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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two people drinking coffee | Lovers Coffee
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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
Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

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

Photo via Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee FB

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

Photo via @ A Different Cup FB

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

Photo via Yelp

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

Photo via The Tatonut Donut Shop FB

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

Photo via Yelp

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
Photo Credit via Yelp

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.

Stamford, Connecticut has more to offer on their coffee shops. Follow us on Facebook to get updates on the best coffee shops in your city.

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
Photo credits to. veganosity

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.

You Don’t Have to Give Up Dating During the Coronavirus

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In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, you may think that your dating life has to be put on hold for the moment – but don’t give up just yet.

Although you may not be able to meet up for the normal coffee or drinks there are still other ways to get to know that special someone; you will just need to get more creative.

Thankfully, we live in a time of technology where it makes it much easier to stay connected no matter the distance between you and those you want to stay in contact with. Being able to maintain this connection with the people we care about will at least make this difficult and scary time a little easier and more bearable. The more aspects we can keep from our normal lives the better it will be for us to get through this ordeal.

Let’s take a look at some creative ways to continue dating during the age of the Coronavirus – who knows you may end up finding the love of your life.

Enjoy coffee or drinks together by video chat

Relax and enjoy a drink while talking about your day and what is going on in your life. It’s a great way to get to know that new special someone or to keep connected with someone you have been with for a length of time. Although the physical contact isn’t there you will still be enjoying quality time with each other.

Cook and share a meal together

Pick a recipe together that both of you would enjoy eating. It could be a favorite of yours or find something that neither of you has tried before. Just set your laptop up in your kitchen and you can still enjoy the cooking experience together although you are physically apart. You can then sit down together by video chat share the meal and some conversation instead of just eating alone.

Watch a movie together

Although you may not be able to meet up at the theatre to see the newest blockbuster or get together to see what’s new on Netflix doesn’t mean you can’t still have a movie night together. Although you can’t be in the same room there are other options such as Netflix Party which allows you to watch a movie or series together while adding group chat so you can still share your thoughts about what you are watching.

Play an online game together

Even though you can’t see each other doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a game night with your date. With all the different games that are available for online play you should be able to find one that would interest both you and your special someone. If both of you own an Xbox or Playstation there is another way to play a game together and still be able to enjoy a conversation as well.

Just remember that even though we may have to stay physically isolated at the moment doesn’t mean that we need to emotionally isolate ourselves as well so let’s all try and make the best of this situation together.

Delicious Butterfinger Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

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The name says it all. Everything amazing has been mixed into these, well, delicious cheesecake bars. If you’re looking for something that will please the entire family, your friends, and your neighbors, it’ll be these. If you are, however, planning on making these to more than a few days, I’d double the recipe as they’re definitely not going to survive once a few hands get on them.

If you’re not a fan of Butterfingers, feel free to use any of your favorite chocolate bars. Not going to lie, a good Crispy Crunch would taste pretty delicious as well.

Ingredients:

Chocolate chip cookie layer:
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
1 cup mini chocolate chips + 1/2 cup for top
5 Butterfinger bars

Cheesecake layer
8oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:

Create a sling by lining the pan with foil so that there is a one-inch overhang on each side. Cover foil with bake spray. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
To make the chocolate chip cookie layer, melt butter and let cool to warm. Add in brown sugar and mix to combine. Add in egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add in flour and fold to combine. Add in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and fold to combine. Pour mixture into pan; set aside.

To make cheesecake, add all ingredients in a bowl and beat until blended. Set aside.

Assembly
Press 3/4 of cookie mixture into the pan. Place Butterfinger bars side-by-side on top of cookie dough. Pour cheesecake mixture on top. Crumble remaining cookie dough sprinkle on top of cheesecake layer along with remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips all over top.
Transfer pan to oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees F. Remove from oven set on a wire rack to cool.
Refrigerate the pan, once cooled, until the dessert has firmed up as this will allow them to come out of the pan much easier. Serve at room temperature so allow them to sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

How to Keep Social With Your Friends When You Can’t Meet for Coffee

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We’re now coming up to a few weeks into the craziness that has transpired across North America and the world. Covid-19 has been spreading since December, but we haven’t felt the strain of it at home until recently. March has been an extremely long month and it’s been frustrating staying indoors under quarantine and social distancing ourselves from our friends and family.

Coffee is something many of us love the taste of, it keeps us sane, awake, but it’s also an exceptionally huge social drink that brings people together over conversation and caffeine.

We may not be able to meet up at the local Starbucks or cafe, but there are still ways you can meet for coffee without breaking the enforcement of self-isolation or risking the spread of the coronavirus.

  1. Social Media Groups.
    There are plenty of groups on Facebook for coffee lovers, including our own. These groups are excellent places to meet with friends or strangers around the world to discuss coffee or share stories. Don’t forget to brew your favorite blend before engaging – to get the full experience!
  2. Make the Most of the Time You Have With Your Loved Ones. If you’re spending time with those you live with such as your children or significant other, instead of going off to drink your coffee alone or get some work done, sit down at the table and just discuss what’s on your mind. Don’t be isolated from the ones you live with.
  3. Facetime or Video Chat With Your Friends.
    If you don’t have an Apple device, you can chat and drink coffee with your favorite cafe mates over Facebook Messenger, Skype, or any other chat platforms. Just because we’re on “social isolation” doesn’t mean we can’t stay social.
  4. Make a Phone Call. Texting is great, but hearing someone’s voice can go a long way to curbing the feeling of self-isolation. If you’ve just brewed a mug of coffee, call up someone you love and let them know your plans for the day and find out how they’re doing.
  5. Have a Virtual Watch Party on Netflix. What’s great about this opportunity as it gives you the chance to stay social for longer periods of time. If you run out of things to say, just discuss the movie. To use the virtual watch party setting, you will need Google Chrome.

Remember to keep staying active and healthy throughout this entire self-isolation period and to stay home. The more you stay home and only leave for essential reasons, the sooner things will go back to normal and you will be able to meet your friends at the local coffee shop again.

What are you doing to stay social while in quarantine during Covid-19/Coronavirus? Let us know in the comments.

Amazingly Nostalgic Homemade Dunkaroos

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If you’re one of the many who are sitting in self-isolation on this beautiful Saturday, you may be wondering when, if ever, things will begin to go back to normal. Although the Coronavirus may be keeping us indoors, there are still plenty of things you can do at home to keep your spirits high – and your children entertained.

One mood booster is to get a little nostalgic and begin remembering all the great things you used to love before things got crazy – even years ago. Remember Dunkaroos? Right! Those cookie and icing treats were the highlight of your lunches. Something about them always puts a smile on your face. They might be more difficult to find in grocery stores now (or you may not want to risk the trip). You can actually make your own at home! And, chances are, you’ll have many of these ingredients already.

So get the kids and spouse together and have a little fun trying out new recipes and bonding. This will definitely be one you’ll come back to again and again.

The Recipe.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: About 75 small cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling time
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling time

INGREDIENTS

For the Cookies:

1¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
⅓ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla

For the Frosting:

½ cup room-temperature unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
½ cup rainbow sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

1. Make the cookies: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture until just combined. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days.

4. While the cookies are chilling, make the icing: In a stand mixer, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the salt, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk, and beat until smooth. Continue adding milk until the frosting is fluffy, then gently stir in the sprinkles.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

6. Lightly flour a kitchen surface, then place the dough on top and lightly flour the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a ⅛-inch thickness. Use a small cookie cutter to punch out shapes and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.

7. Bake until the bottoms and edges of the cookies turn golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

8. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack. When they’re completely cool, dip in the frosting and serve.

How to Help Your Favorite Local Coffee Shops Survive the Coronavirus

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Many of us are feeling the pressure that the current Coronavirus pandemic is putting on the world. We’re all nervous about how our local economies will be able to bounce back and how this will affect our local communities in the long-term. If you’re a frequent visitor of Lovers.Coffee, we know you love your coffee shops and may be curious about what you can do to support them during these frustrating times. 

Here are a few ways you can help your favorite local coffee shops to survive the Coronavirus pandemic:

  1. Pre-Order or Use the Drive-Thru.

    Although restaurants and coffee shops are closing their seating areas, many still are providing services through the drive-thru and pre-order services. Some are evening offering free delivery to your door. Call your favorite local coffee shop and ask them how they’re still serving the community.
  2. Consider Stocking Up on Coffee Grinds, Etc.

    We’ve all started buying a few (or more) extra products for the home to minimize the amount of time we need to expose ourselves to the possible spread of the virus. Many cafes offer their own mugs and coffee items. Before purchasing your k-cups and coffee grinds from the big box grocery stores, consider getting a few products from your local coffee shop.
  3. Gift Certificates Go A Long Way.

    As crazy as things seem right now with the rising spread of Coronavirus, things will get better and start to go back to normal eventually, which means coffee shops will go back to full-capacity at some point in the future. Try purchasing a gift certificate or two (they make great gifts) that you know you’ll use later. This extra money provides your local coffee shops with extra means to stay open longer.
  4. Show Coffee Shops Your Support

    If you’re feeling the economic strain yourself and can’t support your favorite coffee shop financially, there are other ways you can still let them know you care. Share a post on social media and tag your local shop to let them know you miss their coffee and friendly baristas. These small gestures let cafes know they’re still loved and also keep their brand’s awareness up.
  5. Stay Home as Much as Possible

    The only way that we can truly help minimize the impact that this virus will have on our local and global community is to heed the advice of our leaders and health experts and stay indoors, practicing social distancing. Every time you go to the store, visit your friends or refuse to self-isolate when required, you’re increasing the time that it will take for us to rebound for the Coronavirus.

We’re all going to get through this together and if we keep communication open, we can support all of our local businesses through the next few weeks, months, or for however long it will take for things to go back to normal. What are you doing to support your local coffee shops while keeping up with social distancing? Let us know in the comments.

The Gooey-est Brownies You’ll Ever Snack On

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It’s a scary world out there, so what better to do than to stay indoors and make brownies? If you can make it to baking these scrumptious morsels without licking all the batter on the spoon.

The best thing about brownies is that they’re easy to make, you don’t have to worry about them rising like ordinary cakes, and they’re much moister and dry out slowers than other desserts. And of course, they taste amazing.

I found this recipe and immediately fell in love. I honestly don’t understand how this is not the best brownie recipe online. Just look at its gooey-ness. It’s definitely difficult to say no to this one. So don’t.

Ingredients

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


Directions


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips, butter, and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. Continue heating in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly.


In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula.

Add the flour and salt, folding gently until well combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.


Sprinkle with the remaining cup of chocolate chips and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Pour the remaining batter over. Return to oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs still attached. Do not overbake.

Let cool to room temperature then place in the fridge to chill. The brownies are easiest to cut when chilled and can be served chilled, at room temperature, or warmed in the microwave.

How Coffee Shops are Taking Coronavirus Precautions

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With the new fears of the Coronavirus spreading around the world, most people are taking extra precautions – including many big chain coffee shops. This is great news since most of us still need and want to go on with our daily lives and enjoy our favorite coffee. The measures that they are taking will not only help to protect customers but the employees as well and set minds at ease knowing that action is being taken. So here is what a few popular coffee shops have decided to do to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Starbucks

Being one of the most popular coffee shops on the planet, Starbucks is taking many precautions to protect both its customers and employees from the dreaded virus. They have decided to temporarily stop the use of reusable cups and dishware in all their locations across the US and Canada. They will, however, still provide the 10% discount for customers who bring in their cups or request reusable dishes. Starbucks has also stated that they will be adding paid time to employees to increase cleaning and sanitizing to further prevent the spread of germs. They have also canceled any business-related air travel until the end of March.

Tim Hortons

Another favorite coffee chain (especially in Canada) has also stated that they will be taking steps in order to help contain the Coronavirus. Tim Hortons also will be putting a pause on the use of reusable cups to prevent the spread of germs. They have also decided to not put out the Roll up the Rim cups this year due to concerns of employees having to handle parts of the cup that have been in customers’ mouths. Not to worry though, the prizes will still be available to win digitally through the app.

The Second Cup

The use of reusable cups has also been temporarily stopped at this popular shop but they will still honor a 20-cent discount to customers who bring one in. Unlike Starbucks though, The Second Cup will still serve in-store drinks in ceramic mugs since they are being washed in high-pressure sanitizers. They are, however, making sure employees are washing their hands before and after unloading the dishes and are increasing cleaning and sanitizing their cafes throughout the day.

Dunkin’ Donuts

This very popular American chain is also doing its part in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. They, along with most other coffee shops, are putting a pause on the use of reusable cups and increasing the number of times a location is cleaned in a day. Dunkin’ Donuts has also started installing hand sanitizer stations at their doors and has canceled business travel and unnecessary meetings. They have been holding virtual meetings with employees to go over the best way to keep themselves and the shops sanitary.

Hopefully learning about some of the preventative measures being put through by your favorite coffee shops will help to ease your fears of the Coronavirus. Just don’t forget to do your part as well by regularly washing your hands and staying home if you are feeling sick to prevent spreading it around. Stay healthy everyone.

Delish’s Best Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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Unless you had some kind of traumatic experience with cheese as a child, it will be hard to truly dislike the amazing and comforting taste of cheesecake. Even if you’re lactose intolerant or have other allergies, you can swap out for your favorite alternative and still enjoy a tasty treat.

Now when it comes to bananas, it’s definitely one of those fruits that people tend to forget tastes amazing in any form and for any occasion. What’s perfect is that you can take those ripening ones off your microwave and they’ll be perfect for this cheesecake instead of the organics bin.

It’s a warm, sunny day where I am today – finally a sign of Spring. So I think it’s time to introduce one of my favorite recipes from Delish. Enjoy!

YIELDS:10 SERVINGS

PREP TIME:0 HOURS 20 MINS
TOTAL TIME:6 HOURS 30 MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 (3.4-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 c. whole milk
1 prepared graham cracker crust
3 bananas, sliced, plus more slices for garnish
30 Nilla Wafers
Whipped topping, for garnish 
Crushed Nilla Wafers, for garnish

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Make cheesecake filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until fluffy and no clumps remain.
  2. Add sugar and beat until combined. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk. Let pudding stand for 3 minutes in the fridge until thickened. Fold into cheesecake mixture until combined.
  4. Pour half the filling into graham cracker crust. Add a single layer of sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (20 total), then pour over remaining cheesecake mixture and smooth top. 
  5. Refrigerate until cheesecake is firm, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. (If the cheesecake stills feels too soft to slice, transfer to the freezer for up to 1 hour.)
  6. Before serving, top with dollops of whipped topping around the border of the cheesecake. Top each dollop with a banana slice and Nilla wafer, then garnish the whole cheesecake with crushed Nilla Wafers.

The Secret to Creating a Perfect Latte

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The latte, more formally known as the cafe latte, the caffe e latte, or just fancy “coffee and milk,” is a widespread popular coffee beverage that uses espresso and steam milk to give drinkers that extra kick they need with great flavor. And, of course, most baristas practice for months to perfect those designs that often appear on top. 

If you’ve attempted to create your own latte – discovered the best espresso recipe, purchased a state of the art coffee frother, and are ready to get artistic – and completely fail at creating any design worth posting on Instagram, you’re not alone. 

It’s definitely something that takes dedication and practice, however, there are some secrets that baristas will never let on – why give them away when they can make you believe they have an uncomparable artistic talent?

Here are a few secrets I have compiled to help you make that tasty and beautiful Instaworthy latte.

  1. Use whole milk or half-and-half cream instead of 2% and skim. It’s almost impossible to create designs that will hold if you’re using fat-free milk. Calories should not be brought into the equation when perfecting your lattes.

  2. Be sure to clamp your espresso grind before brewing! Often, many people forget to clamp down the grinds to make a completely level puck, which in turn will provide a weak, watered-down taste.

  3. Don’t over-steam your milk. You’re making a latte, not a cappuccino! You don’t need a huge amount of frith, just enough to bring it to room temperature and is stretched to your liking. Then insert the want and continue steaming until too hot to touch with your bare hand.

  4. Swirl the espresso to cover the walls of your mug. This will ensure the steamed milk will mix properly with the espresso and result in an even distribution. You don’t want to skip this step even if you think it doesn’t matter.

  5. Tap your milk frother on the table a few times to get rid of bubbles.  This is also essential to ensure the frothed milk pours nicely into the mug to create your desired art.

Creating Perfect Latte Art:

  • Tilt your cup at a 45-degree angle.
  • Always hold the milk high enough above the mug so that it hits the bottom.

A Heart: 

  • When your mug is about ¾ full, bring the milk closer while shaking it (the milk not your mug) a tiny bit.
  • When the cup is almost full, pour a line of milk from one side of the mug’s rim to the other (right through the center top to bottom).  To create the shape of the heart.

A leaf:

  • After following the above steps and you’ve begun shaking the milk to create a design, make the length of which you shake each time to be slightly smaller in order to create the design of the leaf.

You can begin to learn other shapes, all of which require varying amounts of shaking, toothpicks, syrup. and other minor tricks. 

Use a Latte Stencil.

Image taken from Wonderland Board Game Cafe in Kingston, Ontario

Many of the more intricate art designs you may receive from baristas are actually created with stencils. In these situations, use the milk foam you would typically use and then place a plastic stencil over the drink. Take powdered cinnamon, sprinkles, or cocoa powder, or colored sugar and shake evenly over top. Then carefully bring the stencil off without tipping the leftover powder into the latte. 

Let us know how your creations turn out! We can’t wait to see.

Why Can’t I Make An Excellent Pot of Coffee?

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Your Guide to The Perfect Water/Grinds Ratio and Everything Else You Need to Know to Achieve Your Perfect Cup. 

We admit it. It’s a challenge to get that perfect pot of coffee. A lot of dedication and science needs to go into finding the right coffee to water ratio – and there are so many other factors that come into play when trying to brew that liquid sunshine. 

If you’re anything like me, I am sometimes considered a “coffee snob.” When someone offers me a cup of coffee I often have a heightened sense for watered down, weak coffee- often simply sipping at it until the host leaves the room and I can pour it down the drain. 

So how is it done? Not all of us are can handle the rushed taste of a Keurig machine and need that steeped goodness that only comes from a properly brewed pot of coffee. 

Here are a few easy tips to getting that excellent pot of coffee:

  1. Buy a coffee grinder at home and stop buying instant coffee. If you’re expecting the freshest pot of coffee you can, the canned coffee you buy from the grocery store has quite the shelf life. This means that you could be purchasing it months after its been ground. Did you know that instant coffee can last up to 20 years on your shelf? Imagine! Some of us have children older than that.

    You can find inexpensive grinders online, such as the Bodum BISTRO Blade  Electric Grinder for 20$ on Amazon. You may even find that it’s cheaper to buy coffee in bean form than pre-grinded. If you do prefer to have your coffees ground for you, find a specialty shop that will do it right at purchase so you know you’re getting the freshest batch.

  2. The filter in your coffee machine is also important and often goes uncleaned. If the pieces come apart, then stick them into your dishwasher once a week. If not, you can purchase coffee machine cleaners that will flush out anything that’s been lurking somewhere in your machine and compromising the integrity of the sustainable beans you seek out to buy.

  3. Don’t go stingy on the amount of coffee you add to your percolator – but don’t go crazy either. As a rule of thumb, a heaping tablespoon per cup of coffee is enough (I always put one more in for “robust”). If you put any less than that, but more water, you’ll end up getting a pot of coffee that tastes like watered down dishwater instead. 

  4. Your water is important as well. Tap water is fine, but if you notice a lot of calcium build up both in your machine and in your pot, you may want to switch to filtered water. Some tap water, especially in old homes, can go through lead pipes or be processed at plants that may not be the cleanest. You can only imagine the things they pull out of their main water filtrations.

  5. Drink it while it’s still hot and try not to tempt yourself into microwaving your coffee (it will burn it). If you’ve made a pot of coffee and it’s been sitting in the break room for the last 5 hours, honestly, just start a new batch. A pot of coffee only lasts about 15 or 20 minutes before beginning to lose its posterity and richness. If you only truly care about the caffeine and not the freshness of the coffee, then skip this step. 

What’s your go-to coffee grind to water ratio? Do you prefer filtered water or tap? Can you tell the difference? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out the health benefits of coffee on our blog here.