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Weekend Coffee

Weekend Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Weekend CoffeeLocation: Dallas, TXWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Weekends are usually the focal point of a person's week. Outings get planned, ideas become daydreams and recreation gets Grouponed. We are a culture that lives and dies by our weekends.Read more »Continue Reading

Orange is the New Black – Function Coffee Labs

Orange is the New Black – Function Coffee Labs

There was a time a decade or so ago when I considered citrus to be an anathema to coffee. I felt that the two did not mix, like teenage mosh pits and acupuncture. But then about the time I started this blog, I became acquainted with coffees possessing natural citrus flavors, and slowly I understood that citrus not only had a place at the coffee table, but it deserved a seat of honor.Read more »Continue Reading

Spice Up Your Holidays With Coffee

So much cooking and baking goes on around the holidays. I just love this time of the year. While I’mContinue Reading

Guatemala Santa Rosa at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven now has Guatemala Santa Rosa coffee. If you like a nice mild cup of coffee, then this volcanic grownContinue Reading

What Would Happen If Starbucks Had A Bouncer?

What would happen if Starbucks had a bouncer like a night club? That is the question that that comedian JenaContinue Reading

Starbucks Releases Emoji for All Your Texting Needs

Starbucks Releases Emoji for All Your Texting Needs

How many times have you settled for a smiley face when what you really wanted to send was a picture of a tiny Frappuccino? Even if the answer to that question is “none,” you will never have to settle again because Starbucks has just released an emoji keyboard full of tiny Starbucks-related graphics that you can insert into any text on your iPhone or Android device. The keyboard includes a variety of drinks, snacks and other goodies. The unicorn drinking a Frappuccino just might be my favorite, but there is something for everyone.Continue Reading

R2-D2 Coffee Press: The Droid You’re Jonesing for

R2-D2 Coffee Press: The Droid You’re Jonesing for

I always imagined that R2-D2 was one of those happy morning people that folks who have a hard time getting up and going each morning would hate. I see R2 beeping his way up and down the halls waking everyone…Continue Reading

Henry and June

Henry and June

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Henry and JuneLocation: Atlanta, GAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Updated 9/19/16: It appears this place is in the process of closing down, with limited hours and offerings. Stop by while you still can (check their social media for updates).Tis a loss for Atlanta. While I understand the risks, I personally…Continue Reading

Can Coffee Be Addicting? The Pros And Cons Of Coffee

Can Coffee Be Addicting? The Pros And Cons Of Coffee

Just like with eggs and milk, and probably numerous other food items over the years, coffee has gotten great press about the healthful things it can do for you, and it’s gotten negative press about the bad things it can do to you. So how do you know if you’re getting a good thing or a bad thing in your morning cup of Joe? Well, if you’ve been drinking coffee for years, and it works for you, and…Continue Reading

Global Coffee Consumption Hits All Time High

Global Coffee Consumption Hits All Time High

While many people still reach for tea over coffee, coffee consumption is at an all time high all across the globe. The spike in global demand is thanks, in part, to a 1.5% increase over the past 12 months in US coffee consumption alone. That’s our highest level ever. But the US isn’t the only country enjoying a hot cup of joe. Demand in China, Japan and …Continue Reading

Cold Coffee Beans Produce Better Brews

Cold Coffee Beans Produce Better Brews

It is common knowledge among coffee enthusiasts that coffee beans produce the best coffee when they are freshly roasted, when the beans are full of the oils that give coffee so much flavor. It is also common knowledge that beans should be ground just before brewing, if at all possible, for optimum flavor. While we talk…Continue Reading

Mugged: Reunion Island Coffee Roasters

Mugged: Reunion Island Coffee Roasters

Subject: Reunion Island Coffee RoastersCoffees Mugged and Rating [see key]:- Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza Brazil Obata 6+- Finca Buenos Aires Colombia Gesha 6+Great coffee rarely sticks around for a long time, especially microlots. Sure the name all but spells out "limited availability" but not all smaller offerings are created equal. Two that barely got to my door before selling out were two fantastic selections from Reunion Island Coffee Roasters.Read more »Continue Reading

Most Preferred Coffee Flavors

Most Preferred Coffee Flavors

Coffee today is as interesting as ever because of the availability of varied flavors. Thanks to people’s innovativeness, this favorite drink of adults can now be consumed depending on one’s mood and tastebuds. Gone are the days when coffee gets served either black or with cream only. These days, adults can even prepare or order it hot or cold, with whip cream and in many other flavors. These include the espresso, capuccino, mocha, French vanilla, Americano, caffe latte, hazelnut, Turkish and Machiato among others. So which is the most popular type of coffee today? Capuccino There’s…Continue Reading

5 Things To Know About Your Favorite Beverage – Coffee!

5 Things To Know About Your Favorite Beverage – Coffee!

Coffee is the favorite and preferred drink of choice of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people around the world. Something about those beans brings out the comfort in some, and the practical energy in others, but most agree that it’s one drink that’s a staple of modern culture. But how versed are you about it as a topic? Consider these following five things to know about your favorite beverage…Continue Reading

The Blue Sky Coffee Press provides your normal dose of caffeine and takes up half the space

The Blue Sky Coffee Press provides your normal dose of caffeine and takes up half the space

Coffee, coffee, everywhere, but no more counter space. We get a little overzealous with buying new toys for making coffee, and it simply can’t be helped as…Continue Reading

Vintage Tea and Coffee

Vintage Tea and Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Vintage Tea and CoffeeLocation: Cleveland, OHWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Whenever I peak in, Cleveland's coffee landscape seems to be improving quite nicely. Whether LeBron is the one to thank or it's just a mix of local talent meeting a growing need for excellent beverages, the city provides new caffeinated delight every time I visit.Read more Continue Reading

Starbucks to Put Iced Coffee on Tap

Starbucks to Put Iced Coffee on Tap

Iced coffee is more popular than ever – and not just because we are heading into summer at the moment. Many coffee shops, including Starbucks, have been seeing a lot of success with cold brew coffee, but it is time consuming to make and there are times when shops run out of their supply when demand is high. Starbucks recently announced that they will be adding ice coffee on tap. The coffee will be a nitrogen-infused cold brew …Continue Reading

Uses of Coffee Grounds for the Skin

Uses of Coffee Grounds for the Skin

When it comes to body massage, there are now a wide variety of products used as body scrub. Apart from the usual oil and lotion, there are also other natural ingredients used such as mud, volcanic stones, even chocolate and coffee grounds. While coffee has health benefits when consumed by the body, it also benefits the skin such as when used during a massage. There are many reasons why coffee is great for skin treatment. It is not only affordable but also contains anti-oxidant properties, can remove dead skin cells and tightens pores thereby lessening …Continue Reading

Boxo

Boxo

Subject: Boxo Coffees Mugged and Rating [see key]: – Joe Van Gogh: Nicaragua Selva Negra 5 – Larry’s Coffee: Colombia Fonco Paez 5 Sleuthing out great coffee is something I really enjoy. Much like Indiana Jones thrives on risking his life to unearth forgotten or really-hard-to-find artifacts, I love seeking out great coffees from great roasters. And while much of my social circle does not Continue Reading

Drinking Coffee May Reduce Liver Damage

Drinking Coffee May Reduce Liver Damage

A new study revealed that drinking coffee may reduce the liver damage associated with drinking… other things, including beer, wine and spirits. A study conducted at Southampton University in the UK found that those who consumed 2 or more cups of coffee each day were 44% less likely to develop cirrhosis than those who drank less. Cirrhosis is not only caused by alcohol consumption, but excessive drinking is strongly linked to it, along with hepatitis infections and other immune disorders. In all …Continue Reading

Starbucks Launches Molten Hot Chocolate Trio for Valentine’s Day

Starbucks Launches Molten Hot Chocolate Trio for Valentine’s Day

Molten chocolate cakes are a decadent dessert that have been a Valentine’s Day must-have for years, though they are popular the rest of the year when you want an extra-indulgent dessert, as well. This year, Starbucks is releasing a trio of molten chocolate drinks so that you …Continue Reading

Researchers develop Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

Researchers develop Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

The language around wine changed dramatically when the Wine Aroma Wheel was developed at UC Davis because it allowed people to easily describe all the flavors that exist in wine. Coffee researchers and the Specialty Coffee Association of America recently developed the new Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel (click above photo to enlarge) in the hopes that this wheel will do for coffee what the wine wheel did for wine. The wheel tries to capture every flavor that can be found in coffee – from slate to strawberries &#…Continue Reading

Trader Joe’s Pour Over Brew In The Bag Coffee Brewer Brazil, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Pour Over Brew In The Bag Coffee Brewer Brazil, reviewed

When I spotted the Pour Over Brew In The Bag Coffee Brewer at Trader Joe’s, I didn’t just pick up one to give it a try. I picked up a half dozen and took them straight home to make them. These handy little packets have all you need to brew up pour over-style coffee without any prep or mess. The waterproof packets are filled with …Continue Reading

Philter

Philter

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Philter Location: Kennett Square, PA WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] The Philadelphia area possesses quite a few great holiday attractions. Yet if I had to distill them down, the two must-see stops are definitely the Christmas Light Show in Philadelphia’s Old Wanamaker Building and nearby Longwood Gardens. Both have been a long-standing Continue Reading

Jiva Instant Coffee Cubes

Jiva Instant Coffee Cubes

It can be difficult to find good coffee when you’re traveling – especially if you’re on a trip that requires you to be “on the go” without much time to dedicate to sourcing out a good local coffee spot. I’ve been known to tuck a few packets of Starbucks Via into my purse before heading to the airport (so much better than airplane coffee) and these Jiva Instant Coffee Cubes offer you another travel-friendly option. Unlike plain instant coffee options, these cubes are a complete coffee…Continue Reading

Folklore Coffee and Company

Folklore Coffee and Company

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Folklore Coffee and Company Location: Elizabethtown, PA WiFi?: yes Rating: 5+ [see key] Dotted throughout the eastern Pennsylvania countryside exist many pleasant towns. Once places of industry, these villages exist now as centers of local culture and gathering hubs for lunch dates. Fortunately many such towns also have a rising occurrence Continue Reading

Brewing Vietnamese Coffee at Home

Brewing Vietnamese Coffee at Home

To me, Vietnamese coffee is one of the unsung heroes in the world of java. When brewed properly, Vietnamese coffee is rich and dark with an amazing smoothness on the palate. Family and friends, well-aware of my coffee habit, happily enable my addiction by always bringing me coffee from their travels around the world; receiving coffee from Vietnam is always a thrill to me, and I’ve tried …Continue Reading

Case Study Coffee

Case Study Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Case Study Coffee Roasters Location: Portland, OR [NE Sandy Blvd shop] WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] Long, long ago in the pre-smart phone days, I would use the hunt-with-my-eyes method of locating coffeehouses. Essentially I would do minimal research when visiting a new place and wing it, hoping that in wandering the right Continue Reading

Coffee Still a No-No for Kids

Coffee Still a No-No for Kids

With all the various coffee drinks readily available in the market today, many kids and teens have come to like the drink. In fact, there are brands that have come up with coffee drinks especially meant for children. But are these really healthy and okay for kids to consume? Health experts think otherwise. While they believe that coffee does not totally affect the growth of children, it still has not-so-good effects on their overall health…Continue Reading

Astronauts Make First Coffee in Space

Astronauts Make First Coffee in Space

This one’s for the books. Astronauts comprising the Expedition 43 have made a remarkable feat by making the first coffee in space. Thanks to a coffee making machine delivered from Earth, the astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) have finally satisfied their craving for coffee. Called the ISSpresso, the Espresso machine was created courtesy of the Italian Space Agency, Argotec engineering firm and coffee company Lavazza. The delivery of this specially designed machine got delayed for months. It was originally scheduled to be transported…Continue Reading