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.

The Ultimate Cheesecake

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It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like the rich and scrumptious taste of cheesecake. For a Saturday night dessert, it’s perfect to give your stomach that “I can’t believe how delicious that was” feeling.

Now, this cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecakes on The Food Network. Why? It could be because Tyler Florence is a master at desserts or it could be that the combination of the lemon blueberry tart is just fantastic. You decide.

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups finely ground graham crackers (about 30 squares)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 pound cream cheese, two 8-ounce blocks, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 lemon, zested
1 dash vanilla extract

Warm Lemon Blueberries:
1 pint blueberries
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

For the Crust:
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients with a fork until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Pour the crumbs into the pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup or the smooth bottom of a glass, press the crumbs down into the base and 1-inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

For the Filling:
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add sugar and beat until creamy, for 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. The batter should be well-mixed but not over-beaten. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

5. Set the cheesecake pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. Bake for 45 minutes. The cheesecake should still jiggle (it will firm up after chilling), so be careful not to overcook. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours.

6. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to a cake plate. Using a spatula spread a layer of Warm Lemon Blueberry topping over the surface.

7. Slice the cheesecake with a thin, non-serrated knife that has been dipped in hot water. Wipe dry after each cut.


Warm Lemon Blueberries:
Yield: 6 servings

8. In a small saucepan add all the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or so until the fruit begins to break down slightly. Leave to cool before spreading on cheesecake.

Is Coffee a Mood-Killer or an Aphrodisiac?

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Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, have a special someone to cuddle up with – or plan on spending the evening alone watching Love Actually, we’d all love to spend the day feeling a little bit better. With today being a Friday, it makes it even greater to head home and curl up with that special someone – even if that someone is Hugh Grant. And, of course, you’ll have your favorite cup of coffee with you.

Have you wondered if coffee is considered a mood-killer or an aphrodisiac? Don’t pour that golden goodness down the drain – it actually is amazing for stimulating levels of dopamine in the body that create that feeling of pleasure and adrenaline!

  • Coffee also promotes blood flow and metabolism which is perfect for this special day and the physical exertion we often expose ourselves to (we meant your morning jog, of course).
  • According to a book called Temptations, people who drink coffee often have a more frequent sex life than those who don’t. There are no stats, so you’ll have to test this one yourself.
  • Coffee can also lower the chances of depression in adults. According to an article on Coffee and Health, “A study of 50,739 women (average age 63 years), part of the Nurses’ Health Study, suggested that women who consumed 2-3 or at least 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day were, respectively, 15% or 20% less likely to develop depression, compared to those who drank at most one cup of caffeinated coffee per week. The consumption of decaffeinated coffee had no impact on depression risk. This observational study suggests the possibility of a protective effect of caffeine on depression risk.”
  • The caffeine itself in coffee can also do wonders for your libido and has actually been studied by the University of Texas to make a direct impact on a man’s chances to… erm.. get things going. If you want to make sure you’re getting the full benefit, stick to a shot of espresso or blond roast instead of green tea or dark roast coffee which have lower amounts of caffeine.
  • Caffeine is also well known for its calming effects. It can ease tension, promote tranquility, and provide that energetic arousal that more couples crave in their lives. It can definitely provide that perfect mood to feel confident in your body and promote that cuddly feeling inside.
  • Too much coffee can possibly have the opposite effect on your libido, so be sure to stick to one mug in the morning and save that extra happy mug for after your romantic dinner and before you and your significant other get curled up on the couch.

With your special mug of coffee tonight, try our red wine latte recipe here and add some chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream to your dessert plate. Both of these foods are also considered aphrodisiacs and they’re just plain romantic as well.

Build Your Own Coffee Bar at Home With the Help of Lovers.Coffee.

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Let’s face it, what coffee fan wouldn’t love a coffee bar in the comfort of their own home? A full station dedicated just to make your favorite brew is any coffee lover’s dream and will make you the envy of your friends and family.

So now that your interest is piqued, the question is where do you start? There are so many different ideas to choose from depending on your taste and your budget. Looking online will definitely help to give you some inspiration and ideas for what you are looking for and even some building instructions if you have some talent for that.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when beginning your quest to create the perfect coffee bar.

What is your budget?

The first thing you should figure out is how much you are willing and able to spend on the project. That way you will know more what to look for and won’t end up running yourself short needlessly. There are many options out there that are budget-friendly such as looking for second-hand items or looking in your local dollar or discount store.

Where should you put your coffee bar?

You can put your coffee bar anywhere you have space and would like it because, of course, it’s your coffee bar! One can be set up in your kitchen, living room or even your bedroom for those of you who don’t want to travel far in the morning for their first cup.

Do I want to use an existing counter, buy a cart or build my own?

Maybe you already have extra counter space in your kitchen that would be perfect for a coffee bar but if not there are many other options out there. You can purchase a new cart or counter or repurpose a piece that you already own. An armoire that you are no longer using would make a great coffee bar or if you have the talent to build your own. Get in touch with your creative side and who knows what you could come up with. 

What type of coffee machines am I looking to have?

One of the most important decisions is what you will be using to make your coffee. Do you want to have the ability to make specialty coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos? If so, an all-in-one machine like the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker would be a good choice for you.

What will I want for accessories?

There are so many different ideas when it comes to picking out accessories for your home coffee bar. Everything from the style and color of the cups to adding extras like cute signs and artwork. Maybe you will want to have a cute bistro table to sit at and enjoy your coffee or a cozy nook to curl up with a good book. 

That is the great thing about creating your own coffee bar. You can make it to completely suit your style and taste and a place you can enjoy any time you want.

Valentine’s Day Perfection: Peanut Butter Blossoms and Red Wine Lattes.

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With only a few days until Valentine’s Day, we’ve all begun to think a little harder about how we can symbolize our feelings toward our partners and loved ones. One of the best ways to someone’s heart is, of course, through their stomach. There are so many sweet and delicious ways you can show your love with sugar.

With one of these recipes on your list, you’ll be sure to begin your Valentine’s Day (or end it) with smiling faces all around. Let us know how these turn out!

Here are our two favorite Valentine’s Day Perfections this year:

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

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It only takes about 10-20 minutes to prepare these grain-free peanut butter blossoms in a pinch – literally. If you need a quick dessert to surprise your partner, these will definitely result in quite a few kisses (especially the chocolate kind).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • sugar for rolling (optional) 
  • Hershey kisses

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Mix the peanut butter, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla extract together in a stand mixture or a bowl until light and fluffy. 
  3. Then add in the baking soda, salt, and almond flour and mix until everything is incorporated. 
  4. Use a cookie scoop to measure out 1-2 tbsp of cookie dough and roll into balls, optionally rolling into sugar before placing them on the baking sheet. 
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. 
  6. After 5 minutes, add a Hershey kiss to the center of each chocolate, pressing the chocolate down.

Red Wine, Chocolate Cabernet Latte

Some cute Valentine’s Day sprinkles are a perfect garnish!

With how amazing these lattes look – and taste – how could you not quickly stir one up for your special someone.  

INGREDIENTS FOR CABERNET SYRUP

  • 3/4 cup cabernet sauvignon or your favorite red wine!
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

CABERNET CHOCOLATE LATTE

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cabernet syrup
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1/4 cup steamed milk
  • chopped chocolate for topping

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CABERNET SYRUP

  1. Combine the wine and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and bring the mixture to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely. This keeps great in the fridge!

CABERNET CHOCOLATE LATTE

  1. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cabernet syrup at the bottom of a mug. Add the chocolate syrup. Pour two shots of hot espresso over top and stir. Add the steamed milk on top. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate.

What desserts and recipes do you have planned for your certain someone? Let us know in the comments.

The Ten Top Health Benefits of Coffee

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What could be better than finding out the drink we love actually has plenty of health benefits as well?

That’s right, having that cup of coffee in the morning can prevent diseases, improve brain function and even help to burn fat. The most popular drink in the world is not only delicious but it’s also high in antioxidants and several beneficial nutrients. So, if you were looking for another reason to keep drinking coffee other than the rich flavor, here is a list of 10 top health benefits of drinking coffee.

Helps to burn fat.

The caffeine in coffee blocks Adenosine which increases the firing of neurons and the release of neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Norepinephrine. It also stimulates the nervous system to send signals to fat cells causing them to break down fat.

Coffee improves your memory and brain function.

Research published by the journal Nature Neuroscience has shown that caffeine can enhance certain memories for at least 24 hours after it was consumed. It can also improve your mood, reaction times and your overall mental function.

Coffee contains beneficial nutrients.

Just one cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily intake of Riboflavin, 3% of Manganese and potassium, 6% of pantothenic acid and 2% of magnesium and niacin. Although the amounts are low, they go up for every cup of coffee you have in a day.

Coffee can help to prevent depression.

A 2011 study from Harvard showed that the women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk of suffering from depression.

It may lower the risk of some types of cancer.

There have been studies that have shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of 40% for liver cancer and people who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day had a reduced risk of 15% for colorectal cancer. Coffee may also protect against other diseases that affect the liver like hepatitis, and fatty liver disease.

Coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are the two most common neurodegenerative diseases and there is no known cure for either. There have been studies that have shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of 32-60% of developing Parkinson’s disease and a 65% lo9wer risk of Alzheimer’s. 

Coffee can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of 23-50% of developing type 2 diabetes which affects millions of people around the world.

It improves your energy levels and physical performance.

Coffee increases the adrenaline levels in your blood which better prepares your body for physical exertion and breaks down body fat making the fatty acids available for fuel. On average it can improve your physical performance by 11-12%.

Coffee can lower your chance of stroke.

There have been some studies that have shown that those who drink coffee have a reduced risk of 20% of having a stroke.

And, finally, coffee can help you to live longer.

Studies have shown that the risk of death was 20% lower in men and 26% lower in women who drank coffee regularly. This risk was even lower in people with type 2 diabetes at 30%

So the next time someone gets on your case about having that second cup of coffee, you’ll be able to provide them with all the benefits that coffee actually provides for its drinkers.

How Much Do You Know Your Coffee History?

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Although coffee has been enjoyed for centuries, nobody really knows when or how it was actually discovered. There are some legends about the origin of coffee; however, there is no way of knowing if there is any truth to any of them.

One legend is about a goat herder named Kaldie in 9th century Ethiopia that witnessed his goats were more energetic after eating some berries from a certain tree. After reporting this to the local monastery the abbot made a drink with the berries and found that he too felt more alert. After that, word traveled first to the Middle East and then the rest of the world, ultimately beginning our love for coffee.

The first mention of coffee is from 10th century Persia. By the 16th century, it had spread to the rest of the Middle East and on to Italy and the rest of Europe. It was enjoyed by people in their homes and also the many coffee houses that started opening.

Although coffee seemed to be loved by most who tried it, there was some that called it the “bitter invention of Satan” and some religious leaders in the Middle East and Europe that banned the drink. When coffee was first introduced to Venice in 1615 it caused a lot of controversies until Pope Clement VIII tried it himself and enjoyed it so much, he gave it his approval. Coffee was brought to New York City and the US in the mid-1600s although it didn’t become the drink of choice until 1773 after the Boston Tea Party

With the popularity of coffee also came the demand to cultivate it in areas other than Arabia. It was the Netherlands who were the first country in Europe to start up coffee plantations. Their plantations in Indonesia supplied Europe’s need for coffee until the 1800s when Brazil became the largest exporter of coffee.

Once the coffee was being produced on a larger scale, it became more accessible to the average person and was no longer a drink just for the wealthy.

Brazil has stayed on as the largest producer of coffee presently with Vietnam coming in second. Coffee became the world’s largest export by the end of the 1700s and presently comes second only to oil.  

We may not know exactly how or when coffee was first discovered but it has been the most popular drink worldwide for at least 400 years.

It’s amazing to think about people gathered in coffee houses to socialize and have a hot cup of coffee back in the 17th century the same as we still do today. Although the conversation topics have changed, the idea behind it has stayed the same. Or perhaps we still discussed the weather and our partners then as well.

Somehow, not only is coffee delicious but it seems to bring people together. So, whether we owe our love of coffee to some goat herder over a thousand years ago or not, I’m sure most of us are thankful to have that delicious drink as a part of our lives.

Canadian Nanaimo Bars

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Nanaimo bars

Ask a Canadian their signature dessert and you’ll get many nods to the Nanaimo Bar. Invented in Nanaimo, British Columbia, these bars are heavenly, creamy, and full of chocolatey goodness. There’s nothing quite like the custard cream and coconut complementing each other like two best friends who’ve known each other their entire lives.

Bring these bars to your next pot luck or share with your friends over your favorite mug of coffee.

(The walnuts are optional and feel free to adjust the recipe based on your dietary restrictions.)

Prep time: 30 min
Chill time: 4 hrs
Servings: Depends on big you like your squares; 10-30

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter, softened, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. Custard Powder
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Microwave 2 oz. chocolate and 1/2 cup butter in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Blend in egg and vanilla. Stir in graham crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press onto bottom of 9-inch square pan. Bake 8 min.; cool completely.
  • Mix custard powder and milk in a medium bowl with whisk until blended. Add 1/4 cup of the remaining butter; mix well. Gradually beat in sugar until blended. Spread onto crust. Refrigerate 15 min.
  • Microwave remaining chocolate and butter in microwaveable bowl 2 to 3 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over the custard layer. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled before cutting into bars.

Make Them Mocha

Blend 3 Tbsp. coffee-flavored liqueur with 2 tsp. instant coffee granules. Substitute this for the 3 Tbsp. milk used to prepare the custard layer.

Let us know how your creations turn out!

What’s The Big Deal About French Press?

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For those who have never tried using a french press, you may be unsure if it’s for you. 

The modern french press is a straightforward machine that has a glass or stainless-steel container, a stainless-steel mesh at the top, and a lid with a movable plunger at the top. It is trendy throughout Europe and is gathering a following in Canada and the US. 

Most who use the french press does so because it creates a richer, more flavorful coffee since it does not use a filter like a regular drip-style machine, which prevents the natural flavor from the grounds from being filtered out. 

There are other advantages to using a french press besides a more robust flavored coffee. They are quite small and can be taken almost anywhere and don’t require an electrical connection. This makes them perfect for taking along on camping or hiking trips since you can heat the water over a fire. French presses are also great for those who are a little pickier with their cup of coffee since you can control the temperature of the water used, the size of the grounds, and the amount of time that the coffee grounds steep.

Along with all the advantages, of course, there are some limitations as well. The biggest one being that it’s going to take more time for your coffee-fix to be ready to drink. For those who are half-asleep and in a rush in the mornings, the manual effort involved in using a french press may be an unattractive idea. If you are making coffee for a large group, you may be better suited to using a percolated machine as well. 

Although using a french press can be a little more time consuming, it’s not a complicated process. It’s best to freshly grind your coffee beans to use in a french press. The type of grind you use depends on your taste. Please don’t use too fine of a grind as this can make it too strong and bitter. It may take a few tries before you find the right type and number of grind for you.

  1. The first step is to heat the water, which is best heated to 195-205 degrees; however, you can also heat it to a full boil and let it cool off a bit to the temperature you prefer. 
  2. Next, grind the beans and add the grounds to the french press. It may be best to use a measuring cup or scale to get the perfect coffee to water ratio. Stir the mixture a bit to make sure that all the grounds are wet. 
  3. Put the top on but keep the plunger up and leave to steep to your desired taste.  
  4. After steeping, you can remove the grounds from the top if you like a lighter tasting coffee, or stir them in for a more robust flavor. 
  5. Finally, press the plunger to the bottom, pour your cup, and enjoy!

If you are interested in trying the french press, here are a few ideas of the best currently on the market.

  • Kona French Press Coffee Maker

    This press has an insulated outer sleeve, which makes it quite durable. It comes in 12 or 34- ounce options and is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean.


  • Bodum Brazil Coffee Maker

    A budget-friendly option that will still make a great cup of coffee, the Bodum makes 34-ounces of coffee and is also dishwasher safe.

  • Bodum Travel Tea and Coffee Press

    Here is a great one for the person on the go. This is a 15-ounce press that is built right into its travel mug, which allows you to make a fresh cup of coffee almost anywhere. The container is insulated and comes in a variety of colors.

  • Frieling Double Wall French Press

    Not only is this press attractive looking, but the pot is stainless steel and fully insulated to keep your brew hot a lot longer than glass. It also comes with a double-screen filter of mesh to reduce any grainy texture.
  • SterlingPro French Coffee Press 8 Cup

    A very durable press which has heat resistant glass. It can make a liter of coffee at a time and is very easy to clean.

The 10 Best Coffee Makers for 2020

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Technology certainly has brought us a long way in how we make our coffee. Not only can they brew a steaming hot cup a whole lot faster but they now come with a load of different features. From built-in grinders and milk frothers to the ability to control settings for strength and temperature to make the perfect cup of coffee. There is such a wide range of choices, how do you know which coffee maker will be the best for you? 

To help you figure it out here is a list of 10 of the highest-rated coffee makers out there in 2020.

1.Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker BVMC-O-CT

This all in one coffee maker can brew almost anything you want. It has a 10-cup pot, a single-serve using pods and an espresso machine. You can also use it to make cappuccino or a latte using the built-in milk frother.

2. Ninja Specialty CM401

This is another great option for an all in one machine. This model has the capability of brewing both hot and cold drinks. With being able to brew any coffee drink you’re craving, it is surprisingly compact. Along with also having a built-in milk frother you can also control the brew strength, size, and temperature.

3. Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

This one has something that the others mentioned so far have not. This coffee brewer has a built-in grinder for that fresh, more flavorful taste. It also comes with brew strength and size control, a water filter and auto-shutoff.

4. Breville Grind Control BDC650BSS

This machine also has a built-in grinder which allows you to change the grind size, and it’s programmable and allows strength and size control. You can brew a 12-cup pot or use it for single-serve.

5. Hamilton Beach The Scoop Single-Serve

This is a budget-friendly, easy to use, single-serve coffee maker. You add the amount of water according to the amount of coffee you are wanting and it uses coffee grounds instead of pods. It also gives you the option of choosing between regular and strong coffee.

6. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal

Although this coffee maker is budget-friendly, it offers a range of features. It is programmable, has brew-strength control and comes with a thermal carafe to keep your coffee nice and hot. You also have the choice of brewing the full 12 cups or a smaller amount between 1-4 cups.

7. Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker

This coffee maker can actually be controlled through an app. You no longer even have to get up to make your coffee but you will, unfortunately, have to get up to drink it. It has temperature control and an insulated carafe to keep your coffee hot.

8. Bonavita Connoisseur

This easy to use machine brews a great cup of coffee for a low amount of money. It is fast, brews at a temperature of 198-205 degrees Fahrenheit and comes with a thermal carafe.

9. The Bunn Velocity Brew BT

This machine is definitely for the person who cannot wait long for their first cup of coffee. It can brew a whole pot in 3 minutes and 33 seconds. It also comes with a thermal carafe to keep the coffee hot.

10. Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN1255

Not only is it an attractive looking machine but it makes a great cup of single-serve coffee. It will make both espresso and coffee and has an adjustable brew temperature.

So whether you are wanting a single-serve or full pot coffee maker, one that makes specialty coffees or just a regular cup of joe, there is the perfect coffee maker out there for you.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread You’ll Go Bananas Over.

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Monkey Bread
courtesy of Gourmandize

If you’ve never enjoyed monkey bread before, your life is about to change. There’s nothing as delicious and decadent as these small morsels of gooey, cinnamon goodness. Imagine tasting a dream and knowing your stomach will thank you for hours afterward! And, of course, if you’re enjoying them with a mug of coffee (black for me) you’re setting your day in the right direction!

Courtesy of Chelsea’s Messy Apron

FYI – there are no bananas used in the creation of monkey bread, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t taste delicious on the side! The great part about monkey bread is you can add any of your favorite ingredients, be it pecans, icing sugar, or bananas.

This recipe calls for McCormick® Good Morning Apple Cinnamon French Toast Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mix, however, it isn’t a requirement. Use your own cinnamon or allspice ingredients until coated.

Save yourself some time by prepping the ingredients before you go to bed and leaving them in the fridge – then wake up an hour early and get the slow cooker rearing to go. These yummy bites will be ready by the time the kids (or grandkids) sneak their way downstairs to the smell of happiness!

So here’s my favorite amazing slow cooker Monkey Bread recipe.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 8-10
Calories: 466 kcal.

Ingredients

  • Parchment paper and paper towel
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 can (16.3 ounces) flaky layers refrigerated biscuits each biscuit cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 can (17.5 ounces) flaky Grands cinnamon rolls, (should have 5 rolls), each cinnamon roll cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 package McCormick® Good Morning Apple Cinnamon French Toast Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mix (Or use your own cinnamon/allspice ingredients).
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar.

Instructions

  1. Line a 6-quart slow cooker with a large piece of parchment paper — do not skip the parchment paper! Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter. Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and set aside.
  3. Cut each biscuit (there should be 8 biscuits) into six pieces and separate into individual pieces. Cut each cinnamon roll (there should be 5 cinnamon rolls) into six pieces. Reserve the icing for later.
  4. In a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, add the cut biscuits and the cut cinnamon rolls (the cinnamon rolls will fall apart a bit, that okay!) Top with the McCormick® Good Morning Apple Cinnamon French Toast Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mix and white sugar. Seal the bag and shake until the sugar and seasoning mix coats all of the pieces.
  5. Pour half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared slow cooker. Pour half of the melted butter + brown sugar mixture on top. Top with the remaining biscuit mixture and finally the remaining butter + brown sugar mixture.
  6. Place 3 sheets of paper towel on top of the slow cooker and add the lid (the lid will hold the paper towels in place).
  7. Cook, covered, on high for 1-2 hours depending on your slow cooker. Check the biscuits every 30 minutes until the biscuits are cooked through. Replace the paper towels at the 1-hour mark.
  8. Optional step: Preheat the oven to High Broil and place the slow cooker insert with the monkey bread inside (only do this if your slow cooker insert is oven-safe). Broil, watching carefully, for 2-3 minutes until slightly crisped and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven.
  9. Drizzle the reserved icing (from the cinnamon rolls) over all of the monkey bread. Serve immediately. (You can also use regular syrup to drizzle over the monkey bread!)

We look forward to hearing how your recipes turned out! Don’t forget to send us pictures of your favorite monkey bread creations, and be sure to check out our Masala Coffee Recipe to go with it.