January 2nd, 2014
In June with temperatures near 100 degrees, I went into One Caffe Coffee for a cold iced tea. While the staff brewed the Alpine Berry tea, I noticed a box of the tea on their retail shelf made by Two leaves & a bud. I looked at the box and much to my surprise, discovered the tea company was located in Aspen, Colorado!
My drink had a refreshing fruity flavor that quenched my thirst. The cream cheese Danish was very fresh and delicious.
Caffe Coffee is inside the end of this unique building located on 84 Peachtree Street NW.
It looks like a tiny elf shop!
Even though the shop is small, it has a supply counter for napkins, flavorings, etc, several shelves of retail, and a window counter to sit at for a view of the street and shops. I didn’t feel cramped or crowded. The two young ladies were very friendly and agreeable to my photo shoot.
January 1st, 2014
After we ate the mustard and sauces in the six-sided bottles, I decided to recycle them for flower containers because of their shapes and various heights. I bought a fresh flower bouquet from the florist shop inside King Soopers to divide among the bottles. I created this dining table centerpiece for only $5.00, the cost of the flowers!
December 2nd, 2013
If you have a busy December, remember to take a few minutes to brew your favorite tea to relax and rejuviante to help minimize stress. As you sip your tea, research recipes online or in your favorite recipe book, organize and make a To-Do List, or just put up your feet and remember a special holiday memory…………
January 1st, 2013
When my friend Mary asked if I wanted to join her for a fusion glass earrings class, I answered “Yes, that sounds like fun!” The earrings class turned into a new creative hobby. My hobby became part of my company. Women want fun accessories to wear to their favorite coffee shop or tea room!
Because I designed and worked for several hours, I brought a large frozen fruit smoothie I blended with non fat yogurt to each session. The Kup Kollar Grande allowed it to melt slowly. I sipped while I drew designs, cut glass, and glued pieces together.
The cut pieces are from four different colors of glass. The pieces are glued together and ready for firing in a very hot kiln.
Seeing my creations after the firing is always exciting!
Thank you, Coral, owner of Full Spectrum Art Glass Supply in Colorado Springs, for your patience and encyclopedic knowledge of glass fusion techniques!
January 19th, 2012
There are coffee cozies for French presses so why not design one for carafes used with automatic drip coffee brewers?
That’s exactly what Koffee Kompanions did!
Noting that coffee carafes with electric coffee makers are the same size and shape as many teapots, we tried our large tea cozy on a 12 cup carafe and found it a perfect fit. We designed the Coffee Carafe Cozy with the same fabric print used for Kozee Y – Architecture of Coffee used on French presses. It has the same 200 weight Thinsulate Insulation by 3M that is in all our other products. Your coffee will stay drinkable for at least 60 minutes!
Want to move your coffee carafe to your office, work station, or craft area? Put a cozy on it. Don’t forget your Kup Kap for your mug. You won’t have to hurry to finish your coffee before it gets cold!
Want to move your carafe to your dining table? A cozy not only keeps your brew hotter, longer but also makes your table setting prettier!
Want to surprise someone special with breakfast in bed? You know what to do!
January 18th, 2012
When the three tour groups finished visiting the shops on the Boulder Caffeine Crawl, they gathered in front of Foolish Craig’s restaurant for the After Party and a raffle. Everyone had a raffle ticket in their goodie bag. They could buy more tickets to increase their chances of winning a prize.
The grand prize was a Baratza Vario-W grinder worth $575. The winner was very excited because he enjoys grinding fresh beans from a local roaster and brewing with his French press and espresso machine!
While the crawl walkers gathered, more coffee was served from Boca Java Direct Trade Estate Coffee and Boulder Organic Coffee.
The money collected from the sale of the raffle tickets was donated to Environment for the Americas, Conserving Birds by Connecting People. The group offers education programs about birds and their conservation.
Jason, owner of Caffeine Crawl, passed out the prizes as ticket numbers were called out.
Perry won two bags of coffee beans from Boca Java Direct Trade Estate Coffee!
I won two Kup Kaps from Koffee Kompanions; however, I declined the prize and someone else went home happy with the two Kup Kaps.
Enjoy the complete photo album of the 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl. When you see how much fun everyone had, perhaps you’ll join us in 2013 for the Denver Caffeine Crawl!
January 17th, 2012
Shop #5 on the 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl was Boxcar Coffee Roasters. The business shares its location with Cured so don’t be confused when you walk in. Beverages are served to the left and food is bought to the right.
This isn’t a steam engine. It’s an Ideal Rapid coffee roaster built in Germany in 1929 by Ferdinand Gothot Maschinenfabrik Gmbh. It’s built with heavy iron castings to keep the roasting temperature extremely stable. Vajra used his mechanical skills to restore and modernize it. Roasting experts consider it one of the most unique roasters in the country.
Vajra was set up to begin the demonstration when we walked in. He said they have a unique brewing method they call “cowboy coffee.” Just as the cowboys placed their grounds in water boiled over a campfire, Boxcar’s baristas immerse freshly ground coffee in 200-degree water taken from a special water dispenser.
They continue to heat it in a large pre-heated lab beaker placed on a custom-built mantle. This mantle heats and tumbles the brew until a sweet smell rising from the grounds indicates it’s ready to pour. Baristas then drop in ice to settle the grounds and stop the “brew momentum” before pouring it through a strainer to create a rich, non-acidic, slightly sweet cup of coffee.
Here’s a close view of the custom-built mantle Boxcar had to create in order to fit the round base of a typical oversized lab beaker. Once the beaker is in place, they continue heating it to a low boil (203 degrees in Colorado), so they can produce the “cowboy coffee” described above.
The crawl walkers were eagerly waiting to enjoy their fifth caffeine fix for the day!
Because Boxcar’s method produces such a rich, heady brew, it is especially good poured over ice. Perry usually prefers hot coffee over cold, but he said this brew would get strong reviews from his iced-coffee-drinking cousins in Wisconsin!
Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!
January 16th, 2012
Shop #4 on the Boulder Caffeine Crawl was the Cup Espressocafe on Pearl Street. After shooting photos, I chatted with Wendy, one of the owners. She answered several questions, we shared some of our business experiences as women in the coffee industry, and I showed her the Kup Kollar donated for the goodie bags.
Our samples were brewed Kyoto style which is a popular method in Japan. The water slowly makes its way down the brewer at a rate of one drip in forty seconds. It takes about two hours for the first drip to hit the bottom carafe. The drip is adjusted as the coffee blooms. A filter at the top spreads out the drip to avoid tunneling in one spot.
Wendy is preparing our samples while questions are answered.
Our cup of Toddy fair trade coffee had a slice of banana nut bread on the saucer for an added treat. I didn’t need a Kup Kap because the coffee was poured into the cup over ice.
Real men eat quiche, so I suspect there are many real men coming in to the shop!
I asked Wendy why were there hockey skates displayed near the ceiling of the shop. She told me that she is a HUGE hockey fan. Having spent many hours in ice rinks watching hockey games as a hockey mom and a fan of the Air Force Academy Falcons, I understand her enthusiasm!
Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!
January 15th, 2012
The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse on Pearl Street was our third stop on the Boulder Caffeine Crawl. Their specialty is world class espresso. The coffeehouse promotes the arts with weekly readings, musical performances, and gallery showings.
The two presenters sat on a piano bench. Jason of the Red Tennis Shoes asked one of many questions queried by the group.
After tasting his sample Perry wrote, “The espresso-based Americano has robust flavor with just a slight lingering hint of the unroasted bean, which gives it a distinctive following taste. Crema on the surface is rich and consistent.”
For you laymen, Perry means “a great cup of coffee!”
The laughing goat hangs above the counter.
For tea drinkers, The Laughing Goat offers several selections of tea from the company ‘two leaves and a bud’. There were tea bags and coupons in our goodie bags.
Along the back wall of the coffeehouse there was a shrine to the arts, writing, intellect, sciences, and wisdom. Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!
January 14th, 2012
Four days before the Caffeine Crawl, Perry had a business meeting in Boulder. We stopped in at Ozo Coffee because our son recommended the shop. Perry ordered a 12 ounce cappuccino in a latte cup. He said it was excellent and was pleased to have two full shots. His orange scone tasted homemade and fresh. My refreshing orange juice was poured behind the counter. The staffer asked if I wanted it over ice. My chocolate chip cookie was soft, chewy, and delicious.
The friendly staff gave us excellent customer service. They were upbeat and seemed to enjoy working the coffee scene. The shop was very busy the entire time we were there.
Our second Boulder Caffeine Crawl stop was Ozo Coffee on Pearl Street. The staff brewed the same coffee and a 1 to 17 ratio of coffee to water measuring to exact gram in three different brewing methods. They used a French press, Chemex, and Pour over coffee brewers.
The Crawl walkers watched and learned while the staff demonstrated the three brewing methods.
The staffer is labeling the sample cups with the name of the brewing method used.
The staffer is pouring coffee brewed in the Chemex into the sample cups.
Samples drunk! Perry’s taste buds reported, “The Chemex produced an intermediate medium robust flavor and carried a floral taste. The Pour over had a lighter, weaker flavor but isolated the flavors of the beans. My favorite, the French Press, brewed a bold, strong coffee with the flavor of all the beans blended together.”
The staff patiently answered questions from the Crawl walkers.
Perry, my loyal helper, took notes for me while I shot photos. Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!