Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Pique Tea Crystals - No Strings Attached!





This is perfect for people who have issues with "tea bags."  I would liken it to "Tang(R)" for tea lovers.

All kidding aside, PiqueTea is really serious tea.  There's no "residue" at the bottom of the cup or gritty taste.  Just smooth, honest tea with a pleasant flavor. 

For best results let it sit for three minutes before drinking.

At nearly $10 dollars for 14 sachets it's priced a little on the "steep" side, but absolutely wonderful for travel.  



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Get Perky With It- Capresso's 12 Cup "Perk" Percolator

Everything old is new again.

It should come as no surprise that the "old school" percolator has made a resurgence.  And who better to get perky with than Capresso.

Capresso's products are tried and true.  Design elegance combined with functionality and superb quality.

Easy to use, fun to brew and makes a great pot of coffee.  I am having a blast with this coffee maker.  Almost as much fun to make as it is to enjoy.  I'm obsessed with it.

It doesn't overheat like many of the older model percolators.  Remember, percolator water gets very hot - so be careful.  Should be used with a coarsely ground coffee.  Easy-peasy with the Capresso Burr Grinder.

Suggested Retail Price of the 12 Cup Capresso Perk is $69.00

Get your coffee cake ready.  It's on and perking!



*Capresso provided me with a free percolator for the purposes of preparing this review.  Opinions are my own.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Voulez Vous French Press? How to "French Press' from Weaver's Coffee


Preparation:

Measure 2 tbsp  10g)of ground coffee per each 6 fluid ouces (180 ML) of water

Boil water and let settle for about 15 seconds

Pour water into French Press and stir with a wooden spoon - do not use metal spoons

Keep stirring until French Press is filled to about 1 inch from the top

Place plunger into the French Press and gently press down a quarter of the way and then pull back up so it is just covering the top of the coffee

let it sit for about 3 minutes

Gently press the plunger down to the bottom.  If there is any resistance, wait, (you should be able to push the plunger down with just one finger).  If there is resistance then it is not ready

When the plunger goes down with the press of 1 finger, press it to the bottom and it is ready to serve

Courtesy of Weaver's Coffee!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The $15 dollar cup of coffee, is it worth the price?



While perusing the list of the least and most expensive things in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I ran across several articles which talked about the "$15.00 cup of coffee" at Equator.  The blend is Finca Sophia.  I have tried Equator coffees in the past and I must say they are superb.  Don't think I've ever had a bad roast.  But fifteen bucks for one cup of coffee is a bit much even for a coffee enthusiast like me.

Then last week, I read on twitter that Blue Bottle has a $16.00 cup of coffee.  Blue Bottle's offering is "Port of Mokha."  Sourced from Yemen which is said to be "the birthplace of coffee in the Western world."  I have had Blue Bottle's coffee which is also very good.

I also read that both of these coffees are extremely rare, hard to find, and sell out quickly.

I work hard and can appreciate "treating yourself."  I also think it's about the "experience" just as much as the coffee.  I am grateful for fair-trade and sustainable farming.

However, I just don't know if the economy, or more specifically, my pocket can withstand these prices.  Where do the prices peak?

That said, I would really like to try them both.  You know, for "research purposes."




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

O'Canada! Tim Horton's Dark Roast Single Serve Coffee


While I don't like to use single serve coffee every day, I do appreciate the convenience and the ever-increasing varieties as more and more roasters get on the K-Cup bandwagon.

And since I don't live in Canada, and don't have access to a Tim Horton's coffee shop, I thought that these single-roast cups might give me a "taste" (pun intended) of what this Canadian roaster is all about.

First of all, I love the little "see-through" cup.  Transparency in coffee.  

Second of all, I love the flavor of this dark-roast Tim Horton's single-serve.

Lastly, it makes me feel a lot better about those mornings when I don't have time for a "pour-over," or "french press," or "aero press," or automatic brew.

Fun fact:  I picked up these Canadian coffee cups in. . .Texas.


Friday, June 3, 2016

June is National Iced Tea Month - Cheers!



In case you hadn't heard, June is National Iced Tea Month.

So, what better way to celebrate than with a cold glass of Raspberry Tea from Teapot Depot in Highlands, Texas.

Truth is, I actually went there during the month of May.  You could say that I got a jump start on the holiday.

Personally, I don't think iced tea should be limited to only one month.  I think that there are enough ways to prepare and enjoy it to at least take you through the summer.

So, whether you prefer sun-tea, pour over or instant, this month is all about partaking in as many ways as you can and however you like.

Rules were made to be broken.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jeremiah's Pick - The "Other" San Francisco Treat

 






I'm learning to look for gourmet coffee in the not so usual places.  And I'm noticing more and more that there are some pretty upscale offerings showing up in the grocery store aisles.

Like this bag of Jeremiah's Pick Breakfast Blend Coffee that I picked up in my local Safeway store for only 6.99!

I stopped at the store before I went to get myself a cup of coffee at my local roastery and noticed a deal too good to pass up.

Not only did I end up with a bag of super fresh, really, really delicious coffee - I saved myself 3.00 bucks for a cup and have been drinking this stuff for two days.

Jeremiah's Pick is also available online.