Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/31/2016
“So this is what people are talking about,” my friend Lance
said to me after he had taken a sip from the container of Kemosabe iced
chocolate hazelnut instant coffee he had just purchased at the Ground Floor Café.
“Boy is this ever good coffee,” he added as we began to walk towards the exit.
“I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Lance, and if you’re like the
rest of the people I introduced it to you most likely will be drinking about
three iced chocolate hazelnut coffees a day,” I said as we stood outside the café.
“Isn’t that Cindy who just got off the elevator?” I asked referring to girl
Lance has been talking about ever since Cindy joined the company as a staff
accountant last week. “She’s walking this way, Lance. Now’s your chance to ask
“Hi Lance,” Cindy said in a rather sexy voice, or at least I
“Hi Cindy. This is my friend, Troy who works on the third
floor for Caldwell Electric.”
“Nice to meet you,” I replied.
“What are you drinking?” Cindy asked Lance.
“Kemosabe iced chocolate hazelnut instant coffee.”
“I heard about this. Everyone in the office is talking about
it so I decided to come down and get a container for myself.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/29/2016
I met Jake at the Spark’s Spanish Springs Library where last
month’s Northern Nevada chapter of the Gold Association of America monthly
meeting was held. I have been a member of the chapter for the past six years
and a novice weekend prospector during which time I have discovered elbaite,
amethyst, green uvarovite, black andradite, red-pink grossular and, of course,
gold and silver. This weekend I invited Jake to go prospecting with me at Rye
Patch State Recreation Area, just northeast of Lovelock to pan for gold.
After hiking three miles of fairly rigorous terrain we
arrived at our claim site for the weekend.
“I’m glad you told me to bring plenty of water,” Jake stated
as we rested on two large rocks, referring to the fact that the temperature had
already reached 83 degrees and was forecasted to go to 98 degrees by late
afternoon. “Here, Billy,” Jake said as he handed me a thermos cup full of what
I thought was cold water, but was actually iced chocolate hazelnut flavored sugar
“Wow! This coffee smells delicious,” I stated as I took the
cup and held it up to my nose.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/28/2016
“What a beautiful house, Rick,” my wife stated to me moments
after we left the four bedroom two and one-half bath colonial model home being
offered by Jason Brothers in Wilton, Connecticut. “I want you to make the
numbers work, Rick,” she added, after she had taken a sip of the iced chocolate
cinnamon hot chocolate the sales representative had given us when we left
referring to me applying my financial skills to our family’s financial
condition that would quality us for the house.
“I know we have the down payment, so that piece of qualifying
is a certainty,” I stated to Janet as I clicked the car door opener moments
after I had taken a sip of my iced chocolate cinnamon hot chocolate.
“So what’s your concern?”
“Our debt ratio is about four points higher than the bank’s qualifying
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/27/2016
While all the kids were enjoying themselves at my son, Kane’s,
seventh birthday pool party, I could tell from the mother’s actions, or should
I say lack of actions, that they were not. They were simply sitting around my
outdoor table making “small talk” as they watched their kids play in the pool.
I knew I had to do something to motivate them to have more interaction or they
would leave bored. I knew just the thing.
“Here ladies,” I stated as I emerged onto the patio holding
a tray containing six glasses. “I thought you would enjoy a nice cold
refreshing iced pumpkin spice flavored hot chocolate,” I added as I placed the
tray on the table.
“Pumpkin spice?” one of the ladies curiously asked. “I thought
that was only popular in the fall?”
“That’s just a myth,” I replied, handing each of them a
sixteen-ounce glass of iced pumpkin spice flavored hot chocolate. “I drink it
all year. Hot in the autumn and winter and iced on hot summer days like today.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/26/2016
At breakfast this morning my wife asked a rather random
question, but the more I thought about it the more I concluded, as father of
the family, it was time to have a serious discussion with my family about
family values. What better time than
this weekend when my four children and their families are coming over for a
pool party and barbeque.
Shortly after breakfast, I made myself a second mug of
Kemosabe chocolate cinnamon gourmet flavored coffee, went to my office and
began thinking. I wrote down a list of what I consider to be family values.
Honesty, friendly, caring, responsibility, faith/religion, family and marriage
to name a few. The common denominator to these values are the moral and ethical
values my wife and I have taught our children as they were growing up. Taking
another sip of my chocolate cinnamon flavored coffee I quickly came to realize
how proud I was of our children. They not only adhered to the values my wife
and I instilled in them, they have practiced them religiously, becoming
contributing members of, not only our society but, of their communities.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/25/2016
Many years ago when I was in college I could recite almost
any line from the many Shakespeare plays we studied. As a result of my love for
Shakespeare, and my reputation of spending many hours in the library studying,
my friends gave me the nickname, “Shakespeare.” Today my co-workers at the San
Francisco public library continue to call me “Shakespeare” for my sought after
knowledge of the subject but my overall love for books.
“Hey, Shakespeare, that coffee you have smells delicious,”
my colleague Sandy stated to me as I entered the library lounge holding a
container of coffee. Is that hazelnut coffee?” he asked.
“To be exact, Sandy, it’s Kemosabe chocolate hazelnut flavored
“Of course it is, Shakespeare. I would not have expected any
less of a detailed answer than that from you,” Sandy sarcastically replied. “You
say it’s flavored decaf coffee?”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/24/2016
“Roger, please watch what you do with this proof,” I said to
my son as I handed him the only picture I had of his grandfather serving in the
Philippines during World War II. “Before you go out with your girlfriend
tomorrow I want you to take that proof to the ‘I Got Framed’ store on 22nd
and Sweetwater and ask them to double mat the picture in a nice chocolate
colored frame. Tell them I need it before Memorial Day.”
“Speaking of chocolate, Mom, do you have any Sippity hot
chocolate left? I’m in the mood for a tall glass of chocolate marshmallow iced
“There should be a box on the second shelf in the cabinet
next to the fridge,” she replied. “If it’s not there, try the cabinet where I
keep the sugar and flour, she added.
“I see you found the Sippity hot chocolate,” I stated as I
walked into the kitchen only to find Roger with his hand in the glass of hot
chocolate. “What are you doing?” I curiously asked.
“You don’t want to know, Mom,” he replied in a dejected
tone. “Believe me, you don’t want to know.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/23/2016
For my first two years of high school my grades were mostly
C’s with an odd A or B. This past semester I have been studying really hard,
not so much to satisfy the pressure from my parents, but because I realize that
if I want to go to a good college I had better have good grades.
“Paul, your mother told me your grades come out tomorrow,”
my father stated as we were finishing our dinner.
“That’s right, Dad, tomorrows the big day,” I sarcastically
replied leaving him with an impression of low expectations.
“Well, I hope you took to heart the discussion we had last
summer about college.”
“Well then, can we plan on sitting down tomorrow before
dinner and going over your grades. I should be home by 6 PM.”
Shortly after 3 PM the next day I walked into the kitchen,
smiling from ear to ear, and presented my mother with my report card. For the
next minutes my Mom studied the report card then looked up at me and proclaimed,
“WOW! Four A’s and one B plus.” She then extended her arms and gave me a big
hug. “I’m so proud of you, Paul,” she stated while nearly squeezing me to
death. “I have to call your father right now and tell him the good news,” she
happily stated as she began to walk towards the phone.
“No, Mom. I want to surprise him when he comes home.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/22/2016
Sunday morning, that day in the week when no alarm clock
awakes you, time means nothing and when you do awake you do so to the wonderful
aroma of brewed coffee. Or that was how I thought life was until I awoke this
morning at my grandmother’s house.
“Grandma, that coffee smells absolutely delicious,” I said
as I entered the kitchen of my grandmother’s house where I was staying for a
few days keeping my grandmother company, while my grandfather was in the
hospital recovering from hip replacement surgery.
“I hope you like it dear,” she replied. “When I heard you
walking around upstairs I quickly made you a cup of Kemosabe chocolate cinnamon
“Humm,” I gestured after I had taken a sip from the mug
grandma had handed me. “This is delicious coffee,” I enthusiastically added.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/21/2016
“Forest, I know you love hot
chocolate, particularly iced hot chocolate, so let me ask you, what do you
think is the best hot chocolate mix in America?” I asked my good friend while
we were having lunch in the university cafeteria.
“That’s a rather odd question,
Ray. Why do you ask?”
“Well, our economics professor
assigned each student a question relating to a consumer goods product and asked
that we research it and prepare a five-minute oral presentation for class next
“To be honest, I have tried all
the top name hot chocolate mixes America has to offer-Godiva, Ghirardelli,
Starbucks, Sippity, Land of Lakes, Swiss Miss and Nestle-and to be honest,
without any doubt I would say Sippity is Americas best hot chocolate mix.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/20/2016
OK, so your life is not going the way you planned, or your
hit a “bump” in the road, perhaps a breakup, or your need dental work you can’t
afford, or your car needs a repair you can’t afford. It’s times like these that
test us as adults to see if we will manage the situation or “run” from it. Let’s
face it running is not the option. The only solution is to manage the situation
and in some cases this means you have to transform your life.
When situations like these occur in my life I go to a quiet
place, usually with a container of Kemosabe diet coffee, and quietly think
through my options. The reason I bring diet coffee to my “think-tank” is because
Kemosabe diet coffee provides comfort to me and I happen to enjoy a good
container of diet coffee, particularly their chocolate cinnamon diet coffee. Once
I’m relaxed I begin to think through my various options, writing down each. I
found when you write down your options it makes you really think through all
the consequences. So now you’re asking yourself, OK this works well for
monetary situations-you can cut your budget a little here and there to finance
your dental or car repairs, but how do you deal with an emotional situation.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/19/2016
I absolutely love looking at all the flowers and plants on
my deck. It not only says a lot about my house and home, but it defines me and
it energizes me. I take great pride in my seasonal plantings, particularly the
spring planting, after all living in New Hampshire it is the first time in
nearly six months that I have had the opportunity revitalize the appearance of
my deck. There’s something magical and exciting about going to the nursery, picking
out your spring plants with all their glorious colors, going home and feeling
the dirt on your hands as you plant your flowers and arrange your plants and watch
as your deck comes to life.
All afternoon my wife, Haley, watched as I cleaned pots,
filled them with soil and planted the array of flowers and plants that we had
purchased earlier in the day. “The deck looks absolutely beautiful,” Haley stated
just as I was making my last planting, a group of dark pink colored flowers
into her favorite wicker basket. “The flowers are so beautiful.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/18/2016
“Why did you get such an early tee time?” my buddy Troy
asked referring to our 7 AM start time at the Oakdale Golf Course.
“It was either 7 AM or 2:30 PM”, I answered after I had
taken a sip of coffee from the container of Kemosabe french vanilla coffee I
“That’s what I need this morning,” Troy stated, looking at
the container of coffee I was holding. “I sure miss my morning coffee,” he
added. “Ever since the doctor told me I had a gluten tolerance condition, well,
my choices of coffee have been few and far between, let along tasting good.”
“Here Troy,” I stated as I went to my golf bag and pulled
out a single serve packet of Kemosabe french vanilla coffee. “It’s 100 % gluten
free coffee,” I added handing him the packet.
Five minutes later Troy emerged from the club house with a
big smile on his face holding a container of Kemosabe french vanilla gluten
free coffee. “I guess I can stay the course,” he stated as he approached. “Not
only is this coffee gluten free, it’s absolutely delicious,” he added. “Where
did you ever fine it?”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/17/2016
Every Thursday night for the past ten or so years I ran a
card game at our club on Delancy Street in Brooklyn. All the senior guys in my
crew-Carmine, Joey, Johnny and “stuttering” Al-looked forward to the game
because it was a night out away from our wives. The game usually began about nine and lasted,
well, sometimes all night, depending on how “kind” the cards were. Each week
one of us was the designated dealer. Tonight was my turn. After three hours of
playing my cell phone rang, interrupting my dealing. “Al, I need you to do me a
favor,” I called across the room. Al quickly dropped his cards, came across the
room to meet me and listened to my instructions. He then left leaving Carmine,
Joey and Johnny to continue the card game.
“Hit me,” Carmine said to the me after he pushed two of his
five cards towards me, referring to this request for me to give him the next
two cards from the deck. After Carmine received his cards he placed them in his
hand of cards, looked down at them, took a sip of coffee from the container of
Kemosabe chocolate hazelnut flavored decaf coffee he had been “nursing” for the
past forty-five minutes, then looked up and stated, “I’ll see your fifty and
raise by another fifty.”
“Joey?” John asked, after he took his cigar from his mouth. “Are
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/16/2016
I met Kristen about three weeks ago when I had to go to her
office to go over the plans for the building we were building on Seventy-Ninth
Street and York Avenue. Kristen was the chief engineer for Bouchard Steel
Company, the largest manufacturer of steel in the United States, and I was the architect
in charge of the buildings design. The moment I walked into Kristen’s office
and she greeted me “Sparks flew”, as they say. Tonight we were going on our
third date, dinner at The River Café, a romantic restaurant set on the Brooklyn
side of the East River overlooking lower Manhattan, with a view of the Statue
of Liberty to your left and the Brooklyn Bridge to your right.
“Well this has truly been and unforgettable dining
experience,” Kristen stated after her had taken her last fork full of poached
Nova Scotia lobster. “I absolutely love this restaurant,” she added. “It makes
me feel special.”
“Speaking of feeling special,” I stated reaching across the
table to take Kristen’s hand in mine. “You make me feel special.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/15/2016
Tomorrow is our year-end teachers breakfast and I have been
assigned the task of bringing in the beverages. I’m excited about the breakfast
because it marks the completion of my first year as a teacher, which has been a
most satisfying experience not just with my students but with the faculty. To
show my appreciation to all my colleagues who have nurtured, mentored and
supported me during the year I decided to treat them to Kemosabe gourmet
“Wow! Sadie, did you ever put yourself out there by bringing
in a brand of coffee that was new to everyone,” the principal said to me after
he had taken a sip of his chocolate cinnamon gourmet coffee. “Everyone is
raving about the coffee,” he added.
“I’m glad they all like it, Mr. Quincey.”
“Like it! They love it, Sadie.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/14/2016
My husband of forty years absolutely loves chocolate.
Statistics reveal that, while the average American adult will deny it, they
consume chocolate based foods at the rate equivalent to six chocolate bars per
week. On some days I think my husband consumes six chocolate bars a day! Well
reality has finally caught up with Eddie-the doctor has told him to go a strict
diet and begin to work out.
Over the past two weeks I have watched my husband make a
serious effort to follow the doctor’s instructions. He now goes to the guy
every morning to work out, he walks upstairs rather than taking the elevator and
he is watching what he eats (smaller portions and healthier choices). While he
still consumes chocolate, he has significantly reduced the quantity he eats. To
support his healthier life style change I thought I would surprise him this
morning when he came home from the gym with one of my recipes from my
collection of receipts that use hot cocoa mix-Sippity chocolate flavored fruit
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/12/2016
Sleek, defined and smooth are just some of the adjectives people have
used to describe our mocha flavored coffee, which is the signature flavor of
the Kemosabe brand. Unlike other mocha flavored coffee brands, Kemosabe mocha
flavored coffee is infused with just the right hint of cocoa, sugar and creamer
to form a great tasting coffee that is rich in aroma. As one of the co-founders
of the company I could write for a while about our Mocha flavored coffee.
However, I decided in this blog to extract several quotes from consumers who
have written us.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/10/2016
Did you ever go on a date or go out to dinner with a friend
or family member and they simple don’t talk? Even when you ask them an open question
such as, how’s school, or what was your favorite part of the movie, they simple
answer with one or two words. Such was the case last Friday night when I asked,
Clair, a seventy-two year-old widowed woman I met at the Abilene Swim Club out
for a drink.
On the five-mile drive over to The Daily Grind Café, Clair
said virtually nothing. Even when asked about how she first got into swimming
and how long have you been going to the Club, her only response was less than a
sentence. Normally, I would have looked to end our “date” but I was physically
attracted to Clair and to be honest the last three years have been lonely for
me ever since my wife passed away.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/9/2016
For the past six months my daughter has been contemplating
to attend college in the fall or a trade school. My wife and I have saved our
whole lives so that Claudia could attend the college of her choice and make a
better life for herself. She is a smart girl who absolutely adores animals. It was always our hope that she someday would become
a veterinarian. Yesterday Claudia has asked that my wife and I sit down with her right
after breakfast tomorrow to discuss her future. My wife decided to make Claudia
favorite coffee for the “meeting”- Kemosabe chocolate hazelnut instant coffee.
“Claudia,” my wife began, “Your father and I want you to
know that we will respect and support your decision, whichever direction it
“Thanks, Mom,” Claudia replied, taking a sip of her coffee. “Why
can’t my decision be as simple as this coffee?”
“How’s that?” my wife asked.
“It’s simply the best instant coffee I ever tasted.”
“I’m sorry, Claudia, I don’t seem to make the connection
between Kemosabe instant coffee and your decision,” I curiously stated.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/8/2016
“You know, Mom, I just can’t get rid of Sugar,” my daughter sadly
stated as she held the teddy bear she had since she was a little girl named,
“I know, honey, but that’s part of growing up,” I replied in
a concerned tone. “Moving away from home is hard,” I added, referring to Ashley
leaving home in two days for her first job six-hundred miles away. “You have to
learn to part with things that you have outlived and out grown otherwise you’ll
need a big house to store it all.”
“But this is Sugar, Mom. I slept with her every day since I
can remember until the day I left for college four years ago.”
“This is exactly what I’m talking about. Besides, look at
the condition she’s in. Her arm is missing, her nose is missing and one eye is
missing, and the seams running along her side are rotten and coming apart.
“I know it time to say goodbye, but this is hard,” Ashley
replied as she hugged Sugar tightly rocking her side to side.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/7/2016
“You’re early,” I called out from my bedroom to my friend,
Ronnie, who was one of several friends helping me move today. “I’ll be out in a minute. I’m just finishing
getting dressed,” I called back. “Help yourself to some coffee.”
“Where’s the coffee? Ronnie called back.
“It’s on the second shelf in the cupboard next to the refrigerator.”
“Is this it?” Ronnie asked, referring to the box of Kemosabe
French vanilla gourmet coffee I had purchased yesterday for my friends who were
helping me move today from my studio to a two-bedroom apartment closer to my
“Yes,” I replied as I emerged from the bedroom and walked
towards Ronnie. “Thanks for coming to help me move. I really appreciate it,” I
stated shaking Ronnie’s hand and taking the box of Kemosabe French vanilla
gourmet coffee from him. “Make yourself at home,” I added. “Jimmy, Carol and
Tommy should be here in a few minutes.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/6/2016
Everywhere I go I take several single serve packets of
Kemosabe gourmet flavored coffee. When I’m on the road and staying at several
different hotels during the week I find their coffee to be bland, to put it
nicely. In addition, the last thing I want to do after I wake up in a foreign
city is get dressed and look for a coffee shop-then wait twenty minutes in line
for them to prepare my coffee. No thank you. My life is complicated as it is.
Now when I awake, I simply microwave a cup of hot water, then stir in one of
the Kemosabe single serve coffee packets I took with me on my trip and presto-instant
satisfaction, that provides consistence aroma, flavor and taste morning to
Another reason I take several single serve
coffee packets of Kemosabe gourmet coffee with me while I am traveling is so
that I may make my own coffee when I arrive at my meeting destination-or so my
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/5/2016
For the past two months my theatre class has been working
hard preparing for their high school year end play, Jersey Boys. The entire
cast is excited as they feel all the pieces of the play coming together. They
know that I am a perfectionist when it comes to the preparation of the sets,
but today I couldn’t help myself, when despite me telling the students to paint
a wall in the opening scene brown, they painted it tan.
“You had better cool off, Barry,” my colleague, Lynda stated
to me grabbing me by the arm and pulling me away from the two students who had
painted the wall tan. “They’re only students,” she added. “Cut them a break,
Barry! It’s only a wall. It can be repainted.”
“OK, everybody,” Lynda called out to the set
creators, “Let’s take a twenty-minute break.”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/4/2016
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Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/3/2016
“Alex, why don’t you just ask her out,” my friend Owen
stated at our school lunch room table in front of all my friends. “She’s been
checking you out now for the past three days,” he added referring to Anna, a
girl in my biology class who has been smiling at me over the past week at every
chance she had.
“Come on guys, leave me alone,” I replied. “I’m not ready
for this yet, I’m only twelve-years-old.”
“Are you guys going to the youth group social this Friday
night at the Church?” Dan asked. Looking to me he added, “I hear Anna and her
friends will be there.”
Come Friday night my Mom dropped me off at the social where
I joined my friends who were congregated near the refreshment stand.
Minutes later Anna walked into the social and
headed towards the refreshment stand.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/2/2016
“Let’s take the boat out tomorrow, hon,” I suggested to my
wife, Jamie.” The forecast is for it to be sunny and in the upper sixties,” I added
with excitement in my voice.
“What a great idea, Larry. We can go up the coast,” Jamie
suggested referring to boating up the coast of Connecticut from Greenwich to
Old Saybrook, which we had done several times late last season.
Early Saturday morning Jamie and I headed to the Indian
Harbor Yacht Club where we had our sixteen-foot Bayliner Element moored. A half-hour
after we arrived at the Club we were on our way out of Greenwich Harbor towards
Long Island Sound and up the coast of Connecticut. “What a strong head wind,” I
stated to Jamie as we passed the city of Stamford on our left.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 5/1/2016
“Claudia, how come everything you seem to do you do so
effortlessly?” I asked my neighbor while I was sitting in her Kitchen ten
minutes after we put our kids on the school bus.
“What do you mean?” I replied. “If you would have come here
an hour ago you would have seen a different me. I had to chase the boys to get
dressed, make their lunches, make their beds and put a tub of wash in.”
“Yeah, but look at you now, all composed, nicely dressed, a
clean house and waiting for our coffee to be ready.”
“It’s all a matter of getting organized, Cindy,” I replied
as I took the two mugs of hot water from the microwave and placed them on the
counter in front of Cindy. Take for example this coffee, by the way, what flavor
would you like? I have mocha, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut, chocolate
irish cream, French vanilla and crème butterscotch.”
“The crème butterscotch sound delicious.”