Archive for May, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

May 31, 2011


URLove It Link: Grounds N’ Roses

May 30, 2011

“What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  We all know who first penned that memorable line.

June is National Rose Month

At our June URLove It Link coffeesnobology readers can learn heaps and heaps of helpful information on growing roses by using coffee grounds.

Coffeesnobology Pairings

May 28, 2011

Coffee and doughnuts, coffee and pie, coffee and cookies, chocolate and coffee:  favorite coffee pairings.   Coffee is like your basic black dress, no matter the occasion–always appropriate–always tasteful.

Mexican Coffee couples chocolate and coffee in a delicious beverage perfect for celebrating Latino Book Month.

Mexican Coffee
½ cup ground dark roast coffee
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 cups water
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup chocolate syrup
1-cup milk
1-teaspoon vanilla
Sweetened whipped cream
Garnish: ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks

Place coffee in coffee filter or filter basket; add cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add water to coffeemaker; brew.
Combine brown sugar, chocolate syrup, and milk in a heavy saucepan.  Cook over low wheat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.  Stir in coffee and vanilla.  Top it of with a swirl of whipped cream, garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Coffee Fact Friday: Coffeehouse Events for Human Rights

May 26, 2011

May 28th is the 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International.  With over three million supporters, members, and activitists in 150 countries and territories advocating to “end grave abuses of human rights,” coffee and college have become partners.

Coffee houses are the meeting places of co-eds, test crammers, and free wi-fi surfers. And for many students, coffee and college go hand-in-hand, or, ahh, to-go-cup in hand to to-go-cup in hand.  But there is a movement afoot….and its not just about caffeinated stimulation for the overworked undergrad senses. It’s about sensitivity to human rights.

Amnesty International sponsors “coffeehouse” social awareness events, which take place in, yes, coffee houses and are orchestrated by activists from colleges across the United States from Wellesley to Claremont. The events might feature art, music, dancing…and coffee…with the gathering’s purpose of focusing on a particular issue. Between latte’s and espressos they may speak to elevate awareness on maternal mortality, orchestrate a Write-for-Rights letter campaign, or fundraise for legal support.

Wordless Wednesday

May 24, 2011


Latte Literature: Night of the Radishes

May 23, 2011

Sandra Benitez’s novel Night of the Radishes is a story of lost, love, redemption and renewal.  In her quest to find her brother Hub, missing for twenty years, Joe Cruz who travels with his compact Krups espresso maker along with his CDs and books befriends Annie Rush.  Over coffee, Joe explains “I drove down from California, so it was easy to bring stuff.  I don’t think I could make it without my espresso maker.”
Coffeesnobolgy understands.

Night of the Radishes is set in Oaxaca (Wah-Hah-Kuh), Mexico, known for it’s deliciously smooth Arabica coffee.  Since 1877 in the Pluma Mountain in Oaxaca, growers have followed traditional farming methods.  The coffee is a wonderfully balance of body, intense sweet aroma, low acidity with chocolate undertones.

May is Latino Book Month, and Sandra Benitez ‘s Night of the Radishes will sweep readers into the vibrant and lush beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Coffee Fact Friday: Coffee Makes the World (Trade) Go Around

May 19, 2011

 (photo from the film Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee)

The third week in May is World Trade Week.  In New York United States “stakeholders” are meeting to discuss, evaluate, and forecast domestic and foreign trade. One concern is increasing exports, but coffeesnobology is betting that that discussion takes place over a cup of imported coffee.

Coffee commodities are second only to petroleum and have been an international trade commodity since the 1800s. .  The U.S. leads the top ten importing countries, which include (in descending order) Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, the U.K., Poland and the Netherlands, the latter of which began the fair trade movement in 1988.

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Wordless Wednesday

May 17, 2011

Coffee Quote for May: Pedal Power

May 16, 2011

“We didn’t have cars. We weren’t interested in getting cars and we love riding bikes so we just thought, hey, let’s jump on bikes and deliver this.”

Cameron McKee, co-owner of Bicycle Coffee Company

CFF: Coffee Courtesy

May 13, 2011

This is Etiquette Week and that got Coffeesnobology wondering what baristas considered to be proper Coffee Courtesy.  No need to consult Emily Post–ask your favorite barista and you will get a cup full!    

1.  Coffeesnobology is sympathetic to the caffeine deprived chap who stares blankly at the coffee menu board unable to make a decision while others wait, and not so patiently, in line. We do understand, but for the love of coffee, move aside.

2.  People who pretend there’s no line and slip over to the side counter and try to quietly place their coffee order.  Bad behavior.  From kindergarten on, we all knew that you don’t butt in line and trying to sneak in an order is really bad form.

3. Coffee drinkers, know your labels and sizes and coffee houses.  Don’t order a Cooler or a Reindeer Latte at your neighborhood coffee shop.  Your barista understands small, medium and large, not grande, venti or trenta (Starbucks’ newest 31 ounce size).

4.  When placing your drink order, say the size first, not last, as that is the first button your barista must push on the register.  Who Knew?  Now Coffeesnobology readers know.

5. Coffee houses are favorite hangouts for writers, just ask J.R.Rowling. Don’t overstay your welcome, though.  Good Coffee Courtesy means ordering often and tipping generously.