Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AKA Shot in the Dark

i visited a coffee house in northern iowa, and ordered two shots of espresso in a regular coffee (a shot in the dark @ homer's). it was called the bellringer. most coffee houses have a unique name for this drink: depth charge, red eye, black magic, etc. what other name have you heard it called?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Typewriter

how many of you writers out there have a cup of coffee next to your keyboard? i know i do. glenn usually has one by his computer in the office too. well get this-- the first typewriter was patented on this day in 1868 by christopher sholes. so let's have another cup of coffee and thank mr. sholes for giving us all something to set our mugs next to while we type.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 173 Year OId Code

let's face it, this blog is a great way to communicate to the masses. you can read it on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. but how did people send messages to each other electronically before the internet or phones? morse code was patented 173 years ago today by samuel f.b. morse. the code is basically a series of dashes and dots for each letter and number. what was the first message sent by the man who patented it?

a) can you hear me now?
b) take me to your leader
c) what hath God wrought?

you'll get double punches if you know the answer today! the answer to monday's trivia is: dancing goats.

Monday, June 17, 2013

In the Beginning...

if you drink coffee every day, you owe your caffeine addiction to a certain animal. according to popular legend, the effects of coffee were first seen in:
a) dancing goats
b) coughing penguins
c) nervous dogs
double punches for everyone who knows the answer today (or tomorrow)!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pour Overs!

laura clark is teaching the staff how to make a new drink at homer's: POUR-OVERS! after the first sip, this amazing hot or cold drink will probably become the go to purchase for coffee aficionados... for real. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak!

maurice sendak wrote and illustrated books for children, and he would have been 85 today. sendak was the author of where the wild things are... and speaking of wild things, you should come by homer's and get your wild berry smoothie today!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

One of Our Neighbors

one of our new neighbors is vinyl renaissance. give me a coffee vinyl combo ANY day! hey, how many bands can you identify on that coffee napkin? get double punches toward a free drink when you tell a barista how many (and which ones) you found! the answer to monday's question is D - all of the above.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Extinct Scones

laura and kelly made some amazing scones to go with coffee this morning: chocolate/white chocolate aka zebra and blueberry/pecan. the zebra scones were the only ones left when i showed up @ 11am. the blueberry/pecan scones went the way of the dodo and the unicorn... only faster.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Just Her Imagination

during the first part of my shift today i had a couple of minutes to sit down with ethel and pilar. pilar wanted me to draw an elephant for her. then she wanted to draw me something. can you tell what it is? is it:
a) another elephant
b) crackers
c) only something a toddler knows
d) all of the above
if you know the right answer you get double punches toward a free drink today!