Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Holiday Coffee Blend Parade Starts Now - First up, Fonté Holiday Blend benefitting the Pike Market School


"Good things come in small packages."  Such is the motto of Fonté Coffee when referring to its Annual Holiday Blend which benefits the Pike Market Childcare and Pre-School in Seattle.  

Brasilian, Aged Sumatra and Tanzania comprise this delicious blend of peaberry beans.

Fonté is proud to present its 24th year of giving back.  Because isn't that what the season is all about?

$20 for a 12 ounce bag of beans in a "designer" label.  

They don't just make great coffee, they're really great people.

Serving the community since 1982, Pike Market Child Care & Preschool extends high quality services for over 100 families annually, providing financial assistance for over 70 percent of enrolled families, of which half earn incomes at or below the poverty level. The school raises over $250,000 in support of these programs each year. It’s now our pleasure to offer our 24th version of Holiday Blend, donating all proceeds from its sale to support the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool’s nutrition program.  (From Fonté Coffee's website)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy National Espresso Day! Where's the rest of my coffee?!!


I don't normally drink espresso.  Only when I want to feel "fancy" or impress guests after dinner.

But today is "National Espresso Day" so I figured instead of ordering my usual "tall drip," I should have an Espresso with foam.

Well, imagine my surprise when the barista handed me this tiny little cup with barely enough "juice" to see underneath the white top.  "Three bucks for this?  Where's the rest of my cup of coffee??!"

Twenty minutes later, heart pumping madly and eyes wide open - I think I get the point of espresso.

It's not for wimps.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Post Election Gratitude - Thankful for Starbucks' Thanksgiving Blend


Honestly, you have to find the bright side to everything.  

And with that said, I'm grateful for Starbucks and their seasonal Thanksgiving Blend coffee which has helped me get through the past couple of days after sleepless nights.

There's tension in the air, unrest in the streets and a general sense of uneasiness about what lies ahead.

It's the little things that sometimes make the difference.  And you have to take your happiness wherever you can - even in a cup of coffee.

I don't know what lies ahead, but if we're lucky, 'this too shall pass.'

Mugs up!!

Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend

Dark-roast, full bodied, spicy and delicious.

Monday, October 31, 2016

No, Tricks - Only Treats with Weaver's Peaberry Reserve Coffee


I love surprises.  Like when I walk into Weaver's Coffee in San Rafael expecting to pick up a pound of one of John Weaver's incomparable blends and discover something especially rare, like the White Label Peaberry Reserve.

From the shape of the bean to the roast to the grinder to the brew, it doesn't get any better than this.

As with all things rare, this won't last long.  I'd encourage you to stop by Weaver's in San Rafael and treat yourself before it's too late.

And if you're not in Northern California, no worries, you can order online at WeaversCoffee.com

"Peaberry is a rare form of coffee where the fruit yields only a single, oval-shaped seed. Because of their unique shape, these beans require both special handling and roasting.
Made using 100% Peaberry from Tanzania blended with a rare, aged Sumatra Peaberry.
This exotic reserve coffee has flavors of dark liquor, spice and syrup with a complex finish."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Simple Sunday Morning at the "Keurig Donut Shop" - "K-Cup of the Day!"



When you purchase a new Keurig brewer, it usually includes an assortment of K-Cups.

And normally, one of the original Donut Shop K-Cups  comes with the new machine.

There was a sale on K-Cups at my local Safeway a couple of weeks ago and I picked up a box of the "Original Donut Shop."  I hadn't had this blend in a very long time.

I've been meaning to tell you how much I like them, but I've been so busy that I almost forgot.

That is, until this quiet Sunday morning when I was lucky enough to nab one of the last two remaining K-Cups in the box.

I think it's safe to say I'm not the only one in my house who thinks "Donut Shop" is pretty darn good.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stainless versus Glass Carafe and why I'm loving my new Capresso MG900 Automatic Coffee Maker


It's taken me a while to write this review because I wanted to be absolutely certain I was comparing the glass carafe with the stainless carafe with an open mind, or in this case an open cup.

The verdict is in.  

I have used a Capresso machine for close to a decade now, and,  I can without hesitation say that the glass carafe provides a better tasting cup of coffee than the stainless carafe.

I brew a lot of coffee.  I drink a lot of coffee.  I serve a lot of coffee. And for those reasons, I thought that the stainless carafe was better suited for my needs.

I was wrong.

In an independent study conducted by my family and I, we conclude that the glass carafe delivers the purest taste.  Now, there is one drawback for people like myself who often prepare coffee when not fully awake - you must be careful not to break the glass pot.

This new Capresso MG900 is not only beautiful on the counter, it's quick like a bunny and has all the bells and whistles I need.

And at an average suggested retail price of $99.00, it offers a lot of coffee bang for the buck.

Holidays are almost here.  If you're thinking of buying a new automatic drip maker for yourself or a friend, I suggest you seriously consider the Capresso MG900.

Learn more at Capresso.

*FULL DISCLOSURE:  Jura Capresso provided me with a free Capresso MG900 for the purposes of preparing this review.

Fully featured and visually stunning the MG900 10-Cup Rapid Brew Coffee Maker features a stainless steel heating system, ensuring coffee brews at the perfect temperature and water never comes in contact with aluminum.  (From Capresso.com)



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is the Pumpkin Spice Latte an Acquired Taste? Asking for a friend



Would it be terrible if I confessed that I'm not really a fan of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte?

I mean, I don't actually dislike it or anything.  I just don't wait for it to arrive, drink it every day, savor it, worship it.

Which seems to make me in the minority.  Everywhere I go, I see "PSL" or "PSL is back!" or hear people ordering it like every other drink order in Starbucks.

I actually like my pumpkin in pie or muffins or bread or cookies.  Not so much in my coffee.

Maybe I need to challenge myself to the PSL.  And pledge to drink one a week until I learn to love it or the season is over.

Did I say I was asking for a friend?

Feels like Fall.