Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

coffee break | dear coffee, i love you posters

Graphic design and good coffee go together like, well, graphic design and dark chocolate. Or graphic design and great pizza. Or graphic design and fine wine. And of course, graphic design and a cold beer. But back to the coffee, Brian Jones of Dear Coffee, I Love You has been successfully blending the world of design and coffee for a while now, and inspiring many of us. His blog is fun and lovely. And like any designer worth his beans (little coffee humor there) he has posters:

Back with more coffee photos tomorrow.

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March 31, 2011

300. cowgirl up

Ann Burris, West Sacramento, CA. This is coffee cup 300 (!) so today we get a story with our coffee. Ann is a longtime friend (sounds so much better than an old friend, doesn’t it?) of mine, and blogs about Farmer’s Markets at Annie’s Pickin’s.

“My sister was a real live cowgirl in her younger days. She could ride with the best of them and went on many cattle drives where they drove cattle from the low elevations to the higher mountain pastures in the early summer then reversed the process as the weather cooled in the fall. It would often take days to drive the herd and the cowboys and my sister (who at that time was the wife of one of the cowboys) would camp each night under starlit skies. Mornings were often brisk, as they tend to be in the mountains. The meeting place would be the campfire where everyone would gather around to warm themselves and it was there, sitting around the crackling fire that they would enjoy their morning cup of fresh brewed coffee. Camp coffee was not from a machine and it sure didn’t have foam on top or a fancy name. It was simply coffee grounds that were added to water and boiled in a coffee pot for just the right amount of time, then the pot would be set to the side of the fire to settle the grounds. The coffee was strong and if you got the last cup it was probably a little chewy too, but to each cowboy and girl, it was the best cup of coffee they ever tasted. Mountain air can do that to your thinking I’ve heard.

Years have gone by and my sis isn’t a real live cowgirl anymore. She lives in a small town in a regular house with a lawn out front and a little yard with some trees out in the back. No big fields filled with cows, no creek and no barn, but she does have a magnificent view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from her front porch and that’s pretty nice.

The other day she called and was very excited because she had just bought a new-fangled coffee machine. “It makes really great coffee and does an amazing job on the foam,”she said. “Great we can try it out when I come up this weekend”, I said.  The morning I arrived she fixed us coffee and it was really great, even the foam was great, but to me the neatest thing was the contrast between the really high-tech coffee maker and the homey cups she served it in.

She may have given up the ways of a wrangler many years ago but in her heart she’s still a cowgirl. Only now she’s a cowgirl who likes high-tech lattes.”

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March 30, 2011

299. some like it hot

Kristine in Central Oklahoma.

This is the other half of Kristine’s anniversary coffee, that would be the one belonging to her sweet husband Scott. From Scott to Kristine: “Another blissful day spent together…over a cup of coffee.  Nothing tastes as good as sharing grand imaginings and splendid dreams. I have never regretted buying a cup of coffee with you, for the memories are worth every penny.”

He’s a keeper for sure. Kristine and Scott, may you have many years and many, many more mochas together.

You can get a twofer of Kristine (website and blog) at  Blue Elephant Photography, plus her inspired Flickr photostream.

March 30, 2011

298. anniversary mocha

Kristine in Central Oklahoma. 

Back in the archives of coffee|served daily, Kristine kicked off our Valentine’s Day Coffee Loveapalooza (seems so long ago) by describing falling in love with her husband-to-be over a very special cup of coffee (coffee cup number 122). They got married and just celebrated their second anniversary with this coffee.

“It’s our 2-year wedding anniversary and we just spent today out and about. Did some shopping, browsing, and had some Korean food, dessert, and coffee. I had an iced cafe mocha ♥ it tasted so good on a warm sunny day. I wish everyday was like this!”

You can get a twofer of Kristine (website and blog) at  Blue Elephant Photography, plus her inspired Flickr photostream.

March 29, 2011

297. the kiss

Angela Hickman, Hawaii. Glazer’s Cafe.

Latte art, based on Klimt’s The Kiss. You can see it, can’t you?

I’d be thrilled if anyone in my town even offered a latte heart, much less a work of art. But if I am imagining, I’d like to see something by Marc Chagall.

Angela’s blog is Lattes and Wanderlust (two of my favorite things!). Go say Aloha.

March 29, 2011

296. recycle it

Mary (aka Cinco Mom). Mary was one of the first contributors to coffee|served daily (coffee cups 13 and 127)  Check out her Flickr photostream here.

March 29, 2011

295. coffee with my girl

She’s been away for five years. In another country (Canada is too another country). I’m proud of her, and proud that I taught her how to love coffee. But I sure do miss her.

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March 28, 2011

294. love coffee

Yes, I do.

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March 28, 2011

293. in the shadows

James Hague, Champagne, Illinois.

James has a Flickr photostream here.

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March 28, 2011

292. balancing act

Gordon Lazzarone, Sacramento CA.

Gordy is a real life friend of mine, as well as a real life professional photographer.

Gordon’s website is www.lazzaronephotography.com.

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