# Monday, November 13, 2006

Bought my first pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend this season. I went in on Saturday to buy my sweetie an iced tea (and an iced coffee for me) and there it was on the shelf. I couldn't resist.

Had a pot on Sunday. Yummy.

Post Author: rico
Monday, November 13, 2006 10:29:28 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, February 03, 2006

Coffee-licious — though too bad they messed it up with all that milk.

Post Author: rico
Friday, February 03, 2006 9:00:11 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Q: What do the Aerobie Flying Disc and coffee have in common?

A: Why, the AeroPress Coffee Machine, of course.

Coffee lovers, this looks very cool. Check the bottom of the article for links to reviews, discussions, etc. A better article/explanation is here.

Too bad my birthday is in October.

(thanks to Jacob for the pointer)

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:11:05 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I realize that I posted a link to Marginal Revolution yesterday, but they've got such good stuff I'm posting another link today.

Here's a link about Fair Trade that explores the concept applied to that most succulent of beverages, coffee.

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 8:26:16 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, August 05, 2005

Just came across this story: Kraft's Maxwell House Cuts Coffee Price.

Now, I could care less about Maxwell House coffee. Their old slogan used to be "good to the last drop" and on behalf of coffee snobs everywhere (such as myself), I think it's too bad that they haven't reached that "last drop" yet.

But cheap coffee seems to be in the business news. Here's another story about the "Mountain Grown" alternative: P&G Cuts Folgers Coffee Price as Beans Get Cheaper.

I can see the next headline already: "Yuban Prices Spike, Spokesman Says They Can Actually Afford Beans Now!"

Prices were apparently high in March, but they're lower now. The article on the mountain-grown mud that rhymes with "bolgers" notes:

Since peaking at $1.4425 per lb on March 11, NYBOT's benchmark arabica contract for September delivery fell to an 8-month low of 96.15 cents per lb on July 19. The contract is now trading around $1.0180 a lb.

This means that beans are about 30% cheaper now than they were. I wonder if this carries over to premium purveyors of caffienated goodness? I wonder if the local coffee shops will notice the difference?

Side note: I live in the Pacific Northwest (Bellingham, WA). It takes me anywhere from 5-10 minutes to drive from my house to the office, depending on the traffic lights. On my route, I pass at least seven (yes seven, just counted 'em in my head) coffee shops. That doesn't count gas stations or fast-food establishments. And there are far more just off that beaten path. Offhand, I'd guess there are at least 5 coffee shops within easy walking distance from the office. In short: coffee is huge here. Lower-priced premium coffee would be awesome. Hopefully the decrease in commodity price sticks and the competition (which is pretty tight here) drives the price down a bit.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, August 05, 2005 9:42:36 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, May 06, 2005

Yesterday a colleague of mine IM'd me this link detailing how to make coffee with a "press pot" (aka "French Press").

I use a french press when I make coffee at home, so I thought I might learn something from the link. Imagine my surprise when I realized that this is almost exactly how I make coffee with a press pot! Right down to using a chopstick to stir the brew prior to steeping!

I don't have a high-quality grinder, though. Maybe someday. I just can't see dropping $50 minimum on a high-quality burr grinder. So I use an el-cheapo blade grinder.

Anyway, if you're into coffee, and particularly if you've always been mystified as to how to make good coffee with a press pot/french press, you need to read this article.

And check out the rest of CoffeeGeek.com — it's an excellent site.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, May 06, 2005 4:39:48 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, February 27, 2005

When I realized that I was out of coffee at home last week, I made a mental note to pick up some beans next time I was in the local Starbucks.

I was there on Saturday morning (as usual) and before I left I scanned the selection. I saw the label for Arabian Mocha Sanani, which I'd never tasted before. So I knew I had to have it.

It's early Sunday morning, and I just kind of woke up before my alarm for no explicable reason, so I went to the kitchen to make some coffee. All I can say is: Wow! I hope they have this stuff there again the next time I buy beans, because it is excellent. Dark, strong, black coffee. They didn't have much, though, so I'm not holding my breath.

If you see some and want to splurge, I highly recommend it.

Post Author: Rico
Sunday, February 27, 2005 6:15:25 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, December 01, 2004

First, I fix my drippy bathdub faucet.

Then, I come home and check my mail. What was in there? Why, nothing but a little card from Starbucks. To thank me for being a “registered Starbucks Card user” they're poppin' an additional five-spot onto my account.

I dunno how much I've spent there (I'm a coffee-aholic: no fru-fru drinks, straight coffee or straight triple-shot tall americanos; an occasional double-short cappucino) but they've surely made more than five bucks off of me in the past year.

Still, it's a nice thing.

Let's see, I could get two double-short cappucinos, or three-and-a-half tall drip coffees, or a triple-tall americano and two tall drip coffees, or ...


Post Author: Rico
Wednesday, December 01, 2004 7:58:49 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Sunday, November 14, 2004

I'm normally not one to get excited about the marketing of Christmas, but I make one exception: Starbucks Christmas Blend.

This once-yearly coffee treat is so very yummy. I always look forward to it.

One problem: I still have some Panama la Florentina left to consume, so when I make coffee at home, I have a dilemma: Christmas blend, or Panama la Florentina?

Oh, the choices!

Post Author: Rico
Sunday, November 14, 2004 2:41:17 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I love coffee. Not that fru-fru, all-fancied-up stuff (iced frappa-whatever) but the black gold that is coffee. No cream, no sugar, just the java.

The best coffee I've ever had, in recent memory, is a blend called Panama la Florentina, which is available at Starbucks.

It is only available this time of year. I so enjoyed it last year, I drank it almost exclusively at home for the time it was available. I'm almost afraid to start drinking it again.

Be warned, though: The coffee is excellent when you make it with a French Press; but it loses something when you use a drip machine.

Post Author: Rico
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 2:40:43 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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