Archive for the ‘Observances 2011’ 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: Cup of Joe for a Joe

November 10, 2011

Let’s have coffee.  With those three words, strangers become friends.  Somewhere across the globe, a soldier is sipping a hot cup of black coffee and reading a message of support from a stranger soon to become a friend.

With Veterans Day just around the corner share a cup of coffee with troops serving as far away as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Qatar and Djibouti, East Africa without leaving home.  A cup of Joe for a Joe is the remarkable Joe Program launched by Green Bean Coffee.
Click on and in a matter of minutes somewhere a soldier serving in a lonely outpost is drinking a cup of black coffee and reading a heartfelt note of thanks.  For only $2.00, the night isn’t so friendless.

Just a click away and new friendships are percolating on this Veterans Day.  Go to

This coffeesnobolog writer received this note today.  Let’s hear from others who contacted the Joe Program. $2.00 goes a long way.
Greetings from Afghanistan! Thank you for your generosity and support, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks again and God bless.

Coffee Facts Friday: Flavorable Festivals

November 3, 2011

Grab you travel mug and GPS. Coffee festivals are percolating around the world.

Saturday, Nov 5, 2011.  Enjoy New Orleans savoring delicious java at the Coffee Festival.  A highlight of the festival, besides all that is wonderful about New Orleans, is the Cupping Flight.

Next stop:  Hawaii!   Sample the richness of world famous Kona coffee in a weeklong festival from November 4 to November 13, 2011.  Check out to learn how royalty played a role in bringing the world Kona coffee.

New Delhi, India, is the place to be.   Stroll down tree-lined boulevards to savor the graciousness of this global city and rich coffee.  The India International Coffee Festival begins January 18, 2012.

And there are more grounds for celebration at Coffee fest in New York from March 9-11.  The Big Apple takes pride in serving espressos.
End your coffee tour at the London Coffee Festival on April 27 to 29.  England may be best known for their teas, but a movement is brewing toward smaller, independent coffee shops where coffee is Art.

URLove it Link: Live Free–Drink Coffee

June 30, 2011

Fireworks soaring, bands playing, flags waving and coffee percolating are symbolic of festive July 4th celebrations.   Dear readers, coffee is the ultimate All-American beverage.  Founding fathers met over a cup of coffee (or two) to craft the American Revolution.  Abigail Adams, among other women, choose coffee over tea as a symbol of independence.

In honor of coffee’s patriotic role, Coffeesnoblogy prepared Coffee Marinated Pork Chops.  The tantalizing sweet aroma of chops roasting in red wine and coffee filled the kitchen.  Ohhhhhs and Ahhhhhs were heard all around.

Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
6 pork chops
3 TBS olive oil
2 mashed cloves of garlic
2 tsp minced parsley
2/3 cup (150 ml) of red wine (save some to sip)
2/3 cup (150 ml) of strong black coffee
3 tsp honey
Salt and pepper, freshly ground
Juice and grated pulp of a lemon or lime

*Put chops in a large, low stewpan.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chops
Let marinate overnight, stirring every now and then
Grill until browned
Replace browned chops into stewpan and bake in the oven 360 F or (180 C) for 30 minutes.

Last word,
At our July’s URLove It Link www. describes the patriotic activism simmering in Boston’s Green Dragon Coffeehouse and Merchant’s Coffeehouse.

A revolution was brewing.


Wordless Wednesday: Slugger Sips Coffee

June 28, 2011

Coffee Fact Friday: Something’s Out There

June 23, 2011

On the eve of World UFO Day, Coffeesnobology heeds Carl Sagan’s observation that “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake….”

Around the world believers and non-believers are staying vigilant to watch the night sky for Unidentified Flying Objects.

True Coffee Fact Friday:  On June 24, 1947 Idaho pilot Ken Arnold witnessed an unidentified flying object over Mt. Rainer.  Unable to determine what these objects really were spurned fear of extraterrestrial invasions or a government cover-up.
Traveling at warp speed is the ancient truth that caffeine will accelerate your ability to take a quantum leap through a wormhole to a coffee shop.  Stock up on a full-bodied coffee, and settle back to scan the starry night.  Maybe, just maybe, you will glimpse a UFO making it’s way to the nearest drive-through at Starbucks.

Newsbreak:  E.T. wasn’t saying “Call Home.”  E.T. loved his coffee (don’t we all) and he was really saying “No foam.”

Wordless Wednesday

June 21, 2011

Wordy Wordless Wednesday: Spent the afternoon trying to hunt down an eclair (what’s with all the cream cheese brownies?) for a Wordless Wednesday photo – Found one. Photographed one. Ate one.

Coffee Fact Friday: Father’s Day Coffee

June 16, 2011

Short, Tall. Skinny, Grande.  American, Italian. Those words (plus a few more)  define both coffee and fathers.

Coffee and fathers have a long history together, one that goes back farther than suburban commutes and to-go cups; farther than stagecoaches and saloons, farther than…well, dear-ole-dads have pretty much been downing their morning joe since that Ethiopian goat juiced-up on coffee berries danced with the stork.

Let’s face it. Dad’s need their coffee to face the day.

To celebrate Father’s Day, coffee shops around the country are featuring special events for their loyal customers and our beloved role models, such as the Father and Son Poker Tournament at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, Illinois. But if that’s not in your neighborhood, no worries. Just check your local happenings – Bostonians, scan the Globe’s website for the Father’s Day coffee break on, ah, Friday.

By the time Father’ Day rolls around on Sunday the church basements will be brimming with after mass coffee and donuts.  The question is, will it be filled with coffeesnob dads? It seems after service communing around the urns is dwindling. To combat the devilishly tempting gourmet fare to which they are loosing their parishioners, Holy Spirit Church in Zagreb, Croatia has opened the Prayer Cafe. You can buy a cup of coffee for only three Our Fathers. No word on what the price is if your religious denomination isn’t Catholic.

Any way you pour it, anyway you pray it, we say: Happy Father’s Day


CFF: Holy Cow, It’s National Dairy Month

June 9, 2011

Do you want cream with your coffee?  Yes, is this coffeesnobologist’s response.  A true coffee purist would not add cream, half n’ half nor milk, but this coffeesnobology wannabe loves how the cream swirls to a rich brown—pure coffee comfort.

Coffeesnobology’s in-depth research reveals that in 1607 Captain John Smith, founder of Jamestown, Virginia, brought coffee to the new world.  Upon further research (okay, drinking coffee and googling) coffeesnobology discovered that cows were shipped to Jamestown in 1611.  Coffee and cream are classic pairings, and no doubt a patriotic proprietor soon began to concoct coffee drinks with steamed milk or a dollop of cream.

Celebrate National Dairy Month by impressing coffee clutch friends with these dairy facts.
In a single day, a dairy cow produces 100 pounds of milk.
And 100 pounds of milk will make 93.6 lbs. of 1% milk and 6.4 lbs. of 40 % cream.  Go Betsy!
Adding milk to your favorite elixir supplies nine essential nutrients, calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins D, A and B12, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin. 

Take the Coffeesnobology IQ Quiz
How do you take your coffee?
a.  Black and organic…Thank you very much
b.  I’ll have what she has…black and organic. Okay?
c.  Latte, skim milk, no froth…pleased.
d.  Maybe a decaf.  I really try to drink coffee, I really do—it’s just I don’t know, well all my friends drink coffee.

Coffee lover types
a.  Grande!  You know your coffee and all things java-related, and you only brew with cold, reverse Osmosis water.
b.  Closet Coffee Snob.  You act like you don’t care if the beans are not freshly ground, but are secretly calculating how to get a real cup of coffee.
c.  Coffee Snob Wannabe.  You think you are a coffee snob, and you certainly want to be one.  After all, you order your latte, “No flavors please,” at local trendy cafes.  But alas, the whirr of a coffee grinder is never heard in a wannabe’s kitchen.
d.  Coffee Snob Groupie.  You don’t necessarily stalk baristas or throw your panties at the espresso machine.  You don’t even drink coffee!  But you do love the Coffee Culture Club scene and hold a torch, match, lighter or cell phone, if you will, for the lifestyle.

CFF: Coffee Cake…fruit or vegetable?

June 2, 2011

It’s about as difficult to trace the origins of coffee cake as it is to eat a piece without leaving a trail of crumbs.

Coffee cake genealogy began as honey cakes which evolved to galettes, to sweet yeast rolls and crumb cakes and streusel and Danish coffee cakes infused with the moisture ensuring beverage itself – coffee. Over time coffee cake became an American institution with variations as diverse as our family trees.  And as coffee cakes go, blueberries, cinnamon, and nuts are popular ingredients among many cultures, but to Midwesterners, rhubarb rules.

Rhubarb (What is it exactly: a weed, a vegetable, a fruit?) has wealth of minerals and vitamins, and when combined with sugar becomes a perfect balance of flavor that bounces off your taste buds. The perfect accompaniments are conversation (thick with weather, jokes, and the opposite sex…thin with politics and religion), forks, and straight, not sweetened, hot coffee.

This Sunday, near to the very middle of the U.S, Vermillion (South Dakota) celebrates Rhubarb Day. Sure they’ll have an Apron Display and a Biggest Leaf Contest and port-a-potties for the crowds. The festival is one of many that take place around the country every spring and summer, depending on when the local Chamber of Commerce departments say the rhubarb is in season.

Now, just in case your back yard stalks are bright pink and ready to break off, we have a coffee cake recipe for you direct from Walhalla, ND in Mary Kram-Danielson’s “From My House to Your House Through the Rhubarb Patch” cookbook.   (Sorry no photographs on this one.)


1 pkg. yeast

1/4 c. lukewarm water

1/2 c. milk

2 Tbsp. shortening

1 egg

1 tsp. salt

21/2 c. flour

melted butter


1/4 sugar


3 c. rhubarb

1/4 water

sugar to taste (about 1 c.)

– Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Scald milk; add 1/4 cup sugar, salt and shortening to milk. Cool to warm. Add flour to make thick batter; mix wel. Add yeast and egg; beat well. Add more flour to make soft dough. Knead well. Put in a greased bowl; cover and let rise to double. Punch down; let rest 10 minutes.

– Pat 3/4 dough into a round baking dish. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Spread rhubarb filling over dough. Roll out remaining dough 1/4 ” thick. Cut into strips 1″ wide; put on filling to make lattice. Rise 45 minutes. Bake 35 minutes at 350.



P.S. I do not live on a farm and there is no way in Hell I’m taking the time to make this. If anyone out there does, let us know how it turns out. Meanwhile, I’m going down to the bakery to pick up a rhubarb coffee cake from them and will sip on a tasty cup of French Roast while I wait to hear back.;