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September Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

October 2, 2012


Coffee Beans
Like coffee in my cup, the month of September is gone! If you skimmed an occasional post here and there during the month, here are some posts you might have missed during September:

With October already brewing, what coffees did I consume and games did I play in September? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!
Coffees Consumed
Maxwell House coffees were the dominate coffee blends in our house during September. We had three Maxwell House coffee blends in September that we enjoyed, those being:
  • Maxwell House House Blend
  • Maxwell House Dark Roast
  • Maxwell House Gourmet Roast
For the first time in a few months, we purchased some Starbucks coffee during the month, but it wasn’t just for brewing. I had been wanting whole coffee beans to record the grinding sound with our grinder, for the Grounds for Celebration videos. Mrs. Coffee was out one day early in September, and I messaged her asking if she could grab some whole coffee beans before coming home. She purchased the Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend, and it is an extremely light blend. If you don’t like your coffee dark and very strong, this would be a good blend to try.
Over the last weekend in September though, Mrs. Coffee and I packed our bags and loaded the car with the boys, and headed off to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with some friends. While we were in Gatlinburg, I searched for a local coffee shop that I could perhaps grab a cup of coffee from on National Coffee Day. I found a local shop, Coffee & Company, and tried their house blend for the day (either the Costa Rican Tarrazu or the Le Conte View roast).
Games Played
The short list for the games I played in September is: New Super Mario Bros. DS, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, LittleBigPlanet, Mutant Mudds, Rage of the Gladiator, Blacklight: Retribution, Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2 Fast 4 Gnomz, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros., and BIT.TRIP RUNNER.
New Super Mario Bros. DS – Bean 1 is still playing this, even with a barely functioning bottom screen. He’ll ask/tell me (or, I’ll be volun-told as Chalgyr said) to play few of the levels from time-to-time, and we are currently back in World 3. I have been tempted to take apart the DS Lite, and see if I can figure out the touch screen problems; I even looked up a few YouTube videos on how to do it.
Super Mario World – Not much new here to report, but Bean 1 and I are still enjoying this one on the Virtual Console like most of the other Mario games.
Super Mario 64 – This one became Bean 1’s Mario game of choice in September. He has improved GREATLY in the game. I have attempted to record footage of him in the levels a few times, but usually start recording a little late. He beat Koopa the Quick on September 9th, and enjoys running around the castle and levels; but like NSMBDS, I get asked/told to play a few levels and do a few things in it from time-to-time.
LittleBigPlanet – Bean 1 asks to play this as his last delay tactic before bed usually. He is pretty good at getting through levels in the game now, and he has found some incredibly designed player created levels, with Mario themes and even a Phineas and Ferb level that I was really impressed with. Like the Mario games, I usually get asked to play a few of the levels to help out, and show him how to get through certain areas.
Mutant Mudds – I purchased Mutant Mudds for my PC the first week of September, and I have really enjoyed my time with it so far. The game is definitely challenging, and platforming fans should enjoy it. I have been using the default controls in the game, but you can adjust them or use a separate gamepad if you want. Bean 1 has even attempted to play a few of the levels, which I found amusing to watch.
Rage of the Gladiator – I played a few matches again, and realized that there are quite a few bosses I haven’t recorded/uploaded any footage from yet. I may do that for an October post, or two.
Blacklight: Retribution – I decided to give this one another try in September, and enjoyed my time in a few matches one night in September. I actually placed 3rd in a match, which I think is the highest I have placed so far. I just started attempting to change out my gear, and once finding where to look, it seems like a pretty easy process once you have the points and the required level in the game to use better equipment. If you have a Steam account and enjoy FPS games, I would easily recommend you giving Blacklight: Retribution a try considering it is free-to-play.

The game shows the top three players at the end of each match.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – I’m not sure how close I am to beating the game, but I think I have made some decent progress in it so far. Perhaps before the Wii U releases, I can finish Arkham Asylum, then give Arkham City a try on the Wii U. I’m still enjoying my time with the game, and I like how the game is challenging and makes me think of ways to clear rooms of enemies. Batman is not invincible!
2 Fast 4 Gnomz – Bean 1 clicked on this WiiWare demo from the SD card menu on our Wii. I ended up being volunteered by him to play it, and completed the demo. The game is insane, at least from my time with the demo. Think BIT.TRIP RUNNER style where you don’t stop moving forward, but the graphical style kept making me wonder if I was going to have a seizure! One thing I did like that 2 Fast 4 Gnomz provided in each level was the number of times you had attempted it. So, if you hit spikes, fall in holes, or just miss your jumps 20, 30, 40, or 50 times, you know exactly how many times you have been tortured by the level. The level of difficulty might be too much for your average gamer also, but if you enjoy tough challenges I do recommend giving the demo a try.
Super Mario Bros. 3 – Another Virtual Console game that has shown to be a great value for us. Bean 1 is still running around in some of the levels, and can complete World 1-1 and World 1-2 now usually without any/many issues.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER – On National Coffee Day, I started with the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast, then the house blend from Coffee & Company, then a cup from McDonald’s, then I ended the day/night with another cup(s) of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. Right before sleep took over Saturday night, I played BIT.TRIP RUNNER on Mrs. Coffee’s laptop.
Questions
Did you have a coffee blend/roast of choice in September?  What video games did you play during September, and would you recommend any of the ones that you did play?

Also, if you have any questions about the games I played or the coffees I consumed in September, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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>May Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played

June 2, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     May was an interesting month for me.  Being that I had finished up school(and am out for the summer), I started looking for summer work.  I was hoping that whatever job I got might turn into a good part-time job when school starts back, but wasn’t sure how quickly something would happen in this job market.  I ended up landing a job at Chick-Fil-A, and have been gainfully employed for about the last 3 weeks.  My first day of training I tried the coffee, and I also had it my second day, though I forgot to add it to my “Coffees Consumed” for May.
     So, with a new job and my same spastic nightly schedule, what coffees did I consume and games did I play during May?  Let’s take a look!

Coffees Consumed in May:
     Maxwell House Original Roast (Medium) – This was purchased in mid-April, and I actually just tossed out the container today.  Like most of the Maxwell coffee blends we drink, I think it has a good solid flavor.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend – If you missed my “April Brewed” post, I mentioned in that post that this coffee blend was a “surprise” purchase by Mrs. Coffee for me.  I have about 1/3 of the bag left, so I will probably finish it off this month(June).  While I commented about this coffee blend’s different smell, I forgot to mention that it is listed as a “100% Arabica Coffee” blend on the package, so I’m not sure what it is with the smell.
     Maxwell House Breakfast Blend (Mild) – This coffee was purchased in the middle of May, kind of like the Original Roast was in April.  Mrs. Coffee enjoys the breakfast blend, but she can’t have a lot of it right now, because of the Little Bean that is due within about a month’s time.  I think it has a nice flavor though, sort of what I mentioned about the Maxwell House Original Roast blend.
     Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – 5 months.  If somebody had told me a Christmas gift of coffee would last 5 months, I probably would have thought to myself, “Not in this HOUSE!”, but this one lasted through May.  I ground up the last few beans with our son just in the last week, and brewed up a pot of 6 cups early one evening.
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee (Medium Roast) – This coffee is a “100% Colombian Coffee”, and its description says it is, “…a sweet, rich, flavorful taste with a smooth finish.”  Chick-Fil-A’s coffee blend is pretty easy to drink, and I didn’t see any need for cream/sugar in it(though I rarely do), and the cows may approve it more since it was consumed black with no need of a cow-byproduct; so I agree with the “smooth finish”.  While I only had two cups, I’m sure there will be more in my future.  I gotta say though, Chick-Fil-A’s Lemonade is super awesome!

Video Games Played in May:
     Monster Hunter Tri – The monster of a game that I still haven’t finished!  While I have not completed the game’s single-player campaign yet, I did play a good bit online in May, and I put a good number of hours in the single-player campaign doing quests just to level up my armor/weapon.  As of now, I have one more quest to complete, and the single-player campaign will be “finished”.  Will it happen in June?  I will keep you all posted on it!  If you missed my Monster Hunter Tri post from last week, you can watch two monster hunt videos from the game that I uploaded, HERE.
     GoldenEye 007 – I hopped online a few nights during May, and even got some play-time with Robert.  I uploaded and did a post about one multi-player match in early May, and you can watch it HERE.  You can watch another multi-player match from later in the month, HERE.  I still find the Team Conflict matches a lot of fun in GoldenEye 007, and I may be looking at putting together a “GoldenEye Game Night” in the near future.
     Rage of the Gladiator – If you missed it, I started a new feature on CoffeeWithGames in May called “WiiWare Wednesday“.  Rage of the Gladiator was the first game I covered for the feature, and you can read the post, and watch the video about it, HERE.  I started playing Rage of the Gladiator with Wii MotionPlus controls in April, and though the Wii MotionPlus controls are a little slower, they work well with how they are implemented because they encourage less flailing.

Thoughts/Questions:
     Another month has passed, and I didn’t complete any game from my backlogged list, though I am about to finish the biggest time-consuming game probably on my backlogged list.  Once I finish Monster Hunter Tri’s single-player campaign, I may work on a “schedule” to go through with the rest of the games, and hopefully that will speed things along.
     As for the coffees I consumed, I enjoyed all the blends I tried.  I have seen some interesting “extras” added to coffees in the last 3 weeks, and I may branch out and give some of the “extras” a try, and report back on how they turn out.

     What coffees(or other beverages) and games did you find yourself drinking/playing in May?