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(Make sure to head to the bottom of this post where we are giving away both a Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker and Millstone® coffee Flavored Coffee)

My first coffee was instant. Some kind of mix from a can with the sugar and creamer all mixed in. I can’t remember when I tried it, but I could not have been much older than 10 or 11.

I think it liked it, but who wouldn’t with all that cream and sugar?

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The aisle in my local Walmart where I found the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker.

As I got older I still drank my coffee with creamer and sugar, I liked it pretty sweet. But life and tastes change and one day the powdered cream I always loved didn’t taste very good anymore. I think I was spoiled by the now popular coffee shops that always serve ½ and ½. At this point I would have coffee with nothing else but that.

And one day I just tried it without sugar, just a taste. It wasn’t so bad. But it wasn’t dessert anymore.

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Isn’t the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker pretty?

I was OK with that, I actually kind of liked it. My mom thought I was nuts.

The next step of my coffee journey? Black. Here’s to change. #CoffeeJourneys #CollectiveBias  You can see my 15 second video on Instagram right here.

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In my local Walmart where I found my Millstone® coffee

I was pretty excited when I got to go to my local Walmart and pick up these products for both myself and a winner. The Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker is pretty cool. I love the look of the machine as well as its features:


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  • Brews 10 cups in less than 7 minutes to ensure thorough extraction and full bodied flavor, which is considered by coffee experts to be the optimal time for extraction.
  • Pour a cup of coffee while the coffeemaker is still brewing using the Pause n’ Serve feature.
  • Ensure your coffee is hot and fresh when you need with the Fresh Brew timer.
  • Coffee is kept hot with the vacuumed-insulated stainless steel carafe.
  • Eliminating calcium build up is easy with the special cleaning cycle.
  • Maintain the temperature of your carafe by using the removable water reservoir.
  • Reduce chlorine in water by up to 97% with the built in water filtration.
  • Fast and easy filling and cleaning with the side mounted removable filter basket

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A variety of Millstone® coffee roasts and flavors are sold at Walmart, including, Hazelnut Cream, Hazelnut Cream Decaf and Kona Blend. Talk about YUM! Find out more about The Journey of the Bean here (it’s pretty cool).


Frugal Living Mom is giving away a Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker and a bag of Millstone® coffee to one lucky winner!
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Enter on the widget below for a chance to win:


Win: Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker & 1 bag of Millstone® coffee.
Enter: May 2 thorugh May 16 2014
Who can enter: Open to US Residents only 18+

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  1. Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says

    My Coffee Journey started when I was 15 or 16 and it was Folgers Instant! I Wake Up to Folgers brewed every morning!

  2. Mrs. Carla A. Garcia says

    I drink coffee from time to time but I do not like adding sugar to my coffee. I love Flavored Coffee and if we do not have that in the house then I add just a little bit of Flavored Coffee Creamer to my Coffee.
    My Husband on the other hand loves Coffee with Sugar and Hazel-Nut Coffee Creamer.
    We drink alot of coffee in this house.

  3. Susan Christy says

    I drank coffee for a while in my 20′s, then Diet Coke came out and I drank that until a year ago when I started drinking coffee again. I like it with vanilla creamer.

  4. Lauren S. says

    My partner is a fiend and he drinks it every morning…but I am more so a casual, once-in-a–while consumer (so this is with HIM In mind!)

  5. karen dwight says

    I love coffee and drink tons of it…all kinds! My coffee maker broke so this is an excellent giveaway for me!

  6. Sally T. says

    My journey began when I would be working through the day
    and never getting a chance to eat~so I started drinking coffee to take away
    my hunger pangs.Many years ago as a hair designer~now I drink it every morning to get
    the day going.

  7. kelly tupick says

    My #CoffeeJourney started many years ago. I get up really early for work, around 3:00 am. I start out the day with a nice hot cup of coffee every morning. I drink a light roasted or medium roasted coffee with a little sugar and milk. Without my coffee, I would be lost.

  8. Natalie Brown says

    Hi! My coffee journey starts with coffee I’ve brewed the night before and chilled in the refrigerator. Then I add cream and coffee, sit in my recliner, and drink my coffee while looking over my email and reading blogs. Fun! Thank-you!

  9. Dawn Monroe says

    My family and friends tease me because I drink coffee morning, noon and night no matter the season. I’m a regular coffee drinker with creamer and sugar.

  10. nicole dz says

    My coffee journey starts when I wake up. I usually have a cup while im checking my email and doing things around my home office. Sometimes I even enjoy a cup on my patio in the morning.

  11. Elizabeth Owens says

    I love my coffee with French Vanilla creamer! Coffee is just something for me to look forward to in the morning!

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says

    My coffee journey began when I was a little kid, thanks to my old school Louisiana grandmother. I love coffee throughout the day.

  13. says

    I’m a coffee fanatic. I started drinking coffee when I was in college. I always have coffee first thing in the morning. I like to have a cup of coffee or tea after dinner.

  14. Dericka Buckels says

    I’m a new coffee drinker. When I was young I always said that drinking coffee was for old grandmas, but I recently gave it a try and now I’m hooked. I love coffee.

  15. rachael says

    My coffee journey began when i was in university, so I am fairly new. I love having one cup each morning and love it black!

  16. Paula V says

    I’ve been drinking coffee a few years…good ol’ folgers in my standard coffee pot. One cup a day with ripped protein cream.

  17. MARY MCLAIN says

    I have been drinking coffee for many years. Years ago coffee was just something to drink with breakfast. Now that I am older I enjoy coffee in the morning and sometimes when it is cold I drink coffee in the evening.

  18. Jenn says

    My husband has been a coffee drinker since we met 20 years ago, I just recently had my first cup and enjoyed it. We’ve been using an older brewer, but it’s about to give out. Been shopping around, but haven’t found one we like and can afford as of yet.

  19. Michelle K. says

    My mother and brother are the coffee drinkers in the family, it didn’t get that gene!!

  20. Tammy S says

    I started drinking coffee when I was in my 20′s. I love to add a little hot chocolate to my coffee. It’s my version of a homemade Mocha.

  21. rich morris says

    I began drinking coffee when I was in the Army and on zero dark hundred missions/exercises and it continued to power me through grad school.

  22. Shelley says

    I started drinking coffee when I worked the graveyard shift…. now I can’t live without it :)

  23. says

    I started drinking coffee when I started working many years ago. Gotta have my coffee lots of cream & sugar. Starbucks Gold Member!

  24. Lisa Williams says

    I love coffee everyday,sometimes more than once a day it’s my energy elixir,with cream and sugar! I can’t get enough of it!

  25. Lily Sheng says

    I started drinking coffee since about a year ago. Now I can’t wait for summer to come so I could try cold brew!

  26. Sharla S says

    I have been drinking coffee – brewed, instant, gourmet, coffee shop, espresso, etc., etc. for 30 years (actually 29 years and 10 months and 3 weeks). These days I prefer black! If I can’t taste the coffee, it isn’t a good cup of coffee. I have been having panic attacks lately cuz my coffee maker broke and I have to make individual cups now and I miss smelling that fresh brewed coffee when I wake up. Would love to win this!

  27. Kathie Craig says

    I am not a coffee drinker. I would love to have a Mr. Coffee coffee pot for hot chocolate or tea. Or, I would give the coffee and Mr. Coffee as a gift.

  28. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I starting drinking black coffee in my college day. Now I like my coffee flavored and with a flavored creamer and WITH SPLENDA.

  29. Cindy H says

    I started drinking coffee when I was 18 because I started working construction with my dad. We would stop every morning to get a cup of coffee at 6am. I drank it off and on since then but it became a true morning ritual once I started having to get up early and go to work for the school district in my mid twenties. I now have to have a cup every morning, it’s part of my morning routine, and I just LOVE the taste of coffee!!

  30. Leah B says

    I never was a coffee drinker until I went to Europe and they all have a shot of espresso at a stand up bar on their way to work in the morning. I thought – “hey, that’s a ritual I could get used to!”

  31. Thomas Murphy says

    The first thing I do every morning is have coffee. I like it with lots of cream and sugar.

  32. Brynn says

    I LOVE coffee! It took me a while to find the right blend that I really loved but now I look forward to my morning and sometimes afternoon cup of coffee

  33. Charlotte W says

    I started out drinking black coffee. Now my favorite way to prepare a perfect cup of coffee is adding a dash of allspice to 2% milk and frothing it. Then I pour the coffee and frothed milk into the cup at the same time, stir and spoon a little froth on top. Delicious!

  34. Katrina says

    I started out drinking those starbucks frappacinos from the deli in my college dorm. :) Yeah, I like to keep it classy. My taste has evolved from there. And now all I have to show for it is a broken coffee maker. :( Booo.

  35. Susan P. says

    I’ve always made my coffee with sugar and milk, usually 2%. I don’t like 1/2 & 1/2 or cream or the powered stuff. The low calorie sweeteners taste artificial to me. I have a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker now that I got a year ago or so to replace a Cuisinart that eventually started leaking. The second pot of coffee I made the heating element only clicked and didn’t heat so I called up customer service. They said that happens once in a while and they sent me a replacement right away and even upgraded it to a better model! I love good customer service!

  36. says

    I don’t drink coffee, but I am the coffee maker in our house. I love finding new coffees for my husband to try. We’ve even toured coffee plantations in Costa Rica.

  37. Sheila K. says

    My coffee journey is from the coffee maker to the back patio, first thing in the morning!

  38. Sharon Kaminski says

    I have my first cup of coffee in the morning at 5 a.m. and one about every hour until 9 and I am set for the morning.

  39. Cheryl B. says

    My journey consists of 2 piping hot cups of coffee each morning to get me through the day.

  40. nancy munson says

    My own coffee journey is pretty sad-The last coffee maker I bought lasted only 2 months.. I haven’t replaced it and make a daily trip to the local gas station

  41. Dan Clark says

    I love some coffee with just a splash of chocolate raspberry creamer. What a way to start and finish the day.

  42. Theresa J says

    Believe it or not, I started drinking coffee when I was pregnant with my second child. I would get up in the morning and prepare coffee and breakfast for her dad and the coffee just smelled so good. I began to crave it, so gave into my cravings and began drinking it. I started drinking it with sugar and powdered creamer, learned the delicious decadence of heavy cream in my coffee a few years later, grew older and realized that all that cream wasn’t doing me any good, so switched to liquid creamer. Many years later, I still love my morning cuppa with sugar and creamer.

  43. gale says

    I would love to win this for my husband, who loves coffee. I have never had a cup of coffee myself!

  44. Meghan Malicoat says

    My coffee journey started a little over a year ago. I had gotten heavily addicted to energy drinks and started drinking coffee to get myself off the energy drinks. Now I don’t really drink the energy drinks but I’m addicted to coffee.

  45. Terri Morgan says

    A few years ago we started buying whole bean coffee and grind it ourselves. Nothing can beat the flavor of fresh ground coffee.

  46. Katie Bellamy says

    I make a pot of coffee every morning. And through they day I use my Keurig. I need all the energy I can get! :)

  47. Lynne says

    I look forward to my morning coffee each night before I go to bed! When morning does arrive, I love smelling the coffee as it brews – and I look forward to having a few minutes of quiet time to enjoy it – I am the first one awake in the mornings, and I find those few moments of peace really can set a good tone for the day.

  48. Alex T says

    I currently have a nespresso but want to get back to normal coffee! I never go without caffeine in the morning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Sara B. says

    My sister has worked for a coffee shop for the last 10 years and has kept us in beans. I started drinking a couple of cups a morning years ago and it’s one of my favorite rewards in my day.

  50. Christine N Cherry says

    I drink crappy coffee right now, just to get me through the day. I’d like to finally have some GOOD stuff. I’m a mother of 3 little boys, so i need the caffeine to keep up

  51. Rachel Cartucci says

    I have been drinking coffee since I was twelve…I used to take it with sugar,milk and whipped cream…but now at 35 I take it with a little creamer. I can’t drink as much as I want of it but I can have a cup or two a day. My family always had a pot going in my house…day and night. I keep it on throughout the day just like my grandparents and my mom.

  52. Hey Jen says

    Everyone in the household drinks coffee and we have a small 6 cup. Definitely not big enough for the four of us! Mmm coffee

  53. Virginia H says

    I have had a Mr. Coffee for years and it is about to play out on me. I need a new coffee pot and this one sounds fantastic

  54. April Brenay says

    While im making the kids breakfast before school i get my coffee brewing. perfect start to a morning!

  55. Stephanie says

    I’ve loved coffee forever. I can remember drinking coffee milk on Saturday mornings while watching Lost in Space with my dad. Been a part of my life ever since.

  56. Cristy Ridey says

    I started drinking coffee 10 years ago when I went to a Bible Study. I think it was a requirement! :-) – I have loved it since.

  57. Rebecca Parsons says

    My mornings consist of coffee and creamer preferably French Vanilla. I will drink it throughout the day sometimes.

  58. Danielle Johnson says

    I started drinking coffee at my first real job where you worked hard in my 20′s can’t live without it now.

  59. Loraine Ellis says

    I love coffee every day of the week- it’s my lifes sustainer I say. I use a filterless coffee filter

  60. Beanybopp says

    I don’t drink coffee…*gasp* I know! I have tried it multiple times even as an iced coffee from McDonald’s and I just don’t like it. My husband is the coffee drinker in our house. When we first got together, he really didnt drink it much and would play off how much he really wanted a coffee maker. I broke down a couple years later and got him one. Now sure when he tried/started drinking coffee, but I make his coffee every morning for him either black or more so with flavored creamers and sugar.

  61. rhoni4 says

    It took me several years to get to drinking coffee with stevia. I started out with Latte’s and Mocha’s then switched to half milk half coffee then switched to coffee with cream and sugar.

  62. Birdiebee says

    The best thing about waking up in the morning is smelling freshly brewed coffee to get me going. I have been a coffee lover for over 40 years.

  63. marnie ward says

    Mr. Coffee Optimal would be the best ever. I have seen these and have wanted one. My family loves coffee and this could be the ultimate ever!

  64. Barrie says

    My first coffee was when I was 17 and spending 10 days with a Suisse family. The creamed coffee is stronger than any black coffee I’ve had in the states! LOL. So I’ve been hooked ever since. I prefer flavored coffee but will drink nonflavored, always caffeinated and with a dash of creamer.

  65. Katey Myers says

    I broke up with coffee a number of years ago… Then craved it during a recent pregnancy. I feel it’s back for good this time. =)

  66. Amber Campbell says

    I didn’t start drinking coffee until after college. When I was pregnant, I developed an aversion to coffee that (thankfully) went away after the baby was born. Now, I happily drink two cups a day!

  67. Bobbie Smith says

    My coffee journey began when I was about 20, and my journey is still continuing….what is always there in the mornings to start your day out right…yep that’s right my coffee. I love trying different coffee creamers too, kinda add a AHHHH moment when I find one I really enjoy

  68. Deborah says

    The first cup of coffee I ever drank was when I was 34. Hubby mixed some cocoa powder into it since I was a hot chocolate drinker.

    Than you for hosting the giveaway!

  69. Denise S says

    I need to start a coffee journey, because I don’t drink it now but feel like I need to start!

  70. Melissa Cunningham says

    My coffee journey started when I was 21 at college late nights and tons of studying!

  71. Kristin says

    I have to have a cup of coffee every morning. Usually only one, but if I don’t have it, I get a headache…so I make sure I have it!

  72. viviana rodriguez says

    i love coffee but my favorite type is with powdered cream hands down! i could drink any type but that is my morning pick me up! thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Amy L says

    My coffee journey started when I was a little girl. My Dad used to leave the last tiny sip of his coffee, sweet from the sugar that settled there. I’ve loved coffee ever since.

  74. Annmarie W. says

    My coffee journey has been mostly from my friends…they always seem to be introducing me to all new kinds & flavors!

  75. gayle gildehaus says

    I have drank my coffee black for years.About a month ago i started adding creamer,now i have it that way every morning.

  76. RICHARD HICKS says

    I got hooked on coffee after beginning to work. That has been 20 years ago and now I have to have several cups throughout the day. Little cream and sugar in mine!

  77. Sherrie C. says

    My coffee journey begins each morning around 8am with my first cup of coffee and ends just after 2pm with my second cup. I love sipping a cup of coffee outside when it’s nice and sunny out. So peaceful and relaxing :)


  78. Mary Goodman says

    I love coffee .I started drinking coffee when I was little with my father it was something that bought us closer.

  79. Merry says

    I love sneaking a sip of mom’s coffee as a kid…though it didn’t taste as good as it smelled! When I started drinking coffee myself, I discovered flavored coffees and have never looked back. Got to have my morning cup!

  80. says

    My journey involves finding just the right K-cup to suit my need, as well as the best activity to go with sipping a nice hot, fresh cup of Joe!

  81. Marner Campbell Benjamin says

    Look like a awesome coffee maker—and I never bought one but would love to have one—for those coffee moments! Thanks for opportunity!

  82. Barbara Montag says

    My day always starts with a cup of coffee!
    Preferably out on our balcony.
    And I like it black to enjoy the full flavor.
    thank you

  83. Karen Deva says

    I used to drink a lot of vanilla lattes, but lately I’ve been liking my coffee black. My favorite drink is a decaf Americano.

  84. Nancy Loring says

    My coffee journey started when I was very young 7 or 8. My parents always drank coffee. 40 years later I can still remember the smell of coffee being brewed by my mom. Actually it was a percolater. I figured it had to be something good if my parents drank it all the time. So one time I got brave and snuck a cup and I hid and drank it. Yuck. It was not good. I never thought I would ever try coffee again. Boy was I wrong. I just waited till I was in college and now I’m hooked like my parents were. And now my parents barely drink coffee.

  85. Mary Withrow says

    I can not remember the first time I drank coffee. I have tried all kinds though from the flavored powdered coffee to fresh beans and now I just love strong black coffee! I drink serveral cups in the morning til around noon.

  86. Candie L says

    My coworker drinks coffee every day. I love the smell of it being brewed and I am finding myself drinking more and more coffee. thankyou

  87. Jennifer Nielsen says

    My coffee journey started on graveyard shifts a the nursing home I worked at. I still love it black and luke warm!

  88. christine jessamine says

    I drink brewed coffee almost everymorning. I love drinking it black extra hot on the go.

  89. says

    I used to spend a lot of time at my Grandma’s and she gave me my first cup of coffee. She used to give me a half a cup, and a handful of Hershey’s Kisses to dip in it! Sometimes I still do that today!

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  90. Victoria Carlson says

    I used to only have coffee from coffee shops and the kind with a LOT of sugar! Not until a few years ago did I start brewing my own coffee and absolutely LOVE it now!

  91. Michael W Perkins says

    My Coffee journey is a Foggy Foggy one till I’m at LEAST into my second cup, so I am incapable of ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  92. Danielle says

    My coffee journey begins with jumping into the shower for the morning wake up and sipping on coffee from then on for about 2 hours. By then, I am awake and ready to start the day. Then, on my way home from work, I usually swing by and pick up a speciality coffee for the ride home and second wind.

  93. vera says

    My coffee journey started when I quit drinking soda a few years ago and needed a little motivation getting up in the morning.

  94. Steffi S says

    My coffee journey is on pause right now. My doctor says no coffee while pregnant. I have snuck in a sip or two though. Shhhhh!

  95. Christina Strapp says

    I don’t like coffee as much as my husband. This would be for him since he loves coffee and drinks it all the time.

  96. Jessica Ruggiero says

    I love coffee and have a cup every morning when I wake up before getting the kids up for school!

  97. Angela Ash says

    I’ve always had Mr. Coffee coffee pots but not like the Optimal Brew Thermal. I usually start a pot of coffee not long after I get up and let the dog out. Just the scent of the coffee helps motivate me to get my day started. I enjoy drinking a cup or two outside, in my kitchen or at my desk while reading. It’s nice to have some me time doing what I want after waking up with a cup of coffee. Sometimes I will have more coffee later on in the day but I switch to decaf.

  98. Laurie Emerson says

    My coffee journey begins at 4am each morning with my first cup. I then drink another cup when making sure everyone gets off to work or school. It then goes with me to my school where I teach and then to the teacher’s lounge. I have a cup at lunch and then the journey ends when I have a final cup after dinner every night. Coffee is one of my best friends!

  99. Karrie Millheim says

    My coffee journey takes me on the porch drinking my cup watching the sun rise and the birds sing

  100. Lisa L says

    I have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning then in the afternoon when I’m feeling sluggish

  101. Rebecca Lock says

    I started drinking coffee when my youngest was 16 months old because I was making lots of long drives.

  102. Michael Lambert says

    I usually drink coffee on a daily basis and I like mine strong and black. I have always liked it that way.


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