Friday, December 27, 2013

All the best.

MUG: Waechtersbach mug made in 'W Germany' (to give you an idea of how long I've had this particular implement). It doesn't get any better than this.

COFFEE: Ethiopian Sidama, full city roast, roasted a few days ago in a Rube Goldberg roaster by Doctor Smith's Copy and Coffee Emporium in southwest Austin. Pressed in a Bodum French Press coffee maker. Sampson would be envious.

COMMENTS: All the best; mug, coffee, conversation... and music. Thanks Dr. Smith! Good Yule!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sur la Tabla Rasa

MUG: A new eleven ounce 'barrel mug' made in China, designed and sold by Gibson Home accessories. Coarse black finish, with a smooth white interior and blue lip. Nice drinker, with great tactile qualities. It came with a piece of chalk.

COFFEE: A 'Fair-Trade' washed Sidamo Nura Korate from Ethiopia, roasted at the Central Market Westgate store.

NOTES: This mug was a Christmas gift from my daughter Catherine LaGrone... who, like her elder sister Anna, never ever needs to give me anything, having gifted me with so much in my life I would never else have known. They have written their names on the previously too-often-erased blank slate of my heart.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips.

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., it says. Do.

Oh, and Isaiah 6:5.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Coffee not burned, in more ways than one.

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.