Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Can See Clearly Now! Summer Sunrise Blend (™) from Green Mountain Coffee

Summer's here.  And to celebrate Green Mountain is offering its Limited Edited Summer Sunrise coffee.  

This is a medium-roast coffee with a "bright" flavor that gently wakes up your taste buds.  Not overpowering but definitely  not weak.  I'd say it's "just right" for a bright Sunshiny Sunday morning.  

Make it easy on yourself.   Keurig(™) can help.  Available at Cross Country Cafe.  $14.25 for 24 pods.

*"I Can See Clearly Now" - written and performed by Johnny Nash in 1972.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Eight-O-Clock Columbian Peaks K-Cups(™)

The past few nights have been full of evening chores.  Those are the times when you don't want to brew a full pot of coffee.  Just enough for yourself.  That's when the Keurig(™) comes in so handy.

What's even better than having the single-serve brewer on hand when you only want enough coffee for yourself is having a single-serve coffee that really tastes good.

Enter the Eight-O-Clock - you heard right - Eight-O-Clock Columbian Peaks.

This medium roast is so good that I've started popping in a pod in the mornings too.  Just to get me started before I move up to the "big guns."

Get yours without leaving home at Cross Country Cafe.  1-888-774-6939

13.75 for a box of 24 K-Cups®.  A great coffee at a great price.

Wake up and smell the Columbian Peaks.  You can almost smell it here!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Perkd Up! Coffee Wars Brewing in the San Francisco FIDI

It's on and perking!  

There is a battle brewing in the Financial District in San Francisco and I couldn't be happier.

There are more than enough folks in search of caffeine to fill the cups and line the pockets of all the roasters in town.

As if we weren't lucky enough to have a Philz coffee truck right at the corner of Pine and Sansome, within a two block radius, up pops a brand new beautiful Blue Bottle Coffee store AND a neatly hidden treasure of a "Coffee Culture."  

Go just a couple blocks over and lining Montgomery Street, you've got Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, The Coffee Bar, Peet's and no less than two Starbucks stores.

Wake up and smell the coffee, San Francisco. Your morning commute just got better!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Around the "Whirl" to Vienna With Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf K-Cups

Viennese K-Cups(™) from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

My latest K-Cup(™) adventure has taken me to Vienna.  Vienna in the form of a single serve from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  A while back, I reviewed the Coffee Bean's Whole Bean Vienna and loved it.

So, when I walked into the coffee shop and spotted the Viennese K-Cups(™) and realized I was out, I had to try it.

Same delicious bold roast with hints of chocolate.  Perfect for those mornings and night when you only want one cup.

$11.95 for a sixteen pack box and I got a free cup of coffee with my purchase!  #winning

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Little Coffee Maker That Could - Capresso's New 5-Cup "Mini Drip"

The only thing that's small about Capresso's New 5-Cup "Mini Drip" automatic coffee maker is the size.  

Its function, reliability and ability to deliver a great cup of coffee is just like the "big guys."

It's been years since I've had a mini coffee maker.  Mainly because I was waiting for Capresso to come up with one.  It's no secret that I'm a little biased when it comes to Capresso.  There's a good reason.  Years ago, one of my former co-workers who also had an appreciation and respect for good coffee told me Capresso makes great machines.  The lady knew what she was talking about.

To be honest, I didn't expect much from this little guy.  It's so lightweight and takes up so little counterspace, I was skeptical to think it could deliver the same great coffee as its "Big Sisters."  And it's super stylish.

I was wrong.  The hardest part for me was to "tweak" the coffee measurements to make the perfect cup to suit my taste.

Ideal for smaller households and also would work very well in your office.  You can't always rely on the "office coffee."

Retail price:  39.99

Available online at Capresso and also at major retailers like Crate and Barrel.

* Two Hour Warming Plate
*  Two Hour Safety Shut-Off
*  Coated non-stick warming plate
*  Brews 25 ounces of coffee

(Jura Capresso provided me with a free 5-cup mini-drip coffee maker for the purposes of preparing this review which in no way influenced my opinion or hampered my enjoyment)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Perfect Blend, The Right Amount of Water, How Does Your Coffee Grow? There's an APP for that! #SmartCoffee App

No one could ever accuse Thanksgiving Coffee of not caring about what ends up in your cup.  

77 year old Paul Katzeff (the self-proclaimed grandfather of specialty coffee roasting in America) has taken his knowledge to the next step.  And he's keeping up with the times, technology times that is, with the creation of the "Smart Coffee" app.  

I must admit it took me a while to get around to testing the app.  I mean, there are so many apps these days, I thought, "Do we really need an app for that?"  And we really do!

I could play with this thing for hours.  There's a wealth of information on varieties of coffees, regions, blends, roasts and there's a feature that allows you to create the "perfect roast" to suit your coffee taste.  And you can order it - straight from the app!!

It's sort of like putting everything in the computer (well, it is putting everything in the app) and then coming up with the blend that's right for you.

As for me, I'm a "Beaujolais Blend" myself.

The app is free.  You should really download it and check it out.  You'll be pleasantly surprised.  It really works!
Here’s a video describing the SmartCoffee app:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mama's Got A "Brand New" Papua New Guinea and Its From Weaver's!

From the time I was in elementary school, I loved to say "Papua New Guinea."  Not sure why.  Just like the way it sounds.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I'm at one of the "mega-chain" coffee shops (which shall remain nameless) and they just happen to be serving their version of Papua New Guinea.  Now, don't get me wrong, it was very good coffee.  Better than average. 

That got me to thinking, "I wonder what it would be like to do a comparison of Papua New Guinea coffees?"  And, if you're going to start a comparison why not start with a roaster who has never let you down. That would be Weaver's (John Weaver).

I log onto the website and order myself a one pound bag of beans.  Within two days, I'm enjoying freshly roasted coffee with a flavor so good it makes me want to scream!

But here's the best part - it's 14.95 for a one pound bag.  Which is half of what it cost for "the other Papua New Guinea."


"Occupying the eastern half of the island known as New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea is one of the least explored regions in the world.
Nurtured on the steep slopes of the Waghi Valley, this full-bodied coffee has a sweet, delicate texture. Savor subtle wine overtones and complex, date-like fruit flavors ending with a long, syrup finish. Discover this little-known, yet exquisite 1-Origin coffee."  (