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Philz represented at Outside Lands 2010

We had two booths at Outside Lands Music Festival up in San Francisco…and it was pretty busy…

Phil talked about coffee…
Jacob was excited to see Kings of Leon (or at least listen to them)

Some photos of the festival by Wendy Goodfriend.

Coffee in space

Have you ever wondered how the astronauts get their java jolt while in space? Endeavour shuttle astronaut Don Pettit brought up some instant coffee for his trip to space a couple years ago and he managed to invent a new way of drinking it.

Normally, the astronauts have to drink liquids in pouches with straws but now with Mr. Pettit’s invention, the surface tension inside the pouch holds the liquid safely. He took a page out of his Flight Data File mission book to create the zero gravity cup shown in the video below.

Check out this great video of him showing off his invention:


Did you know that mint is really good for you? It’s not just a garnish on our coffees & teas…

If you try our mint tea, the mint is steeped with green or black tea (your choice) and the flavor is oh-so-heavenly. It’s good for stomachaches and bad breath too!

Oh and supposedly, mint is known to enhance male virility and improve woman’s sensuality. Aristotle warned Alexander the Great to not allow his soldiers to drink mint tea during campaigns, mainly because the philosopher believed it to be an aphrodisiac. Slightly harder to prove but what’s the harm in trying, right?!

Pantone Coffee/Tea Mugs

I’m always on the lookout for cool mugs that would be perfect for our coffee/tea drinkers and I seriously LOVE these ones!! The My Cuppa Coffee Mug is just one of the most awesome coffee mugs out there (especially if you are Pantone geek like me). These mugs would be perfect on an art director’s desk or a graphic design studio’s kitchen!

They’ve selected a Pantone color for the type of coffee you want — whether it’s milky, regular, dark & strong, or black. Just match the Pantone color and it’s perfection in your cup!

For the tea drinkers out there, these are pretty cool Pantone Tea Mugs:

They’ve found the perfect Pantone color to correspond to the different strengths and kinds of tea.

I think they should really add two more to the set…a Green Tea as well as an Istanbul Treat, don’t you?

Mario dazzles Whole Foods in Los Gatos

We did another demonstration at Whole Foods in Los Gatos this past weekend with Mario, our 4th Street Philevangelist. He was absolutely awesome with all the customers wanting to know more about Philz Coffee…and he seemed to be a BIG hit with the ladies!

Check out his suave fedora (a la Phil)!!

First of many firsts!

Say hi to Matt!

Matt is our first customer to actually sit outside at our Berkeley store. He lives around the corner (and is quickly becoming a regular!). We’re hoping to get some permanent outdoor seating soon but we just couldn’t resist moving some of our indoor stuff outside because of this weekend’s beautiful weather!

Berkeley Team in the house!

You might have seen these smiling faces at the various San Francisco locations getting their cream and sugaring on but they are seriously gearing up to rock it in the East Bay!! Soon, we promise!! Just a couple more inspections and then we’re good to go!!

Until then, say hello to your Berkeley Team and Phil!!!

Philz Coffee on the move!

So you thought that one of our stores was the only place to get a cup of Philz made by our special Philz baristas? Turns out if you happened to be at Whole Foods Franklin store this weekend, you would’ve had a treat.

Our trusty supervisor at 18th Street, Polo, making Philz Coffee outside Whole Foods! How great is this?

Nice pour, Polo!

Stay tuned, there may be more of these little outings in the future. We will try to alert you to them before they happen…

Coffee date with Robert DeNiro?

You could have a coffee date with the actor, Robert DeNiro, if you bid on his auction for the 2010 RFK Center Auction.

What would you ask him or talk about?

If you could specify the place and suggest Philz, I’m pretty sure he’d be blown away with our New Manhattan blend! Unfortunately, since he’s a proud New Yorker, the coffee date is in the Big Apple…Next time, kids, next time!

Earth Day Happenings

Did you know that it took 125 years to consume the first trillion barrels of oil and the world will consume the next trillion in only 30 years, according to Chevron? — Earth Day 2010 Climate Change Facts pamphlet

Since this is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and we’re a green company here at Philz, I thought it would be a great idea to highlight some of the events happening throughout the week taking advantage of Earth Day this Thursday!

Even if you can’t get out to enjoy the festivities, remember that every time you bring your reusable mug to Philz for a cup of coffee, it’s always the price of a small. Hopefully, that’s all the motivation you need to become greener in your life!

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000.
* Earth Day Programs (April 17-25): A wide range of daily activities and animal presentations will feature fun facts and tips about protecting our planet.
* Fragile Planet (April 17-25): Enjoy Morrison Planetarium’s inaugural show, Fragile Planet, as it returns for a one-week engagement. Details below.
* Earth Day at NightLife (April 22): Celebrate our extreme home, Earth – the only planet known to support life – during an eco-themed NightLife event from 6-10pm.
* Family Explorations of Golden Gate Park (April 24-25): Join an Academy Naturalist outdoors and learn about our wild neighbors, the ecosystems where they live and what you can do to help protect them.

In our “almost” new home, Berkeley, they are doing it up right with a great festival on Saturday, April 24th. Music, at Civic Center Park at Martin Luther King Way and Allston Way

San Jose State University sustainability week. Through April 25, San Jose State will offer free special Earth Day programming, including panel discussions, speakers, garden tours and movie screenings at 1 Washington Square, San Jose. Check website for a detailed schedule, at the SJ Sustainability Week website!

Earth Day on the Avenue. Willow Glen celebrates Earth Day with a free seed and eco-prize giveaway and local green products and services marketplace, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24. Downtown Willow Glen, Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. Free. More information at Willow Glen’s website.

Spring in Guadalupe Gardens. Over 40 vendors will sell plants and garden art and free compost will be offered at 10 a.m. April 24. Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Free. 408-298-7657, Guadalupe River Park and Gardens website.

Redwood Grove Workdays:
This season’s restoration activities will focus on invasive plant removal and installation of native plants. Regular workdays will be held the 2nd and last Saturday of each month from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Redwood Grove Earth Day:
11:30am – 12:30pm Volunteer Workshift — still has 16 spots as of posting this!
1:00pm – 2:00pm Volunteer Workshift — still has 7 spots as of posting this!
April 24 – Earth Day celebration
Redwood Grove, 482 University Avenue, Los Altos
To register, go to Acterra’s website.

Have a happy Earth Day week!