Coffee-Flavored Everything!

I will buy and try coffee-flavored anything.

Sometimes the item is delicious, sometimes the items is gross. The goal is not if the coffee-flavored item is good, the goal is to eat and/or drink coffee-flavored everything.

Many years ago it was not easy to find coffee-flavored food or drinks, now there is an abundance of coffee-flavored items.

One of my favorite coffee-flavored things is Pocket Coffee from Italy. It seriously is the one of the best things on the planet! I bought five boxes when I left Rome for fear that I wouldn’t be able to get it back home. If you haven’t tried it, please do. It is so freaking delicious.

Pocket Coffee is the perfect chocolate and coffee treat. The chocolate is smooth, creamy and not sugary; it melts in your mouth perfectly and the espresso flavor is rounded out by the chocolate. A truly delightful coffee-flavored treat.

Another item I got in Rome was Vigorsol coffee gum. It was fun to try, but it had a very interesting taste and texture. The flavor was okay; I’m glad I tried it but won’t ever get it again.

We recently bought Java Chip Oreos and Mocha + Chocolate KitKat.

The Oreos are very sweet and have a mild coffee flavor; I can only have one every so often.

KitKat is one of my favorite candy items so I am already a fan, but now they upped the flavor game by adding a little coffee.

It is now a new favorite. They have upgraded a classic and I hope they keep this one around. It has a mild coffee taste and the crunchy wafer and chocolate are well balanced.

So far I have been pleased with the coffee-flavored treats I’ve tried.


My love of coffee and coffee-flavored treats goes back to childhood.

The very first coffee candy I ever had was when I was 10. My step-mom is Dutch-Indonesian and introduced me to Hopjes hard coffee candies. It was love at first taste; I thought it was the best hard candy I ever had. My family wasn’t worried about me getting jittery because there is no actual caffeine in the Hopjes.

Kopikos, however, do have caffeine, according to the label it takes “4-5 sweets” to equal a cup of coffee. Good thing I discovered Kopikos as an adult. It could have been scary if I ate the Kopikos as a kid.

I discovered Kopikos while traveling in Indonesia. Kopiko hard coffee candies were everywhere and I had to buy bags of them, once again fearing that I couldn’t get them once I was back home. Thank you Internet for closing the gap on foreign treats. I still have few of these in my writing desk drawer.

So far the coffee-flavored treats have been successful. There was one, however, that was not.

I was excited to see something similar to Pocket Coffee that was an American item because that meant I would not have to order online. Pocket Latte was not what I was hoping it would be.

Pocket Latte was disappointing to me. I wanted to like it but, the texture and flavor were off-putting so this is one coffee-flavored item that I am glad to have tried, as that is the goal, but was bummed that it wasn’t a flavor success.

Pocket Latte markets itself as a coffee energy bar, however, I prefer Clif Bar Coffee series energy bars.

I have only tried the Espresso flavor, but look forward to trying the whole series.

The next coffee-flavored review will be a bottle of coffee-flavored Kombucha. Stay tuned for that.

There are so many more coffee-flavored treats for me to try.

And I look forward to sharing them with you. If there is a coffee-flavored item that you recommend, please let me know and I give it a go.

You Smell Like Coffee

These words are music to my ears and nose.

Let me take you through a few scenes when these words were uttered.


Brandi and I had our fateful meeting at her coffeeshop and then a few days later we were meeting again to have our first date. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if we were going to hug or kiss or do neither of the two.

So I waited at the meeting spot in front of her shop while she walked up the little hill towards me. With every step she took my heart beat a little faster. Watching her approach me gave me butterflies in my very hungry belly. A cheesy smile was forming on my face and I could feel the anticipation coming to a climax.

She was in front of me now and she smiled at me and her face lit up, I was smitten. Then we hugged. She smelled like coffee. I took a deep breath in and thought oh my, she smells divine. This is my perfect human.

We had the perfect first date and began our long distance relationship that weekend.

Since we both worked full time we could only see each other on the weekends. I would drive down, check in at the hotel, drop my gear off at the room, freshen up a little and begin my two block walk to see her at the shop.

I would text her I was on my way and the butterflies would start flittering about in my stomach as I made my way to her.

Then I would walk in and we would have the biggest, cheesiest smiles and hug. Mmmmmm you smell like coffee. My favorite human smells like my favorite thing.

Every weekend it was just like that. The butterflies and the coffee fragrance.


Fast forward to us living together a few months later. I would make her coffee and take it upstairs so she could have coffee in bed. I would surprise her with a tray and sometimes a little note. I would go to wake her up, she would stir a bit and say, “you smell like coffee.” Music to my ears and her nose.

I wake up before she does most days so I usually have my coffee and read or write in this case. Then I go check on her and see if she is ready to get up. If she had a rough night of sleep, I’ll wake her back up a little later so she can sleep a little longer.

I forget that I have been drinking coffee and I go to kiss her head, then she says my favorite words again: you smell like coffee.

I smile and kiss her again.

Those Coffee Humans Podcast

Have you heard we have a podcast? Have you listened to the podcast?

If you have listened, thank you very much, we appreciate it and if you haven’t yet, we hope you tune is soon because we would love your feedback.

The podcast made a few transformations in the short time it started and that’s because the podcast started out as part of my blog. Basically, I was going to read my blogs on the podcast and share backstories or behind the scenes of that blog. That was the very first episode. I talked about my blog and was a bit flummoxed and wasn’t sure what I was doing. Then I asked my beautiful and intelligent wife to join me on the next episode.

The podcast morphed when I asked my first, very special guest to become a permanent member of the show. The CoffeeFitnessUnicorn podcast is now a joint/team/collaboration of Heartsleeves Coffee and CoffeeFitnessUnicorn and in the process the podcast had a name change: Those Coffee Humans.

We have a hashtag #thosecoffeehumans; we also have a Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCK7dbwzpa0L3pp-Hsu6Txw

We have a TikTok as well: https://www.tiktok.com/@thosecoffeehumans?lang=en

As of right now you can hear us on Anchor, Spotify, Breakers, RadioPublic, PocketCasts, and Google Podcasts. Apple Podcasts/iTunes is coming soon.

You can sip with us at the links below:

Stay tuned for more episodes and special guests.

Coffee Problems and Work Ethics

Originally published 06/04/2016 

“You don’t drink coffee; you heat up coffee.” 

These words were said to me by my mother and upon hearing her words I had a revelation: my love of coffee and my work ethics clashed. 

I was in undergrad living at home with my parents and while I studied, I drank coffee (or so I thought), apparently my mother would watch me walk down the hallway, put my coffee mug in the microwave, set the timer and wait for my study-juice to heat up. 

“Ding!” Ah the sweet elixir of the study gods was revived once more. I retrieved the cup, took a sniff of the earthy aroma and headed back to hit the books. 

An hour or two later I would walk back to the kitchen, heat up my coffee and walk back to the room. This was my study cycle. The only time I got up from my desk was to heat up my cup of coffee. 

When my mother saw me in the kitchen again she asked, “Is that the same cup you heated up earlier?” “Yes,” I replied.
She shook his head and said, “You don’t drink coffee; you heat it up.” 

That was when it hit me: my love of coffee and my work ethics clashed. I was so focused when I studied that I would forget my coffee and have to continuously heat it up. I immediately went on Amazon and bought a coffee cup warmer. Yeah problem solved! Sort of. 

Fast forward to present day: 2016, I am 46 and it has been 10 years since my revelation. I’m at work, walking down the hallway to heat up my coffee or get a fresh cup because the one at my desk is old and cold. 

Why don’t I have a coffee cup warmer at my desk you ask? Oh I do, but I’m afraid to accidentally burn down the building so I don’t use it. 

My fear is that in my haste of packing up for the night, I will forget to turn off the warmer and destroy my place of employment. Once again, the coffee/work ethic dilemma is upon me. 

I guess I should just accept the fact that my strong work ethic prevails over my much loved coffee, but heated breaks will always be welcome. 

Or I could drink my coffee first like a normal or sane person and not have to worry about fire or having The Great Coffee Spill of 2020 upon me: https://coffeefitnessunicorn.com/2021/03/01/the-great-coffee-spill-of-2020/.

The Great Coffee Spill of 2020

Has this ever happened to you?

I try really hard not to make a mess in the microwave and I especially don’t like to waste my coffee, so when this happened I was particularly sad.

Being this was a silly and sad situation, I decided to send the image to Scott Gordon Patterson, aka, Luke Danes of Gilmore Girls.

I had no idea he would see the message, let alone write me back and ask me a question.

He totally made my day and, of course, I took screenshots!! How could I not?!

Drinking coffee from my Luke’s mug brings me a lot of joy. And having “Luke” talk to me about coffee was definitely a cool memory.

I even made my first snow coffee video with the Luke’s mug, (https://coffeefitnessunicorn.com/2020/01/22/snowcoffee-its-really-a-thing/), and yes, I sent the video to him too. He didn’t share or respond to the story/video which is fine. He did, however, respond when I entered his Dress Like Luke Halloween Costume Contest. I didn’t win and that’s okay too.

Someday, I’ll get around to trying his coffee and I’ll use the Luke’s mug when I do, and yes, I will send a picture to him. Hopefully, he responds.

Until then, I’ll just keeping making happy memories with coffee and my Luke’s mug all the while trying not to repeat the great coffee spill of 2020.