Saturday, November 30, 2013

The daily grind changes. Conehead's revenge.

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

'Tis the season.

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

Happy "Steal a Child's Candy" day!

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.