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My love for Coffee 
Aug. 29, 2013 9:56 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2013 3:54 pm
For the LLOOOOOVVVE of Coffee! Yes, I am my own personal coffee lover/coffee addict. There is a love that I find truly amazing about it, like a my grandfather's pipe tobacco when he would suckle on it in the den of his house years ago when I was younger. I grew up, learning how my momma liked her coffee, right down to the exact amount of sugar. I never drank it as a kid, but the smell was always around me. I wasn't even much of a coffee drinker until my oldest was about 3. I can't tell you the science of coffee nor do I know, the best temps or just how to get the optimal brew. But I know, I'm picky when at coffee houses on the exact way I like them to make it. Dutch Bros. here in Oregon, at my local stop, knows I like a Decaf Caramelizer, w/2 shots of decaf, with soy/sugar-free, low carb, 2 shots sugar-free caramel, 1 shots sugar-free chocolate, blended with whip! While The Human Bean in Grants Pass, OR, knows I like a Decaf Caramel Hazelnut Mocha, Sugar-free, Soy, Low Carb, Blended with Whip. It's a mouth full, I know...but Espresso is too strong for me and to much caffeine and regular sugar send me into a diabetic storm. However.....I must have coffee!!!
My parents bought me my 1st espresso machine years ago and it was so difficult to learn, that it went unused. And eventually I gave it so someone that knew more about that kind of thing, simple is best for me. The basic 4 or 5 cup standard coffee pot was what I did. But since then, things evolved. I really got into drinking coffee more so about 8 years ago when I married my husband, Rob. We have 4 children and well....this momma needed to catch up with them all the time. My parents once again bought me a Keurig single serving coffee pot. Well, I didn't know what to exactly think about it. I sure wasn't used to only doing 1 cup at a time. I tell you I was a bit stand-offish.
After about 3 cups later and I realized...hmm I wasn't wasting coffee, I wasn't letting it get cold. It was more convenient to me, then anyone. I was the only one drinking it. Then I found myself drinking it left and right. I had that 1st machine 3 years. Then it died, so I bought a newer one....then I killed it too with my abundance amount I was using it. Three and four times a day.
A year ago Christmas (in 2011), Skyping my family, while we exchanged presents over the computer, when my sisters' had already opened open another coffee pot machine to my surprise, a Nescafe' Dolce Gusto, all the while I totally had to fake a smile to my family, saying...."ohhh nice, thank you." I was confused as to why I had another one. My momma saw right threw that instantly. And she says, "is there, something wrong?" "hmmm, no, but mmm I already have a coffee pot?!" And she says, "OHHH MIS!! you will love this. It does", this and that and blah blah blah ;-) Okay....trying not to be rude but was just sitting there confused, and say, "ohhh, really? Cool!" Well little did I know, what the heck they started. It did cup/pod style coffees with some kinds having 2 pods, that 1 had the creamer and the other one making the coffee and turns out, wow I love Lattes. Wow, it totally opened my eyes and I blame it allllll on my parents!
Then I got into the flavored creamers (try and stick with Coffee-Mate)....then the flavored syrups (my favorite syrups are Torani)...the frothy milks (Lactose-free makes the best froth), now I'm making latte's, cappuccinos, iced coffees, blended coffees and now, my addiction is soo funny. Because I'm Instagraming my coffee photos, I'm Facebooking my coffee photos, Heck, I'm Tweeting my coffee photos... My obsession grew so much, that my 3rd Keurig died and I saw that they had a new machine, I upgraded to the Vue....but when I did, I had family that brought loose coffee over and didn't have a pot to make a cup that they truly liked. SO now I have 3 machines and I use them most often, I switch it up a bit. It's how I roll. And now I have 2 of my kids drinking coffee and hot teas. Chia Tea is delish!
So now my friends are even, sending me little coffee picture messages on Facebook...some about the love of coffee, some even of how much someone loves it so much, they designed a bathroom size tub in the shape of a coffee cup...that was fabulous to see. 
But now a days, since moving to Oregon, I'm always drinking coffee on the run. Never a spot really to sit and take a time out, relax and gaze out to my beautiful surroundings. Until now. Two months ago, my family moved onto a nice size 5 acre estate, into a rather large beautiful home. The scenery is just amazing and peaceful. With all the added space for my family, this momma needed space for herself. Not a large amount of space, just a little nook in a corner, to sit and drink my coffee and start my morning just right. And that's what I did. I want to show you, nothing gets in between me and my coffee ;-) 
Welcome to my inspirational coffee nook, where I am the barista!

I do have to share a spot for the kids and their drinks, but it's really momma's domain!! 
See the view from my nook?! It's the best! Amazing what I see in the mornings from this spot.
Aug. 30, 2013 5:27 am
And I thought I liked Coffee! What a lovely spot-you are truly blessed!
Aug. 30, 2013 6:17 am
You really are serious about your coffee! I was like that years ago until my doctor told me to limit my intake. Now I'm good at one and a half cups, unless I need one in the afternoon to rev up for the rest of the day. Great little nook you set up for your collection, and the view is beautiful. Nice setting to relax in. Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 30, 2013 11:32 am
Girlfriend! You are speaking my language! Caffeine is my drug of choice. And, now that you are a Pacific North Westerner, I'm glad to hear you have the addiction too! Not many understand our love for coffee here. It's a matter of living in doom and gloom for 9 months of the year. Ha! Good blog and an awesome supply of caffeine products.
Aug. 30, 2013 11:35 am
BTW, many have coffee stations in our homes in the PNW. it's a design trend I see lots in my business.
Aug. 31, 2013 4:26 am
I didn't coffee until about 12 years ago. I could not stand even the smell. One day a co-worker brought me a cappuccino. I was hooked! Now I have the "office coffee pot" by my desk, a Keurig at home and even one of the mini single-serve Keurigs (bright yellow!) in my camper! I don't drink it every day and I rarely have more than 1 or 2 cups when I do drink it, but it is yummy. We laugh at work that I'm finally all grown up since I drink coffee!
Aug. 31, 2013 6:17 am
Welcome to Coffee Addicts of America. As a native of the PNW, I grew up drinking the first premium coffee brand......STARBUCKS. The original shop at Pike's place market had no resemblance to the current stores. (other than the logo) We used to love to go in there and taste their coffee beans and whatever blends they had brewed freshly. I learned so much about coffee on those adventures. I learned that your taste buds will usually change on coffees through the years (especially if you drink it black like I do) I learned that my favorite coffee in the world is only grown in Puerto Rico. Sadly, the good stuff that Puerto Rico grows is mostly shipped to Spain so it was rare to find it. They used to bring in a shipment once a year and I would buy 20 lbs of it and hoard it in my freezer.I would have bought more, but the price is extremely HIGH!I learned how to taste and spit the coffee without nary a sip to judge coffees. In those days, they had no fancy drinks in fact. Just coffee! I am a purist at heart. No flavors....especially artificial ones. No cream....especially artificial ones. No coffee that is so thin you can almost see through it or any of those artificially flavored beans :( Just give me a good quality French or Italian roast with a smooth, rich finish. That is my drug of choice. PS This mauigirl has never had a cup of Kona coffee that can measure up to most others. I have come to the conclusion that the Kona name is JUST a sales pitch :) I toast you this morning with a good cup of Italian roast. Salute!!!!!
Aug. 31, 2013 12:10 pm
My dear girl, if you ever visit here you will find me a dismal failure I feel. I've never had a coffee where I have several choices of add-ins. I've never been to a coffee house. I do, however, understand the need for coffee. I have 1-2 cups a day and have since college. The brewing pots have changed and now it isn't cream & sugar in it. To adjust for my needed coffee fix and my stomach's lack of interest, I now cold brew a light roast coffee overnight in my French press and then in the morning add fat-free powdered milk for my cream after warming my cup up. There is no facing the day without my cup of coffee!
Aug. 31, 2013 8:52 pm
OMG Cat, I want to know how you make your cold press coffee! I have one of those French Press coffee pots, but I never use it! Give us your recipe. Please!
Sep. 4, 2013 3:54 pm
I toast everyone java java ;-) mauigirl....I've had KONA before and it's quite nice. And I love Italian Roast as well...hmmm mm! I do have a little metal coffe press my SIL & BIL sent from Vietnam for me for Christmas, I meant to ask her how to use it because it's like a mini coffee cup with all these little plates. NO idea how to use it or read the coffee they sent with it's in Vietnamese...go figure. But I'm sure with any luck some one well help me ;-)
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Asian, Mexican, Multi-cultured foods, Low-fat, Low-sugar, Stews, casseroles, slow cooker meals and baking......Everything!!
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
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Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
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I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
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