Wednesday, November 28, 2012
MUG: Waechstersbach from Germany. Fun Line? I noticed they recently added to their website a statement that they invented the "can style" coffee mug (as seen above). Sounds right to me. They have certainly perfected it.
COFFEE: Light roast (lighter than usual, perhaps too light) Colombian Supremo.
NOTES: Twenty eight years ago today, in Denison Texas on November 28th, 1984, I drank from a cup that quenched my thirst forever, a cup that is never empty and always flowing. It caused my hair to stand on end.
It remains a big deal.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
MUG: Waechtersbach from Germany. 'Nuff said.
COFFEE: Colombian Supremo Estate from Barrett's Microroasters.
NOTES: Happy Thanksgiving, all.
We give you thanks, almighty God, for all the benefits you have given us. You, who live and reign forever.
Friday, November 16, 2012
MUG: Previuosly featured Starbuck's™ branded hybrid mug. Stainless-steel exterior provides an insulating void around a ceramic drinking vessel. Great lip-service (literally), nice rubber handle, and a spill-resistant lid. A nice mug for certain occasions.
COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua from Barrett's, replacing the standard Colombian. The taste-recalibration project is almost at an end.
NOTES: On the beach at Galveston Island, on a balcony of the Commodore Hotel. The coffee was brewed with my new Road Trip Koffee Kit, which consists of a yellow-orange Swedish-made Koffi™ plastic Melitta-filter cone dripper (that I've had for over thirty years), a Stanley™ vacuum bottle (that I've had for three years), and a bright pink electric kettle (that I've had for a week or so). I bring pre-measured zip-lok bags of ground coffee and bottles of Ozarka™ spring water.
Here's the kit in action.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MUG: Styrofoam-paper hybrid cup? I'm not sure what the composition of this McDonald's McCafe cup is, but it's thick foam, with a very nice thick-rolled lip and a bonded paper wrapper. Good tactile experience (for a paper cup).
COFFEE: Nope. Hot(?) chocolate at McDonald's.
NOTES: It's 10:30 p.m. in Belton, Texas, on a drive back to Hays County from attending a concert at Baylor University in Waco. The day started in Galveston. We are exhausted. A 5-Hour Energy Shot propelled me from Kyle to Waco (walked into the auditorium 3 minutes before the performers took the stage), but its effects are wearing off, with 80 miles to go before I sleep... and I want to sleep once I get home. Hot chocolate at Starbucks is on my menu, as a small caffeine boost should get me through the I-35 gauntlet without keeping me awake all night.
I missed the exit to Starbucks in Temple. As punishment, I get a too sweet, luke-warm 'Swiss Miss-ish' beverage further down the road. It is appreciated, and sufficient for the last leg of my journey to bed.
I survived the drive to post this.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
MUGS: An inexpensive ceramic mug and a more expensive ceramic/stainless steel hybrid travel mug.
COFFEE: Guatemalan Antigua (the taste-bud recalibration continues).
NOTES: Road Trip Koffee Kit, consisting of mugs, just-ground coffee, spring water, Melitta-type filter holder (Koffi brand from Sweden), #3 Melitta filters, Stanley thermal bottle, and an electric water kettle. We are headed to Galveston Island for a couple of days, and I am not leaving the morning coffee up to chance.
See all the pretty colors?