Back to Kitanda for Brazilian Espresso

D’arte at Kitanda, originally uploaded by andai. Last December, I wrote a post about my first visit to Kitanda, the Brazilian Cafe and bakery down in the Bellevue/Redmond area. I had initially noticed them when I was driving back to work after lunch and since I am always on the lookout for new places to…

The Back Porch Café

Our guest blogger Tina is German but lives and works in New Zealand. She enjoys the coffee culture in New Zealand and is sending posts of her espresso sojourn. Coming from a country where it is common to have ‘coffee and cake’ at around 4pm in the afternoon, I still haven’t managed to adjust to…

Updated: Maximilien at the Market (with Stella)

In my previous blog posting, Maximilien at the Market I talked about the Mother’s day brunch celebration we had at Maximilien, the French restaurant at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. When I took a look at the menu, I noticed that they offered coffee from both Caffè D’arte and Stella Coffee. These two are actually really…

Maximilien at the Market

Each year, I spend Mother’s Day brunch with my relatives here in Seattle and since they love to go out to nice restaurants, we tend to try out a different place each time. This year’s choice for brunch was Maximilien, the French restaurant at the Pike Place Market. If you know where the famous ‘flying…

Updated: Java Java and Ikea Coffee

So after the whole deal with Java Java and Ikea Coffee I decided to revisit each once again and then make my final conclusion on whether Ikea would be a source of espresso for me. So the first thing I did this past week, was to give the Bryggkaffe Mellanrost or as I also like…

I Say Good Espresso! You Say Bad Espresso!

Dixie aka Generic Coffee Cup, originally uploaded by andai. Eventually when you publicly state an opinion about something, even something like coffee, you will get those whose opinions are in strong opposition to yours and some of these folks will certainly let you know this. I find this inevitably happens when you start to share…

Her breath smelled of fresh onions…

Springtime, originally uploaded by andai. I am listening to this song by Ruxpin titled “Your Body Smells of Cinnamon” and that song brings me back to a quote I read in a book by Enid Blyton where the young boy is really struck by the beautiful young country girl whose breath smelled like fresh sweet…

Quest for the Perfect Coffee in Paradise

This, my first official post on GFBO was really inspired by the need to leave behind the daily stresses e.g. computers, traffic, etc., to seek solace in what can only be described as the exquisitely lush beauty of this country. Over the past weekend, I embarked on a road trip with my girls from Kigali…

From The Land of a Thousand Hills

My name is Negrita and I will be contributing to the Grounds for Burnt Offerings blog from Rwanda, where I live, I love, I laugh, I write. I also indulge in some serious coffee consumption. Rwanda, also known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, is home to arguably the best coffee in the world….

My Imaginary Life in Isolation…

Meadow, originally uploaded by andai. Working in consulting sometimes means that you work in isolation as you have to find various free workspaces where you can sit and complete your tasks. This may be at the client’s office, in a café, maybe at the library. After all, for any consultant worth their salt, their office…

Java Java and Ikea Coffee

Java Java, originally uploaded by andai. I like going to Ikea to buy cheap ‘competitively priced’ stuff and checking out Swedish ‘cuisine’ at their cafe. After check-out, I would head out the the little cafeteria stand right by the exit for a 12 oz latte for the road. This latte costs $1.00, a real bargain……