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Finally! A way to fill YOUR OWN k-CUPS!

Instead of selling pre-filled k-cups, Ekobrew instead is a k-cup filter that you can reuse as many times as you’d like – filling it with whatever brew you prefer. While this does open up many new possibilities, the biggest drawback to the Ekobrew is the loss of the convenience. It took a bit longer from “I think I want to have a cup of coffee…” to actually drinking one.

However (and this is a pretty big deal) the biggest benefit of the Ekobrew and other similar filter options is the decreased environmental impact. K-cups and the Keurig movement have been declared the most “wasteful form of coffee.” Ultimately, these two balance each other out.

Price is another big win. This option has an estimated price tag of $0.20-0.25US per cup, and could be brought down even lower depending on the total life and operating time of the filter.

NOTE: Keurig 2.0 owners who have attempted to use other or older k-cups with no success, have no fear. There is a simple fix (it’ll take you less than five minutes) that will let you work around it. Just search “Keurig hack” on YouTube or check out this one.

Out and About – Santa Cruz

Ocean exploration and fun at the beach is such a good way to relax. Check out these places if you want a snack.

Aptos St. BBQ –  an INCREDIBLE beer selection. The best BBQ you’ve ever had in your life. And live blues 7 days/week from 6-8pm. Location 8059 APTOS STREET, APTOS CA 95003   (831) 662-1721

Pono Grill – for drinks and poki bowls (and often music). Might be a bit more lively depending on the time of day. It’s a traditional Hawaiian eatery bringing you the freshest, most creative and most ‘ono … the  only SC Poke Bar, serving over 15 different types of poke all made to order! Location 120 Union Street, Santa Cruz, California 831-426-PONO

Lulu’s at the Octagon – (at the corner of Cooper and Front in downtown SC), great coffee, art displayed, quirky historic building. location: 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 429-5858

Lulu Carpenter’s at the northern end of Pacific Ave. –  1545 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 95060 (831) 429-9804 Coffee, chai, exotic coffee like Lavender Latte Also check out the Abbey or Verve for coffee.Pacific Garden Mall and many other coffee shops to choose from.

Hoffman’s –  Hoffman’s wants you to check out the FULL BAR!  Brunch, Booze and JAZZ!!!  Delicious Bloody Marys, Mojitos, and a specialty cocktail list that will knock your socks off!


Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista & 3D Latte Art

3D Coffee Art Reaches New, Dizzying Heights

Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who constructs eye-popping works of 3D art using just foam and coffee.

His 3D Latte art is amazing. Within the six years Yamamoto has been working at a coffee shop in Osaka, he’s racked up more than 100,000 Twitter followers obsessed with his latte art.

Thanks Judith and Eileen for making drinking coffee an adventure and letting me in on the fun.


Solar Coffee Bean Roaster

The Hartkop brothers are harnessing the sun to add to their enjoyment of fresh roasted coffee beans. They have developed a business using this idea, Solar Roast Coffee. They now sell 50,000 pounds of solar-roasted coffee in six states and online! As with many innovators, they started in their parents’ backyard in Oregon, using an old satellite dish & 100 plastic mirrors to create heat.