Got some good coffee this week

I haven’t posted in a while on this blog, as I’ve been focusing my fishing efforts over at my new blog. However, I went on a short trip over to the west side of Michigan. I got to visit a couple coffee shops and picked up some good coffee.

In Saugatuck, I picked up some Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck (, and another batch of coffee from Ethiopia from a cafe in Holland, MI called Lemonjellos (

Even better I was able to get pour over coffee in both locations as well. It was some amazingly good coffee, and I wish there were some cafes like these in the metro Detroit area.

Also, right next-store to LemonJello’s in Holland, is a cool music shop called The Full Circle. Owner loves what he does, and provides a good selection of used CDs, a better selection of vinyl, and a promise to get you almost any other music you may want very quickly. I was able to pick up a copy The Elms, Truth, Soul, Rock and Roll. Good stuff.

Manual Coffee Grinder

My coffee grinder is pretty sweet. I have Cuisinart automatic burr grinder. It definitely gets the job done, and done well.

I have had a couple situations though where I was curious if there were manual grinders still being sold. Well, I took a look and stumble onto the Camano Coffee Mill. It is a fully adjustable manual burr grinder. I am now intrigued with the idea of buying one of these.

So far here are my reasons for wanting a manual grinder…
1. On a camping trip with no electricity available, I could still fresh grind beans.
2. On a Saturday morning when I am trying not to wake up everyone in my house, I could quietly grind some beans.
3. At work, I may have a hard time justifying running a grinder in the office, but I don’t think anyone would argue with a manual grinder. (or notice).

Anyways, I continue to take a deeper path down the road of coffee snobbery, but this looks like a fun gadget to have on hand. It seems a little pricey, but on the other hand it looks like it is made out of steel and cast iron and is handmade. So this thing would probably last my lifetime.

Anyways, check ’em out and join me along the path to better coffee.

  • Another reason not to go to Starbucks…

    I like coffee.  I drink it all the time because it tastes good, especially with certain things.  For example, coffee and pie, coffee and breakfast, etc.  What I really like is GOOD coffee, and I have found some here and there.  My favorite comes from a local cafe that I go to all the time.  Anyways, what I don’t like is Starbucks.  For a number of reasons, the top being that their coffee doesn’t taste very good to me.

    However, I ran across this story today about how Starbucks is purposely printing controversial viewpoints on their cups.  This seems like bad advertising to me, but I guess when you are the biggest coffee chain in the U.S. you can do what ever you want.  This story focuses on a few different versions of the cup, so take a quick read and maybe you’ll find another reason not to support this behemoth coffee company.