Sunday, 17 February 2013

Puro Fairtrade Coffee - a Review & Giveaway #23

When I was offered some coffee to review, I was a initially a little hesitant. Coffee is not my favourite drink, nor is it my favourite flavour. But, since commencing this blog, I have been using it more and more to add an additional depth to chocolate cakes and find it works really well. I am not averse to a cup of coffee, it's just not something I ever think to drink. The smell of roasting and brewing coffee is another matter entirely and usually has me going weak at the knees. In the end it was Puro's ethical stance that swayed me and got me brewing.

As the name suggests, Puro Fairtrade Coffee is a fairtrade brand, certified by the Fairtrade Foundation and belonging to Belgian company Miko which has been roasting coffee for 212 years. Some of its coffee is also organic, although not certified by the Soil Association, the certifying body I trust most. Miko won an award last year for its partnership with the World Land Trust and its work in helping to protect the rainforests of South America; the trust is also supported by David Attenborough. A total of 8103 acres of rainforest in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia have so far been saved and are now protected from logging. This may not seem a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. One new tree species, 12 orchids and one frog have all been discovered in these areas since they became reserves. One of the orchids is now known as the Puro orchid! I was also pleased to find that Miko produces all of its own electricity via solar panels.

You can find out more about the Puro story by watching this short clip.

When the coffee package arrived, I was ridiculously excited to find it all wrapped up in a hessian sack just like a sack of bona fide beans. I had a very good feeling about it from then on in. Diving into the bag was rather like a Christmas stocking; pulling out one lumpy unidentified item after another was an enjoyable guessing game. Not only did I pull out three 250g packets of coffee, but also a 3 cup cafetiere, a Pura cup and saucer, a pack of individual hot chocolate sachets and some sugar sachets too.

As neither CT nor I are coffee connoisseurs, I invited some more knowledgeable friends around for a tasting. I used the cafetiere provided to make three brews of filter coffee and we tasted them blind. First off, we breathed in the aroma, then tasted them black and finally added milk. The results were very interesting to my untutored palate - it seems quality will out. Arabica is meant to be the premier coffee species and the one with the highest percentage of Arabica to Robusta, was the one we liked best. Like chocolate, it seems that the best beans are grown in South America with the more standard everyday ones grown in Africa (Congo). That said, we liked all of them.

Each bag came with a hand written label showing type, origins, content and description - all are fairtrade and shade grown. I've written our tasting notes first, followed by Puro's own in italics. We did not read the descriptions until after we'd done our own tasting, but as you can see our notes echoed theirs.

Puro Noble - 80% Arabica, 20% Robusta beans shade grown in Guatemala, Peru, Honduras and the Congo - smooth, mild and graceful - mellow and well balanced, this was pronounced (by the experts) to be a standard good cup of coffee they would be happy to drink at any time of the day. 6/10
The complex character of this blend comes from the mild and smooth yet floral Guatemalan high grown Arabica skilfully blended with the Peruvian Arabica for a perfect balance of flavour. Through the addition of premium Robusta, a hint of dark chocolate is injected into the cup.

Puro Organic - 100% Arabica beans shade grown in Peru & Honduras - lovely bouquet, chocolatey, rich, creamy, distinct smell. Chocolate taste, complex with several different flavours detected - strong but not too bitter - it would make a satisfying mid-morning or after dinner coffee 9/10
This amazingly delicate blend is distinctive in flavour. It combines beautifully soft notes of chocolate with citric overtones that gives it a fruitiness whilst adding natural sweetness.

Puro Fuerte - 50% Arabica, 50% Robusta, the beans come from Guatemala, Peru, Honduras and the Congo. Middle of the road, richer, fiercer, more bitter, richer bouquet, higher roast, robust - a wake-me-up morning coffee. 8/10
Wow, good morning and a warm welcome from this intense fiery blend. This dark roasted blend of high grown Arabica with the finest Congo Robusta creates a warm balanced cup with lively fragrant flavours, which when added to perfectly tempered milk create a bitter sweet chocolate.

To accompany the coffee, I made some coffee biscuits with whipped coffee chocolate ganache. For a change, I thought I would make coffee the star of the show rather than chocolate and much to my surprise, I found these biscuits to be utterly delicious. The Puro Fuerte, being of a robust nature, was an ideal coffee with which to flavour the biscuits. They proved to be very popular.

Puro coffee is drunk in a number of locations including all National Trust sites and Royal Parks. Each month there is a chance to win a coffee pack by entering a caption competition on Puro's facebook page - definitely worth a try.

Giveaway
Puro Fairtrade Coffee have kindly offered the same coffee hamper as I received as a giveaway on Chocolate Log Blog.
To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Puro Fairtrade Coffee and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.

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Closing date is Sunday 17 March 2013

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382 comments:

  1. I like the sound of the Puro Noble - simply because I don't like my coffee too strong and I drink it throughout the day from the moment I get up until just before bed (yes, I think my body has become immune to caffine and I can go staright to bed and sleep straight after a latte!)

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  2. I like Puro Fuerte would be my favourite, sounds stronger than the other two

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  3. Puro Organic, sounds lush, the soft notes of chocolate got me x

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  4. Wow sounds great and different to other coffee.

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  5. The Puro Noble sounds perfect for me as I don't like my coffee too strong as I drink lots and lots throughout the day :-) xx

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  6. Puro Fuerte sounds like the flavour the whole family would agree on

    Patricia Owen

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  7. It would be the Puro Fuerte as i love a good strong tasty cup of coffee

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  8. puro organic a taste to suit all

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  9. I love coffee - as a drink and as a flavour. Those biscuits look superb.

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    1. ... and I think the Puro Organic, "strong but not too bitter" sounds like my sort of thing!

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  10. Thank you for this lovely competition. My favourite would be Puro Fuerte as I am a lover of strong, rich and bitter coffee x

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  11. Puro Fuerte would be my favourite I think. I like my coffee strongggg

    Kerys -ox
    Little Bo Blab

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  12. I like the sound of Fuerte - I love my coffee strong!

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  13. I like the sound of the Fuerte too - but the chocolatey one might be a nice one in the evening x

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  14. Puro Organic for sure-o! :)

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  15. I recognised this brand from when I used to work in a restaurant at a National Trust property near Plymouth - I had a couple of lattes and it is definitely very nice!

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  16. What a gorgeous package - you know that when that much effort has gone into the presentation it will be good. I love the description of the Puro Organic, you had me at chocolatey! :-)

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  17. Puro Organic sounds the nicest to me

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  18. Puro Noble, sounds a tasty smooth drunk.

    JudeVFR400, Judith Allen

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  19. We are really glad you and your team of tasters liked our coffee. Thanks for such a lovely write up and photos :)

    Look forward to sharing some more Puro Fairtrade Coffee with the winner.

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  20. Would have to be the Puro Fuerte, I like my coffee strong and gutsy!

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  21. Puro organic for me. I do like arabica :)

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  22. Puro Fuerte: I need something strong in the morning.

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  23. Probably the Fuerte as I tend to like my coffee more at the chocolatey end of things than the citrussy end, and you didn't give the other chocolatey one such a good rating!

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  24. I'd like the Puro Fuerte .. I love a good bold coffee to get me going!

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  25. I would like to try Puro Fuerte its sounds like my sort of coffee I like quite strong coffee it keeps me going all day long and I drink quite a lot of coffee everyday.

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  26. I think my favourite would probably be the Puro Organic, strong but not too bitter sounds perfect.

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  27. I don't know, they all sound pretty great. I think the Puro Organic might be most like what I drink.

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  28. It's good to read that David Attenborough is behind & supporting this. I fancy the sound of the Puro Noble

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  29. I think Puro Noble would be my favorite.

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  30. Puro Fuerte sound like my ideal cup of coffee

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  31. Puro Organic - Rich and creamy smooth,the finishing touch following a tasty meal, and also a delicious mid-morning cuppa to enjoy on its own, or with a biscuit.

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  32. I think the organic one sounds more suited to me - i like the sound of a chocolate taste.

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  33. Puro Organic - I love Arabica coffee

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  34. I don't drink coffee, but love to use it in the baking. Smell so good!

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  35. i think Puro Noble - i enjoy a smooth coffee taste

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  36. Puro Fuerte - I love a strong coffee first thing in the morning x

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  37. Puro Fuerte sounds like the flavour for me

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  38. I think I'd go for the Puro Organic but as I am a complete coffee addict, I don't think I'd turn down a cup of any of them! Love your biscuits, sound delicious!

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  39. The Puro Fuerte sounds like it's got the balance right and I would love to give it a go!

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  40. Puro Organic, because I'm the biggest lover of the Arabica bean flavour

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  41. i would choose the puro organic, it sounds devine

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  42. Puro Orgaic; I like the idea of the chocolatey taste!

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  43. We love our coffee, I tend to stick to two cups in the morning to get me going and when we do run out (a rare thing!) tea just doesn't cut it. We also drink more, and explore different types on the weekend when we're less rushed. The Organic sounds wonderful, just up our street! :-)

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  44. I'd like the Puro Fuerte - I don't often drink coffee but when I do I like it to pack a punch.

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  45. Puro Fuerte sounds lovely

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  46. Puro Fuerte nice and strong

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  47. I like the sound of Puro Fuerte, nice and strong, perfect for waking me up in the mornings!

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  48. I LOVE COFFEE AND WOULD LOVE TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR A CHANGE

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  49. smooth, mild and graceful - mellow and well balanced, Puro Noble sounds delicious. Mmmm, I could just fancy a cup now :-) L Bunning

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  50. Puro Organic sounds delicious!

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  51. Puro Fuerte as I have been fortunate to go to Peru and this was served in the morning with hot milk, I have to say I could not get enough of it, superb flavour, aroma and wow what a wake up call!

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  52. Pure noble sounds lovely and rich x

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  53. I like the sound of the Puro Noble

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  54. Puro Organic for the family

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  55. Puro Organic -- if it tastes like chocolate, I'm there.

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  56. I'd love to try the Puro Fuerte!

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  57. Puro Noble sound really delicious.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  58. Puro Noble would most likely be to my taste.

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  59. puro organic..mmm chocolate

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  60. Puro Noble sounds delicious

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  61. Puro Organic would be lovely.

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  62. Pure Organic sounds lovely as I love chocolate!

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  63. Puro Fuerte sounds the nicest!

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  64. Pure Fuerto I think, I like a strong flavour to my coffee.

    @yyesidolikecake

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  65. Make mine a Puro Organic with couple of bickies please!!

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  66. Nice rich Puro Fuerto. Make it a double with gusto!

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  67. David Paterson (dgrp@live.co.uk)21 February 2013 17:12

    Puro Fuerte

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  68. The Puro Organic sounds just my cup of tea !!!!

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  69. Really like the sound of the Puro Fuerte

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  70. I would think Puro Fuerte - I like my coffee strong!

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  71. Puro Fuerte- nice and strong!
    David S

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  72. Puro Fuerte Jen Rogers

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  73. Puro Organic - with the added bonus of chocolate flavour - yum!

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  74. Puro Organic would be my choice. ruth@rushhourtechnology.co.uk

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  75. Puro Organic sounds just lovely.

    @rachiegr

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  76. Pure Fuerte ! Anthony Harrington @freyerj

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  77. Puro Organic sounds perfect to me

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  78. i like my coffee silky and smooth so i would love to give the Puro Noble a try
    lisadolatowski@gmail.com or look me up on facebook

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  79. I love the sound of Puro Organic:)

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  80. Puro Fuerte. Love my coffee black with a rich full flavour.

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  81. Puro Organic sounds good for me

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  82. Puro organic sounds great! Lovely giveaway!

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  83. Puro Fuerte - like the sound of them all, but that sounds the more flavoursome for me. Good luck to all. :) :D x

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  84. Puro Noble-I love coffee hot and cold

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  85. Debbie corlett. Puro Noble

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  86. Puro Noble - I enjoy my coffee mellow

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  87. I like the sound of Puro Noble.

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  88. Puro Noble too - sounds gooood xx

    Simon G

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  89. Puro Fuerte sounds perfect for me

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  90. As I like strong coffee : Puro Fuerte

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  91. puro organic sounds very yummy think i would like that one the best :D

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  92. I just can't decide, I want to try them all

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  93. They all sound good but Puro Organic sounds the most matched to me!

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  94. Puro Noble, for the smoothness.

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  95. Puro Organic. If I'm correct you can get the taste, creamy texture and the satisfaction of chocolate without the consequences to your waistline...then what's not like?

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  96. Puro noble sounds just right for me!

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  97. Puro Noble for me, in the hopes that I become as "smooth, mild and graceful - mellow and well balanced" as the coffee

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  98. The organic sounds deeeelish!

    Laura Harris

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  99. I would like to try all of them to be truthful as I find it difficult to find a coffee I truly like. Maybe a mellow one would be good to start with.

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  100. I think the Puro Noble coffee. I don't really like bitter coffee...

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  101. I'm sure I'd love the Puro Noble blend - I like coffee quite strong, but drink it all day.

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  102. Pure organic sounds very "me"

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  103. Puro Fuerte would be my favourite

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  104. Veronica Pennycook22 February 2013 13:36

    Puro Fuerte - I NEED a wake-me-up in the morning coffee.

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  105. Puro Fuerte sounds good and would love to give it a try!

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  106. I love organic food so the organic one would be the one I would choose.
    As I love my coffee I really enjoyed reading your review here!

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  107. Puro Fuerte would be the one for me

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  108. I've just become a big coffee fan so this would be fabulous, Pure Organic sounds beautiful!

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  109. Hi found you via Frugal Queen. I love coffee so this is a great idea, i think Puro Fuerte would suit my tastebuds xx

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  110. Found you via frugal blog too. Think puro organic would be my preferred one. Laura

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  111. Puro Noble sounds nice and smooth, I don't like strong.

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  112. Puro Noble for me please sounds lovely

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  113. The Puro Noble sounds perfect for me

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  114. Puro Fuerte - love a strong coffee!

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  115. Puro Organic would be right up my street

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  116. Puro Organic sounds really lovely and indulgent.

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  117. The Puro Noble sounds more like my type

    Simon.

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  118. Definitely like the sound of chocolate taste on the puro organic!

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  119. Puro Organic because it says it tastes chocolatey x

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  120. Puro Fuerte - I like strong coffee

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  121. I think i'd prefer Puro Noble

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  122. I like it strong so Puro Fuerte for me.

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  123. puro noble sounds very elegant!

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  124. pure organic like chocolate taste

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  125. The Puro Noble because it's got a slight dark chocolate taste and i'm a chocoholic :)

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  126. Puro Fuerte as I like strong coffee

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  127. Puro organic

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  128. Puro Organic, I like the sound of "chocolatey"!

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  129. I think I would like the Puro Fuerte

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  130. Puro Organic sounds heavenly.

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  131. The Puro Organic blend sounds lovely, especially the part involving a hint of chocolate.

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  132. Puro Noble appeals to me the most

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  133. Puro Organic sounds just like my type of coffee...

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  134. Puro Organic

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  135. Puro Organic sounds like it would be my favourite - of course I might have to make those biscuits to make sure..

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  136. Puro Organic :) Cannot beat aribica beans!

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  137. Maggie Osborn1 March 2013 09:46

    Puro Organic for me!

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  138. Would have to be Puro Fuerte to wake me up in a morning.

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  139. I would go for the Puro Organic.

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  140. Pure organic

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