Friday, March 1, 2019

Fancy Coffee Drinks

Josie and Kelton Balka, honeymoon espresso class

Kelly Bates: "When I hear the kids talking and they go to order these coffees, me and Gil are clueless. I don't even know them all. There's latte and frappe, Frappuccino, and extra pumps of this, and a little bit of that."

Gil Bates: "What's a macchiato?"

Kelly: "No idea-er."

Are you familiar with all the different coffee drinks that are available at coffee shops these days? Gil and Kelly admit that they aren't. In this video, which is an extended scene from last night's episode (be sure to check out our recap), Josie and Kelton Balka kick off their honeymoon with an espresso class at Summit Coffee Co in Asheville, North Carolina. They also learn something interesting about the term "cappuccino." Anyone heard of the Capuchin monks?


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

42 comments:

  1. Thate interesting. lol I'm with Gil & Kelly I don't know coffee drinks either

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  2. I remember the days when people asked "cream and sugar?". I'm a little clueless at times when it comes to coffee drinks. I'd love to take a coffee class. I have never heard of the Capuchin monks but now you've sparked my curiosity.

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  3. Capuchin monks? YES. I have known who they are my whole life as my uncle was a cappucine monk. They are Franciscan (after St. Francis) Catholic priests. YES, we are Roman Catholic and for anyone to believe that we are not Christian is quite an insulting thing. My uncle, was from Italy; ordained after WWII. He was sent to live in East Africa for 30 years and start a mission. He and 4 other Roman Catholic Cappucines were let off and had only a small suitcase each. They slept in huts until they built a monastery. They learned how to speak Bantu and a few other East African dialects. They had little and gave away what was given to them. My mother visited them after her brother was there 15 years. She was humbled by that experience. They were allowed to visit their families every 10 years; not jetted back and forth many times a year like some other missionaries that we have read about here. He passed away 51 years after his ordination of heart troubles and effects of malaria from living in the jungle for so long. Now, folks, THAT is a missionary and a person who has dedicated their life to the Lord. Please don't call us 'not Christians' any more. I thank you for reading this post.

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    1. Catherine from IrelandMarch 2, 2019 at 2:31 PM

      What an amazing life he led. How proud your family must be

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    2. What an awesome account. Document this if your family hasn’t. So much of our history is lost when people pass away. Thank you for sharing.

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    3. I am sure there are and have been many dedicated and noble individuals within the Catholic church whose only mission has been to be servants of the people. However, I have come to view any top-down, patriarchal religious institution as representing a kind of power that is inherently vulnerable to corruption and abuse of that power. The staggering accounts of sexual abuse and cover up within the Catholic church, as well as within the Southern Baptist denomination, are prime examples. It's little wonder that so many are disillusioned with religion in general and churches are losing membership in great numbers. If significant systemic problems remain within church hierarchies, I believe it disingenuous for these mainline churches to continue trying to convert others or "save souls." They first have to save theselves. When church leaders betray the trust of their members for decades and refuse to awknowledge it or take drastic steps to correct things, calling themselves Christian is really quite meaningless.

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    4. That would make a great movie!

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    5. As an actual non Christian, and a student of history, I have always been baffled by the assertion some varieties of Christians make about Catholics not being Christian. How do people think the worship of Christ even made it to the 20th century?
      From a Jewish perspective, and by definition, Christian means worshipper of Christ, so anyone who does, is.

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    6. to 5:07 am. Anyone who commits abuse is evil. There are as many % of teachers and sports coaches as religious people who are abusers. It does not mean we get rid of hockey and gymnastics and schools. It means we condemn abusers and teach children to speak up. It means we condemn the sinner but not the entire institution.

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    7. @2:01- Because it is an extremely authoritarian institution, at least within the hierarchy, there have been few checks and balances on the misbehavior of the powerful within the Catholic church. The same came be said for other churches that are structured in the same way. As we know, there is a strong history of cover-up within these institutions and few offenders have been prosecuted and punished accordingly.

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    8. How are they missionaries locked up in a monestary? I can’t quite grasp that

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    9. @3:22 the only one who can decide who is and who isn't a Christian is Christ himself. He gave us His word so we can know His standards, and the bottom line is not everyone talking about heaven is going there.

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    10. 2:01, It's rather difficult for all victims to speak up when history shows them that their abusers will be protected and covered for by their religious institution. When the problems are systemic, the entire organization must be condemned.

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    11. 3:22, Catholics are not the only ones who believed in Christ from ancient times, and Catholicism does not have a lot of resemblance to the church Jesus established. You will not find statues in a positive light, confessions to a priest, priests/monks/nuns, making dead people saints (the Bible says that all who accept Christ as their Savior are saints), purgatory, a pope, etc., in the Bible.

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    12. Yes the Roman Catholic early Church was a body of people led by St Peter who was appointed by Christ Himself. There were no other denominations in ancient times. If not for the Catholic Church, people would have forgotten all about Jesus within 100 yrs.
      Oh and "Confess your sins one to another" IS indeed in the Bible.
      Thank you for your insight 3:22
      It's good to hear from someone who can see Christianity from the outside.

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  4. I have loved coffee since my college years, but only if it's strong and black without the added goodies. As I've aged, however, my body cannot tolerate caffeine like it used to. So, it's decaf for me. Somehow, it just doesn't quite measure up to the high-octane brew!

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  5. On their honeymoon, they should be taking long walks alone on the beach, instead of taking an espresso class in front of a camera crew. It isn't right or even healthy to honeymoon like this.

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    1. I was going to ask if it's normal in the U.S. to go to classes like this on one's honeymoon. Or is it to make the T.V. Show more interesting? Because in fact it's boring to watch them doing this. It would be more interesting to see what their new house looks like and where they work.

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    2. On their honeymoon, they should be doing whatever they want to do!

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    3. Excuse me??? What makes you think it isn’t right or healthy to honeymoon that way?!?! There will always be coffee drinkers on this earth, and Josie LOVES coffee, so that’s the perfect way to honeymoon!!! Why are you on this blog at all if you just want to tell them they don’t know how to honeymoon??

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    4. Josie and Kelton spent plenty of time on the beach during their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Their time in NC was just a part of their honeymoon.
      People take all sorts of classes on trips, including honeymoons. Josie and Kelton seemed to enjoy the espresso and just spending time together.

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    5. If the network foots the bill, you have to play by their rules in many respects. They must like it or they wouldn't be doing it.

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    6. When I was traveling in Italy 30 years ago, a couple from Australia was on their honeymoon and doing a bus trip. They had known each other from childhood and thought doing a bus trip with other 20 yr olds was a great honeymoon. Just because one person says they want to be alone on their honeymoon does not mean that is the right choice for everyone.

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    7. Being with friends is totally different than being with a camera crew, who is paid to be there and really doesn't care about you.

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  6. Coffee really smells good but don't like the taste.

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  7. I'm sure they get plenty of alone time too. Or maybe they do as the Duggars; one honeymoon for the cameras and one alone.

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  8. Lol Kelly is hilarious ! I'm with you on this too Kelly, I ain't got a clue!

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  9. Thank you for your kind responses to my post about my cappucine monk uncle. I appreciate that my post 'made it' to the blog.

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    1. How are they missionaries when they’re stuck in a monestary?

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    2. It's a great testimony, thank you for sharing! We are Catholic as well as dear friends of the Bates who visit often and have been to all weddings, parties etc. Catholic is simply the 1st and only Christian body of believers until the 1500s.
      Nothing for anyone to argue about. We're all in this together :)

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    3. They are not stuck in a monastary. They pray and sleep there. They are mostly ministering to those in need, Good bless them!

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  10. As a speech therapist; I continue to be curious about Kelton’s impairment. I can’t quite place my finger on the problem.

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    1. How do you know there’s an impairment? I don’t believe anyone has mentioned an issue and there’s nothing the matter with the way he talks! His jaw might have just a bit more pronounced movements but I think it’s just the uniqueness with which God made him!!!

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    2. To what are you referring?

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    3. I've noticed the same thing. Kelton's way of speaking is different. And by the way, a speech therapist would know! Many of the Bates children have a lisp. Nothing that would effect their daily lives, but I have noticed a speech issue. And that doesn't mean that I don't like the Bates!

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    4. 5:42- I think your curiousity is misplaced. Try focusing on those who actually seek you out for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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    5. @5:42. Yes, I as an SLP agree!

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  11. After 30 years in (then) Mozambique, East Africa, my uncle was allowed to return to Italy and retire in his order's monastery.

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  12. Kelton has a large mouth and his lip movements are exaggerated. His tongue placement often seems "off". Josie definitely has the Bates lisp/speech impediment. Not a criticism, just an observation. As a former teacher of the deaf, I notice these things.























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    1. Sis- You can make a private observation about something without mentioning it. Pointing out physical differences or abnormality is rude, regardless of whether or not you have professional expertise.

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    2. Sis- Your observation became criticism upon posting it. Just because you may have some professional experience does not entitle you to be rude.

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  13. I don't feel my comments were rude. I was just replying to the comments by the speech therapists. No one is perfect. By appearing on TV, the Bates family is subject to public scrutiny. The Bates cheerleaders who only want sweet comments are being unrealistic. My comments are not hateful and I'm sure others would agree. My opinion is just as valid as yours.

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