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Coke Blak is a Polyester Sweater

We usually talk about big ideas here — and we’ll get back to that tomorrow with some Big News and other vital matters pressing the urban core, and if you are in search of some deeper reading right now, click here — but today we’re going to take a pause that does not refresh as we virtually taste test and review together a new pox upon humankind:

 Coke Blak 

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A Pound of Starbucks Whole Bean Bag Art

It isn’t enough for Starbucks to just offer great coffee. They also provide beautiful bags for some of their best whole bean roasts. Today I am here to celebrate three of my favorite Starbucks bags of art.
Starbucks Bag Art is unique because it covers the entire bag. In the examples below you will see I cut the bag in the back and then pulled apart the sticky seams and ironed the entire bag flat with my bare hands.

Now you can see how the art actually wraps around the entire bag of coffee. This art isn’t a sticker or a sliver of color — the art is the bag and the bag is the art and that makes Starbucks a celebration of the human spirit. 

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Starbucks Whole Bean Coffee Review

I am a big coffee fanatic. This Starbucks Whole Bean Coffee review will share my thoughts and feelings about the following coffees that I have been tasting over the past few months. I prefer Whole Bean over pre-Ground because the taste is fresher and persistence of effervescence is protected.

I grind the beans moments before the heated filtered water touches the beans’ rare internal essence. Each mini-review below begins with the title of the coffee, the price per pound and a blurp from Starbucks explaining the background of the coffee. I then share my take on the reality of the taste experience and if the description matches the truth on the tongue.

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Jay J. Armes: Private Eye with No Hands

One of my favorite books growing up was Jay J. Armes, Investigator: The World’s Most Successful Private Eye written in 1976 and published by Macmillan. I remember holding the hardcover book in my hands and wondering how the man on the cover, Jay J. Armes, was able to shoot a gun with hooks for hands.

Jay J. Armes

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The Shared Legacy of a Solitary King

No blog that tries to address issues in the urban core can let Martin Luther King, Jr. Day pass without a deliberate salute to a man who dedicated his life to improving keystone images in an Urban Semiotic.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Crisis in Coffee Culture

In Nebraska, if you want a “black coffee” you order a “regular coffee.”

In New York, if you order a “regular coffee” you get a “coffee with milk and sugar.”

In Nebraska, if you want a “coffee with milk and sugar” you say, “I want a coffee with milk and sugar.”

In New York, if you want a “black coffee” you say, “I want a black coffee.”

This crisis in coffee culture affected a young Nebraska actress so much she left New York after a year and found success on a Los Angeles-based Soap Opera where she could order a “regular coffee” and get what she wanted.

Jamaican Blue Mountain Estate Roast

I have only two vices. Drinking coffee is one. This blog is the other. I never did illicit drugs. I don’t drink much alcohol. I never smoked. I drink at least a pot of coffee a day. I post at least one entry in this blog a day. A pot of coffee on my brewing machine says it equals 10 cups, but those aren’t normal cups. We all know the coffee standard for a “cup” is really a mug and a proper mug holds two “cups” of coffee so I’m really only having five “cups” of coffee a day in Man Math.

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