It’s 11 days into February and 11 days since I made some personal goals to improve my general satisfaction in life. While this blog is primarily a coffee blog, it’s still a personal one and I intend on posting items such as, say, my recipes on cured salmon & braised pork belly.Read More
We’re one full month into 2013 and for this week’s post, I’m taking a look at my drinking, eating, and making consumption in January.
So that idea that I wanted to try a new roaster (designated by NR) every month more than succeeded. Favorites are designated by asterisks. What did I drink/eat/make this month?Read More
Most people throw away their retail bags of coffee once they’re through with the beans. I tend to keep all my bags. Design fascinates me in every way, coffee packaging included. I’m a fairly visual person. I believe that branding and coffee packaging is just as important a consideration for a coffee roaster as the name, location, and bean quality. But that’s for another post. This post is about what I did with these bags that I’ve been saving for the last three years.Read More
I read a lot of articles in my spare time. I figure that most people probably don’t enjoy tech, fashion, or random Chicago events like I do, but what the heck. Maybe you’ll like my curation of articles that I found interesting through the week:Read More
I didn’t write the above note, but it does represent my emotional turmoil pretty well. I’ve been refraining from writing here, because I feel like my posts need to be thoroughly thought out, with relative content, and to a defined niche market. That’s what I keep reading about, anyway. But then I realized that there was TOO MUCH information out there and all of it- the contradicting advice, the people who claim to be ‘experts,’ the incredible amount of topics to cover- was stopping me from writing. Screw SEO, relative content, and a targeted audience. I’m currently writing for myself and if someone else wants to read about it, so be it.Read More
In full disclosure, I used to work for Groupon. But this could really just apply to any job you feel unfulfilled in. In the end, I left not because of the media’s constant criticism of the company, but because the job was no longer a good fit for me. If you’re looking for articles on reasons to sell your stock or give it bad press, you should probably stop reading now.Read More
I’m a pretty picky coffee drinker. So when my coffee beans go two weeks over the roast date, I just don’t want anything to do with the beans anymore. Unfortunately, this means that at my very slow pace of drinking one cup a day, I tend to have coffee leftover. What do I do with the leftover coffee beans? I bake! Recipe for the fudge is after the jump.
Here’s my supereasy recipe for making fudge. Makes 24 servings.Read More
I was at a friend’s place yesterday, sitting on the roof, contemplating the skyline. I find skylines, especially at night, very calming. Meditative. The clouds move in, creating layers that light pollution reflect on. Hanging out on a rooftop with friends with nothing but the sky above you often gets people talking about life.
His mom was visiting that weekend and when we moved downstairs into his place, she commented with the breeze of an older person’s wisdom,
You will never be as smart as you are right now.
I can’t believe this. After two years of not updating this blog, I’ve all of a sudden, in one night, decided to publish three blogs. Three. I must be insane. But I can see the defense for it: personal coffee reflections (this one), Chicago coffee consumers who just want events and without too many opinions (Chicago Coffee Scene), and lastly, the business one (Caffentures).Read More
If you’re a coffee elitist like me, you balk at using beans more than two weeks past the roasting date. But what if you don’t finish it all? I usually pawn them off to friends who aren’t as picky as me. All that coffee gone to waste. Why not put the beans in food?
I’ve always loved baking. And what’s bettter than adding coffee to the mix? Coffee-flavored food items (ice cream, cheesecake, chocolates) seem to run high on my list of favorites. If given the choice between a mocha cheesecake and a fruity one, I pick the mocha. Anyway, I’ve been craving some snickerdoodles lately and finally had some time to make them. Never made them before, but hey, why not add some coffee, too? So here’s my recipe for some yummy snickersprodoodles.
About Jenn Chen
I'm a San Francisco-based coffee marketer: digital strategist, writer & photographer. On the side, I munch on donuts & think of new ways to make you look stunning online.
You can reach me here or on Twitter.
eat / drink coffee / write / travel
>>>> all in one.