Whether you're sensitive to the caffeine in tea and coffee or simply looking for something different, there's a wide world of alternatives. Some are delicate, like "white coffee" made from orange blossom water, while others are earthy and robust, like rooibos or roasted barley tea. Here are a few of our recommendations for caffeine-free hot drinks. What are your favorites?
Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it's about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover's particular focus, we have a gift idea for you.
The good news for coffee lovers just keeps on coming. A study published in the December issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that coffee appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This is just one more study in a long line of studies claiming the benefits of coffee far outweigh the risks.
My fiancé and I usually host some sort of holiday party each year, but usually it is more of an excuse to wear a tacky sweater and plastic reindeer antlers than to create a truly memorable affair. (Heck, we are lucky if anyone even remembers anything at all!) This year, however, I've decided to up the ante by throwing a real-life, grown-up Christmas soirée.
If you want your coffee to be truly great, then you need to treat your kitchen like a laboratory—or so says Katie Carguilo, winner of the 2012 U.S. Barista champion. But regular joes (pun intended) shouldn't be put off by the sound of that; it's not that complicated! If you're ready to take your coffee brewing to the next level, read on for her expert tips:
For a little after-dinner fun this Thanksgiving, how about a spoonful of sugar... shaped into a turkey, of course! We were a little wowed by these "gobble" spoons, made from caramel, chocolate and colored sanding sugars. Clever and crafty, yet still surprisingly easy to make!
Even among the host of very excellent coffee roasters that populate San Francisco's hilly streets, Blue Bottle Coffee is legendary. You can't walk through the Ferry Building without being drawn lemming-like to the aroma of their espresso, and spotting one of their carts at the farmers' market or random street corner feels akin to winning the lottery. Yes, their coffee is very good. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee takes us from coffee farm to coffee cup, explaining how each small step in that process leads to the perfect pour.
For your Friday morning enjoyment: a brief look at coffee culture in America, starting with post-war instant coffee and moving through Starbucks and the beginning of a coffee vocabulary to today's coffee "refinement," the ritualization of coffee and the heightened awareness of terroir, roast, and method. (Note: video best enjoyed while drinking a cup of coffee, obviously.)
If you, like the rest of the country, waited all year for Starbucks' annual Pumpkin Spice Latté to herald in the official arrival of Fall (who cares what the calendar says), we hope you've already have one or two this season... because some Starbucks branches are reporting shortages.