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8 Cities that offer the best coffee

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The best way to know the people and their culture when traveling to a city is through their coffee.

It has already become a norm for travelers that in every place we go to, the first thing we look into is a coffee shop nearby where we can get our cup of coffee. Of course, it’s not only to get our jolt for the day, but it’s also nice to know the coffee culture of the places and cities we visit.

New Zealand barista champion Nick Clark of Wellington’s Flight Coffee says, “People are more and more interested in where the beans come from, and how they’re harvested and roasted,” “There are so many variables involved in producing a great cup of coffee these days, and the industry has had to evolve to meet growing consumer expectations.”

Let’s see the cities who offer not just good coffee but a great coffee.

1. London

Birds eye view in the city of London
Photo by Thomas Kelley

A city of food, fashion, and a great tourist destination, and of course they offer the best coffee especially there cappuccino you should not miss it when you visit the city.

“London still has a long way to go with café service, but in the past five years there’s been so much growth, which is a great thing to be part of,” says Estelle Bright, head barista at London’s Caravan.

Coffee Must Try: Flat white or cappuccino.

“London is still in the grip of the flat white craze, but cappuccinos are similarly popular,” says Bright.

Top shops: East London boasts the highest concentration of quality coffee shops and cafes. Allpress, Climpson & Sons and Caravan are standouts.

2. Melbourne

People eating food and drinking coffee in Melbourne
Photo credits to the owner.

Melbourne is the home of true coffee lovers, where coffee has become a part of their lifestyle, and the city even hosts an annual coffee expo. “The coffee culture in Melbourne is just incredible,” says reigning World Barista Champion Pete Licata, from the United States.

Coffee Must Try: Piccolo Latte.

Melbourne’s Piccolo Latte is not your usual kind of latte, and it’s one of their best coffee in the city. This coffee drink s made with less milk and more espresso to make the taste stronger.

“It’s nearly impossible to find a bad cup of coffee in Melbourne,” says Licata.

Top Shop: For real coffee purists, there’s Axil Coffeehouse Roasters in Hawthorn (322 Burwood Road), Auction Rooms in North Melbourne and Dead Man Espresso in South Melbourne.

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

people having their coffee in Ice Land
Courtesy Christian Bickel Fingalo

Iceland is one of the cities of most coffee consumptions, but we can’t argue with them because they have the most satisfying latte and cappuccinos.

“Not too long ago, cafés in Reykjavík were more about the food,” says Kristin Thora, a barista at Icelandic institution Kaffitar and reigning National Cupping Champion. “You’d have coffee and cake and didn’t mind how the coffee was as long as the cake was good. Then, about 25 years ago, people started to care about how their coffee was served.”

With Iceland’s lack of commercial coffee behemoths, smaller businesses have had a chance to flourish. Now you can hardly walk a city block without passing a coffee shop.

“Drip coffee is popular in the home, but Icelanders tend go to coffeehouses for espresso-based drinks,” says Thora.

Top shops: With seven coffee shops and a roaster to its name, Kaffitar is the closest thing Iceland has to a coffee chain. Stofan and Kaffismidja are hipster faves.

4. Rome

 Rome and its outdoor cafes
Courtesy italytravelista.blogspot.com

A city of Italian delicacies and home of the best espressos. Coffee is a big part of Italian culture that walking in the streets of Rome you will see locals enjoying their cuppa. But believe it or not, it’s not always that easy to find a decent espresso in Italy, with critics whispering that Italians have been resistant to adopt modern barista techniques.

But with the best of the nation’s baristas calling it home, Rome is your best bet for a quality cup.

Local order: Espresso.

Custom dictates that milky coffees can only be consumed at breakfast, anyway.

Top shops: Rosati in Piazza del Popolo, Sant’ Eustachi by the Pantheon or Giolitti, a few blocks west of the Trevi Fountain, are crowd favorites.

5. Singapore

inside the coffee bar of Strangers Reunion coffee shop in Singapore.
Courtesy Strangers Reunion FB

Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century. And their coffee culture improving embracing modern techniques and modern espresso technology in creating the perfect cuppa.

“Coffee has always been an integral part of Singaporean life, but we’ve only recently embraced modern espresso technology,” says Jovena Loon of Café Hopping Singapore. “Locals have become so obsessed with latte art that it has become a basic criteria for a good café.”

Local order: Latte, mocha or cappuccino.

Top shops: Jovena recommends Strangers’ Reunion in Chinatown, Dutch Colony in Pasar Bella marketplace, and Bukit Timah and Chye Seng Huat Hardware in Little India.

6. Seattle

Starbucks roastery Seattle

The American city that’s always ahead when it comes to a coffee game, and the city where the Starbucks had all started, it’s Seattle.

“Coffee is our liquid sunshine in Seattle,” says Joshua Boyt from Victrola Coffee Roasters, one of the city’s best cafes for coffee geeks. “Passion for the product, coupled with the sheer number of coffee shops across the city, has created a culture of constant improvement through competition and camaraderie.”

Local order: Espresso, cappuccino or a single-origin pour.

Top shops: Victrola Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Empire Espresso in Columbia City and Seattle Coffee Works downtown are all solid picks.

7. Vienna, Austria

Cake shop in Vienna, Austria turned into coffee shop
Courtesy Demel

They’re such an important part of the Viennese culture that the city’s coffee houses were listed by UNESCO in 2011 as an Intangible Heritage.

But modern coffee connoisseurs such as Vienna coffee blogger Lameen Abdul-Malik of From Coffee With Love admit that the standard of coffee in these beloved institutions, which act as public living rooms where people come to chat, read newspapers and eat strudel, are lagging in terms of coffee technology and service expectations.

“Since Vienna hosted the World Barista Championships in 2012, and new-style independent coffee shops began to open up, the quality of espresso drinks is steadily improving,” says Abdul-Malik.

Local order: Espresso or cappuccino in a new style cafe.

Top shops: Abdul-Maliuk recommends Caffe Couture, Essenti or Coffee Pirates. Demel serves traditional coffee and marvelous cakes.

8. Wellington, New Zealand

Sydney-coffee-shop
Courtesy Flight Coffee FB

Fun Fact: Did you know that the flat white coffee was invented in Sydney, and was perfected in Wellington, where it’s become the nation’s unofficial national beverage.

“Wellington-ites really know their coffee, and there is a very high standard being served around the city,” says Clark. “Wellington is also a small city; there’s a lot of interaction between consumers and professionals, which helps our industry to improve and grow.”

Top shops: Some of Wellington’s best coffee shops include Flight Coffee Hangar, Memphis Belle, and Lamason Brew Bar.

Original Source CNN Travel 

Will there be a coffee shop in the space in the coming years?

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with NASA's TESS spacecraft on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The same booster will launch CRS-15 on Friday, June 29. (Photo: SpaceX)

With the advancing technologies, we have its possible that in the coming years we will be having a coffee shop in the outer space.

The latest news about NASA bringing sixty silver pouches of the strongest coffee in the outer space courtesy of Death Wish Coffee Company shows the possibility to have a coffee shop in the space. The coffee will start to travel from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the orbiting outpost on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:42 a.m. Part of the mission of the International Space Station astronauts and cosmonauts will deliver nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies, cargo, and science experiments, of course, bringing coffee is included in this mission.

The reason why the International Space Station astronauts and cosmonauts bring coffee with them is to have their caffeine fix in the space without waiting until they are back to earth.

Nicole Stott a two-time space shuttle astronaut, a coffee lover who guest on the Death Cast podcast last year. The topic discussed the “exhaustion felt after a long spacewalk and how a strong cup of coffee would help with recovery.” During their discussion, the company get its “World’s Strongest Coffee” blend and show to the food expert of NASA, who agreed it would make a good addition to the crew’s care packages.

“We’re going to be on the International Space Station,” said Jeff Ayers, the head of broadcasting for Death Wish Coffee. “Even saying it out loud still doesn’t seem real.”

The coffee pouches are specially designed for NASA to take on the outer space.

Teams at Death Wish, he said, had to develop an instant version of the coffee that would be compliant with NASA’s requirements. Once sealed in the pouches, a small nozzle at the top will allow astronauts to pump 8 ounces of hot water in, then add an elongated straw for drinking.

Pouches of death wish coffee for SpaceX
Examples of the 60 pouches of Death Wish Coffee that will launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as soon as Friday, June 29. (Photo: NASA via Death Wish Coffee)

Arabica and Robusta beans are the blends chosen for the trip where it gives the kick in for the astronauts and cosmonauts for their nervous system stimulation – the blend has about twice as much caffeine as a typical serving.

“It’s the blend of those beans and then the roasting process” that helps develop the strength of caffeine and the coffee’s flavor, Ayers said, including the temperature, time and roaster itself.

The Death Wish Coffee is not the first coffee who landed in space, but crews need their extra caffeine to keep them extra productive since they do a lot of research and equipment hauled to the ISS by the Dragon spacecraft, which include investigations into artificial intelligence thanks to a spherical “autonomous astronaut” known as CIMON; a study of water stress in plants and how they could react to climate change; and a spare end piece to the robotic arm on the ISS known as Canadarm2, to name a few.

Source Florida Today

Coffee Mojito Recipe – Coffee Weekend Treat

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The days are getting hotter, that is why cold coffee drinks are the hype this season, so we wanted to share with this coffee stunner that you can pull out for a weekend treat, or you can always make for parties and entertainment.

For this weekend coffee treat, we will adopt the recipe for “Coffee Mojito,” from Colab. This refreshing coffee drink doesn’t require rum the coffee replaces the rum in their version of a caffeinated mojito. Though this drink doesn’t have any liquor in it don’t worry because this coffee drink will surely satisfy your alcohol cravings, because this coffee drink taste and feel like an alcoholic drink.

Lets Start Brewing.

Ingredients

  • 30 milliliters sugar cane syrup
  • 1 shot of espresso, around 30 milliliters
  • 15 milliliters lime juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Lime zest (to taste)
  • Crushed ice

Instruction

  1. Gently crush the mint leaves so that they release their oils and aroma.
  2. Combine mint, lime juice, sugar cane syrup, and espresso into a glass.
  3. Stir all the ingredients.
  4. Add the crushed ice and top it off with sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with mint leaf, and enjoy.
Source Sprudge 

Scientist says coffee can improve genes and treat diabetes

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Coffee is considered a superfood because of its health benefits that link to many kinds of diseases. And a recent study says that coffee may not just perk up the brain, but it may improve the genes as well.

A team led by Martin Fussenegger of ETH Zurich in Basel has shown that caffeine can be used as a trigger for synthetic genetic circuitry, which can then, in turn, do useful things for us—even correct or treat medical conditions. To test the study, the team administered a system to attend type 2 diabetes using a mouse with sips of coffee, using the Nespresso Volluto coffee. The researchers found out that the animals who drink the caffeinated beverage have activated the synthetic genetic system in their cells implanted in their abdomens. Therefore the study leads to the production of a hormone that increases insulin and lowers blood sugar levels—thus successfully treating their diabetes after a simple morning brew.

The new study was published Tuesday in Nature Communications, Fussenegger and his colleagues said, “We think caffeine is a promising candidate in the quest for the most suitable inducer of gene expression.” They admit that scientific biologist like themselves have long been searching for inducers that can jolt artificial genetics. But earlier options had problems where other methods such as antibiotics can spur drug-resistance in bacteria and food additives that can have side effects. Caffeine, on the other hand, is safe, because it is non-toxic and only present in specific beverages, they added.

“Capitalizing on routine cultural habits [coffee and tea drinking], therapies based on such systems should seamlessly integrate into people’s lifestyle, and therefore could be a key pillar upon which the new generation of personalized medicine can build,” they speculate.

This study is the start of something that shows potential for growth hormones and treating diseases like diabetes.

In the study, the mice who drink coffee did not encounter any problem such as increased heart rate or dangerously low blood-sugar levels. The researchers also noted that decaffeinated beverages didn’t activate the system.

There is still a long way of constant study for this concept, but Fussenegger and his team are optimistic that their caffeine-based system could conveniently be harness for therapies in the future.

More about this story at ars technica

How To Identify Cheap And Expensive Coffee

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Ordinary people who drink coffee drink coffee because it is a coffee, but in the world of coffee aficionados/coffee enthusiast/coffee addicts, a coffee is not just a coffee nor a beverage.

But they are breaking down all the elements from the type of roast, processing, freshness, varietals, and source. Coffee aficionado Dillon Edwards tells how to identify cheap vs. expensive coffee by breaking down the elements.

The Roast

Dark roast coffee masks all the flavors in the coffee itself, like a heavy sauce where it covers up all the sweetness and all the inherent characteristics of the coffee where it brings out the carbony sort of smoky flavor. While the light roast nuances the coffee flaws, and the good and bad attributes of the coffee really shine through

Based on the roast of the coffee beans light roast coffee is much easier to identify if its high quality or not while with the dark roast coffee it’s too early to say its price point.

Taste

Dark roast coffee has molasses texture almost having an experience of drinking raw sugar on your tongue, that leaves a bittersweet palatableness. The acidity is extremely muted like a velvety mouthfeel.

On the other hand, the light roast beans taste like fruit juice with a clear stone fruit acidity that is almost taste like a sweet peach nectarine flavor.

So as for the taste, Dillon Edwards said that the light roast coffee is much expensive than the dark roast coffee base on the transparency and clarity of the sweetness.

Tip: Slurping the coffee heavily with your sip is a way to aspirate the pallet, and to incorporate lots of air during testing. We usually taste a lot with our nasal passage and, as we bring air during a tasting, we activate all our factory senses and, incorporate in our sensory taste.

Processing

You can identify the coffee if it is a high-quality bean based on its shape, texture, and size. The more chronological the coffee beans are the most likely more expensive than coffee’s that are not uniformly chosen based on the shape, texture, and size.

Well-processed beans are unbroken and typically uniform in size. While specialty coffee is carefully employed and needs a patient processing practice.

In general, commercial coffee is more focused on volume rather than quality.

Freshness

When you heat coffee, and you see a lot off-gassing to your coffee that indicates freshness. Fresh roast calls for bubbles or what is called the “bloom” where there is a gas trap inside a fresh roast coffee.

Tip: When you are looking for a coffee in the grocery store you need to check on coffee that has roasted on the date and not a best by date.

Variety

Rare coffee beans have a unique distinctive taste that has a kind like apricot profile that tastes like an earl gray tea dose with apricot juice with a light crisp texture.

Origin

Regional blends or single origin coffee beans are always delicious, traceable coffees. But micro-lot coffees from a single farm provide an even more distinctive taste experience with the highest level of traceability.

Source Epicurious

RICOTTA AND COFFEE MOUSSE  RECIPE – Weekend Coffee Treat

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RICOTTA AND COFFEE MOUSSE RECIPE

The weekend is here coffee lovers, and we are up with something sweet and easy to prepare for our weekend coffee treat. We will make a classic mousse flavored espresso with a dash of chocolate chips inspired by the recipe of Ristorante Dattilo in Calabria.

RICOTTA AND COFFEE MOUSSE 

by Saveur

SERVING 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups store-bought ricotta
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. instant espresso
  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
  • Shaved chocolate

INSTRUCTION

  1. Purée ricotta in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Whip together heavy cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Bring 1⁄4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Whisk 2 tbsp. of the water with espresso in a small bowl. Whisk remaining water with gelatin in another small bowl until dissolved.
  4. Stir espresso mixture into ricotta, then gelatin mixture; fold in cream in 3 stages. Chill mixture for 1 hour, then transfers to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe mixture into 6 sundae glasses; refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

Enjoy this sweet weekend coffee treat coffee lovers.

 

Lemonade Iced Coffee Is the Ultimate Summer Drink This Season

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Lemonade coffee with coffee beans

Lemonade and iced coffee are the thirsts quenching drinks during the hot summer days. One coffee shop in Raleigh, North Carolina called Jubala Coffee is combining lemonade with tonic water, lemon syrup and cold brew coffee to create lemonade iced coffee.

The combination of this drink seems like an overpowering combination of bitter acidity and harsh sours that may be unappealing to the majority of coffee drinkers.

Slate writer Jessica Rotenbergs says, “It had the complexity of a really good cocktail. The tonic water provided an energizing boost. It was slightly sweet, but not cloyingly so. The lemon didn’t overpower my taste buds either. The coffee flavor was subtle at the beginning, but asserted itself at the end with those familiar toasty notes.”

Rotenberg added, “By the time I had taken my last sip, I felt smug in knowing that I now belonged to a group of bold and daring coffee lemonade ambassadors: It was effing delicious.”

Tonic water is bitter in taste, but the bitterness of the coffee and tonic water is modified by the lemon syrup and somehow create a reportedly complex floral and citrus flavor. The drink is served without sweetener or creamer, and most likely popular to people who enjoy a sharp black iced coffee.

Jubala Lemonade Iced Coffee
Jubala Coffee

Lemonade iced coffee, lemon, and citrus flavors are not a new trend in the coffee world. In fact, lemony coffee blends have already existed like the Ecco Caffee’s Rwanda Bufcafe and the Panama Esmeralda Estate Coffee before the lemonade iced coffee introduces to the public.

Coffee shops like Stand Coffee and Keepers Sparkling Co. have already introduced caffeinated citrusy drinks to their consumers. The carbonated citrus cold brew created through a Japanese flash brewing method by Keepers Sparkling Co. is a must try for the summer

The lemonade iced coffee is not yet a staple drink in the US, but there are hundreds of online recipes provided, to create caffeinated citrusy drinks just in time for the summer season.

Source Study Breaks

Mellody Hobson The Most Influential Women Of Today

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Mellody Hobson New Vice Chair Of Starbucks
Mellody Hobson, one of the most respected and knowledgeable black business leaders

Mellody Hobson one of the influential names in the business world. She is admirable not just because she is the president of a well-respected Chicago money-management firm called Ariel Investments, but she is also an influential person because of her striking work in fighting against racial discrimination.

Because of Hobsons remarkable work, she is adorned by many, “She has a grace and graciousness about her that is singular,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former CEO of Dream Works Animation, who had worked with Hobson, told Vanity Fair in 2015. “She is remarkably unique. She’s a stunning person. I get a little nervous talking about her because the words are so flowery. But it’s truly how I feel about her.”

We see Hobson as a powerful woman who has everything in her hand, but she wasn’t born in a place that made that inevitable, or even likely. Mellody was raised by her single mother and the youngest child in their family. Dorthy Ashley her mother, or Dorth as Hobson sometimes called her, was a hardworking entrepreneur who fixed up and rented out and later sold, condominiums. Despite the dedication and hard work of her mother, she didn’t have a hard enough heart to be a good businesswoman. Hobson mom has the softest heart who couldn’t evict tenants who couldn’t pay their rent, recalls Hobson’s sister Pat Hamel. And when she began selling condos, she was often penalized by redlining. That, plus her own extravagance—both sisters recall their mother buying Easter dresses instead of paying the phone bill—resulted in frequent evictions and moves between Chicago’s relatively wealthier North Side and the grittier South Side, where they’d sometimes heat water for baths on hot plates.

Dorothy Ashley was a strange mixture of “brutal pragmatism and optimism,” says Hobson, who remembers returning at the age of seven from a birthday party where she was the only black child. “How did they treat you?” her mother asked. “Because they won’t always treat you well.” But her mother also instilled in her daughter both confidence and independence. “My mom would say, ‘You have a birthday party to go to? Well, you can’t go unless you’ve planned how to get there and how to get a present.’ She wouldn’t do that for me. I found my own orthodontist, my own high school. I set up interviews and did college trips. Despite her incredible concern and caring, my mom didn’t have the capacity for that. It was outside her experience, and she knew I was on top of it,” says Hobson.

Because of this life events, Hobson made it clear that even though she will never be evicted again, “I am haunted by those times, and still work relentlessly,” Hobson wrote in her chapter in Sandberg’s Lean In for Graduates. “When I think of my career, and why I learned in, it comes down to basic survival.”

Five years ago the Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg who first met Hobson, where they were both board members at Eve Ensler’s V-Day organization, which combats violence against women, credits a comment Hobson made with inspiring her to write her best-seller, Lean In. “She said she wanted to be unapologetically black and unapologetically a woman,” Sandberg says, recalling that the comment helped her move past trying to make her gender difference fade into the background. “My life was altered by meeting her, and that’s not something I say lightly,” Sandberg adds. “She is such a big part of my path taken. I think she does that for everyone.”

Beyond her work at Ariel Investments, Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She has been a financial contributor on Good Morning America, the featured consumer finance expert on Tom Joyner’s Money Mondays radio program, and a regular columnist for Black Enterprise.

With a long line of Hobson’s achievements in life she also well-known to be outspoken about race. “In private settings, people do not talk about differences,” says Sandberg. “She does and always did. She does it in such a way that people are able to hear it, and she does not mince words.”

Even so, some of her friends thought a talk about race wasn’t a wise idea.

But Hobson has always remembered her mother’s question: How did they treat you? And then she read a story about a woman who would always tell her child, “Be brave.” “I had one of those moments where I said, ‘This is it,’ ” she says. She titled her speech “Color Blind or Color Brave?” and she said, “My challenge to you is simply this: Observe your environment. At work. At home. At school. And if you don’t see any diversity, work to change it.” “I am not a one-issue person,” she says. “But it is important to me, and I feel incredibly, uniquely positioned to talk about it. ‘If Mellody is saying it, maybe we need to think about it.”

“What can I say?” says Howard Schultz, the chairman and C.E.O. of Starbucks. “When I think of her, I think of grace. She’s the most unique individual. I love Mellody Hobson.”

Source Vanity Fair

Five Healthy Caffeinated Drinks You Can Get In Starbucks

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Starbucks coffee and coffee beans

Going to Starbucks is a heavenly place to grab our favorite frappucino, but most of the time we end up regretting our decisions on ordering the happy hour drinks after gaining some weight. But it doesn’t mean you need to give up your caffeine because you can still make a healthier choice in the coffee shop when you know what to order.

Just switching your regular latte to skinny alone can slash calories in half and that is a big switch to a healthier Starbucks drinks.

Here are five Starbucks fully caffeinated drinks that are equally satisfying options to your favorite regular coffee.

Whole Milk Cappuccinos
Cappuccino Starbucks
Starbucks

Cappuccino is a favorite by most coffee lovers because the drink provides a perfect balance of double espresso shots and steamed milk that is why anytime, and anywhere cappuccino counts as a transcendent order. What’s more fabulous about this drink is that it’s made with foamed milk, and already clock in as low-calorie coffee drink even though the creaminess still feels like a treat.

A tall made cappuccino with whole milk at Starbucks contains only 110 calories!

TIP: Add flavor with cocoa powder, cinnamon, or vanilla, and you’ve got a delicious morning bev with 6 grams of protein and about 75 milligrams of caffeine — or more if you add extra shots.

Skim or Low-fat Caffè Mistos
 Caffè Mistos Starbucks
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A misto with low- or non-fat milk is also a good bet if you’re looking for an extra jolt. They’re made with coffee instead of espresso and use less milk than a latte, which also cuts back on calories. You can order these with a pump of sugar-free syrup if you’re looking for a little sweetness too!

Iced or Hot Tea

Starbucks Teavana® Hot Brewed Teas

If you are looking for a drink to ease up on the caffeine tea is a good alternative that is virtually calorie-free and super hydrating. Tea is a good alternative to coffee for a little pick me up. Herbal decaf blends include less than 15 milligrams, while caffeinated black and green teas still pack around 45 milligrams.

Skinny Vanilla or Mocha Lattes
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Vanilla and Mocha lattes are always a sweet treat because most baristas made this with full sugar. But instead of ordering the regular latte you can opt for the skinny one because they are less in sugar, pack up to 15 grams of protein with 120 in grande skinny vanilla compared to 250 in the regular version.

Cold Brew
Starbucks-cold-brew
Starbucks Singapore

Fans of cold brew coffee love the creaminess and smooth taste. The prolonged brewing process also makes them seem a little sweeter, so you’re less inclined to add extra sugar. Plus, cold brew can contain more caffeine than traditional iced brew, so it’s a better “bang for your buck” if you’re looking for a big boost.

Black coffee is the healthiest coffee but if you are looking for something extra adding a little bit of sugar or milk won’t hurt. So instead of using artificial sweeteners and, more dairy products, you can use cinnamon, honey or stevia for natural sweetener. And instead of using dairy products you can opt for non-dairy products like soybean milk or oat milk.

Source: Good Housekeeping

Broccoli Coffee Is The New Way To Consume Veggies Says A New Study

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A broccoli latte surrounded by bunches of raw broccoli
Image by CSIRO

One of the problems the world is facing today is health issue where people these days develop diseases like diabetes, coronary diseases, cancer, fatigue, obesity, and more this is because people nowadays, eat unhealthy foods and, eat more process foods.

Thanks to the new development of technologies, where vegetables can now powderize and can still reap its health benefits like the newly develop powder broccoli that can be added into smoothies, baked goods, and even coffee.

The Australian government science agency CSIRO and agriculture group Hort Innovation is grounding up broccolis and turned into powder for easy consumption.

Broccoli is a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and manganese. Every two tablespoons of powder are equivalent to a whole serving of vegetables.

The chief executive of Hort Innovation, John Lloyd, says the powder is also ideal for smoothies, soups and baked goods.

“Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this,” he said on Wednesday.

Nowadays people are not eating many vegetables but drink a lot of coffee that is why this one Melbourne cafe called Common Folk has started experimenting with the powder broccoli by stirring it into coffee. The coffee drink is called “broccolatte,” by adding broccoli powder to the milk for their lattés. The idea of this “broccolatte,” is to have your first serving of vegetables out of the way before breakfast.

Though coffee lovers who tried the “broccolatte,” seems not loving the broccoli-flavored coffee. But CSIRO said the powder broccoli is not only for coffee but can also be used in other things, like smoothies, dips, soups, and bread.

The powder and range of snacks are being developed as part of a research project that aims to reduce vegetable waste by creating healthy food products from “ugly” produce.

CSIRO’s broccoli powder sounds like an interesting supplement. Though it may have mixed feedback from coffee lovers when adding into coffee, adding into smoothies seems tasty, and adding some to brownies or a spinach dip would go over well.

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