Thursday, October 30, 2014

Take Time and Taste the Tea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea (Decaffeinated)
We tend to move at lightning speed.  So much so that when our bodies force us to slow down, or in my case today, stop, it's almost like we don't know what to do.

But God and nature have a way of telling us just what we will do.  And that is - nothing.

So, today, I'm forced to look inward and simply sit here and sweat out my cold with a hot cup of tea.

I spend so much time talking about and sampling coffees, that I have a tendency to let my tea supply dwindle.

Fortunately, I was able to scrounge up a sachet of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane from last Christmas.  Still smells amazing and is so comforting.  Even with a stuffy nose.

I think there are several messages my body is sending to me.  One, I'm only human.  If I have to stop for a day or two or three, the world will still keep turning.  

I think I'll spend my time today "between naps," checking out new teas online.  Cold and flu season is just starting.  Best to be prepared.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Peet's Fair Trade Blend - Enjoy in October and All Year Long

I didn't want to let this month get away without giving an appropriate plug to Fair Trade Coffees.  

And while that term gets bantered about and there's quite a bit of argument about what it really means, one thing I know for sure, is that Peet's was on the "fair trade" wagon a long time ago.

Hard work deserves honest pay.  We don't want to drink coffee that is the product of someone's hard labor, unfair working conditions, poor pay and below-par ecological standards, do we?

And, the same rules should apply when you're buying and consuming premium gourmet coffee.  No worries here.  Peet's delivers on the name "Fair Trade."

Same great flavor you always get from Peet's - though this one tends to be a little on the "mild" side of the dark roast which is just fine by me.  

So, even though we're coming to the end of October and what is deemed "Fair Trade Month," it's nice to practice what we preach all year.  

What's Fair is Fair.

$15.95 per pound

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old - Keurig's Single Serve Brewer

Sure you can find other manufacturers who make a "single serve brewer" that will work with the "K" cup, but here is where it all began.  The Original Keurig (R) Single Serve brewer.

I "test drove" the Keurig K-45 Elite brewer.

It's easy to use, easy to clean and is an attractive addition to your kitchen counter and doesn't take up a lot of space.  

You have the option of preparing three cup size offerings (6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz).

I've used this machine consistently for the past three weeks and have found it to be durable, reliable and oh so convenient.

There are quite a few evenings when I get home from work and am not ready for bed.  I want to sit back and enjoy a hot cup of coffee (or tea).  This machine provides the vehicle for me to do just that.

And with the extensive variety of single serve cups from Green Mountain and other roasters, there's something for every taste and preference.  Whether it's mild, medium or dark roast coffee (or a cup of herbal tea).

If you haven't caught the single serve fever, the approaching holiday season is the perfect time to buy one for yourself or make a subtle hint to your kids, parents or siblings.  A welcome addition to the coffee loving household.

*Green Mountain provided me with a free Single Serve Brewer for the purposes of preparing this review.  The opinions stated are my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Code Cracked! Winners of the Weaver's Hakrz Delight

Happy Hump Day!

KJ Adubofour of California
Daniel Bonneau of Massachusetts

Your one pound bag of Weaver's Hakrz Delight is on the way!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coffee "Cults" - What Does Your Favorite Say About You?

Okay, maybe I'm getting a little too deep for a Friday, but I couldn't help but analyze or shall I say "presume to analyze" the customers in Coffee Bean this morning.

First of all, I don't usually go to Coffee Bean.  However, I really like their coffee.  It's just that the location near my work is a little smaller than most and it's always crowded.  But today I wanted to pick up a gift card for a birthday and I know my friend loves Coffee Bean.

The first thing I noticed is how everyone in line was waiting patiently and not in a super hurry like the people who are in my usual morning coffee shop.  There were only two baristas and no one seemed to mind that it wasn't like a "drive through."

As I was putting my one raw sugar into my coffee, I thought "the people who come here regularly really are particular about their coffee."  Meaning, they are definitely loyal to this chain.  And then I thought, "so are the people at the larger chain."

Which brings me to coffee types or "cults," if you will.  There's a certain personality that's drawn to a particular coffee, either because they're from a certain geographic region (people who frequent Coffee Bean tend to be from the So Cal area and people obsessed with other shops tend to be from, shall we just say, for example, Seattle).

What does your coffee style say about you?  Just something to sip on as we ease into the weekend.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

There's Still Time - I'm Giving Away Hakrz Delight (TM) from Wild Card Roasters and Weaver's Coffee

Crack the Code - Support A Good Cause:  Girls In Tech

I'm giving away two one pound bags of Hakrz Delight (TM) to two winners who will be randomly selected.  

Email me at

*Giveaway Ends Midnight PST on October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hakrz Delight (TM) "Crack the Code" - Free, Free, Free Coffee From Wild Card Roasters and Weaver's!

Crack the Code - Support A Good Cause:  Girls In Tech

I'm giving away two one pound bags of Hakrz Delight (TM) to two winners who will be randomly selected.  

Email me at

*Giveaway Ends Midnight PST on October 13, 2014

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--()--Wild Card Roasters, LLC, an Artisan coffee roasting company has introduced a new coffee, Hakrz Delight – Crack The Code, under its Weaver’s Coffee & Tea brand in support of Girls in Tech. By purchasing this product, consumers are supporting the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship around the world.
“I developed this coffee blend for people who are addicted to Cracking the Code of Life – whether they’re online or are just busy with their day to day existence.”
Vice president, Renee Brown, said Hakrz Delight is a combination of all things we love at Wild Card. “John Weaver and I were on the campus of a large social media company in Silicon Valley when we heard a story about a competition taking place to see which employee could hack into their servers. John and I had recently talked about developing a new coffee, but wanted to make sure we created something that gave back to a cause we admired. Girls in Tech emulates the fundamental vision at Wild Card Roasters — empowering and partnering with passionate people and enabling them to achieve their goals by doing something they love.”
Initially, donations will go to supporting server costs for their global network of sites. “Entrepreneurial endeavors are always challenging and we look forward to helping those with a similar vision,” said John Weaver, master roaster at Weaver’s Coffee, “I developed this coffee blend for people who are addicted to Cracking the Code of Life – whether they’re online or are just busy with their day to day existence.”
"We're thrilled that Weaver’s has chosen to support Girls in Tech with their Hakrz Delight Coffee, as our mission centers around empowering women in technology and entrepreneurship around the world. And it's a coffee that fits the tech and startup world well —described as bold, bright, with a clever playfulness – and I might add that the coffee label is pretty great too."
Perfecting Hakrz Delight means paying close attention to the specific balance between aroma, flavor, acidity and body. Weaver works completely by hand (his roasters are entirely mechanical) so he can truly control the time, temperature and size of each batch of coffee he roasts. “Hand-roasting coffee is my passion, and each year I look forward to creating new and exciting coffees for our customers and partners.”
Coffee tastings, Tea tastings, facility tours, and other special events are announced on Weaver’s website, and on their FacebookTwitter pages.
Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea is a wholly owned, proprietary brand of the privately held, California-based, Wild Card Roasters, LLC. Weaver’s line of artisan coffees feature Fair Trade Certified and 100% Certified Organic coffees and conventional coffees as well as fine hand blended teas, 100% Certified Organic Teas and conventional teas. The company maintains sales offices in Southern California, Tokyo, and Hawaii and sponsors the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes France each year. The Weaver’s brand bears the name of master roaster and president of Weaver’s Coffee and Tea, John Weaver, who began roasting coffee in 1980 where he apprenticed under two legendary coffee experts, Alfred Peet and Sal Bonavita. Weaver is recognized as one of the most accomplished coffee roasters and tasting experts in the world. After nearly three decades as master roaster, Weaver left Peet’s Coffee to start Wild Card Roasters with Michael Brown, Bryce Inouye and Renee Brown in 2007. Weaver’s fresh, hand-roasted artisan coffees and fine teas are available through specialty grocery and gourmet food stores throughout the United States, as well as on their website ( Customers may also call (800) 328-1178 to order products. For wholesale inquiries including Office Coffee and Food Service, contact Renee Brown:
Weaver’s Coffee & Tea Cafe is located at 40 Louise Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901. Hours are Monday — Friday, 6:00am - 6:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 6:00am - 3:00pm
*Giveaway sponsored by Wild Card Roasters and Weaver's Coffee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ethiopian Doyo from Peet's Coffee and Doyo Cooperative Farms - In A Word, Exotic

I'm getting my day off to a nice strong start with Peet's Ethiopian Doyo Coffee.

A bold coffee with floral notes and a great back-story.

Thanks, Peet's for introducing me to Doyo Cooperative and this wonderful coffee.

The Doyo Cooperative consists of approximately 430 small holder farmers where coffee is grown at an altitude of 1800-2100 meters.

Located in the Mana District, Jimma Zone of the Oromia Region in Western Ethiopia.

Washed and sun dried.

Hard, honest work from the Doyo Cooperative produces an exceptional and exotic cup of coffee.