Archive for the ‘coffee snob’ 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.

Coffee Facts Friday

October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Franz Liszt.  The famous Hungarian-born composer and pianist gave us Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, among other gems.  Franz loved his music and his coffee.  Check out the Caffe Greco on YouTube that boasts Franz Liszt as one their famous past patrons.  Caffe Greco has been serving coffee continuously for 250 years…now that’s a lot of caffeine.

http://www.knol.google.com/k/peter-baskerville/the-historic-coffee-house/14j3i4hyjvi88/9

http://www.wiki.worldflicks

http://www.lost.fm/music/franz+lizt

Bela: It’s Your Birthday, You Can Suck If You Want To

October 19, 2010

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.via One Body Too Many : William H. Pine : Free Download &   Streaming : Internet Archive. (View for a scene with Bela as campy coffee-serving-butler, featuring Jack Haley (Tin Man in Wizard of Oz), a.k.a. retro coffee snob.

YouTube – Tribute to Bela Lugosi via YouTube – Tribute to Bela Lugosi.

Wordless Wednesday: A Brewing Theme

October 13, 2010

Coffee Quote of the Month: Coffee an Exorcist?

October 2, 2010

“A cup of coffee – real coffee – home browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.”

 ~ Henry Ward Beecher, ‘Eyes and Ears’

…BOO. Happy Halloween Month

Coffee Quote of the Month

September 1, 2010

In honor of Classical Music Month, we bring you a coffee snob insight from Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):

“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.” – The Coffee Cantata

(…how do you feel?)

August 15th: National Relaxation Day (for Coffee Lovers)

August 14, 2010

Go ahead, coffee snobs. Ease off the pedal. Begin your day of relaxation with a cup of coffee.

Wait a minute! Hold the French Presses.

Relax? With a caffeinated stimulant? Isn’t that a contradiction?  Doesn’t the idea of relaxation conjure up the impression of massages, the scent of lavender, and napping on a hammock?

It might if it weren’t for lawn mowers, bees, and $120.00 on next month’s credit card statement.  On the other hand, isn’t coffee by its very nature the opposite of relaxation? Hmm. Perhaps not, snobs. Perhaps not.

Let’s explore this paradox.

First, the morning cup of coffee is defined by some to be an “object of relaxation.” Case and point: According to high-profile, former Target businesswoman, Robyn Waters, “…A cup of coffee turns into a five minute vacation, a deep breath moment.”*  Hear that?  The cup is a vessel, a mode of transport to affordable respite. No cancelled flights. No lost luggage. No coach seats… just a deep breath moment, not unlike a free first-class upgrade.

Second, routines foster a sense of balance, of structure and stability. In that context, a morning cup of java savored alone in the early hours of daylight, or shared around a community table at the diner while tossing dice, or sipped with a co-worker during the 10:00am “coffee break,” reduces anxiety. Routine transcends into ritual. The bean, ground and brewed, filtered and poured then becomes, yes, Jungian.  Java consumer, heal thy self.

Lastly, the whole notion of National Relaxation Day is a British brainstorm called, National Slacker’s Day, or a.k.a.  Take-a-Day-Off-Work, Flop-on-the-Couch-Commando, Nurse-a-Hangover Day. Organizers did not have meditation and seaweed wraps in mind. Their event is dedicated to the UK’s overworked employees.  In truth, it’s like a daylong coffee break, for tea drinkers.

In the end, like every great novel and most Beatle songs, the theme of this self-indulgent holiday is love. Do what you love. Read what you love. Listen to what you love. Drink what you love. Snobs, let your coffee pot runneth over.

* www.tompeters.com