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GIVEAWAY! 2 SIGNED PRINTS OF YOUR CHOOSING


I’d like to give one of you, two prints of your choosing. Just like/reblog the image and I’ll select a winner at random on Monday, then ship it out (worldwide) right after.

Pictured: Gilded I and II, Study in Scotch, United States of Swanson, Curious Night, Louis CK, and Katniss. Also available (not pictured but also available for choosing are Golden Age, Eaten, Gilded III, and Ian Mckellen). All prints are 13”x19” on velvet archival paper. Visitwww.samspratt.com if you’d like to see them in more detail.

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters

This morning I had some Kayanza, Barundi coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters on an aeropress. It was delicious. I’ve never had Barundian coffee before, but I was pleased with it. It wasn’t as citrusy as you would expect an African coffee to be. But very enjoyable none the less. Also kudos to Oak Cliff coffee roasters. I was hesitant to try them, but I’m glad I did. I’ll definitely be a repeat customer.

Anjilanaka Organic Bolivia

This is the first in a long line of coffees I’ll be trying and posting about. I just think it will be fun comparing coffees from different roasters around the country and the world and seeing what they have to offer. The first roaster I picked was Intelligentsia Coffee, originally based out of Chicago, because I’ve always heard nothing but good things about them and figured I’d try them out for myself.

I tried the Anjilanaka Organic Bolivia because, well, it was the first one I saw. Honestly they all looked delicious so I just picked one.

It is delicious, in case you’re wondering. Like, woah. The aroma as soon as I opened the bag was overpowering. In a good way. It smelled bright and vibrant, and definitely smelled like a South American coffee. I tried brewing it a few different ways; pour over(Melitta, I don’t have a Hario V60 just yet), French Press, even espresso. But the coffee’s delicacy really pulled through when I brewed it in a Siphon brewer. The other methods were good, don’t get me wrong, but the Anjilanaka is very delicate and light bodied, and I wanted a brew method that would compliment that. The siphon brew method really helps bring out the more delicate notes.

Like I said, Anjilanaka has a very light body, which was refreshing. White grape notes, with hints of apple, finished with a sweet nutty aftertaste, all the while smooth. The website describes a slight honey taste, which I noticed when I looked for it. All in all, I’d say a great cup of coffee from a great roaster. I’ll definitely be back for more.

If you’re curious, here’s the website:
http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/product/coffee/anjilanaka-bolivia 

Let’s try this again.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. But I’m about to get back into this whole blogging thing. I’ll be reviewing different coffee roasters from around the US and giving my thoughts and opinions every week or so, along with other articles and news I stumble upon.

Rooibos.

I’m not narrow minded. Coffee isn’t the ONLY amazing drink out there. How silly. I love drinks in general. So I thought I’d share thoughts on tea too.

Well, one type in particular for this post. 

Rooibos (Roy-Bus) tea. Commonly known as African Red Bush Tea is one of my favorites. It’s good by itself, or with other citrus flavors, or vanilla, or lemongrass. It’s just an all around good tea.

More than taste, which has been described as naturally sweet and slightly nutty, it has many health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants, and is caffeine free. Others have also reported that it helps with acne problems.

That’s really all I have to say. I was just drinking some Rooibos tea and thought I’d share some information about it.

White Rhino Coffee House

There’s just something about a coffee shop set up in a house that makes me so happy. The atmosphere it creates is just so wonderful! Delicious coffee in a warm, inviting atmosphere just can’t be beat. White Rhino is no exception. Located at 230 W. Beltline Rd. in Cedar Hill, Texas it’s just far enough out of the way to feel like you’re actually getting away for a little while.

The atmosphere is incredible. It’s so inviting and cozy. Even if the coffee wasn’t good, I’d keep coming back just for the environment. I can’t stress enough just how well White Rhino has tackled the atmosphere aspect of a good coffee shop.

The coffee is where White Rhino really gets creative. Although I’m not big on flavored brew coffee, they offer a variety that I enjoy, along with a few single origin beans that are notable as well. As far as handcrafted drinks go you’d be hard pressed to find a shop around that has more fun with it. They take lattes and put a delicious flavored twist to it. With drinks like the Sebastian, which is caramel, white mocha, and Irish cream, or the Cold War, which is half and half and a Cubano shot over ice, it’s obvious that the workers have a passion for their work and know how to have fun with it.

The espresso is good. Strong, but not overpowering. In a latte it balances well, having a slightly nutty taste. On its own the espresso and a nice full body, which I love. People have different preferences when it comes to coffee, and I definitely prefer a nice, full body.

Back to the latte, it was very good. Personally, I would have liked a little more foam, but once again that’s my preference. It was smooth, sweet, and had a nice balanced flavor.

All in all, I give White Rhino a 9 out of 10 for atmosphere, and an 8 out of 10 for drink quality. Definitely one of my favorite shops around that I visit frequently. They know what they’re doing, and they do it well.

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