Archive for March, 2011

Coffee Facts Friday: Fools for Coffee

March 31, 2011


Quote of the Month: Coffee As a Fool’s Pastime –  “In a word, coffee is the drunkard’s settle-brain, the fool’s pastime, who admires it for being the production of Asia, and is ravished with delight when  he hears the berries are harvested in the deserts of Arabia,” says Thomas Tyron in the 1962 The Good Hous-Wife Made a Doctor adding, “but would not give a farthing for a hogshead of it were it to be had on Hampstead Heath or Banstead-Downs.

Coffee Fact:  “Fools” world-wide consume over 400 billion cups of coffee annually…And that’s no April Fool’s Day fodder.

NOTE: Content edited 4/3/2011 – Statistic is world-wide, not U.S.


WW: What’s Up Doc?

March 29, 2011
Trust Me, I'm A Doctor Mug by clouda9

Coffee Facts Friday: Is There a Waffle in the House?

March 24, 2011

Never fails. Where there’s a feast, there’s food. And for the Feast of Annunciation in Sweden and Europe, the food of choice is Vaffeldagen, or as they say in the states, waffles. And if were talking waffles, we aint speak’n no foreign language here, we’re talking Waffle House.

Since 1955, they have served an estimated total of 442,451,500…and counting.  And what goes better with a waffle than a cup of coffee.

Waffle House Coffee Fact: Coffee is the fruit of an evergreen shrub native to northern Africa. Each plant yields only enough coffee for one to two pounds of roasted coffee per year. It takes more than three million pounds of coffee beans to produce a year’s worth of Waffle House® Classic Blend Coffee. Waffle House serves 95 MILLION cups of coffee per year (Waffle House, 2005)…. And that’s only in 25 states!

Editor’s note: March 25th is INTERNATIONAL Waffle Day. If you want to go all waffle-patriotic (blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream), you’ve got to wait to celebrate until August 24th,  NATIONAL Waffle Day.

Wordless Wednesday: It’s a Stick Up

March 22, 2011

Cool Beans Boquete Coffee Shop

March 20, 2011

Cool Beans Boquete is the kind of neighborhood coffee shop we all long for.  Great coffee.  Friendly barista.  Cheerful décor.  Welcoming.
Owner Ross Brennaman coined a catchy name to attract customers; Cool Beans is catchy and has a familiar ring as in “Cool Beans, Man” plus the name suggest that it is a cool place, one you want to frequent.

Brennaman credits his love of coffee to watching his Dad make coffee every morning before leaving for work.  Like many children, he begged for a sip of his dad’s coffee and one day his father relented and let him have a sip—just one sip.  One sip was enough!  Ross remembered how that first taste of coffee “hugs the tongue.”
He loved the morning ritual of smelling coffee, listening to the coffee maker perk and savoring a sip with his father.   As a teenager visiting the many Mom and Pop coffee Shops in his home town, his love and knowledge of great coffee continued.   The hospitality, the atmosphere and the owners’ personalities captivated his imagination, and he determined to someday brew good coffee in a coffee shop others sought.
Brewing the best coffee meant traveling to Central America in the Boquete region where “coffee beans are rich with nutrients thanks to the fostering atmosphere and volcanic soil along with the right amount of rainforest precipitation and cooler evening temperatures.”
Brennaman explained that like fine wine, favorable, less acidic coffee is dependent on the soil, the climate and the care of the cherry trees (coffee trees).
This neighborhood coffee shop is a favorite for many.  One day recently, two patrons sat at tables drinking coffee and tapping on their laptops.  Nearby, two connoisseurs told me they stop daily, and added positive comments about the coffee, the shop and the owner. “I can’t get enough of the good coffee—and his personality,” professed one faithful fan.   At that Ross flashed his engaging smile and stepped back behind the counter to serve another customer.
Ross Brennaman has created a cool place with a catchy name: Cool Beans Boquete’ Coffee Shop.

Whoa! Iditarod Trail Sled Finish!

March 19, 2011

Hike!  Musher-talk to get moving.  And move they did.  Starting March 5, mushers and their dog teams began “the last great race on earth.”  From Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, they traveled over 1,150 miles through beautiful terrain, but rarely a coffee shop in sight.  

No wonder one musher pleaded for an espresso as reported by Will Peterson in a March 16 post titled “Coffee.”
“Sven Haltman who arrived in Nome just before 4 this morning said in White Mountain that he couldn’t wait to get to Nome to have a good cup of espresso; he said he was tired of drinking bad checkpoint coffee.  Someone asked don’t you want a beer?  Sven said he had a beer with friends and family last year as soon as he finished.  It immediately put him to sleep and this year he wanted to stay awake in Nome and enjoy the celebration.  Coffee, no beer.  Haltman finished the Iditarod in 14th position.”

More Musher Talk……………….Coffeesnobology Translation
On By! (to pass another team/distraction)……….. but never good coffee
Easy!  (to slow down)……………………espresso machine ahead
Gee! (turn right)…………………………..Great black coffee
Haw! (turn left)……………………………Love that Latte on the left

Coffee Fact Friday: Coffee Chuckles

March 18, 2011

Despite a sleepless night because of worries, isn’t it welcoming that sharing a laugh with friends over a cup of coffee helps brighten the day.  March is the Merry Month of Mirth:  The International Month of Mirth, no less.   We all know that laughter is the best medicine.  So have a whole latte of chuckles–then tackle the real concerns.

Wordless Wednesday: Lucky Leprechaun

March 16, 2011

Happy St. Urho’s Day

March 14, 2011

My coffee drinking days began in the college Union beneath Sanford Hall on the campus of Bemidji State University (then Bemidji State College).  In those days I didn’t know a cappuccino from a latte, but daily I drank black coffee served in a tan-colored mug and ate a chewy brownie.    More than the coffee, it was the cute boy from North High In Minneapolis that drew me to the Beaver Union, and, yes, the brownie too.        

My advisor Dr. Sula Havumaki, a popular psychology professor, was often seen with other faculty members sipping coffee at the round tables.  Perhaps it was over coffee that Dr. Havumaki first spun his famous tale of the fictional Finnish Saint Urho, who bravely cast a swarm of grasshoppers into the sea to save Finland’s grape crop.
In the pretty town of Menahga, Minnesota, looms a fine statue of St. Urho and a plague commemorating the mythical battle and acknowledging Dr. Havumaki as the creator of this splendid tale.  Along with his name is an ode describing the feat and the subsequent celebration.  “St. Urho banished the lot of them with a few selected Finnish words:  “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen” (Grasshopper, grasshopper, go from hence to hell!”
To celebrate St. Urho ridding the homeland of grasshoppers, and thereby saving the grape crop, the people have a hopping good time reenacting the battle.   At sunrise on March 16, Finnish women and children dressed in royal purple and Nile green gather around the shores of the many lakes in Finland and chant what St. Urho shouted many years ago.  Meanwhile, the men dressed in green costumes appear on nearby hills and prance about (as grasshoppers), and as women and children chant “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go from hence to hell!” they vanish, but reappear dressed in royal Purple.

Dr. Sulo Havumaki’s mythical tale lives on as Finish Americans from Menahga, New York Mills, and Wolf Lake celebrate St. Urho’s Day with gusto and coffee.

In the far north of Minnesota, other stories claiming the origin of St. Urho’s Day are brewing, but this is coffeesnobology’s story and I’m sticking to it.

Coffee Fact Friday: Tool Time

March 10, 2011

Recharge your batteries and power up for Worship Tools Day:  March 11

To ensure maximum output—pick your power source .

All purpose power tools:  Grinders, hammers and cups.