Kiangoi Coffee

Falls Church has a wonderful coffee shop called Rare Bird. They do small batch roasting mostly in light and medium roasts. I couldn’t be happier that they are within walking distance of my house. The staff is welcoming, the atmosphere is great, and the coffee is amazing. The espresso drinks are also well done and they have a decent selection of teas for a coffee shop. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out and then walk down to Little City Creamery for some ice cream to make a perfect day.

The Kiangoi coffee shown below is a perfect example of what Rare Bird can do. The coffee is sweet and complex and delicious black.

Kiangoi Coffee

Kiangoi Coffee

Tide: Focus App

How did I ever get anything accomplished before this app? If you have trouble with procrastination or focus, you should try this. The app fits with the Pomodoro Technique, but you can adjust the time and the sounds to suit you. You can choose water sounds, rain sounds, forest sounds, piano music without lyrics, or café sounds. My preference is for the piano music, which in the app is called “Muse.” Water sounds of any kind are never good for me staying focused. I’m also not one of those people who can work in a café. If I have other people around me, I’m paying attention to them. The forest sounds are okay, except I’m more of a city/suburb person, so my mind has a tendency to wander when there are too many nature sounds. There’s a timer that automatically is set for 25 minutes, but you can adjust it to be longer or shorter. It’s a really useful tool and it’s also available for other phone platforms. Try it if you’re like me and are a product of low attention span theater.

The Big Sick

I watched this movie last night and I loved it so much. It may be the best romantic comedy I’ve ever seen. It’s based on real life events and it watches that way. I love the way it starts and the way it ends. Really, if you haven’t seen it, you should watch it, because it’s amazing.

Triunfo Verde

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In honor of National Coffee Day, I bring you Triunfo Verde. This little bag of delight comes from Mexico via Lexington Coffee. Should you buy it? Yes, with a caution. The raisin notes are very strong on the finish with this coffee. That’s not a bad thing unless you don’t like raisins and I know a lot of people don’t. The cherry and fudge flavors are more subtle and upfront, so the strongest flavor here is going to be that raisin finish. A little milk will smooth out the raisin, but kill the cherry and fudge. Manage that as you will. I’m enjoying it black.

Endeavor Season 4

PBS is killing it this year. The latest great thing is that Endeavor Season 4 is out now. For those that don’t know, Endeavor is the prequel for the Inspector Morse series that ran from 1987-2000. If you’ve never watched those, they’re available on Netflix. Inspector Morse was followed by Inspector Lewis, which is also a great show. Endeavor explores Morse’s early career in the sixties and it’s really enjoyable mystery television. Check it out.