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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!)
Help for Christmas gift
Hi Cleo, great website! I need help finding an ibrik and some turkish coffee somewhere in Berlin, Germany. This is for a coffee geek friend of mine. Wondering if you could offer help ...
Thanks and Merry Christmas.
Cleo's reply: OMG. I was in West (and even East) Berlin back in the 1980's - before the Berlin Wall fell! Had GREAT coffee in that town (Germans love good coffee!). But I have no idea where to send you for the ibrik and turkish coffee other than online searches. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
(Merry Christmas to you too!)
love this series!
I have just finished Espresso Shot and have to say I love this series. Unfortunately Australian bookshops have not discovered this treasure yet so I am reliant on my local libraries. I was fearful when I finished Espresso Shot that you have moved on so it is with great relief that I read here of an upcoming book. Thank you for creating the endearing world and characters of the Village Blend and I hope their adventures continue far into the future
Hi Faye! I'm so excited to hear that you're reading my little coffeehouse books all the way "Down Under." Although I have never been to your beautiful country (and continent), I hope one day to visit Australia (with side trips to New Zealand and coffee-growing Papua New Guinea while I'm at it)!
No worries on the series continuing -- at least for now, LOL! My next Coffeehouse Mystery (Book #8 -Title Top Secret For Now) will be published in 2009, which is just around the corner. So stay tuned. In the coming months I'll be posting more about next year's book.
In thanks for *virtually* traveling all the way up to New York City to visit my *virtual* coffeehouse, I'm serving you some authentic New York cheesecake from "Junior's" - a bakery in Brooklyn, New York, that makes THE best cheesecake in the world (IMO)!
Happy Java Holidays, Faye!
At last, I can enjoy my champagne
With a song in my heart (and a crick in my neck) I can announce the end of this semester!! Only 5 more to go! I finished my pharmacotherapy final this morning (finished nursing ethics last Thursday) and can heave a sign of relief. I'm off to make myself a cup of the Esmeralda Especiale that I have been saving. I'll let you know what I think of it.
Well, howdy, Nurse Judy! So great to hear from you again. Also nice to hear that you're finally getting a break and treating yourself to a really fine (and well-earned) cuppa Joe. Let me know what you think of the Esmeralda Especial (aka "the champage of the coffee world") - which I wrote about in my latest Coffeehouse Mystery: Espresso Shot.
Warmest holiday wishes to you
and your family, Nurse Judy!
Duke's coffee plant
I just sent Duke towards Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. They know all things vegitation,being an Agriculture school.I hope it helps.
You are most definitely a goddess, Laundrygoddess!
Java cheers to you for helping out Duke!
(For anyone reading this who is new to the site - "Duke" is the name of a gentleman who lives on the volcanic island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean and is striving to bring coffee farming back to his home. He has planted trees for cultivaiton; but, at the same time, he is curious about other coffee trees on the island that he cannot identify. It's a REAL Coffee Mystery and he wrote to me about it. If anyone would like to learn more about this interesting "mystery," I posted about it on the Home Page. You can download our e-mail exchange, which includes photos of his plant and his e-mail address if you'd like to write to him, too.)
Thanks again, Laundrygoddess for extending the helping hand...
Blessing to you and yours for the holidays,
A New York coffee house most like the Village Blend?
Hi Cleo: I'm fairly new to your wonderful series - have read two and have bought the others -and I was wondering what Village coffee house is most like the Blend? I've been to Caffe Reggio and a few others, but wonder if there is one that most inspired you?
Hi Joe! (You've got to know I love your name! LOL!)
Great question on New York coffeehouse inspirations...
Caffe Reggio is a great example of an historic coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, New York (where my Coffeehouse Mystery series is set). At over 80 years old, this cafe is just one example of the landmark businesses that still exist here - The White Horse Tavern and McSorley's pub (in the East Village) are two other century-old establishments that I'd hate to see go the way of so many of the other beloved old businesses.
From my first book on, that's the main mission of my characters (Clare Cosi, her ex-husband Matt Allegro, and his mother Madame): To keep the ficitonal Village Blend alive and kicking!
ON WHAT GROUNDS, book #1
of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
While Reggio was an inspiration for longevity, Clare actually runs the Village Blend like a more modern coffeehouse. If you click over to my Home Page and scroll down, you'll see that I recently wrote a short feature article on Joe, The Art of Coffee, a much newer coffeehouse in Greenwich Village that started with a cozy little flagship store on Waverly Place (the store is MUCH smaller than my fictional Village Blend, but it's a beautiful shop and a great location in the heart of the West Village).
This coffeehouse's dedicaiton to the community as well as the art of coffee-making made Joe, The Art of Coffee an important inspiration to my creation of the Blend. Early on, while I was doing research for the books, I took coffee classes from the owner (Jonathan Rubinstein) and his head barista and coffee director (Amanda Byron). Amanda is one of the top barista's in the city - she even appeared on Martha Stewart's televison show to give a demo on latte art. (Joe was also recently named one of the top 10 espresso bars in the country by Food and Wine mag.)
Cafe Grumpy has been an inspiration, as well. This cafe is where I met the man who re-discovered the Geisha coffee tree in Panama - the rare heirloom tree that grows the "champagne of the coffee world," Esmeralda Especial, which I wrote about in my latest Coffeehouse Mystery ESPRSSO SHOT (cover pictured right >>>>).
Counter Culture Coffee, a highly respected boutique roaster in Durham, North Carolina, is one of the suppliers of Cafe Grumpy's beans and they (along with Joe, the Art of Coffee and so many other wonderful coffeehouses around the country) have inspired me as well. They all represent the recent emergence in the USA of coffee as a culinary/artisanal experience (it's been that way in Italy for decades - here in the US it's a more recent trend).
I hope that answers your questions, Joe! There are A LOT of amazing coffeehouses in New York that continue to inspire me. I try to visit as many as I can (not just for research but for fun)! If you read my short article on the Home Page, you'll see I recommend a book called Cafe Life New York: An insider's guide to the city's neighborhood cafes
CLICK HERE to learn more
about this book, written by Sandy Miller w/photography by Juliana Spear
The book is great for scouting out coffeehouses in New York. (At least for now - as anyone who's lived here for years will tell you, the face of NYC is constantly changing.)
Thanks for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse, Joe! Here's a *virtual* cappuccino and biscotti for you! (I wish it could be the real thing - but this is still a *virtual* coffeehouse!)
Warmest java wishes to you and yours,
Love both series
Hi Cleo, Just finished ESPRESSO SHOT and loved it! Looking forward to the next one. Also, looking forward to the new Haunted Bookshop mystery!
Cleo's reply: Thanks sincerely for stopping by to let me know! Every single reader is important to me, and it's really gratifying to hear that you enjoyed my first hardcover. In thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, here's a big *virtual* cookie to go with your next cuppa joe!
when is the next series of coffehouse mystery
i just finished espresso shot when is the next coffeehouse mystery coming out.
Cleo's reply: Hi Marietta! My next coffeehouse mystery will be published next year (2009). I'll be posting more about it in the coming months (I'm actually penning it now - and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I'm enjoying writing it!)
Warmest java wishes - here's a *virtual* hot cuppa java for you in thanks for stopping by!
Love the books
I really enjoy the coffeehouse mysteries and relate to alot of what Clare feels regarding her ex husband. Just want to put in my 2 cents and say that maybe she should give him another chance. Who's to say people can't change, and i for one certainly hope we can.
Cleo's reply: Nicely put! Thanks for stopping by and weighing in - I promise you, Matt's not going anywhere. He's a great character and he and Clare are commited to keeping the Blend alive. Whether that eventually leads to *other* commitments for them, well, we'll have to wait and see!
Warmest java wishes to you and thanks again for your thoughtful post.
I read your latest book 'Espresso Shot' and I have to say, I LOVE IT! Can't wait for the next to come out
Cleo's reply: Awesome! Thanks for lifting me up today! May someone do the same for you; and, in thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I baked you a *virtual* espresso brownie. Enjoy!
why must we wait?
So, am I the only one dying to know the title of the new Coffeehouse Mystery Book? And has anyone had any ideas on the subject?
Cleo's reply: LOL! The title is top secret for now (but feel free to guess!) No kidding. My next Coffeehouse Mystery book (#8 in the series) will be published in 2009.
It's true! Clare Cosi will be snooping again very soon, and I'll be telling you more about the book (including it's catchy title!) early in 2009. So stay tuned!
Thanks for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse. Come on back anytime now, y'hear?!
Merry Christmas from Canada!
Hi Cleo/Alice Just thought I'd pop in and say hi. I'm almost finished my program at college and will start my Practicum next month.I'm also thinking about signing up for the travel and tourism course next. I'm already prepared and ready (except for baking) for christmas if you can believe it! lol I was ready on the 1st. Starting to feel old now! lol I turn 29 on the 30th of this month!!!!! bye bye twenties, the last year of them is starting.(sticking big fat bottom lip out) lol.
Can't wait till the library finally brings in Espresso Shot, I'm dieing to know what this Fish Squad thing is all about! I'm going to be grabbing my copy of the haunted mansion as soon as it comes out. (here's hoping that Santa heard my request for a Chapters book store gift card for christmas!) I ask every year and he keeps forgetting lol.
At last count I have 137 books on my shelf!! and over 100 more on my wishlist or on the about to be released by author list. Got my sis a starbucks card for christmas so kept the coffee flowing around here lol.
Mom and Sis both love their Starbucks and specialty coffees. I was just wondering, Will "Alice" be putting up Avatars of the Haunted Bookshop Staff, Ghosts and friends too? By the way forget Texas and the Indy 500 lol and come Visit the Beautiful, Mountainous Canadian West Coast! Home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Coffee Shops and Bookstores all over the place, basically Canada's vesion of Seattle only cleaner and prettier!! :-)
Talk to you later,
—Chelle of Canada's Coffee Coast
Cleo's Reply: Hi, Chelle!! Wonderful to hear from my Canadian girl!! Will type some answers to your questions this week. Come on back!
I just want you to know how much I love your coffeehouse books! I can't wait to read the new one. I think I'll put a hint in Santa's ear. Thanks for keeping me entertained.
Hi Leesa! Thanks for stopping by my *virtual* Village Blend Love the "mocha-vated" headline on your post - and I'm thrilled to hear that you're enjoying my books.
I hope good old St. Nick will help you out by stuffing your stocking with my latest CM. To solve the murder mystery in Espresso Shot, Clare goes through A LOT, and I'm sure you'll enjoy going through the mill with her!
In thanks for dropping by, I'm serving you a *virtual" chocolate tart from Bouchon Bakery (Chocoate tarts: always good for mocha-vation!).
This wonderful bakery of Chef Thomas Keller's also serves one of the specialty coffees that I mention in Espresso Shot - "Bouchon Blend" - which I've made my coffee pick for this month.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, Leesa, and come on back now, y'hear?