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Starbucks is a gateway for coffee love

Starbucks is a gateway for coffee love

Starbucks gets a lot of guff from the coffee crowd. Yes, they burn their beans to the point where differences in origins are almost imperceptible to an educated palette. Yes, they concoct calorie-bomb monstrosities and use actual coffee terms like "macchiato" to refer to them, causing no end of irritation and confusion at actual coffee shops. Yes, they're a corporate chain behemoth.

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Monroe Roasters starts free local delivery

Monroe Roasters starts free local delivery

Benjamin and Amanda Spell's Monroe Coffee Roasters is inching ever closer to the public opening of their retail space in the Dockum Building on the northeast corner of Douglas and Hillside. The couple invited me over for coffee, to take a look at their "blank slate" which is about to undergo final construction and to tell me about their subscription and coffee delivery service.

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Coffee coffee table book was a great impulse buy

Coffee coffee table book was a great impulse buy

I'm like you, in that I don't think internet advertising works on me.

I'm like you in that I am completely wrong about that — most internet advertising does not work on me, but there is good, cleverly crafted stuff that works on me.

I'm also like you in that if I have had a drink or two I am capable of exercising poor judgment.

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Downton Abbey Claret an inexpensive royal treat

Downton Abbey Claret an inexpensive royal treat

The show may be coming to a close, but the wine will be here for re-runs.

Are you involved in the Downton Abbey craze? I enjoy the show and often binge watch the series once it's released on a streaming channel. I can't stand watching only on a weekly basis and having to wait to find out what happens. Did Bates really do it? Will Mary marry and who will marry Mary? Will Edith ever be happy for Christ's sake?

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Local coffee roundup

Local coffee roundup

It's been a while since I did a local roundup, so I thought since the sun is out and spring has fallen into our laps you might be ready to crawl out from your burrows and dens and venture into the out of doors. Here's a quick update on what everyone has to offer:

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Sherry can break the ennui

Sherry can break the ennui

My wine drinking seems to be routine right now. Everything picked up recently is a red blend from California. There are many other interesting wines available, and it's difficult to admit I am suffering from "wine ennui syndrome." No, this isn't a real syndrome, but it very well could be in the wine world.

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Hess Chardonnay triggers Pavlovian-like response

Hess Chardonnay triggers Pavlovian-like response

Anyone who lives within two blocks in any direction of my home knows our cat Baxter. He's a wonderfully intelligent gray Chartreux who has a natural smile. I like to say the smile is because we rescued him from the Kansas Humane Society 15 years ago (but it's really a trait of the breed). Baxter is one of those cats that act more like a dog.

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