French Press and Innovation

Not long ago our Jura Capresso coffee machine died. It was a calamity on the scale of a hurricane or your washing machine flooding your house. It hit us hard! Those of you who know us, understand. The whine of our Jura is the town-square clock of our home. [caption id="attachment_1806" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Isn't it beautiful?"][/caption] But Jura was gone. Enter the French Press, which in our opinion is the second best coffee around. Sometimes, if we are honest and…

Third Places are sometimes more churchy than church

It slips my mind, sometimes, that someone reading my posts may not know where they are written. With very few exceptions, most of my writing is done in Starbucks. If I didn't write the actual post there, I at least scribbled notes to remind me later of the direction I'm going to take. I don't know all the reasons why Starbucks is my choice, but one of them is because it simply isn't HOME. I can come here and focus,…

Missing shots?

It's an old saying and you have undoubtably heard it before. I last heard it when my Pastor, at a leadership conference, was encouraging leaders to be BOLD in their choices. "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." And it's true, right? This sports analogy has encouraged us to be bolder in our decision to step to the line and shoot. Go out there and do the Nike thing...just do it. It's a great motivator, but I am…

Life happens at the Coffee Shop

The kid was a 20-something surfer dude with flip-flops and tank top. In South Florida he's a pretty common sight. He was tan and fit and thoroughly enjoying his Sunday morning coffee with his companion. And he was obviously deeply head-over-heels for his coffee buddy. The Kid's face lit up at every word. We watched them for maybe twenty minutes while we sipped our pre-church Starbucks at City Place. What made this kid engrossing was his companion: a very elderly,…

Starbucks Via: how does it stack up so far?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFvaXXFrg-E I'm curious to hear what everyone is thinking about the new Starbucks Via packets. David and I have used them for quite some time, and won't leave home without them anymore! Below you will find a list of my own posts about Via if you want to read about our experiences. For those of you already sold, I just have to get this brewed coffee mug. It has slots around the base to hold the Via packets! Now if…

Starbucks Via Road Trip: yes, it is finally coming to you!

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ONE coffee drink and Starbucks Via: Coffee news day!

David and I tried a new coffee drink called O.N.E. Coffee Fruit drink. It is a juice based on the whole coffee fruit, as opposed to just the roasted coffee bean in coffee. We stumbled across it during a foraging visit to Whole Foods, and of course had to bring it home! O.N.E. is a cold drink. It contains various fruits such as acerola (Amazon cherry) and strawberries, grape juice and the whole coffee fruit. The flavor is sweet...like a…

Starbucks Iced Coffee from espresso: get your Agave Syrup first!

We are in the midst of packing up Kylie for college once again. The very items we so happily shoved to the back of our minds and closets we are now dragging out and packing up! This leaves little time for writing, so I'm going to share my secret to getting through the hot summer day and lots of pressing work: my iced coffee recipe.  Marla's Iced Coffee Ingredients 2 Happy squirts of Agave Syrup (see below) 4 oz. espresso…

Gardening with Coffee Grounds, Peace Coffee

So many blogs to write...so little time! I saw this an ad in Natural Home magazine by Peace Coffee. They are a sustainable, socially conscious, fair-trade coffee company. Go to their website and check them out. Peace Coffee offers these tips on what to do with leftover coffee grounds, which is something we have an abundant supply of in this house! Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering for slow-release nitrogen. Add to compost piles to increase the…

This barista brews up community: Starbucks Palm Beach Gardens will miss you!

[caption id="attachment_1273" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Jeremy and David before a coffee cupping!"][/caption] Today the inevitable happened. We walked into our favorite Starbucks and Jeremy wasn't there. He's been there, in one way or another, for the last year and a half. But today was the first day our little band of coffee lovers had to realize Jeremy really is moving. Or trying to, as he and Maria are in the throes of packing madness. After commiserating and chatting for awhile, I…

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