Monkey Dog Coffee: A Local Shop Brewing Community Spirit

by Molly Eide Marquez

In the heart of Clovis, California, nestled among the bustling streets and warm community vibes, lies a hidden gem––Monkey Dog Coffee. This coffee shop isn't just another caffeine stop; it's a testament to the power of entrepreneurship, family values, and the spirit of community. I had the pleasure of speaking with Alexander (Alex) Oseuna, the owner and operator of Monkey Dog Coffee, who shared the inspiring journey behind this beloved establishment.

Death Unfiltered By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipes

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Emmeline Duncan

I love coffee, and some of my favorite mysteries are set in coffeeshops. Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries was the first series to introduce me to this wonderful combination, and a few years ago I discovered another coffee-related mystery series, the Ground Rules Mysteries by Emmeline Duncan. The Ground Rules Series is also set in one of my favorite places, Portland, Oregon. The fourth book, Death Unfiltered, was released recently.

From Bean to Bedtime: A Journey with Decaf Nespresso Pods

by staff

In the bustling world of coffee enthusiasts, the spotlight often shines on the wealthy, caffeine-laden brews that kickstart mornings and fuel productivity. However, nestled within this caffeinated landscape lies a gentler yet equally captivating alternative: decaffeinated coffee pods specifically designed for Nespresso machines.

Shade Grown By Heather Day Gilbert: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Tracy Condie

This new Beans & Barks mystery starts with a home and garden tour gone wrong when siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield come upon more than just dead leaves by the hostas in the memorial shade garden. If you are unfamiliar with the Barks & Beans series, that’s okay because Ms. Gilbert does a great job of giving enough backstory to get you into the loop without making you dizzy.

Bulletproof Barista By Cleo Coyle: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle

Whenever I pick up one of Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries, I feel like I’m hanging out in my favorite coffee shop with old friends! I can practically smell the coffee brewing, and my mouth waters thinking about their delicious goodies. I love hanging out with manager Clare Cosi and the Village Blend staff. I can’t believe Bulletproof Barista is the 20th book in this wonderful series that shows no signs of slowing down. Some series start feeling stale by this point, but not this one! It is just as fun and well done as the 19 books before it.

Mi Cafesito Fresno: Brewing Cultural Connections in the Heart of California

by Molly Eide Marquez

In the heart of the Central Valley of California, where the warm sun embraces the land and diverse communities flourish, there's a coffee shop that goes beyond serving a great cup of joe. Mi Cafesito Fresno, as the name suggests, is more than just a place to get your caffeine fix. It's a heartwarming testament to the importance of cultural roots, the connection between communities, and the joy of experiencing a locally-owned-and-operated business.

Food & Christmas Mysteries!

by Sandra Murphy

We have reviews of 2 food related mysteries this week, and one of them is set at Christmas time-Case of the Bleus by Korina Moss and Death by Peppermint Cappuccino by Alex Erickson. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books and links to purchase them from Amazon at the end of each review--you may not see those links if you have adblocker.

Flat White Fatality By Emmeline Duncan: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

by Cynthia Chow

One of my favorite things in a cozy mystery is a coffee-related setting. I also have certain favorite cities that I especially enjoy “visiting” in books. The Ground Rules Mystery series by Emmeline Duncan has both! The main character Sage Caplin, together with her best friend Harley Yamazaki, own a coffee cart and a roastery, with plans to one day have their own brick-and-mortar coffee shop. Their company is called Ground Rules. The books are set in one of my favorite towns Portland, Oregon.

Alchemist Coffee Lab: A New Place For Coffee in the Tower District

by Lorie Lewis Ham

I really enjoy finding new places to share with our readers, especially coffee shops! During the Rogue Festival in March, I discovered that a new coffee shop had opened up in a familiar location in the Tower District. Alchemist Coffee Lab has taken over the location where Hi-Top coffee used to be, just down the street from Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater on Wishon. After trying their delicious hot mocha, I decided to reach out to learn more and recently chatted with owner Hamzeh Mahmoud.