Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fonté Coffee Espresso Reserve Blend



I'm not even going to pretend that Fonté coffee is anything less than exceptional.

I'm also not going to pretend to you that it's not on the expensive side.  It is.  No, it's not your $100 per pound variety, but it's not something that the Average Joe or Josie can enjoy all the time.

However, I do work hard and like to treat myself on special days.  Like Thursday.

This "signature" dark roast blend is one of my absolute favorites.

I keep thinking that if I stopped spending so much on coffee that maybe one day I could visit the Fonté Cafe in Seattle.

Until then, I'll indulge in moderation.

Order online at Fonté

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Little Soul for Your Morning Cup - Philtered Soul from Philz Coffee


Since it's probably not a good idea to add a shot of rum to your morning mug (especially before work) why not add a touch of soul.  Philtered Soul from Philz Coffee.

These hazelnut delight is just what I need to boost my morning routine.  This week, I've added one heaping scoop to my regular dark roast brew (pick your favorite) and the result is - well, it's just soulful.

If you don't want the full-on flavored coffee taste, this is the perfect modification.

Check it out for yourself.  I think you'll be "soulfully surprised."

Philtered Soul from Philz

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saying Goodbye to my Favorite Barista - My neighborhood Peet's is closing


Breaking up is hard to do.

Especially when you're on a first-name basis with your barista.  Especially when he knows exactly what you want before you even order.

And most especially when he's warm, engaging, smart, funny and always in a good mood.

The Peet's near my office is closing down after 20 years.  That's a very long time.  And while I've only gone to this shop for a little over 5 years - that's a huge measurement in terms of cups of coffee.

And even though it's Friday, I'm more than a little sad that I just went in for the very last time.

On the bright side, I could get off one train stop early, add another ten minutes to my walk and meet my guy at his new Peet's location.

Who am I kidding?  I can never get that far ahead in the mornings.  Even with coffee.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

East Africa Meets Central America in Fonte Coffee's Bin 16 Blend


I'm celebrating Friday eve with one of my "private reserve" coffees. 

This stuff is for days when I deserve a little something extra-special.  

One of my favorites from Fonte Coffee in Seattle.  Although, it's sort of hard to come up with a favorite when they are all so good.

Besides it's cold and wet and it's June.  Which can only mean one thing - time for great coffee.

Fonte Bin 16.

17.00 for a twelve ounce bag of beans (and worth it)


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Is it too late for another Cofveve Joke? Politics with your Coffee - Take the Coffee Cup Bipartisan Challenge


Do you take politics with your coffee?

I'm willing to bet without citing any statistics at all, that many a candidate has been made (or broken) over coffee.

Even my local police invite you to "Coffee with a Cop."

Even though we've heard enough cofveve jokes to last a lifetime, or at least another four years, don't tell me the first thing that didn't come to your mind when you heard the word "cofveve" wasn't - what a great name for a coffee."

Dollars to donuts someone will do it.  If they haven't already.

But I'd like to challenge you to put your partisan politics aside and invite someone to coffee who has a completely opposite point of view from your own.

I know.  It's hard.  Trust me.  I know.  Recently had an encounter with a building contractor which made me think.  Really hard.  I wasn't sure that we would ever agree on the current political climate.  In fact, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't.  However, one thing that I'm sure we could agree on is that we both love coffee.  Good coffee.

I know that coffee can't solve all the world's problems, but I bet you that if we took a 30 minute coffee break with that person we can never agree on anything with, we'd agree that coffee has no party.  It's just a great way to connect.

Something to "mug" about.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trying to get over the hump with a little help from Blue Bottle Hayes Valley Espresso Blend


I don't drink Blue Bottle coffee much.  I like it.  But it's so popular that it's really hard to get into the door, let alone make it up to the counter.

But, hey, it's Wednesday.  Who says you can only treat yourself on Thursday?

I stayed the course and stood stood.  Now I'm enjoying a nice cup of one of San Francisco's best-loved blends - Blue Bottle's Hayes Valley Espresso.

Because it's better to get over the hump than fall under it.  Coffee helps.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Café Bustelo K-Cups - French Press Taste with Keurig Convenience


I was in Miami a couple of months ago and got hooked on Café Bustelo K-Cups.

When I returned home, I couldn't stop thinking about the robust flavor of espresso from the tiny little single serve.  I thought, "Maybe it was because I was in Miami and the Cuban infusion is jading my impression."

So, I brewed a cup from Cross Country Café this morning.

It wasn't my imagination.  It's the coffee.  

Strong, rich espresso flavor at the touch of a button.

Find out for yourself.  Café Bustelo K-Cups are available in stores and online at Cross Country Café.