jason Laughlin

Rules For Getting Through The Coffeepocalypse

It’s Wednesday morning, and you’re running late. You totally remembered to set the alarm on your iPad, but the kid stole it to play Toca Monsters while you were in the shower. So when the time came to hear the soothing sounds of your Partridge Family ringtone, the device was well past earshot. Thus, you […] Read more


The Scariest Books We’ve Read

It’s October. The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and all basic cable programming has turned to grainy nightvision footage. Even Animal Planet. It’s the second scariest time of year next to the last day of school. To celebrate we’re going to share with you the scariest books we’ve ever read. Click the […] Read more


Waffling Standards

NOTE: This article was SUPPOSED to be about Highlander Grogg, but I ordered it too late. So in its stead we’ll revisit the first cup of coffee I ever enjoyed. Just a friendly reminder, kids: I am NOT some coffee diva who took tasting courses in France in order to gain a surgical palate when […] Read more


The Hunt For Whiskey Beans, Pt 2: Whiskeyed Coffee Beer, Take My Mind

As you’ll recall from the previous article, ol’ Jason took it upon himself to travel up to Denton, TX in order to try Lakewood Brewery’s enchanting concoction known as French Quarter Temptress –a beer made with coffee beans aged in a bourbon-barrel for four months prior to roast- only to find out the patrons were […] Read more


The Hunt for Whiskey Beans, Pt 1

The Grind It’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary […] Read more


My Beef with Coffee

The GrindIt’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary eyes […] Read more


STARSUCKS

The GrindIt’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary eyes […] Read more


Rise Up From The Ashes

The GrindIt’s difficult to imagine a time in history before the cultivation of the mighty coffee bean. It was most likely bleak and everyone was cranky. Thankfully, we live in a civilized time where our biggest problem is choosing our favorite bean and brew that gets us through our day. Doing this through bleary eyes […] Read more


Café Muy Dulce!

I’ve always been against putting things in my coffee. Mainly because it wastes time that could be used for more coffee. But, Jason makes an interesting case here. -ben When I first started drinking coffee, the only way I could enjoy it was if it included a little half-and-half and a ridiculously large amount of […] Read more


The OTHER Cold Brew

NOTE: I know I generally tend to make comparisons between coffee and beer in my musings. And oftentimes I just happen to bring up beer for no particular reason (other than it’s awesome.) But despite the misleading title, I will NOT be mentioning beer in today’s column. Except for just now. Beer is delicious. When […] Read more


Mug Down

Aw crap, did you guys know next Sunday is freaking FATHER’S DAY?!?!?! I myself would have completely forgotten if it weren’t for the fact that my wife has asked me EVERY STINKING DAY what I would like on ‘my special day’ for the past two weeks. And in honor of the Constitution of the Guy […] Read more


The Big Kona

Early into my coffee-drinking nascence I found myself having trouble drinking your run-of-the-mill java. Most coffee just had a tinge of bitterness to me. So I started asking some of my buddies what sort of quality stuff they tend to purchase so they can avoid drinking a cup of bile in order to wake the […] Read more


A Roast of the French

Ahhh, the French. They’ve contributed many, many things to this great, wondrous ball o’ dirt we occasionally pee on, such as the oboe, modern film, and Canada. But they’ve also brought us useful things as well. Who can forget the first time we actually stuck our tongue in the mouth of someone we liked (or […] Read more


K, Really?

My sister let me know not too long ago that her dear cornfed husband had purchased her a Keurig as a gift. She then began extolling its virtues as if it were one miracle away from sainthood in every cup. In her mind, somehow a machine that pokes two holes in a little Dixie cup […] Read more


Jasester’s Choice

Okay, by now we’ve pretty much established I’m no expert in the field of coffee. If anything, I’m just a guy who knows what he likes, all the while experimenting with new types of beans whenever the opportunity arises. And like I said in my first post, I’ve really only been drinking coffee regularly for […] Read more


Jamaica Good Coffee!

Upon trying my hand at tackling the topic of coffee for DWH I’ve run across many interesting little tidbits of information. For instance, did you know that coffee doesn’t actually cure hangovers?   However, it heightens your senses enough that it appears to do so. Of course, that sounds an awful lot like saying coffee actually […] Read more


The Rules

I’ve been getting some feedback from my previous article here at DWH. And while I appreciate any and all suggestions, let’s lay down some ground rules here, shall we? A few weeks back I visited the Franconia Brewing Company located in McKinney, Texas. For anyone who hasn’t been there for their weekly tour, it’s $5 […] Read more


Kenya Peaberry Blues

For the record, I’m a little peeved at myself for not suggesting my column be called Caffeinated Tangents BEFORE we came up with the stupid name… The Grind. Really, Jason? Anyhow, I met the Head-Dumb-White-Husband-In-Charge (heretofore known as the HDWHIC) Benjamin Tiberius Wallace back in college. And I imagine he discovered I had a knack for […] Read more