Saturday, April 21, 2018

Raven-black coffee.


MUG: Texas Sesquicentennial coffee mug (from China), featuring a panel from the Texas History Movies graphic history book series.

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

NOTES: April 21, 1836: the Anglo-Celtic forging of what became known as 'America'.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

MINI Traveller


MUG: Eleven ounce (one standard coffee mug) Chinese travel mug sold by MINI Lifestyles (a subsidiary of MINI USA). perfect size for that last cup of coffee as you drive to work. Double-walled, stainless steel, vacuum insulated travel mug that actually fits in a MINI's cup-holder. The vacuum area is very small, so the insulating properties are small, too. The exterior is painted with a rubberized paint for excellent touch. The lid is omni-directional, and doubles as a drip cup when you get closer to end of your beverage.

COFFEE: 'Breakfast Blend' coffee beans, ground on demand by a monster-Kuerig coffee maker (no K-Cups) in MINI of Austin's customer lounge. Brewed 'strong' (the strongest of three choices). I don't think 'strong' means what Kuerig thinks it means. This machine replaces a similar Starbuck's-branded machine at the dealership.

NOTES: The ancestor of my MINI Clubman was the Morris Mini Traveller, whose father was the Morris Minor Traveller.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I'm mulling how to make glue from wine.


MUG: Fiesta Ware coffee/tea cup.

COFFEE: Nope. Nurnberger Christkindl Markt Gl├╝hwein.

NOTES: I should have added a cinnamon stick, and a few cloves. Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Trumpet Blast


MUG: Promotional mug, Chinese made, probably from Discount Mugs. Trumpet mouth, with a nice handle, and in the colors of the only high school football team I pay attention to... the Denison Yellowjackets.

COFFEE: The Colombian Huila from Barrett's.

NOTES: I secured this mug from the throwaway box at work. The Savannah Club is an apartment complex catering to students, with rents that start at $915 a month. Times have changed.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Survival of the fittest.


MUG: Chinese-made paid promotional 14 ounce cafe mug, made by Discount Mugs for White Rock Coffee (whose imprint appears on the left-handed front). A speckled-blue glaze on the exterior (reminiscent of enameled steel mugs), with a white interior glazing.

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

NOTES: Great coffee house/roastery/bulk green bean supplier in Dallas. The original location (where I got this, filled with a nice Rwandan coffee) is on Northwest Highway in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas... above White Rock Lake. This is the area I grew up in. WRC has been Targeted by the predatory scum at Starbucks Corporate for elimination.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The end of the line.


MUG: As shown before, this is a Spanish ceramic coffee mug with a beautiful yellow glaze featuring hand-painted images of olive leaves, stems, and fruit. The cast body has a hand-attached handle. Thick and fairly light. A bit undersized.

COFFEE: Fair-Trade Organic Colombian Supremo, medium-roasted in San Antonio by Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market.

NOTES: The mug and coffee were both sourced from Melissa Guerra's shop in the Historic Pearl Brewery development in San Antonio. Due to rising rents and low sales volume, Melissa Guerra is closing shop today (although I believe she will maintain an internet store).

Monday, September 25, 2017

"I hope you roast in yellow!"


MUG: Spanish-made Waechtersbach. School bus yellow.

CONTENTS: Roasted tomato soup, creme-style. Brought to life with a few shots of Tabasco Sauce.

NOTES: From my time as the publisher of the unedited art magazine, Bwana-Art.