Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I found this very cool video on youtube tonight...The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain...this is awesome.
Cheyenne also has a sculptural piece presently being shown at the JM Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
That's an extremely long-winded and clunky intro for what is really just a post about a couple of good cigars.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
WE LOVE MERMAIDS!
She also said,
"This Mermaid LOVES her Stumpjack Mug!
Seriously- I use it every mornin' before my swim~
Your Coffee Lovin' Fire Eating Mermaid.
Check out her very cool MySpace site here.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I did a little online digging and found the following two images, one of the opening title credit to the show, "White Christmas," that Pat was referring to, and one with Bing actually standing in front of that original backdrop. This is the coolest...I love that Pat tips his hat to this classic broadcast, and in such a subtle manner.
In a follow-up email Pat indicates that other images will follow as the piece progresses. I'll post those images when he forwards them. Don't forget, Pat Dinizio is gonna rock Stumpjack sometime in early 2009 (Jan or Feb I believe...will let you know as soon as he forwards his itinerary). It's going to be the event of the year folks, guaranteed fantastic.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Paul also emailed me a link that shows an area of his hometwon of Exmouth live via a webcam atop some building in town...I was able to pan around the town looking at different locations, zoom in or out to get close-ups of people unaware of my spying...made me feel very much like a character in a Robert Ludlum novel. Paul mentioned a couple other things but his writing had such a heavy English accent I couldn't figure out what the hell he was talking about.
If we open a London branch, which ought to be called something like Stumpjack Royal Tea & Coffee Emporium, Paul will be in charge of drinks and entertainment. We'll also be publish our exploits with a newsletter titled "Stumpjack Bullocks."
Ok, time to bugger off...blimey...John Bull...fish and chips...crumpets and what-what...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Larry and Peggy...probably our most dignified friends
(whut da hell are dey doin' in dis joint?)
The new, and still unfinished wine bar.
Nick laying it down
And a great time was had by all... Here's to next year, cheers!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Chapter 1: The "You were a jackass...six weeks ago" Housewife Drama Queen
Chapter 2: The 20-something "He's so hot...I'm moving to Hawaii!" Drama Queen
Chapter 3: The High School "I need to go to that concert or I'll die!" Drama Queen
Chapter 4: The Junior High "I can't stand her anymore!" Drama Queen
Chapter 5: The dog's a male but he's around female humans all day so he has become an irritating drama queen now too
Chapter 6: Dealing with the frequent detours through crazy town
Chapter 7: How to remain a rational man in a household full of irrational women
Chapter 8: Sanity in a Bottle: The properly stocked liquor cabinet for the man living in a drama queen household
Chapter 9: Creative ways to escape without actually having to kill anyone, including yourself
Chapter 10: How to write a journal for your descendants so that they know what hell you went through "back in great, great grampa's day"
Friday, August 29, 2008
Bully Coffee from Puerto Rico
Given that this is an election year I’m going combine a little political trivia with the discussion of coffee. I’m also going to get more openly political than I normally do. I’m going to come out and just tell you who my favorite presidential politician is.
My favorite politician is…Teddy Roosevelt!
Teddy looking determined...and he was.
Yup, he of the old Bull Moose party and Rough Riders fame, who advised “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” and whose popularity inspired the creation of the Teddy Bear. That was a little disingenuous of me to name a past president, but it’s the truth, Theodore Roosevelt truly is my favorite president and as luck, for me, would have it, he was also a passionate coffee connoisseur. His place in the coffee world was secured with two things: one, when he requested that premium coffee from Puerto Rico, which he described as “grand!” be served at official state dinners and functions.
Roosevelt and the boys ready to kick some tail if'n they don't get some Puerto Rican coffee NOW!
Roosevelt chose wisely in requesting Puerto Rican coffee. It has been deemed one of the super premium coffees in the world for over a hundred years, and justifiably so. Puerto Rico shares much the same growing conditions as other coffee growing island countries of the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands. All have the high mountains (1,000 to over 3,500 feet), rich soil and equatorial weather that produce superior coffees. These coffees exhibit what is known as an “island profile,” a cup that is, generally speaking, incredibly smooth, very low in acid (described and tasted as brightness or bitterness) and well balanced with an almost buttery mouthfeel.
"You there! Get me a cup of Stumpjack Coffee now, dadburnit!"
Freshly roasted Puerto Rican, at an upper medium, full city roast, produces a distinct and delightful cocoa aroma for the first few days following the roast. It is not a coffee that rocks you with overpowering flavors or boldness. It’s soft, creamy and oh-so-smooth; a wonderful brew for people who either can’t drink a lot of coffee because of things like acid reflux or who just aren’t into bolder coffees. You may detect a gentle sweetness in the cup, and its mildness makes it the one that I enjoy best in the evening.
After drinking Stumpjack Coffee Roosevelt is in joyful mood and waves to crowd.
Puerto Rican coffee is, in fact, very similar to the famous Jamaican Blue Mountain (JBM). JMB has been marketed more effectively than Puerto Rican, but both compare very favorably in terms of taste, aroma and texture. At one time, however, Puerto Rican coffee was the premier coffee in the world. During the mid to late 19th century Puerto Rican was the most expensive coffee on the planet, and set a standard of quality that other premium coffee growers aspired to achieve. At our shop we only partially joke that “Puerto Rican is the coffee that the pope drinks.” At one time that was in fact the case, as it was indeed the coffee consumed at the Vatican, as well as by royalty and heads of state throughout Europe and the U.S.
However, a couple of hurricanes in the late 1800s crushed Puerto Rico’s coffee industry. The slow recovery following that devastation, along with certain political influences and the increasing profitability of the island’s sugar cane industry, were too much to overcome and the country never reclaimed its former dominance in the coffee world. That’s actually good news for us today. The coffee is as outstanding as ever and yet does not generally command the same prices as other similarly excellent island coffees. To be sure, it is not cheap, at anywhere from $20 to $28 or so per pound. But compared to JBM or Hawaiian Kona that both go upwards of $50 per pound it is quite a deal.The other thing that Roosevelt is famous for in the coffee world? After finishing a cup served him from the Maxwell House Hotel in Tennessee he uttered the phrase “It’s good to the last drop,” which became the popular slogan for Maxwell House Coffee.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
They will then be dropped into the snake pit with all of the various deadly vipers that the girls have collected.
Laurie Svatek, mountaintop in Peru (I'm pretty sure she said Peru).
Stumpjack Peru Café at the top of the hill.
Detail...with people in line waiting for a spiced coffee.
That's another one of Marty's cool neon signs in front.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Here's a few pics from a disc Marty just dropped off. He takes tons of pics of anything and everything, and here's his own Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/