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May 29, 2003

summer sips

I think I've found my new hot-weather espresso drink.

Peet's (of course) iced mocha with hazelnut.

Lemme tell ya, it was sorely needed on this morning's commute. I picked one up on the way in. *slurp* yummm :d

So how's your day-before-Friday goin'? I know I am lookin' forward to a relazing weekend... that's all that is keeping me going, besides the mocha. ;) Hope all ya'lls have a Happy Thursday!

posted by Courtney @ 11:23 AM
March 11, 2003
young jedis

I've been patronizing the new (w00t!) Peet's over at Rivermark, a mere few minutes from my place of residence. I think they opened last week.

Their espresso skills are good, but not quite up to snuff as the other Peet's locations. I've had a couple of iced mochas, which were either a tad too milky or a tad too chocolatey.

We need STRENGTH, soldier! Grind those beans! Steam that milk! Hup hup!

I am confident that they will soon learn the Way of the Peet(tm), and I will be there to witness it.

posted by Courtney @ 08:43 PM
February 27, 2003
nuclear bombs vs. sumatran blend

From The British Coffee Association:

COFFEE MAY PROTECT AGAINST RADIATION Strong coffee may be just what a person needs in a nuclear war. Researchers found that caffeine protects against the effects of radiation. (New Scientist, 1999).

Forget reading, I'm stocking up on coffee.

'The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.' - Sir James Mackintosh.

I'm gonna live forever.

posted by Courtney @ 12:04 AM
February 19, 2003
Dethroning the Evil Empire

Peet's is setting up shop in Seattle, right smack dab in the middle of Starbucks' home turf. Are they insane, or geniuses? Peet's sets up shop on Starbucks' Turf

"We're going to eat their lunch," said David Schomer, owner of Espresso Vivace Roasteria. He said Seattleites' taste for coffee is becoming increasingly sophisticated -- beyond what a chain company can do, even with Peet's stated commitment to frequently roasting small batches. "We're not worried," he said.

Are you threatennninng meeeee?

(via david)

posted by Courtney @ 04:29 PM
January 30, 2003

Attention: Courtney has NOT finished her coffee yet. I repeat, has NOT finished her coffee yet.


I'm cranky, grumpy, tired and sluggish. Watch out, or I may snap your head off if you try to get between me and my coffee-stained mug.

What's that, little Treo? It's time to get ready for class? Argh, so that means we have no time for a blog entry of substance? Oh pity me, Treo, I didn't blog at all yesterday! OKAY, Stop beeping at me already! SHEESH!

Oh yeah, it *is* that time of the month, isn't it...?

posted by Courtney @ 10:29 AM
January 28, 2003
caffe poseur

Earlier today, I was rushing to get to my Photo History class, and had maybe two minutes to spare. I was still feeling laggy from staying up late playing TSO (oops) and getting some pretty poor sleep last night due to a certain someone with a knack for loud breathing passages.

I was desperate. I needed caffeine.

I hit the drive-through Starbucks. It's been about two months since I weakened under the same pressure.

It was unsettling, but I pressed on. I looked on the floor of the passenger side of the car, and saw a loose Peet's sleeve lying there, unused and lonely. I slipped it around the hot cup o' mocha and was off to class. There I was, trying to pass off a cup of Starbucks as a Peet's cup. How sad was I?

Forgive me, o Peet's of my heart.

posted by Courtney @ 06:24 PM
November 27, 2002
all coffee, all the time

Sorry, I can't stop talking about our favorite roasted bean. This made me snicker.

venti brother
(snipped from The San Francisco Comic Strip)

I think I'm gonna create a new category in this blog for caffeine. Hey, wait, here it is!

posted by Courtney @ 10:08 PM
November 19, 2002
caffeine weakness

After over two months, I broke down and bought a cuppa Starbucks today.


I had really been into buying local coffee lately, from the obvious Peets to the awesome Coffee Society (which, I will add, is where we usually have Weblogger Meetups... there's one tomorrow night!).

Tonight, convenience ruled over me. There is a drive-thru Starbucks on the way to my class in Cupertino, so given my lack of time and craving for caffeine, I drive thru. What can I say, the beans were calling my name. At least I had the opportunity to try the newest concoction, the Peppermint Mocha. Pretty good... it made my lips feel all tingly.

I worry that I have been sucked back in. Damn those drive thrus.

What's *your* favorite way to have your coffee?

posted by Courtney @ 11:16 PM
November 03, 2002
Coffee Talk

SFGate: 'Fair trade' fan puts coffee on: Berkeley coffee measure gives brewers jitters

We're not in Kansas anymore. I know I'm back in California when a local city's ballot features a measure to regulate what is poured into their coffee cups.

Does this mean that your favorite barista (hmm, Eric?) is gonna get put behind bars for serving you that cup of Major Dickason's Blend? Extreme cases say yes.

Farking absurd, I tell you. What happened to freedom of choice? Something as simple as our morning java will be decided upon by our government? Feh, I say... FEH on all of them!

I think that it should be a matter of educating the customer... let them be aware of what it takes to make their cup o' coffee. What exactly is "Fair Trade" coffee? Let the consumer make the choice on his own terms.

Most of you who are loyal readers know how important my coffee is to me. They can take my travel mug when they pry it away from my cold, dead fingers, that's for dang sure!

posted by Courtney @ 07:04 PM
September 15, 2002

Wow, this Freddo-At-Home kit I got from Peets is outstanding. Quality frozen coffee goodness in my own home, and I am not in the Starbucks paradox anymore. Genius.

I highly recommend it. It's got a good beat, and I can dance to it.

*bounces off walls*

Shall I also mention how nice it is to wake up late on a Sunday morning and see fresh Noah's Bagels on the table? Ah, tis the good life.

posted by Courtney @ 10:12 AM
September 09, 2002
corporate coffee

I am one to admit that I drink Starbucks drinks. I know, I know, it's a product of Dr. Evil ("Eight years ago we invested in a small Seattle coffee company called Starbucks...").

In my heart, I like Peets Coffee a lot better. There are just so many Starbucks around, you turn around, and BAM, there's on in your face. So I often will go in and order a frappuccino. That's mostly what I like there, anyways.

I think that once the colder weather comes, I'll be drinking more Peets. I think their coffee is the only kind of coffee that I've been willing to drink black. Heh. We need more Peets in the south bay... I only know of one near our house.

posted by Courtney @ 04:12 PM