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Go! Smell the Nectar.

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 by Angela in Canada

I came across this photograph I took in July.beeandbluebelljuly

Any idea how many shots it took me to catch the bee just about to enter the bluebell for a slurp of nectar?

Let’s just say the mosquitoes feasted and I suffered for my art!

Coffee working smart thanks to bud light!

Posted on September 13th, 2009 by Jim


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I recently added this to the funny commercials section in forums here at coffee.

Feel free to add yours and your comments on this clever advert from Budlight! Cheers.

Do You Have Coffee Clutter?

Posted on July 31st, 2009 by Clinically Clueless

Yes, this is like Lib’s post on Go get rid of the manure!  But, just for the record, I wrote mine first and was just waiting to post it. :)  If you haven’t yet, go read her post too which is very interesting and mine just adds to her post.

coffee-mugsI’ve been thinking…uh oh.  Coffee is on the mind.  I love coffee…need it in the morning.  But, because people know that I love coffee along with my husband, we have an over abundance of coffee mugs.  They are in a curio in the living room, displayed in the kitchen, takes up five shelves of our kitchen cupboards.  (Pictured is not my coffee collection.  It would be just a third of what has accumulted on the stove.

Okay, I cannot get rid of some like those that were 387227588v3_350x350_Backgiven to me or ones that have sentimental value or are unique.  For this reason too, we still purchase coffee mugs.  My latest purchase if from Mike French’s The View From Here magazine.  I purchased it to help support his magazine.  Okay, I know it is another mug!!  I just couldn’t help myself.  Click on the mug to see how you can purchase one for yourself or friends.  Also, go checkout his magazine.

lg-cuffbengeThen there are the ubiquitous coffee cuff or cozies that are a great idea for the environment as all the ones that I’ve seen are washable and reusable and in all different price ranges.  The one pictured on the right is “ made from reclaimed veneer offcuts, scraps from local cabinetry shops that would otherwise be sent to the landfill”  they are made by Contexture Designs.

With coffee cuffs, you can find them all over the place.  Most CI6ECAAL9C6VCARFZ72YCA0OWGVUCARMZ7M1CAIODELQCAO8WEUTCAMF72PPCAJCBPAHCA6P29ZZCA8SYHJ8CAB34490CA5I3R68CAOXBGJ3CAVF45QWCAPYPB53CAODIY4TCADCGBR4CA3W27H0CA73U6UKare hand made some are awful and others are extremely well made.  Some are whimsical, funny or pretty.  I only have three and one was a gift.  They are great for keep the heat in and away from your hand.  It is also great for cold drinks especially with the condensation that forms on the outside.  The one on the right  is my favorite and is faux suede from Coffee Cuffs. 

il_430xN_46228679Another place I like is from Etsy’s AlyTheRed’s Bliss Monkey Studio.  Hers are handmade and she used to sew professionally before starting her own business.  She also makes thing for all things related to coffee and…tea and wrist warmers and, water bottle carriers, bags and etc…

I could go on and on about coffee accessories, but I won’t.  (the crowd cheers)

So, what things to you collect or a hobby that creates collections?

Some People Dance for Their Coffee!!!

Posted on July 22nd, 2009 by Clinically Clueless

I thought it would be helpful to have some levity and embrace GO! Smell the Coffee.  But, don’t forget about the flower.  (note: I will NOT drink instant coffee!)

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All comments welcome to the coffee house plantation.

Share some of your funny food experiences or commercials.

Thank you, Flora 2000!

Posted on July 13th, 2009 by Jim

As Flora 2000 leave GSTF after a 2 year affiliation I wanted to thank them for providing a great flower delivery service and providing the flowers for the caption contests and the free flowers for 2008 to one lucky blogger.


So why the split?

The bottom line was the content as GSTF didn’t match up to the Flora 2000 brand and wasn’t  announced to Flora 2000 customers, as originally hoped. As I was responsible for all the content and posts it was my lack of direction, delivery and communication that wasn’t effective enough to keep this strategic alliance going so Flora 2000 understandably withdrew from the project.

Despite the ups & downs of the last 2 years I’ll still use Flora 2000 and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone else.

Al Pacino says it far better than I do with hope that our community will continue:

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Comments welcomed – thank you.

Domain transfer update: Please release me!

Posted on July 12th, 2009 by Jim

Following your requests and emails regarding an update and after the drama of last week I’m pleasaed to inform you that all that is required for my domain is for Rehan to unlocked the domain and issue me the authorisation code.  He was travelling yesterday and had no internet access so hopefully it can be done today.

To make it simple I’ve opened a godaddy account leaving me to deal with the transfer between godaddy and 1&1 - thanks to both providers as they’ve been a great help  – both clarifying the final step that is required.

Once it is GO! smell the flowers will return to the way it was pre-Flora 2000 and be donating 50% of everything to do with brand GSTF to Emma wheat and focus on getting our story published. We need to clean the GSTF site up pretty quickly as we’ve a couple of publishers and agents reading our manuscript now.

I am still being denied master admin access to my GO! smell the flowers site and cannot post an update, so come on RYK is me my admin code back and send the authorisation code:

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I’ve honoured Rehan’s request not to publish or share his 1 on 1 emails to me here but I’m happy to share mine. I’ve just emailed him the following request to enable this issue to be closed out in a timely fashion and nor be dragged out:

Hi Rehan,

My next interview is this coming Tuesday – I intend to report the direction of both sites and require you unlock the
domain and return it back to me as promised by 18:00 hours Dubai time on Monday 13th July.

To either godaddy or 1&1 is fine – I presume transfer to godaddy will be quicker.

I can then clean up both sites  and focus on the positives.

I’ll post an update at coffee now keeping the readers updating so we can close this out.


I’m still waiting to hear if the so called Cyber crime charges have been dropped (for instructing our content to be moved somewhere safe and that wasn’t under threat from a $60,000 ransom) and have also asked Rehan for an update on this so an innocent victim isn’t caught up in this ridiculous saga.

This was discussed during my interview on Saturday extra on  Local radio sation Dubai eye which went well and a big thanks to john Deykin and the team. 45 minutes in the hot seat running through the history of flowers and latterly coffee. I’m collecting a CD of the show later today which I’ll listen to in due course.

The tagline at coffee is ‘wake up’ and this certainly has been a wake up start to this place – we’ve more readers than ever and only a few brave souls posting comments which is understandable after such a negative start to the place.

I’m meeting a couple of potential supporting partners this week for coffee including a Dubai based adventure company and a fair trade coffee company. Rather than throw the towel on the community idea I’m going to pursue it and am drawing up plans over the coming weeks applying what I’ve learnt to date.

In the meantime I invite the contributors to post, welcome newbies Absolute Adventure and O’DB in the forest and crack on with comments and get this place GO!ng again.

Thanks for your support & understanding,



Domain transfer update and sad news!

Posted on July 10th, 2009 by Jim

Hello coffee smellers, just when we thought things were going to return to normal!

It appears that domain provider www.1& can’t transfer back to me from without an authorisation code from RYK who is trying desperately to release it back! So whilst 1&1, myself  & RYK work out what authorisation code is needed GO! Smell the flowers remains as it is for the time being.I’m still locked of my GO! Smell the flowers admin so can’t post an update there!

As soon as GO! Daddy clarify the authorisation code to RYK flowers will be transfered back to me – I get the authorisation code, enter it and the transfer is done but nobody knows where the code is! Come on GO! Daddy…help!


Sadly there has been a case lodged against one of my team in India for an alleged Cyber crime! – the  ‘cyber police’ are involved and require the passwords for the posts that I’ve protected (a goodwill gesture on my part for damage limitation) and I have the passwords for.  I sincerely hope the charges are dropped and this whole domain issue doesn’t become my media focus that drags the last 20 days back up and spend time and money on legal!  The ‘cyber police’ have asked to meet one of the team this Tuesday but it is me they should be talking to as the action of the last week stand squarely on my shoulders aiming for a positive outcome to all this.

I’ve taken all your comments, emails and phone calls on board regarding the futures of flowers & coffee and am beginning to get clarity on the future direction. I’ll be in a position to post about this when everything has been cleared up. RYK also has a couple of excellent suggestions on how the communities can grow and the energy focused to a positive.

Suggestion have been made that the last few weeks have been staged and it has all been done for self promotion of a book and a blog. Could anyone have scripted this, really?

I’m not granted admin access back to my site so can’t post an update but anytime soon. Local radio sation Dubai eye have invited me on to talk about the community and anyone can listen – wherever you are in the world : 09:30am Dubai time on Saturday – the Saturday extra show!

Just click here to stream and listen.

Afterall, it’s about bouncing back, Alan:

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What happens between now and then will dicate what is discussed on the show. What a start and a wake up call to the coffee community! What wake up calls have you had recently?

Thanks & Rgds,


Domain issue is resolved – Coffee / Flowers

Posted on July 9th, 2009 by Jim

The last 14 days have been exhausting and thankfully an agreeement has been reached.


Ultimately GSTF didn’t have the focus and business drive for it to succeed in justifying any further investment of my mentors time, money or patience with my incessant emails and scattered direction.

I’m going to have a serious think regarding the respective futures of coffee  / flowers – niether, either or both – for business or for pleasure? Really – I tried to do both – one hand ‘just for fun’ and the other hand ‘while you send someone flowers online’. A business based site is a very different focus than a water cooler, community led and sometimes ‘fun’ site.

I realise that my attention to detail on the tech issues has been poor, rarley taking the time to get into the detail and understand what does what:


Either way my passion behind building a community  has consumed me – but for what?

I don’t feel there was a winner and I’m working on  the lessons I have learned and will clarify my intentions in due course.  Recent posts and comments related to the domain issues here at coffee are password protected and I appeal to all visitors to respect this as they are in the process of  being removed.

We wipe the slate clean, we move on and we learn with new writers preparing to get on board and some not returning.

I ask you, the community and recent visitors - what you feel the future holds for flowers / coffee and how we can harness this energy and passion for a more positive online experience.

All are welcome – thank you – I’m off to the gym.

Smell the coffee: Get out more!

Posted on July 8th, 2009 by Jim

What was the last concert you went to? They really help put things into perpsective.

It’s been ages and I’m looking forward to seeing Keane play at the wonderful Madinet . Afterall, everybody is changing:

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Comments welcomed and I’ll save you a seat! Cheers and enjoy the show.

Move on – Smell the coffee!

Posted on July 7th, 2009 by Jim

It is time to move on  – it is time to smell the coffee!


I have no access to GO! Smell the flowers anymore, blocked about an hour ago as the master password I started the blog with has been changed.

Thanks to the email advice I got yesterday (published in the thread below) I can pursue the case through the appropriate channels.

Thanks to back up and tech support 3 years of content and comments are safe as our work is not lost: I take full responsibility for this : 100%.

To all coffee contributors: your username & passwords remain the same -  via this link. Your final designed badges will be up shortly having received valuable feedback from you on the first drafts that were designed in rapid fashion! your work and intellectual copyright is safe!

I’ll be announcing a couple of new contributors here GO! Smell the coffee in due course and in the meantime, are you a fan of coffee, if so what type?

Do tell, cinamon powder is optional!

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