Posts tagged “coffee”

How to Make Great Coffee with a French Press

Last year while visiting David Snyder, my business partner and a man who positively oozes class, I enjoyed for the first time a cup of coffee made with a French press. It was just about the best cup of coffee I’d ever had. I remember when I was in high school my father went through

The Seam and the Hole

If you put the seam right over the hole, the coffee drips.

Christmas in November

On November 4th I entered my local Starbucks and laughed when I saw the entire store was decorated for Christmas. There happened to be a manager and a “barista” working the counter, so I mentioned that it was a bit early for Christmas decorations. The manager replied, as if I was daft, “No it’s not.

A Wet Laptop

My mom just sent me the following text message: I just dumped a venti starbucks on my work computer! Help! Attempts to contact my mom via her cell phone have failed. Unfortunately even if I could get her on the phone, the only advice I could give her — after over a decade of working

The Secret Superpower of Starbucks

When I have the opportunity I am apt to choose the underdog. Aside from the sinfully delicious Cinnamon Dolce Latte, for example, I dislike Starbucks and will generally go to the mom-and-pop coffee shops scattered around Los Angeles. More often than not lately, though, I am finding that Starbucks’ secret superpower is consistency. Mussolini kept

Chinese Instructions, Part 2

I got a new insulated coffee mug a few days ago. There was a little slip of paper inside it with “instructions”. This is a coffee mug. It’s very nice and this morning it did an excellent job of keeping my coffee hot while I drove to the office. Here’s a bit of the writing

Good Karma

Good Karma

In which I find a lost phone

Evil Coffee Nerves

From The Orphange of Cast-Off Mascots: Case #752: Mr. Coffee Nerves Not a popular mascot. This poor reproduction doesn’t do justice to the hideous domestic discord he delights in wreaking. While employed, his job was to exhibit glee over the violent effect of caffeine consumption …

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A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


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