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Three OUP Employees Pay Homage to International Coffee Day (Everyday)

The Fresh Pots Society (FPS) was born when three OUP publicists—Jonathan Kroberger, Owen Keiter, and Sam Blum—realized they had a shared fascination with coffee, caffeine intake, and general snobbery. Each afternoon, Jonathan, Owen, and Sam convene over a delicious French-pressed pot of their finest grounds and catch an afternoon jolt of much needed caffeine and conversation. The process of preparing such coffee can be quite laborious, however. To get a better idea of how we make our brew, see the series of gifs above.


The Fresh Pots Society

We’re celebrating International Coffee Day by sharing this little list of our very favourite ways to enjoy our java. Brew up this morning and smell the coffee!

  • Café au lait: coffee with milk
  • Café noir: black coffee
  • Espresso: a type of strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans
  • Cappuccino: a type of coffee made with espresso and milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam
  • Latte: a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, milkier than a cappuccino
  • Flat white: a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, but without the froth characteristic of a cappuccino
  • Macchiato: a drink of espresso coffee with a dash of frothy steamed milk.
  • Mocha: a type of fine-quality coffee, a drink or flavouring made with mocha, typically with chocolate added
  • A Turkish or Greek coffee: very strong black coffee served with the fine grounds in it
  • Irish coffee: coffee mixed with a dash of Irish whiskey and served with cream on top
Teaching in prison on World Day of Social Justice | OUPblog

On an overcast day in January 2013, with no criminal justice background and no real teaching experience, I entered the stark grounds of New Jersey’s only maximum-security women’s prison to co-teach a course on memoir writing. The youngest in a classroom of thirteen women, many of whom were serving life or double-life sentences, plus my two mentors and co-teachers, Courtney Polidori and Michele Tarter, my mind began spinning with concern and doubt.

Finally got to use a bath oil!!! This is the Sun bath oil. I really can’t wait for these to come to the rest of us (hopefully) b/c they are a great and much needed addition to the variety of melts. It melted beautifully and made the water and myself very silky and a bit oily, as expected, since it is an oil. The smell was luvly and strong and basically I luved everything about it. Overall I would most definitely buy again and I hope I get to!


So it’s throwback thursday and I’m going back exactly one year to the Shatterdome UK meet to go see Pacific Rim at the Prince Charles cinema.  Now it was a wonderful day in and of itself and any day where I watch PacRim with other fans is going to be good but this was particularly special because it was day I met these two nerds.

therailsplitter who I was more than a little intimidated by at first but who quickly one me over with her warmth and sheer Chuckitude which shouldn’t be a thing but it totally is.  Andi you are amazing and I’m so lucky to have you as a friend.

After the film when we were all hanging out in the bar was when I spotted a fellow costumed Newt and, being the person I am, I immeidately went up to him and complimented him on his outfit.  He quipped that he was wearing his usual clothes and I laughed.  That might have been it if I hadn’t seen him again outside pulling on a jacket with a Hufflepuff patch and I knew then that this was someone I had to know.  Thankfully he was willing to swap tumblr urls and let me take a picture and so began a friendship that would only snowball as time went by. ganondilf - thank you for dealing with me in full on fangeek mode with such aplomb, letting me basically colonise your table at Nine Worlds when we next saw each other in person and making a place for me in your life.  I can’t imagine what the past year would have been like without knowing you and I can’t see the rest of my life without you playing a massive part in it <3

I love you guys - thank you for a wonderful year, I can’t wait to see what the next one brings us XD

I met this reaally nice (and not to mention attractive) guy in the laundry room today and we talked some, and then i remembered i was meeting my roommate at the pool! I even forgot to ask him his name! or what floor he lives on. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll see him around since he live in my dorm!

  • The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • Mosby Family Singers
  • Fire In My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherwordly African-American Gospel (1944-2007)

Again, gospel music is what does the trick when all this philosophy gets to me.  One of my favorites.  The last bit is pure goodness.