Coffee Monday – Wake The Rooster coffee

Good morning!

I love Etsy.  It is a great place for finding interesting handcrafted items.  This weekend I discovered the shop for Kelsey Family Farm. The farm is located in Southwest Washington.  Their “about” page starts with these three words: organic, permaculture, sustainable.  You have my attention.

Also from their About page:  “We are a small farm in Southwest Washington with a mission to provide great food and goods for our family and our neighbors. We raise sheep, goats, and chickens each of which contribute to income for our farm.”

Most of their Etsy products are yarn or sheep skins.  What does this have to do with Coffee Monday you ask?  They have recently created their own coffee blend.  

From the description:  “We worked with a local roaster to produce our first exclusive coffee! This is a heavenly, medium roast  Costa Rican bean, FAIR TRADE and ORGANIC. Whole beans are packed fresh in 10 ounce compostable bags, just right for holiday giving.”

Sounds like a wonderful gift idea.  They also sell it in one pound bags.


Do you have a friend who loves coffee and knitting or crochet?  They have a wonderful gift box that includes a 10 ounce bag of Wake The Rooster coffee, a logo coffee mug, a bag of toffee from a local toffee maker, a skein of yarn from their Shetland/Icelandic, Gotland sheep, a hat pattern from a local designer and a beaded stitch marker.  (Pssst.  It is on sale now)

You can find out more about their coffee roaster and toffee maker by clicking these links: Raindrop Coffee Roasters and Vancouver Toffee Company

Coffee Monday – Hopped up on Coffee

Good morning!

I recently had a blog post about the after five coffee.   It was a coffee infused oatmeal stout.  For todays Coffee Monday post, I found a coffee blended to mimic different beer styles.  How cool is that?

The Etsy store is Old Town Spice Shop located in Fort Collins, Colorado.


From their Etsy store, details about the coffee:

Specialty coffee blended to mimic different styles of beer. This sample pack gives you the ability to try all four flavors!

The Scottish Ale coffee will bring you flavors of fresh roasted coffee, biscuit and honey malts with a hint of Cascade hops. (For a full bag:

The Winter Warmer coffee will bring you flavors of fresh roasted coffee, a hint of hops paired with various varieties of roasted barley to add a little sweetness and body. Then we added a splash of cocoa and orange to bring the flavors of winter to every morning. (For a full bag:

The Chocolate Stout coffee will bring you flavors of fresh roasted coffee, hints of hops paired with various varieties of roasted barley to add a little sweetness and roasted cocoa nibs to bring a wonderful chocolate aroma and flavor! (For a full bag:

The Black IPA coffee will bring you flavors of fresh roasted coffee, floral and citrus hops paired with various varieties of roasted barley to add a little sweetness and body of a black IPA. (For a full bag:

This listing is for 4 – 2.5 oz Kraft Bags of Hopped Up Coffee – 1 Scottish Ale, 1 Winter Warmer, 1 Chocolate Stout, 1 Black IPA

Contains Coffee, Malted Barley, Hops, Cocoa Nibs and Orange Peel

i never imagined a coffee blended to taste like beer.  Sounds good.  It also sounds like a fun gift idea. I will be dropping some hints. 😉

Check out Old Town Spice Shop.  It is a neat shop with spices, sauces, rubs, coffee blends and much more.


Coffee Monday – the after five coffee.

Good morning!

My friends are always on the lookout for coffee and dragon related items that might be fun for the blog.   My friend Andrea, sent me a link to a seasonal oatmeal stout that is infused with coffee.  It is called Mocha Merlin and is brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in  Paso Robles, California.  You may be wondering about the Mocha part.  Cocoa nibs are also used in the process. 

Here is the description from the website:

With an infusion of local roast coffee, a dash of cocoa nibs and touch of seasonal sorcery, our signature Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout has been transformed into Mocha Merlin for fall and winter enjoyment. This beer is brewed with the Colombia La Granadilla blend from our friends and neighbors at HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. The Colombia La Granadilla coffee meshes perfectly with the chocolaty character from the cocoa nibs, providing an oatmeal stout experience like no other. A touch of lactose “milk sugar” provides suggestion of rounded sweetness on the finish.

This sounds so good!  Unfortunately, I can not get this stout where I live in Texas.  
If any of you have tried it, please let me know what you think.  

There is a seasonal coffee porter that is brewed not too far from where I live.  I will share that next time.  🙂

Coffee Monday – Happy Halloween

Well, it’s almost Halloween.  

I found a photo of a coffee mug during my search  for Halloween related coffee ideas that would have been perfect,  but it is no longer available when I click the link.  😦  

It said:

Don’t shoot!  
I’m not zombie
I just haven’t had my coffee yet.  

Pretty accurate.  😉


Instead, I will share my favorite Zombie coffee comic from Infinite Monkeyz.

If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you have a spooky good time. 



Coffee Monday – Flying home

Good morning!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I will be flying home today from Denver.  I came across an article titled

Annoying Flight Delay? Your Coffee Habit Might Be the Reason Why Your Plane Can’t Take Off

 on a website called Bravo (  The article described how broken coffee machines were a major reason for flight delays. Hmmm This was posted in July 20,2016.  It goes into reasons why this would be necessary, and not only for the poor caffeine deprived passengers. 

So if you have made it this far and have some time to spend, here is another article on the same website:

15 Funny Tweets from Totally Desperate Caffeine Addicts (Hey, We Get It)

Hopefully this helps start your day with a smile on your face. 🙂

Coffee Monday ~ Review of the My Jo Coffee Maker by Presto

Good morning

I have had several Keurig coffee makers.  I have to say that they have been great about trying to help with any problems I have called them about.  They replaced two of my coffee makers that just would not work correctly.  

While I was waiting on a replacement, I decided to try something different since I had all these coffee pods and no way to use them.  I read through Amazon reviews and watched Youtube videos and decided on the My Jo Coffee Maker by Presto.  It is fairly small, easy to use, easy to clean and needs no electricity, just hot water.  It would be great for traveling or camping too.

The My Jo makes up to a  10 ounce cup of coffee.

The base has a needle in it to puncture the pod like other pod type brewers.  

The bottom of the top piece has a pointed cone that punctures the top of the coffee pod.


The My Jo is made to be able to heat water in the top of the container in the microwave.  It has a small plug in the bottom of the top piece that has a split in it.  The split is tight and holds water until you add pressure from the top piece.  Kind of a plunger action to create pressure to move the water through the coffee pod.

I had to use both hands to get the water through the plug, one to push the plunger and one to hold the bottom of the coffee maker to keep it from slipping off the mug.

 The size of mug makes a difference.  the mug needs a stable base and a size that is a little bit smaller in diameter than the My Jo base.

What I found out accidentally, is that taking out the plug allows the coffee to gravity flow through the pod.  I use pressure if I want to speed it up and at the end to make sure all of the water is pushed through.

This gravity flow allows me to do other things while the coffee is brewing.  It didn’t taste any different from the coffee I had brewed by applying pressure with the plug in place.

This coffee maker also came with a reusable coffee pod.  This works great with my own ground coffee.  No messy grounds leaking through, easy to fill and easy to clean.  It is sized to sit in the pod area of the My Jo base.  It is shorter than a regular coffee pod and the needle doesn’t pierce the bottom (which makes sense – that would be a mess!)  

Even though I had my Keurig replaced, I find that I am using this coffee maker everyday.  It is quick and easy to use and I like using my own coffee in the reusable pod that comes with the My Jo.

I planned on making a video using the My Jo Coffee maker.  I did a test video sitting on my porch using my iPhone.  Not an easy task for a first timer.   My cat tried to help and that was interesting.  I tried to remake the video a couple of times using my camera and a tripod with out much success.  Since I made a cup of coffee each time, my caffeine limit was going to be over the limit before I made an acceptable video review.  (Yes, even I will admit that I can have too much caffeine. 😉  )   My daughter watched the video and patted my shoulder saying, Nice try mom.  Oh well.   I am sharing the first trial run anyway.  





Coffee Monday – Tully’s Coffee Shop Advertisements

Good morning,

I was meandering through Pinterest, looking at coffee pins and saw this cool coffee advertisement from Tully’s Coffee Shop

 Then I found this one

I love the concept and find the art style and the colors very appealing.

I have never had Tully’s coffee.  They appear to only be on the west coast .

Love their ads though.  🙂  

Coffee Monday – It’s Halloween!

Well, not really, it’s October, and that’s pretty much the same thing. 😉

To start the month right, it’s time to get the right coffee mug.  I found three to share.

The first is a nod to one of our favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus.

This fun mug can be found on Etsy at

Quite Unique Boutique

The next mug is also on Etsy at Please Pardon My French

And this one can be found on Etsy at I Heart Coffee Co.