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372. Get Ready to Mug It Up for the Blog’s 10th Anniversary!

Medallion art for the CPG Coffee Mug

The 10th anniversary of the blog is just around the corner in 2024. To celebrate, I’m brewing up some special Pete Geek events, beginning with the second event first, the official CPG Coffee (or Tea) Mug created for us by Deneen Pottery.

I say “second event first” because it’s the nature of PG events that the time between ordering and delivery varies considerably. The 2024 10th Anniversary POY, for example, is already in the works even though it won’t appear until next fall. The first Pete Geek event—which I hope to talk about next week, on the other hand, has a shorter lead time and may even be ready for us before Christmas. But I digress.

Two shapes are on offer: Tall Belly (left) and Ramsey (right)

For me, like many campaigners, coffee has always been my first choice of beverage—as Raymond Chandler says in The Long Goodbye, “I went out into the kitchen to make coffee – yards of coffee. Rich, strong, bitter, boiling hot, ruthless, depraved.  The life-blood of tired men.” Yup. That’s about the size of it.  I made the discovery as an undergrad when I found I had to do my studying either very late at night (after I got off my night job as a radio dispatcher) or in the wee hours of the morning (well before the 8 o’clock class). It made such quick inroads with me that before my sophomore year, my best friend and I had begun our own zine, Pipeman’s Quarterly: For Pipe & Coffee Connoisseurs. While pipes were the dominant interest, we always included articles and artwork on our favorite brew.

Coffee & Pipes: the Thinking Man’s Go-To Combo

Almost forty years later, I’ve been wanting a really great Pete coffee mug and I can think of no pottery better able to create one than Deneen. If you’ve ever visited the US National Parks, you’ve seen Deneen mugs and probably even brought one home.  They have a heft, texture, dynamism and distinctive aesthetic which are unmistakable.

As I said at the outset, I wouldn’t begin so early on the 2024 CPG Events, except that each one takes quite a while to develop—a little over three months from ordering to shipping in the case of the CPG Mug.

If enough of us decide we want one (or more!)–and we need 96 mugs to order–shipping will occur in early March.

Two colors are on offer: solid black (left) and forest w/sunshine glaze drip (right)

There will be two shapes and two colors: the Tall Belly in Black and in Forest w/Sunshine Glaze, and the Ramsey in black and in Forest w/Sunshine Glaze. This adds up to four distinct mugs for you to choose from (or any combination thereof) or hey, a complete set:

1. Tallbelly in Black
2. Ramsey in Black
3. Tallbelly in Forest Green w/Sunshine Glaze
4. Ramsey in Forest Green with Sunshine Glaze

The forest green with sunshine glaze epitomizes the beauty of Ireland to me and was a natural first choice.

The black was chosen because in combination with the tan medallion, it echoes Peterson’s black & gold color combination seen on boxes, catalogs, ceramic ashtrays and ceramic pipe stands from the Dublin era.

I’ve tested both shapes extensively from mugs in my collection and can attest they keep the coffee hot (but remember to preheat your mugs, which you presumably already know to do), don’t drip down the sides, and at 14 oz., keep you from running for more coffee every five minutes. They’re both dishwasher and microwave safe. One thing I’ve noticed on some of my oldest Deneen mugs is that they seem to “weather” really nicely, becoming even more handsome, like the best stoneware teapots.

 

The medallion artwork features a 309 Demonstrator which has previously graced the virtual pages of the blog. The backstory here is that I first saw a System demonstrator at Ted’s Pipe Shop in Tulsa in the late 1970s and was immediately struck by it, so much that whenever I’d go in with my high school and later college buddies, it was the first thing I’d look for.

What strikes me spiritually as well as aesthetically about the demonstrator is that—like an empty coffee cup—it shows the essential emptiness and simultaneous infinite capacity for being continually filled (think Zen Buddhism or St. Paul’s kenotic hymn in his letter to the Philippians).

As with all PG events, you won’t pay until the mugs ship in March, if we have enough interest in the project.

  • Price is $29.95 each
  • US Shipping: Priority Mail – $11 for orders of 1-2 mugs / $13  for orders of 3-4 mugs
  • International Shipping: FedEx International Connect (where available, otherwise US First Class Intl) – $24 for 1 mug / $28  for 2 mugs mugs / $32 for 3-4 mugs (this does NOT include any customs/import fees) 
  • Deadline: Monday, 4th December, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CST (GMT-6)
  • You will invoiced through PayPal when the mugs are ready to ship in March 

If you’d like to get one or more mugs,
fill out the Google Form here:
CPG COFFEE MUG NEEDED.

 

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels.” –St. Paul

 

 

The coming year marks the blog’s 10th anniversary, and with it another rise in PPN’s web-hosting fees. November 28th marks “Giving Tuesday,” so for the very first time I’m here with begging bowl in hand to ask you to support the blog’s growing costs.

You’ve probably noticed this is a non-monetized site, free of the ads that plague so many other blogs, as I’ve always believed pipe smoking is essentially a contemplative act and ought, from the hobby side, to be as free as possible from commercial considerations as possible.  The storage and site domain fees of a blog like this one—which depends on a lot of images—necessarily go up as more posts are published, and the Adobe Cloud software products that go into its visual creation are a monthly concern.

A few years ago, my good friend the late Jørgen Jensen asked me to install a “Donations” button. I told him I didn’t want anyone to think I was looking for a handout and he told me he didn’t want to read it unless he could support the work and costs that went into it. So I installed it, and Jørgen, bless his heart, used it on a regular basis, as have several of my readers since then.

The compliments, kindness and praise that come my way from any particular post richly repay the work that goes into it, not to mention the friendships that have grown out of the blog in a mutual love of the world’s greatest pipes. If the spirit prompts you, know that anything you contribute will be received with a grateful heart.

 

 

CPGs & THEIR XL5BCs

Cao Jianle, CPG

 

PROF. JOHN SCHANTZ, CPG

 

STAN P., CPG

 

TRENT CLIFTON, CPG

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Kendall B
Kendall B
3 months ago

I was pouring the kettle water into my French press as I read this! Coffee is an absolute must in the morning for me to pair with my morning pipe. Excited for these mugs to add to my mug collection!

Daniel
Daniel
3 months ago

Welp… I’m in.

Robert Earl
Robert Earl
3 months ago

Made pour over in my Deneen mug from Cape Cod National Seashore as I sat down to open this PPN installment. My Sunday tradition. Ordered black for coffee and green for my occasional cup of Irish Breakfast whole leaf tea…

Redcoat’s Return
Redcoat’s Return
3 months ago

10 years!???????? Thats deserved celebration indeed ? I ordered my CPG 10th Anniversary coffee mug already ? Well done Mark and thank you for all the great work you do! ???

Brandon
Brandon
3 months ago

I’m in as well. Love them!

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

You’re happily driving me to the poorhouse (kidding!) with all this fantastic loot! I will contribute to the site, but first, you must educate the ignorant. I love coffee, but preheating a mug? Please, illuminate the darkened manuscript of my mind.

John M Young
John M Young
3 months ago

Nicely Done, Mark. You saved me some birthday present shopping for the oldest daughter and her husband. Both are Peterson lovers & they have the same birthday. I wonder who got them initiated to Petes?

Chris Mendoza
Chris Mendoza
3 months ago

Take my money, I’ll take 2

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
3 months ago

Wow – you guys get up early! I just put on a pot of coffee and sat down to discover this great Pete Geek idea! Definitely in.

Nevaditude
Nevaditude
3 months ago

Thanks Mark, Likewise a coffee & Peterson Geek here, so…ordered one of each style in a different color. Two mugs, one for each hand for REALLY tough mornings?. Now, I need to get on the list for the Pete Geek tampers (2) and a Dracula (1)?.Thanks for what you do here and for reminder of ever increasing blog costs. Appreciate all you have done and continue to do for this community.??

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton
3 months ago
Reply to  Nevaditude

Hey Mark, you are on the list for the tampers! Wow, coffee will never taste better coming from a “Pete Geek” mug!

Chris Tarman, CPG
Chris Tarman, CPG
3 months ago

Done and DONE! I ordered one of each shape.

Linwood
Linwood
3 months ago

This means, thank you, that I will be able to retire my two (one coffee, one tea) Pipes and Tobaccos mugs, the coffee one which the wife has tried to throw out many times, stating something about looking like a – well, she’s grossed out about it, so I will order! 10 years! WOW!!! Congratulations! What joy you bring us!

Paul Combs
Paul Combs
3 months ago

Congratulations on 10 years Mark! This blog and the community of great folks gathered around it are a pleasant enrichment of the hobby. ? The Pete Geek mugs look great and I am looking forward to March. Coffee is definitely my go-to beverage to accompany a pipe and at some point I would be interested to hear from folks what their favorite grind is, maybe that can be part of the festivities when the mugs have arrived.
☘️☕️☘️

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul Combs

Hi Paul, I concur about coffee grinds as much as we do about our tobacco blends! Perhaps we can get Mark to resurrect some of the old Pipeman’s Quarterly thoughts on coffee as well as tobaccos!!!

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Full of beans…? Yeah, most likely the Arabica and Robusta varieties 🙂

Matthew Webb
Matthew Webb
3 months ago

The choices were difficult so I took the liberty of ordering a complete set!
Thank you for the reminder of how to give back to this wonderful site. I decided to make it a monthly contribution.

Linwood
Linwood
3 months ago

LIGHT BULB MOMENT!!!
These will hold enough pipe cleaners to last – heck – more than a weeks worth of smoking! Another problem plagueing the world is solved by pipe smokers!

Disgruntled Local
Disgruntled Local
3 months ago

coffee and a pipe, what a simple yet special pleasure. order in!

Chris Streeper
Chris Streeper
3 months ago

Somehow, neither of my replies posted. I’m very excited about these coffee mugs Mark. Thank you! Even more so, congratulations on 10 years of this blog! We are all grateful for what you do, and the heart and soul that you put into this.

Martin
Martin
3 months ago

Ordered two of them .What a nice idea of a BlogMug.

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
3 months ago

Very cool! Congrats on 10 years! Will love to support the cause 🙂

Marlowe
Marlowe
3 months ago

Reading this two days late Mark. Firstly, I had often wondered about the cost of this site but have never even noticed the donate button – ever. I had to go looking when I read about donating and there was! I will be using it. Secondly, congrats on 10 years! …and a PPN mug! Brilliant. The timing hopefully will work that I’ll be back in Florida again and can have it – or them – shipped to my son’s address. I’m afraid that despite my son in law being an expert in coffee, (he’s the equivalent of a wine sommelier… Read more »

Erik R
Erik R
3 months ago

Ordered one of the straight sided green ones. Hard to beat a good strong cup of black coffee and a pipe.

Rick Myerscough
Rick Myerscough
3 months ago

Very nice… I have several mugs like these and I enjoy my morning coffee in them…
Thanks for keeping us informed…
Blessings,
Rick

Chris Tarman, CPG
Chris Tarman, CPG
3 months ago

How about that? Upon further investigation, I discovered that the very nice mug I bought at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in 1986 is a Deneen (albeit a shape they no longer make). Until we moved three years ago, I had kept pipe cleaners in it. Since we moved, it’s been in the kitchen cabinet with all the other mugs, unused until I decided to look at the mark on the bottom this morning. Now I’m drinking coffee from it!

Jon O
Jon O
3 months ago

Happy 10th anniversary, Mark! Your blog and books are a blessing to Peterson fans everywhere. Thank you. I am signed up for a mug. Deneen was a great choice—I have one of their mugs from Martin guitars and I love it.