Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Welcome to Hell. Here's your coffee cup.

MUG: Styrofoam cup made by Dart. Styrofoam cups are the object of much 'Green Hate' for being environmentally unsustainable. But on the bottom of the cup I found the recycling code 6. Yes, evil styrofoam can be recycled. What can you make out of recycled styrofoam? Answer: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out containers. Truthfully, these cups keep the coffee warm, and keep the hands from getting too hot... and you can make light switches out of them when you're through.

COFFEE: White Bear mystery Arabica coffee. Drip-brewed (Bunn-like brewer) into a thermal air-pot. Certainly not the worst coffee I've ever had. The reverse is true as well, but it is far better than the usal "gratis coffee" you find offered for consumer consumption. It does smell good when brewing (I should have stopped there, or had a cup of the fresh-brewed). From the roaster: "Darker Roast, premium quality blend, ideal for resturants, hotels and general taste (City Roast)." I'm not sure if "resturant" is a different way to spell "tire store" or not.

NOTES: I'm back at Discount Tire for a slow leak repair. The sugar canister by the air-pot is from a brand called Dixie Crystals... which I would have suspected to be a methamphetamine alias, but is actually a sub-brand of Imperial Sugar.

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Monday, June 04, 2012


MUG: Double-walled stainless steel French Press travel mug from Restoration Hardware.  

COFFEE: Coarse-ground Columbian Supremo from Barrett's, placed in zip-lock bags (12 grams).

NOTES: When on a trip, I carry a travel mug (and some ground coffee) with me to make a great cup of good coffee almost anywhere. While I usually use either the microwave or in-room coffee maker in hotel rooms, today's demonstration is about making coffee in a friend's house while staying with them and not wanting my 6 a.m. wake-up time to disturb their rest. Stealth coffee.

The fixin's. 

The boiling.

The pouring/stirring.

The timing (4 minutes).  Then you press the filter/plunger down.

The enjoying on the front porch in the cool of the morning before everyone else gets up.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Lord I'm one, Lord I'm two, Lord I'm three, Lord I'm four, Lord I'm 500 miles from my home. 500 miles, 500 miles, 500 miles, 500 miles. Lord I'm 500 miles from my home.

MUG: Porcelain coffee cup of unknown origin, but branded Sant' Andrea, Royal Porcelain.

COFFEE: Starbucks something. The Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa "Proudly serves Starbucks Coffee" in their restaurant. In the room, it's a decidedly different matter. More on that later, perhaps.

NOTES: Returning home today. 500 miles lay before me. I will be shifting into 'horse to the barn' mode.

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