Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kicking Off the Weekend With Weaver's Coffee (Legacy Blend TM)

Weaver's Coffee "Legacy Blend" TM

Last Saturday, I went on a little "field trip" to visit Weaver's Coffee (aka Wild Card Roasters) in San Rafael, California.

Not only was I able to score some of their artisan crafted coffee (and tea), I had the privilege of meeting Master Roaster, John Weaver.  John Weaver actually apprenticed under the late Alfred Peet before launching Wild Card Roasters in 2007.

I selected the "Legacy Blend."  I've had this roast before, but it had been a couple of years.  One sip and I was reminded of just how amazing Weaver's Coffee tastes.

I can't think of a better way to kick off the weekend than with Weaver's.

If you can't make the field trip, don't worry - they'll ship it right to your door.

"Legacy Blend is the glimpse into John's amazing thirty-year journey. Appropriately named, it stands as a proud tribute to his teachers, Alfred Peet and  Sal Bonavita, as well as John's own continued, artisan legacy."  (from Weaver's Coffee)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


"CoffeeCon is a one-day consumer coffee festival. Taste the world’s different coffee, locally roasted every conceivable way, brew using many different methods. Meet other coffee enthusiasts in the world’s largest coffee meet-up. Expert presenters share secrets to expand your taste buds and coffee consciousness. Classes and hands-on labs empower and expand your own coffee brewing at home. Ticket automatically enrolls you in three prize giveaways, where top brewers, beans and accessories are awarded onsite."  (Presented by Kevin Sinnott)

Terra Gallery Event Venue
511 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 896-1234

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This Is Very Good Coffee - "Julie's Blend" from Philz Coffee

Julie's Blend from Philz

Sometimes I don't think it takes a lot of words or an erudite statement to describe coffee.  And lest, I just  ramble, suffice it to say that "Julie's Blend" from Philz Coffee is very good coffee.

Those were my exact words when I tried the first cup.  To be honest, I picked up this particular blend because Philz was so very crowded when I went in last weekend that I didn't want to wait in line.

It seems that "Julie's" was the featured blend and there were several bags of beans at the counter.  So, I bought a one pound bag for twelve bucks.  Which is a good price for a nice dark roast coffee.

I think my goal before the year is up is to try every blend that Philz makes.  If I don't make the mark, at least I'll have fun trying.

"Julie's" from Philz Coffee

Saturday, July 12, 2014

"Queen for a Day"* - Peet's Ethiopia Queen City Roast

Peet's Ethiopia Queen City

Some weeks are better than others - coffee wise.

This week has been an especially good one.  Not my best, but certainly worth talking about.

For the last few mornings, I've enjoyed the 2014 Roast of Peet's Ethiopia Queen City.

Dark, delicious, fruity.  Definitely on the 'strong-side.'  For this one, if you take it with cream and sugar (yes, please), you might as well splurge and use real cream.  What's a few extra calories going to hurt when you're sipping like royalty?

After all, it's "Queen City."

Limited offering.

This coffee hails from the Harrar region of Ethiopia and is available while the supply lasts. Named for its origin, Dire Dawa (deer-a-da-wa) is the “Queen City”and market hub of Harar. (From

* "Queen for a Day" was a popular American Game Show which ran from 1956 to 1964.

Friday, July 4, 2014

If I Were A Peaberry - What Would I Be? Starbucks Reserve Malawi, Maybe?

If I were a Peaberry, what would I be?

There are so many good Peaberry coffees.  These little round-beaned coffees are among my favorites.

And the newest to hit the Starbucks Reserve(R) shelf is the Malawi Peaberry from Sable Farms.

While it boasts of "lime zest and a spicy citrus complexity," I don't find it to be complicated at all.   I find it to be singularly delightful.  Roasted evenly, smooth tasting and calmingly aromatic.

The taste is so even, I don't need cream or sugar, although, that's my preferred method of drinking.

At 12.95 for an eight ounce bag of beans, it's on the 'expensive' side, but actually almost a bargain for rare coffees.

Starbucks takes these Reserve (R) coffees seriously, so they don't roast much and they won't be around long.  Don't tarry - order yours today.  When it's over, it's over.

Happy Sipping.

Starbucks Reserve® Malawi Peaberry Sable Farm
Our third single-origin offering from Malawi, a country with one of the smallest coffee yields in East Africa, comes in the form of peaberries hand-selected from three lush parcels of land cultivated by Sable Farms.
Peaberries are singular, round beans formed naturally when one of the two seeds within the coffee cherry fails to develop. And our coffee experts love them. Dense and uniform in size, they roast more evenly and are delightful in your cup—delivering deep, concentrated flavors. (from