Month: January 2017



For Christmas, my sister Julie gave me a bluetooth speaker shaped like R2D2’s head. I confess to having a soft spot for robots and while this little speaker doesn’t technically qualify as a robot, it tickles me anyway. When I turn it on it makes an R2D2 whistle. When it connects to my phone and plays an Audible file it makes a different kind of R2D2 whistle. This delights me more than it probably should. I’ve been listening to Winston Churchill’s My Early Life: 1874-1904. It’s a good book, but Frederick Davidson who narrates it can sound so insufferable at times that having R2 whistle at the beginning and the end makes it more tolerable. I highly recommend this little guy specifically for listening to books while you cook, because if someone calls, you tap his eye and answer the phone. So fun and convenient.

Kibugu Kenya Coffee


I’m having one of those days when I thought I took a picture of the coffee I’m reviewing today and either I never took it or I somehow deleted it. Which is it? Who knows? Nonetheless, my sister Julie gave me a bag of Lexington Coffee Roasters Kibugu coffee from Kenya for Christmas, you’ll have to take my word for it without photographic evidence. It turned out to be a very similar coffee to the Craft Coffee SL 34, SL 28 that I got from my friend Jen and reviewed here. Both bags of beans were from Kenya and both were very nicely roasted and delicious. However, I have to give Lexington Coffee a slight edge because the currant flavor is definitely there at the finish. The Craft Coffee finish was good, but I wouldn’t describe it as currant. Apparently, I’m not the only one who liked the Kibugu because the rating you see above is what it received from Coffee Review. Delicious. You should buy a bag. Actually, you should buy a bag from both roasters and compare them for yourself. That would be fun and delicious. Meanwhile, I will do a better job of keeping up with my photos such as they are.

Craft Coffee SL 34, SL 28 Review


My friend Jen loves me so she gave me another coffee subscription for Christmas, this time from Craft Coffee. I had the option of picking my roast, so naturally I chose light. Then an exciting box of options showed up. I’m used to coffee being called by it’s region or a blend name but SL 34, SL 28 seemed so intriguing I had to try it first. It’s from a region of Kenya called Kiambu. Coffee not only wakes you up and makes you happy, it teaches you geography too. Look up Kiambu, Kenya. Google will show it to you.

As for SL 34, SL 28 it’s very lightly flavored, not at all bitter. It has a very light citrus taste. I’m not sure I would describe it as passion fruit, but the grapefruit flavor is there. It has a nice finish, but I wouldn’t describe it as currant, but the finish is sweet. I actually think the flavor is improved by a touch of milk, not half and half, you’ll lose the flavor with half and half, but a little whole milk is nice, kind of brings out the citrus. It’s nice black too, but the flavors aren’t strong. This is a very light tasting coffee. I think it would be a wonderful coffee to introduce to non-coffee drinkers. Good stuff. You should check it out. Happily, I have many other varieties to try. So stay tuned.

What does the fox say? Nothing good.


Dear Mr. Fox,

I understand that it’s mating season, but screaming to get laid in my front yard at four o’clock in the morning is bad form. All by yourself you sounded like two cats fighting. You woke up my dogs, you woke up me, you woke up my husband and you did not manage to attract a mate. Instead you got yelled at by me. Next time I will throw something at you. Seriously, there is nothing romantic about four o’clock in the morning. It’s not sexy like midnight. It’s not tragic like three a.m., it’s just crappy. Anyone awake at four a.m. wishes they weren’t and everyone else is asleep even apparently female foxes. Go try and hook up somewhere else.

No love,


An Embarrassment of Riches

You might have noticed that I’m now the Star Trek reviewer for Game Industry News so you’ll be seeing a lot of Star Trek book reviews coming through this blog. Hope you’re fans. Also, one of the joys of loving and reviewing coffee, is that around Christmas, people give you coffee. Mmmm, coffee, the gift that keeps on giving. This year was a big win for me and coffee, so I’ll be reviewing the various beans in the order I received them. I was waylaid for a bit by a bug, but now I’m back on my feet and back to drinking my beloved brew every morning. Although, I’ve got to give a shout out to Mrs. Robinson’s Tea Shop of Kennett Square, PA and my kind brother-in-law, Kevin, and sister-in-law, Karin, who saw fit to give us, among other goodies, a tea bag medley from this lovely little shop along with some local coffee. We’ll talk about the coffee in another post. As for the tea, I also drink a lot of tea, and the medley of various flavors in sachets was really nice. These are high quality full leaf teas and herbal infusions. I confess to mostly appreciating the black teas, which I drank first. They make a very nice breakfast blend of black teas that was really delicious. The Earl Grey was a lovely bergamot flavor that was rich but not overpowering. The darjeeling that was included was just labeled darjeeling, so I’m not sure which of their three darjeeling options it was, but it was really good, light, not too bold, perfect for an afternoon pick me up.


On the downside, I don’t like rooibos infusions, I find there to be something antiseptic about rooibos. To be fair, I did give the the gingerbread rooibos a try, but found it undrinkable. I found the smell unpleasant and nothing in the flavor to make me think of gingerbread. Despite letting it steep for six minutes, I didn’t find it had much flavor at all, but I don’t think that’s the fault of Mrs. Robinson’s Tea Shop. I think I just don’t like rooibos and there is no fixing that no matter how often I’ve tried.

So in the weeks and months ahead expect to read a lot about Star Trek and coffee and anything else that might cross my mind. Here’s hoping this year is better than the last.