Coffee Shops


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Happy National Coffee Day.  I assure you, I didn’t plan this post for this day.  I am just not that clever or organized.  And didn’t even know it was National Coffee Day until some people mentioned it in the comments (edited to add this)

I was recently received this Peet’s Coffee for review as part of my relationship with FoodBuzz as a Featured Publisher

Peets Coffee and tea mug and Cafe Solano and Cafe Domingo bags

A perfect gift in the mail for me.  Never met a coffee I didn’t like.  Some are better than others, but ya know.

The Cafe Solano and Cafe Domingo are both delicious.  Medium bodied, crisp, but full of flavor with hints of sweetness.  Perfect everyday coffees.

Bag of Peets Coffee Cafe Solano

I have always loved Peet’s.  I had never tried Peet’s until about 8 or 9 years ago when I was in San Francisco and stumbled upon a Peet’s coffee shop so I walked in.  I didn’t know at the time what a serendipitous happenstance that was.

What I admire and enjoy about Peet’s is that their coffee quality is excellent.  They handcraft their coffee in smaller batches with higher quality beans, and I can really taste the difference.  Always rich and smooth, just the way I like my coffee.

This quote from their website says it all “His style of coffee was a radical departure from what was then available, emphasizing smaller batches, freshness, superior quality beans, and a darker roasting style that produced coffee with richness and complexity”

Two thumbs up for the coffee they sent me as well as this reusable mug.

Peets Coffee and Tea Mug

If you are ever near a Peet’s coffee shop, go in and try a cup. Not only for the coffee, but because their coffeeshop atmosphere, is fabulous.

Outside Peets Coffee and Tea storefrontOr if you live in San Diego, pull up a chair on the patio.

The vibe is calmer and less rushed compared to other coffee shops.  And none of  that being so crammed at the cream and sugar station that you want to run for the door as fast as possible.

Peets Coffee and Tea storefrontAnd as a bonus: The baristas at Peet’s don’t scream out your order or any other patron’s orders at the top of their lungs.  Because who really cares that a stranger named Susan ordered a venti sugar free vanilla four pump soy latte with extra foam.

What am I going to use the coffee for?

You guessed it

Vanilla Iced Coffee

Vanilla Iced Coffee in glass

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Pumpkin Spice Lattes in orange mug

Or just…drinking as is

Love your coffee as much as I do?

Chute going into coffee can

Check out this post for reviews and mentions of dozens of varieties and brands of coffee that I’ve sampled

And what will I pair my coffee with?

Oh that’s easy dessert because cakes, bars, or cookies just go with coffee, right?

White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting stacked


Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies


1. Have you ever tried Peet’s Coffee?  What’s your fave brand of java?

2. If you order coffee from a coffee shop, do you ever drink it there, or do you grab it and go?

What I enjoy about Peet’s is that they take time to give you a great cup of coffee and make the atmosphere as nice as the coffee and for me, that counts for almost as much as the product itself.

I’ve mentioned recently that for me atmosphere matters.  It was regarding hair salons.  But coffee shops, hair salons, clothes shopping, or really any business, I don’t want to linger if the vibe is not soothing or tranquil or peaceful.

Too much shouting, banging, music blaring, people bumping into me, tons of hustle and bustle, nah, not my something I enjoy anymore so I avoid those types of establishments and businesses.

I wish, however, that I had time to just linger in coffee shops.  To just sip my coffee, savor the moment, people watch, and watch the world pass me by.  Ahhh, those are fantastic memories of my single life and pre-kiddo days.  And with memories, I mean distant memories.

Nowadays, life is too busy and rushed for me to stop and smell the roses smell the coffee beans and just plop down with my coffee and a book, magazine, or just zone out at a coffee shop.  But I want to make time for that again.

The closest I get to chilling at coffee shop are during meetups with friends like Marla, Amber, or Madeline (<–also distant memories with those meetups, sniff sniff)

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