Saturday, December 22, 2007


Coffee doesn't taste very good to me lately. I'm thinking of giving it up for awhile but my timing couldn't be worse because at present, we have enough coffee beans to open a small coffee shop - or to last us for at least three or four months.

I have always been perverse.

We have a pound of coffee beans from a caffe in North Beach, which I love for the ambiance, old men in black turtlenecks speaking Italian, Tony Bennett on the sound system, cannoli in the glass cases. We also bought a pound of their Sicilian espresso beans right before six pounds of various coffee beans arrived from Gevalia, which sent us three shipments in the same week. I called them to explain that it was rather a lot of caffeine for two people to dispose of and to cancel all future shipments.

Two days later, a fourth shipment arrived, another two pounds of coffee beans. I called them again.

I was probably too jittery to make any sense, though.

Our freezer is getting pretty crowded.


Maddy said...

Resistance is futile when you're an addict - or that just me?

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"which takes you straight to my new blog.

RED MOJO said...

Mmmmm, I love coffee. I also love the italian restaraunts in North Beach. Baltimore has a really good Italian section too, so does Hartford. I'm sure there's a large section of New York too, I haven't experienced it yet, but it's got to be there.

Josie said...

I love coffee and I love cafes where old men are sipping espresso out of little cups, and Tony Bennett or Pavarotti is playing in the background. Coffee is one of those necessities of life that I could of having. It has to be good coffee, though, not (definitely not Starbucks. *shudder*

Josie said...

I need a cup of coffee. I meant to say "Coffee is one of those necessities of life that I could never tired of having." It made absolutely no sense.

Rachel Schell said...

lol! send me some of those beans!!

I tried the Starbucks Breakfast blend a couple of days ago and I'm in love!!

Jocelyn said...

Here's your solution: make megabatches of New Year's gifts for friends and family--all coffee flavored. Make espresso pots de creme, coffee-flavored coffee cakes (imagine!), espresso cookies, etc. You can use up a lot of your stash without having to ingest the stuff yourself.

All the best this week, friend!

seventh sister said...

You may never sleep again.

Rachel said...

you can donate all that coffee to the local food bank?

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Maybe I'm only a little addicted, which is probably like being a little bit pregnant.


Little Italy in New York is a wonderful place. I hope you get there soon.


I dislike the whole corporate thing and really love small individual coffee shops.

It made sense to me. Maybe we should both detox.


Come by and I'll make you a pot.


What a wonderful idea. Also something with mocha buttercream icing.

I wish you, Groom, Girl and Niblet a most happy holiday, too!


Small loss. I've been an insomniac far longer than I've been drinking coffee.


I should definitely donate some of it to a good cause -- maybe a support group for narcoleptics.

jstele said...

I wrote a story as a comment to Ian's blog. Thought you might like to read it.

Bleu is me.

Emperor Ropi said...

I hate coffee and I have drunken it once in my life.

Mariposa said...

Can I have some of those beans...or, can I stay at your house 'til I consume them all? LOL

Happy holidays to you...

Nick said...

I love coffee, but only genuine ground coffee. Here in the UK huge numbers of people drink that disgusting instant supermarket coffee which tastes of nothing at all. How they tolerate it I don't know. In Italy anyone drinking instant coffee is seen as a hopeless philistine. Presumably in California also.

furiousBall said...

quit... coffee.... sure, that's fine. i could do it at any time. just not now. or now.

CS said...

I'm drinking my morning coffee as I read this. It's such a small pleasure, why give it up. But you do have to watch out for Gevalia - they are very persistant.

Franki said...

I personally love the perverse side of you.

Merry Holidays Susan!

Palm Springs Savant said...

I LOVE the smell of coffee, but gave up drinking it daily a few years ago. I switched to tea these days...

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I would love to read it but the link doesn't work. Is your story in the comments of one of Ian's posts?


I didn't like it as a child because my parents put sugar in it. Later I discovered that I did like it with just cream.


Sure, come on. I haven't quite given it up yet, although I'm thinking about it. Such things can't be rushed.


We grind it fresh for every pot. I'm very fond of my grinder.

Thank you for your visit. I followed your link home and quite inundated you with comments, I'm afraid.

You've made a new fan!


Excuse me while I go pour myself a mug. It's ready!


Yes, they are, aren't they? Did they think I wouldn't notice being buried under a ton of coffee beans?


Yes, I can see how that would happen. Likes attract.

Happy holidays to you and the boys, Franki!


I switch to green tea later in the day but prefer coffee in the morning. Chai latte works, too - I think it's the cream I crave.

Thank you for coming by!

Nick said...

I loved all your comments. Thank you for visiting!

MsLittlePea said...

Oh I can almost smell it. I usually quit coffee in the summer because I don't like it cold.

meno said...

Quitting coffee right now would be like trying to give up cookies at this time of year.

maybe later, much later.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I loved all your posts. Thank YOU.

Sweet Pea,

I don't like iced coffee either, but in San Francisco, there is no summer.


You're right. It's much too late in life for me to give up coffee or cookies.

Dave said...

Coffee... A morning staple for me... I also enjoy the comapny of good friends in coffe shops... I could do without coffe but why give up something that is soo good! :-)

Have a great Christmas!

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heartinsanfrancisco said...


You're so right. I really enjoy coffee mostly for the sociability of it, and the aroma.

I guess I should rethink this giving it up business.

Adam Brown,

You're a bot. Please crawl back under your rock again.

Thank you.

the walking man said...

Commence to brewing woman I am on my way to save you; guaranteed we'll have you down to a 1/2 pound in a week.



Anonymous said...


God are you good.

Liz said...

That's a LOT of coffee!

In January it'll be two years since I had a cup of coffee, but I still miss it sometimes.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Coffee's on and it's yummy. Better hurry!


I feel like a pirate from olden tymes who hijacked a ship laden with coffee beans and spices from the Indies.

Oh, wait. I did.


Breaking up is hard to do.

Do you count the days like AA folks count their sobriety?

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Holiday blessings to you, Susan

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Thank you so kindly, Nick.

I wish you and Alex a wonderful Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.

The Atavist said...

Is there such a thing as too much coffee? My mouth is watering. I think I'll go upstairs and brew a pot.

Odat said...

Coffee is good, in small quantities....I love a good cup.
Peace and Hope you Christmas was a merry one!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I do love coffee. We are going on a elimination diet at new years, so coffee is off for a while (28 days). We'll see if we make it.

If you want to give it up, it looks like you could share the bounty with your blogging friends - maybe a contest is in order.

Anonymous said...

There must be lots of ways to go through those beans. Let's see, what about forozen coffee on a stick? Whipped coffee as a sidedish? Scrambled coffee eggs in the morning with your. . . coffee?

Ah, who needs steroids and HGH injections, afterall.

Sienna said...

Hearts, I love my coffee.

I love to be first up, just me and my coffee, the brain cells stir and stretch...

Two cup girl, brew my own, strong white, no sugar.

Anything can happen after that and I'm cool.

I had my first ever expresso in Paris, at a sidewalk cafe, ordered it not realising what expresso was.

My teeth rattled furiously for hours, faaaaar out! Black rocket fuel. Left there and skipped off to climb the Eiffel Tower, possessed! :) Probably why people try to jump off the thing, bloody expresso!


heartinsanfrancisco said...


Me, too. It turned out I was a bit premature in thinking I could give it up. That may have to wait until I die.


Oui, d'accord. In small quantities with lots of cream.

My Christmas was lovely, thanks. Yours?


That's a great idea. If I can think of a good contest.


You're equating HGH with coffee? You're scaring me.


I drink coffee the same way you do, lots of cream and no sugar. It seems wrong to start my day with anything else.

I'm really glad you didn't leap off the Eiffel Tower while under the influence. It would be dangerous for me to drink espresso because the Golden Gate Bridge is within walking distance.

WNG said...

There is NO such thing as too much coffee! Send it to me, Hearts, and I'll give it the loving home that it deserves.

Ian Lidster said...

Coffee is my only vice (almost) and I am damned if I am going to give it up -- ever. Booze and tobacco may go, along with fatty foods and too much salt -- but coffee rules!

Anonymous said...

You are just going to have to have Coffee talk at your house for a while. I'll bring the biscotti.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Better yet, why don't you come and drink it with me?

I decided that I really like it too much to give up, but it's way better over good conversation.


YES! I do not drink, smoke, or do drugs, nor am I promiscuous. Coffee seems like little enough to ask in that context, doesn't it?


Oh, now you're talking. I LOVE biscotti and good coffee talk.

How soon can you be here if you stop to pick up Wng and Ian on the way?

storyteller said...

I'm catching up after the busy holiday activities that kept me away from the computer and blog visiting.

Re: coffee beans - I gave up coffee for a few years, but have resumed my "habit" and am enjoying a delicious cup as I type. I suppose you could donate those beans to some "coffee lover" like myself ... or leave them in the freezer until you come to your senses woman. LOL

Give Flip and hug from me and bless that man for making that woman feel pretty (even in an ugly coat).

Re: Fire and smoke - I'm relieved for all of you that this was a false alarm. The 911 system needs some work, but all's well that ends well. Did you ever find out where the smells originated?

Seems like there was something else, but my mind has lost touch with whatever it might have been so I'll stop here.
Hugs and blessings,

heartinsanfrancisco said...


I didn't have enough to send to all my blog buddies who love coffee, but some of it will brighten a few mornings for those who really need it.

Thanks for reading all these posts! Flip has been hugged and we're still not burning down, although my next-door neighbor has returned from her Christmas revelry so it may happen again. Yes, the heavy grease smell seems to emanate from her doorway.

Hugs and blessings to you, too, and a very happy New Year!

katrice said...

Those Gevalia people don't get a hint! They keep billing me for a shipment that I'm sure they probably sent to my old address after I'd moved. Two years ago. They need to indulge in less of their own product.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Have you called their customer service to explain this?

I would do so and demand that they stop harassing you or it will end up on your credit report.

When I called to complain about all the shipments on top of each other, the representative wrote off a couple of them.