Jumpy Monkey Coffee

What happens  when monkeys drink too much coffee?  A Jumpy Monkey!  OK ok… that was bad.  January’s Angels cup comes from an aptly titled roaster called Jumpy Monkey.  Aside from the bright red bag (in preparation for the Lunar New Year), it’s a celebration or orange and jasmine aromas from these Kenyan beans.  According to Google, Kichwa Tembo is from the southern area of Kenya near Lake Victoria.  Interestingly around this area is a lot of the nature reserves.


After making my latte, I’m surprised at the subdued flavors.  The citrus and jasmine disappears and what I start tasting is a subtle chocolate, nutty and earthy flavor.  There’s also no lingering after taste.  I wonder how/why aftertastes are “formed” through the roasting process.


Obama’s Final Year

This documentary about Obama’s final year is pretty awesome.  The behind the scenes commentary about Syria, Paris Climate Accord, Iranian Nuclear Deal and even Trump’s campaign and messaging is fascinating to hear.  I think what’s also amazing are Obama’s final thoughts interspersed throughout the documentary on his thoughts about the various topics.  It’s sad to think how the following presidency has dismantled the legacy.


The Money Way of KonMari…

Japanese exports not just anime…. but mindfulness techniques.  First there was the KonMari method which is a mindfulness exercise on how to manage clutter.  Today, I readabout the Kakeibo method which is also a mindfulness exercise on how to manage finances.

One of the KonMari tenets is to decide whether or not an item “sparks joy.”  Reading about Kakeibo, there are 4 questions to answer…

  1. How much money do you have available?
  2. How much do you want to save?
  3. How much money are you spending?
  4. How can you improve?

This kind of makes me wonder… can the mindfulness to eating also be connected like with the KonMari and Kakeibo methods?  Maybe these 4 questions?

  • Am I hungry?
  • Am I eating because food is in front of me?
  • Am I eating because it’s the “appropriate time” to eat aka breakfast/lunch/dinner?
  • Is what I am eating going to make me happy?

Or maybe simplified to just the first, third and last question?

Wildgoose Coffee Roasters

Not part of Angels Cup, I stumbled across an independent coffee shop.  After buying their latte, I found the coffee to be delicious and ended up buying a bag of beans that they used.  Although the coffee shop doesn’t actively roast their own beans, they source the beans from few local/SoCal roasters.  Wildgoose Coffee Roasters comes from Redlands.  Reading the website, these roasters set aside part of the money from selling beans to donate to food banks.


These beans comes from Honduras.  I’ve had very few beans roasted from Central American so these should be a nice treat from the usual Ethiopian beans that I’ve been getting.  Opening the bag, a fruity yet not too nutty aroma greets me.

While making my latte, I noticed that crema foam on top is pretty thick and decided to skim a bit into my mug.  After making the latte, the first sip was pretty amazing.  Berry and floral flavors danced on my tongue.  The after taste after each sip was so delicious that I savored every drop.  Knowing about the roaster’s donating to the food bank, makes this coffee worth getting when I stop by the coffee shop.