Bruegger’s House Blend

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Bruegger’s House Blend
Reviewed: Dan McKay
Where: Royal Oak, MI, USA
When: Jan 22, 2010, 7:00 AM
Misc: 28 degrees
Size: Large House Blend – Green Mountain Coffee
Cost: $1.85

The Three Stogies have dubbed January 18-22, 2010 Coffee Week. During these five days we will review coffee selections from some of America’s favorite coffee joints. Tune in to find out what we drink and think.

The last day of coffee week is here. Today’s review is for Bruegger’s.

The location I went to was in downtown Royal Oak, right at 11 and Main. Since it was 7 am, it was easy in and out.

The shop has a nice little set up and provides a warm aroma of brewed coffee upon entering. The easily laid out menu board directed me right to the coffee. Today’s selection was the House Blend.

“Large please”, I ordered.

The paper cup was warm to the touch but not too hot. I stopped at the cream station and added a little 2% milk as a personal taste.

The first sip was outstanding. The coffee was already at a perfect drinking temperature.

The flavors were a bit mild, but still very impressive with the right balance of richness. I enjoyed this coffee immensely and drank half of the cup in the 5 minute trip back to my office.

One downside is that it cools quickly, but since I didn’t give it a lot of time to live… it wasn’t too big of a problem.

I would easily like to enjoy this coffee with a solid morning stogie. I can see the perfect pairing of this with a Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne. Not that would make for a solid morning, to be followed up by a round of golf, of course.

Although not a cigar review, we will use the Three Stogie rating system for your reference.

Rating: Four Stogies

Bruegger’s Bagels Coffee

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Bruegger’s Bagels Coffee
Reviewed: Karl Nagy
When: Jan 22, 2010, 7:45 AM
Where: Bruegger’s Bagels, 1717 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC‎, USA
Size: Small coffee, plain bagel with cream cheese
Cost: $4.09

The Three Stogies have dubbed January 18-22, 2010 Coffee Week. During these five days we will review coffee selections from some of America’s favorite coffee joints. Tune in to find out what we drink and think.

Today is the final day of our Coffee Review week. We needed to find one more place that was available to the Three Stogies in both South Carolina and Michigan.

Bruegger’s Bagels was the selection.

After dropping Owen off at school, Evan and I made our way to the Bruegger’s drive through window.

I placed my order for a small black coffee and a plain bagel with cream cheese.

Once I received the coffee, I noticed that the cup states Bruegger’s proudly serves Green Mountain Coffee. Great news I thought to myself.

Boy was I wrong.

Green Mountain Coffee is terrible. It had no real taste nor was the smell appealing.

Maybe this coffee was intended for a retirement home or hospice center?

For God’s sake, I’ve purchased better coffee from a vending machine!

Although it was swill, it was warm and I finished the coffee on my drive to work. What else was I to do?

Sadly, the bagel was disappointing too.

Once I arrived to the plant, I rinsed out my cup and refilled it will much tastier, better smelling, stronger office coffee.

Shame on you Brugger’s, shame on you!

Although not a cigar review, we will use the Three Stogie rating system for your reference.

Rating: One Stogie

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Krispy Kreme Coffee

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Krispy Kreme Coffee
Reviewed: Dan McKay
Where: Troy, MI, USA
When: Jan 21, 2010, 7:45 AM
Misc: 30 degrees
Size: Large with cream and sugar
Cost: $1.90

The Three Stogies have dubbed January 18-22, 2010 Coffee Week. During these five days we will review coffee selections from some of America’s favorite coffee joints. Tune in to find out what we drink and think.

Krispy Kreme is our day four choice. I was kind of dreading it because I am trying to watch what I eat and lose some weight (alright, a lot of weight… a ton of weight).

The Krispy Kreme by my office is a factory of sugary goodness. I pass by it daily and see the donuts are made fresh and the sign says it all… they’re hot.

This would be tough for me.

I entered the store and was forced to walk along the donut assembly line. During this stroll I was able to see the glazing process. (Let me admit that I imagined lying on the rollers and getting glazed. That would be cool to do at least once.) Needless to say my stomach was craving the hundreds of donuts traveling by.

When finally reached the counter I noticed the menu board and looked for the coffee selection. When I found my choice I turned toward the counter.

“Here you go, sir”. The lady behind the counter stated as she reached out toward me with a glazed donut in hand (wax paper around it of course).

I thought… did she read my mind? Did I order this? Is it free? Oh, I could eat this, and so on.

“No thank you”, I stated. I’ll have a “Large coffee with cream and sugar”.

“That’ll be right up”, she replied.

In about 2 seconds flat, the other woman behind the counter poured, stirred, and capped my coffee and then it was in my hand.

I cannot tell you how much I love speed of service.

When I got into the car, I took my first sip.

The flavor was a bit sweet, but dull. Maybe I was expecting it to be a Dunkin replica. Unfortunately it was not, but I continued on and respected it on its own merit.

The deeper I moved into the cup, the sweetness intensified and the coffee goodness I sought after was becoming diluted by cream and sugar. I began to wonder if adding the cream and sugar wasn’t fair to the coffee. Nevertheless, the coffee should hold up in any fashion it was ordered.

The cup provided insulation and had a top very similar to Starbucks. It felt stable in my hand and allows for me to doodle on it while on a conference call. This was enjoyed.

Overall, I would say that I wouldn’t go out of my way to stop at a KK in the future for coffee. If I were getting a “HOT NOW” donut… I would order again.

Although not a cigar review, we will use the Three Stogie rating system for your reference.

Rating: Two and a Half Stogies

McDonald’s Mocha

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McDonald’s Mocha
Reviewed: Karl Nagy
When: January 20, 2010, 12:55 PM
Purchased: McDonald’s, 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC, USA
Location: Inside restaurant

The Three Stogies have dubbed January 18-22, 2010 Coffee Week. During these five days we will review coffee selections from some of America’s favorite coffee joints. Tune in to find out what we drink and think.

Due to a standing Wednesday 11:00am meeting, I was not able to make it to McDonald’s until nearly 1:00pm. My lunch stomach was grumbling.

During my drive, I decided my lunch would consist of a Big Mac (less pickles) and a large mocha. Although a big fan of McD’s french fries, today they would be skipped.

I placed my order and waited for my meal. Once received, I found a comfortable seat and tuned my iPhone into the Rush Limbaugh show.

The first thing I did was open the Big Mac. I took a bite. It was delicious!

The two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, no pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun never tasted better.

Next was the mocha. I peeled back to top and looked inside. Whipped cream and chocolate syrup was everywhere. I took a sip. It was delicious as well!

For the next five minutes bit and sipped, chomped and slurped, chewed and drank… until the Big Mac was gone.

I then re-focused myself on the half finished mocha. It was still very hot, even without its lid.

I finished my drink during my drive back to work.

Although the McDonald’s mocha was outstanding, no way could it be an everyday drinker

It was way too sweet for my liking. Nonetheless it would be a very good choice on a cool winter day (not here is SC, but somewhere).

Although not a cigar review, we will use the Three Stogie rating system for your reference.

Rating: Three and a Half Stogies

McDonald’s Mocha

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McDonald’s Mocha
Reviewed: Dan McKay
Where: Troy, MI, USA
When: Jan 20, 2010, 8:00 AM
Misc.: 27 degrees
Size: Medium
Cost: $3.00+

The Three Stogies have dubbed January 18-22, 2010 Coffee Week. During these five days we will review coffee selections from some of America’s favorite coffee joints. Tune in to find out what we drink and think.

Last year I heard a report about Starbucks sales being down something like 77%, a shocking number. With that I thought, where did all of the drinkers go? Did everyone stop drinking coffee? Nah.

Within a couple of days I’d heard a second story and my question was answered. The story reported that McDonald’s had increased their coffee sales and that they now accounted for roughly 5% of all their sales.

5% may not sound like much, but in McDonald’s terms, it equals billions and certainly can account for some of the impact Starbucks is facing.

At any rate, today we review the new coffee mogul in the country, McDonald’s. Our product of choice is their Mocha.

Since there is about 5 McDonald’s that I pass on my way into work, it certainly is an easy pick up for me. I’ll admit that I regularly stop for a coffee, but have never had one of their mochas.

I stopped at the last McDonald’s closest to my office. I did this to ensure the mocha would remain hot and perfect for a review.

It took about 3 minutes from order to receipt. I like that a lot.

Now in the office at my desk, I took my first sip. The only way to convey what it was like is to say that it was the equivalent of diving off a cherry into a giant chocolate sundae. It was rich and sweet and syrupy. A true dessert fans dream. I only wish the coffee flavor was a bit more intense.

Admittingly, I gulped it down in a short time and enjoyed it.

Another thing I liked about the product is the cups and lids that McDonald’s uses. The cups are insulated and the lid does assist with keeping the contents hot. All of us can appreciate that.

As a whole my experience with the McDonald’s mocha was a pleasant one. The only knock would be that I didn’t feel like I got enough coffee flavors. It literally felt like I drank a warm chocolate shake… not that that is a bad thing.

Would I do it again? Absolutely, but next time it would be as a dessert choice. Way too much sugar me in the morning.

Good job McDonald’s.

Although not a cigar review, we will use the Three Stogie rating system for your reference.

Rating: Three and a Half Stogies