Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a few links for your perusal:
It’s getting warm here in northwest Arizona, which is typical this time of year. Often, we’re stuck inside as the sun is too hot to hang outside for very long. Time for a nice cold brew!
Meanwhile, here’s something for your summertime sipping pleasure:
Small towns saved by legal marijuana (but what happens when it’s legal everywhere?)
The bee saga continues at home. Luckily, the beekeeper will be here on Monday morning, so we can walk a little easier outside.
What started as just a few bees quickly morphed into a dark group of thousands of bees at the top of our front porch. During the day, the bees are still active in the porch, but also a large “clump” of bees has taken up residence on the ground at the edge of the porch below a Juniper tree. It’s a first for us…
We also had a recent visit from seven javalina. Below are some links of interest. Enjoy! Have a great weekend…
Coffee Improves Mood (Studies confirm, but you already knew this!)
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 3 second increments (worth the 7 minutes…very cool)
The 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo was once again held in Seattle this year. It was another fabulous experience, and a chance to see many of our coffee friends and acquaintances.
We were happy to see that Peru was well represented again this year. It seems like every year they just take it to another level. We participated in a cupping of several award winners, as well as some wonderful naturals and honeys. It’s exciting to see the quality of Peruvian coffee return to the excellence that we saw before coffee rust wiped out so many farms in 2012. Go Peru!
We took a ton of pictures from the exhibit hall, but probably only touched on everything there. It was impressive! I had roaster envy with all of the many roasters on display, and there were so many delicious coffees for endless sampling. (I was pretty wired at the end of every day!)
Anyway, here’s a little photo blast from the exhibit halls plus bonus Pike St Market (Cupping pics toward the bottom:) Read more
Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure. Have a good one, and be safe…
It’s been a rainy and windy weekend, but it portends gorgeous wildflowers in the Spring. The wildflowers of the desert Southwest are particularly beautiful in good year, and this last rain should do it. Meanwhile, it’s cool here (low 50s) while it was upper 60s in Ohio yesterday…
Is adding sugar to coffee really that bad? (To each his own, I figure)
You might think that all we think about is coffee, and although it consumes the majority of our time, we do also have other interests. One of those interests is the community of Yucca, Arizona where we live. Yucca is a small town, but has a rich history and in the last few years many people have moved here, as the 150,000 acre Santa Fe Ranch was developed into 40 acre parcels beginning in the late 1990’s.
Many folks have moved to this paradise where Mohave desert meets Sonoran blue skies in order to escape the craziness and noise of the cities. The quiet of the desert coupled with the natural beauty here is an inspiration to artists as well as anyone who is creative.
One of those artists is Jim Federico who moved to this area from California. Jim had a vision of a mural for the town, and impromptu meetings led to the formation of the Yucca Area Arts Council (YAAC.) It took over a year of discussions, sketches, and planning, but we are now beginning the long awaited mural. Many thanks to all who have labored to make the mural a reality.
Work started Tuesday February 7th, and we continued on the 10th. Next week, more!
Here’s a look of where we are as of today:
Hope everyone has had a good week. It was busy, but otherwise uneventful here in the desert of Northwest Arizona. Finally, the cold spell has broken and our daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s to low 70s again. Not a sign of rain in the forecast here, so our hopes of a special Spring wildflower season are diminishing. More rain, please!
Here are some links for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy.
Finally getting caught up enough to be able to start posting. All is well, and the coffee is selling. It’s a good thing, although tiring some days. We’re enjoying the recent rain & light snow dusting in the Hualapai mountains. It portends to be an especially good wildflower season this year.
National Coffee Association 2017 Austin Registration Opens (Roast Magazine)
Lots of New Roasters in 2016 (Roast Magazine)