Monday, August 21, 2017

If you missed the solar eclipse, don't miss out on Starbucks' East Timor Tatamailau Coffee


I didn't actually see the eclipse from where I was, but I didn't miss out on Starbucks' East Timor Tatamailau Coffee.

And while this rare coffee might come around more often than an eclipse, it's still hard to get your hands on so don't miss it.

If you know me, you know that I love dark roast coffee.  This one has a hint of cocoa.  The packaging says "herbal notes," but I can't tell.  I'm drinking it too fast to notice.

To be honest, I would buy it based on the packaging alone.

Available for a limited time.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Teavana Perfect Tea Maker - Tea People Need Love Too


I know that I haven't shown as much love to tea drinkers on my blog.  So, after I heard the sad news this week that Starbucks is closing all of its Teavana stores, I thought it only appropriate that I dedicate this post to the tea lovers in the house.

I also thought it only appropriate that I replace the "Teavana Perfect Tea Maker" of my daughter's that I broke a couple of years ago.  I never really owned one of these but I sure enjoyed making tea in it.  Especially that spicy chai variety - the name escapes me.

And, oh how I love that German Rock Sugar that they sell in the Teavana stores.

Honestly, I'm going to miss all the free samples at the mall and chatting it up with the "tea experts" in the stores.

I was happy to hear that Starbucks will continue to carry Teavana tea products.  It seems like only a couple of years ago when I first got turned onto Teavana stores and now there will be no more.

At least I'll have the memories.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Travel Must Stop: Siphon Coffee, Houston, Texas




If you're a coffee lover, you must add Siphon Coffee in Houston to your list of "must try" coffee houses.

Siphon offers a cool coffee vibe, lots of seating, it's fun to watch the "siphoning coffee," and the service is a combination of "Hipster meets Southern Charm."

Summertime is hot so you might want to go for an iced version.  It's never too hot for me to drink coffee, so I opted for a hot cup.

I enjoyed it so much that I grabbed a bag of Houston's "Boomtown Coffee," to bring home.

All of the coffees they brew and sell are from Houston-area microroasters.

The third-wave has definitely made its way to Houston.


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)