Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coffee at Austin's Farmer's Market

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.


chicamom85 said...

I love teasers, I can't wait for more. I love a Farmers Market.


kate said...

COOL! I want some of that Bat City coffee! I might order some! I LOVE your bats, I was mesmerized by hours not only watching them literally stream out of the Congress street bridge but also by the enormous crowd that gathered to watch them.

A very cool city indeed that makes bat-watching an evening outing. If you guys had salt water we'd move there in a second. -kate


DJan said...

As a true dyed-in-the-wool coffee addict, I would love to try jumping mouse espresso, but they could leave the mice out for my taste. :-)

Austin, in my opinion, is the best part of Texas. My family lives in Fort Worth/Dallas. Is it hot there right now?

Brenda said...

I love coffee!

Lynn said...

DJan, it is been 100 or over for at least 2 weeks, maybe 3 weeks; some days we've had 104 or 105 on our thermometer at 2 PM.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great teaser, I can't wait to see what you have for the challenge.

Jumping Mouse blend, sounds interesting. The Bat City Blend could be really good, I think I'm going to take a look at their website.


Mary-Austin said...

Coffee is my life blood in the mornings!! Did not know of this coffee maker and that it's in Houston! I'm going to have go to check it out and make an order. Thanks for sharing all about it!! I love Farmer's Markets - I just haven't found too many around me. I'm sure there are some...