Stumptown Indonesia Bies Penantan Coffee Tasting



I recently traveled to New Orleans with my family and had the pleasant experience visiting two coffee houses.   The first, I would like to share with you now.  Nestled in the side of the Ace Hotel, is the newly opened Stumptown Coffee.  Fond memories of my first and only Stumptown experience caused some anticipation when I heard the New Orleans location had just opened.  It was 5 years […]

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters – Review


IMG_1052I recently traveled to Jacksonville, Florida on a business trip and learned several interesting facts about the city.  First, their huge oak trees are beautiful!  Second, Jacksonville, known as the “Bold new city from the south”.  Third and the most important fact, Jacksonville is home to an up and coming third wave coffee roaster & artesian. […]

Hario MM-2 Coffee Grinder-Review


Hario MM-2 coffee grinder – Hero or Novelty?

Hario MM-2 coffee grinder Hario MM-2 Coffee Grinder

I decided to purchase the Hario MM-2 coffee grinder last month because my Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder died.  With only 1 1/2 years of service, the Breville should have lasted much longer. Plastic gears inside the grinder stripped […]

Thanksgiving Blend – Here We Go Again!


Thanksgiving Blend is Gone

Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend 2014Two years ago I posted how much I like the Starbucks Thanksgiving blend coffee.  Again, I am sipping on their nice, full bodied coffee although it is still a little dark for me.  I have some Marketing and Sales observations that I would like to share regarding Starbucks and their […]

Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster – Review


The New Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster is a great value

Behmor-1600-Coffee-RoasterI recently purchased the new Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster.  It is the only home roasting  device that is capable of roasting up to 1 lb of green coffee beans per batch.  While most home roasters use “hot air” like a popcorn maker, the Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster uses quartz heating elements.  […]

Baratza Encore coffee grinder – Review


Baratza Encore coffee grinder Baratza Encore Burr Grinder

Today the Baratza Encore coffee grinder sits on my counter ready to grind.  My coffee preparation methods were about to change for the better.  My old Cuisinart Grind & Brew was both a grinder and brewer.  Well, after 6 years the Cuisinart finally died.  After some careful research, I purchased a […]

Roasting Coffee At Home – From Green Beans To Fresh Roasted Coffee


green coffeeI never thought I would be writing about this.  I want to share how anyone can roast their own coffee at home.  10 years ago, you never would have found me holding a coffee mug unless it had hot chocolate in it.  It just goes to show how our tastes can change over the years.  You might be the same way?  For years, you have been […]

Chicago’s Best Kept Secret


Starbucks Clover Brewing SystemBest secret?  Not really, but it’s a pretty good one.  Many may argue this point and I am fine with that.  Chicago is a great place to see a show, visit a museum, go to a game, have a great meal or even shop. It’s also a great place to find a good […]

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