Sunday, December 31, 2017

I'm mulling how to make glue from wine.

MUG: Fiesta Ware coffee/tea cup.

COFFEE: Nope. Nurnberger Christkindl Markt Gl├╝hwein.

NOTES: I should have added a cinnamon stick, and a few cloves. Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Trumpet Blast

MUG: Promotional mug, Chinese made, probably from Discount Mugs. Trumpet mouth, with a nice handle, and in the colors of the only high school football team I pay attention to... the Denison Yellowjackets.

COFFEE: The Colombian Huila from Barrett's.

NOTES: I secured this mug from the throwaway box at work. The Savannah Club is an apartment complex catering to students, with rents that start at $915 a month. Times have changed.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Survival of the fittest.

MUG: Chinese-made paid promotional 14 ounce cafe mug, made by Discount Mugs for White Rock Coffee (whose imprint appears on the left-handed front). A speckled-blue glaze on the exterior (reminiscent of enameled steel mugs), with a white interior glazing.

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

NOTES: Great coffee house/roastery/bulk green bean supplier in Dallas. The original location (where I got this, filled with a nice Rwandan coffee) is on Northwest Highway in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas... above White Rock Lake. This is the area I grew up in. WRC has been Targeted by the predatory scum at Starbucks Corporate for elimination.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The end of the line.

MUG: As shown before, this is a Spanish ceramic coffee mug with a beautiful yellow glaze featuring hand-painted images of olive leaves, stems, and fruit. The cast body has a hand-attached handle. Thick and fairly light. A bit undersized.

COFFEE: Fair-Trade Organic Colombian Supremo, medium-roasted in San Antonio by Melissa Guerra Latin Kitchen Market.

NOTES: The mug and coffee were both sourced from Melissa Guerra's shop in the Historic Pearl Brewery development in San Antonio. Due to rising rents and low sales volume, Melissa Guerra is closing shop today (although I believe she will maintain an internet store).

Monday, September 25, 2017

"I hope you roast in yellow!"

MUG: Spanish-made Waechtersbach. School bus yellow.

CONTENTS: Roasted tomato soup, creme-style. Brought to life with a few shots of Tabasco Sauce.

NOTES: From my time as the publisher of the unedited art magazine, Bwana-Art.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Just one more.

MUG: Waechstersbach barrel mug... the original, the best. Made in Spain (not the original). 

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

NOTES: I've long extolled the virtues of this mug (especially the slightly better crafted and heftier W. Germany production).

I've displayed my collection of these Art Institute of Chicago versions, featuring the signatures of artists in their collection (containing both my mother's favored artist, and mine, visible above).

I started my collection of these mugs (without graphics) in 1977 with a set of six mugs in a grey-brown color I later used to paint my duplex, and as an accent color for my business cards, announcements, and other uses. I and my closest associates joking referred to this color as PMS-Mud (roughly, Pantone Matching System - Warm Grey C).

By luck, I recently found this color mug in the Art Institute of Chicago series. I was unaware they had made any in this shade. I camp happily. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Get Shorty.

MUG: Double-walled, vacuum insulated, stainless steel 'highball' travel cup from Ozark Trails (Walmart). At 11 ounces, it's great for carrying that last cup of coffee for the drive to work (or church). It's also nice for making gin & tonics in.

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

NOTES: The vacuum double-walled design works like all the others do (Yeti, RTIC, Nyeti, etc.), that is to say 'great'. It also fits the cup holder in my MINI perfectly, without blocking any of the switch-gear or my add-on Scan-Gauge II water/air/oil-temp/boost/voltage gauge.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Going back in time.

MUG: Chinese-made 10 ounce ceramic barrel mug. Thin walled, but fairly heavy. Ironstone?

COFFEE: Colombia Granja la Esperanza Bourbon from Bluebottle Coffee Company in Oakland, California. We got a sample bag of beans (one pot) to entice us into an ongoing mail-order delivery scheme. The coffee is good, but no thanks. I'll stay with my local roaster who delivers via Fedex.

NOTES: This mug was purchased years ago in the Menger Hotel gift shop in San Antonio. If you are going to San Antonio, you owe it to yourself to stay at the Menger... in the original wing. Nothing wrong with the newer sections, but all the ghosts live in the old building.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Lapping it up.

MUG: Chinese barrel mug, custom imprinted by Zazzle.

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

NOTES: I just completed an eight day tour of Texas (The One Lap of Texas). I had one really good cup of coffee during that time, and that was in a small coffee shop in Canyon, Texas. This is my second really good cup of coffee in the last nine days. I'm loving, lapping, and guzzling it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Here's Mud in your I."

MUG: Promotional diner-style mug from Muddy Water Coffee in Minnesota. Country of origin unknown, but probably China. Heavy ceramic with the slightly concave barrel design that defines this style of mug. The two-finger handle combines with the concave shape to create a great two-handed mug. Suitable to use with gloves.

COFFEE: Barrett's Microroaster Colombia Huila, Pitalito. Light roast. Drip brew.

NOTES: I bought this mug for two reasons. The secondary reason is a result of my preference for a strong light roast coffee. Light roast brews are 'browner' than darker roasts. The contents of the morning mug (especially when it has cooled a bit) is distinctly 'muddy water' looking.

My primary motivation however was my maternal grandmother, Peggy Louise Porter. Her family nickname (after my mother was born) was 'Little Mother', while her matriarchal mother was called 'Big Mother'. My older brother came along just prior to WWII, and as my father went off to defend America from the real threat of a Japanese invasion of Alaska, my mother and brother moved in with my grandmother. As he began to speak, my brother couldn't quite pronounce 'Little Mother', instead saying a name that sounded like 'Muddy'. It stuck.

Muddy was a remarkable woman whose full story died with her. Suffice it to say that the names Sheriff Bill Decker, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and Stanley Marcus were all intertwined in her life.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


MUG: Chinese novelty mug from Six Flags Over Texas featuring the name Austin. Generic, functional drinker.

COFFEE: Fresh-ground 100% Colombian from Ellington Roasting Company (a.k.a. Ben E. Keith). Surprisingly good restaurant coffee, brewed properly strong. Velvety. Served at the Chess Club Cafe in Blanco, Texas... along with an excellent breakfast.

NOTES: This is what I look like when I have to drive into Austin, Texas.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Joy to the World.

MUG: A conical sipper from World Market, made in Thailand. Nice shape, with an excellent handle. Two-tone (cream-colored exterior, cafe au lait-colored interior), with an earth-tone decoration of a map showing the coffee producing (and consuming) regions of the world with the local spellings for the word 'coffee'.

COFFEE: Colombian Santander from Central Market West Gate (and roasted by Frank on December 29th).

NOTES: Happy New Year!