Sunday, February 26, 2017

7 Tips And Tricks To Make Enjoying Coffee Easier And Tastier

For all of the coffee lovers out there, here are 7 tips and tricks to make enjoying your beverage just a little bit easier and tastier!

  1. Store your coffee (beans or ground) in the freezer. This will keep it fresh for a longer period of time.
  2. Be sure your beans and/or ground coffee is wrapped properly when stored in the freezer. They can easily take on the flavor of the other foods being stored in there.
  3. If using a Keurig to prepare a cup of coffee, add your liquid creamer to your mug prior to brewing. Doing it this way keeps you from needed a spoon for stirring! Just pour, brew and drink.
  4. If you want to make milk foam for your cup of coffee, take warm milk and pour it into the blender. Blend for a few seconds until light and foamy…just like the coffee shop!
  5. Use filtered or bottled water to make your coffee. This will make your coffee taste better than if you use tap water.
  6. Want to grind your own beans, but do not want to invest in expensive equipment to do it? Use a small spice grinder! You can buy a black and Decker spice grinder for less than $15!
  7. For iced coffee, brew your coffee using 2 times the amount of coffee you normally would. By pouring it over ice, the ice will dilute the coffee.

Added Tip:

Brew your own coffee at home

Pour into your favorite travel coffee mug (If you do not have one, buy one that you really like. This will make it seem as though you just stopped at your favorite coffee spot for the coffee you are drinking.)

Add one or more of the following:

  1. A flavored powder coffee creamer
  2. A Maxwell House International Cafe instant coffee, flavor of your choice
  3. A Maxwell House International Delight mini, flavor of your choice

If you add a little bit of each three, and purchase 2 different flavors of each, your morning options can be extensive. You can easily have a different coffee flavor each weekday morning for your drive to work or to drink before the kids get up for school.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Are you clueless when it comes to ordering coffee? Let me help you...

Are you clueless when it comes to ordering coffee? Does your significant other live life with a coffee cup in hand? Here is an idea for you, treat them to a caffeinated beverage and YOU do the ordering!

First step is inquiring about the kind of coffee they prefer to drink.  Find out if they like it hot or cold. Then find out if they like regular or decaffeinated. Lastly, know if they enjoy flavored beverages or the standard coffee with cream and/or sugar. After you get these specifics, take a look at the rest of this article for terminology when ordering. Your mate will be not only impressed, but thankful that you took the time to learn about and take interest in something that they enjoy.

Decaf: When you order a decaf, you are ordering a decaffeinated coffee…no caffeine.
Half caf: This means to fill the cup halfway with caffeinated coffee and the other half with decaffeinated coffee…equal parts of each.
Regular: Means caffeinated coffee.
Mocha: This means to add chocolate to the brew. Example: I’ll take a regular, mocha latte.
Skinny: Ask for a skinny latte and you will get your drink made with nonfat milk.
Add a shot: Means that you are asking for a shot of espresso to be added to the drink. This adds a kick of caffeine.
Sugar free: Asking for a sugar free drink means you are asking for them to use sugar free syrup.
Whip or no whip: This term refers to whipped cream on top of the drink. By adding…with no whip, means you do not want whipped cream on top.
Iced: Coffee poured over ice.

Now that you are familiar with the coffee terms, let’s discuss drink sizes.
You can choose from small, medium and large. But, often times, this is not how you order the size you prefer. 
Try: Tall, Grande, or Venti (If you are at Starbucks).
Show them that money is no issue…order the Venti!

Don’t rush off just yet! There are several different types of coffee drinks to choose from:
Espresso: One shot of strong coffee in a cup
Double espresso: Two shots of strong coffee in a cup
Macchiato: A single shot of espresso mixed with milk foam.
Latte: Espresso, steamed milk topped with a little bit of milk foam.
Cappuccino: Espresso, with a small amount of steamed milk topped with a good amount of milk foam.
Mocha: Espresso with mocha syrup added, then topped with equal parts steamed milk and whipped cream.
And lastly:
The Americano: Espresso with hot water

This short list of basic coffee tips and facts will have you well on your way to show that special someone that you care.