Monday, November 30, 2015

This just about sums it up, don't you think?

MUG: Giant barrel-style mug (sixteen ounces), made in China for Home Essentials.

COFFEE: Not coffee, but Popular™ Mexican hot cocoa. In my opinion, it's the best of the type.

NOTE: I don't believe there's any point in discussing this post. The issue is settled.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stealing Hope.

MUG: Cafeteria-style mug from the late 1960s, early 1970s. No manufacturer info, but a faint impression of "U.S.A." in large letters on the bottom. The imprinted logo decoration has faded badly. A really pleasant, if not stylish, drinker. Good weight, sturdy handle, and nice 'lip' feel.

COFFEE: The Las Mingas Caturra coffee from Colombia's Huila region. Roasted by Cuvee Coffee. Thankfully, they mail it out so I don't have to drive into hell to buy some.

NOTE: Paul Klipsch used to hand these to visitors in his office in Hope, Arkansas. He wouldn't tell them whether it was a gift or not, leaving his guests with a sense of discomfort. If you don't know who Paul W. Klipsch was, you should.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Game. Set. Match.

MUG: Spanish Waechtersbach, imprinted for the Art Institute of Chicago. As an artist/art historian friend of mine said (paraphrased), "The thing I like most about Modernism is the artists' signatures."

All the usual stellar attributes of the Waechtersbach cylinder mug... now in stylish black, with red accents.

COFFEE: Las Mingas from Cuvee Coffee. "Milk chocolate aroma, lavender and brown sugar. Creamy body with a whiskey and pear finish. Located in Nariño, a state in western Colombia, the Las Mingas farms sit at about 6500 feet above sea level. These 'fincas' (farms) are only about 3 acres on average, often bounded by steep cliffs and natural waterfalls. The coffee itself is often shade-grown under a natural canopy of plantain, orange, and guamos trees."

Another Caturra coffee from Colombia's Huila region. I like these coffees.
Farm: Las Mingas
Region: Las Platas Huila
Country: Colombia
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Altitude: 1900m
Process: Washed
NOTE: I think I now have the complete edition. Red, White, Blue, Grey, and now Black. Am I missing one?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Turkish Delight? No... and that's a good thing.

MUG: Food-service stoneware, as served at The Leaning Pear in nearby Wimberley. Generic, heavy. Nicely styled and durable. Perfectly suitable.

COFFEE: Redbud Roasters Organic Fair Trade Coffee. No clue as to what the coffee beans are, as the menu simply identifies the roaster. I asked, but the waitress was new and she didn't know It was really quite busy so I didn't want to push her. She said that customers liked it, and commented that it smelled and tasted like Turkish coffee. Of course, that wasn't even close to the reality. It had a slight burned odor, indicating a dark roast, but the brew strength and flavor were standard American drip. It was good enough that I ordered a refill. I wouldn't buy any for home use, though. But for dining al fresco on a cool morning, it was perfectly suitable.

NOTES: This excursion was a Hill-Country drive with the Austin Mini Cooper Car Club

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Onward through the fog!

MUG: Diner mug of probably Chinese manufacture. The usable capacity is the standard 11 ounces. Great shape, thick handle, massive weight, and well-formed lip all make this a wonderful drinker. Tastefully adorned with the logo of a great culinary-arts supply shop, Der Kuchen Laden. It could come in handy should you need to crack open some nuts (or skulls) as well.

COFFEE: Upon further review, the ruling on the field has been reversed. The Colombian Santander from Central Market-Westgate, that I described below as "suddenly disappointing," tastes great today, with none of the 'burned' flavor I moaned about. Tasted great yesterday, too. Probably an allergy thing that made it taste burned for a while.

NOTES: A golf course rises though the fog where yesterday stood a lake.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Day of the Dead Coffee.

MUG: Chinese made imitation Mexican stoneware, designed in California (there's a lot compressed into that sentence).  The usable capacity is 12 ounces. Decent shape, good handle, well-formed lip all make this an OK drinker. It is made with that odd Chinese pottery construction that is lighter than its thickness would seem to dictate, which makes these type always seem somehow fragile. I found this mug among the abandoned mugs in the back of the break room cabinet at work.

COFFEE: The suddenly disappointing Colombian Santander from Central Market-Westgate. This used to be my daily coffee, but my last two purchases of this bean have indicated a shift towards a darker roasting profile. The former delicately rich subtleties have been replaced with that 'burned' flavor so popular with coffee drinkers. The coffee doesn't look to be a darker roast, but it sure tastes that way.

NOTES: I think this mug would make a better hot cocoa mug than coffee mug, or even a cappuccino mug. I now have something of a collection of Día de Muertos coffee mugs that i add to my other collections of things.

P.S. Happy Birthday, Tom R Moody III. Boo!


Monday, October 26, 2015

The first and the last.

MUG: Waechtersbach putty-colored cylinder mug. Made in W. Germany, purchased by me in Dallas,  ca. 1977. This is the mug that started this blog.

Simply. The. Best. Coffee. Mug. Ever.


COFFEE: The last (literally... I bought all they had, and now I've run out) of the San Sebastian Huila Colombian coffee from Cuvée Coffee. So good, I actually drove into Austin to get some (East Sixth Street in Austin, at that). This is the third Huila Region sourced Colombian I've tried (Huila Finca Guadalupe from Central Market, and La Colombe's Colombian San Roque were the other two). They have all been VERY good, and all have had limited availability.

NOTES: I notice Cuvée has another Huila coffee, Las Mingas, but they don't seem to be as excited about it. I guess I better try some and see.