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
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)
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.
Stir in the instant coffee, and allow the drink to simmer gently for 2 more minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Guillermo’s Coffee House & Roastery, Little Rock Arkansas
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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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.
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.)
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
Hot coffee or espresso
2 tsp Sugar (optional)
Double or heavy Whipping cream
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re not a morning person or your Friday night was a late one (perhaps you spent the evening out with friends or stayed up most of the night working) then you might be quite the walking zombie today. You may find yourself dazed in the kitchen needing a kick-start to get you going, but a simple mug of coffee just won’t do it.
This nutrient-packed coffee smoothie can be customized to whatever source of protein you have hanging around in the kitchen and offers a well-rounded boost of energy in conjunction with that morning dose of joe.
1 cup favorite milk;
2 TBSP chocolate powder;
1 scoop of protein powder (optional – chia seeds are also a great source of protein);
1 fresh or frozen banana;
1 TBSP peanut butter (or any of your favorite butter – almond butter would work perfectly as well);
1 tsp vanilla;
A frozen vegetable such as kale or avocado for extra ‘green’ nutrients; and
Shaved or cubed ice (especially if your banana isn’t frozen).
Brew your coffee as you normally do each morning and set it in the freezer with a few ice cubes to bring it down to room temperature;
Start with the wet ingredients (milk, coffee, peanut butter, vanilla) first and the ice and blend until the ice is in smaller chunks;
Blend the rest of the dry ingredients making sure the banana and any other vegetables are broken up into blendable sizes. If you start at a lower speed, the ingredients are more likely to blend easier and then you can speed it up to make it smooth;
Add more milk/coffee/ice to reach your desired consistency and to taste;
Pour in your favorite mug with a reusable straw and you’re set to park yourself in front of Netflix for the next couple of hours or to head out for your morning workout (we won’t judge either way).
Busy for the upcoming Halloween or still stuck on what to prepare? Either which of you in the two we are excited for Halloween, especially if we have kids who are looking forward to the Halloween Trick or Treats. Before the clock struck Halloween, here is a list of fun quick Halloween 2019 chocolate cake recipes that you can make as a treat for the entire family.
Halloween Layer Cake
For the cake
Cooking spray, for pans
1 box Devil’s Food cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
1 box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
What is your plan on Halloween? Only a few days left till the Halloween party, and as the sugar rush excites as we are thrilled to share these sweet treats that you can make for the Halloween trick or treat that will surely delight not only the kids but as well your family and friends.
Halloween carrot muffins recipe
This Halloween carrot muffin is just the right sweet for everyone your kids, and their friends will enjoy this treat.
Coffee is claimed to be one of the super foods because of its numerous vitamins and minerals content, and potent antioxidant. However, despite the many claims many are still not convinced with the health benefits of coffee and other coffee lovers who are trying to lessen their daily cups of coffee are looking for coffee alternatives that can give the same effect as coffee. A new do it at home project conducted by Daisy Newdick has designed a roaster specifically for making a dandelion coffee to demonstrate that you can brew the plant to your homes from root to cup.
Just like the Chicory coffee, which is known to have health benefits and a good alternative to coffee, the dandelion as well is known to be a healthy alternative to coffee. In fact, you can buy dandelion coffee to AMAZON or at wholefoods. Hence dandelions are weeds which you can find to your lawns or parks you can now spend less, and create your version of dandelion coffee with the help of Daisy Newdick DIY project Make Weeds Great Again.
The project aims to highlight the overlooked qualities of the common dandelion plant, which is often just seen as an “unsightly weed that spoils the nation’s lawns.”
Daisy’s invention was exhibited in the Designing in Turbulent Times by Central Saint Martins college in London as part of the series of design propositions for a more sustainable future.
One of the main purposes of this DIY project is when Daisy learned in the UK alone, people consumed around 95 millions of coffee per day, and spending a lot in coffee. This gives her an inspiration to show consumers that they can brew their own coffee by using weeds from their lawns that do not require beans to be shipped from overseas and enjoy a deliciously healthy cup of dandelion coffee at home that gives the same feeling like coffee.
“In the West, and especially in cities, we take for granted the immense distances and complex supply-chains foodstuffs travel before they reach us,” Newdick told Dezeen.
“Often, the social and environmental costs of mass-produced dietary staples are enveloped by convenience,” she continued.
“This is particularly true of coffee – a drink so embedded within western culture that the exploitation of workers, contamination of water supplies, and widespread deforestation accompanying the cultivation of it, are overlooked.”
“With increasing demand driving environmentally degrading practices, together with the impacts of the climate emergency, the future of this highly esteemed commodity is uncertain,” added Newdick.
Similarities of Dandelion To Coffee
While some of us may say that dandelion cannot be considered as coffee, studies show that the chemical inulin that is present in the thin skin around the surface of the dandelion root does contain aromatic components that give similar bitterness and chocolatey smell to coffee. The same with Chicory, which is a family of dandelion and burdock roots, can also be used as an alternative to coffee, which Newdick plans to use these botanical ingredients to her future project.
Newdick also explains that making dandelion coffee has a similar process to traditional coffee, which involves roasting, grinding, and brewing.
Unlike the fancy coffee machines, the prototype made for making dandelion coffee is a hand-operated root-to-cup system that was based on a rocket stove, with a hand-cranked rotating drum on top so that little fuel is needed to reach a high enough temperature. An additional tray that slots over the roaster allow excess heat from the stove to be used to dry later batches of roots. Once roasted, the roots can be ground up and made into coffee.
This report was originally published by dezeen.com
When asked, what are the best coffee shops in America, the Fairgrounds Coffee is always included in the coffee lovers A-listers for coffee shops that serve the best coffee. Before the year ends, the said coffee shop is ending their 2019 with a bang opening their new store in Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
The newly debuted Fairgrounds Coffee in Milwaukee is said to have a whimsical opening featuring roasters from around the nation, a robust tea program in collaboration with Rishi Tea, and a chef-driven menu of breakfast and lunch items. It is absolutely a fantastic opening for the new Fairgrounds Coffee location.
Fairgrounds CEO Michael Schultz said, “We went through at least 15th-floor plans for this cafe,” “When I look at a space, I’m paying attention to the energy, how the light hits the space. I also want to pay homage to the building. All of those things have an impact on the guest experience.”
The coffee company has understood the pulse of their coffee lovers, of which they only not focus on the quality of their coffee, but they also give a superb experience with their premises. The new Fairground location shows magic and excitement that is why it is said to be a whimsical experience for the guest. Walking inside you can see the Fairgrounds trademark giant “F” lit with carnival bulbs, a plenty of whimsical fair-focused paraphernalia, a wooden swings on the Island bar area which everybody loved, cozy upholstered banquettes which you can lounge in with your family or friends, a marble top tables that are sleek, and touches of hanging Chemex which balance the playful vibe into a coffee shop.
“The day we opened the first Fairgrounds in Bucktown, people were astounded,” says Schultz. “‘You must have scoured the earth for this!’ they said. And I was so floored. I’d actually gone to the manufacturer to look at the item the week before, and I asked them for a bat. They looked at me so strangely but gave me one. And I took a bat to it, busted up the fluorescent lights and we repainted the dings. And it became perfect. That’s now a tradition. All the dents and dings have a purpose.”
Ultimately, says Schultz, the sign embodies what Fairgrounds stands for.
“Fairgrounds is like an old T-shirt,” says Schultz. “It’s falling apart, but you love it. And you feel like it’s the most comfortable item of clothing you love. And that’s what we want Fairgrounds to be for people — comfortable, familiar, lived in.”
What’s unique on every Fairground store is they put personal touches, which is not simply lovely but also refreshing. You can tell that inside the store there was a story going, and not just simply a place to drink a cup of coffee.
“My Grandpa Irv was my hero,” says Schultz. “He was an entrepreneur. And he was the kindest man. You hear the expression: he’d give you the shirt off his back, and he did that. And he was criticized for not being a great businessman, but he cared. And I want people to see that in my work, and to come back to my kids and tell them stories about me. The reason I’m here is to make the world a bit better.”
Fairground Coffee is not only catering coffee for adults, but for everybody, that is why they also have a kid-friendly menu where the young ones can also enjoy delicious food like scrambled eggs and toast, turkey sliders, and PB&J roll-ups, and more.
“As a father of four children, it bothers me to see everyone so obsessed with technology. But you hand them one and the children are intrigued … they think it’s some kind of red iPad … and the parents get nostalgic. Ultimately, they’re interacting with one another instead of their phones.” – Schultz’s
Fairground Coffee offers an ample variety of menu not only coffee, but they also have noncaffeinated beverages for everybody to try like the blue and green-hued Flower Power Milk Tea with matcha, jasmine butterfly pea flower tea, jasmine simple syrup and a choice of whole or coconut milk.
Of course, their coffee is still the star on the menu, which they feature roasts from Colectivo Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee Roasters (Minneapolis), Verve (Los Angeles), Dark Matter Coffee (Chicago) and Stumptown (Portland, Oregon).
Along with these beverages, they also serve breakfast like the classic avocado toast prepared with seasonal toppings and completed with an egg on top, and a variety of sandwiches like turkey and brie to roasted vegetables and roast beef. They also have salads if you have one.
Schultz says, “as I built my companies, I wanted to create a culture where you could be a mom and a CEO. Where you had the flexibility to take time off for family and live a quality life. And I wanted to leave a legacy for my children. I wasn’t afraid of being poor, but I was afraid of looking back at my life and wondering ‘what if?’
“No one counts your stuff when you’re gone. But the impact you made matters.” – Schultz
This article is originally posted in OnMilwaukee by Lori Fredrich.
Who does not like chocolate indulgence on the weekend? Chocolate is one of the sinful food, but of course its the weekend so we can treat ourselves for a bite of chocolate cake, and hence pumpkins are still in a season let us enjoy this spice while still widely available in the market. So for this weekend coffee treat, we like to try the chocolate fudge pumpkin brownies by Southern Living.
Chocolate fudge is a perfect pair with brewed tea or coffee, that is why this chocolate fudge pumpkin brownie is a perfect weekend treat for the entire family.
Preheat oven to 350°. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch in the bottom of a double boiler over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer. Place the first 3 ingredients in top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.
Whisk together 3 eggs, granulated sugar, and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Gradually whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; cool 10 minutes.
Grease a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with butter. Line bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Grease (with butter) and flour parchment paper.
Sift flour, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a bowl. Whisk into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan, reserving 2/3 cup.
Whisk together pumpkin, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt; pour over brownie batter in pan. Top with reserved brownie batter, and swirl batter gently 3 times in 1 direction and 3 times in the opposite direction with a knife or the end of a wooden spoon.
Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Lift brownies from pan, using parchment paper sides as handles. Gently remove parchment paper, and cut brownies into 24 squares.
This recipe is posted on myrecipes.com. The full recipe is credited to the author.
The fall season is here, and it is the time of the year again when we start to decorate our home to incorporate the seasons’ change. Revamping our home is one of the most satisfying activities of which we slowly transition into a cozy, colorful, and festive theme. Not every corner of our home needs to be in fall theme decorations, so the best way to incorporate the cascading fall colors into our home is through our coffee tables.
Coffee tables are one of the statement pieces into our home, and it is usually one of the most revamp furniture in every season. So here are some Fall inspired coffee tables that you can incorporate to your own this season.
Fall Neutral Coffee Tables
Fall does not only mean burnt colors of browns, orange, and dark colors, but you can also incorporate neutral colors and still invite the fall vibes inside your home. Look for inspiration for the neutral fall coffee tables at Digsdigs, and you’ll find various ideas of modern, rustic, minimalist, and traditional styles.
Vignette Fall Coffee Table
Be inspired by this simple and not over the top Vignette Fall Coffee Table by Virginia Sweet Pea. The style is not over accentuated with fall colors, but still, it invites the warmth freshness of the season inside the home.
Thrift Fall Coffee Table
Decorating your coffee table in season does not mean you need to buy everything new, you can always use your old trays and collectible things, and put them all together just like this cool Thrift Fall Coffee Table by 2 Bess in a Pod.
A Simple Statement
Sometimes you don’t need to put a lot of things in your coffee table, a simple statement like candles or small frame can already do the trick in celebrating the fall season, just like this coffee table inspiration by chckgeek.com.
A Center of Attraction Coffee Table
Pinecones are also an attractive piece that adds texture, warmth, and freshness to your home, that is why it is a perfect coffee table centerpiece to create. You do not need to buy pinecones you can always pick in your backyard, or go on a trip to the forest, and gather some pinecones, arrange them in a small tray, and add more embellishments or candles on the center for extra beautification. Look for inspiration at Dining Delights.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Table
Who doesn’t want to smell pumpkins and coffee inside their homes? Well, this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Table inspired by Calm Cradle is one of our favorite this season to make because it is simple and gives a nice scent of coffee and spice to our home.
Enjoying the best of the fall season means more cups of coffee, but not only the basic coffee or the usual latte, but fall coffee means enjoying the spices of fall in your cup of coffee. Here are the best of fall K-cups favorites this season.
Toasted Marshmallow Mocha
One of the most enjoyable activities during fall is having a toasted marshmallow beside the campfire. The Green Mountain Coffee Toasted Marshmallow Mocha will give you the rich fall goodness of flavored coffee with the taste of perfectly toasted, golden marshmallows and creamy chocolate that is a perfect companion on a chilly night. This K-cup blend is a once-a-year, seasonal offering.
Dunkin’ Donuts Cinnamon Coffee Roll Coffee K-Cups
Cinnamon and coffee are classic, but one of the best coffee pairings and the Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Coffee Roll is the perfect K-cup to satisfy the sweet tooth without binging on pastries.
Salted caramel is another staple drink during the fall season. The sweetness and saltiness of the drink perfectly blend, which makes it irresistible on the palate. One of the most raved Salted caramel K-cup in Amazon is the Crazy Cups Flavored Coffee. This is a perfect flavor to sip as you curl up with a good book on a chilly night.
Starbucks Fall Blend
During fall, the Starbucks PSL is the most awaited drink of the season however, if you are looking for something different than PSL, you should try the Starbucks Fall Blend Coffee. This k-cup is a hearty, seasonal blend of medium-roast coffee with notes of fall spices.
The fall season can never be completed without the pumpkin spice latte because it is the season of pumpkin, that is why we should enjoy the PSL while still in season. Well, making your version of pumpkin spice latte is the best to get the real taste, but if you are up for a quick and easy drink, the Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-cup limited edition is one of the best and a must-try for a PSL indulgence.