13 October 2014


mud is a coffee shop that i have yet to visit. it was on my list of coffee shops to hit while on my last trip to ny, but i just ran out of time. isn't their shop adorable?

they also have coffee trucks!

but that doesn't keep me from drinking their coffee. on hubby's recent visit, he brought back a bag of mud and a mud mug to drink it in!

09 October 2014

kéan coffee

the owners of kéan coffee are no strangers to coffee. it's in their blood. have you heard of diedrich coffee? ya, same family. they've been in the coffee business since the early 1900's, so they know coffee inside and out.

we visited their tustin store and ended up buying a couple of bags of their coffee, that is roasted on site. after reading all the descriptions, we ended up with a bolivian peaberry and a sihereni from papua new guinea. i added the links in case you wanted to read their tasty descriptions too. mmm.

the coffee shop was packed inside and out. we were lucky to find an empty table out front. they also have a back patio which was a bit cozier, but there were smokers back there, even though they have a "no smoking" sign clearly posted. oh well.

13681 newport ave #14 - tustin, ca

06 October 2014

my camano coffee mill saved my life

ok, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but it did save the day. lemme 'splain. last week, the city turned the power off on our street so they could replace a power pole. we were without electricity for 6 1/2 hours! my near catastrophe occurred at coffee time. i only buy whole bean coffee, so no power = no electric coffee grinder. that's where my camano coffee mill saved the day. with a few cranks of the handle, i had ground coffee.

as for brewing without electricity, that wasn't a problem because i brew my coffee in a chemex coffeemaker.

disaster averted. thanks to my camano coffee mill, i was able to enjoy my mug of love and face the day, even without electricity.

are you equipped to brew coffee without electricity? there are several manual brewing methods to choose from: chemex, hario v60, & french press are just a few. and, if you buy whole beans, don't forget your manual coffee grinder!

29 September 2014

national coffee day

me (& my mug) are enjoying a cup of bolivian peaberry, black, 1 sugar. what's in your cup?

15 September 2014

DJ coffee shop

if hubby and i were to buy this coffee shop, we wouldn't even have to change it's name. it already has both of our initials!
hey a girl can dream, can't she?

01 September 2014

how decaf coffee is made

i found this video online and thought it was interesting. in case you were ever curious on how they make decaf coffee, here is the answer.

18 August 2014

better buzz coffee

on a recent trip down to carlsbad, we got our morning buzz at better buzz coffee in san marcos. it's an adorable little walk-up/drive-up coffee shop.

yep, that's hubby ordering us a couple of drip coffees at the drive-up window. the brews of the day were caramel creme (flavored), night sky (dark roast) and kenya (peaberry). if you want to drink your brew there, they have a couple of patio tables outside with umbrellas to shield you from the sun but there is no indoor seating. as a matter of fact, there is no indoors. you order your coffee at the walk-up window.

they offer their drip in two sizes, regular ($2.15) and large ($2.35).
we both went with the regular (16 oz), kenya.

this is the sign you will see as you exit the parking lot. they were quite busy with a constant flow of cars and a few walk-up patrons as well. we will definitely be back here. it's a very convenient location for us but most importantly the coffee was very good.

904 w. san marcos bl, san marcos
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