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.

Kayon Mountain Coffee Review

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This single source Ethiopian coffee might be my all time favorite. It is so delicious black that I have trouble not finishing the pot, but since it’s a light roast, it’s caffeine heavy, so sometimes I have to be pealed off the ceiling. The berry and watermelon notes listed on the bag really come through, the chocolate is more subtle. So, so delicious. If you haven’t had Lexington Coffee Roasters coffee go here right now and order some. You won’t regret it.

My Mother Was Nuts

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I have rarely enjoyed a biography as much as I enjoyed this one. Penny Marshall is so accomplished both as an actor and director, but most importantly, she is funny, really, really funny. The story of her life while at times poignant was mostly really funny. She reads the books herself and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. It really added something to the experience to have her telling the stories to you in her own voice. She’s very straightforward in her accounting. She doesn’t shrink away from her flaws and she doesn’t shrink away from her triumphs. It seems like she knows just about everyone in the entertainment business in both Hollywood and New York and most of them have stayed at her house. The part about lots of people living in her house really resonated with me. It was also really fun to hear her talk about her friendship with Carrie Fisher, whose books and career I also really enjoyed. Not knowing Penny Marshall personally, there is no way to tell the accuracy of her recounting of her life, but it sure was entertaining.

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Blood Will Tell

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Book 6 of the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow is different from the other books I’ve read in the series. It’s much more political and much less about murder and mayhem, but it’s still good. Although Kate is out of The Park again, at least this time she has Mutt as she attends the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. She is, of course, only there at the insistence of her formidable grandmother. It’s an opportunity to spend time with Jack and his son Johnny and for the reader to see some of the issues facing Alaska natives. In general, I enjoyed this book a lot and once again, Marguerite Gavin does an excellent job on the performance. I really love listening to her.

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