Monday, October 04, 2021

Early morning surly tableware


MUG:
Sainte-Germaine, a Chinese-made 10 ounce cup from Sur la Table. Conical shape, fairly thick ceramaric cup with nice lip and finger feel.

COFFEE: Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Peaks coffee, light-medium roast. Beans delivered to my door. Excellent coffee.

NOTES: This mug is from the Sur La Table Collection of what I presume to be reproductions of, or homages to, European cafe dining ware. Sainte-Germaine is a Paris neighborhood famous for artistes, intellectuals, ex-patriot cultural refugees, bistros, and the left bank of the Seine River.

Friday, March 26, 2021

In Memorium


MUG: M Ware coffee mug (made in China), heavy cafe/naval-style mug ('tactical self-defense' weight?).

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

NOTES: While on a trip through parts of West Texas and The Big Empty, I stopped in at Booked Up, Larry McMurtry's bookstore/collection in his hometown of Archer City, Texas. I didn't have time to prowl around the shelves and stacks and tables of the two buildings, but I did have time to swap a couple of stories with the proprietress, and purchase this mug.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Five Not-So-Easy Peaces


MUG: 16 ounce paper to-go tumbler.

COFFEE:  Four ounces of drip-grind Colombia Jardin, medium roasted by White Rock Coffee in Dallas, and "sourced from a cooperative of the best farms in the Antioquia region." An excellent coffee and roast. Rainforest Alliance certified. Just the unbrewed ground coffee.

NOTES: In preparation for a four day trip, I pre-ground and packed my preferred coffee to make during our stay (our friend who was hosting us with is not a coffee drinker). A somnambulant mishap with unfamiliar brewing gear resulted in losing a day's supply. I ventured out to find a small supply.

The Wuhan Panic has resulted in bulk bins being discontinued, so my first thought of getting a quarter pound of coffee ground was a non-starter. "All our coffees are pre-packaged."

My next idea was to get a small sample-packet of quality coffee. Rebuffed again, as no such small packets were to be found.

I found a promising 12 ounce bag of coffee beans at a shop I trust and respect from my former life in Dallas, but I only wanted about 3-4 ounces ground, and the rest I would keep un-ground to use upon my return home. I asked the shop if they could just grind 1/4 of the bag to drip, and eave the restof the beans whole. "No, we can't do that," said the nice young lady behind the scones counter "we have nothing to put the ground coffee into."

Rebuffed again, I started to leave. But when I reached the door, an idea came to me. I went to the order counter, where a supervisor (?) awaited me. I explained my dilemma, and offered a solution. "Can you grind 1/4 of the beans and put the fresh grounds into a paper to-go cup, leaving the whole beans in the bag so they'll stay fresh until I get back home in a couple of days?"

A long pause came upon the gentleman as he pondered the ramifications of meeting my request. After about fifteen seconds (during which he was making hand gestures compatible with thinking through a math problem), he replied "I don't see why not." After grinding the beans, he kindly resealed the bag for freshness with a heating tool.

I departed at peace and in puzzlement.

Nicht Bin Ein Berliner


MUG:
14 ounce "You Are Here" series souvenir mug from Starbucks B.V. of Holland. Commemorating Berlin. Porcelain ceramic made in Thailand.

COFFEE: Colombia Jardin, medium roasted by White Rock Coffee in Dallas, and "sourced from a cooperative of the best farms in the Antioquia region." An excellent coffee and roast. Rainforest Alliance certified.

NOTES: The mug belongs to our friend Barbara, at whose house we were staying while visiting Dallas.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

What goes around.


MUG:
Yeti Rambler 12 ounce travel mug with a twist-open HotShot lid.

COFFEE: Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Peaks coffee, light-medium roast. Beans delivered to my door. Good coffee.

NOTES: This mug is my reward from Yeti for achieving the 'Sherpa' level of their Field Guide retail training program. The HotShot lid is a variation of the lid design on some Stanley travel mugs I got about 10 years ago. But then, Yeti drink ware itself is a variation of designs originated by Stanley over 100 years ago.

Friday, December 25, 2020

To drive the cold winter away.

 

MUG: Slightly under-sized eight ounce promotional mug. Ceramic of unknown origin. Lightweight, easy grip, nice lip-to-lip feel. Thin ceramic, imitating the classic enameled tin cup of lore and tradition.


COFFEE: Nope. Bulleit high-rye KSBW. Not approved by the HRC.

NOTES: Santa left a bottle of Bulleit under the tree, packaged with two of these cute mugs.

Joyeux Nöel!

 

MUG: Neiman-Marcus Christmas 1985 mug, made by Waechstersbach in West Germany. The. Best. Mugs.

COFFEE: Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Peaks coffee, light-medium roast. Beans delivered to my door. Good coffee.

NOTES: This mug is from The Epicurean Shop at the old Neiman's (an in-store purveyor of gourmet goodies). That's not an elf wearing Santa's cap.

 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

MUG: Not a mug, but an odd-shaped parfait (?) glass.

COFFEE: Nope. I made a "Hot and Cold Pickle-tini" using "Best Maid Xtreme Hot Pickle Bitez" pickle juice and slices, plus vodka. You get the idea

NOTES: It sounded like a good idea at the time.

Monday, September 14, 2020

"Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member". – Groucho Marx


MUG: Chinese promotional mug. Stainless steel 14 ounce vacuum-sealed double-walled. Chunky, and without a handle. Big hands required.

COFFEE: Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Peaks coffee, light-medium roast. My coffee of choice in retirement (if I'm buying). Really, surprisingly, good stuff. 

NOTES: I bought a 2-1/2 lb. bag of the whole bean coffee (once-upon-a-time A&P Grocery's house brand) for use as "church coffee" when I started brewing at home and taking three vacuum air-pots to church on Sundays... pre-Wuhan Covid. I liked it so much, I quit buying from my local micro roaster.

As for the Groucho quote, see the photo below. My MINI Big Bend Bash sticker covers up a Bass Pro Club logo on the other side.