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Winans Chocolates + Coffees

My coffee addiction is an ongoing joke with many of my students.  First bell?  Forget about it!

If I’m too tired, I blame it on the lack of coffee . . . I must need more!

If I stumble on my words, I say I need another cup . . .time to take another drink.

If I act too dorky (which is always), I blame it on the coffee . . .  too much caffeine this time.

Last spring, during the last bell of the day, I called a student by her sister’s name.  Before I could even say anything, another student shouted, “let me guess, not enough coffee today?!” Everyone is onto my tricks. Fact is, tired or not, coffee is one of my favorite treats . . . any time of day.

Winans in Maineville.

My love of Winans  started with the chocolates at Winans first location in Piqua, Ohio.  I was a teenager at the time and I soooo remember tasting the chocolate covered strawberries (divine) and the milk chocolate covered pretzels.  Then, in 2003, Winans began roasting their own coffee and it quickly became a favorite pit stop for my husband and me.  We’ve been know to hit locations in Troy, Dayton, and most recently, Maineville.  We really enjoy this consciously traded coffee!

A cup for the road.

A cup for the road.

So getting a package from Winans delivered right to my doorstep?  Like a kid at Christmas friends.  I was giddy!  This aromatic box of goodies contained a Highlander Grogg, an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and a classic, the Winans Blend.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Winans Blend- This is a lighter roast.  Gentle.  Not too acidic and definitely not bitter.  In some ways, it reminds me of hot tea.  It’s a nice, reliable cup of coffee.  Perfect for the morning.
  • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe- Medium roast.  More complex.  This one is brightly acidic with hints of nuts and citrus.  It’s earthy and clean.  In my opinion, you can never go wrong with an African blend.
  • Highlander Grogg- Smells sweet as soon as it’s opened.  This house warming blend is a little bit butterscotch, a little bit rum, and a little bit caramel.  It’s got that true Highlander Grogg flavor which is distinctive and perfect for the cooler weather.  Kilt anyone?

Best delivery ever!

I also got these Creamy Mocha Espresso Beans which were the first snack picked from the snack bag on our recent trip to Michigan.  There’s probably a rule regarding how many espresso beans someone can safely eat at one time, but hey, that’s a minor detail.  Chocolate + Coffee is always a win!

On the road again…

Speaking of chocolate and coffee, why not stop and get both!  Winans serves up the classics such as honeycombs (a family favorite), chocolate covered cherries, truffles, malted milk balls, and turtles.  They also do some serious dipping with treats like chocolate covered oreos, chocolate covered nutter butters, and chocolate covered graham crackers.  And those buckeyes?  Don’t get me started.  Decadent.

Can’t. Even. Handle. It.

Just as good as they were 20 years ago!

Hand-rolled. Hand-dipped. Hometown.

Or, just combine your chocolate and coffee into frozen perfection!

Treating my Mom to a frozen Mocha. I know how to make my Momma happy.

Treating my Mom to a frozen Mocha. I know how to make my Momma happy.

I didn't forget my Dad. He scored some sugar free chocolate for his birthday.

I didn’t forget Dad. He scored a box of sugar free chocolates for his birthday.

Since Fall is just around the corner, I have to mention some of my favorite Autumn drinks from Winans.  The Smore’s Latte is the perfect dessert coffee and the Caramel Apple Cider is everything Fall should be!

This is a pic collage of a pit stop last Fall!

P.S.- Did I mention Winans Chocolates & Coffees has an online catalogue from which to order?  Deliciously convenient.

P.S.S.- The Maineville location offers wine as well!

If you’ve never tried Winans Coffee, just know that it makes the mornings much more doable!  Especially for those who are not morning people . . . like me!


GO THERE (Winans)!  TRY THAT (Winans Blend, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Frozen Mocha, Honeycombs)!
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One year blog anniversary!

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since GO THERE! TRY THAT! first began its food and experience journey. During this year I’ve written close to 80 posts.  These include everything from classic go-to favorites like Ambar India and Song Long to addictions like Carabello Coffee and Paradise Ice; from adventurous eats like Island Frydays to outdoor exploits like Bikes by the River and Pyramid Hill.  No doubt about it, I’m a tourist at heart– always exploring!  Cincinnati has so much to offer!  I look back at all the places I’ve featured thus far and I’m blown away!  And there’s still so much left to see, to do, to taste, to drink!  Life is good.

As I am reflecting on this past year in the blogosphere, I must give shout outs to Katie Holocher at Out + Outfit for endless advice, to Beth Gifford for the blog name, to my husband for always answering my five million website questions and providing editing advice, to my guest writers for sharing your precious words, and to my friends and family for always being up for an adventure.  Additionally, thanks to my readers, likers, and sharers. Seriously! When I started this blog I told friends and coworkers that I’d probably be writing for an audience of four.  No joke! So if you read this, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

So now, a year into this blogging thing, I’m reflecting:

  1. I can now justify my adventurous spirit, my foodie status, and my coffee addiction by saying it’s all material for the blog. It’s research. 🙂
  2. Because I only write positive posts (if it’s bad, I just don’t write it), I can honestly say that Cincinnati has a rockin’ food scene and most of my experiences are excellent.
  3. More than ever, I enjoy the small local establishments, the dives, the no frills won’t bust your budget places.
  4. I could stand to shorten my writing; in fact, I’d be able to write more posts that way. But I fight my desire to introduce, to describe, to dig into details.  Writing is all about growth for sure!
  5. I so love doing life with people! Truly! 
  6. My friends and family have learned when food or drinks are served, everyone must pause for pics.  Pics not only of my order, but theirs as well. Possibly multiple photos. Possibly more photos after I’ve “framed” a shot. Seriously, they just wait patiently with forks in hand!  I mean, that’s not annoying, right?!
  7. I’ve definitely come to a deeper appreciation of moments- memories in the making.  I cherish the experiences and adventures I get to have and I’m always ready to plan the next.
  8. My super taster abilities are heightening.  I can detect certain spices and rattle off cooking methods with great pride. I’m waiting for TV’s Top Chef to seek me as a judge- let’s do this!

So my friends, we need to celebrate this year! What better way to celebrate a blog milestone than a giveaway!  Here’s what I propose:

  • Subscribe to the blog via email.
  • Share a fave post from the past year via Facebook or Twitter (@gotheretrythat) . Don’t be afraid to dig deep in the archives.
  • Send me a message, a comment, about one of your favorite Cincinnati area spots!

Here’s the kicker: winner, drawn at random, receives a gift card to a place of THEIR choosing– as long as it’s from the blog (of course)! 😉  I will announce the winner next Wednesday, April 6th!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! As Reb Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof,  l’chaim to life!

GO THERE (exploring)! TRY THAT (something new)!