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Hello from a fellow Pittsburgher!!
Just before Christmas I getting coffee at one of those Barnes and Nobles with a Starbucks included. I just happened to look down and there was a copy of "Espresso Shot" on the counter. I asked the barista if she had read this and had no idea. I decided to add this to my Christmas list and, sure enough, that was one of my gifts this year. I finished reading it a week ago and, as usual, I was clueless as to who committed the murder!! As a matter of fact, I was way off...I thought it was Cosi's boyfriend!! Anyway, I enjoyed the book so much that I have purchased all but two of the series and am looking forward to striking out again!!
Thank you for your wonderful talent!!
Cleo's reply: GO STEELERS right back at ya! Isn't it great to have our favorite team in the Superbowl again! Woot!
I was so excited to hear your tale of finding Espresso Shot on a coffee bar counter in a Pittsburgh B&N. Awesome. (As most people know, I was born and raised in a steel town outside of the city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA.) Nice to hear from a homie - thank you, Steve, for posting here on my site and especially for your enthusiastic words about enjoying my book.
I hope you'll continue to be a "customer" of my fictional Village Blend coffeehouse for a long time. Come on back now, y'hear?!
Kopi Luwak-NOT on your life
Cleo, I love Coffee...I love Cats...but there is no way I would want to win that coffee in a drawing. I'd rather drink instant....
Cleo's reply: LOL! I hear ya!
I just finished French Pressed! I can't wait until I can get to the bookstore to see if they have Espresso Shot available! Of course it will only take me about 3 days to read it, but still I can't wait!
Cleo's reply: Hey, there! Thanks for posting and I hope you enjoy the read!
I always shake my head when I hear people say they complete one of my books in a day or two or three. It's amazing to me because I know how LONG it took to write! But then every chef watches hours of sauce-making and meat braising disappear down customers' throats in a few short gulps, so who am I to complain!! LOL!
No kidding though - Thank you sincerely for posting - and especially for reading.
Happy Java New Year to you and yours,
A cuppa pleasure
Two weeks ago I went into a book store and picked up four of Cleo's coffeehouse mysteries and then proceeded to read them all and went back for more!!
Yesterday, I got the latest one "Espresso Shot"! I am hooked and can't wait until the next book is on the book store shelves. These are great reads along with a cuppa of my favorite coffee. Thanks for the time well spent reading your mysteries.
Writing is an isolating business, but posts like yours really keep me going. Thank YOU sincerely for being such an enthusiastic reader - and for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, here's a delish *virtual* chocolate croissant to enjoy with your next cuppa joe.
Warmest Java Wishes and Happy New Year to you and yours,
What happened to *spoiler* in new bookshop mystery?
Hi: What happened to *spoiler deleted* in new bookshop mystery?
Hi there. Thank you for posting and I'm sorry about deleting the name of the character that you asked about in my latest Haunted Bookshop Mystery: The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion.
I take it that you liked the character - I certainly enjoyed writing about that person! But here's the thing . . . Asking about that particular character might be a spoiler for anyone who has not yet read the new book, and since it was JUST published last week, I think I should simply answer you by saying that you'll see that character again in the series!
Cheers and thank you sincerely for reading!
Warmest wishes for the New Year,
Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly
Cleo's real daughter
I just finished reading "Espresso Shot", the only one of your books in our local small town library. I've already requested that they buy more. As an addicted coffee-holic, mystery series reader and mother of 6, I'm intrigued by the Cosi character and can't wait to get hold of the Ghost books, as well.
Sadly, the only local coffeehouse has recently closed its doors, so it's off to a neighboring town 20 miles away to get a great cup of Joe and the coffeehouse feel. Your book has made me want to visit NY City for the first time...I've been in Europe, Mexico, Canada and most of the lower 48, but never NY City. Sounds like a wonderful trip my husband and I have wanted to take for all 21 of our married years, but never had the opportunity yet.
I am enjoying the recipes in the book and your website, as well as the posts and hints. But, I must confess, I AM Cleo's real daughter...my mother's name was Cleo and I grew up hearing Cleopatra comments, etc, although my mother was of German/Austrian extraction, growing up in central Texas with a full first name of Cleopha. Continue the great stories, and I look forward to the new book this week.
Hook Em Horns
(even though I've transplanted to Indiana)
This is an awesome post! Under deadline but will write more soon....Luv, Cleo.
Please, no sweaty coffee!
Maybe it's because I work with naked people so much (remember now, I am a CCU nurse), but I'm not all that thrilled with having a topless male serving my fresh coffee, I don't care how good looking he is. After all, all you can do is look, you can't touch. So, sir, please put on a tight black T-shirt and a sexy smile and serve me a perfect cup of coffee, no sweat, thank you!
Cleo's reply: LOL on the "topless coffee" post, Nurse Judy!
Must admit, I'd probably be too embarrassed to just gape openly at Mr. Ab-Man/Barista, but I'd most definitely take a peek - between sips of my latte. And then I'd take another peek (a little longer this time) and sip. You get the picture!
Christmas in January again.
It's like Christmas again at my house and for you too! :-) I went and used my $50 in book cards to pad your wallet lol! I bought 6 books and only one wasn't a Coyle or a Kimberly Book. Read em before but it's been sooo long I can't wait to read them again. Really can't wait to get the newest Kimberly, I pre ordered it with 2 of the early Coyles. Brought home the first 2 in the Kimberly series today as they finally arrived at the store. I remember tears running down my face because I laughed so hard reading the Mrs McClure one. The part when Pen first met Jack was waaaay to funny lol.
—Chelle in Canada
Awesome, Chelle! Shout-out to my Canadian Girl! You're the best.
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topless coffee house ????
hi again Cleo! It's me the Laundrygoddess.I read the article on topless coffee and all I want to know is When are you going to figure out how to get that in one of the mysteries? Matteo, Mike, and Tucker. Who's got the better abs?
Cleo's reply: Hilarious question, Laundrygoddess! LOL Okay . . . short answer on who has the best abs - Matt. No question. The man's an extreme sports junkie turned workout fiend. If anyone would make a mint on tips with topless latte making in Greenwich Village, it would most definitely be Clare's ex! (P.S. Mike's no slouch, either, but I just can't see the lieutenant flirting with pec flexes - Matt, on the other hand, yep.)
Happy New Year, LG!
Haunted Bookshop for Kindle
Hi, Cleo -- I've read and loved all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries ... and would love to read the Haunted Bookshop Series. Unfortunately, the DH and I made a deal: I could get a Kindle, but no more hard copies of books (this was the day after we carted 20 cartons of books off to the library). At present, only books 3 and 4 (maybe 5, too) of the Haunted Bookshop series are available for the Kindle. Any chance that the two earlier books will be Kindlized soon?
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Smooth and Satisfying Espresso Shot
Loved Espresso Shot! Just discovered you. I'm the latte queen in my house! The coffee shop made me want to come visit. I'm a writer also and did a book review on Espresso Shot, thought you'd be interested. Keep it up, this is a nice series.
writing as Taye' Foster Bradshaw http://tayefosterbradshawbookshelf.com
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Is there a real coffeehouse that the books are based on? I love your stories. I was introduced to On What Grounds by a friend/librarian and ended up buying all the other books and turned my mom and sister on to them as well.
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I decided to make my traditional New Year's resolution to lose weight (for the umpteenth time) really work this time by having bariatric surgery on 12/31. I am not allowed to have regular coffee for THREE MONTHS!! So I'm looking for a good decaf to tide me over. I've checked my favorite sites and haven't found any decaf African coffees. Any suggestions? ~~Judy Mac
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Happy New Year Cleo
And may I ask—
How did Clare and Mike, Matteo and Breanne celebrate the holidays? I hope you and Marc continue to write many more fantastic books and your New Year is wonderful!
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Presidential coffee reflects Obama's heritage
"The owners of Kona Joe Coffee, who grow their award-winning beans on the slopes of Hualalai in South Kona, have produced a special "Barack. O Blend" coffee to honor the Hawai'i-born president-elect."
To see the news article about it, click here.
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series list order
Is Espresso Shot number 7 in the series? I am reading them and want to read in order. I am addicted to them!
Cleo's reply: Hi there. YES. Espresso Shot is the latest in the series. In order they are
1. On What Grounds
2. Through the Grinder
3. Latte Trouble
4. Murder Most Frothy
5. Decaffeinated Corpse
6. French Pressed
7. Espresso Shot
8. Coming in 2009 (I'm writing it now!! Title to be announced soon.)
If you'd like to learn more about all of these books, just click on the coffee cup link in the left column of this web site - the one that says "About the Coffeehouse Mystery Books" - and you'll learn the basic premise for each mystery.
Thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse and Happy New Year!
My family and I enjoyed Bouchon Blend Coffee
My mom had a Chanukkah party tonight, and I ground some Bouchon Blend and most of us had some. I had one relative there who is not a coffee drinker and one who thought that the coffee was a little strong, but I enjoyed it and the rest of the people at this small gathering did.
Hi Stefanie! I'm so happy you posted. Great to hear that you enjoyed the Bouchon Blend. As with all food and drink, everyone has their own preferences. That's why I advise people to taste LOTS of different coffees to figure out what appeals most. With the vast differences in roasts (light to dark), blends, and single-origin taste profiles, there are plenty of varieties from which to choose.
Your experience with the different reactions around the table is really telling. Imagine running a bakery or a restaurant, where you have to settle on just one coffee to please all of your customers. That's got to be a difficult decision! Thanks again for posting, Stefanie!
Happy Chanukkah to you and your family!!
& Happy New Year, too!
burr coffee grinders
Can you tell me what brand of burr grinders for a single coffee drinkers household is best. I am not familiar w/the brand names. I also, thought the person who wanted info about Ibriks meant a coffee type not the utencil to make it. I am a dope sometimes, but a great fan. I also ordered the decaf sampler from the roaster you like in Durham, NC. Can't wait!
Happy New Year and keep writing.
I'm sure there are many good burr grinders on the market. My husband and I use the Cuisinart brand burr mill coffee grinder. We bought it at the Bed, Bath and Beyond store, even used one of the store's discount coupons (they send these out in the mail). The burr grinder costs about $50.00. (There are much more expensive models on the market, but we can't afford them!)
For anyone who's curious, a "burr" coffee grinder is the best way to grind your beans because the machine does not chop or cut the beans, as with a blade grinder. The blade grinders slightly destroy the flavor because heat is created in the chopping - read more about the difference by clicking here.
Coffeehouses use restaurant-quality burr grinders but there are affordable models on the market for home use.
We've had our Cuisinart burr grinder for almost two years now and we've never had a problem. Click here if you want to see who is selling the product online and for what price. (This is not an advert for the product, that's just our experience. Anyone is welcome to post their 2 cents of advice, as well!)
I hope that helps and thanks for posting! Let me know what you think of the decaf sample pack! (And thank you sincerely for reading!)
I'm a huge fan of the coffeeshop mysteries. I love the books. [Question deleted.]
Have a nice X-Mas,
Cleo's reply: Hi Sally! Thank you in the extreme for being such an enthusiastic fan. You have a nice X-mas, too, and a Happy New Year!
P.S. I don't have an answer at the moment for the question you asked. Stay tuned to the web site - I'll post when I know or mention in my newsletter. My very best to you, thanks for dropping by, and thanks especially for reading. -CC
Hey ! It's me the Laundrygoddess again. You can find Ibriks/Turkish coffee pots in many Middle Eastern Grocery stores. The coffee for it to.(also in decaf.) If your in Birmingham, Alabama, you can get them at George's or Naji's Pita Gourmet (coffee, too, and instructions on how to read the "leaves".)
Cool Yule Ya'll !
Cleo's reply: Thanks again, Laundrygoddess (need I say again? You ARE a goddess!) GREAT idea to check out the Middle Eastern Groceries for proper coffees and pots, too.
Java joy to the world to you, too!
In reading your message board,I saw a request for Ibrik coffee. I think I have seen it advertised @ Starbucks in their speciality coffee selections. Also, Gevalee can help with this request, I think. they always have a hugh list of specialty coffees. Where do I get a decent decaf that I can actually taste and has been water processed? Starbucks Komoto Dragon Blend is the only water processed decalf I can find. Thanks and just don't stop writing about coffee and mystery. I relax by reading w/coffee. It has been my anti-depressant since I was a teenager. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannaka and Happy New Year.
Thanks for the heads up on the Ibrik (also called a cevze). If anyone types Ibrik into a shopping search engine, they'll find dozens. Here's a picture of one if anyone reading this wonders what an Ibrik is.
This handled pot is used to make Turkish style coffee, in which finely ground coffee is boiled over slow heat and then the coffee poured off carefully into cups. This type of coffee is the best way to do a coffee fortune telling as well because it will leave settled grounds in the coffee cup (fortune tellers read the grounds). Click here to read more about making Turkish coffee.
As far as a good decaf, you might try Solar Roast coffee - these guys are great, they air roast great coffee by the only roaster in the world that uses solar energy. They have a Mexican Decaf. that's water processed, preserving good flavor. Click here to read about it.
Counter Culture Coffee is one of the top boutique roasters in the country. Click here and SCROLL DOWN to check out their line of decaf coffees -- a number of exciting decaf selections. I would also trust Peet's Coffee & Tea for a good decaf.
Happy Holidays to you too!
LOVE THE BOOKS
LOVE THE BOOKS - have read all seven. I stumbled upon them at the Starbucks counter in my local Barnes & Noble. Read the the first two books, became hooked, had the Barnes & Noble order me the remaining currently published books at the time and have eagerly awaited the two newest ones as they prepared to be published.
I am a coffee freak - use a french press when I am craving a truly well made cuppa - love African coffees - great flavor and intensity. Reading your books is a double pleasure for me with the coffee house setting and the great mystery writing.
Thank you so much!!!
Thank YOU, Sherry, for making my day! I love that you found my Coffeehouse Mysteries AT a coffee bar counter. That's karma! Keep reading and keep in touch.
Warmest of Java Holiday wishes to you and yours,
In thanks to you for stopping by my *virutal* coffeehouse, I'm serving you a delish plate of sweet *virtual* Italian cannoli to share with your CM-reading friends. Enjoy! And come on back anytime, Sherry!
What Champagne tastes like
With great anticipation, I have finally made my first cup of Esmeralda Especial [aka the "champagne of the coffee world"] and took my first taste. I admit I am a total peasant when it comes to wine and am not overly fond of real champagne but I am a big fan of this coffee. Very delicate taste with faint but discernible undertones of a good tea, maybe an oolong. I am not an expert taster but I can tell you that this is a great coffee! I think I'll go make another cup and celebrate, hmmm, today...that's it, I'll celebrate today!
Really happy you're enjoying the coffee I wrote about in Espresso Shot, Nurse Judy! Below is a picture of the man who re-discovered the heirloom geisha tree that produced the coffee you're now drinking.
I met Daniel Peterson when he and his sister came to New York's Cafe Grumpy for a talk and cupping. His family grows the award-winning Esmeralda Especial on their coffee farm in Panama.
(Click here to read more about the Peterson's coffee farm.)
I always find it fascinating to learn about the people who farm the coffee I drink, not to mention the exotic countries and cultures that grow it around the world.
Java Joy to the World!
& Happy Holidays to you and yours!
A Greener New Year: Coffee Kids
From Coffee Kids:
"Bill Fishbein, a coffee roaster from Providence, R.I., USA, founded Coffee Kids in 1988. Fishbein has been working in the specialty coffee industry since 1977 when it was just beginning to make an impact in the United States. While traveling to Guatemala in 1988, he witnessed the poverty faced by those producing coffee throughout the world. Over 125 million people around the world are completely dependent on the annual coffee harvest as their only source of income." You can support those that support the cause:
Cleo's reply: A great cause! Thank you for posting! Link is activated so anyone can find out more. Extra special java joy to you!
Yummmy, coffee and chocolate!!!
Finally! Finally! Finally! Espresso shot arrived at the library and I have it here waiting to read. also reading a Joanna Carl like I said in an earlier post mmmmm coffee and chocolate what a mix! Literature is yummmmmm!
—Chelle on the snow covered Canadian west coast deep freeze. brrrrrr.
Awesome, Chelle! I agree. Literature IS yum - Enjoy! And stay warm up their in the Canadian north!
Happy Holidays, too!
Signed, your girl in NYC (Who is presently eating her way through her sister's gift o' NY cheesecake!)