Friday, March 24, 2017

If Starbucks can get their spring wardrobe together, maybe there's hope for me

Funny how something as small as the color of a coffee cup can make you want to update your personal wardrobe.

That's what happened to me when the Starbucks barista handed me this minty green cup with my tall roast coffee today.

I thought, "Wow, change is good.  So why am I still wearing all black?"

So, if the sun peeks through the rain and clouds this weekend, I promised myself I would go out and purchase one item of bright colored clothing.

If a new pastel blouse can pick me up like a pastel paper cup, maybe my attitude will "perk" up.

Get it?  Perk up.

Cheers to the weekend.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Starbucks Single Origin Sun-Dried Ethiopian Coffee

I can truthfully say that I would not have made it through the first week of "Daylight Savings Time" without this coffee.

The bold aroma gets me up and the rich, deep taste keeps me going.

This has been a two cup a day effort on my part.

Happy to say I've made it to Friday.  Couldn't have done it without Starbucks Single Origin Sun-Dried Ethiopia Sidamo.

Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I'm A Little Teapot. . .Really, I'm a little teapot! Capresso Mini-Kettle

Whistle while you work.  Sort of.

This new Electric Mini-Kettle from Capresso is perfect for home and work.  

Small office?  No problem.  

No office?  No problem.  

This little guy gets in where it fits in.  Literally.

Works just like the big guys but takes up a fraction of the space while delivering hot water at the speed of sound.

It's tea-time from Capresso!

Features and Benefits

  • 16-oz capacity is perfect for small kitchens, offices, and travel
  • Eliminates water waste by boiling only what you need
  • Micro filter spout traps any particles before they reach the cup ensuring the purest serving
  • Illuminated indicator light shows when kettle is heating
  • Water level window with ounce markings for easy filling
  • Cool-touch handle and drip free pouring design
  • Heat-resistant base sits safely on any surface
  • Concealed low-noise heating element
  • Dry boil protection
  • Safety auto shut-off and thermal cut-off
  • Cord clip makes it easy to wrap and store the cord when not in use or traveling

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I'm not giving up coffee for Lent

I'm not giving up coffee for Lent.  Aside from the fact, that I don't want to set myself up for failure, I don't really think that's what the Season is all about.

And after hearing today's sermon at Mass, I might be onto something.

Don't get me wrong.  Reflection and prayer is a good thing in my book.  

However, I think it's more important to try to challenge ourselves to look inward for the next 40 days to see how we might be better people in word and deed.

I will try to gossip less - I said "try," - and I will try to avoid conflict and strife.

And for someone who's pretty much always hyped on coffee, those can be difficult tasks.

One more thing - I'm going to try to make time to have coffee with an old friend.

It's not about what you give up.  More about what and who you let in.

Peace and Blessings.

Happy Lent!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Coffee is my love language - Currently speaking "Fonté Amore

Is it fair for me to tell you about an amazing blend of coffee if it's no longer available?

I was so busy basking in the glory of my Valentine's Day gift to myself, that I forgot to share it with you, my closest friends.

It's Fonté Amore Blend.  Specially roasted for St. Valentine's Day by Seattle's Fonté Coffee.

Dark, delicious, smooth, rich - just the way I like it.

My bag is now empty but Fonté is full of other great blends of coffee.  You're sure to find one that suits you perfectly.

If you're not near their café in Seattle, don't worry, you can order online at

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Peet's Coffee Power Couple for a Rainy Day - Oatmeal and an Americano

It's raining today and I wanted to do something different for breakfast.

So, instead of going downstairs to the other major coffee chain, which would have been the easiest, I decided to walk a little further and venture out into the elements for something that would make my trip worthwhile.

A creamy cup of Peet's Simply Oatmeal (with the dried blueberries that I love so much) and instead of opting for my normal "tall drip," I made it an Americano.

On days like today, you have to force yourself to smile.  And what puts a smile on your face faster than hot oatmeal on a cold day and a steaming cup of strong (but not too strong) coffee?

Rainy days don't have to get you down.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Another Favorite Time of the Year that comes After the Most Favorite Time of Year - Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo

I can't lie.  I have many favorite coffees.

But one of the my very favorites that I wait for in anticipation is the Starbucks Guatemala Casa Cielo* which arrives between Christmas and Valentine's Day.

I wanted to "stage" the bag and show you how I'm brewing it these days (K-Cups, French Press, Chemex and Automatic Drip), but I figure that you already know how to do all those things.

And if a picture is worth a thousand words, Casi Cielo is worth a thousand sips.

So, here's to a Starbucks Original - and "Tasty Tuesday."

*Limited Offering