Finding a gift for the Coffee lover in your life

From time to time, I get an email from services like Fab and Fancy, outlining their latest offerings. Usually, these are clothing items or a bit of furniture. Sometimes, there may even be a new coffee pot or coffee mug.

Today, I was bouncing around the Fancy site and stumbled upon a nice find. Fancy actually has a page that they have pulled together links to all of their coffee and espresso related items in one area. Fancy calls it a ‘gift’ area, perfect place to drop into conversations when discussing upcoming holidays. Heh-heh.

Here is a couple screen shots of the bigger area:

Fancy coffee gift 1

Fancy coffee gift 2


illy offering gifts with their subscription coffee bean deliveries

I received a fun bit of postal mail this weekend. A postal from illy (love their “live happ-illy”).

illy subscription

For the past year, I have been receiving a bag of beans every few weeks from the folks at Tonx. I have mentioned before there are many options for subscription bean delivery but it is always hard to know what you will get. Tonx offers an unknown, as they send the latest they find. For those not wanting to live on the edge, illy might be a solution to having great beans or capsules and pods delivered right to your door where you will know in advance what will be arriving.

The  card in the mailer offered three different cup/mug options to enjoy at no charge as a complimentary addition to subscription. Then, different coffee delivery types divided into Medium, Dark and Decaf roasts. Finally, how often the delivery should be every: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks.

With coffee shops on every other corner and many major grocery stores offering ‘fresh’ bean selections, why would anyone have beans delivered to their house? I for one, always buzz right by the coffee shop every morning, only stopping the day I ran out of beans. If this is a problem you have too, illy offers the same subscriptions via their Web site as they sent on the post card:

illy subscription page


You can still have a cup of coffee when there is no coffee maker available!

Coffee drinkers can be faced with challenges to get a cup of coffee at times. Generally, there is an espresso shot provider on every other city block corner. Being in the woods, camping, can present some challenges though. When the need arrises, the only real mountain to climb is the hot water part of the coffee. The rest is just an opportunity to be creative. For me, spending the night at a friend’s house that doesn’t drink coffee is more of a reality. Sure, it’s hard to believe that I hang out with anyone that doesn’t know their way around an espresso machine, but I never think to ask when forming friendships.

I used to carry a little hand-pump pressure coffee maker, but found I most often didn’t need it. Now, just a bag of the latest fun beans are packed in the luggage. The biggest hurdle is hot water. So, when at someone’s house, the rest is no problem… well, not as impossible like when there is no hot water. This all came top-of-mind today when Tonx mentioned they had a fun infographic about this exact challenge… how to make coffee when there is no coffee maker available!

Remember Tonx? The subscription coffee bean company that brings our household beans from all over the world. Thus, we have hand picked flavors from around the world, helping to expand our enjoyment of beans from places we may not have otherwise thought of visiting.

The infographic is part of the Tonx Coffee Hacks contest. I have not seen the other entries, but this one really hits home. There are a lot of options once you look around to get beans into grounds as well many ways to filter the goodness from the grinds into you cup. The infographic will be a handy reminder of some options when realizing your ‘friends’ doesn’t share all of your likes.



The caffeinated world of owls

Some people share photos of holiday things, others share cute kitty movies. I’m more of a coffee related images sort of posting fool.

Last week I stumbled upon a fun bit of coffee humor art. We all know Owls for their big eyes. Well, how would those eyes look if our friends of the late night drank coffee or espresso? Not just one grind, but a variety of coffees. Maybe what makes it a bit more fun is I have co-workers with similar reactions to the many coffees available in the kitchen.

The above is just two of the full graphic, which is available from the artist to have printed. Making a nice gift for the coffee fan in your life.


Coffee in the History of America

The folks at Lumin Consulting has released a inforgraphic after our heart, Coffee!!

The subject is How Coffee Changed America. But, really, it’s about How Coffee Has Been Involved in the History of America. The information most likely wont change your view of coffee or change your coffee drinking habits. What it will do it give you a bunch of fun info for the next time your hanging with friends and someone brings up the Boston Tea Party or wonder about…. well, how coffee was involved in the History of America.

Click ‘More’ to view the full diagram: