Announcement–until further notice

Until further notice I will be concentrating my efforts and focus here on Quarantined Praise — and its accompanying IG account.

I’m still drinking coffee, but only at home; I will post a few pictures here and there on Instagram; however, my efforts for reading and writing, for posting and sharing, will be centered on Quarantined Praise.

Stay safe. Practice social distancing. We will come back to all things coffee, and all other things normal, soon enough.

Coffee & the environment

The environment is our collective responsibility.

We need to make sure we dispose of things properly (i.e. prescription drugs, oil, batteries, etc.). We need to make sure we use everything to its potential–don’t just throw that pair of shoes out because it’s out of style! Keep them, keep using them, they still work. We need to consider what we do now, that is wasteful or problematic, that we can slowly and eventually change — and this is where coffee comes in.

Coffee is a delightful habit, but it can also negatively impact the environment. Every little change adds up in our individual lives, and if each individual makes a few small changes, we can have a big impact. So what does that look like for the average caffeinated individual?

  • Reuse iced coffee plastic containers. I refill mine with iced coffee from home or turn them into my water container.
  • Bring your own mug or thermos to the coffee shop.
  • Decline the plastic drink stopper.
  • Re-purpose coffee grounds–compost, soaps, candles, etc.
  • Reuse and re-purpose coffee filters.
  • Forgo Keurig pods and use the reusable pod with your own coffee grounds.
  • Go into the coffee shop, don’t use the drive-thru.
  • Reuse coffee bags — upcycle. Sew them into purses or totes (or, give them to someone who can sew them into purses and totes ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • Reuse coffee cups — the cups are made for coffee, and sturdy, why not give them another go?
  • Reuse/re-purpose coffee cans — they are strong containers! If you have no need for them, find an art teacher, they can definitely use them!

These are just a few ideas and suggestions. If we all chose a couple of things to upcycle, re-use, re-purpose, imagine how much we could stop going to landfills. If we all stopped idling in our cars, imagine how much gas (and money) we’d saved, and how much cleaner our air could be. If we all shared our best practices, and implement just a few, we could change the course of history–and still enjoy our coffee, win-win y’all, win-win.

Welcome back!

Oh my! I began December feeling a little unwell . . . and it just kinda spiraled from there. I yo-yoed between feeling okay, I was on the way to recovery, and then back to terrible. In the midst of all this, I lost a few posts here on Cups and Comments!

But now, I’m back; I think I have finally kicked whatever it was — cold, flu, the plague, your guess is as good as mine ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

Regardless, get ready 2020, it’s time for coffee!

Technical Difficulties

I have been on the move all of November. I traveled and started a new contract job. Exciting and lovely.

I knew this time period would be hectic, so I wrote content through the middle of December. I had great photos, my steady stream of categorized content, and a couple of new discoveries and learning ready to share with you.

This past weekend, however, I was thinking, and realizing, I hadn’t received a single notification. I logged into my account, and something must have gone haywire. No new content in the queue, and some content ready to repeat itself?

On my way to tech support, and my notes . . . my apologies for a missed week, and possibly another missed or delayed week — I need to figure out what happened!

. . .ย  on the bright side, staying up late and writing usually means coffee โ˜•๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜•

Seattle, Washington, USA: Starbucks Reserve

I have made it!

As mentioned in Global Locations, there are just six Starbucks Reserves in the world. I had the chance, unplanned originally and a happy opportunity seized, to visit a Starbucks Reserve in Milan–the first Starbucks to touch Italy. It was a magical experience on multiple levels and it generated quite the conversation once I shared my post, photos, and my delight.

Once I discovered there were more Reserves, in already desired travel destinations at that, I made a goal of visiting more–eventually. That eventuality was more than a goal written on paper, it is now a goal that is being checked off!

In late October 2019, I was visiting a friend in Seattle and made sure our itinerary included a stop at the very first Reserve in Seattle.

Just like Milan, it was a golden treasure trove of all things caffeinated, of all things delicious.

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With that . . . just four more to go!

Used coffee filters . . .

My grandma is from a time and place where anything and everything had more than one use, one purpose.

With climate change, we are increasingly being encouraged to look at daily habits with a critical lens–how much waste are we producing, how much waste can we prevent, what can be saved, what can be reused.

As a child, I learned repeatedly to: recycle, reuse, reduce.

All of these things have inspired me to re-examine and re-imagine some habits to help the environment. At times these simple and creative solutions have allowed me to save money, not just feel good about my efforts. So with that in mind let me offer some ideas on how I have approached my coffee consumption.

Today’s spotlight: coffee filters.

A coffee filter has been used, now what?

  • Use it again. Dump the grounds and reuse–especially if it’s the same coffee brand and flavor. Filters have a shelf life of several uses, not just one.
  • Save them for craft projects. Let them dry and set them aside for some painting. It’s a cheap canvas, but it works.
  • Line the bottom of your planter pots. It helps keep the water in.
  • Deodorize. Pour out some baking soda on the filter, bundle and seal with a rubber band, place it where it stinks (i.e. shoes).
  • Add the filter and grounds to your compost.

It’s not a comprehensive list but it’s a list to spark your imagination. So much of what we do and use has a much longer shelf life, and more than one purpose. As you think about your daily habit, consider what you can do to help curb any environmental impact–every little bit counts, even something small like a few coffee filters adds up quickly.

October 1, 2019: Announcement

For nearly two years I have enjoyed writing Cups and Comments–it has given me so much: sharing my ideas, comments, and pictures as well as always having a built-in excuse for coffee and pastries is fabulous!

For almost a year, during this same time, I have been working part-time, working contract jobs, or not working, while I travel domestically and internationally. My time away from stable full-time work was rewarding and thrilling, and now coming to an end. I plan to get back to a permanent residence and permanent work, so I will be taking a month hiatus from writing in order to get settled once again.

Enjoy previous posts for now, new posts will be back starting November 6, 2019 ๐Ÿค—

A Cup Collection

In my last apartment, my last permanent residence, I had about 15-20 mugs. I had a few solid colors, a few designs, and a few with inscriptions–varying from funny to inspiring. I lived in a decent sized apartment, but I had started to look at the collection and wonder when I would have enough.

I don’t like clutter, I don’t want to take up too much space, and I want to be practical; I only drink out of one mug so really one could technically be enough, a reasonable person might say two or three to take into account that one may break or one may be in the dishwasher. Okay. I can live with 2-3 mugs.

At this point, far below an alarming number–in my opinion–I had already given credence to the idea that I had a collection, and that I may be on my way to, or already have, a sizable collection.

This was a year ago, before all my travels, before I sold or gave away most of my stuff, and put the rest in storage. This was before I reduced my collection in order to embark on a sort of gap year.

Nowadays, I actually miss my wall of hanging mugs, I miss the variety, I miss having options; at the same time, I know that giving them up and/or putting them away was best. Sometimes less is truly more. We can live with less.

Furthermore, after reading about Mesude Islkll, I realize that my 15-20 mugs was not that much. I’m not a collector. I had a reasonable amount of mugs for my love, my work, and my coffee.

Who’s Mesude Islkll? A woman who has collected 3,000+ coffee cups. She started 12 years ago, and they’re beautiful, some are even antiques. Each one holds a special memory for her. It is her passion and it shows.

I loved my mugs and it was hard to let go. I do love adding another mug to my collection–and look forward to building a new collection. However, I definitely don’t have the time, space, or money to amass a collection like Islkll. And maybe what I’ve learned and discovered is the sweet spot, somewhere between my original 15-20, and her 3,000+ย  sounds like a decent figure for a cup collectionย ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

I just have to figure out how much is appropriate . . . 25? 50? What do you think?

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