26 March 2013

irish coffee

do you know how to make irish coffee? just because st patrick's day has ended doesn't mean you can't make yourself an irish coffee. do you have a margarita only for cinco de mayo? of course not! this is how hubby & i make it.

-6 oz coffee
-1.5 oz jameson irish whiskey
(or your whiskey of choice)
-2 tsp sugar
-heavy cream (whipped)
-warmed irish coffee glass

note: i only put 1 oz of whiskey in mine because i'm such a lightweight but hubby puts 1.5 oz in his.

1. brew coffee
2. add sugar to empty glass
3. add coffee & stir to dissolve sugar
4. add whiskey
5. pour whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on top

it's that simple.

22 March 2013

10 cent credit

do you take your own travel mug when you go to a coffee shop? i must admit, i don't always. did you know some coffee shops will pay you if you bring in your own cup? starbucks for example will credit your bill 10 cents. ok a dime won't make you rich but just think of the trash you won't be adding to the landfill. starbucks usually writes your order on their cups, but if you take in your own cup, they write your order on a little post it note.

the keepcup is a good choice if you're looking for a new travel mug. it comes in 4 sizes (4, 8, 12, or 16 oz) and dozens of color combinations. you can choose one of their stock color combinations or design your cup to match your mood, choose your college or your favorite sports team colors! their web site allows you to preview your cup so you'll know what it's gonna look like before you hit "add to cart." i've had my keepcup for a while now and like it so much i ordered one for hubby and another for daughter #1.

19 March 2013

coffee w/ bailey #33: some crust bakery

we love going to super dog-friendly claremont to stroll up and down their quaint streets, filled with indie shops. when it comes to coffee, of course they have a starbucks and a coffee bean, but today we caffeinated ourselves at some crust bakery. added bonus: it's a bakery!

i don't know how many coffee shops actually bake their own goods or how fresh they really are but you can be sure you aren't going to get day old breads here. plus they serve a really good coffee. they brew monkey & son coffee, which is fair trade and organic. that's a win win to me!

i ordered two pour overs but i noticed the water they used was just sitting in a pot on a warmer. i don't know if this is standard practice or if the girl just didn't know but a warmer is only going to keep water warm. you need hot water to brew coffee; around 200 degrees hot for proper extraction. they are ruining a perfectly good bean by under extracting it. i would rate their coffee as being mediocre :(

i will give them another try to see if this was a fluke but if that's how they prepare a pour over, i will not be seeking caffeine at their establishment. as a bakery though, they are top notch.

some crust bakery, claremont ca

17 March 2013

happy st patrick's day!

today i decided to use the good stuff. no dorky leprechauns or "irish" mugs made in china. nope, not today. today i am drinking my coffee from a fine bone china, genuine royal tara cup and saucer made in galway, ireland. granted, this cup holds much less coffee than my mugs, but today i am being a refined lady. haha. (ok, only i can laugh at that, lol)

beannachtaí na féile pádraig oraibh

translation: st patrick's day blessings upon you

16 March 2013

coffee & a shamrock cookie

do you like sweets with your coffee? i don't usually like really sweet treats with my coffee but when i was at the bakery the other day, this shamrock cookie was calling my name: "jooo-deee." i must admit, it kinda creeped me out but i bought it anyway, then i ate it! lol


15 March 2013


bailey tried to photobomb my picture! i was photographing my coffee yesterday, when who comes walking around the corner of the chair? bailey! i decided to use this picture anyway because well, that's life.

this is another of my silly leprechaun mugs. this guy doesn't look as sly as my other leprechaun mug but the blessing is spot on, plus this mug holds more coffee. lol

may the good lord take a liking to you...
but not too soon

14 March 2013

coffee by a cairn

today's irish coffee cup is pictured by a mini cairn. there are many rock formations all over ireland; from simple stone walls to the ancient dolmens and of course newgrange. stones are everywhere. this little cairn is my way of paying homage to the laborers & stone masons of ireland that helped landscape a beautiful country.

13 March 2013

erin go bragh

it's time to break out my dorky irish mugs! this is one of my favorites. this little leprechaun has such a mischievous look on his face, you can be sure he will be up to creating some sort of havoc as soon as he finishes his libation. sláinte!

12 March 2013

coffee table book

my 1st trip to ireland was back in 1998 and i have been lucky enough to be able to return several more times over the past years. this country holds a special place in my heart. aside from being absolutely beautiful, it is where my grandmother's roots are planted.

06 March 2013

chemex pour over

when brewing a pot of coffee, my brewing method of choice is the chemex. i have been making coffee in my chemex for about two years now and i will never go back to the automatic drip coffee maker. yes, the chemex is a bit more work because you don't just push a button and walk away. you must tend to it but the result is well worth the effort. how do you brew your coffee?

creating heaven

brewing then *poof* it's gone

04 March 2013

coffee token

don't take any wooden nickels but if someone offers you a wooden token "good for one coffee", take it!

01 March 2013

berry-licious coffee

ok, so i was going to wait until i finished off my current open bag of coffee before diving into the ethiopian sidamo adem chilcho, that hubby surprised me with, but i couldn't wait. wow, this coffee is berry-licious! the description mentions a hint of chocolate which i didn't really notice it but i definitely tasted the berries. it's like a mouthful of fruit! if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know how i favor the fruity coffees. this one just might be my new favorite.

ethiopian sidamo adem chilcho
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