Ericka A.

I was on a solo vacation down in Key West and my hosts and I stopped here on our way to Big Pine Key for the flea market. We had really only intended to pick up some beverages for ourselves, but I ended up walking away with a Chai Tea Latte and two bags of their freshly ground coffee.

It all started with trying to find a “I feel kinda guilty for going away alone” present for my fiancé. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Key West’s tourist trap shops carry shirts in sizes up to XXXXXL, so I was considering picking up one of those. Over the phone I asked if he’d be interested and he said no. I tried to think of something else and came up with personalized paintings or a carved seashell. He said he wouldn’t really like those… Little did I know, he was actually trying to discourage me from spending more money because he was plotting to buy an Xbox One while I was away. But I digress.

After going through a lengthy list of all the things available to buy, he told me he didn’t need anything. I decided that instead of forcing a present, I would only bring him back something if it spoke to me and seemed to scream Dalibor. That’s where Baby’s Coffee comes in.

My fiancé loves coffee and this is the southernmost coffee producer in the Keys. My friend Andy Z. said they make some of his favorite and he gave me a few flavor suggestions. I went with Hemingway’s Hair of the Dog and the Conch Republic Coffee. They were bagged as whole bean but you can get it ground at the time of purchase. They put each one back into its bag and into separate airtight plastic bags to seal in the freshness and flavor. It managed to keep it contained but was still so strong that my entire suitcase smelled like roasted beans when I came back. I’m not complaining.

My man isn’t complaining either. It was the perfect gift! He enjoyed each flavor and was incredibly disappointed when he ran out. Luckily, Baby’s Coffee has a convenient online ordering system, so maybe I’ll buy him some more in the future… after we pay off the Xbox.