Friday, August 7, 2009
How do you make your coffee?
Several years ago, after making our yearly OPB donation, we received an unexpected thank you gift of Dancing Goats coffee in the mail. Just months before the coffee beans arrived in the mail, I had purchased a Bodum burr grinder (after a week of research of what was available in our price range). So who knows if it was the discovery of newly ground coffee or if I really was impressed with the flavor of the coffee, but I was smitten with their logo and legend. And so I continued to purchase their coffee through the mail for the following 3-4 years. The UPS man knew exactly what was in that box!
I tried out most of their blends and specials and gave bags of their coffee and even their coffee cups to family during the holidays. During a trip North, N and I made a point of visiting their coffee shop when we were in Olympia 2 summers ago. I was a full fledged Dancing Goats fan--without the t-shirt.
Then came the day when they raised their prices and eliminated their coffee club. My affection dimmed and began to wither. I started noticing the bags of freshly roasted coffee at Costco. It was impossible for me not to start calculating the savings per pound as well as the lack of shipping cost. Good-bye Dancing Goats, hello Seattle Mountain Coffee! I haven't looked back since . . . well, except for today when I followed a link from their most recent email and noticed they've improved the design on their t-shirt. Maybe I'll get that tee after all!