The Best Non-Dairy Milks For Coffee

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Non-Dairy Milks For Coffee

With so many milk alternatives out there, you no longer have to sacrifice on flavor when opting for a non-dairy milk due to health or environmental reasons.

But with shelves and shelves of plant-based options to choose from, it’s hard to decide on the right one for you. This is especially true when it comes to finding an alternative milk that will blend well with your morning coffee. 

Through research and personal experience, here’s a list of some of the most popular non-dairy milks that combine best with coffee.

Macadamia Nut Milk

The closest non-dairy option to cow’s milk is probably macadamia nut milk. It has the highest fat content on this list, creating a thick and creamy texture. Usually, a good rule of thumb is the higher the fat content, the better it will taste in your coffee.

In terms of flavor, it’s not overly sweet like cashew milk, but has a buttery, nutty flavor. Unfortunately, this milk substitute is one of the more expensive options out there, and it’s not always available in stores.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk also does really well in coffee. Due to the thick texture and high fat content, it has a very similar feel to dairy-based milk. Coconut milk also won’t water your coffee down, as some of the thinner non-dairy milks tend to do.

This milk alternative is slightly sweet, and has a very distinctive flavor profile that consumers either love or hate. The coconut flavor can be too overwhelming for some, and may drown the coffee in some cases.

Oat Milk

Currently, oat milk seems to be outperforming most of the milk substitutes on this list and for good reason. It’s perhaps the most neutral in flavor, so as not to take overpower the coffee. Plus, it boasts of a rich and creamy texture.

It surprisingly has a low fat content, yet maintains a thick and creamy taste akin to full-fat cow’s milk. This kind of milk is also great for frothing, as it foams really well.

Almond Milk

For a lighter nut milk alternative, almond milk is a very popular option. Not only does it have a light body, as it’s low in calories, sugar, and fat, but it’s also light in flavor.

Unsweetened almond milk has a pretty neutral flavor with a hint of nuttiness that’s not overwhelming. It can, however, curdle in coffee when added to really hot coffee or espresso that’s highly acidic.

Almond milk can be steamed to create a silky foam for an almond latte or cappuccino. The milk, however, can separate when heated leaving a watery beverage underneath.

Rice Milk

If you have multiple food allergies (nuts, soy) or lactose sensitivities, rice milk may be a better alternative.

Rice milk has a very neutral taste, so it won’t overtake the flavor of your coffee. It’s also very light in body, and has a consistency similar to that of skim milk.
 

Each milk substitute has its own flavor profile, texture, and foaming capabilities. It’s important to choose an alternative that works best for you and is conducive to the types of coffee beverages you enjoy most often.

And while this list is a great place to start for finding your perfect coffee companion, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of other excellent milk substitutes that can accommodate many lifestyle choices and allergies. We’re fortunate to live in a world with many milk alternatives available that benefit our health and our planet.

Preparing Moroccan Coffee (Arabica) at home

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Coffee is one of the drinks that we find in all countries, with different flavors and mixtures, but with an exquisite taste that delights even the most demanding palates. Today we want to share with you how to make Moroccan coffee at home. This recipe is inspired by the coffee I had overlooking the Ouzoud Falls, which I think was the best coffee I had in Morocco.

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Its origin is found in the Arab world and this is where the name of the Arabian coffee recipe that we are going to share with you today comes from. Coffee in Arabic is Qahwa.

According to researchers, the first evidence of a coffee plant dates from 575 BC, so it’s been years! It was the Arab culture that took care of its diffusion and commercialization.

Therefore, just adding the word Arabic to coffee gives a superior air and excellence to this drink, which as we have said is perhaps the most consumed in the whole planet and certainly in the whole universe.

Coffee’s well-earned fame is due to the millennial presence of this bean and its infusions on different continents.

There are many centuries in which its consumption has been considered a fundamental drink, whether it is for breakfast, a snack or after meals.

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Its varied preparations and recipes are still highly regarded today.

Other gifts that the Arab culinary culture has spread throughout the world are some of its spices. Spices have been added to the gastronomic traditions of both the East and the West, not only in coffee recipes, but also in many other foods that we traditionally eat.

Among these species of Arab origin are:

Cinnamon, which is used in hundreds of thousands of recipes, has an unmistakable taste and aroma. What do you also use it for cooking?

Cardamom is a species widely used in dessert recipes, as well as in starters and main dishes.  These days I will bring you some of these recipes so that you can check the formidable flavor it gives to your meals.

But also the species of coffee called Moka, whose name is Arabic, is one of the most cultivated in the coffee plantations of any nation, even some of these species planted in the Arab lands, have a very high value in the European and American trade.

The price of its grains in the western trade can reach thousands of dollars.

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The Arab coffee, for its organoleptic characteristics, said in a simpler language, for its form taste, color and flavor, which are unique, makes this recipe of coffee is consumed in places of excellence, due to the high price of sale.

How to Prepare Moroccan Coffee Easily

Ingredients

1 small cinnamon stick

Half a cardamom seed

6 tablespoons of ground Mocha

6 small cups water, you can use the same cups as the coffee

Preparation

To prepare the Moroccan coffee, the first thing we will do is heat the water until it reaches 100ºC. We pour in the ground coffee and lower the heat to the minimum.

When the foam begins to rise, remove the container with the coffee from the heat and leave it to rest for a few minutes.

Later we introduce the species (cinnamon, cardamom and coffee) in a silk cloth bag and we close it hermetically.

When the coffee foam comes down, we put the bag with the spices inside the container.

Put the container back on the heat so that at a slow pace, it reaches boiling temperature again.

When the foam rises again, remove the container from the heat and cover it.

Leave the mixture to rest for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the bag with the spices.

Serve the coffee slowly in each cup. It has to be very slow so that the coffee grounds remain at the bottom of the container and do not fall into the cups.

We accompany it with some sachets of sugar so that each person can sweeten it to their taste.

The Arabian coffee, unlike the one we are used to drink daily, is consumed at a warm temperature, since it brings out its taste and aromatic properties. It is served in small cups without handles.

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Adding Other Spices to Coffee

The key is to flavour the coffee with different spices to discover new flavours. There are as many aromas as there are places in the world and discovering them is a real experience. Here are some of the spices that combine perfectly with coffee. The key is to aromatize the coffee with different spices to discover new flavors.

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If you are looking for a stronger flavour, star anise, especially from China, is a good option. As its name indicates, it has a star shape that makes it a special one that, besides flavoring, decorates our dishes. It is also used in many recipes and in drinks. Of course, it is also used in coffee.

If you prefer to sweeten the day, try the Indonesian nutmeg. It is a spice that we can sprinkle fearlessly on our freshly brewed coffee already in the cup.  Nutmeg has a sweet to spicy taste and it is this contrast that makes it so special.

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 “Store the coffee with vanilla sticks, cinnamon or cloves to imbue it with flavor”

If we do not want to risk, we just want to aromatize our coffee with more well-known flavors, we will try with vanilla, cinnamon or cocoa, essential ingredient in any cappuccino. They give it the special touch we are looking for. As with nutmeg, we can sprinkle on the coffee cup or aromatize the coffee before introducing it into the coffee maker.

My favorite way to enjoy coffee is a good cup of espresso made correctly, with good natural, freshly ground beans, quality water and respecting the right temperatures, without over-sweetening. But from time to time I like to try other options, and add special aromas depending on the day. My favorites are those that bring spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg, and there are several ways in which we can integrate them into the coffee.

Correctly Storing Coffee beans

Coffee should be stored in airtight containers and in dry places away from sources of light and heat, away from other possible strong odours, as it could absorb them. But we can take advantage of that capacity of the coffee to give it a specific aroma, just by adding different products to the container where we have stored the coffee.

Whether we buy the coffee in beans or already ground, a very simple way to add a different touch is to mix it with certain elements, which will gradually unfold their aromas to the packaged coffee. The best options are spices, such as one or two cinnamon sticks, a few cloves or some cardamom pods. A good vanilla pod also gives interesting results, better if we cut it in half.

This is perhaps the simplest method of giving aromas to coffee, although it is true that when preparing the infusion some of the intensity that the product does have when dry is lost. If we always use the same container to store the coffee, with the passage of time the touch of the aromas will become stronger, so it is better not to mix different aromas with this procedure.

About Grinding Coffee

It is more than advisable to buy the coffee beans freshly roasted and grind them at home just before making our coffee, as this is how it retains its properties, aromas and taste much better. In addition, this allows us to provide a different touch when we go to prepare a coffee maker.

All we have to do is add the desired ingredient to the grinder or similar utensil along with the coffee beans and grind it all together. For example, again, our favorite spices, taking into account that we will need less quantity than in the previously described method. One or two cloves, an open cardamom pod, a piece of cinnamon stick, a couple of peppercorns, some citrus peel, etc. If we want to give it a vanilla aroma, the best thing to do is to remove some of the inside of the pod with the tip of a knife and add it to the beans so that it is incorporated into them during the grinding. Some nuts, such as hazelnuts, also give a great flavour to coffee. It is best to roast them before adding a few units to the grinder. When everything is ground, it is advisable to mix well to distribute the aromas evenly.

Masala Coffee Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

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Coffee Masala Recipe Weekend Coffee Treat

Hello, weekend! How was your Halloween celebration, did you and your kids have fun in the Halloween trick-or-treat? Did you satisfy your sugar rush cravings with lots of candies and chocolates during the trick-or-treat? And what are your favorite Halloween cakes co far?

We know you had so much fun as we did, and it seems like we are overly hyped by the sweets we had over Halloween. So for our weekend coffee treat, let’s tone down a bit the sweetness and have something simple this weekend so we will be making a Coffee Masala or Spiced Coffee.

Coffee Masala is a comforting hot beverage that is ideal for the cold weather and perfect drink for this weekend.

MASALA COFFEE RECIPE

Recipe by: Shuk22  via Allrecipes 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cumin seeds, or to taste (optional to add or not)
  • 1 whole star anise pod
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar (optional, depending on how sweet you like)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, and stir in the cumin seeds, star anise pod, and cinnamon stick; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the instant coffee, and allow the drink to simmer gently for 2 more minutes.
  3. Pour the drink into mugs, straining out the spices, and stir 1 teaspoon of nonfat dry milk powder and 1 teaspoon of white sugar into each mug.
Recipe and the picture credits are rightfully credited to Allrecipes and its Author.

Where to get spooktacular coffee this Halloween 2019

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Halloween Coffee 2019

Yes, coffee lovers Halloween is not only for kids to enjoy for the trick or treat or for the generation- Z to have a Halloween party, but Halloween is also for coffee lovers who just want nothing but just a good cup of coffee, and here is a list of where to get spooktacular coffee this Halloween 2019.

STARBUCKS

Starbucks Phantom Frappuccino

Of course, the green mermaid is on the top of list having their debut of their zombie frappuccino on last year Halloween, but seems like the big coffee chain do not have a new launch of their Halloween coffee this year, but don’t get upset coffee lovers because Starbucks is still celebrating Halloween with their Phantom Frappuccino made with black charcoal powder and topped with green slime, and it looks scary like a witch coffee, a perfect coffee to celebrate the Halloween.

JET COFFEE

Just in time for Halloween for the opening of Jet Coffee in Acadiana, Louisiana. Acadians now can taste the Jet Coffee’s signature products, Jet Freeze, which is a frozen espresso drink, and other varieties such as cold brews, smoothies, frozen & flavored energy drinks, snacks, a variety of non-dairy milk. So, if you are close to the area, stop by and try out their menu this Halloween.

Dunkin Donuts

Do you want a free coffee on Halloween and even have a free DD coffee for a year? Good news to all the people living in New Jersey for you have a chance to win a free coffee on the Halloween and even win a free DD coffee for a year, isn’t that awesome for an early holiday present!

The Dunkin’ located at 775 Hope Road is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Oct. 31 from 2-3 p.m. for a chance to score a free caffeine fix for a year. This is the only New Jersey location having the contest, according to Dunkin.

Wawa Coffee

For those opting a non-caffeinated drink on Halloween and just wanted a Halloween sugar rush, the Wawa Coffee finally added a Halloween-Themed Smoothie on their secret menu, and that is awesome! The new smoothies are available for a limited time only and were announced on their Instagram story. The flavors are Spellbinding Strawberry, Mystical Mango, and Blue Berry Pom Reader, and they are also bringing back the last year’s favorite; the Graveyard Smash, a chocolate cookies and cream smoothie topped with gummy worms.

Cloud 9 Coffee Co

Fans of Cloud 9 Coffee Co. are excited as their favorite coffee shop is bringing something not only coffee but also mystical for Halloween. The local coffee shop is transforming into Hogwarts for Halloween week with all the best Bakersfield’s wizarding world can offer.

Biggy Coffee

Another coffee shop to look forward to this Halloween is the BIGGBY® COFFEE, for they will be offering their three spooktacular beverages. They have the Black Forest latte – contains caramel, dark chocolate, and blackberry, which gives spooktacular delicious flavors. Vampire Creme Freeze – this tantalizing frozen drink contains a strawberry and white chocolate flavor. Spike it with a little Zip to add some caffeinate to get you through the night. Pair it with a vampire costume, and you’ll really look the part! Lastly is their Midnight Hot Chocolate – this creamy treat is something worth staying out late for, and to keep you company while watching your favorite Halloween movies.

What does your choice of beverage tell about your personality?

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Are you a tea or a coffee lover? What does your choice of beverage tell about your personality?

Both coffee and tea are caffeinated beverages which complete our everyday morning routine. However, drinkers have different preferences, for each beverage not only in the slant of health benefits. One of the reasons for this why others like coffee and others like tea because our choices depict our personality.

Yes, our choice of beverages tells what personality we have there is a reason why we like coffee than tea and vice-versa.

Are you a coffee or tea person? Here’s what your favorite beverages tell about your personality.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is used over the century for its medicinal properties that can relieve joint pain and indigestion. Aside from its healing benefits, people who loved to drink ginger tea is characterized to be calm and collected with a daring, bold, and brilliant personality.

Green tea

Green tea is a popular tea drink for detox, but aside from that it also has soothing and relaxing properties. Green tea has also energizing properties which can be an alternative drink for coffee. If you are a green tea lover, you have a personality that is down to earth, loves adventure to have a little bit of spark in life.

Peppermint tea

This popular choice of tea is uplifting, relaxing, calming, soothing and refreshing. It tastes slightly sweet, with a little surprise from the mint. Peppermint tea is great to relieve anxiety, so if you like this type of tea, you’re probably a sweet person, but a little bit anxious, and less focused at times. The anxiety probably gives you digestive problems and a bit of a headache. But worry not, a sip of peppermint tea could help, the tea is also known to calm the stomach, enhance focus, and relieve headache.

Now let us talk about how your favorite coffee link to your personality.

The majority of the world loves coffee, but there is a reason why we have different preferences, why others love espresso, while others like brewed coffee this is because our choices are linked to our personalities.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a morning coffee statement for most households, and it is on the frothy, and milkier side. If you are a cappuccino lover, it means you like to soften the bitterness of coffee, and it reflects that you like the little pleasures of life.

Espresso

Espresso is a bold type of coffee exploding with rich flavors. So if you love espresso, you are a straight-forward person, dependable, and efficient, and like to keep things simple at all times. Sometimes you can be resistant to change, and even act moody and abrupt at times.

Latte

Latte is one of the most expressive types of coffee. Latte lovers are often characterized as expressive, artistic, great friends and fun to be with, and are known to be generous with their time.

Latte Macchiato

Sharp, distinct and intense, the Latte Macchiato is an experimental blend of coffee that partners richness and originality all in one. Latte macchiato is a unique choice of coffee and is a lot like original bitter black coffee. If that’s what you order, it depicts a strong, headfast and purist personality.

Americano

You love to aim big, and have high aspirations of life. Your choice of pure, and honest flavors is evident in your personality as well.

So what does your pleasurable cup is it tea or coffee?

Which is better Decaffeinated or Regular Coffee?

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Decaf vs regular coffee

Coffee has become part of our daily diet where sometimes we became immobile when we haven’t drink our cup of java. Because of these, circumstances the body is getting dependent on coffee, many were looking into ways on how they can overcome their caffeine addiction, that is why some are switching into the decaffeinated coffee drink. But the question is, which is better decaffeinated or regular coffee? Which is more beneficial to health between the two beverage?

Before answering the questions, first, let us find out how decaffeinated coffee is processed.

“Decaffeinated coffee,” the word itself already describe that this type of coffee doesn’t have caffeine content that is why some coffee lovers who want to reduce their caffeine intake are switching into decaffeinated coffee and to coffee drinkers who strongly believe that caffeine is bad for the health prefers the decaffeinated version of it. However, one of the big questions, is decaffeinated coffee a healthier choice from regular coffee?

Decaffeinated coffee is not a naturally grown coffee bean. The regular coffee beans harvested are processed to extract the caffeine content of the coffee beans to produce a decaffeinated version of it. During the extraction, about 97% of the caffeine content from the coffee beans is removed, so that is almost liquidating all the sedative goodness of coffee. When caffeine in coffee extracted, expect that it will not provide the boosting effect or the morning pick me up, and other effects of caffeine in the body.

How was caffeine removed from the beans?

Extracting caffeine from the coffee beans does not require machinery, but it needs a solution composed of water, organic solvents or carbon dioxide to slowly wash and remove the caffeine from coffee producing caffeine-free coffee beans. So before the coffee beans being roasted, it will undergo the process of caffeine extraction to produce a decaffeinated coffee.

What is the difference between decaffeinated coffee and regular coffee?

Well, as simple as it sounds decaffeinated coffee does not have caffeine content while regular coffee is pack with the caffeine richness of coffee. In the aspect of taste, it is hard to tell the difference between the two coffee which one is decaf and which is regular coffee. Especially for coffee beginners, it will be difficult to tell which is which, but for coffee aficionados, long-time coffee drinkers who already understand their cup of coffee, they can easily tell the difference between the two.

Decaffeinated coffee is a little bit milder in taste and aroma, but the overall feeling of having a regular coffee is still the same but a bit lighter, that is why if you feel your decaf coffee is too mild for your preference you can opt for a stronger bean that has been decaffeinated and satisfy your palate.

Switching to decaffeinated coffee needs a bit of experimenting until you get the right satisfaction you are looking for into a cup of coffee.

If the coffee bean is decaffeinated, does it mean it has zero caffeine to it?

Decaffeinated coffee does not mean it is completely zero caffeine because in the process of removing the caffeine in the beans only 97% or less is washed during the mitigation, but some will remain. Therefore decaffeinated coffee has still caffeine, but lesser in content.

To put on a better understanding of the caffeine left in decaffeinated coffee beans, let us see how much caffeine is there between the two. Regular coffee contains between 70 to 140mg of caffeine per cup, and on decaf coffee, it only has 0-7 mg of caffeine per cup. So, you see almost the caffeine in the coffee beans is washed out during the process.

That is why when you are looking for some alternative or planning to lessen your daily caffeine intake, but do not want to drop the luxury of sipping coffee the decaffeinated coffee is a better choice for you.

Which is better Decaffeinated or Regular Coffee?

Coffee is pack with antioxidants, and other nutrients that are essential for health, this is also one of the many reasons why people drink coffee. However, when it comes to choices on which is better decaffeinated or regular coffee, that is still up to your preferences. Some were saying that regular coffee is bad for health because of the high amount of caffeine, and decaf is a better choice, but when we look on the other side how decaffeinated coffee was made it is an unnatural process of stripping away the essential nutrient of coffee which is the caffeine. Thou the solvent used in washing the caffeine in coffee is not dangerous, but still, it is removing the significant element in coffee. So if we are talking about a better choice on which is healthier we say that it is the regular coffee because of all the vitamins and other nutrients are still unimpaired in the single coffee bean. But of course, it does not mean that regular coffee is healthier than the decaffeinated coffee that we abuse the dose of it. Remember that we can enjoy the benefits of coffee if we drink in moderation and not an addiction.

Coffee Shops in your city to get Pumpkin Spice Latte than Starbucks.

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The best pumpkin spice latte
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We can smell the fall everywhere for our favorite seasonal drink Pumpkin Spice Latte is already available to most of the coffee shops. Aside from Starbucks the Starbucks PSL which is a favorite by many here is more coffee shops in your city where you can get Pumpkin Spice Latte apart from Starbucks.

Midnight Sun Espresso, Anchorage Alaska

Coffee lovers in Alaska swear to this coffee spot in town where Midnight Sun Espresso delivers the best seasonal drinks. If you get to visit Alaska this fall, you must try their Pumpkin Spice Latte or their eggnog latte which ring the bell of the holiday warmth.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Spice Latte

Guillermo’s Coffee House & Roastery, Little Rock Arkansas

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Want the ultimate experience of everything pumpkin from latte to your pastry? Guillermo’s Coffee House & Roastery serves not just pumpkin spice latte but also sell pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin chai which id derve throughout the holiday season.

Cherry Bean, Denver Colorado

As sweet as their shop name Cherry Bean serves their Pumpkin Spice Latte extra tasty which their patron loves it. Cherry Bean, creates its pumpkin syrup in the house, that is why it is fresh and delicious.

Rainbeau Jo’s, Lihue Hawaii

Hawaii is a tropical country, but this little island is one of the best to try Pumpkin Spice latte. Rainbeau Jo’s is recommended by travelers to be a must-visit coffee shop in the Island to get PSL. Aside from the shop’s cool vibe, visitants said that Rainbeau Jo’s PSL is better than the Starbucks seasonal beverage.

A Different Cup, Pocatello Idaho

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One of the best coffee places to get Pumpkin Spice Latte in Idaho is in Different Cup. Costumers described the PSL as “smooth,” “creamy,” and “delicious.”

The Java House – Downtown, Iowa City

This coffee shop is a local favorite in Iowa City, especially for college students for coffee and seasonal drinks. The Java House’s seasonal PSL is a must-try, and also their signature drinks like the “Java Cooler.” 

Sweet Tees Coffee Shop, Olathe Kansas

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If you are looking for a place that serves Pumpkin Spice latte all year round you should check Sweet Tees Coffee Shop, in Olathe Kansas. This cozy shop has a cute wall decor of coffee mugs and wise old sayings and serves a delicious cup of coffee.

The Tatonut Shop, Ocean Springs Mississippi

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The Tatonut is a doughnut shop that serves a variety of pumpkin spice. They offer pumpkin spice lattes, coffees, doughnuts, and more. What is unique about this shop is they use potatoes instead of flour in their recipe.

Grouchy John’s Coffee, Las Vegas Nevada

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Looking for a coffee shop in Nevada for a legit Pumpkin Spice latte the Grouchy John’s Coffee serves a tasty cup of PSL in the valley, costumers sharing their experience said “Best spiced pumpkin latte in the valley! I’m not sure what they use but it tastes like real pumpkin and not a sugary syrup like other coffee shops.” 

Sola Coffee Café, Raleigh North Carolina

Sola Coffee Café, in North Carolina, is one of the best places to get Pumpkin Spice Latte that is tasty where you can taste different spices such as the cinnamon and the nutmeg.

Coffee Drinks To Enjoy This Fall

Brazo de Mercedes Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

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Brazo de Mercedes Recipe
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Here’s another yummy weekend coffee treat this weekend featuring Brazo de Mercedes. This another Asian sweet treat that perfectly complements the weekend coffee.

Brazo de Mercedez is originated from Spain and became popular in the Philippines as traditional Filipino meringue roll with custard filling. The cake name is translated into Mercedes Arm meaning Arm of Our Lady of Mercy, from Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, a common devotional title for Mary, mother of Jesus.

This cake roll is not made from the usual sponge cake or any flour but made with meringue. The meringue is consist of egg whites, cream of tartar, and granulated sugar.

You will love this roll cake for the meringue melts in your mouth like butter and perfectly complement its custard filling. Brazo de Mercedes is a perfect weekend treat for gatherings.

Brazo de Mercedes Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

Ingredients

  • 10 large raw eggs yolks and whites separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 14 ounces condensed milk

Instructions

  • Combine egg whites and cream of tartar then beat using an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  • Make the meringue by gradually adding the granulated sugar while mixing the ingredients. Continue mixing until the texture is semi-firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place wax paper on top of a cookie sheet or large rectangular baking pan and grease the surface.
  • Place the meringue on top of the greased wax paper then spread evenly using a spatula.
  • Bake the meringue for 20 to 22 minutes or until the color of the top part turns light to medium brown.
  • While the meringue is in the oven, make the filling by combining the egg yolks and condensed milk in a small cooking pot. Apply heat and cook the mixture while continuously stirring until the texture becomes thick.
  • Add the vanilla extract to the condensed milk and egg yolk mixture, turn off the heat, and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Remove the meringue from the oven and cool down for a few minutes.
  • Sprinkle the confectioners’ sugar on top of the meringue then place wax paper on the top part of the meringue followed by a similar-sized baking pan or tray. The meringue should now be in the middle of two baking trays.
  • Flip the meringue: the new cookie sheet/baking tray placed on top should now be below. Remove the baking tray and the wax paper (you should now see the opposite side of the baked meringue) then spread the filling (cooked egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla extract mixture) over the meringue.
  • Roll the meringue. Complete rolling side to side starting at the longest side. Make sure that the layer with filling is rolled inward.
  • Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
  • Share and enjoy!
This recipe is originally by Vanjo Merano of Panlasang Pinoy. 

Homemade Bagels Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat | How To

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How to make bagels recipe

Bagel is one of the traditional pastries for breakfast. Though bagel is bland, but chewy in texture it is an ideal pair for coffee, that you can customize the flavors, by putting on your favorite spreads. For this weekend coffee treat, we will be featuring this bagel recipe from Taste of Home. You can serve these bagels for a weekend gathering, or you can also store them and have it as your morning breakfast for the weekdays.

Bagels look like they are donuts because of its round shape, but they are different from each other. Bagels originated in the Jewish communities in Poland, and are traditionally formed by hand into a round shape. Unlike donuts that are soft and sweet, bagels are yeasty, dense and chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Bagels are not sweet and usually sprinkled with sesame seeds or salt for flavoring they are considered a favorite breakfast or brunch because it can easily be paired with any spread, with ham or meat just like a burger.

Grab on your baking equipment coffee lovers and let us make bagels this weekend.

Homemade Bagels weekend coffee treat

Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sesame or poppy seeds, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the butter, sugar, salt and egg yolk; mix well. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Shape into 12 balls. Push thumb through centers to form a 1-1/2-in. hole. Stretch and shape dough to form an even ring. Place on a floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; flatten bagels slightly.
  4. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Drop bagels, two at a time, into boiling water. Cook for 45 seconds; turn and cook 45 seconds longer. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

The best coffee shops in Stamford, Connecticut

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The best coffee bar in Stamford , Connecticut
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Do you always get your coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts every time you visit a new city? Well, did you know that there are better coffee shops than the big coffee chains? One of the best coffee shops to try when visiting a new city is their local roasteries, cafes’ and coffee shops, like in Stamford, Connecticut where Starbucks is not only the place to get coffee, but they have a number of the best coffee shops in town to grab your java ready.

Coffeeshops are a traveler best friend where every county or city we go there is always one cozy place to grab a cup of coffee. Stamford, Connecticut is a big city near Manhattan, where it is known to be the home of Fortune Companies. Thus this bustling city is not only one of the largest financial district in the New York Metropolitan region, but the metro love for coffee is also growing of which reflux of increase of coffee shops are opening in the city.

Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Stamford, Connecticut where you can get your latte and a slice of delicacy.

Lorca Coffee Bar

Lorca coffee bar is known for its delicious chorus that perfectly pairs with a cup of coffee. Lorca is one of the longest-running coffee shops in the city ever since they opened their flagship store in 2012, they never disappoint their patrons for serving good food and coffee. The owner and architect Leyla Jenkins desires to deliver great taste and experience to the heart of Stamford, of which she did manage to outgrow and capture the hearts of the locals by serving quality coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, and other specialty coffee drinks. Lorca is a place for everyone not only for the locals but as well for the tourist visiting the city. Lorca is one of the best coffee shops in Connecticut to stop for breakfast or lunch, and of course, don’t forget to try their famous homemade churros and pair with a cup of coffee, you will not regret it.

Friends Cafe

Next stop is the Friends Cafe that had just opened in November 2018, making the newest coffee shop in town. But this newbie will not disappoint you for they deliver a variety of delicious delicacies and a great cup of coffee. Friend Cafe is the perfect spot for your family for a quick stop of traditional breakfast they offer a variety of salad which you can customize on your desire, they also have tarts, and homemade empanadas. This coffee shop is worth stopping for, rest assured you will leave this place happy and full.

Humbled Coffeehouse

Humbled Coffeehouse was known as Stamford at BonJo Coffee Roasters, and was reopened under a new brand name Humbled. This coffee shop is one of the favorite coffee places in Stamford, and there is no asking why because they have a standing for delivering great coffee and pastry. We say that this coffee shop is a coffee place for the Millenials because of its cool and trendy vibe that resembles the modern generation. That is why it is no wonder that this coffee shop is a place to catch up with friends or get your work done. Aside from they have a variety of tables and seating area, Humbled Coffeehouse offers a variety of blends and a large menu of flavored coffee drinks. And they also have an assortment of baked goodies and bagels which are freshly made locally at Liz Sue, they have scones, to muffins, to crumb cakes, and many more.

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Mcdonalds Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

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Vanilla Iced Coffee recipe for weekend coffee trea by Lovers Coffee
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During the summer iced coffee is a favored drink of the season this is because of the hot weather, where refreshing beverages, helps to beat the summer heat. Since we see a lot of iced coffee on our news feed from the all-time favorite Starbucks iced coffee, and other concoctions we are inspired to recreate the Mcdonalds Vanilla Iced Coffee. Hence we have plenty of time during the weekend, so instead of going out and spending bucks we simply stay at home, and save money. Making your adaptation of iced coffee at home is more enjoyable especially when you have your friends or your family to help you make delightful weekend iced coffee.

Making the Mcdonalds Vanilla Iced Coffee is super easy you do not need a lot of ingredients, in fact, you only need three, which you can easily find to your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Torani vanilla syrup (The brand is optional, you can also use different brands of vanilla syrup, or you can make your own.)
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • Ice cubes

How To Make The Perfect Iced Coffee At Home

Instructions

  1. Fill your 16-ounce cup with ice
  2. Pour the vanilla syrup over the ice, followed by the half-and-half, and cold coffee.
  3. Serve with a straw. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe is for 16-ounce serving, for a larger portion adjust the recipe according to your cup/mug size. It is easier to adjust the ingredients if you follow the baseline of 16-ounce serving.

This recipe is credit to Top Secret Recipes.

Caribbean Coffee Rum Recipe

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Caribbean-Coffee-Recipe for winter coffee

Rum and coffee is a perfect blend for a pick-me-up, and to keep us warm during the winter season. These two ingredients work like magic when the two mix with each other, and these two combos are always one of the favorites by many during the brutal winter season.

Because we are feeling cold right now here in the western hemisphere, we are down in making a hot cup of boozy beverage. So we are going to make a Carribean Coffee blend that is perfect for an afternoon coffee or late night coffee to keep you warm this winter.

But before we start creating this Caribbean coffee blend let’s take a look first its origin. When we say the Caribbean, we have this picture in mind the beautiful beaches, sunny weather, exquisite Caribbean rum, and their single origin coffee beans. That is why this Caribbean Coffee Rum will give us the feeling of Caribbean vibe during this cold weather season.

So grab on your gears coffee lovers and let’s start making this magical coffee.

Caribbean Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • Hot coffee or espresso
  • 1-ounce Rum
  • Amaretto
  • 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • Double or heavy Whipping cream

Instructions

  • To prepare the mixture, pour 1 ounce of rum into a glass, and half an ounce of amaretto liqueur for added booze.
  • Then pour in eight ounces of hot brewed coffee, or you can use espresso if you want a stronger taste of coffee.
  • If you prefer a sweet version of this Caribbean coffee which we prefer too, you can add two tsp of sugar for a bit of sweetness.
  • Finally, for the finishing touches pour on slowly the heavy cream on top of the mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy the coffee drink.

What does your personality say about your favorite holiday drink?

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Your Christmas coffee personality
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The best season to enjoy more coffee is during the holidays, because this is the time of the year where coffee shops bring out their Holiday coffee blends that are festive and yummy. But have you ever wonder why you like a specific type of holiday drink? Why during the holiday you prefer the PSL over eggnog latte, and switch your regular cappuccino to a black coffee.

There might be a reason for your seasonal change of caffeinated beverage that links to your personality. So let’s find out what does your personality say about your favorite holiday drink?

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

PSL is a yearly holiday tradition serve to most coffee shops, but not all loves this holiday beverage. However, if your one of those people who is an avid fan of PSL then you have a strong determination and dedication that your friend, associates, and family admires you the most.

Eggnog Latte

Christmas Eggnog latte

Another perennial holiday favorite made with rich, steam eggnog with espresso if you often order this holiday beverage then you probably have an outspoken personality. You are frank and fun to be with, the life of the party who is entertaining and are not afraid to say what’s on your mind

Hot chocolate

Christmas Hot chocolate

Who can resist a hot cup of chocolate? Well, most of us can’t, because hot chocolate is a comfort beverage and one of the best drinks during the holidays. So, hot chocolate lovers you have a fondness for a certain kind of wistful nostalgia that others may not understand. You often reflect on the so-called “simpler times” in life, when selecting either “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or “Alvin and The Chipmunks” for an afternoon of entertainment was your toughest choice. Plus, you probably enjoy cuddling too much.

Peppermint Mocha

Vega Peppermint Mocha
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This sweet holiday beverage is a yuletide cheer! Despite of the crisp sweetness of this beverage coffee lover who loves peppermint mocha prefers a classic style of music and movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, read good old books, prefers to stay at home over the weekend wearing an ugly sweater while cuddling a hot cup of coffee.

Black coffee

Black coffee

You can never go wrong with black coffee on holiday it is always good to pair with any food especially to pastries. People who love black coffee has a strong personality who prefers to work more than spending the holiday. You like simple things in life rather than extravagant parties. You prefer to be alone, read good books while having your freshly brewed coffee.

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread latte

There are so many types of gingerbread from ginger man, gingerbread houses, and gingerbread ornaments. These means that you know how to enjoy the life that draws you to the delicious, gingery latte. You are an adventurer and has a lot of friends. You love attending weekend parties, and you barely have time to relax. Your bright, bubbly sense of fun is exactly what makes you a fan of gingerbread.

Whatever your holiday drinks of choice whether it’s a caffeinated beverage or not it’s no doubt that the Yuletide season is the most wonderful time of the year.

Espresso Powder Recipe

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a woman putting espresso powder in a machine

Want to know the recipe of that one special ingredient that can intensify the chocolate flavor in your baking? You are reading the right recipe. If you do much baking, espresso powder is that one secret ingredient that can help you make the best chocolate cakes, cookies, brownies, and any other baked chocolate goods.

I have been baking for quite some time, and what I have experienced is that espresso powder can change the way your chocolate cake or brownies taste. Once you know how to make it at home, you would always want to have plenty of it on hand at all times.

Required Ingredients

Following are the ingredients that you need to make easy homemade espresso powder for baking:

  1. Espresso Beans

I would prefer you to go for organic, medium roast espresso beans as they are fresh and taste much better. Your local grocery store must have a good selection of roasted beans to choose from. However, make sure they are fresh, and that’s it.

If organic beans are not available at the store, you can also opt for your favorite espresso beans or order them online.

2. Baking Sheet

If you also love baking just like me, then you should always have a baking sheet in your kitchen. The baking sheet comes at handy when toasting the espresso beans.

Wondering how the baking sheet can help? Toasting espresso beans in it ensures that the beans heat evenly in the oven.

3. Coffee or Spice Grinder

You might already have this at home. Once you buy fresh espresso beans and roast them, the next step would be to grind them well. Whatever grinder you use, ensure that it grinds the beans well in powdered form.

4. Airtight Container

Once you have ground your espresso beans, you will want to store the powder in an airtight container to maintain its flavor. I like my espresso powder, seasonings, and spice blends to remain fresh for a long time. Therefore, I use the same type of airtight containers for all these items and have wonderful luck with keeping them fresh for long.

Quantity of Espresso Beans You Need to Make Espresso Powder

Are you wondering how many espresso beans you would need to make your espresso powder? Usually, what I have found is that one cup of espresso beans makes about one cup of powder. And if you need to make more or less, you can easily do that by experimenting with the number of espresso beans.

If you want to give some of your homemade espresso powder to your loved ones, then you can prepare a larger batch and give it as gifts to your friends and family.

The Process to Make Espresso Powder at Home

Once you have gathered all of your needed supplies, you are good to go with making your own espresso powder at home. Following are some steps that you should follow:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200º F. 
  2. Spread your espresso beans in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake the espresso beans until they have dried and are lightly toasted.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and let your espresso beans cool.
  5. Work in batches and grind your roasted espresso beans into a fine powder.
  6. Transfer your espresso powder to your airtight container (it can easily remain fresh for up to 5 months).

Recipes You Can Make Using Espresso Powder

Once you start adding espresso powder to your baked chocolate goods, you will never look back. The best thing about espresso powder is that it won’t leave a bitter, coffee aftertaste that some people might not like.

The following are some of my favorite recipes to get started with:

  • Chocolate Cake (we can link it with our next content here)
  • Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Fudge Brownies
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • Chocolate Cupcakes

Let’s Summarize It

Ingredients

  • 1 cup espresso beans

Instructions

First, start by preheating your oven to 200º F. Once preheated, spread your espresso beans on the baking sheet. Bake it for 2 to 3 hours until the beans are lightly roasted and become slightly crunchy. Next, transfer the roasted beans to coffee grinder and process to a fine powder. Once done, grab a high-quality airtight container to store your espresso powder.

Voila! You are all ready to use your espresso powder in your favorite baked chocolate items.

Some FAQs

  • What if I Don’t Have a Coffee Grinder?

While I have experienced the best method to break the beans down into a fine powder is grinding them, there are plenty of methods you can use. You can try a food processor, blender, or even mortar and pestle (you might have to put in some extra effort).

  • Storage and Shelf Life

Treat espresso powder like any other spice in your kitchen. Store this in an airtight container, keep it in a cool, dry place, and you are good to go for at least a year. In short, as long as it remains fragrant, it is fine to use.

  • Will This Powder Dissolve in Hot Liquid?

YES! It will dissolve fine in a hot liquid. However, you should bear it in mind that it is NOT instant coffee, so it’s definitely not meant to be used as such. Therefore, don’t drink it!

  • Can’t I Just Use Ground or Instant Coffee?

In short, yes, you can grind instant coffee into a fine powder and use it in a recipe that calls for espresso powder. However, the flavor will likely be weaker, and you may need to increase the amount used. As far as using ground coffee is concerned, I won’t lie, I have used it as well. Again, you may need to add more powder, and it will work just fine.

Best Peanut Butter Recipes for Dad

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It’s Father’s Day weekend, which means that we’re probably scrambling to find the best dessert recipe to make for that special Dad. If your dad is anything like mine was, he had quite the sweet tooth. I would have loved to make him something that would make him appreciate how much I adored the recipes he made for me over the years!

My dad made the most excellent brownies. Anything he made for us we appreciated and loved because he always worked super hard to make sure we had an excellent childhood. I know he would have loved to make these recipes with me and my son if he were here.

What do you have planned with your dad for the weekend? Enjoying the heat? Making a special dinner and treating him to the newest gadgets he loves? Always remember that he probably doesn’t want the crazy Father’s Day gifts. He’s probably more looking forward to spending time with his kids (or even grandkids) who may not visit as much as they used to.

Although, these peanut butter dessert recipes are so amazing I had to share. And they don’t take too many ingredients which is even better! You make these within half an hour (even less for the no-bake peanut butter balls) and have them ready for his judgement in no-time. These quick and easy Father’s Day recipes are perfect and sweet, just like your love for Dad!

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Brownies for Father’s Day

Ingredients

BROWNIES
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, , melted
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
TOPPING
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
FILLING
  • 1 bag peanut butter cups, , unwrapped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 inch baking dish with non-stick spray or line with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl mix together oil and melted chocolate. Stir in eggs and sugar until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt, and mix until well combined.
  3. Pour 1/2 the batter into prepared pan. Press peanut butter cups evenly over the batter until covered. Pour remaining batter over, and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out mostly clean.
  5. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cover with foil or a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Remove foil and spread the melted chocolate over the brownies. Sprinkle the chopped peanut butter cups over the top.
  6. Let cool before serving.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

1½ cups creamy peanut butter1
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces chocolate melting wafers

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar until fully combined.

Use a medium cookie scoop, about 1.5 tablespoons, to measure out even amounts of the peanut butter mixture. Roll the mixture between your palms to form balls.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until fully melted.

Dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate and place on wax paper to set, sprinkle the tops with extra graham cracker crumbs or sprinkle, if desired.

Delicate Double Coffee Panna Cotta

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If you’re thinking about what to make for dessert tonight or what to serve the friends that you can finally invite over to your home again, double coffee Panna Cotta is the way to go.

What is Panna Cotta?

If you’ve never heard of Panna Cotta, it actually just means “thick cream” in Italian. It’s a very heavy pudding that is actually the most delicious pudding you’ll ever taste. When you mix that with coffee it turns in to an amazingly delicate and mouth-watering dessert.

Here’s one amazing recipe I found that I just adore – and it’s by Jamie Oliver so it must be good!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (250ml) strong coffee
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 6 titanium-strength gelatine leaves
  • 300ml milk
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 100g dark (70%) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 30g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • Crushed amaretti biscuits, to serve

DIRECTIONS

  • 1. To make the coffee jelly layer, place coffee and 25g sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Soak 2 gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes to soften. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, then whisk leaves into hot coffee mixture. Divide mixture among 6 x 180ml (3/4-cup) ramekins or glasses and chill for 1 hour or until set.
  • To make the panna cotta layer, place milk, 1 cup (250ml) cream and vanilla seeds and pod in a saucepan. Stir in instant coffee and remaining 35g sugar. Place pan over medium-low heat and bring to just below the boil.
  • Meanwhile, soak remaining 4 gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes to soften. Squeeze excess water from gelatine. Remove cream mixture from heat and whisk in leaves. Discard vanilla pod and chill cream mixture for 30 minutes or until room temperature.
  • Lightly scratch the surface of each coffee jelly layer with a fork. Strain cream mixture into a jug, then divide among ramekins and chill for 4 hours or until completely set.
  • When ready to serve, make the hot chocolate sauce. Place chocolate, butter, remaining 50ml cream, 1/4 cup (60ml) water and a pinch of salt flakes in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir through maple syrup.
  • Dip the base of each ramekin in boiling water for 3 seconds to release panna cotta, then turn out onto serving plates. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and scatter with crushed amaretti. Serve immediately.

The Future of Coffee Shops in a Socially Distant Society

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coffee shop and summer 2020
The future of coffee shops is actually full of opportunity

Before the Coronavirus hit the world hard and fast, coffee shops were well known as hot spots for coworkers and students to catch up with each other and with their work. Laptop covered bistro tables and young moms with strollers often became the norm of what you’d see when entering a Starbucks or local cafe – and we grew used to having to wait for a seat or take our cup of Joe to go. 

As restrictions begin to be seen lifted in various parts of the world, we’re beginning to find out how much life as we knew it has changed and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Sitting in packed coffee shops especially seems something that will take quite a while to return to normal – if at all. 

So what does the future of coffee shops and cafes look like in a socially distant world? It’s hard to say, but many have come up with their own predictions. 

As a Co-Working Space

For thousands of freelancers, small business owners, and work-at-home employees (not to mention all the aspiring Great American Novel writers), local coffee shops have become a hub to meet with clients, work on projects, and get out of the home office and focus. Now that these cafes have been closed for weeks, individuals have had to adapt to working from home and perhaps it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. Zoom calls and other digital options have made it easier than ever to remain social while in isolation. 

So, as cafes begin to open with more restrictions that make the availability of a free table even more difficult, many will probably continue to opt for other more convenient resources. However, we’ve started to miss those face-to-face reactions, so it’s hard to say whether coffee shops will be a hot zone for business owners eager to finally get out of the house. 

Most universities and colleges have announced an online set-up for the incoming students for the 2020-2021 semesters, so it will be interesting to see how students look for ways to get out of their dorm rooms and tiny basement suites to get fresh air while they work – coffee shops may be pressured to adapt to this new stream of revenue.

As an Experience

As the population begins to head outdoors for the first time in quite a while, we’ll be searching for an experience to go with our coffee and meals out. It’s less about paying 5$ for a mug of Americano and more about being able to sit with estranged friends at a table and catch up. More coffee shops, especially during the summer and in warmer places, will move their experience outdoors as well. Patio space, tables, and even a “pop-up” coffee bar are all attractive opportunities for coffee businesses to promote socialization while remaining in tune with local restrictions and guidelines. 

With millions working from home, we’ve taught ourselves how to make that specialty cup of coffee from our own kitchen without the need for our usual local brew. Now that time has slowed down and we can dedicate it to perfecting our coffee craft, coffee shops and cafes who want to continue to succeed will have to adapt to the customer’s new need: the beans and ingredients required. Having an online platform to engages with their audience will become critical to staying relevant. 

And, to tempt customers to leave their espresso machine and brave the coffee shop world again, the need for an experience as noted above or a special drink that’s too enticing to pass up, will also become huge players to win among the competition and keep revenue coming in. Be ready to see some pretty crazy recipes and options being marketed by your local coffee shops (Matcha in your coffee, anyone?).

How do you see the future of coffee shops? Let us know in the comments.

The World’s Most Expensive Coffee Beans

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It doesn’t take a coffee connoisseur to know that not all coffee tastes the same. The difference between Starbucks and McCafe coffee isn’t the fancy milk they use, it’s all in the beans. Of course, the taste of Mcdonald’s coffee is delicious and we’re not arguing that, however, there are some coffee beans out there that are ridiculously expensive and therefore sell for more than $1 a cup. Whether or not the price of the coffee is worth the taste is up to you and the actual connoisseurs. 

Before I begin to provide my list of the world’s priciest coffee beans, I’m hoping that a few of you know how the market works – if you’re not familiar with economics, I mean that it’s not necessarily the taste of the coffee that makes it so expensive, although that can come into play if more people demand the flavor, however, the short supply of some beans, specifically the Arabica varietals, will quickly drive up the price. These prices can change substantially in a short period of time as crops are not a set income (natural disasters, weather, or even a pandemic can impact the success of a season’s outcome.

So, here’s a list of a bunch of expensive coffees that may or may not still be the most expensive coffees in the world a year from now. Don’t feel obligated to seek out and drink them – many taste pretty close to the same coffee you drink every day. And, if you find your coffee taste like water, try adding more beans or replacing your Keurig with a real coffee maker – but that’s a story for another day.

Civet Coffee

You wouldn’t be able to make me drink this coffee even if you paid me $600 instead of the $600 it costs for a pound of these beans. The Civet beans, or Kopi luwak, have already been digested and excreted from the Civet mammal and then harvested and lightly roasted for your enjoyment. Because of the … er… process of brewing, it makes these beans highly expensive. Would you give them a try?  They are super popular in many Asian countries so they must be appealing to the taste buds in some way. 

However, these cute little guys often spend their entire lives in captivity and are only fed coffee cherries (so that the taste of their faeces isn’t compromised by the other foods they may eat). 

Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda

(coffeeclarity)

Found on the slopes of Mount Baru in Panama, these beans can cost over $100 a pound but are popular because of their rarity as well as the fine taste of their brew. The company is family-run and owned by the Peterson family who prides themselves on being completely sustainable  Now this one I’d definitely try!  If you’re interested, you can find an 8oz bag of beans on Amazon for about $50 (may or may not be the real thing) or you can purchase on their auction page. 

Guatemala Huehuetenango

(julie hoag)

It may be a mouthful to pronounce but I hear a mouthful can get quite expensive, yet taste amazing. Costing more than $50 a pound on average if bought from the source, these beans are definitely one that deserves the many awards they’ve won over the years. Best made in a french press, the Guatemala Huehuetenango thrive on chocolate and cherry notes. And you can get a 5-pound bag on Amazon for about $40 right now. 

Jamaica Blue Mountain

So apparently Japan has the rights over 4/5th of every batch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans harvested. It’s made that last fraction worth quite a bit on the coffee market. The Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans are, in fact, harvested on Jamaica’s Blue Mountain and are popular for their lack of bitterness. Many Starbucks carries Blue Mountain coffee as do many wholesalers around the world, so it’s definitely easier to get your hands on – although it can cost at least $30 for a pound – more if you’re getting it right from the source. 

There are so many other fancy and expensive coffees I could list and probably make a book of, but the most important thing to tell you is to drink the coffee you love! You could buy the most expensive coffee in the world (I wouldn’t) and it doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy that coffee more. But, you already know that because you love coffee just as much as we do. 

Got another expensive coffee we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

Nostalgic & Tasty Peanut Butter and Rhubarb Jelly French Toast

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What’s great about breakfast is you can eat in at any time in the day. If you’ve slept in and need a quick breakfast recipe, you can adjust anything and it will still taste delicious. These french toast sandwiches, for example, offer the nostalgic feeling of being at home with mom – and now you can serve them to your family and start their own memories.

You can eat these delicious and nostalgic french toast sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, after a tough workout, or as a snack before bed!

And don’t forget the coffee!

prep time 5 minutes
cook time 5 minutes
total time 10 minutes

calories 658 kcal

INGREDIENTS


RHUBARB BERRY JELLY

2 cups rhubarb diced
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup honey add more if a sweeter jelly is prefered
1/4 cup coconut or granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean seeds scraped (optional)
1 cup fresh berries I used a mix of blueberries and raspberries

If you don’t have the ingredients (or the time) to concoct your own jelly from scratch, your favorite jam will, of course, be just as delicious. If you can, take a short trip to your local farmer’s market and try some fresh jams while supporting your local community – plus, they just taste so much better than store bought.


Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
4 slices of your favorite bread
1-2 tablespoons of the Rhubarb Jelly or your favorite jelly/jam
1-2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
a couple splashes of heavy cream or milk
pinch of salt
butter for the pan
powdered sugar for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS


JELLY


Combine rhubarb, juice of 1 lemon, honey, sugar, vanilla bean seeds and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan and heat over high heat. Cook, stirring, over high heat, until the rhubarb softens and becomes a pulp. Be careful, the mixture will splatter. Add the berries, cook until the berries turn into jam and the liquid has mostly evaporated from the pot, about 8 minutes.

Taste, add additional honey if you prefer the jelly more sweet and less tart. Remove from the heat and allow the jelly to sit undisturbed about 10 minutes. Place in the fridge until ready to use.

French Toast Sandwiches


Lay the pieces of bread flat on a work surface. Spread two pieces of bread with jelly and then spread the remaining two with peanut butter. Sandwich the jelly side with the peanut butter side.


In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs with a couple splashes of cream or milk. Whisk in a pinch of salt.


Place a skillet over medium heat and add the butter to melt. Once hot, dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture, making sure the eggs are soaking into the bread. Place the sandwich in the hot skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.


Remove to a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve immediately.

Your Cookie Coffee Layered Goodness

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Sometimes the food that looks the messiest taste the best. Now add chocolate chip cookie, whipped cream, and (of course!) coffee, and you’ve got yourself a new favorite dessert – and, luckily, it’s an easy and inexpensive dessert to make without sacrificing on taste.

When our pantries seem to be getting scarcer and the weather is warmer outside, the last thing we want to do is turn on a hot oven for hours. The ingredients are simple and keep well in the fridge afterward for a cool dessert on a hot day.

So here’s the Creamy Coffee Cookie Dessert (and a delight it is) brought to you by Kitchen Stories.

INGREDIENTS

100 ml coffee
100 ml heavy cream
200 g quark (if you can’t find quark, cream cheese works well too!)
100 g yogurt
8 tsp sugar
1½ tsp vanilla sugar
150 g cookies
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make a pot of strong coffee and set aside to cool. Whip the heavy cream in a bowl until stiff, then chill in the refrigerator. Now beat together the quark, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Taste as you go and adjust sugar volume to preference.
  2. Gently fold the beaten cream into the quark-yogurt-mixture until smooth and creamy.
  3. Choose cookies of your choice, then dip in cold coffee, crush them and distribute among the glasses so that each has a thin layer. Now spoon one or two tablespoons of the cream on top, followed by some sifted cocoa powder. Add more layers in this order, making sure you end with a layer of cream on top and garnish with more crushed cookies. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hr. or until the cookies are softened and intensely coffee-flavored.
  4. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

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Something about the warmer weather just makes us want to sit in a drive-thru line at Dairy Queen for over an hour just to have them tell you they’re out of your favorite ice cream dessert. And if you have a summer birthday like me, you’re used to treating yourself to delicious ice cream cake on your special day.

This summer may make it even more difficult to get those ice cream treats you love. So, how about making your own? And where better to start than this chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake from Sweetest Menu.

The process may seem lengthy but each step doesn’t take too much time. If you team up with your family, you can get more done quickly and ensure you’re enjoying a tasty dessert to enjoy after dinner tonight. And who doesn’t love cookie dough? That’s right, no one.

Ingredients

Cookie dough

  • 230 grams (1 cup or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 180 grams (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 280 grams (2 cups) plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 150 grams (1 cup) chocolate chips, plus extra for decorating

Vanilla ice cream

  • 2 cups (480ml) thickened or heavy cream
  • 1 cup (320 grams) condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

Chocolate ganache

  • 1 cup (240ml) thickened cream
  • 1 cup (150 grams) good quality dark chocolate

Chocolate cream

  • 1 cup (240ml) thickened cream
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons icing or powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugars using an electric mixer until the mixture is pale and creamy. Add vanilla and beat again. Then sift in the flour and beat until combined. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until a soft dough forms. Then stir in chocolate chips. Divide your cookie dough into four even balls. Place one ball of cookie dough into the fridge – this will be used later to decorate.
  2. For the remaining three balls, you need to roll each piece of dough out to form a flat rectangle. I found it easiest to do this by placing a sheet of baking paper onto the bench. Form your dough into a rectangular blob using your hands and place it on top of the paper. Then place another piece of baking paper on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out until it forms a rectangular shape (no need to be perfect at this stage). Once the dough is about half an inch thick, place on a tray and pop into the fridge. We will let it harden slightly before cutting it into the right shape for your baking tin. Repeat for all three balls of cookie dough and place in the fridge.
  3. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
    In a large mixing bowl, beat cream with an electric mixer until it forms soft peaks. In a separate bowl, add your condensed milk and vanilla and then gently fold in whipped cream. Once combined and smooth, place the bowl into the fridge.
  4. Dark Chocolate Ganache
    To make the ganache, finely chop the dark chocolate and place it into a bowl. In a small saucepan, warm cream on a medium-low until it is slightly bubbling but before it is boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate, cover with a plate, and leave it for 3-4 minutes. Gently whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth.
  5. Assembly
    To assemble the ice cream cake, you will need to line a small rectangular tin (I used a 24 cm x 15 cm or 9-inch x 5 inches) tin with plastic wrap, ensuring at least two sides overhang. Get your first piece of flattened cookie dough out of the fridge, now it is a bit firm, you should be able to cut out a rectangle shape using a sharp knife. Then pop your first piece of cookie dough into your tin. Next, add half of your ice cream mixture (1 and 1/2 cups) on top and spread out evenly. Then drizzle over a thin layer of chocolate ganache.
  6. You will want to repeat this process, cutting out your second piece of cookie dough, then layering with the rest of the ice cream, more chocolate ganache, and finishing with a final layer of cookie dough. Wrap the plastic wrap over the cookie dough. Wrap the entire tin with more plastic wrap to ensure it is completely covered. Pop in the freezer overnight to set. Pop the rest of the chocolate ganache in the fridge to use later.
  7. Decorate
    Grab your last cookie dough ball from the fridge and set aside. To decorate the ice cream cake, you will first need to whip your cream until it forms stiff peaks and then fold it in the cocoa powder and icing sugar. Next, grab ice cream cake from the freezer and place it on a serving platter. It should be easy to remove from the tin and just peel off your plastic wrap.
  8. Grab your leftover chocolate ganache from the fridge and microwave for 15 seconds at a time, until it becomes nice and loose. Pour it over the top of your cake. Pop the cake into the freezer for five minutes to set. Then spoon your chocolate cream into a piping bag and gently pipe circles over the top of the cake. Once your cookie dough has softened a little, roll small balls with your hands and gently place a piece on top of each dollop of cream. If you wish, add a few extra chocolate chips to the sides of your cake and you are done! You can officially DIG IN!