Thought this day would never…

Thought this day would never…

I’ve been going through that awesome, suitably vintage-y Peanuts desk calendar I love so well, counting the days until… until TODAY!

Because it’s the 29th of September, National Coffee Day!

Yeah, it IS a big deal for this juiced-up java head! I loves me some stimulation in the mornin’ and a steamin’ hot cup o’ joe is just what the doctor ordered!

This post was going to be just a bit longer but I’ve got to cut it short.

I’m headed to Jeremiah’s Java Jungle over at 4th and Swizzle; for a mere $12.95, they’ll hook you up to one of those trendy, doctor-approved coffee IV’s!

It’s small-batch, cold-brewed, fair-trade Sumatran! The good stuff!

What are you waiting for?!


“Javadog Ben” Basile


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The Juice of the Sacred Bean

The Juice of the Sacred Bean

This puppy loves coffee! My Mom got me hooked on black coffee when I was only twelve. I’ve always believed it was good for me.

Studies that show that the juice of the sacred bean can be a boon for one’s health are not hard to find. A new one published in March in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the most recent.

The study’s bottom line: quaff up to five cups each day and you’re likely to reap considerable health benefits.

Here’s a link to an article that excerpts that study. It’s an excellent source if you’d like know more without diving into the clinical literature.

Continue working your personal wellness strategy, that’s always a good thing.

And make sure you don’t slack up on your caffeine consumption!


“Bulldog Ben” Basile

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Second Trip to Achilles Art Cafe in Orlando

Second Trip to Achilles Art Cafe in Orlando

Achilles-2good-coffee-sign-out-front-3vAchilles-Art-Cafe-in-orlando-march2016-coffeeArea-9235873nI made it back to Achilles Art Cafe today and the good service and truly unique atmosphere have not changed at all. That’s a good thing. The hours have changed, however; they no longer open one Saturday per month.

If you’d like to read my detailed review from the first visit, go to my posting Review of Achilles Art Cafe, a Coffee Shop which I published on March 26th of this year.

I received very good service and my Latte was fine. Hearty and frothy, the way a Latte should be. Could have been a trifle hotter, but I didn’t ask for that, so I’m not going to whine about it. They were quite busy on this overcast Central Florida day, but that’s nothing unusual.

I am bummed that their Saturday hours have gone the way of the buffalo, but since a huge chunk their patronage consists of VCC students, I understand. The new hours for Achilles are 10 AM to 10 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM until Midnight on Friday.

Achilles A.C. features a good and diverse menu, a cheerful, well-trained staff, Wifi, a couple of TV’s, a smoking-permitted patio and hookah supplies. Of course, they’ve got just about any coffee-related thing you can think of. Last but not least, this place has a unique and very cool ambience. Check it out!

To visit their very good home on the world-wide web, follow this link.

Achilles Art Cafe ~ Metro West Community ~ 2869 Wilshire Blvd ~ Orlando 32835 ~ 407 704 7860

Our Olympic Athletes Can’t Get Coffee?

Our Olympic Athletes Can’t Get Coffee?

I just can’t believe this. Oh my God! No frickin’ java for our Olympic athletes? Well, even though it’s hard to take in, this incredible story is true. I’ve found Mother Jones to be a reliable source of news on the internet. And it’s  Mother Jones that came up with this mind-blowing scoop. I can’t face the morning without at least one scoop.

It seems that Coca-Cola is the villan here. You can get lots of Coke at the games; but not one cup o’ Joe. Not a good state of affairs. If I were one of our intrepid olympians, I wouldn’t stand for it.

To get the complete low-down, follow this link.

Someone needs to notify the American contact for the I.O.C. right now! It’s time to kick some ass! God, this kind of thing sets me off!

Well, I’ve got to end this rant and get percolating; if I don’t get my second cup, I’m gonna hurt somebody!


Bulldog Ben, reaching for the scoop


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