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Before I Forget…

October 21, 2013

In the future I’m going to have to get better at publishing additional posts throughout the week. Because sometimes things happen. Exciting things. Notable things. Interesting things. And perhaps sometimes these things are only exciting, notable or interesting to me. But it’s my blog, dammit.

The problem is that if I don’t post them when they happen, they sometimes fall through the cracks. Like, for example, I just passed a milestone recently, and I didn’t even know it until after the fact.

So today, I’m going to share that. But there is also some exciting news from the past weekend, and a killer event that’s coming up that you won’t want to miss.

First, I have to confess something. My healthy eating program has been going well, but I’m still waiting on the arrival of my new dancing video game. Still, yesterday I let myself go just a wee bit. Young Master Fussy and I went out to try as many flavors of ice cream from a local shop as we could. We probably needed some more help, because we only got through four.

But then I followed dessert with a sandwich. Calling it a sandwich doesn’t really do this thing justice though. It was an eight inch hoagie roll stuffed with deep fried chicken cutlet, deep fried mozzarella sticks, french fries and American cheese. There was also a spicy creamy sauce that really tied the whole thing together. At Hoagie Haven, it’s called the Sanchez, and I have to say it’s better than it sounds.

That epic foray into the rites of New Jersey eating was just one recent milestone.

The milestone I almost missed entirely, however, was my ten thousandth tweet. It was only when I noticed that I had 10,016 tweets that I realized I had crossed over an important threshold in banal observances, offhand gibes, and Yelp check-ins. Why anyone follows me on Twitter remains a mystery. Maybe people like watching to see what kind of trouble I’m going to get myself into next.

Short form doesn’t suit me very well.

As luck would have it, in retrospect, i was pretty pleased with my 10,000th tweet. It was one where I was consoling a fellow coffee lover about a bad coffee shop experience, and one of my little rules about when you should just skip the cappuccino or latte entirely. Indeed, as @carolinedancing said, “Burnt milk is a crime.” Anyway, here it is:

Speaking of coffee, there’s some exciting coffee news coming out of the Capital Region.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2. This free event will give attendees the opportunity to experience the difference roasting makes in how coffee tastes. It’s exceedingly rare to be able to try the exact same beans from the exact same source roasted by the exact same roaster to different temperatures.

These people are serious about getting people to learn about great coffee, and I’m so bummed to be missing this. Seriously, if you are not going to go to this, I want you to send me a note from your mother. I’ll PM you the address if you need it.

All the details can be found in this press release:

Capital Region Coffee Collective Launches Public Initiative With Specialty Coffee Tasting Event on Saturday, November 2nd

Troy, N.Y. – The Capital Region Coffee Collective will hold its first public event on Saturday, November 2nd at the Lucas Confectionery in Troy, N.Y. The goal of the CRCC is to promote the awareness and enjoyment of specialty coffee in the Capital Region. The group intends to spend half of its time arranging public tasting events and the other half holding private educational events for area coffee professionals.

The initial founders of the collective wear the hats of baristi, barista trainers, coffee roasters, green coffee buyers and most importantly coffee lovers employed at a few different coffee shops and business entities in the region. So far the CRCC has met privately each month since May this year to explore palate development through tasting exercises as well as features of roasters across the country.

On November 2nd, the CRCC will present a tasting of one coffee roasted to three different roast levels, displaying a wide range of taste possibility from a single green coffee source. Attendees will have the opportunity to try all three and participate in a group discussion about the coffees.

Future events will occur monthly with public tastings and private professional meetings alternating months in locations all around the Capital Region.

WHO // Capital Region Coffee Collective
WHAT // Public coffee tasting
WHERE // Lucas Confectionery – 12 Second Street, Troy, NY
WHEN // Saturday, November 2nd at high noon
HOW MUCH // Free


I did not get a press release about the Calling All Cooks cooking contest from this past weekend. But I did hear from Randy, who the FLB endorsed, and who many of you helped catapult into the finals.

Well, our special lady friend won. Except she won too much. She vaulted right past the ideal second place finish (shared by myself and Deanna of Silly Goose Farm) and found herself the grand champion of 2013.

Congratulations to her. I’m not expecting a plate of scallops with creamy orzo to be waiting on my doorstep when I return to Albany on July 1. Any time in July would be fine.

Or I suppose she could just show her thanks by helping to promote this coffee event in November. Because finally there are more than two people who are taking coffee seriously in this town. And if we can muster a killer turnout to demonstrate that there is a growing population of consumers who want to appreciate the good stuff, it may soon get easier to find better coffee in the Capital Region.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2013 11:50 am


  2. October 21, 2013 11:53 am

    Also, how do I learn more about the Capital Region Coffee Collective?

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      October 21, 2013 12:42 pm

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, Innae! We will be launching our website and social media profiles by the end of the week!

      Hope to see you on 11/2!

      • October 22, 2013 2:32 pm

        Great! I obviously googled you and couldnt’ find anything right away :) I plan to be there, though there’s the potential I will be late :( please save me a few samples!

  3. October 21, 2013 11:57 am

    My ostensible excuse is that I planned to go to a craft show in Lake George. That’s not a good enough excuse, is it?

  4. October 21, 2013 5:27 pm

    I, for one, am pretty pumped for it.

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