiltonBeach FlexBrew to facilitate my review. The opinions here are my own. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
You know I’m a coffee lover so I’m really excited to share this fantastic brand, Brooklyn Bean Roastery with all of you and show you how I’ve been enjoying it with the @HamiltonBeach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Maker.
Brooklyn Bean Roastery Coffee and Hot Chocolate
One of my favorite things about being a single-serve coffeemaker kinda girl is how easy it is to try new flavors. I love anything really unique and Brooklyn Bean Roastery has cornered the market on cool coffee.
“Think trendy yet gritty meets high end gourmet for a result that is distinctly New York.”
I met the guys from Brooklyn Bean at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC a few months ago and they are as cool as their coffee. (And hot chocolate!) The first thing you’ll notice is their unique packaging and the names of their roasts. Their #1 flavor? Fuhgeddaboutit! No seriously, that’s the name of the coffee. It’s one of my favorites too. This brand started in 2012 and grew very quickly. They now have 17 flavors plus seasonal varieties.
Brooklyn Bean is a hip brand, a growing company, and they’re unique because they are a small business. These are hands-on guys that read their Amazon reviews themselves. They want to know what people think of their products so they can continuously deliver coffee that people love.
Taking risks to come up with new flavors is something Brooklyn Bean prides itself on! And just look at some of these. I can’t tell you the joy I get out of choosing which one to start my day with every day. So much fun! Everything is roasted in New York in small batches. This is more like a craft coffee and one that people who truly love coffee are going to flip for.
In addition to coffee Brooklyn Bean makes some seriously amazing hot chocolate. My favorite is Peanut Butter Cup. Omgggggg. Amazing!
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew
I’ve been brewing my Brooklyn Beans k-cups with the @HamiltonBeach FlexBrew. This is an awesome little machine for coffee drinkers for several reasons.
One thing you can see right away is that it’s pretty slim and doesn’t take up much counter space, which is a huge bonus for me. In the picture above, take note of the position of my mug. A travel mug would fit in here too. Now look at the picture below…
You can use the adjustable cup rest to bring your coffee mug up closer to the drip. Really smart! Another nice feature of the FlexBrew that differentiates it from other brewers is that you can use a single-serve pod OR regular ground coffee in it, and there’s no need for an additional piece to hold the ground coffee. Just put it right in the top of the machine.
To use the Brooklyn Bean single-serves, just fill your mug with water and pour it in the top of the machine. Place your mug under the drop, and put your coffee pod right in the top. You have to force it down a bit because the puncture is actually through the side of the pod.
The FlexBrew gives you the option to brew up to 10oz. of coffee and you can choose a Regular or Bold roast (I always go for Bold!). This was a cup of hot chocolate I was making for my son. Yum! Within just a few minutes I had brewed he and my daughter each a different kind of hot chocolate, and a coffee for myself. The FlexBrew is so easy to use.
Coffee Skillet Chicken Recipe
Coffee isn’t just for breakfast! I truly love the flavor of coffee any time of the day and it’s really pretty versatile to cook with – drinks, desserts, and even dinner.
I chose the Brooklyn Bean French Roast to make a coffee marinade for this chicken dish, but you could easily go with any other dark roast.
The recipe is really quite easy to make, but do plan ahead a bit. You’ll need some time to cool your coffee off before you put the chicken in it, and you want to marinate your meat for a few hours before cooking. So there really isn’t a ton of hands-on time, but you are better off starting this one earlier in the day and you’ll be thanking yourself at dinnertime.
I’m the only hardcore coffee drinker in my house but my entire family loved this recipe. There were NO leftovers! The coffee combined with the other fresh ingredients in the marinate makes this chicken so tender and flavorful. I love cooking in a cast iron skillet and this is a new go-to recipe for me.
- 3lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used 2 packs for a total of 10 pieces)
- 8oz. brewed Brooklyn Bean dark roast coffee (I used French Roast), cooled
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh chives for garnish, optional
- Brew a dark roast Brooklyn Bean k-cup and chill 8oz of it in a cup in the refrigerator until cool.
- While the coffee is chilling, combine all other ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl. Stir well to combine, then add chilled coffee and stir again.
- Place chicken in a gallon size resealable plastic bag, or a container with a lid. Pour coffee mixture over chicken and turn to coat.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
- When you're ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place chicken in a cast iron skillet and pour remaining marinade over it.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and browned on the top. If you want a little more color (I did!) turn the broiler on and place skillet directly under broiler for 1-3 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh chopped chives if desired.
You might have to grab the chicken and fresh ginger but probably already have everything else which makes this a great weeknight meal.
The generous folks at Brooklyn Bean Roaster and @HamiltonBeach are offering one of my readers a fantastic prize pack that includes:
- One variety box of Brooklyn Bean Roastery coffee (40 count)
- One variety box of Brooklyn Bean Hot Cocoa (40 count)
- One Flexbrew® Single-Serve Coffee Maker
This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ and will end at 11:59pm ET on September 13, 2016.
One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winner must have a U.S.-based address to receive the prize.