September 30, 2011

Lipton Pearl Teabag Not Biodegradable!

I recently tried Lipton Pearl long-leaf tea. It's good. But it comes in those pyramid-shaped teabags, and it turns out they're made of NYLON! You can't put that in your compost bin because it does not break down.

What a disappointment. Of course, I can't recommend this tea, and can't buy it again.

What is the matter with these companies?

At they get it, too, Review of Black Pearl Tea,

Surprisingly different from Lipton teabags, and surprisingly high quality. Rich, malty aroma, some bitterness in the aftertaste but smoother up front. A remarkably pleasing, full-bodied tea. I recommend brewing for about 3 minutes...more and it becomes too tannic.

My main complaint about this one, like all of Lipton's pyramid teas, is the nylon teabags that are not biodegradable. Why can't they get this right?

April 24, 2010

Coffee Party

You've hear about the Tea Parties. Everywhere you go you have to hear about the Tea Parties. Well, guess what, there is an alternative - and it actually has more members and holds more events. You just don't hear about them...

Coffee Party | Wake Up and Stand Up,

The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

December 8, 2008


Dancimals by my wife, Sudeep. Click any image to go see:


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JUST in time for Christmas!

May 15, 2008


December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays

Espresso left us this year, but now she has all the muffins she could want.

Buddy still has to suffer indignities...

Happy Holidays from the Johnsons!

December 14, 2007

Gift ideas for coffee and cocktail lovers

Stuff I've enjoyed this year...

PUG! Muddler -- Your friend probably doesn't need a muddler this big, but damn, it's cool. Also good for beating down that unruly house guest who's had a few too many mojitos.

Eva Solo brewer -- Brews like a French press, but with style. This is what I use every day at my "desktop coffee shop" now that I'm in a think tank instead of working as a barista. The advantages over a traditional press are the modern design, insulating jacket, and drip-free pour spout. It's questionable whether these marginal improvements are worth the hefty price tag, but it's a great coffee maker.

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June 22, 2007

“This coffee has gone where I want to go.”

Coffee beans taken to the edge of space in a research balloon by JP Aerospace, and sold on E-Bay to help fund their "PongSat" program. From their website:
"JP Aerospace is a volunteer-based organization achieving cheap access to space by just doing it. We are an independent space program."
From their press release:
On June 2, a small bag of specialty coffee beans played the part of test pilot.

The “Bean Me Up” bag of roast flew to 92,000 feet onboard a high altitude research balloon.

The balloon was flown by JP Aerospace, an independent space program. In addition to the coffee, over 300 student experiments were carried aloft. Lifting off shortly after dawn, the balloon climbed 800 feet per minute. As it headed upward, the temperature dropped to 82 degrees below zero, and the sky slowly turned black. When it reached high enough where the Earth’s horizon is curved, the balloon burst. The coffee and experiments fell together at over Mach one back toward the desert floor. The parachute opened, and the package touched down ten miles from its starting point.

“This coffee has gone where I want to go,” says John Powell, President of JP Aerospace.

The high-flying coffee is now being auctioned off on eBay to raise money to support the PongSat program.

JP Aerospace has flown advertisements, toy action figures, and mementos to the edge of space to help fund their PongSat space education program.

A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside of a ping pong ball. Students as young as eight are running their own space programs. Experiments range from plant seeds to computers with sophisticated sensors. PongSat are flown at no charge to the students. Thousands of students have been to the edge of space with their PongSats.

Away 33 mission was the ninety-first mission flown by JP Aerospace. JP Aerospace is staffed by volunteers dedicated to bringing space travel to everyone.

A special thanks goes out to Vista Clara Coffee for providing the “Bean Me Up” beans for the flight.

June 11, 2007

Mika Dawson R.I.P.

R.I.P. Michael Dawson

Palo Alto Peet's barista Michael Dawson died of a heart attack during his morning shift May 30.

Everybody knew him. Everybody misses him.

June 7, 2007

Nothing To Do With Coffee

But pretty cool...

AmaZing - More bloopers are a click away

May 18, 2007

Just Because It's Beautiful

You've never seen anything like this.


This is Ray Bethell, 8-time-Multiple Kite World Champion .

He is 79 years old, and this is an absolutely stunning film.


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