Coffee geeks are intense folks, and there are perhaps few as intense as the good people at Sweet Maria's, the Oakland-based outfit that equips and encourages truly committed coffee lovers to roast their own beans at home. We're big fans of Sweet Maria's, but when browsing their site this week, we stopped short at their 2012 calendar. This isn't your ordinary company calendar.
When I think of flavored coffee, I think of road trips and gas stations. College cafeterias and airports. Don't get me wrong: I'm a hazelnut coffee gal, through and through. But it's not an everyday thing for me although it could be more and more now that I know how to make my own.
I've been going through my pantry this month replacing old spices and refilling almost-empty jars. This past weekend, I came across my trusty green-top bottle of espresso powder and realized it's been far too long since it's been cracked open in the kitchen.
Canning jars make great spice containers, soup carriers, everyday glasses and even light fixtures. But the one thing they aren't so good at is carrying hot drinks during a commute; there is no way to leave the top open for drinking without risking spills. Enter the Cuppow, an inexpensive lid adapter that turns a canning jar into a travel mug. See it in action below!
Q: I'm hosting an birthday office event next Monday for a group of 60 to 70 people. The plan is to buy boxed coffee from a chain store but I also want to buy 3 or 4 Torani flavored syrups. I went to their website and I'm totally overwhelmed by the choices.
What are good flavors to buy for a large group (we already have hazel cream at work)? Also, any other recommendations for using the syrup other than mixing it with the coffee?
Keurig, Schmeurig. Apparently what you really needed to buy that coffee lover on your holiday list was one of these Royal Coffee Makers. Once only available to European aristocracy (who, clearly, have ample countertop space to store them), these elaborate, whooshing specialty brewers are now available to commoners. Want to guess how much they cost?
Depending on where you live, you might be noticing single-cup or pour-over brewing at your local coffee shop. It's brewed to order, you often get to choose your beans or the origin of the beans, and you have to wait a little longer than you used to. Usually it's pricier as well. So is it worth it?
Back when Coffee Joulies were just a Kickstarter project, I felt like these heat-absorbing beans that promised to cool your coffee to drinkable temperature and keep it there could turn into either an easily-dismissed gadget or a gimmick. A few weeks ago, I finally had a chance to try them for myself.