Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Times: No Tea at Tea Time?

Are Britons losing their taste for tea? IT HAS always been regarded as the British answer to everything from tired feet to bereavement. But now the traditional cup of tea is in danger of being overwhelmed by lattes, cappuccinos and herbal infusions. In the past two...

Briefly noted…

It appears that the template that powers my blog has been eaten by Blogger… I’ll get it all put back together again soon as I can.

Coffee Shop Tales

The Beeb is ever so good at that perspective thing. In an article announcing a project to reheat debate of the issues of the day they also wax historical on the role of coffee houses in the UK. See also: Bloggle’s Penny Universities. This side of the pond,...

O Happy Addiction!

According to a piece in SFGate we are a nation of Starbucks addicts… caffeinated tadpoles swimming upstream for little purpose but to fin from one java fix to the next. Hmm. The possibility that I am homo starbucticus crosses my mind at 9:10 one recent morning...

Trading Places… In the Coffee House

Home brewers and home roasters have a long-held tradition of swapping the fruits of their labors… it’s an opportunity to get some informed feedback about your own brew (be it hopped or caffeinated) and the experience of sampling other folks’ efforts...

Aroma Personal Espresso Maker

A warm and welcome contrast to Puck’s Can o’ Caffeine is the Aroma Espresso Maker… a sleek, sensual, personal coffee maker design from Aussie David Mansueto. “From an aesthetic point of view it plays with your desires”, said designer...

These cans are hot, hot, hot!

It’s been under development for years. It wears the brand of a gourmet “chef to the stars.”. It’s coffee! Er… with a twist. IN the world of food packaging, some innovations are like Post-it notes: you didn’t know you needed them...

First Crack Podcast

When you’re winter-bound, home-roasting coffee is something of a seasonal practice. Roasting indoors is messy and smokey and generally disagreeable to fire alarms, which are in turn disagreeable to dogs, and to beloved spouses. Long story short, it’s a...

No… Give ME a break.

Perhaps you viewed the recent 20/20 segment in which John Stossel offered his signature “Give me a break!” riff on the cost of a cup of coffee… If you missed it, you can now read his illuminating prose in a “guest commentary” in a...

London Calling

Miss Fortune continues to suffer the slings and arrows of London… she’s takin’ one for the team, really she is. She’s put to shame the rumors about English food, and embarrassed the notion that the island is given over to teetotalers (or even...

In Celebration of Cinco de Mayo

Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea offers a spiffy round-up of Mexican Coffee in celebration of Cinco de Mayo… reads something like an Irish Coffee with mucho...

From Tasting, To Taste

While your trusty author is caught up in the net of another conference, here’s one from the archives… This first appeared on Bloggle February 7, 2002. In a recent article on tasting coffee I suggested a ritual that’s both more appealing and less...

Tasting: Don Francisco’s Tanzania Peaberry

Rating: [rating:1/5] I’ve long heard coffee enthusiasts pine for a coffee that offers in the cup all of the promise of its fragrance and aroma. I’ve recently tasted a coffee that offers all that and more… to which I can say only, be careful what you...

Zoji Fresh Brew On Sale

The recently reviewed Zojirushi Fresh Brew is on Amazon.com’s list of Friday Sale items… at $49.99 it’s a pretty good deal on a very spiffy home drip...

How to Find a Great Coffee House, Part II

We’ve been talking about what it takes to find and recognize those shining beacons of coffee culture in an otherwise barren landscape. For while we are assured the rights of life and liberty, the pursuit of happiness by means of a superior coffee experience is...

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