Monthly Archives: January 2006

You know you drink too much coffee when …

You know you drink too much coffee when …

You don’t need a hammer to pound nails.

Your only source of nutrition comes from “sweet and low.”

You don’t sweat, you percolate.

You’ve worn out the handles on your favorite mug.

You’ve built a miniature city out of plastic stirrers.

Coffee and Tea Drinkers Battle

Cat lovers and dog lovers. Usually, you’re either one or the other and they say that one can not really get along with the other. Maybe. I enjoy both just as I do with coffee and tea. I have found that (in my travels) you’re either one or the other or nothing at all.

Why is that?

Cheap Coffee Kills!

I found out this morning, quite by accident just how deadly coffee can be. It is sad really. I stopped by a coffee shop and got one to go. A regular brew, nothing fancy. It was too early to get anything really good.

Got back into my Jeep and took off to meet my sister-in-law at her house so we could go check out some new Pomeranian puppies for sale. I am getting into the biz and am still looking for that perfect male.

Coffee Grounds Compost

coffee gounds as compost and fertilizerDid you know that you can save used coffee grounds and use them to feed and fertilize your indoor plants or anything you grow in an outside garden?

It’s easy to do. Save them up and then pick out your plant and spread them around the base of the plant just before it rains or you are going to water. It allows for a slow release of nitrogen.

You may also add to an already exisiting compost pile to increase the nitrogen content of the compost.

Bodum Santos 3000 12-Cup Coffee Maker

If you like rich tasting coffee in half the time it takes to make a pot in an ordinary drip machine, you’ll love the Bodum Santos 3000 12-Cup Coffee Maker!

Now I say this if you are comparing it to something like your standard Mr. Coffee and not a fast brewing Bunn or Cuisinart. They are a bit faster but this pot uses a vacuum method for coffee brewing. I remember the old stove top method using a glass brewer. You had to watch it constantly in order to get a good flavor and not burn your brew or over cook it.

It is sort of like a french press.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Chrome and Black

Most everyone is aware of the fact that in order to have the freshest, most aromatic coffee, one must have those oils present that you can only get from a fresh grind of coffee beans. Even a less expensive bean can taste better if that oil is present. Sure you can buy a pound of ground coffee and at first it smells really great and that first pot from it taste good too but not like that of fresh ground.

The Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal Coffeemaker can give you all that and more. The grinder is incorporated right into the coffeemaker. You’ll find it in the back to the left of the maker. All you need to do is lift the lid and remove the plastic protecting lid and add the beans. It has a heavy stainless steel blade and it will grind the beans perfectly and automatically dispense them to the awaiting basket. The head that dispenses the water over the grounds is better than most you’ll find. It covers the grounds evenly and that makes for a great cup. If you do not want to grind beans you can shut the grinder off and use pre-ground coffee. You’ll find the disable button on the front control panel. A basket is included with your package that is gold in color. I like them because it allows all the oils from the bean to filter into the carafe. Yum yum! Note: you can use paper filters if you prefer.

Bunn Home Coffee Brewer

Review originally written by me on Mar 05 ‘01. You can read this review and other fine authors reviews by visiting:

Epinions.com “bluehawq’s Link”

I wonder sometimes if there is anyone out there that has a coffee addiction quite like me. But I have met a lady that I think may share the same intense cravings that I do for that luscious black gold. That would be car924 here at Epinions. She may even be worse than me! God forbid.

I began indulging myself with this delicious go juice when I was just about 12 years old. I wasn’t like most younguns who began their coffee careers with cream and loads of sugar. No, I started out on the hard stuff. Black and strong, thus leading me on a long road to the land of coffee beans, mugs, and the caffeine high that goes along with it all.

3 New Coffee Avatars

I’ve started to add 60×60 coffee related avatars. So far there are three. I made them this morning. You’ll find those ( if interested ) in the coffee avatar page. Link is to the right on the inside bar. Free to use. Just save them to your own image files. There are quite a bit of people hot linking to my images. If you are one of them, be advised that I am going to start listing websites, message boards, and blogs that are hot linking on a naughty page. Better get them saved to your on computer!

Evil Word: Instant Coffee but…

I’ve found a great article on how to make good *cough* instant coffee. I hate that but I do realize that not everyone drinks quality coffee nor’ can justify the expense of it. And sadly, there are those who actually drink and ‘like’ instant coffee. Or, it could be that they just don’t have the time to make brewed coffee. No offense intended, it just isn’t for me. I thought I’d share this tidbit for those of you who do drink instant. Read on……

Coffee, Scones, and My New Jam

So…. this holiday season I created a new jam recipe (it’s a secret). On New Years morning I served it with fresh scones and rich tasting Brazilian Bourbon Santos. Yum yum!

I’m not going to include the recipe because I’ve had several suggest I should consider marketing it. I don’t know about all that but just in case I decide they’re not crazy, I’ll keep the recipe a secret for now. But I will tell you that it is basically Cranberry Jam. It is out of this world!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!