Archive for Coffee

Heavy Duty Coffee

Living here, we are rather spoiled with many fantastic coffee from amazing local roasters and we try something new regularly but I have to say this one here, a lovely gift from a friend, is absolutely the most amazing coffee we’ve had lately! I’m liking my new mug too though it’s somewhat ironic seeing that I (brew it strong but…) put lots of cream and sugar — I shall enjoy it how I like it.


Impending Coffee Time

Waiting for Ethiopia Yirgacheffe to pour over. This one’s from Case Study Coffee — super delicious. I’ve enjoyed Yirgacheffe from many roasters over the years and I think that it has completely displaced Kenya and Sumatra as my ‘usual’ favorite. Waiting for coffee to brew is almost as happy as drinking it, I think!


Cold Brew Coffee

I drink HOT coffee year around for most part, but it was just a wee bit too hot outside today for that so I chose delicious cold brew coffee at a new cafe that opened up near by.


Stitching and Coffee

Personally speaking, I can’t truly enjoy stitching without a cup of coffee (or tea!)! I didn’t watch/follow the recent royal wedding at all but I read somewhere that the embroidery on the dress was done by hands that were washed every 30 minutes (to ensure that fabric/thread remained pristine) and that needles were discarded every 3 hours (*I’m not responsible for accuracy of this information, though I can easily believe that it is in fact true). I’m sure drinks where no where near that gown, ever. Clearly I don’t follow this ethic — not that I’m making anything remotely a historically relevant item:)


Me Time

We’ve been really busy around here (we’ll show you what we’ve been up to in a bit!) and when we do take a small break, it’s usually for the kids… Which means “ME” time for me got a bit pushed aside. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very happy stay-at-home mom and grateful that I get to spend entire day with my kids. But as much as they are completely fabulous human beings, they are NOISY — it’s nice to have just a bit of silence where I don’t have to mind anyone but myself. We aren’t any less busy now, but none of us can afford to have a loony mom/spouse …so 2 hours just for me, hopefully more or less on weekly basis (we used to do this before we got really really busy, and it does wonders for my entire rest of the week!). This evening, I went to a bookstore and had a cup of coffee while browsing jewelry design and knitting books and magazines.

Todd said that they had a really good sushi time WITHOUT me! I think that Immi and Ashland really enjoy having some daddy-time.


We were at Heart Coffee picking up some coffee beans when I saw the barista making a cup of coffee using this geekiest looking gadget. It’s called Siphon Coffee Maker. It’s not exactly a practical method of coffee brewing at home (no matter how perfect a cup of coffee it produces!) for a family with little kids running about (it requires constant monitoring and butane burner) but Todd, Immi and I enjoyed watching it, and I really appreciate Portlanders’ genuine passion in pursuit of perfect cup of coffee.

We got a bag of Sumatra Blue Batak and Ethiopia Limu Niguse — they both smells very yummy. (We really got to get Ashland’s new seat installed in the car! He still meets weight requirement, but he’s definitely getting a bit too tall for it.)


We ventured out to the Saturday Market (which is oddly open both Sat/Sun!). I got german sausage on a bun with grilled onions, peppers and sauerkraut. Yum — especially the sauerkraut which was very fresh and crunchy!

Coffee time at Heart Roasters. I got americano. It was so completely delicious that I wished I had gotten a bigger cup!

Heart Coffee

Todd and I decided we weren’t super happy with Stumptown coffee, not because they don’t have good coffee but because they are always sold out of the roast we like (and the ones that isn’t our favorite isn’t worth our trouble of going to get it)! Besides, this shop is now so popular that I thought we could help out other smaller roasters in town. …And after few minutes of poking around online, I found a micro roasting company called Heart. Todd picked up for me a bag of Kenya Mtaro Ruiru (they have 3 different kinds of Kenyan! And Sumatra too.)

I love the packaging, with the cute little clip on top. And the coffee is totally great too!

The Other Coffee

Here’s the other coffee that I see around Portland a lot: Caffe D’arte. It appears to be based in Seattle. After having Caffe D’arte coffee and Stumptown both at various coffee houses, I definitely prefer Stumptown by far. Lucky me for choosing Portland over Seattle, since we did consider moving to Seattle as well. To be fair, I’ve met people who swear by this brand.

…And since I don’t want to be lying to you, the content of the cup is actually Earl Grey tea, not coffee. I just saw an episode of Bones (It’s instant on Netflix!) in which Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan goes to England where Booth says (…as he takes a sip of tea) — “This is the weakest coffee I’ve ever had.” 😀 We are totally enjoying this TV series (though frankly all that mangled body has made me nearly vegetarian for now) we’ll have to resist the temptation to name our 3rd baby Seeley (if it’s a boy) or Temperance (if it’s a girl).

Donuts and Coffee

I woke up this morning and found another drizzly day. It’s not that I mind the rain, but I mean…where’s spring? And then I remembered that I have half a donut left over from Todd bringing me home one last night which cheered me up greatly!

And yummy coffee too. It’s from Stumptown, we’ve tried several varieties from them but I finally found my ‘favorite’. It’s Burundi Bwayi. Todd asked them which roast might be good for someone who enjoys Sumatra/Kenyan and they suggested this one. It should have been obvious, but it wasn’t until it was pointed out that I probably like coffee from Africa (rather than say South America). Burundi Bwayi claims that “Violet and raisin aromatics open the flavor gates to perfectly clean notes of plum, black cherry and orange zest that are complimented by a syrupy body.” Whatever. It’s yummy.

I’m thinking of giving cloth napkins another chance, but I don’t know. I bought a few and made a few a while back, but I failed to make the switch back then. I think that this was because we don’t have enough of them, and also because I hate laundry. But seriously, I’m appalled by how much paper napkin/towels we go through!