Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Three Amigas from Catahoula Coffee Company Equals One Happy Coffee Drinker

Catahoula Coffee Roasters
Nothing kicks off the start of a three day weekend better than a great cup of coffee.

This is an old favorite.  "The Three Amigas" from Catahoula Coffee.  I had forgotten just how much I like this stuff.

"Three Roasts In One."  This Central coffee is roasted at three different levels to bring you one fabulous blend.

Just one of many great roasts from roastmaster, Timothy Manhart, (aka "Timber").

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Ice, Ice Baby!" - Capresso Iced Tea Maker

Who says summer has to end?  With Capresso's Iced Tea Maker you can create perfectly brewed iced tea year round.

Works just like an automatic coffee maker with a carafe designed to allow you to "brew over ice."

There are so many different teas out there that are just as good iced as they are warm.  Imagine the possibilities.

Easy to use, sleek design, very pleasant results.

*Tip - drop cut fresh fruit in carafe before brewing - paradise!!

Features and Benefits
  • 80 oz. (2.5 qt.) glass pitcher with removable lid and an easy pour spout
  • Flavor enhancer adjusts brew strength from mild to strong taste
  • Removable permanent filter for loose tea or tea bags
  • Dishwasher safe glass pitcher, permanent filter and removable filter basket
  • Removable water tank for easy filling and cleaning
  • Automatic shut off
  • Fresh or frozen fruit can be added to the pitcher for delicious gourmet beverages
  • The pitcher comes with a handy lid for easy storage directly in the refrigerator
  • Can also be used to prepare iced coffee
  • Full-color recipe booklet with 18 refreshing iced tea recipes (from

(Capresso provided me with a free Iced Tea Maker for the purposes of preparing this review, which in no way influenced my opinion or diminished my enjoyment)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Starbucks Reserve (R) Brazil Fazenda Apucarana - Perfect for a Day of Rest


If Sunday is a day of rest, why not reserve some time for Starbucks Reserve (R) Brazil Fazenda Apucarana.

I just happened upon this offering when I stopped at the Clover store the other night after work.  I wasn't really in the market for a bag of beans, I was just "browsing" to see what was new.

While it doesn't make my list of favorite Starbucks Reserve (R) coffees, it's actually a very good cup of coffee.  Slightly more acidic than others that I've tried, but certainly has a nice complexion of flavors.  Chocolate-y, sort of "smoky," and while it's billed as a "medium roast," it definitely ventures more onto the dark side.

I made the first cup with my electric brewer and the second cup with a Chemex (TM) pour over.

At $12.95 for an eight ounce bag, it's slightly more than Starbucks regular coffees, but yet being offered at a price point that doesn't make it seem at all "elitist."

All in all, an enjoyable cup of "not-your-average-joe" for a relaxing Sunday morning.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Peet's India Peaberry - Good Morning, World!

Peet's India Peaberry (Limited Offering)

I had to get up extra early this morning so I wasn't taking any chances.

Broke out the big guns.  Peet's India Peaberry.  This limited edition roast is a deep, dark roast.  I love peaberry coffee and this one won't disappoint.

It's pretty strong stuff.  Not for lightweights.  But perfect for people like me who  aren't exactly used to seeing 5:30 a.m.  It doesn't look half bad when you've got a coffee like this to help you cut through the fog.

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

No Wonder They Call It "Jacob's WONDERbar"

Getting kind of stuck on Philz Coffee (if you hadn't noticed).

Ever since they opened one closer to my house, I can't seem to stay away.

The latest to make it to my morning repertoire is the dark and delightful "Jacob's Wonderbar."

I'm a sucker for a good dark roast (or in this case, I'm a sipper).

So smooth without any bitterness whatsoever.

Packs a punch but doesn't knock you out - just sort of makes you "sit up!"

What can I say?  I'm smitten.

Jacob's Wonderbar Dark Roast from Philz

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday's Secret Single Serve

What good does it do you for me to enjoy a new coffee and not be able to tell you about it?

None, really.  

Except to give you hope that there's something on the horizon that will really make you smile if you like the convenience of single-serve coffee.

One of my very favorite roasters provided me with a "prototype," if you will of a single serve coffee that is not quite ready to be unveiled.  I can't even show you the packaging!

All I can say is this - it's worth the wait.  The measurement is perfect, there is no residue at the bottom of the cup and it stays super fresh.

I tried a medium roast that was absolutely delicious.

The secret - well, I can't tell you the whole secret, but I can tell you that they're going with a patented method to ensure the freshest, most true to roast flavor, from a single serve cup (a la K-Cup(TM)) model.

That's all I can say right now.  But, I promise once I get the 'green light,' I'll give you the whole 4-1-1.

I guess if you have to keep a secret, Sunday is probably the best day to do it.