Saturday, September 29, 2012

I Say "Happy," You Say, "Coffee!"


What's better than coffee??  Free Coffee.  Check out some of the places that are offering free coffee or special deals in honor of National Coffee Day 2012.

Community Coffee - Buy any 12 ounce bag of coffee and get a 12 ounce bag for FREE.  Use Promo code "BOGO"

Krispy Kreme - Doughnut Shops are offering customers a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee, no purchase necessary! Limit 1 12 oz. cup of coffee per person per visit on 9/29, 2012 only.  (Participating locations)
Caribou Coffee -  a FREE cup of Amy’s Blend Coffee on Saturday 9/29
McDonalds - last day is today, September 29th, select McDonald’s restaurants on the East Coast (from Maine to Florida) are giving away FREE small cup of Newman’s Own Organic Coffee. No coupon and no purchase necessary! (Participating restaurants only)
Dutch Bros. Coffee - is giving away on Sept. 29 free coffee and energy drinks all day at 7225 Martin Way East in Lacey, Washington and all three of its Colorado Springs locations. In Central Oregon, customers can take $1 off any coffee drink
Raise your mug!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lost In Thoughts of Good Coffee - Blue Bottle Honduras Capucas

For the last three mornings, I've enjoyed Blue Bottle's Honduras Capucas.

I picked up a small bag of beans at the Farmer's Market on Tuesday. 

I brewed up a pot on Wednesday and wasn't sure if I liked it or not.  However, I drank the whole cup.

I made another pot on Thursday and this time I paid more attention to the notes of the coffee.  I thought to myself, "I should have made more so that I could take a thermos to work with me."

This morning, I woke up and made a full pot, poured a cup and made sure that I filled my thermos for work.

I guess that means it's good.  Actually, it's quite good.

Happy to see more shops and restaurants offering Blue Bottle Coffee on their menu.

Product Description

In the 1980s, when the world was young and it was still morally acceptable to allow children to ingest corn syrup, it was commonplace to experiment with the soda fountain. What happened when you mixed lemon-lime and grape? Root beer and cream soda? Orange and cola? (That last mashup is so compelling that it is recognized as “Spezi,” a flavor in its own right, in the German market.) All of this prattle about adolescent soda nostalgia on a coffee description may seem self-indulgent and irrelevant. We will only answer the latter charge: The Capucas, a washed Caturra from Celaque mountains in Honduras, has the delicate acidity, subtle spice and viscous sweetness of a mix of Tamarind Jarritos and good old Coca-Cola. Vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of lime zest are all present in this coffee, but in small enough quantities to be pleasant rather than distracting. As a drip it is as reliable and conservative as William Buckley; as a shot it is as colorful, charming, and surprising as Gore Vidal.

Location Las Capucas, Copan, Honduras

Altitude 1200-1800 meters

Varietal Caturra

Processing Wet-processed

Certifications Certified Organic by CCOF

Preparation Methods french press, moka pot, espresso, pour over, siphon   For locations and ordering information,

Sunday, September 23, 2012


I really enjoyed my first cup of DAVIDs Tea Toasted Walnut tonight.  

It was a pleasant aromatic and flavorful experience.  

The cup was perfectly steeped to the customary 160 degree temp for this green tea.  

The cup was full of flavor and aroma that was very drinkable and  flavorful.  

I drank the tea possibly too quickly but kept sipping to enjoy the taste and scent.  There was no after taste, bitter or otherwise.  

This was a smooth and fruity tea that is perfect as a after dinner libation.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Starbucks Anniversary Blend 2012 - A Very Good Year

I might not be rich,but I like my coffee that way. To be perfectly honest, my memory is not good enough to allow me to go back and do a comparison of previous years' Anniversary Blends to the 2012 Starbucks Roast - but I will say this - it's SUPERB. I hadn't picked up a bag until yesterday. I was sort of like - "another year, another anniversary." That might mean I'm getting older - no, that can't be it! Anyway, this is a dark, deep, smooth roast with a "down to earth" tone. If you're a "coffee hoarder" like me, you'll want to pick up a few bags.

It's so good, that my husband took the last cup from the carafe - and that's when the fight started!

A wonderful way to kick off Fall!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wolfgang Puck's "Breakfast In Bed" K-Cup(R)

This K-Cup(R) is offered as a "medium-roast," but I found it to be a smooth, true bold coffee taste.

Now, what's in a name? It really matters not. Especially since I was not in bed when I was drinking this coffee, but up and at 'em, preparing to get out of the house.

Nonetheless, it's good. The K-Cups(R)that I have been reviewing lately are all so good that I am going to start using a "meter" for my reviews (something I really don't like to do).

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would say this one is a 3.5. Which means definitely above-average.

Available at Cross Country Cafe online.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Smell the Aroma - FoamAroma Lids (TM)

Okay, I'll admit this concept sounds a little "suspect."

A coffee lid is invented with a hole in the center with the primary objective to enhance the coffee lover's experience.


The first time I tried the lid, I honestly felt that it did enhance my 'olfactory senses.' But I mean, once I put a little cinnamon and nutmeg on my foam, I can't be sure if it's this new 'FoamAroma'(TM) lid that's responsible for what I'm smelling or the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Anyway, I tried it with regular coffee, which is what I usually drink, and to be completely honest, what I found more appealing than the enhanced aroma (since I can't be sure if it was actually enhanced the second time) was the fact that my coffee cooled quicker.

Now that makes it a wonderful new invention. I'm always leaving the house with a commuter mug in hand. When I used a paper cup with the FoamAroma(TM) lid, my coffee didn't spill in the holder, it cooled quicker, but not too quick, and I was able to finish my joe before I got on the train (no drinks allowed on the train).

And, so, I would say, this is a pretty neat lid. I'm not sure if it's going to take hold and you'll find the FoamAroma(R) in every coffee shop across the nation, but you can find it at Guerrilla Cafe, 1620 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709, (510) 845-2233.

The FoamAroma(R) isn't the only reason to go to Guerrilla Cafe if you happen to live in or visit Berkeley, they also serve Blue Bottle Coffee and great food.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Launches Wellness Brewed Beverages

Today GMCR, announced their entrance into the health and wellness space with the introduction of their brand new line, Wellness Brewed™. These great-tasting coffees, teas, and fruit brews come packed with added nutritional benefits, like antioxidants and vitamins. Even with the added wellness benefits, these K-Cup® packs have the same great taste you would expect from the award-winning coffee company—and are conveniently available at the touch of a button!

The initial Wellness Brewed™ collection is comprised of the following six delicious coffees, teas and fruit brews:
• Green Mountain Coffee® Antioxidant Blend (photo attached)
• Green Mountain Coffee® Focus Blend
• Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea,
• Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max Blood Orange Star Fruit Green Tea
• Vitamin Burst™ Strawberry Pomegranate
• Vitamin Burst™ Acai Berry


Sunday, September 2, 2012

New York Coffee Company's "Midnight in Manhattan" Roast

Confession. When the bag of "Midnight in Manhattan" arrived in my mailbox, I didn't have high expectations when I looked at it; oh, it's a perfectly fine bag. Black and silver. Classy enough. But there wasn't anything about the label that screamed "GREAT coffee."

I ground up a pot's worth this morning and before I even had a chance to give it my "review," I was pouring my second cup. It's very, very good coffee. It's a medium-roast but has plenty of flavor and a nice "kick."

Lesson of the Day: "Never judge a coffee by the bag."

If you, like me, haven't heard of Coffee for Less, check it out - great prices on all the big name coffees.

About Coffee For Less is the Internet coffee shop for your home, office or restaurant, serving as the online coffee store of Coffee Serv Inc. Since its founding as a family business by Jack and Lynn Kirshner 25 years ago, Coffee Serv Inc. of Philadelphia has established a solid reputation for being the preeminent office and restaurant coffee provider in the Greater Delaware Valley. Coffee Serv Inc. has grown to become the largest office coffee service provider in Philadelphia, and now you can enjoy Coffee Serv Inc. beverage service at home thanks to CoffeeForLess.

CoffeeForLess is a Starbucks Preferred Office Coffee Provider, but our coffee blends also include Millstone, Folgers, Green Mountain, Barrie House and many other popular brands and styles, including our own house blend. CoffeeForLess carries much more than just coffee, though. We also sell the leading tea brands in the country. Celestial Seasonings, Bigelow, Tazo and Tetley offer a wide variety of flavors and blends sure to please your preference, whether it is for green tea, white tea, black tea or herbal tea.

Ordering By Phone:
Call toll free 1-800-261-2859

Phone Ordering Hours:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Coffee from Scratch" - A Tutorial

I don't have the patience for this, but if you do, Mark Smith, shows you how in this video.

Thanks, Mark!

Keep the K Cups (R) Coming! Caribou Mahogany

Another winner in the dark roast category. Caribou Coffee's "Mahogany" Blend K-Cup(R) brings out the bold flavor without the bitter after-taste.

Perhaps the K-Cup(R) technology has been perfected because I honestly see a HUGE difference in the K-Cups of late from the K-Cups of old. I appreciate the larger selection of coffees to choose from - especially for those of us who like it dark - and hot.

Available online at Cross Country Cafe.

On the "K-Cup"(R) scale of 1 to 5 - I'd give it a 4.

Check out the entire selection of K-Cups(R) offered at Cross Country Cafe.

Nothing can replace a pot of freshly brewed coffee, but my Keurig sure is a nice alternative.