Friday, May 20, 2016

Now We Are Three: The Accidental Deutschelavenderfest


MUGS: Genuine Waechtersbach mugs. These were made in Germany. No more?

COFFEE: Guatemala Antiqua, roasted and sold at Central Market Westgate. My 'change of pace' coffee.

NOTES: A couple of years ago, Waechtersbach USA kindly sent me a replacement mug for a defective one I had purchased (glazing fault). They were out of the color I wanted, and substituted it with one of these lilac/lavender colored mugs. They were out of the color I wanted because they were apparently no longer importing these German ceramic gems. Apparently, their 'Fun Factory' line now comes from China (marketed as 'Waechtersbach of Germany').

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a very low ($6) opening bid on Ebay for a pair of these. I wanted to watch the bidding, so I placed the low bid (figuring I'd be outbid quickly... the shipping was very reasonable, too). No one else bid. I now have three.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I've got some Splaining to do.


MUG: Handmade ten ounce (slightly undersized) coffee mug from Spain. Thick walls (good heat retention), bright color (easy to find in the pre-dawn coffee-drinking hours), smallish handle (one finger), decorated with an olive(?) motif. Pleasant drinker.

COFFEE: The last of my current supply of Colombian Santander from Central Market Westgate. Tomorrow morning, I'll be switching to a Guatemalan bean for a while.

NOTES: Saw this mug (and a bunch of other cool stuff) at a mostly kitchen shop at the Historic Pearl Brewery yesterday in San Antonio, Melissa Guerra, Tienda de Cocina. Nice shop. Recommended.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Merry Christmas! April Fools!


MUG: Waechtersbach mug from W. Germany by way of Neiman-Marcus, dated 1985. All the usual accolades about its functionality and design apply, topped off by The Epicure Shop's ancient Greek epicurean logo, tarted up for Christmas.

COFFEE: Colombian Santander from Central Market WestGate... pretty much the only reason I will drive into Austin.

NOTE: The Epicure Shop at Neiman-Marcus, especially the one at NorthPark in Dallas (with the adjacent Little Mermaid Bar casual restaurant and bakery), was my introduction and education to fine food and food gadgets. Finding this pristine Waechtersbach mug in their trademark molten red glaze was a real treat for me. It is simply The-World's-Best-Coffee-Mug.

No foolin'.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Coffee with Fritz.


MUG: Generic, heavy, diner mug. No attribution as to manufacture or origin. Solid, and functional.

COFFEE: Generic, dark, coffee-shop coffee. No attribution as to roaster or origin. Solid, with decent flavor.

NOTES: Served with breakfast at Schilo's Delicatessen in San Antonio, Texas. Come here for the food. Pictured below is the Papa Fritz Breakfast Plate. Recommended.


Good to the last drop.


MUG: Café-style bowl mug. Made in China for Tuxton. Nice

COFFEE: Folgers Dark Roast, as served at La Villita Café (whose placard signs around La Villita declare "gourmet coffee").

NOTES: Actually pretty darn good. Surprisingly.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Smoke on the water.


MUG: Not. Instead, it's a Glencairn whisky tasting glass.

COFFEE: Nope. Ardbeg 10 year old Islay single malt whisky.

NOTES: The sun has set. It's a feast day.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Groundcoffee Hog's Day


MUG: The 'Sainte Germain Collection' cup from Sur le Table featured below. As previously noted, it's made in China (what isn't?). It's a pleasant drinker, with a nice footed funnel shape. The decoration is attractive, somewhat reminiscent of classic 'restaurant/hotel' design.

COFFEE: Columbian Santander from Central Market Westgate. Medium-light roasted to perfection by Frank.

NOTES: Running short on coffee beans this morning, so I used a 'short' cup.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mini MINI travel mug.


MUG: A 12 ounce (unusual size... more on that later) travel mug by Savor (Made in China... like every other consumer good in the USofA). It's a double-walled stainless steel mug (but not a vacuum design like a Yeti), as opposed to the stainless steel exterior/plastic interior design that's become more common (and cheaper). This one is sold by MINI dealers, and has a nice integrated 3D MINI logo inset on it.

COFFEE: Ethiopian Guji Shakiso from the Southgate Central Market. Light-roasted by Frank.

NOTES: The 12 ounce size is about the same volume as a standard coffee mug. In some ways, this makes more practical sense than does a 16, 18, or 20 ounce (like my Yeti Rambler... which also comes in a ridiculous 30 ounce size) travel mug. The realistic heat-retention for an 11 ounce mug is fine. I mean, you're gonna DRINK it now. Otherwise, you get a genuine Thermos, so you can drink it later.

The neat thing about this small-sized travel mug from MINI is that it clears the switch gear in the car. I can have coffee to drink and still roll down my windows, or turn on my fog lamps!

This travel mug was a gift from my new service adviser at MINI of Austin, Roy Myers.

Thanks, Roy! Very much appreciated.