Monday, December 12, 2011

Coffee

Coffee History 

According to a coffee history legend, an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi found his goats dancing joyously around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.  Kaldi soon determined that it was the bright red cherries on the shrub that were causing the peculiar euphoria and after trying the cherries himself, he learned of their powerful effect.  The stimulating effect was then exploited by monks at a local monastery to stay awake during extended hours of prayer and distributed to other monasteries around the world. Coffee was born.
Despite the appeal of such a legend, recent botanical evidence suggests a different coffee bean origin. This evidence indicates that the history of the coffee bean beagan on the plateaus of central Ethiopia and somehow must have been brought to Yemen where it was cultivated since the 6th century.  Upon introduction of the first coffee houses in Cairo and Mecca coffee became a passion rather than just a stimulant. Coffee History


Three Major Coffee Brands
  Starbucks has always been a place where you can find the world’s best coffees. But in 1971, you would have had to travel all the way to our only store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. 
1970s -The first Starbucks opens. The name comes from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, a classic American novel about the 19th century whaling industry. The seafaring name seems appropriate for a store that imports the world’s finest coffees to the cold, thirsty people of Seattle. 
1980s -Howard Schultz joins Starbucks in 1982. While on a business trip in Italy, he visits Milan’s famous espresso bars. Impressed with their popularity and culture, he sees their potential in Seattle. He’s right – after trying lattes and mochas, Seattle quickly becomes coffee-crazy. 
1990s -Starbucks expands beyond Seattle, first to the rest of the United States, then the entire world. After becoming one of the first companies to offer stock options to its part-time employees, Starbucks becomes a publicly traded company under the trading symbol "SBUX". The first Starbucks in the Middle East opens in 1999, in Souk Shark, Kuwait. 
2000s -The Starbucks phenomenon continues. As of this writing, Starbucks has more than 16,000 stores in 48 countries. In addition to our excellent coffees and espresso drinks, people now enjoy Tazo® tea and Frappuccino® blended beverages.  



  Since 1970, Seattle's Best Coffee has been satisfying coffee lovers' demand for great coffee, fueled by the simple notion that everybody deserves a more enjoyable coffee experience.
Read our history below.
1970s -Smooth roasting begins on Seattle's Pier 70 at the Wet Whisker with a 12-pound roaster purchased from a beachside peanut vendor in Southern California.
Seattle's famous Pike Place Market returned to public hands after initiative created a historic preservation zone.
Lava Lamps make drinking Seattle's Best Coffee® at night way cooler.
Henry the Cat arrives at our doorstep. Not only does he become our mascot, but a special blend is created in his honor.
Disco. Seattle's Best Coffee® helps people dance and establish unforgettable, albeit embarrassing, memories
1980s -Numerous Wet Whisker cafes continue to open in the Pacific Northwest and one in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The roaster on Pier 70 is moved to Vashon Island.
Wet Whisker is renamed Stewart Brothers Coffee.
Flavored coffee lineup introduced.
1990s -Stewart Brothers Coffee is appropriately renamed Seattle's Best Coffee, after winning a local competition.
Grunge sweeps the nation. Plaid worn by all to mask coffee spills while crowd surfing.
Dream Team dreams of gold. And Seattle's Best Coffee.
Internet established. Millions gain access to seattlesbest.com
Y2K hits. Seattle's Best Coffee completely unaffected (along with the rest of the world).
2000s -Seattle Coffee Company is acquired by Starbucks Corporation, including Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia Coffee®.
Seattle's Best Coffee hits the grocery store.
Seattle's Best Coffee and Borders Books and Music® announce a licensing agreement to open Seattle's Best Coffee cafes in existing and new Borders stores.
Borders opens the first of more than 400 Seattle's Best Coffee cafes in the U.S.
Seattle's Best Coffee opens 500th cafe and becomes the second largest roaster, retailer and wholesaler of specialty coffee in the U.S., based on points of distribution in retail cafes, foodservice accounts and where you buy groceries.
Seattle's Best Coffee Express self-service espresso bars open.
3000s -Seattle's Best Coffee opens cafes on the moon. Announces plans to expand to entire solar system.
First Seattle's Best Coffee-powered spaceship orbits earth.
Milky Way renamed Seattle's Best Coffee Vanilla Iced Latte w/Milky Way.
Henry the Cat's 9th clone turns 500. Seattle's Best History

 

  On the day Alfred Peet opened his first coffee store on the corner of Walnut and Vine Streets in Berkeley, CA, he quietly began a revolution in the way Americans experienced the taste and quality of their coffee – a revolution that persists to this day.
  Born in Holland, Alfred Peet grew up in the coffee trade and moved to America after World War II. Appalled at the poor quality of coffee being consumed by Americans, he became inspired to open the first Peet’s Coffee & Tea store on April 1, 1966. His style of coffee was a radical departure from what was then available, emphasizing smaller batches, freshness, superior quality beans, and a darker roasting style that produced coffee with richness and complexity.
  By 1969, Peet’s Coffee & Tea became a gathering place for coffee devotees, and this success attracted other artisan food purveyors to the neighborhood, which soon became known as the Gourmet Ghetto. Alfred Peet further catalyzed the specialty coffee movement when he mentored and inspired a generation of coffee entrepreneurs, including the founders of Starbucks, whom he supplied with Peet’s roasted beans during their first years of operation.
  Over the past four decades, Peet’s growth has been fueled by ever-increasing numbers of coffee lovers in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. With each generation of Peet’s leadership, we have remained true to the quality tenets of our founder, inspired by the same unrelenting pursuit of quality. Our purpose has not changed since 1966 – to seek out opportunities to raise the expectations of American coffee drinkers by attracting and serving those who truly love the taste of coffee, for whom a cup of coffee could only mean a cup of Peet’s. Peet's History

  My Opinion:  Coffee is an amazing creation given to us by the Gods. Most coffee lovers need this nectar of the Gods just to function 50% in the mornings. It fuels our day and keeps us running smoothly. It also helps annoying co-workers from verbal or physical assault. I LOVE coffee & tea and I would have to say that my favorite is Starbucks. The reasons are as follows: 
1. It is made exactly as I want and remade if not perfect
2. The quality is top of the line
3. The menu offers a variety of drinks
4. They serve more than coffee & tea - they also have food

Bonuses:
The environment is very comfortable
Friendly Staff 
I love their products and branding (doesn't hurt to look at something pretty!)
 



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Super Charged

I love when I have the energy to take on the world! I live being super charged like this little guy. He is kind of the sandbox!



  

After the day is over and you have won many small battles you tend to feel a little drained. It feels good to rest after a long day satisfied with all your accomplishments! Even if you do fall asleep at your desk.





Determination






This little sea turtle is determined to make it to the ocean and survive in a harsh world. I admire this little guy because he's not ever going to give up. Sometimes we humans should take a lesson from nature





http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/kemps-ridley-sea-turtle/
http://www.gelaskins.com/gallery/National_Geographic/Baby_Green_Sea_Turtle
http://www.seaturtles911.org/turtle/green.htm


Black Friday

     Are Black Friday Deals Worth Hurting Someone Over?

     Black Friday is a crazy day where normal people become insane! These people see sales and instantly go mad!
     I love to shop and bargains are great but I will not try to kill someone over an Xbox 360. Can you believe that a woman pepper sprayed 20 people on Black Friday? Not sure why but she was caught on tape and later turned herself in. Is that not crazy?





"Two people were shot outside a Walmart in Florida today, one of a rash of fights, robberies and other incidents that have cropped up on one of the most ballyhooed shopping days of the year.
The shooting took place at a Walmart in Tallahassee about 12:30 p.m., said Dave Northway, public information officer for the Tallahassee Police Department.
Investigators believe a scuffle over a parking space outside the store escalated into gunplay leaving two people shot.
The two victims, whose names and genders have not been released, were taken to a hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Police are looking for a dark green Toyota Camry in connection with this case.
At a Walmart parking lot on Thanksgiving night in Covington, Wash., two people were run down by a driver police suspected of being intoxicated.
The 71-year-old driver was arrested on a vehicular assault charge after the incident, spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West of the Kings County Sheriff's Office said.
The female victim, whose identity has yet to be released, was pinned beneath the driver's Mercury SUV until being rescued by the fire department. She was flown to Harborview Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition, West said.
The male victim was also taken to Harborview Medical Center, where, West said, he was listed in good condition."http://abcnews.go.com/US/black-friday-violence-shot-florida-walmart-scuffles-us/story?id=17792650#.UXX1mYKzI3o

   People do stuff like that all the time. I don't even shop on Black Friday because it seems to be a waste of good energy better spent on eating leftovers and sleeping. 


Friday, December 9, 2011

Watches

Nixon Private (Copper) - $127 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA018000HMM9&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle5&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle5-_-Watches-_-Nixon-_-9SIA018000HMM9

Vestal Elite (Red) - $169
http://www.surfboardsetc.com/moredetail/25703/Vestal_Elite_Watch_Black_Black_Red.html

Fossil Dial Watch (Black) - $115
http://www.epitomeclothing.com/accessories/fossil-black-dial-watch/

Vestal Grenade (Black) - $70
http://www.zumiez.com/vestal-grenade-scheme-black-watch.html

Vestal Duo-phonic (Gold) - $180
http://www.promenadewatches.com/catalog/vestal-duophonic-gold-p-5821.html

Nava Temp Libero (Black) -$150
http://www.watchco.com/nava-watches/o425n.html

All of these watches are eye catching and sweet in their own way. I seem to favor Vestal in this group. I'll have more later, because I will always find something interesting.

Stuff I love about ebay

I love that eBay is so easy to use.
I love that eBay is a place to buy almost anything.
You can buy a car, clothes, jewelry, paper supplies, almost anything really.
I love that eBay is fast.
I love that eBay is cheap.
I love that eBay is world wide.
You would be surprised the junk people sell on eBay. Broken electronics, one earring, old tennis shoes, etc. Things that you think people would throw away. What's funny is people will buy those old moldy tennis shoes and that broken toaster - who knows what they need with either. I can see it now the buyer saying " Oh I collect moldy 70's sneakers. They will  be priceless one day." I doubt that, but more eBay power to you!

I'm surprised people even want to buy old clunky Atari consoles and games anymore.
Atari 2600











This is a one of a kind item. I have no idea why anyone would ever wear or make or buy these. Maybe for Halloween or Mardi Gras.
Rhinestone Boot





 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recession

  The economy today stinks. Most people idea of a recession is a slight lack of money.  Here is the definition from dictionary.com.

re·ces·sion
Economics . a period of an econore·ces·sion
1    [ri-sesh-uhn]  noun
1.the act of receding  or withdrawing.
2.a receding  part of a wall, building, etc.
3.a withdrawing procession, as at the end of a religious service.

  I personally think this is more than a recession. This is horrible for all the people out of work who would take any job offered - IF it were offered. Those of you with a job -KEEP it, because they have-nots will gladly take your place. 




Monday, November 14, 2011

My Thoughts on Modern Life: The World Today

My Thoughts on Modern Life: The World Today: It seems that everything is so face-paced these days. Patience was not a rare commodity and people expected to wait. These days "patients" a...

The World Today

Is Faster Better?


It seems that everything is so face-paced these days. Our food must be fast, one-hour photo, prescriptions, glasses, oil change, and so much more.
Computers have to be fast, because if it takes more than three seconds to load a page online than it is not worth the time. Phones must do everything your computer can plus call for pizza.
One hundred years ago patience was not a rare commodity and people expected to wait. These days "patients" are in the doctors’ office.
The world is moving faster in so many ways - technology is the single most reason why! I love technology, but it doesn't always make life easier. We usually spend the same amount of time cleaning, traveling, talking, walking, etc.
Prime example: Washing dishes...a dishwasher is a luxury and can be nice to own. It seems you spend more time washing your dishes then putting them in the dishwasher then taking them out and drying them and putting them away. It doesn't seem to save time and the dishes are not always clean unless you truly scrape off the food. Dishwashers leave a lot to hope for.
It's strange to me how so many people get irritate over the smallest things. People get angry if they have to wait in any line more than ten minutes. 

Say you are at Wal-Mart (or any other kind of shopping center than happens to have super long lines and only 3 cashiers at all times) waiting in line behind someone who takes ten minutes to put 10 items on the lovely conveyor belt, slowly you and everyone around you becomes agitated, because this person also has to pay two different ways. The cashier happens to also be slow and or in training because the person has to ask a question that no one understands. The cashier asks for assistance meanwhile there no doubtfully is a long line behind you. So that one person that is always mad because they have to wait shouts something rude and leaves the line for a shorter one. By the time you get to the check out you are exhausted and just want to go home. 

 I have never been the rude person shouting, but sometimes I wanted to. I guess we all expect fast, friendly service, but it is not always delivered and lots of folks can’t be patient.   



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