Since it's Ice Cream Week here on The Kitchn, it seemed a proper time to celebrate the brilliant marriage that is coffee and ice cream. From refreshing affogatos to rich ice cream cakes, I'm pretty excited about this 'to-make' summer line-up.
My mom adores breakfast in bed. Who doesn't? In fact, she's got a pretty sweet situation with my father prepping her coffee and bringing in the paper nearly every morning. After thirty years at a job where she had to burst into action at a very early hour, she relishes her mornings of moving a tad slower. The only way I could see enhancing her caffeine and breakfast in bed routine is to shake up that coffee into a different, more celebratory form for mother's day. A well–intentioned fake out, if you will. Hey it's fun still being her kid and surprising her!
Is today the day? That is the question baristas start asking themselves as soon as the trees start blooming, and it refers to when their customers will make the switch from hot coffee to cold. In a regular year that usually doesn't happen until May, but unseasonably warm weather in many parts of the country means the cold coffee season could start early and run a full six months or more. And for high-end coffee shops specializing in cold-brewed coffee, this creates potential problems.
For coffee fiends, an average cup of home brewed joe just won't do. If you've become a little too reliant on the skills of your neighborhood barista, you may want to look at Tonx Coffee, a new subscription service coffee company based in Los Angeles. Founders Tony Konecny, a former head roaster at Seattle's Victrola Coffee Roasters, and Nik Bauman, co-founder of Foodzie.com, believe it's possible to make the perfect cup of coffee at home; all you need are the right beans. To that end Tonx offers one small, supremely fresh batch of whole coffee beans at a time, shipped to your doorstep every two weeks.
There are two ways of thinking about the proper time to serve coffee and tea after a meal. The most formal and traditional way is to serve dessert first, followed by coffee once the dessert plates have been cleared. (This also used to be a signal that it was now OK for people to light up their cigarettes. Clearly, times have changed!)
With a shot of Irish whisky in your coffee it's no wonder St. Patrick's Day had the lads and ladies hollerin' "Top o' the mornin'!" Like any recipe there are numerous views of how this sip should be served. It's only suitable we've got our favorite take too.
I'd like to take a moment to talk about something very dear to my heart: my morning cup of coffee. While I am fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood with many fantastic coffee shops, I really enjoy the process of making my own cup each morning. I have always favored the french press, but lately I have been taken with another classic coffee apparatus: the Chemex.
Item:Nobel Glass Travel Thermos Price: 16oz thermos: $34.50, 12oz thermos: $29.50 Overall Impression: A stylish and functional way to tote your tea!
I have to admit that I was initially drawn to the Nobel Glass Travel Thermos on looks alone. Sleek and elegant, the thermos consists of a simple double-walled glass column topped with a bamboo lid. Even the small etched logo is unobtrusive and sits quietly towards the bottom. But my superficial admiration was quickly followed by curiosity. I had of course seen double-walled glass used in cups and glasses but never in a travel mug. And the little brew basket tucked into the top meant they were pitching it towards people interested in loose leaf, quality tea. This definitely called for further investigation.
What's not to like about single-serve coffee brewers? If you're only drinking a cup or two of coffee each day, why brew a whole pot? While the cost of the pods may win out over a daily Starbucks habit, when broken down to per pound prices, it's a little shocking just how much they cost.
I live in Portland, Oregon, a veritable Mecca for the caffeinated sect. After my third cup today (I recently moved directly next door to one of the city's finest coffee shops?!) and quite a few months of feeling hopped up on the perfect brew, I think it's time to cool my jets.