Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I don't drink Blue Bottle coffee much. I like it. But it's so popular that it's really hard to get into the door, let alone make it up to the counter.
But, hey, it's Wednesday. Who says you can only treat yourself on Thursday?
I stayed the course and stood stood. Now I'm enjoying a nice cup of one of San Francisco's best-loved blends - Blue Bottle's Hayes Valley Espresso.
Because it's better to get over the hump than fall under it. Coffee helps.
at 3:18 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I was in Miami a couple of months ago and got hooked on Café Bustelo K-Cups.
When I returned home, I couldn't stop thinking about the robust flavor of espresso from the tiny little single serve. I thought, "Maybe it was because I was in Miami and the Cuban infusion is jading my impression."
So, I brewed a cup from Cross Country Café this morning.
It wasn't my imagination. It's the coffee.
Strong, rich espresso flavor at the touch of a button.
Find out for yourself. Café Bustelo K-Cups are available in stores and online at Cross Country Café.
at 11:36 AM
Sunday, April 30, 2017
I did not understand why it took so long to get my order from the Starbucks at the bottom of my building.
They always have plenty of baristas. In fact, they almost appear to be running over each other. I make an effort to go during "off-times" to avoid the early morning crowd, but it just seems to take an unusually long time to get my pastry or breakfast sandwich.
And then last week, I ran into two of my co-workers. I was patiently (okay, losing patience) waiting for my order to be prepared and they walked right up and snatched their orders from the counter. What was happening? Did they have an "in" at Starbucks?
They did. And it's called "mobile ordering." And the long-term effects of this new "mobile ordering system" are ruining the coffee shop experience. In my opinion.
It happened again yesterday. Saturday morning. No long lines yet a 15 minute wait for a mocha.
I'm all for technology and changing times, but the mobile ordering is making a great day for those who are just too busy to bother with standing in line or detaching from their phones long enough to stand in line and take a chance on making a new friend or interacting with a barista.
No offense to the millennials (or Starbucks) but there's something very wrong with a system that leaves me with a good cup of coffee and a very bad attitude.
at 9:00 AM
Sunday, April 23, 2017
When I received my bag of Café Bristol coffee, my initial reaction was "nice packaging."
When I opened it and poured out the beans, I thought, "they look a little dry."
So, I wasn't expecting much when I ground up the beans and brewed a pot.
With little to no enthusiasm, I poured myself a cup, added some raw sugar and non-fat milk, let it sit for about two minutes and took my first sip.
With a "biased" mind, I thought, "okay, it's coffee."
To my surprise, by the time I reached the bottom of the cup, I had to admit this is really good coffee. It really is good.
Fast forward to the second day and I'm enjoying another cup.
The moral of the story: Don't be fooled by looks. It's what's inside that counts.
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at 8:21 AM
Friday, April 14, 2017
In my never ending quest for the best Viennese blend coffee (and Viennese is not an easy blend to find), I've stumbled upon this delightful blend from Fonté Coffee Roasters in Seattle.
A blend of Central and South American coffees similar to French Roast but not quite as "smokey." The perfect balance of dark, spicy and delicious.
$13.50 for a twelve ounce bag and worth every penny.
at 7:52 AM
Sunday, April 2, 2017
To be perfectly honest, in this world of fast technology and everything being ready now - or even before you order - I can sincerely appreciate it when someone takes the time to make sure that my caffeine is carefully crafted.
And that's why my post today is all about Thomas. Thomas, the wonderfully gifted, incredibly patient, Starbucks barista in Oakland.
I've had my share of Clover coffees. And to be honest, some of the results have made me stop ordering a Clover. Why bother when it's rushed and it's just not that "extra special" cup of coffee.
I came in after the "12 o'clock hour" cutoff for a "dark" roast Verona, and Thomas didn't blink twice. He just went over to the Clover and did his thing! And he did it so well.
I didn't stop until I'd savored every last sip in my tall cup.
Dear Thomas: Thank you for making my weekend special. Starbucks is very lucky to have you and so are the customers.
at 10:48 AM
Friday, March 24, 2017
Funny how something as small as the color of a coffee cup can make you want to update your personal wardrobe.
That's what happened to me when the Starbucks barista handed me this minty green cup with my tall roast coffee today.
I thought, "Wow, change is good. So why am I still wearing all black?"
So, if the sun peeks through the rain and clouds this weekend, I promised myself I would go out and purchase one item of bright colored clothing.
If a new pastel blouse can pick me up like a pastel paper cup, maybe my attitude will "perk" up.
Get it? Perk up.
Cheers to the weekend.
at 3:57 PM
Friday, March 17, 2017
I can truthfully say that I would not have made it through the first week of "Daylight Savings Time" without this coffee.
The bold aroma gets me up and the rich, deep taste keeps me going.
This has been a two cup a day effort on my part.
Happy to say I've made it to Friday. Couldn't have done it without Starbucks Single Origin Sun-Dried Ethiopia Sidamo.
Cheers to the weekend!
at 3:31 PM
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Whistle while you work. Sort of.
This new Electric Mini-Kettle from Capresso is perfect for home and work.
Small office? No problem.
No office? No problem.
This little guy gets in where it fits in. Literally.
Works just like the big guys but takes up a fraction of the space while delivering hot water at the speed of sound.
It's tea-time from Capresso!
Features and Benefits
at 11:08 AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I'm not giving up coffee for Lent. Aside from the fact, that I don't want to set myself up for failure, I don't really think that's what the Season is all about.
And after hearing today's sermon at Mass, I might be onto something.
Don't get me wrong. Reflection and prayer is a good thing in my book.
However, I think it's more important to try to challenge ourselves to look inward for the next 40 days to see how we might be better people in word and deed.
I will try to gossip less - I said "try," - and I will try to avoid conflict and strife.
And for someone who's pretty much always hyped on coffee, those can be difficult tasks.
One more thing - I'm going to try to make time to have coffee with an old friend.
It's not about what you give up. More about what and who you let in.
Peace and Blessings.
at 12:29 PM
Monday, February 20, 2017
Is it fair for me to tell you about an amazing blend of coffee if it's no longer available?
I was so busy basking in the glory of my Valentine's Day gift to myself, that I forgot to share it with you, my closest friends.
It's Fonté Amore Blend. Specially roasted for St. Valentine's Day by Seattle's Fonté Coffee.
Dark, delicious, smooth, rich - just the way I like it.
My bag is now empty but Fonté is full of other great blends of coffee. You're sure to find one that suits you perfectly.
If you're not near their café in Seattle, don't worry, you can order online at Fonte.com.
at 6:30 AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
It's raining today and I wanted to do something different for breakfast.
So, instead of going downstairs to the other major coffee chain, which would have been the easiest, I decided to walk a little further and venture out into the elements for something that would make my trip worthwhile.
A creamy cup of Peet's Simply Oatmeal (with the dried blueberries that I love so much) and instead of opting for my normal "tall drip," I made it an Americano.
On days like today, you have to force yourself to smile. And what puts a smile on your face faster than hot oatmeal on a cold day and a steaming cup of strong (but not too strong) coffee?
Rainy days don't have to get you down.
at 12:27 PM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Another Favorite Time of the Year that comes After the Most Favorite Time of Year - Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo
I can't lie. I have many favorite coffees.
But one of the my very favorites that I wait for in anticipation is the Starbucks Guatemala Casa Cielo* which arrives between Christmas and Valentine's Day.
I wanted to "stage" the bag and show you how I'm brewing it these days (K-Cups, French Press, Chemex and Automatic Drip), but I figure that you already know how to do all those things.
And if a picture is worth a thousand words, Casi Cielo is worth a thousand sips.
So, here's to a Starbucks Original - and "Tasty Tuesday."
at 10:03 AM
Sunday, January 22, 2017
It's been a long time since I've blogged about Four Barrel Coffee.
Not because it's not amazing coffee. It just hasn't come across my mug. Shame on me.
Thank God for good friends who know what you like and give you great coffee presents.
Friendo Blendo is composed of Ethiopa Hunda Oli, Guatemala La Colina and Rwanda Muhororo.
Sort of sweet, a little fragrant. All-around delightful.
Make new friends, but keep the old. Four Barrel. It's been a long time.
So happy to reconnect.
Friendo Blendo. $17.50 for a 12 ounce bag.
at 7:49 AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Some people use the cliche, "to know me is to love me." My motto is "To know that I love coffee is to love me."
Today I received the most exciting holiday gift. Yes, it's post-holiday, I know. But that's really not the point. The point is that not only did someone think enough of me to honor me with a gift. It was the gift of coffee.
A trio of the most exciting blends I've seen this year. True statement. I can't wait to write about them. Another post for another day.
But today, I was reminded of how many wonderful people I've connected with over coffee, how many bright (and not so bright) ideas I've come up with while drinking coffee and just how much joy coffee brings to my life.
It might sound corny to some. But if you know me, it's just right.
It's going to be a great coffee year. I feel it in my mug.
at 3:03 PM