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I went to the new Colorado Springs Trader Joe’s grocery store to buy Pumpkin Spice Coffee, 100% Brazil Cerrado Arabica beans ground together with natural spices like orange peel, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin spice oil. I also wanted their Pumpkin Spice Chai with pumpkin pie spices and real pumpkin. However, these are limited items for October and they had already sold out.
The knowledgeable and friendly staff at Trader Joe’s found a very tasty substitute for me called Spice Rooibos tea flavored with natural spices and pumpkin flavor!
I was happy to find sachet bags in the tea tin. Tea brewed with sachet bags will taste richer than tea brewed in tea bags. Why? Sachet bags contain bigger cuts of tea leaves than tea bags.
I thought Aro should have her own Kup Kap so I sent the Kolorful Insects to her.
I received the following note from Aro’s Mom:
“Aro says: ‘Thank you for my Cuppa Cap and she’s a nice lady for giving me my Cuppa Cap!’ We are big tea party gals and we both love using our Kaps. Thanks so much for thinking of Aro!”
Aro’s Dad shared, “And Aro ADORES her Kup Kap. She uses it for everything and she slept with it the first couple of days!”
One of our customers emailed a photo of her three year old daughter with the following comments:
“It was Aro’s first time using the Kup Kap. She saw me using it with my tea and wanted some. I made her some vanilla rooibos tea in her favorite panda cup. Then she asked for the Kap.”
Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo!
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…………
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.