Thursday, April 12, 2018

What is this new "Signature Blend" at Starbucks? Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

I'm never one to complain about a really good cup of coffee.  But I do have one issue.

What is in the new "Signature Blend" being brewed at Starbucks cafes?

For the last three mornings, I've enjoyed the dark roast delight which is simply called "Signature Blend."

Google has led me to multiple blends from Starbucks which claim to be "Signature."

The best answer and perhaps the real story I got today from a barista in San Francisco who told me that "signature blend" is a combination of espresso and Pike Place.  If this is true, I may have cracked the code.

If it's not, I might have to employ the services of a private coffee investigator.

Lastly, where can I buy this stuff in whole bean bags?  I need it in my home life.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tweed Coffee Roasters, Austin

What's better than having a relative bring you a refrigerator magnet back from vacation?

Having them bring you a bag of Timepiece Coffee from Tweed Roasters in Austin, Texas.

OMG.  This coffee is so good.  Excellent, in fact.  

Timepiece is a blend of 60% Fazenda Primavera from Brazil; 20% Sidama Natural from Ethiopia and 20% Los Naranjos from Columbia.

I honestly feel like I've taken a trip around the world in one mug.

Don't live in Austin?  No problem.  They'll ship it to you.  

They had me at the beautiful classic packaging.

You can thank me later.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

I Spy with my little eye - Starbucks Kopelani Blend!

I was so excited when I saw the 2018 Kopelani Blend in my local Starbucks that I hastily snapped what is clearly not the best photo.  

But you get the picture.

One of my very favorites from Starbucks, which had only been available in the Starbucks inside Target for the last couple of years, has resurfaced for a limited time.

I grabbed mine!  I suggest you do the same.

Maholo, Starbucks!  You've made my day.

Starbucks® Kopelani Blend®

This tropically inspired blend includes 10% beans from Hawaii's Ka'u growing region. With rich flavors of caramel and a roasted sweetness, you'll feel the island experience in every cup. Available for a limited time. (From Starbucks website)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Starbucks Pantheon Coffee - A Wonderful Collective Blend

PANTHEON BLEND is an amazing coffee which infuses three Starbucks Reserve® coffees from their Seattle Roastery:  Nicaragua El SuyatalGuatemala Flor del Rosario and Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Farm. 

Similar in taste to other Starbucks blends but very different in that it is clearly from a small batch.  I am getting better at detecting coffees which are roasted in limited quantities as opposed to batch lots.

This was a Christmas gift and I've saved the last little bit of beans for a special day.  And today just feels like that day.

The only regret I have is that I don't live close to Seattle so that I can enjoy all of the special Reserved lot coffees.  Might be worth a trip.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Life is too short to drink bad coffee - When to complain to your barista

I love coffee.  I love good coffee.

I spend a great amount of money buying coffee.  I know.  I should learn to bring coffee from home.  But I don't always.  Okay, I almost never do.

So, today when I bought a tall drip coffee and returned to my desk for my second cup, I was quite disappointed with the bitter taste.

It's just coffee.  But it's also over 2 bucks.  And I can't afford to throw away money.  And life is too short to drink bad coffee.

I made the decision to return to the cafe and explain that the coffee was bitter.

The barista was profusely apologetic and admitted it had probably sat too long.  I have a feeling he knew that it had sat too long.  That's the downside of the cafes offering so many different blends.  They don't always get rotated properly.

All's well that ends well.  And all is even better when the coffee is good.

Friday, January 26, 2018

San Francisco's Coffee House Wars

The good news.  There's excellent gourmet coffee to be found everywhere in San Francisco.  Especially, in the Financial District.

The bad news.  It will take your dry cleaning money and much patience to actually enjoy a cup.

I decided to "treat myself" today since it's Friday.

I walk out of my building and literally look out to find great coffee on every corner.  Which one to choose? I settled upon the one that serves homemade waffles.  Good choice, right?

Not if you don't like crowds.  Luckily, I got in just before a throng of people (all under 30) descended upon the place.  Oh, and they don't accept cash.  Only cards.

More good news.  I got a hot cup of coffee and a hand-held delicious waffle in less than ten minutes.

Bad news.  It cost me nearly nine bucks.

Good news.  It's Friday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year from the Coffee "OG" (Original Grinder)

It's been a while since I posted here.  I had a few hiccups over the holidays which slowed my action.  But you can't keep a coffee drinker down (or so they say).

So, Happy New Year from the Coffee "OG."  (Original Grinder).

By the way, I enjoyed some exceptional holiday roasts in December (Fonte, Blue Bottle, Starbucks, Weavers and Peets) to name a few.  And I was intrigued by the number of new coffee drinkers there are on the horizon.

It seems that every coffee lover these days is trying to one-up each other with their coffee game. And there are tea-converts moving over the coffee side.

I only made one resolution when it comes to my coffee consumption this year and that is to try and readjust my palate to the lighter blends.  I think I've been a little closed-minded in this area.

But whether your coffee be poured, brewed, pressed or siphoned, may it always be good.


The Coffee OG