It’s National Coffee Day! Who Knew?

So I had no intention of getting out of the house and going to Oddly Correct today (only the best coffee in Kansas City–or maybe the world?). But then quite by accident I found out that today is National Coffee Day! So how cool is that? And how appropriate that it’s on a Monday!

So here I am, and today it’s something new again. A latte. And I don’t mean some frozen stuff or instant weirdness or pre-bottled concoction. I mean a real latte and yum yum yum! So creamy! And delicious! And yum! It’s coffee!

According to Wikipedia…. International Coffee Day (also known as Coffee Day or National Coffee Day) is an annual event observed on September 29 in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking. Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion.

While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association and first celebrated in 1983. In the United States the name “International Coffee Day” originates from “National Coffee Day”, which was mentioned publicly as early as 2005. The name “International Coffee Day” was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which called a press conference on October 3, 2009 to celebrate it and to announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival. It was promoted in China by the International Coffee Organization, first celebrated in 1997, and made into an annual celebration in early April 2001. Taiwan first celebrated International Coffee Day in 2009. Nepal first celebrated National Coffee Day on November 17, 2005. Indonesia, which first celebrated National Coffee Day on August 17, 2006, celebrates it on the same day as Indonesia’s Independence Day.

So in honor of that I present you with lots of pretty men drinking coffee. Ignore that old guy at the end! *wink*

And hey! I can recommend both a wonderful novel and audio book that has this awesome guy in it who owns his own coffee shop and is looking for the love of a good man. Check it out!

Happy National Coffee Day!
BG

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Adult Film Star, Hound Dog and Beans! LOL!

So I found this picture of adult film star Chris Rockway (who is so darned sexy) and his dog and I just had to share, especially with how excited I am right now about my new audio book, “Hound Dog & Bean.” And because—look there!—coffee! Hurray!

(I just wish I could have found out the doggie’s name!)

So this morning I’m having a Finca Sinai – Aflredo Baos (not sure just what that means!) which was a prize winner. This coffee comes from the growing region of Palestina, Huila in Columbia. The package states that it has “bright raspberry and lime tones, along with savory cocoa and herb character and a silky mouthfeel.” LOL! I love that! And it is so delish!

Won’t be handing around much this morning as I am heading down the street to visit an ailing neighbor who is about to go through chemo within the next week or so. He needs company and he loves my coffee so I’m taking the pot with me. I love this guy. He is a huge support in my life, has had an ear to listen to me for years (he was there for me when I was with the cheating ex), and now I’m going to be there for him. And yesterday was his 32nd anniversary with his amazing lover.

Then as soon as I get home I attack “Autumn Changes,” the next book in my “Seasons of Love,” series. This book is tough! Two men of vastly different cultures coming together in love. One of them I’ve never seen any MM book tackle. Luckily I work with a large group of people from this culture and they have embraced me and taught me bits of their language and even given me a name!

I leave you with a much sexier picture of Chris Rockway and a reminder to check out my new audio book at Dreamspinner Press!

Love and light to you
And of course remember, leap and the net will appear!
(I very firmly believe that!)
BG Thomas

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Monday’s Coffee Guy

Hello, on this glorious Monday morning and I hope every one is well and happy. It’s another week ahead of us and that means unlimited possibilities! I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

To misquote Harvey Fierstein from “Torch Song Trilogy”: “For those of youse what ain’t yet guessed,” I love coffee.

Now it has to be GOOD coffee. None of this Folgers or Maxwell House crap. And I am not a big fan of Starbuck’s unless it’s a frozen concoction or something like that, and then we’re not really talking about coffee.

And for those of youse who don’t like coffee, let me say that I didn’t like it. At all. Not one bit. But then I was drinking (the few times I drank it) coffee made by companies like Folgers or Maxwell House.

I work this job where I have 12-hour shifts and I have to get up pretty early in the morning, so I started drinking coffee that way. Sometimes I would have to plug my nose and chug it down. But then a Live Journal friend (remember LJ???) taught me about GOOD coffee.

She told me to go to my local big grocery store and look for the section that has those canisters full of coffee beans and you pull down the little lever and the beans go down into a little bag. And then you run the beans through their grinder. She told me to pick a brand, if possible, that was made by a local roaster. So I tried it. I even found some beans that had been roasted only a couple days before and….

OMG! Vive la différence! It was as different as the black pepper you get in a shaker and fresh ground (that second) peppercorns. I was stunned! I couldn’t believe the depths and levels of flavors! It was downright shocking!

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Like this morning? It’s something called “El Eden Typica” and it comes from the growing region of Guerrero in Mexico. The package says it has “strawberry tones, a mead-like effervescence and hints of banana and chocolate. Sound like bullshit? Well guess what? It’s twue! It’s twue! And it is AMAZING! The first “flavor” rolls out over your tongue and then the second hits and you swallow and there is the shimmering after-taste and OMG!

And my local local local roaster has actually taught me to have good coffee without cream or sugar! I would never ever have believed it a few years ago. That place is called Oddly Correct by the way and I highly recommend it.

I talk a LOT about coffee in my book Hound Dog & Bean,” which just came out in an audiobook format by the way! I am extremely proud of this audiobook. It is read by the amazing, openly gay actor Charlie David. He did a wonderful job. I like it even better than his work on “The Boy Who Came In From the Cold.”

Check it out! LOL! I hope you will! Click right here if youse wanna!!

Oh! And check out Oddly Correct’s website too (RIGHT HERE). You’ll be glad you did!

Meanwhile I will be posting hot pictures of hot men drinking coffee a lot from now on. Look for them! And look for my reviews on coffees now and again as well!

Peace my friends,
And remember, leap and the net will appear!
BG Thomas

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