Homemade Bagels Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat | How To

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How to make bagels recipe

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

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

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

Homemade Bagels weekend coffee treat

Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

The best coffee shops in Stamford, Connecticut

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

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

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

Lorca Coffee Bar

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

Friends Cafe

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

Humbled Coffeehouse

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

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Mcdonalds Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

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

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

Ingredients

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

How To Make The Perfect Iced Coffee At Home

Instructions

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

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

This recipe is credit to Top Secret Recipes.

Caribbean Coffee Rum Recipe

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Caribbean-Coffee-Recipe for winter coffee

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

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

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

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

Caribbean Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

What does your personality say about your favorite holiday drink?

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

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

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

Eggnog Latte

Christmas Eggnog latte

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

Hot chocolate

Christmas Hot chocolate

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

Peppermint Mocha

Vega Peppermint Mocha
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.

Most Expensive Cafes in the World

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lost of most expensive cafes in the world
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If there is the most expensive coffee in the world, then there is also the most expensive cafes in the world, and they are not the typical Starbucks coffee chains because of these coffee shops do not serve the ordinary Joes and the usual croissant for their patrons, they are entitled to be luxury cafe in some ways.

Here are the most expensive cafes in the world.

Gucci Tokyo

Gucci Cafe, Ginza Tokyo

Just by the name itself, you can already distinguish that this is a luxury cafe. Gucci is a big brand in the fashion industry, that is why it is no surprise if their cafe is classified, as one of the expensive coffee shops in the world. Gucci Cafe in Tokyo is a favorite place for businesswomen. Inside the cafe has a sophisticated look that gives an expensive and luxurious atmosphere. What’s surprising about the cafe in the perspective of a high-end brand their coffee is not too expensive, a cup of espresso is around $9, and a box of chocolate with a Gucci logo is about $26.So if you are visiting Tokyo try to visit this cafe and experience the lux of its service.

Cafe de la Paix, Paris

Cafe de la Paix is a well-known cafe in Paris where it does not belong to the traditional coffee places because the coffee is not cheap here. Regular breakfast will cost around 85 Euros, that is more or less $100, but surely will satisfy your appetite. High profile personalities and celebrities dine to come to this cafe. So if it is your first time in Paris and looking for a first-rate cafe, you should check Cafe de la Paix which is situated just across the Opera house. 

Bloomsbury Cafe, Dubai

We just shared from our last blog the most trendy coffee shops in, Dubai, and they are not only stylish, but the city offers a lot of luxury coffee places, like the Bloomsbury Cafe. This cafe is where you can find the world most extraordinary cupcakes which cost a whopping $1000, and considered the world most expensive cupcake. Each cupcake is gold-infused and decorated with real edible golds. Their cupcakes alone is a symbol of luxury, in one bite.

Cafe Florian, Venice

Cafe Froilan is one of the oldest coffee shops in the world that had established in the 18th century. This coffee shop has a long history of serving coffee to the public, and it was the first-ever cafe to serve coffee for women, that is why if their price is higher than other cafes their great history adds an influential icon in Cafe Florian. If you would like to explore history while having a great cup of coffee, this coffee place is for you.

Café Gambrinus, Naples

Among all the cafes mentioned above the Cafe Gambrinus has the most exquisite interiors. This cafe is in Naples, Italy which they are known for their dreamy architecture design that resembles the Belle Epoch. This cafe is popular not only among locals and tourist, but personages like Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway loves this place. Their price is just fair for the lux ambiance where a cup of hot chocolate is about 10 Euros, and it is no doubt that their coffee is one of the best.

Ensaymada Recipe| Weekend Coffee Treat

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Ensaymada sweet soft bun recipe weekend coffee treat

Coffee alone is good but accompanied by cake or pastry is even better. For this coffee weekend treat, we were inspired by the delicious Ensaymada or known as a soft sweet dough pastry. The same with cinnamon which a great pair of coffee Ensaymada is also a perfect mate for coffee or tea.

Ensaymada is a traditional Filipino pastry that is often paired with coffee or tea. This pastry was introduced during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. In the Island of Majorca, the ensaïmada de Mallorca is traditionally made of flour, water, sugar, eggs, and pork lard, while the Philippine adaptation of Ensaymada was made with butter instead of lard.

This traditional soft bun is usually topped with grated cheddar cheese, and it is a popular treat during the holiday season. Hence we are now fast approaching to the Holiday season, Ensaymada is the perfect weekend coffee treat that is a good pair of the season favorite drink PSL.

Ensaymada Recipe Weekend Coffee Treat

Ingredients

  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter for brushing grated cheese

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Add the yeast and let stand until softened
  2. Add 1 cup flour gradually until well blended. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and set aside in warm place for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar thoroughly; add salt and egg yolks, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add 4 cups all-purpose flour gradually, blending well. Add this mixture to the sponge yeast. Mix well.
  5. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  6. Punch down. Divide dough into the desired size of rolls. Roll out thinly.
  7. Spread surface with melted butter and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  8. Roll as in jelly roll, starting from the lower left-hand corner
  9. Place in greased ensaymada molds. Let rise for 2 hours.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 °F for from 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. After taking out from the oven, brush with butter and sprinkle with grated cheese and sugar.
  12. Yield: 2 dozens.
This recipe is credit to Kawaling Pinoy

The Hidden Coffee farm In the Pearl of the Orient

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Coffee beans
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Columbia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Indonesia are known to be the top producing countries of coffee. But did you know in the history of coffee the Pearl of The Orient, the Philippines was ones on the leader board of coffee producers? For many of us only know Columbia, Brazil as the producers of coffee, well that is a fact, in Columbia alone produces 11.5 million bags annually which gives them the reputation as the third-highest coffee producers. But in the early years during,1740 when the Spanish colonization introduce coffee in the Island of the Philippines it became paramount of success, which put the Philippines on the pedestal as the fourth top producing nation of coffee all over the world.

The Island of the Philippines has a fertile soil which is capable of producing four different species of coffee that are: Arabica, Liberica (Barako), Excelsa, and Robusta.

Coffee was introduced in the Philippines by the Franciscan Monks in early 1730, and the first-ever coffee tree was planted in the province of Lipa Batangas. The first coffee species that had implanted in the Island of the Philippines is from Mexico, and because of the successful germination of coffee trees in Lipa Batangas from there coffee cultivation is widespread in the entire province with the help of Augustinian friars Elias Nebreda and Benito Varas, coffee is acknowledged to Ibaan, Lemery, San Jose, Taal, and Tanauan. Because of coffee, the province of Batangas owed its wealth to it, and Lipa became the coffee capital of the Philippines.

The success of the Philippine coffee production skyrocketed, making them able to export coffee in the 1860s. After the Civil War, there is a high demand for Philippine coffee in the United States because it is cheaper to import coffee from the Philippines than importing from Brazil. Back then the Liberica or “Kape Barako” as known in the Philippines is the biggest export from Batangas to Manila and shipped to San Francisco. Almost half of the Philippine coffee had transported to San Francisco after the Civil War. Because of the low cost of export of Philippine coffee, the country had started to export in Europe when the Suez Canal in 1869 had opened.

Due to high market of the Philippine coffee, the province of Batangas started to introduce coffee production to its neighboring province of Cavite. In the town of Amadeo Cavite, the municipality also has begun cultivating coffee. But Lipa Batangas is still the chief generator of Philippine coffee, and Barako or the Liberica, is the top coffee choice for export, making it five times its price than the Java beans. During that time, the Philippine competitor regions like Brazil, Africa, and other Asian countries were on the edge of coffee declining when the coffee rust plague hit the neighborhoods making the Philippines as the fourth top producers of coffee the only country survive the epidemic. From 1887 to 1889, the Philippines was the only source of coffee in the world.

But in 1889, it became a bittersweet time in the Island of the Philippines, when the land was hit by coffee rust, and increased incidence of insect infestation. The county experienced a vast decline, in its coffee production, destroying all coffee trees in Batangas. In two years, the coffee production in the country went down to 1/6, from the original amount. By that time Brazil is already recovering from the coffee rust, and infestation regaining their position, as the top coffee producer country. The Philippines by then is making an effort to save few of the surviving coffee seedlings transferring them from Batangas to Cavite.

The glory days of the Philippines on the leader board of coffee producers have come to an end, but the Philippines did not completely stop the coffee production, but numerous farmers shifted into cultivating different crops.

The Philippines did not regain its position, and in the 1950’s the Philippine government with the help of Americans introduce a new species of coffee that are more resistant. During this time a high demand on instant coffee was needed that is why numerous farmers shifted back into coffee cultivation in the 1960s. However, coffee export was stopped because of the sudden proliferation of coffee farms that resulted in a surplus in the world market. And in 1980, the Philippines became a member of the International Coffee Organization (ICO).

Today the Island of the Philippines produces 30,000 metric tons of coffee a year. According to PhilMech, an agency under DA, Mindanao is the leader of the local production of dried coffee beans. Sultan Kudarat is the province that produces the most coffee on the island.

Source: Philippine Coffee Board

The Most Trendy Coffee Shops in Dubai.

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Coffee shop near me

These trendy coffee shops in Dubai is not your average place for a cup of coffee, and here is why?

Dubai, one of the wealthiest country in the world where you can see Lamborghini and sports cars rolling on the street, and a lion as a pet, a city with a magnificent structure of buildings, and a nation that is rich in oil it is no wonder the city has seen with a lot of luxury, and their coffee shops are one of a kind.

Let us take a look at the most trendy coffee shops in Dubai.

Omnia Gourmet

Omnia Gourmet located in,  Al Souq, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour is not an average place to get your coffee. The coffee shop illuminates a stylish vibe for the guest. The enchanting cafe has a whimsical decor of beautiful tiled walls and the foliage hanging from the roof and one of a kind gourmet menu which makes them unique from their competitors.

Omnia Gourmet meticulously outsource their ingredients locally to deliver the best quality of refined and exotic food to the palate. Omnia is well known to bring brinner to the table of which is a new concept of making breakfast and dinner into one. They also offer a selection of coffee from a traditionally brewed coffee to Instagramable selection of latte which compliments their brinner menu.

The Sum Of Us

An Instagram heaven at the urban center of Dubai which showcases not just a cafe, but also a roastery and bakery, in the buzzing street of Dubias’ World Trade Center.

The Sum Of Us is an independent coffee shop that delivers a specialty coffee for coffee lovers. Their place is large and beautiful with an industrial feel into it with large counters where costumers conveniently order, and they have the clear glass chamber of which costumers can see their inhouse roasting facility.

This coffee shop focuses on the quality of food and coffee, that is why it is no wonder, it is one of the favorite coffee places for coffee lovers in, Dubai.

Depresso Cafe, Dubai

Depresso is not depressing as it sounds this cafe in Jumeria Road is adorable with their Instagram-worthy drinks, and donut on top is selfie-ready.

This cafe is a cool place to hangout they have customized cups which are trendy and cool to share on your Instagram feed, and who does not love coffee and donuts. This cafe is truly a trendsetter in the business.

Vogue Cafe, Dubai

Vogue s one of the leading fashion magazines for the runways, and high-end brands opened their store in Dubai Mall. So expect their cafe to be glamorous with flawless decor, perfect tone palette of coffee and cream, clean-lined marble tables, and the imposing 3-D pyramidic design of the coffee bar. You will have a glimpse and feel of what is happening on the runway in this cafe.

What does salt can do to coffee? | Coffee Health Benefits

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The health benefits of adding salt in coffee.

What is the weirdest thing you added to your coffee?
 
There are a lot of practices all over the world in which they added additional ingredients in their coffee, like the Scandanavian coffee where they brew the coffee with egg. And nowadays there are a lot of discoveries on how much to enjoy, and enhance the health benefits of coffee like adding cinnamon, MCT or coconut oil, nutmeg, butter and more. Almost everything we see in the kitchen it is possible to add to our everyday joe, just like salt, yes salt, is a newfound seasoning, that can be added to coffee.

So, have you tried adding salt to your coffee?

Adding salt to coffee is a new trend, or maybe it had been a practice before, but this is the only time it is becoming popular in the public.
 
Salt in coffee? Yup that sounds weird adding salt in the coffee, but this condiments can be your new best friend to your coffee, especially when you are still a coffee beginner.

What does salt can do to coffee?

One of the qualities of coffee is bitter this is because of its chemical compounds such as caffeine– although caffeine is not the primary factor why coffee is bitter, 15% of it contributes to the bitterness of coffee. The mass substance on the bitterness of coffee is the chlorogenic acid, and phenylindane, which are commonly found, in roasted coffee beans. Thus this explains that the darker the roast of the coffee beans the harsher and bitter taste it produces.

A lot of coffee drinkers are not fond of the bitter taste that is why they put some ingredients to their coffee to counteract the bitterness like adding sugar, milk, cinnamon, creamer, etc. Another circumstance that adds to bitter taste in coffee is the brewing method. Over brewing the coffee, or letting the coffee steep for a long hours results to bitter taste, and sometimes incorrect measurements of coffee and water will have a bitter result.

Now, that we have a little overview of why coffee is bitter let us now see what does salt can do to coffee.

Well, it is not a super extravagant finding on what salt can do to coffee, salt can only tame the bitterness of coffee, and make it easier to drink especially to those who are not fond of a bitter taste, but still want to drink coffee.

According to Alton Brown, a very popular cookbook author, adding a quarter teaspoon of kosher salt to 6 tablespoons of coffee grounds neutralizes the bitterness and acidity in coffee and enhances its inherent sweetness. 

Is their a measurement on how much salt to put in coffee?

None there is no exact, measurement of how much is too much salt to put in coffee. A recommendation from those who tried this method is you can put a pinch of salt before brewing or a dash to your cup of coffee to balance the flavors.

Is there health benefit of adding salt to coffee?

Coffee alone is pack with health benefits, and adding salt to your coffee is better than putting sugar into it. Salt in coffee can help to replenish some of the sodium your body loses after drinking coffee.

Lady And The Mug, a playful coffee shop, in Coral Springs, Florida.

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Lady and the mug Coral Springs, Florida
Photo via Lady and the Mug FB

Are you always on a search for a new coffee place to try over the weekend or maybe a place where you can sit and relax, and get your work done while enjoying a cup of coffee? This coffee shop in Coral Springs, Florida, Lady and The Mug is a coffee place to try for they have beautiful ambiance and a superb cup of specialty coffee on their menu.

The city of Florida is known for its famous Miami beach where millions of tourist come to visit the city to have fun under the sun, especially during Spring break and Summer holiday. Aside from the nightlife scene, Florida has hidden gems of coffee shops for coffee lovers who are looking for a good place to grab a cup of coffee. Like this playful coffee shop, the Lady and the Mug, in South Florida is a specialty coffee shop offers an outstanding coffee menu.

The owner Aimee attended a coffee school in Poland to perfect her passion and learn the different techniques for coffee before opening her dream coffee shop. With all the knowledge Aimee learned she now dedicates to serve specialty coffee to her customers.

According to SCAA, specialty coffee “refers to the highest quality green coffee beans roasted to their greatest flavor potential by true craftspeople and then properly brewed to well-established SCAA developed standards.”

Lady and the Mug serve not just a regular joe, but a quality coffee that is better than Starbucks. Their menu features specialty coffee blends such as drip coffee, cold brew, nitro, bullet coffee, pour-over, espresso. They also offer non-coffee drinks like hot chocolate, matcha, tea with oat milk, and more.

Their delicacies are not only house-made, but they are organic treats such as Croque monsieur sandwiches, quiche, empanadas, slices of bread, dessert which complements their coffee menu.

Aside from their delectable delicacies and specialty coffee blends Lady and the Mug has a unique ambiance to welcome the guest. Whether you are social media savvy or just a regular customer, you will fall in love with this coffee shop. The place is furnished in a whimsical way featuring the rope swing embellish with flowers as the center of attraction, which is a perfect spot for customers to take their selfie.

“The Lady and the Mug is so welcoming, so positive and friendly to everyone. The coffee is superb as are the snacks. My favorites are the quiches. It’s very important to me that they honor diversity. Even though there’s a coffee shop on nearly every corner I happily go out of my way to go to the Lady and the Mug!”TripAdvisor

This coffee shop knows how to read the wants of their customers by being on-trend at the same time delivering a quality cup of coffee.

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Organic vs. Regular Coffee Beans

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four types of coffee beans
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How do you choose your coffee beans? Coffee aficionados say that one of the primary factors in making a great cup of coffee is by choosing the right coffee beans. But are you positively picking the right coffee beans? Do you know that not all coffee beans are organic? Do you know that organic coffee beans are different from regular coffee beans? These are the surprising facts about coffee beans.

I was stunned the first time I heard that not all coffee beans are organic because honestly, I thought that all coffee beans I bought from the merchant are organic especially when it is indicated that it is a “single-origin coffee.” I know some of you are also surprise when this is the first time you read about organic vs. regular coffee beans. So to my curiosity, I did my research on the types of coffee beans specifically, organic and regular coffee beans, and here’s what I found out.

Organic vs. regular coffee bean

Organic coffee beans are not a kind of a golden coffee, meaning they are not a different species from regular coffee beans like Robusta and Arabica. The only separation between organic coffee beans and other beans is the cultivation process of which the beans are organically grown and were not use of synthetic products or pesticides for pest but instead nurtured without the use of pesticides or herbicides.

However, some organically graded coffee beans in the market are grown with pesticides, but the pest control that had used is said to be a natural pesticide for coffee and not synthetic chemicals of which commonly applied to large producing coffee farms.

Most coffee beans are prone to diseases, and it easily attracts insects, that is why most farmers, particularly to large coffee farms, are using pesticide for pest control. That is why most of the conventional coffee beans that are in mass production are often not organic.

The organic coffee beans need utmost cultivation that uses no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals for farming, which result in cleaner beans. Organic coffee is grown using nonchemical fertilizers, like coffee pulp, chicken manure, or compost. It had said that organic farming is much sustainable in combating climate change by releasing less carbon than in chemical farms. As a result of organic farming, coffee beans are healthier, richer in taste, and more potent in antioxidant properties.

Does organic coffee is pricier than a regular coffee bean?

Yes, there is a price difference between conventional and organic coffee. Organic coffee is pricier due to its sustainable horticulture method. Most of the organic coffee beans are grown in lush forest and not in farms giving a place of habitat for wild plants and animals, nurturing soil fertility, and preserving unique regional ecosystems alive. Coffees that are planted in the forest is a lot resilient and better equipped to handle climate change. And you can taste the difference between organic and regular coffee beans. Organic coffee is smoother and has a cleaner taste than conventional coffee beans.

Resources: Bean Box, "Fact and Fiction: What is Organic Coffee?" , Equal Exchange , "Organic vs, Conventional Coffee"

Nashville Coffee Shops for Coffee Lovers

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Coffee Shops in Nashville for Coffee Lovers
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What is not to love in a coffee shop when they have coffee and snacks accompanied by a piece of good sounding music? Nashville, the city is known, as the home of the legendary country music is not only thriving for their music scene but as well with their coffee. Here are some of the Nashville coffee shops for coffee lovers that you can get your java ready.

Caliber Coffee Co.

By the name they have Caliber Coffee Co, is indeed has a caliber with their coffee. This coffee shop in Donelson has roomy space to get work things done, with free wifi access accompanied by good music. The butter beer latte or bourbon caramel cold brew is a must-try drink they also offer a variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast that serves all day. Caliber Coffee Co, also host events such as educational coffee talks for coffee lovers and coffee aficionados who want to expand their knowledge on coffee.

Headquarters

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Another worth a visit coffee shop is the Headquarters in Charlotte Avenue this coffee space is small, but their coffee menu and the free wifi is enough to make yourself stay for a couple of hours to enjoy a cup of coffee. Headquarters do not just serve the regular joes, but their creativity on their menu is what makes them unique in their craft. Serving their sorghum cinnamon latte and the cherry refresho— combining espresso and Mexican Coca-Cola is a must-try on their menu. They also serve freshly baked goodies delivered to them by their neighboring bakeries that suit well with their coffee brews.

Humphreys Street Coffee Shop

Photo via Humphreys Street Coffee Shop

This coffee shop is not only a good stop for coffee, but their mission to help with scholarships and other students is deserving for support. Humphreys Street Coffee Shop is helping the teens in their neighborhood by giving them training on the art of coffee roasting and opportunity to work on their cafe, and reinvest their profit by helping to send the youths in school. Humphreys Street serves classic coffee, French toast lattes, and matcha lattes, and you will surely enjoy their cheese croissant paired with Americano.

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes

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If you are looking for a place to get things done while having multiple cups of coffee, the Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes is the place to be. They have a spacious area, free wifi, and the best thing is they offer a variety of brews, lattes, and espresso. They also cater to a large menu of breakfast, savory meals, and sweet crepes.

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes has three locations in Germantown, Woodbine, and The Nations.

Dose

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A prime location to grab a cup of coffee on the busy street of the West End business crowd in Murphy Rd. This coffee shop is always full on weekdays for its a favorite spot for quick morning meetings. The Dose has a full espresso and coffee bar, alongside with tasty snacks and sandwiches, quick breakfast and lunch options, and during the weekends’ Dose serve large poutine breakfast on their weekend menu.

The Best of Muffins Recipe | Weekend Coffee Treat

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Who does not like a muffin on the weekend? Aside from cinnamon muffins are also a perfect pair for coffee, and it has many flavors to enjoy. For this weekend coffee treat, we will be featuring a variety of the best of muffins recipe that you can cater to your family and friends over this weekend.

The Best of Muffins Recipe

Pumpkin Oat Muffins With Dates

Photo Credit to Spruce Eats

Well the season of the beloved PSL is near that is why it is never too early for a Pumpkin Oat Muffins With Dates. Pumpkins are soft and rich in flavor, and when oats are combined, it will give the extra texture to your pumpkin muffin. No need to go on extravagant to the filling or topping because the pumpkin has already a lot of taste, that is why a simple streusel topping will do the trick. For the dates, you can either substitute it for raisin or cranberry of your choice.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (4 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dates (chopped)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats

Best Blueberry Muffins

Photo Credit to Once Upon A Chief

Blue Berry Muffins are classic, but the taste never gets old, it is one of our all-time favorite treats to pair with coffee. This Best Blueberry Muffin by Once Upon A Chief is one of the best, it is moist and loaded with juicy blueberries which remarkable.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-1/4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar or demerara sugar)

Cinnamon Coffee and Orange Pull Apart Muffins

Photo Credit to Food Network

Cinnamon is divine when paired with coffee, that is why this Cinnamon Coffee and Orange Pull Apart Muffins will surely give an explosion of flavors into satisfaction.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp grated orange zest or orange flower water
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ lb prepared pizza dough, room temperature

Chocolate Chips Muffins

Photo Credit to Brown Eyed Baker

Chocolate Chips Muffins is another classic flavor, yet it is a staple taste to the family of muffins. This Chocolate Chips Muffin from Brown Eyed Baker is so yummy, with a soft and tender texture, not too crumbly, with a bit of a crunch and oh chocolatey in every bite.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½cup+ 2 tablespoons granulated sugar(divided)
  • 1 table spoon baking powder
  • ¼ tea spoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter(melted and cooled to room temperature)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tea spoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chip

Coffee Cake Muffins

If you pledge not to have coffee on weekends, you can still get a kick of caffeine on this Coffee Cake Muffins.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs

FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1/3 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk

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