Coffeehouse observation No. 270

Green Day “Nimrod” … Loud. … Because a Bozo in the coffeehouse is talking on his cell very nearly at the top of his lungs. He must be nearly deaf or the person on the other end of the phone is because he is NOT using his inside voice.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 269

A woman who looks very much like Joan Benoit Samuelson just walked into the coffeehouse. Cool! … By the way, Joan Benoit Samuelson is a Maine native and woman’s marathon legend. She won the first ever Olympic woman’s marathon in 1984 (Los Angeles) just 17 days after arthroscopic surgery on her knee. She’s a big deal.

Her website is at

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Coffeehouse observation No. 268

I was saying the other day how you just do not see Greek fisherman hats anymore. Weeeeellll, I’m sitting in my backup coffeehouse and in walk two women and both are wearing – wait for it – Greek fisherman hats! Makes my day!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 267

Kinda weird. The coffeehouse pretty much emptied out a little while ago – just me, another patron and the baristas looking for patrons to caffeinate. But things are back to normal. Lunchtime beverage consumers are arriving as they should – in a steady, orderly manner. Drink on!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 266

A woman just walked into Exotic Java and talked as if she had been sucking down helium! I swear to the coffee gods that she talked as if she was a cartoon character.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 265

I might be hanging out at the coffeehouse a bit too much. A guy just came up to me and asked: “Do you work here? You look like you work here.” … Yeeeah, I might be at the library a bit more from now on.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 264

Hip-hop being played just now in the coffeehouse and I’m pretty certain a good bit of it was in French. … Or Haitian Kreyol, perhaps. … This is what I know — I cannot understand most hip-hop or rap lyrics in English, French or Kreyol.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 263

Two women just walked into the coffeehouse with balloon flowers. What type of soil do you use for balloon flowers, anyway? Full sun or shade? How often do you water balloon flowers? I’m not gonna even ask about balloon flower food. …

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Coffeehouse observation No. 262

I’m brainstorming a possible business idea – Emergency Mobile Coffeehouse. Pick up an old ambulance. Pull out the medical equipment – maybe not the gurney – and put in an espresso machine, coffee urns, folding bistro table and chairs, etc., and then follow the most popular roach coaches to stake a claim on the coffee trade. Could even show up with the siren blaring. … It’s just an idea.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 261

An old Norton Commando is parked outside next to an old Thunderbird. Cool.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 260

Forgetting that you’ve fully opened your coffee mug can lead to coffee on your chin and the front of your shirt. I know these things, because they happen to me! Why, oh, why? …

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Coffeehouse observation No. 259

A woman in the coffeehouse is using flash cards to study. I didn’t even know they still made flash cards.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 258

I think the WordPress metrics must have gone a little haywire yesterday. It registered 302 visits to my Coffeehouse Observer blog yesterday. That’s pretty good for a tiny blog I barely promote, but I’m not letting my head swell. Before yesterday, the blog metrics registered about 1,366 visits in the entire year since I started commenting on the things I see in the coffeehouse. I have no illusions that somehow the world suddenly “discovered” Coffeehouse Observer. It must be a glitch. But a fun one.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 257 — Starbucks’ Trenta: Everything you need to know about the 31-ounce cup | AOLNews

Coffeehouse observation No. 257 — Starbucks’ Trenta: Everything you need to know about the 31-ounce cup | AOLNews

[Seriously, anything this big really should come with a lifeguard. – KM]

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Coffeehouse observation No. 256

I just spotted a woman at the coffeehouse pull out an 8-inch long propane grill lighter to torch her cigarette. … And I think perhaps her eyebrows.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 255

I am still recovering from the anguish that was yesterday’s game. The Jets team that was expected a month and half ago finally showed up in Foxborough … to play the Foxborough Community College Patriots. The Pats were awful yesterday – Brady throwing behind everyone and an INT, two dropped TD passes, fumbles, poor special teams play – and the team did not deserve to win. I will drown my sorrows in coffee! … When does spring training being?

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Skip that grande latte, click below to back a cure for diabetes

A former boss, Diane Barney, is riding in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on May 1 in Napa.

Those of you who are able – especially those who have diabetics in your family or know diabetics at work or the gym or wherever – should click for the link to the website where you can pledge to back Diane in the ride. Or follow the link to find information on how to join the effort, either as a rider or by making a pledge to another rider.

The event is part of a series of fund-raising cycling events held in more than 40 U.S. states. You can find out more about the event on the website.

My kid sister has been a diabetic since she was, well, a kid. Diabetics have a wide range of health challenges, the worst of which include blindness, poor blood circulation that can lead to amputations, and even death. Diabetes is a very, very serious illness, but does not seem to garner the type of attention – especially in research funding – that it should.

Diane, now the communications director at NorthBay Healthcare Systems in Fairfield, CA, made this pitch earlier today to her Facebook friends:

“I’m riding 25 miles in the Tour de Cure, a fund-raising cycling event to help stop diabetes. Any friend who would like to pledge me can click directly to this page and use a credit card. How convenient, right? Any amount is fine – 10 cents a mile is only $2.50 – less than a grande latte at Starbucks! And it’s for a great cause!”

So, skip that grande latte and support the demise of a hideous disease. Click on this link and back Diane in the ride. Or follow the link to the American Diabetes Association website on the Tour de Cure and find a city near you where you can participate in a ride – either as a rider or a donor.

Stop diabetes in our lifetime!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 254

That Dave Brubeck Quartet is just right for the coffeehouse. Oh, yeah!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 253

Just went into my backup coffeehouse – Exotic Java on Ben Holt in Stockton – after being away for two months or so and the barista says to me: “Hey, there, how ya doin’? Still drinking the usual?” Yes, yes, I am. She even walked it over to my table as I was setting up my laptop. Cool! … Oh, and it’s right next door to a tattoo parlor. You can get hyped up on a Red Eye and get a tattoo all in one visit!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 252 – Greening coffee from field to coffeehouses

[I was scanning the job postings hosted by when I spotted several blog postings about greening coffee production and coffeehouses. Here are links to those posts. – KM]

Green Suggestions for coffee shops |

How to go green: Coffee and tea |

Birch Coffee: A sustainable community hangout |

Growing oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds |

Starbucks shareholders reject recycling initiative |

Interview: Tony Gale, corporate architect at Starbucks |

Green mood lighting for Starbucks! Switching 8,000 Stores to LEDs |

Starbucks’ farmers discuss the impact of fair trade |