Coffee, Anyone?

It’s everywhere and it’s one HOT topic. Of course, I’m referring to coffee. You’ve no doubt noticed all the coffee memes and jokes and greetings on social media featuring java.

A cup o’ Joe, brew, rocket fuel, dirt (hadn’t heard that one), cuppa, bean juice, brain juice…the list goes on.

And the memes are varied too, humorous or downright serious. Anyone taking a gander at our Facebook and Twitter pages will be convinced of our addiction to the stuff. For some of us, they wouldn’t be far off the mark.

I love my morning coffee! Honestly, though, after that first wonderful sip—well—it kind of goes downhill. Still enjoyable, though. You have to drink it fast before it gets cold. I am not a fan of cold coffee—and microwaved coffee—no, thank you.

Research! I took a short jaunt around the internet and pulled out a few lists of favorite coffee brands. Interesting, especially when I noticed one brand that kept bubbling to the top (like in the old-fashioned percolator). It’s actually one I’ve never tried. I’m being brutally honest here: I have never been to Dunkin’ Donuts. (I heard that gasp! You can’t believe it, can you?) I’ve never had the coffee, unless it was served to me and not identified.

Here’s a “favorite brands” list from 2014:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Folgers
  • Seattle’s Best
  • Maxwell House
  • Caribou
  • McCafe

And then one more recent (2017):

  • Lav Azza
  • Nescafe (really?)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Seattle’s Best
  • Peet’s
  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • Tim Horton’s
  • Folger
  • Maxwell House
  • Caribou

I’m not really sure who they’re asking. Both said “consumers.” Could be anybody. So here’s one that came directly from top sales of inexpensive coffees in southern supermarkets. That’s really narrowing it down.

  • Eight o’clock
  • Chock Full o’ Nuts
  • Folgers
  • Maxwell House
  • Dunkin Donuts

What’s my favorite coffee? We’re coffee snobs at our house. Right now, we’re drinking organic coffee from Paraquay, freshly ground, of course. The aroma is amazing!

Coffee aisles at the neighborhood supermarket have expanded! You can barely see from one end to the other. I think I saw Juan Valdez and his donkey the other day. Or maybe it was just someone pushing a cart. The distance was too great to tell.

I can often be found there, in one of those aisles, sniffing coffee packages. Don’t worry, I don’t touch it to my nose. There’s a trick to it. You lightly squeeze the package and the aroma is released. I’m not really a fan of what men like to call, “cookie coffee, and I don’t like burnt coffee beans. Only the wonderfully aromatic ones that make me say, “Ah, perfection!”

To brew or not to brew? In the past, we’ve used a French press, a pour-through, and single-serving pods. But lately, I just use a regular old coffeemaker.

One of my favorite things: I love to walk into a chic little coffee roaster and inhale. Oh, and then, I really want a caffe latte. Lots of cream, no sugar, please. We have a couple of coffee shops in the Louisville area that I love.  Sunergos, and Heine Brothers. I know, I need to get out more. Coffee shop research is HIGH on my to-do-list this fall.

Now, it’s your turn:

What’s your favorite coffee shop and/or store brand coffee?

What’s the most unique shop you’ve visited? (Mine is pictured below)

 

CLICK TO TWEET: I love my morning #coffee. Hello! #ThursdayMornings http://wp.me/p65lTH-BM What’s your favorite?

Next week – I will be reviewing The Revisionary, by Kristen Hogrefe, and there will be a giveaway! So stop back by and join the conversation.

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Hello, Thursday Morning!

I’ve been thinking about a schedule change for a while. Work and other obligations keep me away from my computer most of the day on Tuesday, making it difficult to keep up with my regular Tuesday blog post, and all the work that goes along with it.

From today forward, you’ll find me here on Thursday mornings. I’m calling it, Hello, Thursday Mornings.

I’ll still write about a variety of topics, as I have in the past, including the occasional devotional and…coffee. I know that caught your attention. Include coffee, a cute kitty, or puppy, maybe a horse or two, and you’re bound to get attention.

That’s not why I do it, of course. I’m a fan of all those things.

So, without further ado (or something like that), I offer the first installment of Hello, Thursday Mornings.


I was watching a cute romantic movie the other night (I’ll mention the name later), and I had to laugh out loud. I was home alone at the time, so I could do that. The main character, a single, attractive twenty-something, was on a first date. The couple was shown to a table in the restaurant. She chose her seat. Her date hesitated, because it was obvious he preferred the chair she had taken, and a moment later, the reason why became obvious. There was a football game on. Her chair faced the television. His…didn’t.

I laughed, because this often happens when my husband and I go out for dinner. These days, I usually just ask which side of the table he prefers. But we’ve been married a while. I can’t imagine putting up with something like that on a very first date. A first date is when you’re becoming better acquainted. Getting to know each other usually includes eye contact and conversation. A game on the television can disrupt that.

Click to Tweet: Getting to know each other usually includes eye contact and conversation. #FirstDate #Romance

In fact, I think that sort of behavior would be a definite deal-breaker. Clearly, the guy is far more interested in sports than in his date. She tried to get his attention, but when she asked what interests he had outside of sports and coaching (his profession), he hesitated. Eventually, he admitted to a love for karaoke. A very uncomfortable scene followed, while he demonstrated his lack of musical talent.

It wasn’t a great movie, but it was mostly fun to watch, with the exception of the karaoke scene. It was a good idea for a story, and most of the actors were cute enough to make it pleasant. The story featured coffee, the sea, a woman who could eat numerous pastries without gaining an ounce, and romance. If they’d included a dog or cat, it would’ve been perfect.

Coffee Shop is worth a watch, if you like cute romances. It’s not rated, but there’s really nothing to offend, and it’s suitable for family viewing. I gave it four out of five stars on Netflix.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedy, what’s your all-time favorite?

(Mine is While You Were Sleeping)

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