Archive for the ‘Coffee’ Category

Finally, Great Coffee in Citrus County, FL

July 6, 2010

Annually, I travel several times to Citrus Co, FL to visit family. These trips always required packing my own coffee grinder & beans due to the lack of any coffee culture anywhere close. During my trip this week, having little hope, I searched the net for a coffee escape. I came across the website, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters. Reviews looked promising. I asked around and heard ‘they were always very busy’.
So this morning I stopped in, and was welcomed by James & a buffet of coffee beans from around the globe. Keep the theme of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ from reading ‘Delivering Happiness’ from Zappos.com, I purchased coffee for dad, myself & his hospital roommate. Karma was returned when James allowed one final purchase to be ‘on the house’. Great coffee, yes; nice atmosphere, check; customer service; excellent.
Buying coffee from a roaster is the same experience as buying bread from a baker, the freshness & quality are superior to anybody else.
I will be a regular customer when I am in town. I hope Citrus County recognizes & patronizes this great coffee experience.

http://www.cattledogcoffeeroasters.embarqspace.com/

Siphoned coffee anyone?

June 19, 2010

Siphoned coffee is the best of the journey (brewing) and the destination (drinking). Similar to wrenching and riding your favorite steed. A siphon coffee maker is for someone who enjoys the brewing process and has a little more time to devote to it.

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee from AoM

August 7, 2009

Great article on brewing coffee compliments of ‘Art of Manliness”.  I am interested in the siphon coffee brewing method mentioned at the bottom of the post.

http://artofmanliness.com/2009/08/03/brewing-the-perfect-cup-of-coffee/

Would you like some bikini with your cappuccino?

July 15, 2009

This could only be thought of in Georgia?

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_15980/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=hZwTRY41

Improving Bicycle Commuting

July 15, 2008

Recently, I have moved to a new office building.  My favorite amenities include a storage closet and showers.  I have commuted for over 10 years and never had a shower at my place of employment.  I would usually arrive really early and wash down with a hand sink and baby wipes.  This was the bare minimum to keep up with personal hygiene.  I used to think a shower was a luxury, now I consider it a must.

Below is an article on Urban Bike Stations.  They pick-up the slack for poor urban designed office buildings.

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Bicycle Sundays in Mexico City.

August 12, 2007

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The Mayor of Mexico City has instituted an idea to make his community more livable. On every Sunday, the main avenues are closed to motorists and open to pedistrians and cyclists.
Now before you think this idea is over the top, consider the last time you were at an outdoor lifestyle shopping mall. No cars, no noice, a little sense of community. Durham, NC has ‘The Streets of Southpoint’ and ‘American Tobacco’ both are open-air markets with restaurants and no problems associated with vehicles. Kids can run around, adults get alittle exercise and some fresh air.
I hope the success in Mexico City gains momentum and large US cities consider this alternative. My family would welcome this move.

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Where do you get your coffee beans?

March 9, 2007

As with most things in life, the harder you work for something, the more enjoyable it is.   I have this very dilemma with the search for coffee beans.

I have tried various grocery stores for their bean selections and have not been satisfied at most with the flavors.  I think I pick a descent bean (Organic, Fair-Trade variety), and the flavor isn’t acceptable.  I could buy from one of the those franchise coffee shops, however, something artificial is occurring there…..no passion.

20 miles from our home is Southern Season gourmet market.  They have a coffee bean bar.  If there were a heaven for a coffee connoisseur this would be it.   They  have beans from local growers,  local favorite restaurants, and all over the international bean market (Mexico, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pacific Rim and elsewhere).

So back to my dilemma.  Southern Season is no-where near my commute path… a special trip usually by a gas-sucking vehicle is required to find a good bean.

So where are you getting your good coffee beans?