I learned about Sip, Clip, and Go when I stumbled upon this blog. It’s run by Heather and Karen–two cyclists who share their adventures with the world. Karen, it turns out, also owns a small coffee brand business–Slip, Clip, and Go!
If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you already know how I feel about coffee (here), and the particular combination of cycling and coffee (here). And, obviously, I care very much about women cyclists. So, something that combines all of them together?
When we could finally afford (and justify the splurge) we were thrilled. Off to the website we went to make our choice. But we were shocked and stunned with what we found. You see, whenever we try a new coffee brand, we always go for Columbian because it’s our favorite. But we get to the “shop for coffee” section…and lo-and-behold…there is no Columbian option!
Whatever shall we do? Which one shall we try?
Once that was settled it was just a matter of waiting. The product was shipped via USPS (our preferred carrier) and it arrived quickly (two business days). Hmm..let me tell you how THAT unfolded.
So there were were, all grumpy and headed home from class. Nearing our apartment building, we see the mail carrier’s truck close by. ”Yessss!” We said to each other, exchanging significant glances. “We wont have to wait another day for our coffee! It comes today!“
We pull up, park, and dash inside (lest we run in and be forced to engage in small talk with our neighbors). We check our tiny mail slot and, to our dismay, find a crummy letter from AT&T U-Verse. NO we don’t want your crappy cable, and thanks for telling us that we did, in fact, miss the mailwoman, which means that I don’t get to try my coffee today! Jerks!
…so I started putting around the apartment feeling sorry for myself.
That is…until J announced “Oh!! Looks like we ARE getting our coffee today!”
“YES!!!!!” I screamed, terrifying the dog. I started jumping up and down and dancing as the buzzer rang. You see…that’s why USPS is awesome, and our local USPS woman in particular. She came back for us!
So the box is finally here. We let the dog do his smell test first.
It apparently met his approval, as he immediately tried to rip open the box with his mighty claws.
So then I cut a hole in the box…
And then I opened the box…
I pulled out what was inside box…
Okay, enough singing. It’s time to express my excitement in a completely normal, every-day, rational kind of way.
Back inside, it’s time to get down to business and make this coffee. And now that I’m cold (and the neighbors are finally convinced I’m a complete nutter), I could REALLY use a warm cup-o-joe. First step, clean out the coffee grinder. We could not allow any cross contamination of flavors!
Then, of course, we had to choose which one to drink first. It was the middle of the afternoon, so we chose the middle one–Off the Chain.
Now add the beans to the grinder, and prepare for the bean destruction!
Quickly huff in the delicious coffee bean aroma. Ooohhhh boy did it smell goooooooooooooooood.
We then gathered our mis en place and set the kettle for boiling:
Marveled at the delicate dance of the steam:
And then melted the coffee grounds with hot water-lava in our fancy-pants French Press!
Admire packaging while waiting patiently.
Until finally. FINALLY. the moment arrives…
So what was that first sip like?
I was going to wait until I tried all three flavors before posting this review, but honestly there is no point. This cup was so amazing, so delicious, that I don’t care what the other two taste like. I’m hooked.
The Fine Print
Taste is important, but I like to buy things from companies that support social causes I care about. So without further ado, here is why Sip, Clip, and Go! wins my approval:
- 100% Fair Trade!
- 100% Organic
- Donates 1% of profits to Bikes Belong
- Locally roasted/blended
Now, the price is higher than your average bag of coffee at the big-name store. These come at $12.99/bag or $35.99 for three (it’s cheaper to purchase three at a time). Buying three bags brings the total to $13.99/bag.
It’s worth every penny. But unfortunately for us broke students, buying coffee at $9.99/bag (Caribou) is a splurge for us. We usually end up having to settle for a Meijer brand or 8 o’clock coffee when it’s on sale.
So, clearly, we need to sell the dog so we can afford this coffee on a regular basis ***
Or, you know…I guess it’d be helpful if more stores started carrying it so it’d cut down on shipping. That’d be great, too. I am sure that this will happen because I really see this business going somewhere. I mean, it’s already making a great impression, and she only started it last summer!
How is this company/product good for women?
Each product review I do must answer this question. And this one is pretty easy–this is a small business, owned by a woman. Run by a woman. Excellent! I love hearing about (and supporting) women entrepreneurs!
Go and get yourself a bag, already! Or better yet…start off with a sampler pack so you know which one is right for you!
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*** Clearly, I am kidding. No one would actually pay for this thing anyway…