Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"CoffeeCon is a one-day consumer coffee festival. Taste the world’s different coffee, locally roasted every conceivable way, brew using many different methods. Meet other coffee enthusiasts in the world’s largest coffee meet-up. Expert presenters share secrets to expand your taste buds and coffee consciousness. Classes and hands-on labs empower and expand your own coffee brewing at home. Ticket automatically enrolls you in three prize giveaways, where top brewers, beans and accessories are awarded onsite." (Presented by Kevin Sinnott)
Terra Gallery Event Venue
511 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Julie's Blend from Philz|
Sometimes I don't think it takes a lot of words or an erudite statement to describe coffee. And lest, I just ramble, suffice it to say that "Julie's Blend" from Philz Coffee is very good coffee.
Those were my exact words when I tried the first cup. To be honest, I picked up this particular blend because Philz was so very crowded when I went in last weekend that I didn't want to wait in line.
It seems that "Julie's" was the featured blend and there were several bags of beans at the counter. So, I bought a one pound bag for twelve bucks. Which is a good price for a nice dark roast coffee.
I think my goal before the year is up is to try every blend that Philz makes. If I don't make the mark, at least I'll have fun trying.
"Julie's" from Philz Coffee
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Saturday, July 12, 2014
|Peet's Ethiopia Queen City|
Some weeks are better than others - coffee wise.
This week has been an especially good one. Not my best, but certainly worth talking about.
For the last few mornings, I've enjoyed the 2014 Roast of Peet's Ethiopia Queen City.
Dark, delicious, fruity. Definitely on the 'strong-side.' For this one, if you take it with cream and sugar (yes, please), you might as well splurge and use real cream. What's a few extra calories going to hurt when you're sipping like royalty?
After all, it's "Queen City."
This coffee hails from the Harrar region of Ethiopia and is available while the supply lasts. Named for its origin, Dire Dawa (deer-a-da-wa) is the “Queen City”and market hub of Harar. (From Peets.com)
* "Queen for a Day" was a popular American Game Show which ran from 1956 to 1964.
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Friday, July 4, 2014
If I were a Peaberry, what would I be?
There are so many good Peaberry coffees. These little round-beaned coffees are among my favorites.
And the newest to hit the Starbucks Reserve(R) shelf is the Malawi Peaberry from Sable Farms.
While it boasts of "lime zest and a spicy citrus complexity," I don't find it to be complicated at all. I find it to be singularly delightful. Roasted evenly, smooth tasting and calmingly aromatic.
The taste is so even, I don't need cream or sugar, although, that's my preferred method of drinking.
At 12.95 for an eight ounce bag of beans, it's on the 'expensive' side, but actually almost a bargain for rare coffees.
Starbucks takes these Reserve (R) coffees seriously, so they don't roast much and they won't be around long. Don't tarry - order yours today. When it's over, it's over.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
How do you feel when you get to the bottom of the bag of one of your favorite coffee bean offerings?
Well, the way I see it, there's two ways to look at it. You could say, "Darn, this coffee is so good and I'm almost out." Or, you could say, "This coffee was so good, but I can't wait to see what new coffees are out there right now to try."
I'm opting for "Door Number Two," because for every good coffee you've had, there are two new ones that you don't even know about.
The change of seasons always brings out a new crop and I've gotten several emails this week alone about new roasts.
And while Catahoula is always one of my favorites, and "Mokka Java," takes me back to many fond memories and places, I know that there are many other artisan coffees (and some grocery store brands) looking for a good home.
Change is nice, right?
So, don't think of the bag as being almost gone - think of the new coffee adventures that await.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
I've talked here before about how disappointing it can be when your coffee shop "loses it."
Sometimes they get it back. And then other times, it's like a rotten apple. The unhappy barista's attitude spills over to her co-workers and what you have left is a place that serves the same blend every day, doesn't bother to stock the case, treats you like you're in a cattle call and ruins the entire coffee experience.
For it is an experience. It's more than just walking up to the counter to order a cup of coffee. If that were the case we could just sit at our desks and drink the "office swill" every day.
I've been very reluctant to report my feelings to "big brother" because nobody wants to be a "coffee narc." And, on the other hand, I feel that a big part of my daily coffee experience is being lost because I'm not able to take advantage of the perks (pun intended) of having a major coffee chain in my office building.
Therefore, I trudge across the street, three blocks away, taking a chance on "over-staying" my break to go to a place where the people still have a passion for making and serving good coffee to honest hard working people.
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Monday, June 16, 2014
|"Alta de Dota"|
I can't think of a better way to start the week than with a hot cup of Peet's Alta De Dota Costa Rican Coffee.
Full-bodied and balanced with a bold delivery that says "We're Peet's and we take our coffee seriously."
The last roast is coming up this week (June 18th), so you won't want to wait. Order yours today.
Forewarned is forearmed.
Peet's Alta De Dota
15.95 per pound.
In Peet's own words:
We celebrate the return of our exceptional Alta de Dota Costa Rican coffee, from an innovative co-op that has been a partner of Peet’s for many, many years.
Grown with care and regard for the land and for the people, Alta de Dota has special meaning to us here at Peet’s. The name Alta de Dota was chosen purposefully—referring to both the high elevation at which this coffee is grown (between 5,000 and 6,000 feet) and the high quality of the coffee. The Costa Rican town of Santa Maria de Dota is perched at the alpine extremity of the famed Tarrazú coffee appellation, the last of a string of towns known for coffee and named for saints. This town is also known for its pioneering cooperative, the world-renowned Coope Dota.
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