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

September 26, 2012

The Bloglist Is Updated

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

December 24, 2008

Holiday Greetings From The Johnsons


December 5, 2007

Smelling The Coffee Featured in Nerd of the Week

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July 16, 2007

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March 20, 2007

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December 24, 2006

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ...

From the Johnsons!

November 7, 2006


My server is under a Denial of Service attack so you probably aren't seeing this...


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October 20, 2006

The T-Shirt Store Is Open!

Just in time for Christmas and the Holiday Season!


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February 24, 2006

Blog Stuff

I'm in one of my typical blogging postures - parked outside a Starbucks, with a fresh Peet's coffee. Peet's doesn't offer wireless but I can get it here in the Starbucks parking lot. It has been a busy time at the pesky day job, and the cold is still going on, both of which have been keeping me from blogging much here, and I'm looking for people interested in sharing this blog. Let me know if you love coffee, tea, dark chocolate and are intereted.

Meanwhile I tried a special Ghiradelli dark chocolate the other day -- that I can't find on their website! I'm pretty sure it was a 72% cocoa bar, that I got at a local specialty shop. It was very, very good.

So, darn it, I'm ging to have to go back to the same place and buy another bar to taste so I can write about it here! The trouble I go to!

February 1, 2006


Thanks rantavation 3.0,

Coffee, tho, is the only thing that keeps me coherent, especially after two straight months of rain in Portland.

And wind…did I tell you about the wind that only blows at night into my windows, rattling them all night, keeping me awake?

Thanks Out of Context!

Thanks Burb Rocking,

I just recently started using a percolator, and wondering how the hell the drip coffeemaker ever became popular. It seems to be the evolution of coffee machines, though, doesn't it? They keep getting bigger while making ever smaller quantities of coffee.
Thanks Banana Slug,
I would probably give my left foot for a cup of Peet's right now instead of this watery, disgusting tasty and delicious FUJIMATA HEAVY INDUSTRIES brand coffee.
Thanks Modulator,
Currently I'm drinking coffee and am headed to the kitchen to brew a pot of Tully's Dutchman's Blend...I haven't been all that happy with the flavor or punch of the Peet's Major Dickason's Blend that also sits in the freezer.
Thanks Politics in the Zeros

Thanks Slice O' Life.

Thanks Jacob at Eternal Recurrence!


Thanks Shakeseare's Sister

Thanks Shakeseare's Sister for welcoming Smelling the Coffee!

Thanks Pharyngula

Thanks Pharyngula for welcoming Smelling the Coffee!

Thanks Suburban Guerilla

Thanks Susie at Suburban Guerilla for welcoming Smelling the Coffee!

January 31, 2006

Thanks Digby!

Thanks Digby for welcoming Smelling the Coffee. Some of the best comments following your post:

"I may just bookmark that blog and give up all the political ones. I'm not sure I can take many more days like yesterday. The state of this country is killing me."

"Coffee?Hell, the way things are going we should be blogging about alcohol. Of course, only the finest single malts and armagnacs ... white wine is for old-school Democrats: the new realists drink grappa and marc."

"Heh-heh-heh<. I remember my first coffee press . . . and my first bicycle, and my first kiss, and all that other kid stuff . . .
Real coffee? You can't handle real coffee.
Equal parts rain water and fine grind, heated to a rolling boil in a cast iron pot, left out to cool for the morrow's dawn, then strained through unwashed denim and four inches of beach sand.
Reheat, and add salt to taste.
I have no hair anywhere on my body.
I have a kitten, but it doesn't move anymore."

Continue reading "Thanks Digby!" »

January 29, 2006

Thanks Pacific Views

Thanks Pacific Views: for welcoming Smelling the Coffee!

Thanks Lean Left

Thanks Lean Left for welcoming Smelling the Coffee.

January 27, 2006

Thanks Winds of Change

Winds of Change has a great coffee post welcoming Smelling the Coffee, and you should breeze over and look at.

This could be the time to mention that I don't drink coffee, and that one of my favorite books is Mark Helprin's "Memoir from an Antproof Case" - which is about a man who is (legitimately) psychopathic about coffee.

And coffee, of course, a drug, a filthy, malodorous poison and entirely destructive addiction, has vanquished the human soul, spoiled innocence, and destroyed childhood. It is virtually omnipotent: I have never convinced anyone, no even one person, not to drink it.
And you won't convince ME not to drink it, either. I try not to ever let myself get more than maybe 3oo years from a Peet's.

Thanks Tom

Tom of Opinions You Shoud Have is of the opinion that you should Grab a cup of joe and stop on by. So that's an opinion you should have.

January 26, 2006

Thanks skippy

Thanks to skippy the bush kangaroo for welcoming Smelling the Coffee.

January 24, 2006

Some Blogs

At Coffee and Caffeine Blog, Coffee may up female libido. That's OK with me if it does that.

There's quite a Recipe carnival at Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea

Badgett's Coffee eJournal has a story I also saw at Engadget about kiosks coming to Starbucks, so you can download music to your iPod (or other device) for 99 cents.

Is this post JUST a Peet's ad?

And a (fair trade) Chocolate Fantasy Party at green LA girl! AND Coffee Crisis Series.

LOTS of good music at Keep The Coffee Coming.

January 17, 2006

Now What?

OK ... now that that's out of the way, what do you want me to write about? Leave a comment, or send me news and tips.

About Us

Jacob Grier is a barista in Washington, DC, and also blogs at Eternal Recurrence. His email address is

Dave Johnson is a researcher and writer in Redwood City, California. He also blogs at Seeing the Forest. His email address is

Smelling the Coffee

Welcome to the new weblog Smelling the Coffee. This weblog will be about coffee (duh!), coffee shops and chains, the coffee-shop experience, and using a coffee shop as an office. (Because I do.)

It will also be about music, and computers, and coffee cups, and recycling coffee cups and will solve the larger issues facing our complex society.

* Written from a Starbucks.


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