Monday, June 12, 2017

Going back in time.

MUG: Chinese-made 10 ounce ceramic barrel mug. Thin walled, but fairly heavy. Ironstone?

COFFEE: Colombia Granja la Esperanza Bourbon from Bluebottle Coffee Company in Oakland, California. We got a sample bag of beans (one pot) to entice us into an ongoing mail-order delivery scheme. The coffee is good, but no thanks. I'll stay with my local roaster who delivers via Fedex.

NOTES: This mug was purchased years ago in the Menger Hotel gift shop in San Antonio. If you are going to San Antonio, you owe it to yourself to stay at the Menger... in the original wing. Nothing wrong with the newer sections, but all the ghosts live in the old building.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Lapping it up.

MUG: Chinese barrel mug, custom imprinted by Zazzle.

COFFEE: Colombia Huila, Pitalito, from Barrett's Micro Roast Coffee.

NOTES: I just completed an eight day tour of Texas (The One Lap of Texas). I had one really good cup of coffee during that time, and that was in a small coffee shop in Canyon, Texas. This is my second really good cup of coffee in the last nine days. I'm loving, lapping, and guzzling it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Here's Mud in your I."

MUG: Promotional diner-style mug from Muddy Water Coffee in Minnesota. Country of origin unknown, but probably China. Heavy ceramic with the slightly concave barrel design that defines this style of mug. The two-finger handle combines with the concave shape to create a great two-handed mug. Suitable to use with gloves.

COFFEE: Barrett's Microroaster Colombia Huila, Pitalito. Light roast. Drip brew.

NOTES: I bought this mug for two reasons. The secondary reason is a result of my preference for a strong light roast coffee. Light roast brews are 'browner' than darker roasts. The contents of the morning mug (especially when it has cooled a bit) is distinctly 'muddy water' looking.

My primary motivation however was my maternal grandmother, Peggy Louise Porter. Her family nickname (after my mother was born) was 'Little Mother', while her matriarchal mother was called 'Big Mother'. My older brother came along just prior to WWII, and as my father went off to defend America from the real threat of a Japanese invasion of Alaska, my mother and brother moved in with my grandmother. As he began to speak, my brother couldn't quite pronounce 'Little Mother', instead saying a name that sounded like 'Muddy'. It stuck.

Muddy was a remarkable woman whose full story died with her. Suffice it to say that the names Sheriff Bill Decker, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and Stanley Marcus were all intertwined in her life.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


MUG: Chinese novelty mug from Six Flags Over Texas featuring the name Austin. Generic, functional drinker.

COFFEE: Fresh-ground 100% Colombian from Ellington Roasting Company (a.k.a. Ben E. Keith). Surprisingly good restaurant coffee, brewed properly strong. Velvety. Served at the Chess Club Cafe in Blanco, Texas... along with an excellent breakfast.

NOTES: This is what I look like when I have to drive into Austin, Texas.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Joy to the World.

MUG: A conical sipper from World Market, made in Thailand. Nice shape, with an excellent handle. Two-tone (cream-colored exterior, cafe au lait-colored interior), with an earth-tone decoration of a map showing the coffee producing (and consuming) regions of the world with the local spellings for the word 'coffee'.

COFFEE: Colombian Santander from Central Market West Gate (and roasted by Frank on December 29th).

NOTES: Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Glue for the soul.

MUG: Fiesta Ware tea cup and saucer. Made in the USA by Homer Laughlin since the 1930s.

COFFEE: Not coffee, but heated Nuremberg Gluehwein, with a wedge from a giant lemon grown in the Rio Grande Valley. It will make you 'glow'.

NOTE: The Gluehwein wine is from Italy. Italian Nuremberg wine... go figure. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Cure for the Uncommon Cold.

MUG: A Chinese (?) mug purchased through Zazzle™ with a photo print decoration. The ubiquitous Waechtersbach-style barrel mug.

COFFEE: Instead of coffee, I am drinking some Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon (Xocolatl). Popular is my usual brand Chocolate de Metate, but this is a new-to-me 'gourmet' product from HernĂ¡n. It is made in Mexico by local artisans.

NOTES: The mug has an imprint of a 1933 Texas Highway Department road map. I have used this very map as a route guide for the upcoming One Lap of Texas. With a fire in the hearth, and mug of hot cocoa in my belly, the very uncommon (in Central Texas) outdoor wind chill factor of 7 degrees Fahrenheit doesn't seem to be an issue (for me).