Friday, November 17, 2017

Starbucks' 2017 Thanksgiving Blend Coffee - The Perfect Complement to Your Holiday Meal


2017.  It's a very good year for Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend.

Picked up a pound last week and plan to pick up another pound before Turkey Day.

A hearty blend of coffees from Guatemala Antigua and Sumatra.  Spicy, chocolate-y, herbal and delicious.

Get yours today before it's gone.

Limited Edition.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Spy with My Little Eye - A New Coffee Game in Town - Bluestone Lane Coffee San Francisco


Had to put on the brakes on my sneakers when I ran into this sign for Bluestone Lane Coffee.

I was at the end of my lunch hour, so I didn't get a chance to try it yet. 

However, what I could see from the doorway looked super cool.  And perhaps a tiny bit expensive.

But it's getting to be the holiday season and I need to treat myself.

Besides, avocado toast is my weakness.

More to come. . .

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Good Times with an Old Favorite - Catahoula Coffee Three Amigas Blend


I stopped drinking Catahoula Coffee a while back.  

There was no breakup or falling out, I just wanted to do something different.  Sometimes we think we need to do something different.

This weekend, I thought "I haven't had Catahoula in a really long time."  I drove to the shop and discovered the little "red roaster" was no longer there.  There was this spacious seating and people on laptops and even those with newspapers.  Yes, newspapers.

And there was so much coffee on the counter.  Bags and bags.  And immediately I saw all the names of old friends that I hadn't thought about in a very long time.  Lola, Butkus and some names I didn't recognize.

My first question to the barista was, "what happened to the roaster?"  He informed me that they roast next-door to give customers more room to spread out and enjoy all the wonderful coffees and pastries and treats.

My hand instinctively grabbed a bag of "Three Amigas" and I realized, "Make new friends but keep the old."

So happy to be reconnected with Catahoula.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Starbucks Holiday Cups are Here! You fill in the blanks


Every year, I say the same thing but honestly is it already holiday time?

When I ordered my coffee this morning, I was not expecting the new Starbucks holiday cups.  However, they are super cute.

This year you "color your own."  Nice way to show your creativity and release a little stress at the same time.

You know what this means?  The holiday coffee blends can't be far behind.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What I'm Brewing: Dunkin' Donuts Coffee at Home


Confession.  

Yours truly ran out of the "good stuff."  It's true.  

The only "microroasted coffee" I had in the house was flavored.

So, I did what people have done for decades.  I picked up a bag of Dunkin' Donuts Dark Roast coffee at my local CVS.

Guess what?  It's delicious.  For the last three days, I've brewed a pot and my family didn't even notice that they were drinking good honest coffee for a super reasonable price.  It was on sale for 5.99 for the bag.

The morale of the story - it's not the price - but the product.

It's all good.

Highly recommended.

Dunkin' Donuts Dark Roast.  Delightful.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Starbucks Closes Shop Online - Starbucks (not) dot com

In an odd twist of the times, Starbucks has shuttered its online store.

I heard about it last week when I was out of town.  I can't remember if I was notified by email or read it on twitter.  Whatever, it was a surprising move.

To be honest, I've only recently began to accept the millenial way of life (meaning, never ever go into a brick and mortar store lest you are a dinosaur) and had recently begun spending a lot more online.

What makes it even more disappointing is that many of the items that were offered online are not offered in stores.

I'm hoping this means that Starbucks will return to days of old when you could find everything you ever wanted and more in the store - especially during holiday time.  There were years when I bought half my gifts from Starbucks.  

Just when you get used to a new concept, they turn around and change it up on you.

Good thing I drink a lot of coffee.  It helps to keep your eyes open.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Supreme Coffee at a Great Price - Cafe Bustelo


I was just surfing the web yesterday trying to decide which micro-roasted coffee to try next.

As it would happen, I became distracted and moved onto a bunch of other things before I had a chance to make a purchase.

While shopping for detergent in CVS, I stumbled into the coffee aisle (always looking for new coffee products) and the Cafe Bustelo Espresso Ground "yellow brick" caught my eye.  It was $5.99 for the 8 ounce brick and so I thought, "Well, you love their K-cups, why not try this?"

It was a great Sunday morning when I brewed up a pot of what turned out to be some of the best grocery store coffee I've ever had.

Good coffee doesn't always come in cafes, sometimes it's in your neighborhood supermarket.