Friday, August 26, 2016

Are You Here for the Coffee or the Culture?

Sometimes we just have to stop in our tracks and think about what we're doing.

 I often have the impulse to just patronize a coffee shop because I want to be cool.

That almost happened to me this morning.  And then I realized, "I don't love their coffee.  I like it.  And, it's over a dollar more than the one three doors down.  So why am I here?

And the answer was that I was there because I thought that was where I was supposed to be.  And it's Friday.  I wanted to treat myself.

So, I settled on the shop two doors down where I got a coffee and a scone for the price of a cup at the "cooler" place.

I'm sure I'll stop into the cool place next week.  However, today, I'm proud of myself for not caving into the pressure to be accepted and find happiness in just being caffeinated.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Musings on Coffee

I watched one of those "Rossen Reports" by Jeff Rossen on The Today Show this morning on cheap versus expensive coffee.

And while the "taste test" showed the majority of blind testers preferred the "cheap deli coffee" to the expensive gourmet stuff, there are more than a few variables that one must consider.  I don't know about the delis where you live, but deli coffee can vary in price.

I've always said that it's not price which determines good coffee.  However, there are plenty of factors that go into price that will enhance or take away from your drinking enjoyment.

For one thing, it starts with the bean.  Which leads us to "fair trade," and that whole big discussion.

There's also "brewing method" which has a lot to do with the end result.  More about that soon when I unveil my new coffeemaker.

Not to mention freshness and storage of coffee.

Water.  Filtered versus non-filtered.

Holding times.  A freshly brewed pot versus one that's been on the burner for hours.

I am not trying to invalidate the conclusions of the Today Show's "study," but want to emphasize that you can't judge a cup by its price.  There are a lot of variables involved.

And lastly, let's face it there are people who drink coffee and there are people like us, who LOVE coffee.

Bottoms up.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Starbucks Kopelani Blend - Mahalo!

What a wonderful way to start the week.

This limited offering from Starbucks has all the richness and flavor you'd expect from a blend of Ka'u, East African and Latin American beans.

Smoky and smooth.  It won't be around for long, so I'd suggest you pick up a couple of bags now.

Summer is coming to an end and so this Starbucks Kopelani blend.  

I only wish they offered this roast in a K-cup ®.

Sand not included.

14.95 for a one pound bag of beans.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Woke Up Like This. Weaver's Aged Mocha Java Coffee

Sip one.  Sip two.  Sip three.  

You had me at Sip One.  Totally feeling the morning with  Weaver's Aged Mocha Java Coffee.

This coffee is one of the many things that get better with time.  

So rich and smooth and pleasing to the palate.  Woodsy, wine-y and wonderful.  Weaver's.

Aged Mocha Java Coffee

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Starbucks Kati Kati Blend - There are no coffee problems, only coffee solutions!

I'm pretty good about knowing when Starbucks is due for a shipment of seasonal coffees.

So, when one of my all-time favorite Kati Kati blend didn't surface in stores, I became alarmed.

After asking at countless Starbucks when it was due and getting a variety of responses from "what is that?" to "that's a seasonal coffee," I had to take matters into my own hands.

I called the Starbucks customer service number and found out that Kati Kati was only available online this year and that there was none in stock.

Say what???!!!

This left me with no choice.

I turned to that "black market" of hard-to-find Starbucks coffee.  Amazon.

Within amweek, I had a half pound bag of Kati Kati in my hands (albeit at a premium).

And even though the expiration date says that it's only good for another week or so, considering how much I love this stuff, I don't think it will last that long.

There are no coffee problems, only coffee solutions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cocoa in July? Starbucks Hot Chocolate K-Cups(R)

While I try to stay ahead of the curve on new beverages, I admit that sometimes I fall short.

I'm not perfect.

Which is why I'm kicking myself for only getting turned onto the Starbucks Hot Chocolate K-Cups(R) now.  I picked up a box a month or so ago on sale at the Starbucks coffee shop near the office.  I figured that it's often cold enough here, even in summer, to enjoy a warm cup of chocolate on a breezy evening.

I made myself a cup this evening.  

Good news.  It's amazing.  Especially with whipped cream.  

Bad news.  Apparently Starbucks has discontinued the Hot Chocolate K-Cup.

I feel an email campaign coming on.  Who's with me?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Coffee's French (Very Dark) Roast Coffee - So Good, I Forgot to Take a Picture!

The funny thing about social media is that unless you take the mandatory photo "for the gram," it's almost like it didn't happen.

Except when you're walking to work and you think about the coffee you made at home that was so good.  And then you say to yourself, "I should blog about it!"  Then you remember that you forgot to take a photo!  Yep, it definitely "happened."

My sister went up to Fort Bragg a couple of weekends ago and I asked her to be sure to stop by Thanksgiving Coffee Company.  I didn't realize that there is no retail store.  It's all wholesale.  

However, tenacity runs in my family, so my sister went into the local Safeway and bought me a bag of Thanksgiving French (Very Dark) Roast.  

It's such good coffee.  Dark, dark roast without any bitterness whatsoever.  A great way to wake up.

Next time, I promise photos.