Docent Coffee

When I saw this bag picture, the first thought I had was… “damn this looks like Madoka art when witches.”  Anyways I am extremely behind on coffee posts.  Previous coffees and a two week trip (where I also picked up more coffee) will have me super caffeinated in the following months to come.

This “month’s” post (and I use that term VERY loosely) comes from Docent Coffee.  The beans are from Ethiopia’s Guji region.  I’ve had these beans from the region before.


When I make my latte, the flavors are uniquely different.  I get this sweet honey flavor mixed in with super ripe and sweet pineapple.  That pineapple flavor actually reminds me of the sweetness from Taiwanese pineapple.  After the first sip, the latte morphs into a delicious milk chocolate.  Strangely enough, the colder this latte (by adding cold milk),  the more delicious it actually is

Jet Lag….

I find jet lag to be a pretty funny biological circadian anomaly.  For me, it feels like it generally takes up to two weeks to fully adapt to the “normal” circadian rhythm of the timezone.  Just coming back from a trip across the Pacific, I’m getting my normal 6 hours of sleep yet still waking up at ~4am.


High End Stereo System

As a music junky who enjoys alot of different musical genres, listening to a proper high end music setup is a pretty unique experience. Unfortunately the music selection is pretty sparse. The CD I was listening to was a “Greatest Hits of Andre Bocelli.”

The inside speaker system (Focal) were the only ones hooked up. I don’t know why there’s a second outer one. But the Focal speakers handles the mid and upper ranges pretty well. The notes were crisp and clear. Con te partiro with Sarah Brightman really brought out the musical range. The bass ranges were not pushed enough for a good assessment.

I should bring some CDs next time with more of a musical emphasis… Hamilton anyone?

Overselling HSR Tix

How do you frustrate travelers? By overselling non-reserved tickets.

As background the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) mirrors the Japanese Shinkansen. The trains speed through the Taiwanese country-side from north to south in about 2 hours. That’s approximately 400 km. Each train line contains 12 cars of which cars 1-7 for patrons who reserve seats. Cars 8-12 are non-reserved, first come first serve seating.

Because of a National Holiday, the HSR was packed full of travelers. And as it turns out, they over sold the non-reserve seating so much that to compensate for the overflow, the HSR authorities opened up the reserve cars to non-reserved with a small caveat…. Non-reserved ticket holders can only stand.

For a traveler after crossing the Pacific, having to stand for 2hrs is an annoyance. But to oversell something is just gross stupidity in my opinion.