Archive for June, 2010

The eyes of Texas are upon you!!!

Yes I arrived in Houston yesterday afternoon.  That is such a long flight!  10 – 1/2 hours of which I think I slept only one hour.  I have done this trip more times than I can count over the past 16 years but it is just something I will never get used to.  Funny, seems like I just left here…..yet I was in Texas the entire month of March so suppose this is not strange. 

I have an absolutely non-stop schedule this trip and I am so looking forward to it.  Meetings with new and very interesting people, eleven tastings of which I am personally doing 10, my 40th High School Reunion (this is going to be so much fun!!) and ending with the Fancy Food show in New York before returning home early morning on 30 June!  Frans and I have friends coming from Switzerland to stay with us also on the 30th through the morning of 2 July.  Then that afternoon we are off to Germany for a wonderful Vintage car rally…..all copper cars some dating back to the late 1800’s…that we try to do each year!  We drive back to Holland on Monday 6 June and it is back to work!! 

I was up at 4:30am this morning…..so much to do!  Noticed an order had come in just before going to sleep last night and wanted to get an early start today.  I am waiting for my friends to wake up so I can turn on the Saeco and have my first cup of Mokk-a’s Cafe Svenska!  This is Jerilyn’s favorite!  The Saeco makes a bit of noise when it is prepping so hate to disturb them……yet a nice warm cup of Svenska sounds so good right now.

It is pretty warm here this time of year.  In Holland, summer is trying to show its face but is not quite there yet!  The garden was looking beautiful when I left yesterday morning…..all the flowers are beginning to bloom but it was still rather cool.   Getting into Houston yesterday with a temperature of 90 degrees was a bit of a shock to my system……especially while waiting for the rental car shuttle at the airport.  After living in Holland for 16 years, I never forget the Houston sunshine but at times forget about the Houston humidity! 

Off to my roaster’s office about 9:00 this morning to gather my things, load the car and be ready to drive to Austin tomorrow as tastings begin on Friday.  For those of you reading this that may happen to live in Texas, this is where I will be in the month of June. 

It’s Mokk-a’s 1st Birthday!  Come join us in the celebration!!

Friday 4 June                  Central Market S. Lamar – Austin         10:00 – 6:00

Saturday 5 June              Central Market N. Lamar – Austin        10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 6 June                 Whole Foods N. Lamar Austin                10:00 – 6:00

Saturday 12 June            Whole Foods Alamo Quarry                    10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 13 June               Central Market San Antonio                   10:00 – 6:00

Thursday 17 June            Whole Foods Buyer Party Parklane Dallas   3:00pm

Friday 18 June                 Central Market Plano                               11:00 – 5:00

Saturday 19 June             Whole Foods Arlington                            10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 20 June               Central Market Ft. Worth                       10:00 – 6:00

Sunday 20 June               Central Market Southlake                       10:00 – 6:00

Thursday 24 June            Whole Foods Buyer Party Kirby Houston       7:30am

Thursday 24 June            Whole Foods Kirby – Houston                  8:30 – 6:00

Friday 25 June                 Central Market Houston                         10:00 – 4:00

Tastings for Central Market Dallas, Whole Foods Dallas Lakewood and the Rice Epicurean Markets in Houston to be announced soon!

If you have a chance come by, say hello and celebrate with us…… I would love to see you!

Remember….our motto is…..drink more coffee…….DRINK MORE MOKK-A!!


Do hope to see you somewhere in my travels!!



Read Full Post »