Saturday, July 28, 2012

Peet's Ethiopian Ancient Abyssinia - LIMITED OFFERING

What's in your cup?

Mine is filled with Peet's Ethiopian Ancient Abyssinia. At $20 bucks a pound, it's definitely one of the pricier offerings, but you can purchase as little as a quarter of a pound.

I bought a half-pound bag of beans for a weekend treat.

It's a deep roast, but not so dark that it's over-powering. Not a coffee I would want to drink every day but it sure did wake me up this morning. Super-charged and ready for errands.

From Peet's website:

Ancient Abyssinia
Delicate and floral with hints of jasmine and citrus. A rare artifact unearthed from the highlands of Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, one of the world’s finest coffee growing regions. Roasted in the medium roast style to highlight the floral notes.

Ancient Abyssinia will be offered for a limited time online and in-stores. It will be avilable online for 4 roasts only: July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Billion Dollar Cup of Coffee - For Peet's Sake!!

Unless you didn't have your coffee yesterday, you've already heard the news. Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc., the Bay Area-based cafe chain, is going private for $977.6 million.

That's a whole lot of beans.

I remember when Peet's was just a Berkeley-thing. Locally-owned and operated.

Now, I've got nothing bad to say about Corporate America. It keeps my lights on and a roof over my head. However, I'm anxious to see what the German company - Joh. A. Benckiser (JAB) will do with the local institution.

Change is good. I guess. And a billion dollars is pretty hard to pass up.

I'd love to hear from some of you original "Peet-niks."

This news has given me a whole new appreciation for Yuban.

Have a great day!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

That Magic Moment

That Magic Moment when you wake up, the house is quiet and you realize you've got time for yourself.

Perfect time of day for one cup of coffee. Which is exactly what my Keurig(TM) brews.

So, this morning, I decided to check out the Green Mountain Dark Magic Coffee from Cross Country Cafe.

I've mentioned before how the dark roasts are my favorite "K-Cups."

"Dark Magic" doesn't disappoint. Its full body and deep earthy tones put a little "bass" in my voice and a song in my cup.

There are plenty more where this came from - visit your online K-Cup(R) specialists at:

("An ecafe for coffee enthusiasts featuring Keurig K-Cups")

(Cross Country Cafe provided me with free samples of "Dark Magic" K-Cups(R) for the purpose of preparing this review)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Weaver's Pomegranate Green Tea

Light and fruity, but not overpowering of the natural green tea taste. Flavorful, but not at all bitter like some fruit infused green teas can be. Cleansing to the pallette Leaves you wanting another cup! (Simone)

Thinking of inviting a friend over for tea? I've got just the ticket.

Weaver's Pomegranate Green Tea -- you get great flavor, premium tea and it's good for you.

If the aroma doesn't get you (natural pomegranate), the flavor surely will.

What are you waiting for? Get your "feng shui" on.

Weaver's is not just for coffee.

Check out the entire line of Weaver's new teas.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Goes Great with COFFEE - Balance Bar Caramel Nut Blast (Original Recipe)

Where have you been? I've missed you. Doesn't matter. The important thing is you're back.

So excited for Balance Bar bringing back their original recipe Caramel Nut Blast Bar.

For those days when I don't have time to grab breakfast or need an afternoon snack with my java - here's my go to bar.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Come to Jamaica - Or, Let Jamaica Come To You - Marley Coffee Jamaica Blue Mountain (R)

I haven't had a bad cup of Marley Coffee yet.

"Talkin' Blues" (Jamaica Blue Mountain (R)) is no exception.

I almost don't know which gives me the most pleasure - the aroma or the flavor in the cup.

This coffee makes you stop and take time to smell the flowers. With its floral aroma and sweet mellow roast, you'll be transcended to another place.

In fact, even though I'm sitting here at my desk, for some odd reason, this carpet under my feet almost feels like sand on the beach. Talk about getting into the moment.

Forget about Calgon (R) - Marley, take me away!!!

"Every little thing is gonna be all right."

(Ethically Farmed and Artisan Roasted)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Re-Up Energy Drink - the Coffee Alternative

Patriot Beverage Company Launches National Crowd Funding Campaign on IndieGoGo, Friday, July 6th

Funds Will Aid Company’s Ongoing Support of Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund

Novato, CA (July 6, 2012) -- Patriot Beverage Co., creators of ReUp energy drink, will launch a national crowd funding campaign on website Indiegogo on Friday, July 6th to support the companies mission of creating an ongoing source of donations to military nonprofits Semper Fi Fund, and America’s Fund, who provides financial assistance to all wounded service members and their families who have suffered an injury in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“With the current expansion of our business we will be able to continue support to these charities for years to come,” said Michael Spearman, Founder of Patriot Beverage Company. “Supporting our company through the Indiegogo campaign will be the equivalent of providing a fishing pole to a person so they can live forever as opposed to giving them a fish to live for the day.”

The Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund give 95 cents of every dollar they take in to military families. Patriot Beverage Co. provides a percentage in excess of 2% of every can sold to the two charities. The beverage company made its first donation from quarterly sales of ReUp energy drink to the Semper Fi Fund in May of 2012.

Indiegogo is an international crowd funding website founded in 2008. Based in San Francisco, the company has hosted over 100,000 funding campaigns in areas such as music, charity, small business and film.

To make a donation to the Patriot Beverage Co. crowd funding campaign, visit For more information on ReUp, visit or call 415-209-5318.

Patriot Beverage Company, a for profit company based in Novato, CA, was founded with the sole purpose of supporting the United States military service members with their products. As such, ReUp Energy Supplement was created with the knowledge of what it takes to stay alert until the mission is accomplished. The company’s core values are simple: To provide the best product possible while simultaneously giving back to the men and women who serve this great country. The company lives by the creed of “Leave No One Behind” in their efforts to give back to those who protect the country’s freedom.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Starbucks Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal 2012

Today is a holiday, so why not drink like it?

I'm celebrating with a cup of Starbucks Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal Coffee.

Open the bag, and the pleasurable aroma knocks you right in the nose.

I would call it a "medium body" coffee with floral tones. Not so much citrus but it definitely gives you the flavor of the tropics. I'm thinking this coffee would go well with a nice slice of banana nut bread.

It's part of Starbucks Reserve collection. That means it's reserved for special days like today, right? Or special people, like you.

Starbucks only offers it twice a year, so you'll want to pick up a half pound bag of this Exotic/Rare/Exquisite coffee today.

At 15.00 dollars for an eight ounce bag of beans, it is one of their more expensive offerings, but it's definitely worth the price.

From Starbucks:

"On the island of San Cristóbal, a peculiar combination of climate and geology has produced an ideal environment for this coffee.

Twice a year, the Humboldt Current passes through, carrying cold winds and rich nutrients that mingle with the island’s fertile volcanic soil and intense equatorial sun for an unexpectedly subtropical climate. The result: 130-year-old Bourbon coffee plants that would normally grow at elevations of 3,000 feet are able to flourish at an altitude one-third of that.

It’s from this unique place that we discovered the beans that would become our first ever Starbucks Reserve® coffee in 2010 – an incomparable brew that we’ve longed for ever since. This year we’re lucky enough to offer an extremely small production of this organic coffee graced with a soft, chocolaty mouthfeel, juicy acidity and herbal and cola notes – flavors that meld into a cup no less extraordinary than the region’s exceptional climate."

(Starbucks provided me with a free sample of Organic Galapagos San Cristóbal for the purposes of preparing this review. This in now way influenced my opinion, nor did it take away from the enjoyment of this fine coffee.)