Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Simple Sunday Morning at the "Keurig Donut Shop" - "K-Cup of the Day!"

When you purchase a new Keurig brewer, it usually includes an assortment of K-Cups.

And normally, one of the original Donut Shop K-Cups  comes with the new machine.

There was a sale on K-Cups at my local Safeway a couple of weeks ago and I picked up a box of the "Original Donut Shop."  I hadn't had this blend in a very long time.

I've been meaning to tell you how much I like them, but I've been so busy that I almost forgot.

That is, until this quiet Sunday morning when I was lucky enough to nab one of the last two remaining K-Cups in the box.

I think it's safe to say I'm not the only one in my house who thinks "Donut Shop" is pretty darn good.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stainless versus Glass Carafe and why I'm loving my new Capresso MG900 Automatic Coffee Maker

It's taken me a while to write this review because I wanted to be absolutely certain I was comparing the glass carafe with the stainless carafe with an open mind, or in this case an open cup.

The verdict is in.  

I have used a Capresso machine for close to a decade now, and,  I can without hesitation say that the glass carafe provides a better tasting cup of coffee than the stainless carafe.

I brew a lot of coffee.  I drink a lot of coffee.  I serve a lot of coffee. And for those reasons, I thought that the stainless carafe was better suited for my needs.

I was wrong.

In an independent study conducted by my family and I, we conclude that the glass carafe delivers the purest taste.  Now, there is one drawback for people like myself who often prepare coffee when not fully awake - you must be careful not to break the glass pot.

This new Capresso MG900 is not only beautiful on the counter, it's quick like a bunny and has all the bells and whistles I need.

And at an average suggested retail price of $99.00, it offers a lot of coffee bang for the buck.

Holidays are almost here.  If you're thinking of buying a new automatic drip maker for yourself or a friend, I suggest you seriously consider the Capresso MG900.

Learn more at Capresso.

*FULL DISCLOSURE:  Jura Capresso provided me with a free Capresso MG900 for the purposes of preparing this review.

Fully featured and visually stunning the MG900 10-Cup Rapid Brew Coffee Maker features a stainless steel heating system, ensuring coffee brews at the perfect temperature and water never comes in contact with aluminum.  (From

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is the Pumpkin Spice Latte an Acquired Taste? Asking for a friend

Would it be terrible if I confessed that I'm not really a fan of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte?

I mean, I don't actually dislike it or anything.  I just don't wait for it to arrive, drink it every day, savor it, worship it.

Which seems to make me in the minority.  Everywhere I go, I see "PSL" or "PSL is back!" or hear people ordering it like every other drink order in Starbucks.

I actually like my pumpkin in pie or muffins or bread or cookies.  Not so much in my coffee.

Maybe I need to challenge myself to the PSL.  And pledge to drink one a week until I learn to love it or the season is over.

Did I say I was asking for a friend?

Feels like Fall.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bantam Bagels - Best Invention since the Donut Hole! From Shark Tank to Starbucks

Bantam Bagels first appeared on one of my FAVORITE television shows, "Shark Tank."

Somehow, I missed that episode.  However, lucky for me, I didn't miss out on Bantam Bagels.

First tried them a week ago and they keep me coming back for more.

All the cream cheese goodness is stuffed on the inside.  How neat is that?  I've tried the "everything" - stuffed with veggie cream cheese and the "classic," stuffed with regular cream cheese.  Deliciously filling.

Now, I'm a donut gal and I think donut holes are pretty nifty, but I have to say, these Bantam Bagels are creeping up on the competition.

Check out this great article in Fortune Magazine, here!

(Bantam Bagels are also available online)

Friday, September 2, 2016

I Woke Up Like This - Peet's Gaia Organic Blend

I woke up like this.  Literally.

This was a rough morning.  And while I had my usual cup of home brew, I still wasn't quite awake.

Even the train ride into work didn't wake me.  After a crowded, hot and stuffy commute, I was still groggy.

Peet's Coffee to the rescue.

Stumbled into the coffee shop not sure what I expected to find.  What I didn't expect was this Gaia Organic Blend freshly brewed!

Fruity, chocolately and certified organic.

Yes, I can.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Are You Here for the Coffee or the Culture?

Sometimes we just have to stop in our tracks and think about what we're doing.

 I often have the impulse to just patronize a coffee shop because I want to be cool.

That almost happened to me this morning.  And then I realized, "I don't love their coffee.  I like it.  And, it's over a dollar more than the one three doors down.  So why am I here?

And the answer was that I was there because I thought that was where I was supposed to be.  And it's Friday.  I wanted to treat myself.

So, I settled on the shop two doors down where I got a coffee and a scone for the price of a cup at the "cooler" place.

I'm sure I'll stop into the cool place next week.  However, today, I'm proud of myself for not caving into the pressure to be accepted and find happiness in just being caffeinated.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings on Coffee

I watched one of those "Rossen Reports" by Jeff Rossen on The Today Show this morning on cheap versus expensive coffee.

And while the "taste test" showed the majority of blind testers preferred the "cheap deli coffee" to the expensive gourmet stuff, there are more than a few variables that one must consider.  I don't know about the delis where you live, but deli coffee can vary in price.

I've always said that it's not price which determines good coffee.  However, there are plenty of factors that go into price that will enhance or take away from your drinking enjoyment.

For one thing, it starts with the bean.  Which leads us to "fair trade," and that whole big discussion.

There's also "brewing method" which has a lot to do with the end result.  More about that soon when I unveil my new coffeemaker.

Not to mention freshness and storage of coffee.

Water.  Filtered versus non-filtered.

Holding times.  A freshly brewed pot versus one that's been on the burner for hours.

I am not trying to invalidate the conclusions of the Today Show's "study," but want to emphasize that you can't judge a cup by its price.  There are a lot of variables involved.

And lastly, let's face it there are people who drink coffee and there are people like us, who LOVE coffee.

Bottoms up.