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…………
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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.
The day after the Boulder Caffeine Crawl, I made a mug of hot chocolate from a tin I bought at Piece Love & Chocolate, our first tour stop. The lovely shop was decorated with fall colors and Halloween items.
Owner, Sarah Amorese, taught us several interesting things about chocolate. Everything in the store is
made with chocolate,
is about chocolate,
or has chocolate in it.
Delicious chocolates begin with cocoa pods filled with pulp and seeds.
There were wall shelves filled with many varieties of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!
We were served two samples. The first was a cup of warm Sippin’ Hot Chocolate, a silky blend of cream, milk, and white and dark chocolate with a dash of chili pepper in it. . The second was a dark chocolate truffle. Thank you, Sarah for our delicious caffeine fix!
Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!
Waiting in the Dallas airport, we heard Perry’s name called. When he returned from the American Airlines desk, he told me, “The bad news is we were bumped from our exit row seats. The good news is we were put into first class.”
We were served a wonderful meal in our comfy seats – moist baked chicken, sweet potatoes with a creamy sauce, and a fresh salad with artichokes, black olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The peanut butter cheese cake was yummy! My Pretty Pink cup wrap kept my diet coke icy cold.
After eating our meal, Perry sipped a second mug of hot coffee covered with a Kup Kap while he read on his Kindle.
I love taking photos out the plane window!
We met friends at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas for the Mayborn Writer’s Conference. While Hugh and Perry attended workshops and lectures, Mary and I shopped in Dallas and enjoyed the hotel pools.
With 99 degree temperatures, water bottles were a necessity. I packed a western print cup wrap. I needed an extra large Kup Kollar to put around my forehead to absorb the perspiration continuously trickling down my face. I think my body lost a bottle of water while I took photos of the outdoor pool!
The hotel pool and pool house snack bar is located next to a lake for a beautiful natural setting.
Meanwhile, Mary did her pool exercises in cool water. When I joined her, the water felt especially good on my overheated body!
Later we enjoyed the indoor pool with a hot tub next to it.
Back in my hotel room, I showered then brewed a mug of hot tea. I sipped it while dressing for the banquet that evening.
Conferences are a lot of fun!
Not everyone drank green beer on St. Patrick’s Day! Pam hosted a fabulous tea party for her friends in SD. She shared photos and emailed,
“I hosted a Saint Patrick’s Day tea party on Wednesday and am enclosing photos of the tea table complete with your Kup Kaps. I forgot to take a photo of my guests using them during the tea but I can assure you they were a great addition to the party. My guests loved them and discovered quickly that they do indeed keep the tea warm for a much greater length of time! They all asked where I got them and I told them and gave all of them the information you sent in the packaging of each Kup Kap. I love mine and use it all the time! Thank you for helping make my Irish Tea Party a success!”
Thank you, Pam, for sharing!