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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mobile Ordering is Ruining the Coffee Shop Experience - Starbucks, are you listening?

I did not understand why it took so long to get my order from the Starbucks at the bottom of my building.  

They always have plenty of baristas.  In fact, they almost appear to be running over each other.  I make an effort to go during "off-times" to avoid the early morning crowd, but it just seems to take an unusually long time to get my pastry or breakfast sandwich.

And then last week, I ran into two of my co-workers.  I was patiently (okay, losing patience) waiting for my order to be prepared and they walked right up and snatched their orders from the counter.  What was happening?  Did they have an "in" at Starbucks?

They did.  And it's called "mobile ordering."  And the long-term effects of this new "mobile ordering system" are ruining the coffee shop experience.  In my opinion.  

It happened again yesterday.  Saturday morning.  No long lines yet a 15 minute wait for a mocha.

I'm all for technology and changing times, but the mobile ordering is making a great day for those who are just too busy to bother with standing in line or detaching from their phones long enough to stand in line and take a chance on making a new friend or interacting with a barista.

No offense to the millennials (or Starbucks) but there's something very wrong with a system that leaves me with a good cup of coffee and a very bad attitude.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Café Bristol Coffee - Santa Francisca Romana Estate

When I received my bag of Café Bristol coffee, my initial reaction was "nice packaging."

When I opened it and poured out the beans, I thought, "they look a little dry."

So, I wasn't expecting much when I ground up the beans and brewed a pot.

With little to no enthusiasm, I poured myself a cup, added some raw sugar and non-fat milk, let it sit for about two minutes and took my first sip.

With a "biased" mind, I thought, "okay, it's coffee."

To my surprise, by the time I reached the bottom of the cup, I had to admit this is really good coffee.  It really is good.

Fast forward to the second day and I'm enjoying another cup.

The moral of the story:  Don't be fooled by looks.  It's what's inside that counts.

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*Cafe Bristol provided me with a free bag of coffee beans for the purposes of preparing this review.  Views expressed are my own.