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

Mark Twain

Coffee Notes from All Over

It’s getting stupid busy around here, and so to make sure that I keep up with things I’m challenging myself to do more, not less. (That right there… that’s likely the stupid part of stupid busy.)  As always, there’s more coffee reviews...

PT’s Sidamo Special Prep

At PT’s Coffee, blondes have more fun. No, really. When’s the last time you had a blonde coffee? What’s that, you say? Never? Well it’s about time that changes… Okay, so maybe it’s not really a blonde roast… that stuff’s...

A Taste of Things to Come

Arrived home to find a care package waiting for me. Which is always nice. A parcel from Jeff Taylor at PT’s Coffee in Topeka (you probably remember Jeff; his crew were recently awarded Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year) was sitting on my doorstep and...

Vote and the Coffee’s On Us

First, it’s worth noting that I’ve been known to give Starbucks grief from time to time… which only stands to reason as they frequently earn the griefing they get. On the other hand, sometimes the folks in Seattle get it dead to rights, and this is...

Coffee Notes from All Over

Has your brewed coffee got Mojo? Maybe. Just how would you know, anyway? By measuring it, of course. Let’s face it: you can tweak your coffee-to-water ratio, temperature and grind ’til you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t know the total...

Tasting Square Mile Coffees

Let’s face it. Right now the folks at Square Mile — Stephen Morrissey, James Hoffmann and Annette Moldvaer1  — could phone it in. They could source dubious coffees, call them edgy, describe them cryptically while lavishing them with praise… and...

Coffee Notes from All Over

Despite my recent obsession with politics (I admit it… I’m pretty thoroughly tangled in the 2008 presidential race) I haven’t lost my bearings on the world of our favorite bean. Or, at least I hope I haven’t. Let’s get right to...

Playing Now on the Small Screen

I’d like to thank the Food Network Academy for this honor…  in particular Alton Brown and Mario Batali, both of whom have been such a great influence on me, and, of course, my family for all of their support. Move over,...

Passages: Paul Newman, 1925-2008

Film legend, race-car driver, popcorn impresario. Activist, philanthropist, and all around lucky guy. Paul Newman died Friday. I mention this because — as much as I’m a fan of his work on screen — I’m downright grateful that he leant his name...

Coffee Notes from All Over

The cool kids at Barismo do a deft take on a David Letterman style top-ten list with 10 Reasons Coffee Doesn’t Taste Like the Bag Descriptions. Number 10 – Juan Valdez is dead. Get over it. Number 9 – The marketing team ran out of ways to say,...

Starbucks Stumbles, We Eat Schadenfreude Pie

It’s enough to make even Motley Fool cheerleader Alyce Lomax choke on her coffee. Consider — 600 store closings (or 12,000 job cuts) 1000 additional job cuts at the home office a first ever quarterly corporate loss, and diminished expectations for the rest...

Stumptown’s Guatemala El Injerto Reserva

You should know something about coffee people… we’re *constantly* tasting coffee: our own, the stuff from the guy across the street, and across the country. Oh sure, part of it’s about keeping tabs on what other folks are doing — but...

Just for Clicks: The Caffeine Click Test

First a disclaimer: I’m not of the “I drink coffee for a caffeine high” camp. There’s two reasons for that. The first being that, as I have a long history of drinking cup after cup (after cup) all day long, I guess I have something in the way...

Great Moments in Coffee Blogging History!

Seven years ago today the fine folks at Blogger (You remember them? Swallowed by Google?) recognized Bloggle [the Coffee Odyssey] as a Blog of Note. Oh sure… you can smile your isn’t that nice smile now, but it was a Big Deal in 2001. It was like…...

Coffee, Climate Change and Canaries

What’s the impact of global climate change on coffee? I’ve had conversations with a number of coffee farmers — particularly folks in South and Central America — about what they’re experiencing on their farms. The stories they tell are of...
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