Category Archives: Christmas

Where in the World Is Wilson Hines

Anybody remember the computer game called “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?”  I played that thing on a RadioShack Tandy back in the day!  And I OWNED it!  I could beat it ten ways each day!  🙂

I guess some people are asking where I am and what I am doing.  I have a few answers:

  • It isn’t work that is keeping me from posting quality information to my site.
  • It isn’t a lack of quality coffee (will reference some later in the post).
  • It is Twittering.  There is the whole blame.

The last post was the 21st of December.  I have found that Twitter is a fantastic tool for “Micro-Blogging” and I have been using it more and more every day.  On the mobile, at the desktop and checking the DMs constantly.  I “tweet” about anything and everything, coffee included.

Christmas was special.  We really had a good time this year.  I love Christmas and we try to make it a special coffee experience every year, as well.  This year, as previously posted, we went across the pond to the United Kingdom and purchased a fantastic group of coffees from @SquareMile Roasters in London (see there I go twittering).

The coffee Square Mile sent us was fantastic.  The Los luchadores Espresso was surely in a class by itself.  Everybody knows I like Toscano from CCC and this espresso was just as good and in some respects, better.  The Santa Rita Natural was just that: Natural.  Really full of flavor.  I even sneaked a espresso shot of that COE and it was great just as a SO espresso.   While there wasn’t anything wrong with the  El Portillo, it just wasn’t the Santa Rita!  It was great, please don’t misunderstand me.  But, the Santa Rita just kept coming back to us.

We surely enjoyed our time with their coffee and the shipping was great too; eight days to the Eastern United States off of roast.  I think that is perfect timing for some degassing and such.

Since running out of the Square Mile, the wifey and I have been going to Raleigh every 10 days or so and buying whatever strike our fancy up at Helios Cafe in downtown.  They serve Counter Culture Coffee.

Thanks for the visit and enjoy your coffee for the day!


Espresso & Childs Play


The girls received a ceramic “tea set” for Christmas. I have already instructed the wife to double up, at $4 per set you can’t go wrong :).

Look how tiny they are. I just proclaim it is tea party time and the girls come running. Anna will usually say “Is it tea or espresso?” I fess up and they don’t care, espresso it is!

I am having trouble with my camera. I can’t figure it out right now, I have too much going on. But, once I get it right, I am going to redo a lot of these coffee related pics.

A hidden message in Jingle Bells

Get your speakers turned up, because the volume is a bit low and watch the screen.  It is an analysis of the “Jingle Bell” Christmas song and played backwards you can clearly tell there is an attempt at physiological weirdness.

Your comments welcome:

Christmas Espresso Order 10 lbs!

I am only using one of the machines, of course.  I still need to plumb it in and get the electricity going (220v) to the machine.  All that is going to be done by the end of the week.  I just made my holiday coffee order with Crema Coffee Roasters on the phone.  10 lbs of a special espresso he has been working on behind the scenes.  It is allot like Espresso Toscano to me, real nice and buttery.  Also, two lbs of something nice for the family that doesn’t really want espresso, but wants some coffee: Ethiopian Yirg, medium roast.

I won’t use 10 lbs at my gathering, as there isn’t that many people there that is espresso, capp and latte nuts; but there will be plenty served.  There will be about 20 family members and only about 10 adults.  But, I need some time leading up to the 24th to learn the machine and the espresso in my machine.  And on the 25th many of my family members will be back in the house to see what the kids received for Christmas that morning.  So, the “training” and the ten or so the night before and then five or six the big day is enough to warrant 10 lbs I think.

I just wish I had a real nice grinder like a Mazzer Mini or a Mazzer Super Jolly.   My Kitchen Aid Pro Line Grinder sucks for this particular job.  No doser and it is just not a volume grinder.   But, I will use it for the time being.