Thursday, February 26, 2015

Collect the whole set!


MUG: I recently acquired yet another 1980s Waechstersbach novelty mug from the Art Institute of Chicago. All the usual physical accolades about this mug apply.

COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua. Organic, Free-Trade, freshly medium-light roasted.

NOTES: I previously have purchased white, blue, and grey versions of this 'Famous Artists' mug, all made in Spain. This one is different. The glaze is the fantastic molten-lava red that you just have to see in person. Similar to the radioactive (literally) red glaze that Fiestaware used years ago, but with a two-tone element that looks like hot flowing lava and the slightly cooler, darker surface.  In addition, this mug is unique in that was not not made in Spain, but in Germany, "W GERMANY" to be exact (which also dates the mug to no later than the mid 1980s).

Of personal interest, Raoul Dufy was one of my mother's favorite artists, while Marcel Duchamp is one of mine. Both signatures are visible above (and examples of their work can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago).




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Freeze Relief


MUG: Waechstersbach (Germany) winter motif mug. I love the glaze-resist decoration method, and the deep royal blue color.

COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua from Central Market.

NOTES: Late February freezing cold spell. Off work conveniently. Fire in the fireplace. Appropriate occasion for the mug.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Give me a clue.


MUG: A novelty 11 ounce ceramic mug designed/marketed by Mulberry Home Collection. Made in China, using the glaze-resist method. This is inspired by the old enameled steel cups known for their small liquid capacity and their high capacity to burn lips.

COFFEE: An organic, free-trade, vegan (and possibly terrorist) approved high altitude coffee from Chiapas Mexico, via Central Market Westgate (roasted by Frank last Friday).

NOTE: In the pre-dawn darkness when coffee is brewed, labeling can be an important aid in drinking the correct beverage.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hands up! Bottoms up! Merry Christmas!

 

MUG: A Christmas novelty mug I found at HEB+. Chinese-made, there were also reindeer and Santa boots models available (I passed on those). Surprisingly easy to grip with the giant candy cane handle, and stable on its three-point support (two hands and a cap tip).

HOT COCOA: Hot Cow Cow double dark chocolate cocoa from McSteven's Cocoa of Vancouver, Washington. I found this at Central Market. Very rich, and priced for the same. The packaging oddly has a cow with the state of Texas on it. No explanation.

NOTES: Speaking of "stable...(and) three-point support." In a stable, the Creator of the Universe (as the second person of the Trinity) became like us so that we can become like him... if we just surrender to his good news.

Hands up! Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

O what fun.


MUG: Chinese-made 'Holiday' mug from a company called TAG, via Central Market. Pretty good 'drinker', with a manly handle (three fingers) and a slight lip for a good 'mug kiss' (lip to lip).

COFFEE: Colombian Santander organic, also from Central Market. Roasted five days ago.

NOTES: Even though I'd already gotten my annual 'Christmas Mug' (not yet featured), I saw this last night and decided it fit a current event, and therefore needed to be shared here. The backside of the mug shows what appears to be a British Austin A35 automobile laboring beneath a Christmas Tree. The A35 was followed by the Austin/Morris Mini.


I drive a MINI R55, and fetched my tree in much the same way two days ago, which made spirits bright in the Summer Home.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fast Forward


MUG: Chinese-made cafe mug with vaguely French pretensions. Decent volume, thick casting but a bit light for the thickness. Perhaps not very durable. The inverted-cone design has a nice fluted foot for stability. There is good tactile lip feel, but an undersized finger handle. Sur La Table branded. Non-microwaveable.

COFFEE: Medium-roast El Tigre Costa Rican from the "Fast Forward" line of the roaster, Counter Culture Coffee (based in and shipped from Asheville North Carolina).

NOTES: A nice cup... both the ceramics and the contents. Hat-tip to my wife Linden for bringing the cup home, and to Herr Doktor Smith for his kindness in sending coffee from his Nirvana.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day of the Dead coffee


MUG: Previously featured, a pink Death's Head with a resist block glaze. Made in Germany by Waechtersbach.

COFFEE: A new one (sort of). Colombian from Huilda, Alto Finca Guadalupe. Roasted by Tyler at Central Market Westgate.

NOTES: An excellent cup of coffee, served in a great mug.