Kicking Horse Coffee – Dark Roast Coffee – Review and Giveaway [Ends 4/12]

I have to admit that I’m more picky about the coffee I drink than I am about the wine that I drink. I’ve been aware of the brand Kicking Horse Coffee for a while now, but I couldn’t wait to actually give it a try and sample some for myself!

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 Like all , this one launched in the garage of Leo Johnson and Elana Rosenfield in 1996. Soon after, they started to support fair trade coffee practices and in 2003, they selling only organic coffee beans. Even better, in 2007 they were 100% organic fair trade.This is why I am already loving this coffee before I even take a sip. Starting out with small batches of unground beans, this company knew right away that quality was better than quantity. They went from “schlepping coffee” to 11 years later, still going strong and being a top quality brand coffee.

Now, back to my experience with their coffee –

kicking horse coffee

First of all, the coffee comes in a tin container which is extremely keep-able and I already plan on storing future coffee beans in it.

When you look inside, I knew I was going to enjoy the coffee, because the beans were so dark and they still had the oil on the coffee. By the way, having oil on coffee beans is a VERY good sign and is a sign the coffee is freshly packed. I’m not surprised this is the case as after reading their website, because they are obviously a quality company.

Next, the best part of all – the drinking part!

I usually make a large pot of coffee, so it’s usually hard for me to judge how many grounds to put in per batch, especially after getting a new brand of coffee. So, I put a generous amount and after making my first pot of coffee, I was in love! It’s rare for me to get it right immediately, so I knew this coffee was good stuff. Usually, it takes me one “throwaway” pot of coffee until I get the strength to my liking.

The coffee was very rich and strong, and it exceeded all of my expectations. I must say that I finished off this whole container of coffee within a single weekend (and I promptly went online to buy more soon after!). I see this in the grocery stores regularly and it may not be cheaper than most coffee, but actually this is one of the best you can choose from.

I get snobby sometimes and will reach for the most expensive bag in the grocery store, and expense doesn’t always mean you are getting the best quality. I have been disappointed with certain brands before and was shocked they were charging so much.

This isn’t the case here – Kicking Horse coffee may be a little outside your regular budget for coffee, but you will be wonderfully surprised. By the way, I highly recommend their strongest blend of coffee called, “Kick Ass Dark.” If you decide to buy online, their site recommends US coffee drinkers shop via Amazon. On Amazon, the prices run about $13 per 12 ounce can. I recommend going to your nearby grocery store, though, and seeing if you can find this blend. It’s worth a try and worth treating yourself!

I am so excited to announce that I get to giveaway a can of Kick Ass coffee to one of my readers! It’s open to both US and Canada readers too.

Follow: You can follow Kicking Horse Coffee via , , or .

Buy: You can purchase Kicking Horse Coffee at retailers throughout Canada and US as well as their and at .

Win: One lucky winner will receive a Kicking Horse Coffee canister, gift bag, and brochure!


Thank you to Kicking Horse Coffee for sponsoring this post and providing me a free subscription box for my honest review.


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  1. Patricia says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate Sea Salt

  2. Jill A. Collins says:

    I would like to have the espresso.

  3. Anne Taylor says:

    Half Ass Dark would be lovely to try!

  4. I’d like to try the Bugaboo coffee.
    Carol L

  5. I’d like to try the Pacific Pipeline (Medium).
    Thank you!


  7. Robyn B. says:

    I’d like to try the Bugaboo coffee

  8. Kim Pinch says:

    I would like to try Grizzly Claw.

  9. marian boll says:

    For my family the “Smart Ass” would be perfect..

  10. I like to try the Jumbo Wild.

  11. I would really like to try the Pacific Pipeline blend.

  12. heather fox says:

    three sisters

  13. julie murphy says:

    The smart ass blend

  14. Chris Martinez says:

    Mexican blend

  15. Renata S says:

    I’d like the Jumbo Wild!

  16. Georgette says:

    I would like to try The Smart Ass Coffee!

  17. Half Ass Dark sounds great!

  18. Georgiana says:

    Smart Ass Blend sounds wonderful!

  19. I would love to have the Half Ass Dark.

  20. melanie borhi says:

    Mexican In medium brew coffee:)

  21. amber carroll says:

    the MOCHA YOHO – ESPRESSO sounds really nice. thats the one i want

  22. The 454 HORSE POWER® [DARK]

  23. Jennifer Monteiro says:

    I want to try the Kootenay Crossing blend!

  24. Marlene V. (Enelram) says:

    I would like to try the
    Bugaboo [Medium]

  25. I’d like to try the Cliff Hanger Espresso® [Medium]

  26. Smart Ass

  27. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Half-Ass Dark would be interesting for my husband to try after dinner.

  28. I’d love to try the Mocha Yoho.

  29. Dayna Wilson says:

    I’m already a huge Kicking Horse fan. My favourite is Grizzly Claw.

  30. Florence C says:

    I like to try the Bugaboo [Medium]

  31. Grace Scammell says:

    I like dark roast so I think kick ass would be a good first cup from your brand.

  32. michelle r says:

    Mexican [Medium]

  33. nathaniel palmer says:

    Never tried it but i would love to

  34. nancyfancypink says:

    I would like to try the Cliffhanger Med. Espresso

  35. Heather Swanson says:

    Horse Power

  36. I’d love the Mocha Yoho – Espresso [Light]

  37. MK Alexander says:

    peruvian! Or any of the lighter blends.

  38. michelle tremblett says:

    I would love to try the Bugaboo coffee :)

  39. Kristen says:

    I’d like to try Pacific Pipeline.

  40. I like the bugaboo blend.

  41. I want to try the Grizzly Claw!

  42. nicolthepickle says:

    The Mexican Medium sounds lovely.

  43. I’d like to try the Bugaboo coffee

  44. Three Sisters medium roast sounds perfect… SMOOTH • SAVOURY • SEDUCTIVE!

  45. Zenetta says:

    I would like to try the Peruvian [Light] coffee.

  46. Kelly O'M says:

    I would want to try the Kick Ass® [Dark] first, but I bet I would like all of them. I LOVE they are all organic!!!!

  47. coc beanz says:

    You’re assertion that oily coffee beans is a “VERY good thing” couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s old coffee you got and there is no way that the company is “quality.” Of course your false information and overblown opinion is what this site is about right? Way to pollute the internet info stream with corporate/money driven hogwash. Hope you’re proud!

  48. Jacqueline says:

    The Half Ass Dark would be for me…I drink so much coffee and love dark roast, but I need to cut back on my caffeine intake.

  49. Jumbo Wild [Medium] looks interesting

  50. Carly D. says:

    The smart ass blend sounds good to me 😉

  51. Becca F says:

    The Mocha Yoho Espresso

  52. natalie yeoman says:

    i would like to try the KOOTENAY CROSSING [LIGHT]

  53. Pamela j says:

    I would like to try pacific pipeline.

  54. There are several that I would really like to try. I think bugaboo sounds really great. The description of it sounds like something I would really enjoy, we are big coffee drinkers and always enjoy trying new high quality coffee like this brand. I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about this coffee and would love to try it, thanks for the chance to win

    • Also, kiss ass dark like you tried also sounds great! I typically enjoy a bold smooth coffee. Thanks for the great review

  55. Diane Cooper says:

    It was a difficult choice, I want to try several of their blends, but I am very curious about the Sumatran.

  56. I would love to try the Half Ass® [Dark] – half the caffeine.

  57. Shannon says:

    I’d love to try the grizzly.

  58. Jill McDowell says:

    I would like to try Mocha Yoho – Espresso

  59. How about Grizzly Claw?

  60. Shannon says:

    Pacific Pipeline sounds amazing.

  61. Want to try grizzly claw!

  62. Rachel G says:

    Mocha Yoho – Espresso Light

  63. Grizzly Claw coffee sounds great!

  64. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    I’d be interested in trying MOCHA YOHO

  65. richelle bowers says:

    id like to try 454 Horse Power® [Dark]

  66. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I’d love to try the Sumatran Medium coffee!


  68. Samantha L. says:

    GRIZZLY CLAW® [DARK] sounds right up my alley.

  69. Melissa Avey says:

    Sumatran all the way!

  70. Maegan Morin says:

    I would most like to try their Sumatran Blend!

  71. Robert Shank says:

    Half Ass Dark would be great!

  72. megon burkit says:

    I think I would try the Kick Ass.

  73. smart ass! haha awesome

  74. Sky Evans says:

    Mocha Yoho Espresso sounds nice

  75. Teresa Thompson says:

    I would like to try the Sumatran [Medium.

  76. Christina Dutra says:

    i would like to try the MOCHA YOHO – ESPRESSO .

  77. Smart ass would be my choice.

  78. Melanie F. says:

    I’d like to try the Grizzly Claw® [Dark]

  79. jessica edwards says:

    bugaboo coffee


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