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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.

September Brewed! Coffees Consumed, Games Played

October 3, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Tests, homework, tests, homework, family, tests, homework, work, tests.  This is how I pretty much feel September went, along with daily coffee consumption of course, and finding time to play a few games as well.
     So, with October already brewing, let’s take a look at the games I played, and the coffees I consumed during September!

Coffees Consumed in September
     Maxwell House French Roast – Started in August, finished in September.  These 270 cup coffee containers seem to last us about a month now, as I have tried to cut back consumption from three pots a day, to just two; though that doesn’t always happen!  We enjoyed it while it lasted.
     Trader Joe’s Joe’s Dark Coffee Roast – Courtesy of my friend Charlie from NicodemusAtNite.com.  If you missed the post about this coffee, you can read it HERE.  There’s still about half of the container left, so it should last us at least through October.
     Seattle’s Best Coffee Organic House Blend – This one survived a few months, partially because of the wide selection of coffees we have had in the house, but also because it would get “lost” in the back of the selections!  Well, I rediscovered it at the beginning of September and finished it off.
     Maxwell House Master Blend – Another big 270 cup coffee container that was purchased after the Maxwell House French Roast container was emptied.  We have about half of it left, so we’ll probably finish it mid-October and replace it with something else, but we are both enjoying it.  I usually brew with this in the mornings before I leave for work, and I make another pot of it at night before Mrs. Coffee leaves.
     New England Coffee Colombian Supremo Blend – Like the Seattle’s Best Coffee, this blend has survived many months and is only an 11oz. bag.  As with the Seattle’s Best Coffee blend, this one gets buried in the back of the cabinet, which then requires shuffling/moving items around to find it again.  There’s still about two pots left in the bag, and it’s probably best for me to try and finish this one off, so I’ll leave it out by the coffee pot tonight!
     Greek Coffee – For about the last three years, Mrs. Coffee and I have made it to a local Greek Festival that serves all kinds of Greek food and has Greek music/bands.  One item that is served is Greek coffee.  If you have never had Greek coffee, and are not familiar with it, the easiest way I can describe it is very thick, and syrupy; but not necessarily sweet syrupy.  They basically boil coffee grounds in water, so there is a very thick consistency in the bottom of the cup when you finish drinking the liquid portion.  So, I had one cup of Greek coffee while I was at the festival, but it is probably still in my system because of how strong it was!
     Chick-Fil-A Coffee – With my crazy work/family schedule starting the last week, I have been making it more of a routine now to leave the store with a cup of coffee I can start drinking on the way home, and not have to worry with brewing a pot right away upon entering the house.  I had probably three cups when leaving work last week, not to mention a few cups at work during the month of September.

Video Games Played in September
     Borderlands – Keith, from RespawnAction.com, and I played some Borderlands early in September.  We were having a difficult time on our mission, and I said, “We need to just go grind and level up some.”  To which Keith said that was lame, and we could handle it.  Well, apparently, we couldn’t handle it and are now apparently stuck on our mission due to enemies being so tough to kill, and us having so little ammo/money to survive.  Thanks Keith!
     Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – The same night Keith and I played Borderlands, we hopped online and played a few rounds of Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection against each other.  Keith beat me every single match, I think except maybe one(unless that was just a round).
     Greg Hastings Paintball 2 – Joe Doyle!  I don’t know why, but Joe Doyle is the one character in Greg Hastings Paintball 2 that I remember out of all the other ones.  Keith and I were first playing the game on the PS3 a few months back, and when I saw Joe Doyle’s name popup I said, “I know you Joe Doyle!”  It kind of turned into a joke during matches, and Keith and I are now awaiting the imminent announcement of Joe Doyle’s Paintball!
     Medal of Honor: Vanguard – Scratch another game off my backlog!  I started this game many moons ago, but decided that it was time to make some more progress on my backlog in September and Medal of Honor: Vanguard was the game I finished up.  The graphics are definitely first generation Wii graphics(last generation PS2-ish graphics I think), and while the controls weren’t FULLY customizeable, I thought they worked well enough.  The difficulty level definitely increased the further the game went along, and the last level was pretty challenging in two different spots.  Was it worth about the $5 I got it for?  I think so, and it even has local multi-player if you are interested in that type of option.
     Super Mario Bros. –  Our oldest little bean will now randomly request to “Watch Mario.” when he sees it flash on the screen if I accidentally go to the wrong page on the Wii.  Not only does he want to watch, but he wants to “play”, which consists of him hitting the 2 button repeatedly and watching Mario jump, and jump, and jump!  I have been attempting to show him more controls, but he seems just fine with knowing how to make Mario jump, and doesn’t really care if he walks.  I was playing through a level with him watching one night, and I jumped over a hole, but hit a Goomba and died, to which he replied, “Mario epic fail.”
     Battlefield 3 Beta – The Battlefield 3 Beta went live on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this past Thursday, and being that I own a PS3, I downloaded it that afternoon.  I have been able to play a good number of rounds in it, and though I have experienced a few glitches, the Beta is running pretty smoothly overall for me.  This is my first “modern” Battlefield game to play, as I had only played Battlefield 1943 before.  Battlefield 3 is due out later this month, on October 25.  It will be available on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 with a MSRP of $59.95.

Filtered Thoughts
   In total, I consumed seven different coffees in September, and played six games.  If any of you are PS3 owners(I know some of you are!), and you download the Battlefield 3 Beta, make sure to add me to your friend list and hopefully we can play a few matches before the Beta is pulled off the service.

Questions
     What coffees did you consume and what games did you find yourself playing in September?
     Also, have any of you tried Greek coffee before?  If so, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.