Wednesday, December 11, 2013
MUG: A stainless steel 12 ounce travel mug marketed by Savor. It fits the cupholders in my MINI without blocking some of the control buttons like a standard 16 ounce travel mug does (nor does it inadvertently activate the heated seats control, either).
COFFEE: A Starbuck's "Tribute" coffee pod as made in a Keurig Coffee Maker. The machine (and the coffee pod) is in the break-alcove where I have a seasonal mall job. The result is remarkably similar to the drip coffee served in a genuine Starbuck's.
NOTES: I put a wrist band around the travel mug, to aid in grip and to aid in mission. ExploreGod.com, it says. Do.
Oh, and Isaiah 6:5.
Monday, December 02, 2013
MUG: A plasti-feely-foamy cup thingie from Dixie Cup, the Perfect Touch cup. Soft to the touch, with a harder rolled edge to give decent lip feel. No polystyrene foam is used in its manufacture.
COFFEE: A "100% ORGANIC, 100% FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED, 100% ARABICA" coffee of unspecified origin, roasted and brewed by Summermoon Coffee in Austin. The roaster says, "NO FOSSIL FUELS, 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY, NO ELECTRICITY. We roast by hand in a brick oven, over a mesquite fire, using sight, sound, and smell to consistently offer our customers a unique and superior coffee experience." I've been told they use bicycles to rotate the roasting drums.
NOTES: Without a doubt, the absolute best 'church-coffee' I've ever been served (as served at The Well in Buda, Texas... which also 'served up' something entirely different and far less tasty yesterday).
As a great bonus, and no small thing to me, no human babies were burned to death in the fire of Moloch to make this coffee.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
MUG: Not a mug, but a new grinder. It's a Breville Smart Grinder.
COFFEE: A Santa Inez from Brazil, by way of the Central Market at Westgate.
NOTES: I replaced my well-used Cuisinart burr grinder a few months ago (when it disintegrated internally) with a Krups conical burr grinder. I tried to like it, but while it had some great advantages over the Cuisinart (it didn't make a huge mess), it also didn't grind the coffee consistently, resulting in 'muddy' coffee from my cone filter drip maker (drip filter grind had too much finely powdered coffee).
The Breville is a true conical grinder (the Krups was a hybrid, with concave/convex disc burrs). I asked it some questions, and it remains mute, so I guess it isn't really very smart. We'll see what its learning curve is.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
MUG: 0,25L German stoneware beer stein. Made by Franz Stöber. There's an Augustiner logo imprinted on the side not seen. This is the ceramic glaze color (salt glaze?) that my favorite Waechtersbach mugs come in, and probably related.
COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua coffee from/by Central Market Westgate. Roasted by Frank.
NOTES: Guten Morgen!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
MUG: The Ghost of Waechtersbach Past. Unknown make, unknown location of manufacture, but I presume China. General design is similar to the Waechtersbach design.
COFFEE: A Colombian coffee, made from organic beans grown on a small estate. City roast by Central Market, roasted onsite at their Westgate store in southern Austin. My new preferred source.
NOTES: After missing out on a Día de Muertos coffee mug at HEB before the day, I found this one at Superfly's Records records in San Marcos... where I also found an old Augie Meyer LP that wasn't already in my collection. Over-payed for the LP, but I paid a more than reasonable $6 for the cool mug.
There is much I dislike about the commercial-holiday-season (October through December). Dead holiday walking. This mug seems appropriate.
Friday, November 01, 2013
MUG: My happy mug. Made by, "Guess who?" Hint, it was made in Germany. Perfect shape and volume.
COFFEE: Still the "organic" Colombian from Central Market's in-house roastery. Still good.
COMMENTS: After "Trick-or-Treating" and "Trunk-and-Treating" last night night, my grandkids came by to display their costumes and booty. I got the Milk Duds. Today I'm having some of the leftovers for breakfast.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
MUG: Diner-style novelty mug, made for the 90th Anniversary of Neiman-Marcus. This is a mug of weapons-grade heft, a home-defense mug.
COFFEE: Wow! The best cup of coffee I have had in ages! It's a City roast Brazilian coffee, Fazenda Santa Ines from Carmo de Minas coffees. It was roasted and sold by Central Market at their Westgate store. It is outrageously good.
NOTES: The mug (as featured before) was made in Thailand and designed by High-Wave Good-Bi. It has a contrasting inner color (tan exterior, pale avocado green interior). Good handle, good lip, good heat-retention properties, and a good vibe (I grew up in the Neiman-Marcus culture). I have a matching mug that my wife uses. It has a green exterior and a rose interior. We only use these mugs on Sunday. If I use a different mug (or bring her coffee in her usual Polish-made coffee cup), I hear about it. It's our Sunday Morning Tradition/Ritual.
Now, about today's blog-post headline. Beer aficionados like to quote Ben Franklin as saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Great quote, but that's not what he said. What he really said was that rain is proof that God loves us, and because the rain causes the grapes to grow and they can be made into wine, that's proof that God wants us to be happy. It has rained over 4" so far this morning. I'm happy. God loves us. I have seen the proof.
Coffee mug in the rain.