Thanks, Pen Addict!

It was a great surprise this weekend to open Refill, the weekly pen addict members newsletter. Brad gave a nice shout out to my Chicago Cubs carry post.

Brad's kind words from the Refill newsletter.

Brad’s kind words from the Refill newsletter.

Thanks, Brad, for your continual support of the little guys in the pens blogosphere. You always treat us as community members and not competition. If you are not a Pen Addict member yet, go sign up now!

Chicago Cubs In My Pocket

chicagocubspocketPen: Jinhao 159 Chicago Cubs Edition
Ink: Namiki Blue
Paper: Muji
Coffee: Cafe Bustelo Bialetti

I enjoy using pens and pencils that match a season or occasion. I’ve pulled out my orange pens and ink for fall. Around July 4th I always slip my Retro 51 Betsy in my pocket.

I’m celebrating the Chicago Cubs return to the NLCS by adding some Cubs themed tools to my October carry.


cubspocket04I’ll be using these often until the cubs win their first World Series since 1908. Or until their season ends. Again.

cubspocket03GO CUBS!


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Inked: October 2016

inked-header-oct-2016It’s October! The mornings and evenings are finally cool. The leaves are starting to change color. And Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back! I just couldn’t resist pulling out some fabulous fall fountain pens and inks to use this month.

Inked this Month


TWSBI 580 AL Orange M [ Anderson Pens | Amazon ]
Diamine Autumn Oak [ Goulet Pens | Cult Pens | Amazon ]

Lamy Al-Star Copper Orange M [ Amazon ]
Lamy Copper Orange [ Cult Pens | Amazon ]

Retro 51 Lincoln F [ Jet PensAmazon ]
Diamine Ancient Copper [ Goulet Pens | Cult PensAmazon ]

Pelikan M200 Café Crème B [ Amazon ]
J Herbin Café des Îles [ Goulet Pens | Amazon ]

Lamy Logo Twilight [ Vanness PensAmazon ]
Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts [ Goulet Pens Amazon ]

Edison Noveau Premiere Autumn Embers 1.1 [ Goulet Pens ]
Pelikan Blue-Black [ Amazon ]

Retro 51 Tornade Pen Addict Limited Edition [ Pen Addict ]
Schmidt P1826 Blue [ GoldspotAmazon ]

Coffee of the Month

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course.

Let’s Go Shopping

Check out the The Lanier Briefcase on Kickstarter by our friends at Nock Co.
It looks like a great case, but I’m even more excited about the A5 notebooks!

The British Pound is quite low against the Dollar. Now is a great time to grab a Pelikan or the Diamine Deep Dark Inks from Cult Pens. I know I did!

T-Shirt of the Month

National Coffee Day 2016

National Coffee Day HeaderPen: Pelikan M200 Café Crème Bold
Ink: J. Herbin Café des Îsles
Paper: Exacompta Forum Journal
Coffee: Starbucks Italian Roast

Happy National Coffee Day!

2016 has been quite crazy. Life continues to move faster than the speed of blog. I can’t believe I haven’t posted yet this year.

Well, National Coffee Day seems like the perfect day to break the post drought. I’ll make a great effort to post regularly moving forward. I’m itching to post about my favorite tools again. Perhaps more coffee will help.

Today we celebrate!coffeedaytools-2

I’m drinking my current daily driver coffee in my new coffee mug gifted by a friend. Thanks Teresa!

I’ll also be sure to stop by a favorite local coffee shop today to get a Goat Island Mocha. Here’s a reminder to support your local independent coffee shop.

I’m wearing my favorite coffee t-shirt. Yes, I have more than one.

Drink Coffee. Do Good.

My Life Motto

And I’m writing with the prefect coffee day pen – my new Pelikan M200 Café Crème. I missed out on this special edition last year and was super excited to discover Cult Pens still had it in stock. With the favorable exchange rates (Thanks, Brexit!), I was compelled to grab one. It’s gorgeous, a great writer, and perfect for the pens ‘n’ coffee guy.

This pen looks good enough to drink!

This pen looks good enough to drink!

What ink for today? I had to use Café des Îsles. It has a coffee bean on the label! I love its shading. It may have to be the permanent partner with this pen.

Enjoy the day!

May your coffee be strong and your nibs be smooth. [Tweet this.]


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Palamino Blackwing 1138 Unboxing

I finally opened the December 2015 Limited Edition Blackwing 1138.
I had a lot of fun with my last unboxing video, so I had to do another one. 🙂

Check out what’s in the box.

National Coffee Day Giveaway Winner

National Coffee Day Header

It’s a week past National Coffee Day and time to pick the giveaway winner.

I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a great one at Pens ‘n’ Coffee. Besides celebrating National Coffee Day, we launched the first Pens ‘n’ Coffee T-shirt, and Blackwing sent some love by emailing my Blackwing 211 unboxing video to their entire email list – twice.

Now, for the giveaway winner. I’m drinking some fabulous Fair Trade Organic Sumatra Mandheling from Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery. And the winner of the Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery giveaway is…

Josh E, randomly chosen by Raffelcopter, with a winning tweet.
Josh Coffee Giveaway Tweet

Check your email Josh so I can get your coffee on its way!

Thanks to our at home audience for playing along. We only had one winner here, but we all win every day there is coffee in our cup.

How about a Pens ‘n’ Coffee T-shirt?

PensNCoffeeT-HeaderNational Coffee Day seems like a great day to launch our first Pens ‘n’ Coffee T-shirt.

Show you love for Pens, Coffee, & Other Awesome Things. Grab your own T-shirt here:

Available in several colors through October 15, 2015.PensNCoffeeT

National Coffee Day 2015 Giveaway

National Coffee Day 2015Pencil: Palamino Blackwing 211
Paper: Muji Notebook
Coffee: Americano from Floyd and Blackies (a local independent coffee shop)


Every year on September 29 we pause as a nation to celebrate the joy in a cup that is coffee. Enjoy your day off work – your business did close in honor of National Coffee Day, right? – and support your local independent coffee shop.

Last year Pens ‘n’ Coffee held a pencil giveaway to celebrate National Coffee Day. That’s weird.

This year we’re celebrating by giving away a 12 oz bag of coffee beans from Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery. The owners of this independent coffee shop understand the importance of working for the common good, both locally and globally. Coffee can be a part of this work!

The contest begins on National Coffee Day and ends on Midnight (Eastern Time), October 6 2015.

Enter the contest on the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Which of the great coffee selections at Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery would you choose?

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Coffee Day 2015


Palamino Blackwing 211 Unboxing Video

Received my Blackwing Volumes Subscription #2 today. Here’s an unboxing video.

Note: WOOHOO! I Love it!

Update: Thanks Blackwing for posting my video on your website and emailing it to the entire world. #ShareTheLove #FriendsAreFriendsForever

Life Moves Faster

Life Moves Faster

Life moves faster
than the speed
of blog

The desire to write
is often stronger
than than the writing

The use of pen and ink

-Dr. Pat Hannon

TWSBI Eco 1.1
Sailor Yama-dori