Thursday, October 25, 2012


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012



Did you even know he had a coffee line?

I sampled the "Hellbilly Brew" (Organic Peru)* this morning.

I poured it in my mug and I could swear there's hair on my chest tonight.  Just kidding.

Seriously, though, this is not for "lightweight" coffee drinkers.

But it's all good.  Really.

A dark roast coffee - the bag says "medium body," but I beg to differ.  Actually, it's pretty darn full-bodied, if you ask me.  I indulged and used heavy cream and the cup turned the most beautiful shade of mocha.

I usually take one raw sugar packet, but for Rob Zombie, I needed two.

Don't be afraid.  Hellbilly Brew is 100% Certified Organic Fair Trade.  And since October is Fair Trade Month, I think it's your civic duty to pick up a pound or two.

Halloween is coming and which would you rather - a candy bar or a nice bag of beans?

Check it out at:

You too, can "party like a rock star."

*Wild Card Roasters provided me with a free sample of Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Brew" for the purpose of preparing this review.

(I can't wait to try the French Roast)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

KLATCH COFFEE - Brazil Santa Mariana Roast

Oh, the power of social media.

I read on twitter that Klatch Coffee was voted number one coffeehouse in America.*  I couldn't remember who conducted the poll, but "number one" stuck in my head.

I've tried many different coffees -- the good, the bad and the ugly.  I've also had quite a few great coffees.  So, to say "number one" is saying a lot.  The voting would, of course, be based on a number of different factors.

Disclaimer:  I would never feel comfortable saying that any coffee that I've had is the best in the country.  It's all subjective.  I do have my favorites though and this would make the list.

Fast forward.  

I wanted to try something new, so I went to the Klatch Coffee website and searched under "new arrivals."

I like Brazilian coffees (a lot), so I ordered the Brazil Santa Mariana.  I opted for the priority UPS shipping because I was wanted it quickly and it was cheaper than FedX.

It arrived in the mail two days ago.  I waited until I had used up what I had in the grinder before opening the bag.

The first thing I noticed was the nice resealable bag.  The tape was easy to peel.  The packaging was nice and clean but nothing that really jumped out at me.  I was happy to see from the roast date that it had been roasted less than a week ago, which means, they roast and ship FRESH coffee every time.

Now for the taste test.

It was strong but not 'intrusive,' and like other Brazilian coffees had that chocolate-y undertone that I like so much.  But what really set it off as a special coffee was that there was none of the acidity or bitter aftertaste that often comes with a bold roast.

*  Klatch was voted "#1 Coffeehouse in the Nation by Da Vinci Gourmet Syrup at CoffeeFest Seattle.

If there is no Klatch Coffeehouse near you, do what I did, and order online.  It's definitely worth a try.  There are many different varieties from which to choose.

Brazil Santa Mariana is 12.95 for a 12 ounce bag of beans.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Three Dollar Donut - Worth Every Penny!

OMG.  That was good.
This was, in fact, the second time I have had a Dynamo Donut.  The first time I had the maple bacon.  I think it was my skepticism about the concept that minimized my enjoyment.

Last week, when I got to work, I got an email which had been sent earlier saying that there were “Dynamo Donuts” upstairs.  Since I knew they were probably gone, I didn’t bother to go upstairs.

Yesterday, I enjoyed my Greek yogurt.  But, this morning, I got off one stop early on the train and walked to a coffee shop that sells Dynamo Donuts “exclusively.”

My first thought was, “Three bucks for a donut??  One donut?” 
My next thought was, “Oh, my God, that was delicious.” 

This vanilla donut was so light and perfectly sweet – not very sweet at all – but fluffy and just absolutely delicious!  I can’t afford to make this a habit , due to money and waistline concerns, but this might have to be my “weekly treat.”

Dynamo Donuts

2760 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110


Friday, October 5, 2012

Green Mountain Coffee - Antioxidant Blend K-Cup(R)

Green Mountain Wellness K-Cup (R) Coffee Review

“It was like coffee, but not with a strong overwhelming coffee taste (I had the medium blend).

I added almond milk and sugar. It gave me the coffee effect but it didn’t have the taste (to me) of my usual K-cup.  Almost energy-drink-like."

(Reviewed by Monie S.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Cadillac of Kettles - Capresso's teaC100

I received my Capresso teac100 Kettle about a month ago.**

I wanted to give it a thorough "test drive" because I was afraid that I would be so "smitten" with the looks,  I couldn't give an objective review.

However, I can honestly say that this kettle not only looks good, so far, it's sturdy and works very well.  It's much sturdier than I expected.  At first, I was afraid to use it. 

Also,  I don't have much counterspace, but this kettle is compact and easy to handle.  (Get it, handle?)

Seriously, as you know, I'm a coffee girl.  But, with fall upon us and the need to seriously wind down in the evenings, a cup of tea is becoming more a part of my nightly ritual.  And it's pretty good for you too.

I was super excited to receive a sample pack of DAVIDs Tea at exactly the same time I received my new teac100.  A match made in heaven.

And if you're "tea-challenged" like me and not really certain how hot your water should be, this kettle is ideal.   

Sells for about 99.00.

For retailers and more information, visit the Jura-Capresso website:

*teaC100 Temperature Controlled Cordless Water Kettle

Made of durable, scratch and heat resistant German SCHOTT glass the teaC100 kettle showcases the natural beauty of water. This beautiful cordless glass water kettle has five temperature settings to allow tea lovers to heat water to the optimal temperature to extract the best flavor of any type of tea they desire.

Features  and Benefits
•48-oz (6 cup) capacity

•5 temperature settings from 100°F to 212°F

•Beautiful and durable heat resistant German SCHOTT glass

•Fast, quiet boil

•Safety auto shut-off

•Boil dry protection

•Concealed heating element covered in stainless-steel

•Beautiful and durable heat resistant German SCHOTT Glass

•Slip free, textured underside handle

•Illuminated power switch, automatically turns off upon desired temperature

•Water level indicator with ounce and cup markings for easy filling

•Cool-touch handle and drip free pouring design

•Cordless design with 360° swivel base for right or left hand use

•The kettle can also be placed directly on the table or counter without using a heating plate for easy serving

(*from the Capresso website)Capresso teaC100 (#261.04): $99.99

(**Jura-Capresso provided me with a free kettle for the purposes of preparing this review)