Archive for the ‘Trader Joe’s’ Category

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.

Advertisements

August Brewed – Coffees Consumed, Games Played

September 2, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Family, work, school, and flying out for a friend’s wedding is where a lot of my time was invested in August, but I did make time to play some games, and coffee consumption was a daily occurrence as usual.
     With the 31 days of August 2011 now history, let’s take a look at the coffees I consumed, and the games I played during August.

Coffees Consumed in August
     Folgers Custom Roast – This was a 270 coffee cup container purchased in July.  It lasted us until about the middle of August, and I enjoyed it while it lasted.
     Seattle’s Best Coffee Organic House Blend – This was a blend Mrs. Coffee purchased me as a surprise back in June, and it has survived since then.  I checked just tonight, and there is still some coffee left in it, probably enough for another 6 cup pot.
     Tully’s Bold Coffee French Roast – This was a Keurig coffee pod that I brewed up in one of my friends’ Keurig coffee machine.  It had a good solid flavor to it, and filled my cup up to the top.
     Trader Joe’s, Joe’s Dark Coffee – This is a “coffee by mail” story.  Reader, and fellow blogger, Charlie mailed me this container of coffee.  It’s a whole bean coffee, so I have been using our coffee bean grinder every few days and making a few cups.  I just brewed myself and Mrs. Coffee a few cups of it tonight(Thursday), and I will probably ration this coffee out so I can try to make it lasts a little while.  A huge thanks to Charlie for the coffee, and I have been thoroughly enjoying it!  You can read Charlie’s writings at his blog, NicodemusAtNite.com.
     Maxwell House French Roast – Mrs. Coffee purchased this container of coffee in August, after going about 2 months without purchasing any Maxwell House coffee blends.  So far, it’s
     Two Cups of Starbucks – I flew out last Friday, August 26, to be a friend’s wedding.  After staying up super late Thursday night doing schoolwork, then waking up early Friday morning to leave, instead of brewing the coffee before I left, I decided I would just grab a cup of coffee at the airport.  After getting through security, I went to a Starbucks in the airport, and purchased just a “tall” house blend.
     One Cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee – On my connection flight down to Louisiana, I decided to give Delta Airlines’ in-flight coffee a try.  They serve Seattle’s Best Coffee, and the coffee was definitively piping hot.
     Community Coffee Dark Roast – This coffee was provided by the hotel we stayed at for the wedding.  Being that the wedding was in Louisiana, it makes sense that Community Coffee was provided, because Community Coffee Company is based in Louisiana.

Video Games Played in August
     Kirby’s Epic Yarn – Mrs. Coffee and I borrowed/traded this game from our neighbors, because I knew it had cooperative play.  If you don’t know, Mrs. Coffee and I have played through New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns together, so I figured we could give Kirby’s Epic Yarn a try.  We finished the game’s “main” campaign on August 11 together, but I haven’t played the game since.  Mrs. Coffee has been playing her own game file on a regular basis though, attempting to unlock everything in the game.  I enjoyed our play-time together in the game, but the game is relatively short, and not extremely challenging if you don’t try to unlock everything; though unlocking everything does require more time, and skill.
     New Super Mario Bros. Wii – While I mentioned just above that Mrs. Coffee and I have completed NSMBW and DKCR cooperatively, neither one of us finished the campaigns on our own.  Well, we started playing New Super Mario Bros. Wii with our neighbors in early August, and our objective is to complete the game with four players cooperatively.  So far, we have made it through World 1, and are now at the half-way point in World 2.  Four player Mario madness is a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to continuing our adventure in the near future.
     Rage of the Gladiator (WiiWare) – I attempted to accomplish a “Rank S” on a certain boss battle in Challenge Mode, for a YouTube user that asked me if I could assist him with a video.  Unfortunately, I haven’t accomplished the Rank S while recording game-play footage yet.
     Super Mario Bros. (Virtual Console) – I have found myself playing this in short, quick, spells.  Being that the game has “shortcuts”, I can get to World 8 quickly, but World 8-2 has a few jumps that get me, and if I reach the final castle as little Mario, I have issues “defeating” Bowser.
     Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Keith from RespawnAction.com sent me Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune a few months back, but I delayed playing it because of my backlog of games.  I started playing it in July, and I have enjoyed my time with the game so far.  A huge thanks to Keith again for the game, and if you like FPS/action games, make sure to check out his blog, RespawnAction.com.
     Medal of Honor: Vanguard – I have used the online video game trading service Goozex.com several times, and Medal of Honor: Vanguard was the last game I received from the service.  I’m working my way through the single-player campaign slowly, and I was actually surprised to see the game offers 4-player local splitscreen multi-player, though I haven’t tried it yet.

Filtered Thoughts
     In total, I consumed eight different coffee blends in August, not counting one iced “coffee” drink, and played six different video games.
     While Kirby’s Epic Yarn was the only game I completed in August, it wasn’t on my video game backlog, so I can’t take it off the list.  As for the iced “coffee” drink, it was something Mrs. Coffee and I had not purchased in many years, basically since moving to North Carolina; more on the iced “coffee” drink later though!

Questions
     What coffee blends, or other beverages, did you find yourself consuming a lot of, and what games did you yourself playing in August?  Any recommendations, or warnings?

Nicodemus_at_Nite and Coffee by Mail, Again!

November 28, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     It all started back in June, when my first package of coffee arrived.  One of the regular readers here at CoffeewithGames, Nicodemus_at_Nite, had mailed me a container of Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast Dark Roast coffee.
     The first coffee package was followed by another Trader Joe’s coffee container, that he mailed me in August.  The second coffee container was Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso blend.
     Well, just this month on November 15, when I checked our mail there was a package that contained….

     Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Cafe Pajaro!  I have been enjoying the blend very much, and like the other Trader Joe’s coffees that Nicodemus_at_Nite mailed me, Cafe Pajaro’s is also a whole bean coffee:

Shiny coffee beans!
     A portion of the Cafe Pajaro description says, “The beans used for our Cafe Pajaro have been roasted in small batches to bring out the natural aromatic oils.  This ultra dark roast coffee has a full silky body that is complimented by a medium acidity and dark chocolaty sweet overtones.”
     I would say the description “ultra dark roast” applies well to this blend, and I find this coffee blend to be a great balance overall.
     Nicodemus_at_Nite is still writing on his blog, NicodemusatNite.Blogspot.com.   From talking with him last night through GMail, he is currently having a lot of fun playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns.
     A big thanks, AGAIN, to Nicodemus_at_Nite for sending me the Trader Joe’s Cafe Pajaro coffee blend. It wasn’t expected, but it is being enjoyed as the others were!

Coffee by Mail, Again?

October 4, 2010

     Back on June 7 of this year, I wrote a post titled, “Coffee by Mail?!”  In the post, I talked about how reader Nicodemus_at_Nite had mailed me a container of coffee.
     On August 25, I received an email from Nicodemus_at_Nite, in which he stated he had mailed me another package; but he didn’t specify what was going to be in the package.  Well, when I opened the package after receiving it, this is what was inside:

     I enjoyed the blend very much, and just finished it off today.  If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, and like strong coffee; I would suggest giving the Five Country Espresso blend a try.  I think the brief description on the container of, “Dark Roast – Strong, Rich & Well Balanced” is a very good description for the coffee.  You may have missed it in the picture, but the coffee is whole bean as well.
     Nicodemus_at_Nite is still writing on his blog, NicodemusatNite.Blogspot.com; and from what I know he is still playing Left 4 Dead 2, and just picked up Starcraft 2(because he didn’t like Metroid: Other M’s controls!).

     Perhaps Trader Joe’s should hire Nicodemus_at_Nite as a marketing guy over their coffee brands!  A big thanks to Nicodemus_at_Nite for sending me the Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso blend; it was not expected, but it was greatly appreciated!

Coffee by Mail?!

June 7, 2010

A new week is upon us, and fresh data stories will be posted, shortly.
I had an interesting weekend, starting with receiving a package in the mail on Friday.
It was an odd shaped package.  Once I got through the packaging, I discovered this:

(Organic!)
Now, you may be thinking, “CwG(Scott) has coffee drinking issues, he is now ordering his coffee by mail!”
Well, I did not order the coffee, but a reader of the blog actually sent it to me!
Many of you have probably seen his comments on different stories I have posted, the reader is Nicodemus_at_Nite.
The coffee is Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast Dark Roast.  The description of it reads, “RICH, BOLD and BRIGHT”.  The “BRIGHT” description definitely applies to the beans, as they are the shiniest beans I can remember seeing!
(Shiny!)
Trader Joe’s organic blends are now Nicodemus_at_Nite’s coffees of choice.
Nicodemus at Nite runs his own blog, NicodemusatNite.Blogspot.com.  It is not a gaming related blog, but more of a spiritual blog.  When I asked Nicodemus_at_Nite, why he named his blog that, he said, “It is based off of John 3.  It is my favorite conversation Jesus had with someone, and I relate to Nicodemus.  He thought he was a know-it-all, and I still do.”
Nicodemus_at_Nite may not blog about video games, but he does enjoy them.
I asked him what his favorite video game of all time is.
He said, “Probably Final Fantasy 3 for the SNES.
I then asked him what his favorite video game is, currently.
He said, “Left 4 Dead 2.
He plays the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2, and plays about two hours per week; usually on Saturday and Sunday.
Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast is the first organic coffee that I can remember having.
I thank Nicodemus_at_Nite for sending me the coffee, it is greatly appreciated!
Will it make my “coffee of the month” for June?  I guess we’ll find out at the beginning of July!
Questions:
Have you ever had an organic coffee?  If so, which blend and did you enjoy it?

>Coffee by Mail?!

June 7, 2010

>A new week is upon us, and fresh data stories will be posted, shortly.
I had an interesting weekend, starting with receiving a package in the mail on Friday.
It was an odd shaped package.  Once I got through the packaging, I discovered this:

(Organic!)
Now, you may be thinking, “CwG(Scott) has coffee drinking issues, he is now ordering his coffee by mail!”
Well, I did not order the coffee, but a reader of the blog actually sent it to me!
Many of you have probably seen his comments on different stories I have posted, the reader is Nicodemus_at_Nite.
The coffee is Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast Dark Roast.  The description of it reads, “RICH, BOLD and BRIGHT”.  The “BRIGHT” description definitely applies to the beans, as they are the shiniest beans I can remember seeing!
(Shiny!)
Trader Joe’s organic blends are now Nicodemus_at_Nite’s coffees of choice.
Nicodemus at Nite runs his own blog, NicodemusatNite.Blogspot.com.  It is not a gaming related blog, but more of a spiritual blog.  When I asked Nicodemus_at_Nite, why he named his blog that, he said, “It is based off of John 3.  It is my favorite conversation Jesus had with someone, and I relate to Nicodemus.  He thought he was a know-it-all, and I still do.”
Nicodemus_at_Nite may not blog about video games, but he does enjoy them.
I asked him what his favorite video game of all time is.
He said, “Probably Final Fantasy 3 for the SNES.
I then asked him what his favorite video game is, currently.
He said, “Left 4 Dead 2.
He plays the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2, and plays about two hours per week; usually on Saturday and Sunday.
Trader Joe’s Organic French Roast is the first organic coffee that I can remember having.
I thank Nicodemus_at_Nite for sending me the coffee, it is greatly appreciated!
Will it make my “coffee of the month” for June?  I guess we’ll find out at the beginning of July!
Questions:
Have you ever had an organic coffee?  If so, which blend and did you enjoy it?