I have been promising myself to make a run into Austin's Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning. But Saturday morning would come and I'd rather have another cup of coffee and type on my blog. Judy at the Road to Here is having a Farmer's Market Challenge on July 25 so no more excuses would fly. However, below is just a teaser for the Challenge.
Katz Coffee of Houston, TX, had a booth filled with their small-batch, custom roasted coffee. This long-term coffee drinker could not pass it up; the aroma drifting out from their booth stopped me in my tracks.
The Bat City Blend is a tribute to Austin's world-famous bat colony, residing under the Congress Street bridge, and is the largest, urban bat colony in North America . It is estimated that 1.5 million bats hang out there. :D Katz donates a portion of the proceeds to Bat Conservation International.
This blend is named after the Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg, Texas. It is a pink-colored granite dome, rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside and covering 640 acres. Tonkawa Indians believed it was inhabited by ghosts and that a Spanish conquistador had placed a spell on it. The park has many popular hiking trails; rock climbers love it; there are plenty of camp sites and is great for backpacking. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Friends of Enchanted Rock for preservation and improvements to the park.
I was only going to try the first two blends until I discovered that two were $8.00 or three for $10.00. Well, who can pass up a bargain? I picked this one because whoever heard of a Jumping Mouse expresso blend? We do not have an expresso machine but was assured the taste would be just fine in a regular coffee pot.
Katz's brochure has some interesting coffee facts:
Coffee is the most traded product in the world after petroleum.
Americans consume more than 300 million cups of coffee every day.
The expression "a cup of Joe," was coined during WW II, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.
Coffeehouses were the meeting place of choice by our founding fathers during the revolution.
Click over to Katz's site for more coffee trivia. If you are adventurous, order some coffee. I have my coffee grinder sitting out by the pot, ready for use in the morning.
Until next time, God bless.