Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Minute Gift Idea - Weaver's Ethiopia Natural Organic Coffee

Weaver's Ethiopia Natural Organic
Who doesn't like receiving coffee for the holidays?  And this isn't just any coffee.  It's Weaver's, which means it's hand-crafted, artisan coffee, roasted under the direction and none other than Master Roaster John Weaver himself for Wild Card Roasters in San Rafael.

Deep, dark and fruity-chocolatey.

You don't need to drive anywhere to get it or gift it, order online here!

**Weaver's beautiful new cafĂ© is now Open in  San Francisco at 2301 Market Street.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mama's Got A Brand New Mug

In keeping with my tradition of adding to my coffee collectibles each holiday season, this year, I selected a mug from the Starbucks "Dot" Collection.  Totally appropriate for someone named Dot, don't you think?

I couldn't decide which design I wanted from this fun new series, actually I wanted them all, but I picked this plaid ceramic number because it reminds me of my first lunch box which was metal and plaid and would be worth a fortune if I still had it.

Love the Siren logo in the middle.  Classic yet contemporary.

There were only two left at the store.  Yep, I bought them both.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Favorite Holiday Things (Continued) - 2012 Partridge on a Red Mug

As I continue to pull down and bring out my favorite holiday coffee collectibles, I have now started drinking from one of my favorite holiday mugs.  The Starbucks 2012 Partridge Mug.

There's no law that says I can't drink from it all year, but it just doesn't feel quite right.  Although, I'm considering a new tradition of drinking from holiday-ware in the month of July.  "Christmas in July," get it?

This is a very well-made mug, perfect size for a Saturday-sized cup of coffee, easy to hold and has strong, bright colors.

In fact, I bought three at the time.  One for each member of the household.  You may ask why not four (and I do prefer even numbers), but that just didn't seem right to me.  There has to be some things that are family traditions.  Like drinking from your red partridge mug during Christmas-time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meet "Mr. Starbucks Bearista 2005"

Starbucks Christmas Bearista 2005

What's In Your Christmas Coffee-Themed Collection?

Every year, around this time, because I'm always later than I plan to be with decorating, I pull out my coffee-themed Christmas decorations.

And, while this Starbucks 2005 Bear-ista isn't my oldest Christmas-Coffee Collectible, he's certainly one of my favorites.

That's why I take such good care of him all year.  He lives in the closet (don't worry, he's not afraid of the dark) where he hibernates for about 10 months out of the year.  

He's still a baby-bear to me.  Not quite ten years old. and he still has his tags!  No one is allowed to play with him - except for me.  We have a special bond and you may have guessed that he's an amazing listener.

I will be sharing more of my "collection" with you this season and I hope you won't mind.

I'm sure you can see why "Mr. Bearista" is so "bear-y" special to me!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Accidental Tourist - Community Coffee French Roast

Don't you hate it when you order something online and then you get it and it's not what you ordered?  

Well, that happened to me this week when I received my order from Community Coffee.  Except, I don't hate it.  I love it.  

I ordered one coffee and due to the "Black Friday" surge, I ended up with a different coffee.  Which is Il n'y a pas de quoi when you're ordering from Community Coffee because they provide excellent customer service and southern hospitality.

I wanted a single serve flavored coffee and wound up with a bag of whole bean French Roast.  When I called to tell them I received the wrong order, the nice lady told me that she'd get my order corrected and shipped pronto and to keep the bag of French Roast compliments of Community.

I'd forgotten just how much I love their French Roast.  Actually, it's almost as good as their chicory.  Okay, honestly, I think I like the French Roast better.

Smoky, dark, dark, dark, strong, robust and satisfying.  And, of course, I always prefer to grind my own beans.

Saturday morning just got even better.  Now, if I only had a beignet to "go with."

Friday, December 5, 2014

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf - My New Obsession

Okay, here's my "usual" morning routine.  

I wake up in the morning and brew/pour-over/press/k-cup my first cup of coffee for the day.  

Then, once I get to work in the city, if I don't drink the coffee that the office provides (which, by the way, is a very nice selection of top coffees, however, for whatever reason, they never taste very good when brewed in the one cup grind and brew, large, industrial sized, very expensive automatic coffee maker), I go downstairs to the major coffee chain that shall remain anonymous (but their home office is Seattle).  

Rewind to the last couple of weeks when I started getting my mid-morning fix at Coffee Bean.

I've always liked Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, but there aren't very many locations in my area.  I've been visiting my daughter a lot lately and her favorite coffee bar is Coffee Bean.  She let me in on a little "secret."  Apparently they have like amazing ICE.  I never get the cold drink offerings there so I can't say for a fact.

Getting to the point.  They offer like three varieties of coffee a day.  I opt for the dark roast.  

Anyway, I am so digging it.  It's a totally different vibe.  The baristas move at a slower pace, the counter is almost always crowded and there's hardly any room to pay, but somehow it works!

Not sure how long this obsession will last, but for now I'm enjoying the buzz.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Blend Coffee Countdown - What better place to start than with Weaver's?

Where did the year go?  It's already time for the 2014 Holiday blend coffee list.

First up, "Weaver's Holiday Blend."  

Like everything from Wild Card Roasters, Weaver's hits a home run with their 2014 roast.

The pride that goes into this hand-crafted artisan coffee is evident from the very moment you open the bag and take a whiff of the deep, earthy tones and notice the freshness of the bean.  Did I mention that I am obsessed with the "easy open" bag with  resealable tape that actually allows you to reseal it?

Perfect for a rainy Sunday morning like this.  This special offering won't last, so make sure you get a couple of bags for yourself and also the coffee lover on your holiday list.

100% Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified (TM).

Chocolate finish caps off this deep, dark taste.

16.95 for a one pound bag.