Posts Tagged ‘coffee’


Brew of the Week–Millstone Carmel Blend

February 17, 2010

Always beware of fragrant coffee; that is my rule of thumb. However, walking through the grocery store’s coffee isle I’m stopped by the smell of carmel. It’s wafting from one of those bins full of beans that sit next to the in store grinder. I stop myself ‘don’t do it. I loose the internal battle and walk out with a pound of Millstone coffee. What a mistake.

Round 1: Only wanting to make one cup of coffee I grind the beans enough to flavor two cups and wait for my coffee maker to brew my blissful smelling coffee. I pour a cup and take a sip. Than I take another sip. Wait did I pick up water by mistake? No, that’s coffee in there. Hmmm…. The coffee was more like lightly flavored coffee water.

Round 2: I’m going to do it this time and over compensate with beans to eliminate the water. Grinding what I normally do to make 12 strong cups of coffee I pour the coffee grinds into the machine and add enough water for 2 cups. Haha! I got you this time! Than I wait, pour my cup, shut my eyes, and “what the f$%$!” It is still watery. Not nearly as it was before, but there is more water in my one-cup-of-coffee-brewed-for-twelve-strong-cups than there should be.

On the up side there was some flavor if that is the upside. What I had in my cup was bitter, and not in a good way. It was that sour bitter taste. Then there was the dryness to it. I might as well have been drinking bitter sand that smelled good in the package.

Millstone you disappointed me. I take away your rights to manufacture in Washington.


Top Pot–Capitol Hill

February 13, 2010

Top Pot would not leave us alone. Turn on the Food Network, it was there. Go to Starbucks, and their doughnuts are there. Search coffee shops online and they are there. This was a sign if I ever saw one. Not wanting to drive downtown we instead chose to stop at the Capitol Hill location. Again fate was on our side bringing us to the original location.

The streets were packed with cars and finding a spot to park was bit of a challenge, but we found one relatively nearby. Walking into the cafe it was easy to see the popularity of the place. A short line was backed up in frontĀ of the register and the tables were packed with people on laptops. Children ran in and out buying doughnuts for the weekend. The walls were lined with books.

Choosing my drink was easy, a carmel latte, but it was the doughnut selection that was hard part. The doughnuts were lined up in a window in front of the register. Each one looked better than the last. I choose the bull’s eye (glazed with jelly topping in the center) and R got an apple fritter. The barista threw in her favorite, a blueberry cake, since it was our first visit. The coffee was good, but the doughnuts blew me away. Thank god that I don’t live near a Top Pots otherwise I would be in trouble. This is one place that more than lives up to the hype.

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Daily Cup of Joe

February 5, 2010

NesCafe at Disney... Can't wait to get back to Seattle...