Friday, April 18, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Purchasey's Song

Bad news, bad news, comes to me where I shop.
Burn, burn, burn again.
Saying one of my finds is in dark trouble deep.
Burn, burn to the roast and the bean.

...with apologies to Robert Zimmerman.

Yesterday, I went by Central Market at West Gate to pick up some fresh coffee beans. While bagging my coffee, I overheard two of the roasting team members discuss plans to start roasting the coffees darker because of customer requests. The Austin coffee customer equates 'burned' with 'good' when it comes to coffee (just as they equate burned brisket crust combined with bloody meat as the sign of good barbecue). Coffee, beer, bbq, just about anything; overdone means superior in their minds.

Poseurs all.

These folks below were not poseurs by any means, even though they were trying a bit hard to be American-style folk-rockers. Turn, turn, turn again.



P.S. The tune is based on the old English folk song, The Wind And The Rain.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where do you draw the line?


MUG: A two-dimensional rendering of a barrel-style mug, done on a 'magic erase' drawing pad I got for my two-year old granddaughter for a buck at Target.

COFFEE: A steaming hot virtual Colombian.

NOTES: I used to draw.

Interestingly, below is a picture of my grandson showing off his artwork of a steaming mug of tea at the elementary school district art show.


Saturday, March 08, 2014

I'll take mine black.


MUG: A gift from the Bob Bullock State History Museum (don't bother to ask, "Which state?"). Chinese-made, with a black-trimmed lipped rim and foot. Sort of a Neo-Classical design, but it drinks well.

COFFEE: Brazilian Carmo de Minas Fezenda Sertão, Micro Lot 2. As most of my coffees are lately, this one was roasted at the Westgate Central Market. I like the good Brazilian coffees quite a bit. As the world's largest exporter of coffee beans, they produce a lot of crap beans for crap coffee as well, and the superior beans are a bit rarer in the marketplace.

NOTES: The mug was given to me by a dear friend who who made a decision to move away. Sort of a "piece offering"... as was the event the mug commemorates.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Mini mine.


MUG: Savor Drinkware travel mug. Double-walled, stainless steel, and spill proof to boot.

COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua roasted at Central Market.

NOTES: This travel mug is sorta mini-sized. It only holds 12 ounces, which is 6 ounces less than most travel mugs. Its raison d'être is so it will fit under a Keurig coffee maker. It was a necessary purchase for me, not because I have a Keurig (although I have used the one at work) but because when used in my MINI Cooper, it doesn't block the dash controls above the cup holders like a normal-sized travel mug.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Be still, and drink coffee.


MUG: A generic, ubiquitous Chinese-made imitation of a Waechtersbach cylinder mug. It's ubiquitous for a reason. It works.

COFFEE: Santander Organic Fair-Trade Colombian from Central Market. City roast, by Frank.

NOTES: This mug is of the Radio Free Babylon internet 'comic' strip Coffee With Jesus, and was produced in conjunction with the publishing of a book of the internet cartoons by Intervarsity Press. I won the mug, and a copy of the book, by having this mug selected as the single most tasteless, tackiest coffee mug posted on their Facebook page. A British mug of Charles and Diana came in second.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is my 'Happy Face'.


MUG: Nothing you haven't seen before. Waechtersbach (made in Germany). I've got nothing more to say on the matter (today).

COFFEE: Not coffee, which hasn't really been tasting very good since my case of "...an influenza-like upper respiratory infection" (so said the attending Physician). Today I am drinking some Taza Chipotle Chili Chocolate Mexicano, a stone-ground 70% dark "Mexican-style" chocolate in tablet form, from that renowned center of Central American cuisine... Massachusetts. It's about 500% more expensive (and not even close to being 500% better) than the authentic item from Mexico, but the word 'chipotle' causes my wallet to open... at least once.

NOTES: It's a cold morning. It's spicy hot chocolate. I have a cat on my lap. The 'Happy Face' mug is appropriate.