It has been truly a delightful journey for me getting to share this fun Starbucks VIA™ taste-testing experience with so many of you. Thanks to you all! Thanks for your time, your willingness to try out some new coffee, your enthusiasm and creativity (there were some WAY cool recipes :) and, mostly, for simply popping in here to comment or even just read my posts and the responses of others. You've made me want to seek out new ways to make my tiny corner of the Blogsphere even more enjoyable for visitors...
The polls were closed at midnight on the "vote" for the favorite VIA™ Ready Brew flavor, and the results are in the right-hand column (just under my book cover photo). They are:
Italian Roast: 56%
Both equally good: 18%
Of course, since only 16 out of the nearly 100 tasters formally voted (!!!), we didn't get the full range of potential opinions on the poll. However, judging from the comments people made on the prior post (August 20th), it was probably a fairly accurate sampling. So, again, thanks to all of you who shared opinions!
Now, the winners of the drawing...
I put the names of all the people who wrote out recipes into my son's Cubs hat and drew a name: celi.a (congrats!), you win the Crazy for Chocolate book, the ARC of According to Jane and the $10 Starbucks giftcard!
Then, I added to the slips of paper already in the hat, the names of all the other people who contributed thoughts, ideas, comments, etc. during our tasting week and drew 4 more names: Lucy, vvb32reads, Bethany and Nean (yay, ladies!), you each win the Crazy for Chocolate book, the ARC of According to Jane and your choice of one coffee: a 3-pack of the Colombia VIA™, a 3-pack of the Italian Roast VIA™ or a 1 (1.5 oz.) packet of ground Berres coffee. (Leave a comment here or email me at marilynbrant AT gmail DOT com to let me know your preference.)
I'll mail out all the prizes to everyone within a week!
Also, today I have the great privilege of being a blogging guest of amazing author Hank Phillippi Ryan (her newest novel, Air Time, JUST came out this week, and she'll be visiting here soon, too!). She invited me to join her and her wonderful fellow mystery authors on Jungle Red Writers for the day and, being a long-time mystery fan, I couldn't be more thrilled. If you have a chance, please visit us there and share the name of one of your favorite mystery writers. I'm blogging today about a few of mine :).