December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays From The Johnsons

Happy Holidays from the Johnsons:


The back of the card:

Published by Sudeep Johnson
Doggie Paw Cards, Inc.
Many thanks to Paddington the little white dog, without whom there would be no card.

Here is last year's: Holiday Card From The Johnsons

October 29, 2012

Oh No Christmas Music Coming To Starbucks

Pretty soon I won't be able to work in a Starbucks without hearing "parum pa pum pum" over and over, with dozens of variations...

September 26, 2012

The Bloglist Is Updated

Some of the sites were gone, and CoffeeKrave is added.

June 13, 2012

Starbucks Makes It In America

Starbucks has launched an initiative to restore American jobs, and as part of that effort is ordering mugs from an American company and helping revive an Ohio Rover town! The company is earning some great publicity for itself. Like this:

Starbucks(R) Indivisible Blend(TM) coffee is proudly blended, roasted and packaged in the U.S. For each purchase of a one pound bag of Indivisible Blend(TM) coffee, Starbucks will donate $5 to the Create Jobs for USA Fund. For each cup of brewed coffee purchased Starbucks will make a five cent donation to the Create Jobs for USA Fund. (Photo: Business Wire)

LA Times: Starbucks introduces new products to boost U.S. job creation effort,

Starbucks Corp. has a new line of merchandise that, in line with the conscientious capitalism efforts at several major companies, it said will be used to help support American jobs.

The coffee giant will sell a limited-edition mug, tumbler and bag of coffee – all made domestically – to raise money for its Create Jobs for USA fund.

... Starting Tuesday until July 9, Starbucks cafes will feature products from its new line, dubbed “Indivisible” and manufactured in the U.S.

Items will include a 16-ounce acrylic tumbler made in Chicago with 35% recycled material. Out of the $11.95 retail price, Starbucks will make a $2 donation.

The company will donate another $2 for each $9.95, 12-ounce ceramic mug sold. The cups will be created in Ohio using domestically sourced materials. A whole-bean coffee blend, roasted and packaged in the U.S., will also be sold for $14.95 per pound – with $5 from each purchase being donated.

CS Monitor: New push for Starbucks: U.S. products,

Starbucks Corp on Tuesday will debut the first products in a line of U.S.-made mugs and other merchandise that will be sold in its roughly 7,000 U.S. cafes to support domestic manufacturing and raise money for its Create Jobs for USA fund.

...The new line of U.S.-made merchandise includes a 16-ounce acrylic tumbler made in Chicago, whole bean coffee that is blended, roasted and packaged in the United States and a 16-ounce ceramic mug made with domestically sourced raw materials at the American Mug & Stein factory in East Liverpool, Ohio.

That formerly struggling factory in what was once known as the pottery capital of the United States expanded its workforce from 14 to 22 after the Starbucks order, the coffee chain said.

Having An Effect

NY Times: For Ohio Pottery, a Small Revival,

Just two pottery makers remain, and one, the American Mug and Stein Company, was on the verge of closing last fall. Then Ulrich Honighausen called. Mr. Honighausen, the owner of a tableware company, Hausenware, in Sonoma County, Calif., which supplies retailers like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Fred Meyer with ceramics and glassware from producers all over the world, had a plan to revitalize American Mug and create jobs in an industry that had all but died. What if American Mug were to make mugs for Starbucks?

“I almost didn’t take his call because I figured it was a crank call or something,” said Clyde M. McClellan, owner of American Mug.

But on Tuesday, the company’s mugs will go on sale in Starbucks stores across the country as part of a line of new merchandise made in America and branded Indivisible.

... Last month, Starbucks announced it would build a factory in Augusta, Ga., that would employ 140 people and make the company’s Via instant coffee and the ingredients for its popular Frappuccino drinks. About half of Starbucks’s new employment overall will come in the United States, the rest internationally.

From Starbucks: Starbucks Introduces New Indivisible Collection and Citi Donates $1 Million to Support Create Jobs for USA,

Demonstrating its continued commitment to help end the jobs crisis in America, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced the launch of the Indivisible collection. The collection includes Indivisible Blend™ Coffee and two new products to support Create Jobs for USA, an innovative program enabling Americans to unite in helping Americans get back to work. With each purchase from the Indivisible collection, Starbucks will make a donation to Opportunity Finance Network® (OFN) for the Create Jobs for USA Fund to help create and retain jobs across the country.

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

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January 15, 2012

Was Gonna Buy From Peet's But...

Peet's Ethiopian Super Natural is out again this year. My experience is this is the most unique, flavorful coffee I have ever tasted. Last year there was a hint of blueberry, other years lemon.

A captivating cup from the birthplace of coffee. Only the finest coffee cherries, picked ripe and naturally sun-dried. Complex with abundant fruit flavor and generous floral aroma.

But they don't have it in stores, only available online. OK. I'll order online.

But it's $20.95 a pound. OK. Worth it.

But then they try to add an $8 charge for shipping!. Forget it. I'll miss it, but this is outrageous. Peet's loses a long-time customer and future orders.

But the CEO's pay was cut to "only" $1.8 million this year. His "unexercised options" are valued at $9,529,744.00.

Also "O'Dea also could receive $13.5 million should a change in ownership of Peet's transpire."

Peet's used to give samples of different coffees and teas. Those samples are what helped me appreciate many of the coffees and teas I drink today. But samples are not profits this quarter. Yes, samples and reasonable shipping charges boost business later, but that's not this quarter that needs his millions, and we've got a CEO, so forget it.

$8 to ship a pound of coffee? Gotta pay that CEO somehow.

December 26, 2011

Starbucks Christmas Music Season Over

Finally - a whole year without having to hear parum pa pum pum over and over and over again at Starbucks!

December 24, 2011

Holiday Card From The Johnsons


Our little white dog Paddington does a "ballet" with his back legs, and this card shows him doing a holiday Nutcracker ballet.

Here is last year's.

September 30, 2011

Lipton Pearl Teabag Not Biodegradable!

I recently tried Lipton Pearl long-leaf tea. It's good. But it comes in those pyramid-shaped teabags, and it turns out they're made of NYLON! You can't put that in your compost bin because it does not break down.

What a disappointment. Of course, I can't recommend this tea, and can't buy it again.

What is the matter with these companies?

At they get it, too, Review of Black Pearl Tea,

Surprisingly different from Lipton teabags, and surprisingly high quality. Rich, malty aroma, some bitterness in the aftertaste but smoother up front. A remarkably pleasing, full-bodied tea. I recommend brewing for about 3 minutes...more and it becomes too tannic.

My main complaint about this one, like all of Lipton's pyramid teas, is the nylon teabags that are not biodegradable. Why can't they get this right?

July 28, 2011

Coffee Stock Market News

There is a ton of news about the coffee business and the stock market. "Dunkin' Brands" -- see if you can guess which coffee and donut company they own -- went public yesterday and their stock went up 46% from the opening price. (FYI this means the investment bank cheated the company by mispricing their stock.)

Next, Green Mountain Coffee jumped 20% to go over $100 a share after a great earnings report. Share prices have more than tripled in a year. This is about deals with Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts for coffee in K-Cup portion packs that are used in Keurig single cup coffee makers for home and office. This is the latest tulip that Wall Street is bubbling up.

Peet's stock has been soaring. Motley Fool has an earnings report preview.

And Starbucks reports later today. The Street says,

Analysts are calling for Starbucks to have earned $258.8 million, or 34 cents per share, on revenue of $2.85 billion in its fiscal third quarter. In the year-earlier period , Starbucks earned $207.9 million, or an adjusted 29 cents per share, on revenue of $2.61 billion. If Starbucks meets expectations it would be a 24.5% profit increase year over year.

None of which has anything to do with the taste of the coffee.

June 23, 2011

Ultimate Dog Tease

February 7, 2011


This is cute:


But why is it cute? What is it about dogs? Esp sleeping dogs?

P.S. his name is Paddington.

December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays from the Johnsons


The back of the card reads:
Published by Sudeep Johnson
Doggie Paw Cards Inc.
Many thanks to (from top clockwise) Darwin, Fergie, Paddington & Poppy without whom there would be no card.

Click here for last year's card, and you can trace back through all the cards over the years.

July 1, 2010

Coffee - A Light Inside My Head

A great post by Matt Goldich over at Write On, the new Writer's Guild of America East blog, titled Coffee,

I never really drank coffee until December of 2007. Sure, I would occasionally have an iced vanilla something in the afternoon if other people were making a Starbucks run, but more often than not it was a soda or an iced tea with lunch. But over that Christmas my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I traveled to Mexico for a few days. At the place we were staying, they didn’t ask you if you wanted coffee for breakfast, they just poured you some. And, being a good guest, I drank it.

Suddenly, mornings were a lot more fun. A light went on inside my head. So this was what everyone was raving about! Upon arriving back in the States I started hitting up Starbucks for coffee in the morning. When my girlfriend and I moved in together the following summer, we started making coffee at home.

Go read.

April 24, 2010

Coffee Party

You've hear about the Tea Parties. Everywhere you go you have to hear about the Tea Parties. Well, guess what, there is an alternative - and it actually has more members and holds more events. You just don't hear about them...

Coffee Party | Wake Up and Stand Up,

The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

December 31, 2009

Half Price At Peet's

Peet's is selling their Holiday Samplers at half price. You get a half pound of each of Holiday Blend, Major Dickason's Blend, Arabian Mocha-Java and Garuda Blend for $14.95 in the red metal holiday container. That's about $7.25 per pound! I picked up one of these at the local shop. You can order it online.


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