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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Starbucks Kopelani Blend - Mahalo!

What a wonderful way to start the week.

This limited offering from Starbucks has all the richness and flavor you'd expect from a blend of Ka'u, East African and Latin American beans.

Smoky and smooth.  It won't be around for long, so I'd suggest you pick up a couple of bags now.

Summer is coming to an end and so this Starbucks Kopelani blend.  

I only wish they offered this roast in a K-cup ®.

Sand not included.

14.95 for a one pound bag of beans.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Woke Up Like This. Weaver's Aged Mocha Java Coffee

Sip one.  Sip two.  Sip three.  

You had me at Sip One.  Totally feeling the morning with  Weaver's Aged Mocha Java Coffee.

This coffee is one of the many things that get better with time.  

So rich and smooth and pleasing to the palate.  Woodsy, wine-y and wonderful.  Weaver's.


Aged Mocha Java Coffee

Rare, exceptional aged coffees are stored at their tropical origin for anywhere between two to eight years. This gives them golden hues, flavors of fresh-cut cedar, and a smooth-low acidity. Surprising the palate, our Aged Java compliments the sweet berry and wine flavors of Northern Africa and Yemen. By using Aged Java beans, Weaver's adds a unique twist to the world's most famous coffee blend.  (from Weavers.com)