Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fall, Football and Equator's Costa Rica La Bisunga

It's easy to get stuck in a rut.  And that includes when it comes to coffee.

So, today I'm preparing for fall by trying a new roast for the new season ahead.

Last year, I made a concerted effort to watch more football.  Okay, truthfully speaking, that's the only thing that is on the TV in this house on Sunday afternoons.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

Right now, I'm enjoying a cup of Equator's Costa Rica La Bisunga which was roasted only four days ago.  That's as fresh as it gets!

The profile for this coffee reads:  "Intense fruit flavors, rich notes of Port wine, framboise, figs and milk chocolate."

My palate detects the chocolate, for sure, and the fruit comes through also.  And did I mention "smooth?"  

However, I don't taste the Port wine, framboise (that's French for raspberry) and figs just yet.

You know what that means, don't you?

Time for my second cup.

Cost:  Around 15.00 dollars for a 12 ounce bag.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

There's An App for That! 7-Eleven Celebrates 50 Years of Good Coffee With Coffee for Just 50 Cents A Cup


50 Cents for a Cup of Coffee?  Unbelievable!!!

"7-Eleven was the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, forever changing the way we experience coffee today: convenient, portable and always ready to go. The world’s largest convenience store retailer is celebrating 50 years of coffee to-go by offering guests 50-cent small-size coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14 at participating stores.

7-Eleven stores also kick off their new coffee loyalty program with the “Every 7th Cup Free” coffee-rewards program through the 7-Eleven mobile app. To participate, guests must download the app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play and register. Texting “BREW” to 711711 will also send a link to download. 

The mobile wallet section of the app houses member’s personal bar code and digital coffee punch card. Every time a customer purchases any size cup of coffee, the cashier will scan the member’s bar code in the app, which will automatically punch the digital rewards card. After receiving six punches, a coupon for a free medium coffee will appear in the mobile wallet and the process starts over once the free coffee coupon is redeemed."  (From 7-Eleven)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Three Amigas from Catahoula Coffee Company Equals One Happy Coffee Drinker

Catahoula Coffee Roasters
Nothing kicks off the start of a three day weekend better than a great cup of coffee.

This is an old favorite.  "The Three Amigas" from Catahoula Coffee.  I had forgotten just how much I like this stuff.

"Three Roasts In One."  This Central coffee is roasted at three different levels to bring you one fabulous blend.

Just one of many great roasts from roastmaster, Timothy Manhart, (aka "Timber").

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Ice, Ice Baby!" - Capresso Iced Tea Maker

Who says summer has to end?  With Capresso's Iced Tea Maker you can create perfectly brewed iced tea year round.

Works just like an automatic coffee maker with a carafe designed to allow you to "brew over ice."

There are so many different teas out there that are just as good iced as they are warm.  Imagine the possibilities.

Easy to use, sleek design, very pleasant results.

*Tip - drop cut fresh fruit in carafe before brewing - paradise!!

Features and Benefits
  • 80 oz. (2.5 qt.) glass pitcher with removable lid and an easy pour spout
  • Flavor enhancer adjusts brew strength from mild to strong taste
  • Removable permanent filter for loose tea or tea bags
  • Dishwasher safe glass pitcher, permanent filter and removable filter basket
  • Removable water tank for easy filling and cleaning
  • Automatic shut off
  • Fresh or frozen fruit can be added to the pitcher for delicious gourmet beverages
  • The pitcher comes with a handy lid for easy storage directly in the refrigerator
  • Can also be used to prepare iced coffee
  • Full-color recipe booklet with 18 refreshing iced tea recipes (from

(Capresso provided me with a free Iced Tea Maker for the purposes of preparing this review, which in no way influenced my opinion or diminished my enjoyment)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Starbucks Reserve (R) Brazil Fazenda Apucarana - Perfect for a Day of Rest


If Sunday is a day of rest, why not reserve some time for Starbucks Reserve (R) Brazil Fazenda Apucarana.

I just happened upon this offering when I stopped at the Clover store the other night after work.  I wasn't really in the market for a bag of beans, I was just "browsing" to see what was new.

While it doesn't make my list of favorite Starbucks Reserve (R) coffees, it's actually a very good cup of coffee.  Slightly more acidic than others that I've tried, but certainly has a nice complexion of flavors.  Chocolate-y, sort of "smoky," and while it's billed as a "medium roast," it definitely ventures more onto the dark side.

I made the first cup with my electric brewer and the second cup with a Chemex (TM) pour over.

At $12.95 for an eight ounce bag, it's slightly more than Starbucks regular coffees, but yet being offered at a price point that doesn't make it seem at all "elitist."

All in all, an enjoyable cup of "not-your-average-joe" for a relaxing Sunday morning.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Peet's India Peaberry - Good Morning, World!

Peet's India Peaberry (Limited Offering)

I had to get up extra early this morning so I wasn't taking any chances.

Broke out the big guns.  Peet's India Peaberry.  This limited edition roast is a deep, dark roast.  I love peaberry coffee and this one won't disappoint.

It's pretty strong stuff.  Not for lightweights.  But perfect for people like me who  aren't exactly used to seeing 5:30 a.m.  It doesn't look half bad when you've got a coffee like this to help you cut through the fog.

Wake up and smell the coffee!