Archive for the ‘coffee beans’ Category

Coffee Fact Friday: Shop Small is Huge

November 24, 2011

A drumstick roll, please for Shop Small on Small Business Saturday.   Ka-ching.  Small businesses like your favorite local coffee house where everyone knows your drink order–fuel the economy and energizes your community.

Shop Small.  One purchase.  Ka-ching.  And the Shop Small movement is percolating.

The G-R-I-N-D Coffee house and Roaster is this coffeesnobologist’s destination for Brazil Bourbon Machado, a sweet, nutty medium body bean.

November 26, 2011:  Shop Small—Small Business Saturday.


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.

CFF: A Tree Grows in Ecuador

April 21, 2011

Actually, thousands of trees are now growing in the Ecuadorian Mindo Cloudforest because of a coffee-inspired green idea.  Tiny Footprint Coffee:  Carbon Negative Coffee is the brilliant collaboration of the Mindo-Cloudforest Foundation, Roastery 7 and ad agency Pocket Hercules.

Savvy coffee drinkers know we must reduce our carbon footprint.  Every pound of Tiny Footprint Coffee we coffee lovers purchase equals 54 pounds of “carbon-guzzling” trees planted as part of the reforestation project that “offsets the carbon impact of harvesting, roasting, and distribution.”

Sip and save our planet earth by enjoying delicious coffee.  And that’s a good way to celebrate Earth Day.  The 41st anniversary’s theme is a Billion Acts of Green. 
Purchasing Tiny Footprint Coffee is a leap forward.
•    Minnesota roasted, carbon-negative coffee
•    Protect vulnerable and endemic bird species
•    Restoring habitats through reforestation
•    Trees planted by locally paid help and volunteers
•    Shade-grown Arabica Beans
•    Grown on small family farms
•    Non-profit environmental conservation
•    Building Sustainability
•    Reducing carbon footprint
Check to learn where you can purchase a rich full-bodied coffee.  Even Sasquatch loves Tiny Footprint Coffee.

Wordless Wednesday: Bali Beans

April 12, 2011

Latte Literature

January 16, 2011

A coffee reference always attracts coffeesnobology’s attention, so our cappuccino cup runneth over when Jonathan Franzen wrote about shade-grown coffee in Freedom, a multi-layered family saga.  Readers learn that shade-grown coffee is better both in taste and for the environment.  Fact or fiction? We have all heard the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction.” A Google search turned up over 100,000 results confirming Franzen’s statements. (The truth…I didn’t read all 100,000) Go ahead, sip a cup of shade-grown coffee, and be entertained by Franzen who introduces us to the Berglunds and their struggles, sometimes comical, sometimes tragic, but always compelling.
Jessica, Walter and Patty Berglund’s adult daughter, admits “It rankles her that Walter, with his South American connection, was able to steer Joey (her brother) into shade-grown coffee at exactly the moment when fortunes could be made in it…  And there is no getting around the fact that shade-grown coffee is better for the environment, better especially for birds, and that Joey deserves credit for trumpeting this fact and marketing it astutely.”

Freedom, 533 and 534
Here are a few facts worthy of Coffeesnobology
•    Shaded coffee plantations are one of the best preservers of bio-diversity
•    Environmentally friendly coffee is a marketing niche for farmers
•    Shade-grown coffee is more sustainable than ‘sun coffee’
•    Shaded plantations preserve soil structure, preventing erosions
•    Shade-grown coffee plantations enable animals and birds to spread and prosper
“Beans, Birds and Bio-Diversity”

Coffee Facts Friday

December 3, 2010

Kudos Italians.  Italians gave the world espressos, cappuccinos and Bingo.  Yes, Bingo.  As told over a cup of coffee, Italians, as far back as the 1500s, spent afternoons playing a popular lotto game called beano.  Sipping their espressos, players covered numbers with beans, coffee beans I’m sure.  Beano’s popularity spread throughout the country and the world.
One day in the 1920s, Edwin S. Lowe, a New York toy salesman, stopped at a country carnival to watch enthusiastic participants play Beano.
Edwin didn’t need to be bonked on the head to realize that Beano could be a real moneymaker.  Soon his friends were playing the game at his apartment. One night, an avid Beano player needed only one more number to win.  Lois waited breathlessly, hovering over her card with her coffee bean in hand.   When Edwin called “Under the B…7”; Lois jumped up—and in her eagerness yelled “Bingo.”
And Bingo it became.
So that’s the story, more or less; Italians sipping espressos and cappuccinos using beans, coffee beans I’m sure, in a lotto game now called Bingo.
December is Bingo’s Birthday Month.

Celebrate as only coffee-loving-Bingo players can!

Shop Small this November 27

November 27, 2010

Small Business Saturday is the day coffee enthusiasts can give favorite coffee houses a java jolt of appreciation.  I’m off to The Grind, a Coffee-house and Roaster, in Fort Myers, Florida, where the Barista knows your name. Coffee lovers make a list and check it twice.  Two packages of freshly-roasted Brasil Bourbon beans are on my list.  On my wish list….a new coffee maker.

Wordless Wednesday

November 16, 2010

Anti-Coffee Snob of the Month: (Currently Madquerading as a National Holiday)

October 11, 2010

October is a month when cinema and costume shops brim with versions of an anti-Christ, and pharmacies pedal antihistamines.  So with Kleenex, Claritin, and a cross to ward off the latest vampire flick, we bring you our Anti-Coffee Snob of the Month.

He is none other than that slave trader from Genoa himself; that voyager who aided in the transfer of diseases like small pox and typhus to The New World; that discoverer who brought coffee to the “Rich Coast” and never drank a drop. Yes, you guessed it. Our Anti-Snob of the Month is the celebrated Christopher Columbus.

Back then coffee was vogue only with those libertines in Venice (How else can a hardworking gondolier get up in the morning after shuttling party-goers to and fro while fighting off rats until the wee hours of the morning?) The admiral’s Ligurian culture frowned upon public or private consumption of coffee:  Alcohol good, caffeine bad.  So a while back “in fourteen hundred and ninety-two (through to 1502) when Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” he was blasted on sherry. No wonder he missed Asia by a long shot. High in sugar, high in alcohol content…Hangover! He should have known better. He’s from right next to the Piedmont region of Italy. Surely there was a nice Barolo he could have brought with him. (Wine Snobs we refer to your historical expertise here.) He still might have gotten lost, but he’d have had a better food/wine pairing with the chocolate he brought back to The Old World.

Maybe if Columbus had had a good strong cup of coffee during his explorations he would have docked at his intended destination.  But then where would we be? There might not have been The Columbian Exchange. No New World potatoes for Ireland’s famine? No tomatoes for spaghetti sauce? And conversely, what about no Old World horses for the Amerindians or wheat for America’s Bread Basket?  Can you imagine a Costa Rica without a coffee plantation?  Eureka!

Therefore, we recognize this inadvertently influential, non-consumer as our Anti-Coffee Snob of the Month.

Resources include:;;;;;; Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, volumn 6; my third grade teacher

Coffee Facts Friday

June 26, 2010

For shiny, soft hair, here’s a little secret as close as your morning coffee.  After you brew your coffee, let it sit for at least twenty minutes.  Next, shampoo, work the coffee through your hair, and then follow with a cool rinse. Coffee beans are full of antioxidants that are good for your hair and skin. Just smile when friends rave about your shiny hair.