chemex.

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I could drink coffee out of my Chemex every day if I had the time. This time, I tried some local, organic coffee from a roaster in Louisville, KY, that a close family friend sent for the holidays.

It was delicious, to say the least, and served up in vintage mugs made in Syracuse, NY, that of course, I found doing my favorite activity next to making things: thrifting.

 

thrifted.

One of my favorite mugs was thrifted. I think I randomly spotted it in a Goodwill near my home and boom, it was mine. If you know me, you know I kind of have a thing for pigs. I pay homage to all things porcine–delicately placing little pigs in small corners of my world.

I’m not the kind of person that sees something with a pig on it and has to have it. I’m highly selective of my piggy products. There was something about the pig on this mug, and the vintage feel, that had me hooked. It’s one of my favorites to drink coffee out of. In honor of my pig thing, I will be sharing various pig-related items I’ve picked up along the way–mostly through thrifting or antiquing.

Do you have something you sort of collect?

coffee milk.

I drink a lot of coffee. Ridiculous amounts, in fact, which you know, if you’ve been a reader of this here blog for, say, a day. On Saturday, I visited my friend Mack, who lives in Providence, and we perused this amazing little local kitchen shop within walking distance of her house, Stock Culinary Goods. 

I picked up some local Dave’s coffee syrup to make a Rhode Island favorite–coffee milk. I’m going to get into it.

iced latte.

I’m not into frilly coffee drinks. I take mine black, straight up, no add ins. I’m not picky about my coffee either. If its there, I drink it. I certainly appreciate the best of coffees, but let’s just say, I can’t live without it, and so I’ll get it any way I can.

That being said, some days, you just need to shake things up a bit. Here’s my version of a homemade iced latte type drink. Just a touch of cream in the coffee, a swirl of chocolate sauce, and some whipped cream on top. If you don’t like crazy sweet things like me, this is the way to make your summer afternoon coffee a bit more like dessert.