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

Mark Twain

Your Politics Don’t Mean Beans

It was inevitable, really, what Farm Coffee has done: THEY’RE ROASTING presidential candidates on Bill Hill, which is not nearly the same as grilling them. Ashlawn Farm Coffee has introduced an Obama Blend, a “sweet, balanced” combination of “dark and light...

What’s In A Name?

You can send out the press releases. You can stage million dollar opening-day events and sampling programs. Still, some folks just won’t get it right… The modern chain is “going back to its roots” and launching a house coffee called Pike Place...

Starbucks’ Extreme Makeover Continues

Continuing its excruciatingly public extreme makeover, Starbucks does a full-court press (release) on… a new coffee blend. Oh, goody. Sure, while most every other coffee roaster in the land releases new roasts seasonally — you know, to align with new...

Coffee & Health: More Benefits, Still

Daily Coffee May Protect the Brain. New research suggests coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body. Coffee had already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and –according to the...

Starbucks Achieves Critical Mass

  Apparently Howard Schultz is in a buying mood. Close on the heels of Starbucks’ buyout of Coffee Equipment Company, maker of the Clover single-cup coffee brewer, the Seattle coffee giant announced its next step in coffee roasting technology and its next...

C.A.F.E. Through Rose-Colored Glasses

It’s hard to peer into Starbucks’ notoriously opaque coffee sourcing standards. In a Sunday article in the Seattle Times — Changing the Way Costa Rican Farmers Grow Coffee – and Live — writer Manuel Valdes offers a glimpse, through the...

Wayback: The Web Is Not Walden Pond

From the Bloggle Archives, circa March, 2002. I wrote this as an antidote to what struck me as a surge in misplaced web design ideals; ideals that, in fact, turned out to be the beginning of ‘Web 2.0,’ for all that’s worth. I think it’s as...

Woman Dunks Car, Saves Coffee

From the dubious priorities department… Dateline: Oakland, California — Authorities said the car went into the water a little after 6:00 a.m. after its driver lost control when she reached for her cell phone near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and...

Coffee Notes from All Over

NYTimes: Tasting the Future of Starbucks Tasting Clover-brewed coffee at Starbucks with George Howell. (Mr. Howell is not an easy mark.) Coffee’s Benevolent Mr. Bean Profiles Stumptown’s Duane Sorenson. (No mention that Stumptown is ditching the Clover in the...

Intelligentsia Coffee’s Rwanda Golden Cup Melange

Rating: [rating:4/5] While I’d talked up Rwanda’s Golden Cup competition last September, I’ve only late come to realize that I hadn’t actually tasted any of the coffees from this competition. That couldn’t stand, of course. And so this...

Coffee Tech: Remaking the Vac Pot

Oh… shiny! Don’t let the modern lines fool you… it’s not a new brew technology but a new take on the classic vac pot, from designer Lina Fischer. I have wine bottle-stoppers that look the like brewing end of this thing… wonder if...

Starbucks’ Shiny New Shamrock

Listen… Hear that? . . . . . . That’s the sound of thousands of coffee retailers gasping for air, reeling from a sucker-punch. These are folks who’d aspired to get themselves a Clover… the commercial, cup-at-a-time coffee brewer that’s...

How to Make the Perfect Irish Coffee

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ve imbibed your customary pint or three (or four or five) of Guinness and now you’re settled in at the bar, waiting for your designated driver to shuttle your tipsy self safely home. Good for you! Why not reward...

Coffee Notes From All Over

How do you love Peet’s? Peet’s wants you to count the ways. Share your story of Peetnickety devotion, and you could win free coffee for a year — for you and five of your friends. The “Why I Love Peet’s” contest is part of the...

The Bodum Bistro… Not So Hot.

Some months ago I expressed my deep covet of the very attractive Bodum Bistro manual drip brewer. What, after all, is not to like? It takes a page from the classic Chemex pour-over coffee brewer, offers a nod to the Eva Cafe Solo, and ups the ante by leveraging the...
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