I Tried the TikTok Starbucks Carrot Cake Latte Hack — Here’s My Honest ReviewSkills
Try this hack for turning your morning coffee into a sweet spring staple!
4 Reasons Your Coffee Tastes BitterSkills
There’s nothing worse than pouring a big cup of coffee to go with your breakfast sandwich, bringing it to your lips, taking that first sweet drink, and realizing that it’s bitter as sin. Your cup of coffee should be a burst of good flavor, not an overpowering dose of bitterness. So why does it end up bitter? It’s interesting that coffee is often associated with bitterness.
Don’t Have Espresso Powder? Try These Substitutes.Skills
Espresso powder and instant espresso provide nuanced flavors in rich, chocolatey baked goods. Learn the best swaps here.
What Is Coffee Milk, and Why Should You Try It?Skills
If you believe blended coffee frappes are totally irresistible, coffee milk will be right up your alley.
What Coffee-Brewing Method Makes the Best-Tasting Cup?Skills
It was also the fastest method!
5 Flavorful Ways to Season Bacon With SpicesSkills
I think we can all agree that bacon is pretty irresistible as is. That crispy, crunchy texture and smoky flavor can liven up breakfast plates and add an extra oomph to salads and sandwiches. Which is precisely why it’s time to up the ante on your next batch of bacon with the help of a few rich, sweet, spicy, and savory upgrades. Even though it doesn’t necessarily come with a mild flavor, bacon is a total blank canvas.
What's the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?Skills
Plus, how to make each at home.
What’s the Difference Between Café au Lait, Cappuccino, Latté, and Macchiato?Skills
Whether we’re headed across campus for class or into the office for work, chances are that most of us have a travel mug of something caffeinated in our hands. According to the National Coffee Association, Americans drink an estimated 517 million cups of coffee per day, and 43 percent of those cups are either lattes, cappuccinos, or macchiatos. That means nearly half of all coffee consumed in the United States involves some variation of coffee + milk + foam.
My Winter Morning Coffee Ritual: Preheat the Mug to Keep Coffee HotSkills
If you’re anything like me, the emergence from bed in the morning is propelled by the thought of that first cup of coffee, steaming hot, that warms your hands and gets the day perked up. Here’s a little habit I’ve fallen into lately to make that first cup of coffee stay hotter longer. We keep our kitchen pretty chilly in the wintertime, and I was noticing that my coffee mug felt positively frosty when I pulled it out of the drawer.
May 12, 2022
What Exactly Is Espresso? And How Is It Different from Coffee?Skills
It's time to learn more about that drink you love so much.
Apr 19, 2022
For the Best Iced Coffee, Take a Tip From the BarSkills
Its the easiest and most delicious way to shake up your morning routine.
Aug 26, 2021
The Newbie Guide to Brewing a Better Cup of CoffeeSkills
Want to really master coffee at home? Start here.
May 13, 2021
The Secret to Fluffy Diner-Style Eggs Is Actually a Coffee ToolSkills
How my 11-year old discovered that our coffee frother was the secret to soft, fluffy eggs.
May 12, 2021
What Is Espresso Powder & How Do You Use It?Skills
Here's everything you need to know about espresso powder — what it actually is, how to use it, and what to use if you don't have any on hand!
Mar 21, 2021
What’s the Difference Between Arabica and Robusta Coffee Beans? Here’s What You Need to KnowSkills
The more you know, the better your morning cup of Joe!
Mar 14, 2021
The Not-So-Secret Ingredient to Ina’s Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Baking Tips From The Kitchn
The recipe includes the usual suspects (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cocoa powder), but there's one extra ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
Jan 14, 2021
The Refreshing, Lightly Floral Ingredient That Makes Iced Coffee So Much Better
Ingredient Intelligence
Plus three other ways to use it to amp up your drinks.
Sep 3, 2020
We Tested 6 Methods for Making Iced Coffee at Home and Found the Very Best One
Skills Showdown
Surprisingly, it wasn't cold brew!
Aug 25, 2020
This $4 Ingredient Is the Secret to the Very Best Chocolate Desserts
Taste Makers
You need this in your pantry.
Feb 10, 2020
Get Buzzed with Coffee Cocktails that Go Way Beyond Irish CoffeeSkills
Since people love coffee, it’s no surprise that they would start pairing it with their other favorite drinks. Coffee beer is bringing brewers and roasters together, but it’s not the only pairing on the booze front — coffee cocktails are also exploding. Just as coffee and cream was the standard caffeine drink for decades, everyone probably knows about Irish coffee, a combination of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar.
May 1, 2019
5 Alternatives to Coffee to Still Give You a Morning JoltSkills
For most of us, a jolt of energy in the morning is a necessity. While coffee tends to be the most popular choice, there are plenty of other drinks out there that give you that buzz — some via a caffeine kick, and others that give you energy in non-caffeinated ways. Here are five sips to try instead of that cup of joe. Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea.
May 1, 2019
This Coffee Chart Is Dividing the InternetSkills
If you’re like me, the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is make a giant pot of coffee. Personally, I have what constitutes my first cup (of many) down to a science. Here’s my order: I put a spoon of sugar in my mug first, after brewing my grounds with a dash of salt, of course (thanks Alton). Then I pour some of that blessed, steaming brew into my cup almost all the way to the top, leaving space for the last part: the cream.
Apr 18, 2019
Here’s How to Make Whole30 Coffee Creamer with Just Two IngredientsSkills
Before starting my first round of Whole30 a couple of years ago, I was nervous about one thing, and one thing only. It wasn’t cutting out sugar or ditching my beloved ice cream, nor was it the lack of carbs, cheese, or grains. The single thing I knew I’d miss most of all was the generous glug of heavy cream I tipped into my coffee every morning. It added body and richness to coffee — with just the tiniest hint of indulgence — and I found it irresistible.
Jan 9, 2019
Why Your Second Cup of Coffee Is Never as Good as Your FirstSkills
Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: Every morning when I wake up, I brew a giant pot of French roast, and pour myself a cup. After adding sugar and cream, I take that first sip, and every morning it’s like the first time I’ve ever had such a drink in my life. It’s absolute perfection. It’s like vanilla, sugar, cream, and coffee beans were made to be tasted by me this morning and me alone. But then, each subsequent sip is a little less satisfying.
Nov 30, 2018
Cold Brew Basics: The 1-2-3 Plan for Better Caffeination at HomeSkills
I’m not one to be hyperbolic about food stuff, but mastering cold brew at home is a game-changer. For starters, nothing will make you feel like you’ve got yourself together in the morning like having iced coffee ready to go in your fridge. Making cold brew at home is going to save you so much time (and money) this summer that you might actually find a minute to meditate in the morning — or catch up on email, if that’s more your speed.
Jun 26, 2018
The One Product That’ll Forever Change Your Cold BrewSkills
This is about to save you so much time!
Jun 18, 2018
If You Eat Your Vegetables, You Won’t Have to Drink This Terrible New Broccoli CoffeeSkills
We really need to eat more vegetables. The vast majority of us are not eating as many vegetables as we should be, and most of us know it too. The obvious answer to the problem would be to cook one of the many delicious vegetable-heavy recipes out there more often. But that’s not working, and because of that we now live in a world in which broccoli coffee exists.
Jun 11, 2018
Sorry, I Just Can’t Get Behind Nut Milk in My CoffeeSkills
I have multiple friends who swear that giving up dairy has given them more energy, helps regulate their digestion, and makes them feel leaner. Those all seem like great things to me, so I’ve tried it — I really have (most recently, for a whole week — read about it here).
May 24, 2018
Of All the Top Canned and Bottled Iced Coffees from Starbucks, These Are the 5 Best OnesSkills
If there’s one thing Starbucks has in spades, it’s choices. Let’s see, do you want a caramel Frappuccino or a mocha Frappuccino? Whip or no whip? One pump or three? Oh, you just want black coffee? No problem. Want it brewed on a Clover or a siphon or maybe in a Chemex? And which café are you going to — the one on the northwest corner or the southeast corner? Or maybe the one up the street? And that’s just the coffee shops.
May 24, 2018
What Is Nitro Coffee, and Is It Better than Regular Coffee?Skills
Are you curious about this nitro coffee that keeps popping up? Me too. So I got an expert here in Louisville, Kentucky (which excels at beverages beyond bourbon!) to break it down for me. Here Brian Beyke, with local roaster Quills Coffee, shares everything you could want to know about nitro coffee.
May 15, 2018
A Brief Guide to Iced Coffee StylesSkills
Do you know your cold brew from your pour over?
May 11, 2018
A Serious Taste Comparison Between Cold Brew from Starbucks and Dunkin DonutsSkills
There is nothing I love more than free stuff. If my neighbors leave last summer’s best sellers in the lobby of my apartment building, I’ll pick them up. If the Y stacks up the snacks left over from its after-school camps, I’ll take them. And if I ever see vinyl records beside the curb on trash day, they’re all coming home with me, even if they’re all in French. (Yes, this has happened.
May 8, 2018
Make Better Cold Brew by Avoiding These 5 PitfallsSkills
Because your morning cup should be delicious.
May 4, 2018
7 Important Tips for Better Cold Brew CoffeeSkills
Make your next batch your best batch.
May 3, 2018
Ree Drummond’s Super-Smart Method for Make-Ahead Cold Brew CoffeeSkills
If adults could still earn merit badges — and I think we should be able to — I would have every award for drinking absurd quantities of coffee. I am an expert at acquiring coffee and getting it into my body. In my town, I know the gas station with a two-for-one deal and when the hipster coffee shop gives free refills, and I never miss a Double Star day.
May 2, 2018
Starbucks Just Unveiled a Sophisticated New Holiday DrinkSkills
Starbucks has been treating us to a ton of special holiday drinks this year. It seems like just yesterday they gave us the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Chestnut Praline Chai Latte. It isn’t even the end of November yet, and they just surprised us with another new holiday drink for 2017: It’s called the Juniper Latte, and it sounds like a grown-up twist on the seasonal holiday favorites we all know and love.
Nov 22, 2017
What Is White Coffee?Skills
If you’re a coffee shop regular, you undoubtedly give your go-to order as one word, shouting “Tripleventisoynofoamlatte!” like an above-average Gryffindor casting a spell. (Most baristas would probably understand “Accio latte!” too). But there’s a coffee drink you probably haven’t heard of and you may want to consider switching up your light or dark roast for this increasingly popular — and potentially more beneficial — beverage.
Oct 22, 2017
Your Coffee Needs This Yemeni Spice BlendSkills
Spice up your morning with this Yemeni spice blend.
Oct 11, 2017
The Secret to Brewing Good Coffee OutsideSkills
I love having my daily cup of coffee — for the caffeine, but also for the ritual involved. That’s why, when I set off on a two-week bike trip at the end of summer, I brought along a pretty serious coffee setup. Taking a normal ritual and doing it somewhere entirely different is special, which is why I’m such an advocate of making coffee outside. So what do you need to make good coffee outside?
Oct 7, 2017
Twitter Is Revolting Against This Strange Coffee HackSkills
Word to the wise: Think twice before airing your dirty food confessions on social media. Specifically, keep your off-beat food pairings off Twitter if you don’t want to provoke the wrath of food traditionalists. Case in point? Just ask Philadelphia-based sports writer Jim Salisbury, who confessed on the micro-blogging platform that he added mayo to his coffee. His supposed crime was that he admitted it was “not half bad.
Aug 22, 2017
These Are the Countries That Drink the Most To-Go CoffeeSkills
Coffee consumption is on the rise around the world. In fact, the demand for coffee is being attributed to two factors: millennials are chugging more java and more countries are adopting a caffeine fix. “Coffee demand is robust and growing at about 1.5 percent per annum,” Carlos Mera Arzeno, a commodities analyst with Rabobank International in London, tells The Washington Post. But not all countries consume coffee equally.
Aug 15, 2017
Dark Magic: Can a Cup of Coffee Tell Your Future?Skills
When I was little, I was obsessed with knowing my future. What would I become? How tall would I be? Where would I live? Who would I marry? My parents indulged my curiosity by allowing me to go to fortune tellers, buy crystal balls, and borrow books from the library on how to read palms. My father told me that when I was old enough to drink coffee, I could have a Kafedzou read my future. He explained to me that a Kafedzou is a Greek woman who knows how to read your fortune in a coffee cup.
Apr 22, 2017
There’s a New Coffee on the Market That Won’t Stain Your TeethSkills
Coffee drinkers know the struggle of keeping their teeth white, as the caffeinated beverage can permanently discolor teeth. Now, thanks to two Slovakian brothers, there is a solution: clear colored coffee. The clear coffee, produced by British coffee company CLR CFF, offers the same caffeine found in a traditional cup of joe, but without the dark-colored hue. According to David Nagy and his brother Adam, the transparent coffee is a “combination of technology and quality ingredients.
Apr 19, 2017
5 Ways to Stop Spending So Much Money on CoffeeSkills
Spending less money on coffee is easy: Get less-involved drinks, join a loyalty program, etc. This post is not about how to do that (you already know how!). This post is about how to avoid that expensive money trap that is the coffee shop in the first place. Yes, I know there are some who would argue that going out for coffee is totally worth it, but if you’re trying to stop spending money on coffee, the best way to do so is just to stop going out. Here’s how.
Mar 27, 2017
10 Ways to Set a Good Vibe at the Coffee ShopSkills
Whether you breeze in and out of a coffee shop once every seven days to get your weekly latte fix, or you camp out at one almost every day (or you visit with any degree of frequency in between), there are a few things you can do to make it a more enjoyable trip — for yourself and everyone around you. If your head is buried in your emails, you’re not going to notice when it’s your turn to move up in the line.
Feb 8, 2017
7 Ways to Use Up Leftover CoffeeSkills
Maybe you had to run out the door before finishing your freshly brewed pot or you simply made too much, but whatever the case, you have leftover coffee in your kitchen. It might not be tasty enough to sip on its own, but don’t be too quick to pour it down the drain. Here are seven simple ways to make use of the remaining pot. Replace some of the water you use to cook your oatmeal in with leftover coffee.
Jan 13, 2017
Have You Ever Added Baking Soda to Your Coffee?Skills
My in-laws came to stay with us over the holidays, and while they couldn’t be better house guests, my mother-in-law has one strange habit. Whenever she makes a pot of coffee, she insists on putting a pinch of baking soda on the grounds before brewing. This concept was totally new to me, but my mother-in-law swears the soda makes the coffee easier to digest for her sensitive stomach.
Jan 11, 2017
10 Ways to Give Your Coffee a Shot of FlavorSkills
There are plenty of sugars and sweeteners, and creamy dairy and non-dairy products to enhance our coffee. But those are far from the only way to boost the flavor of our morning brew. Whether black coffee is your beverage of choice or you prefer yours lighter or sweeter, there’s a way to up the flavor of coffee that’s just right for you. That coconut oil in your pantry is good for more than just cooking.
Jan 10, 2017
How To Etch a Personalized MugSkills
I’m going to level with you and let you in on an important crafting secret. While you might see easy DIYs making the rounds on Pinterest, a lot of them don’t always work. One in particular? That idea to use a Sharpie or a paint pen to personalize a mug. While it might be tempting to draw something onto a mug for your favorite coworker or your kid’s teacher, it’s incredibly difficult to have it last for the long haul.
Jan 3, 2017
The Best Booze for Spiking Your Starbucks Holiday LattesSkills
What’s the best way to get through the holiday season? By being merrily caffeinated, of course! Starbucks holiday lattes are the obvious place to start. And then you’ll need the booze! Keep reading to learn what to pair together. Then, get to your local coffee chain — because you don’t want to have to wait a whole year before these jolly drinks come back around. Top choice: Amaretto.
Dec 8, 2016
Sometimes a Coffee Grinder Is Better than a Mortar and PestleSkills
If you’ve been using the centuries-old approach of employing a mortal and pestle for grinding whole spices, try reaching for a more modern appliance to make this task easier and faster. Your electric coffee grinder isn’t the uni-tasking appliance you thought it was. In fact, it’s nearly identical to an electric spice grinder, and can be used in place of one.
Sep 21, 2016
How Young Is Too Young to Drink Coffee?Skills
Would you pour coffee into a sippy cup? Probably not. Culturally, childhood consumption of coffee is usually avoided — at least during the very early years. But as children grow older into adolescence, the world of lattes and macchiatos can be hard to resist. So, how young is too young? We asked a few experts to weigh in. As coffee shops become places where adolescents hang out and congregate, thinking about their caffeine consumption is increasingly important.
May 10, 2016
15 Things We Learned About Coffee This YearSkills
So many of us start our days with coffee of some sort. From a full French press of black coffee to an espresso drink with a mountain of foam, there’s something for almost everyone. There’s also still a lot to learn to help you make a better cup of joe at home. Here are our favorite coffee lessons from 2015. Introducing fika: This was the year of fika, the Swedish coffee break. Learn what it is and why it will make your days so much better.
Dec 21, 2015
The Changing Face of European CoffeeSkills
Europe has always had a special relationship to coffee. Centuries ago, European traders got their hands on it during travels to the Near East, helping to launch an entire global industry. We have France to thank for cafes, and Italy to thank for our beloved espresso drinks. European coffee culture has always been rich, and it continues to grow and expand today. Even the British, known around the world as tea drinkers, had a role to play in American coffee habits.
Nov 30, 2015
What Is the Optimal Amount of Coffee to Drink?Skills
It seems like every week there’s a new report telling us how much coffee we should or shouldn’t drink, which leaves most coffee drinkers wondering: What is the optimal amount we should be consuming? Recent recommendations from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee cited the various health benefits of drinking a few cups of coffee per day, which left a lot of people citing three to five cups per day as an acceptable amount.
Nov 16, 2015
4 Ways to Avoid the Paper Cup at the Coffee ShopSkills
Coffee on the go often means popping into a cafe and ordering a drink to take with you. But with this drink being a regular — most often daily — activity, society’s coffee-to-go habit comes at a cost: Americans consume (and therefore dispose of) about 14 billion paper coffee cups per year. That’s enough to circle Earth 55 times! All because of our coffee addiction.
Nov 9, 2015
The Link Between Coffee and CreativitySkills
Coffee is a part of regular routines for many creatives — writers in particular. Coffee shops are also preferred work spaces, as the ambient noise found in coffee shops has been shown to be conducive to creative cognition. A cup of coffee can feel like the kickstart to a creative process, and help get us into a creative flow. But how are coffee and creativity really linked? Some research shows that, contrary to popular belief, coffee may inhibit creativity.
Oct 26, 2015
10 Coffee Instagram Accounts to FollowSkills
Coffee and Instagram seem to be meant for each other. Even those who aren’t obsessed with coffee have probably posted a caffeinated photo or two at some point in their Instagram career. If you’re looking for visual coffee inspiration, here are 10 great coffee Instagram accounts to follow.
Oct 19, 2015
What’s the Deal with Acid in Coffee?Skills
Coffee often gets branded as an acidic drink, but in fact, coffee comes in at around a five on the pH scale, which is actually less acidic than drinks like beer, orange juice, and even soda. So, when we talk about acid and coffee, most often, we are not actually talking about the pH level of the drink. Here’s what we are talking about. Acidity is one of the key components of how a coffee tastes.
Oct 12, 2015
What Makes Espresso Different from Brewed Coffee?Skills
Up until the last few years — when pour-over coffee started garnering cult status in the specialty coffee world, making filter coffee cool again — espresso had often been deemed by many as the “best” way to drink coffee. When it was introduced in the United States, a country where we had become used to drinking drip coffee, it was an entirely new way to experience coffee.
Oct 7, 2015
9 Blogs for Coffee LoversSkills
Is your daily dose of coffee just not enough for you? Are you looking for something a little extra? Perhaps some coffee education? Or the latest gossip in the coffee industry? Then a coffee blog just might be for you. If you’re a coffee lover, coffee geek, coffee nerd, or just someone looking for more information about coffee, here are my favorite online coffee resources. Brew a fresh batch and start reading.
Aug 31, 2015
Have You Tried Nitro Coffee, the Iced Coffee That’s Served Like Beer?Skills
Have you seen people drinking coffee pulled from a tap this summer? That’s nitro coffee, and it’s currently all the rage. We’ve already seen how the bubbles-and-coffee combination makes people go crazy with the popularity of espresso tonics, so it’s no surprise that this slightly effervescent cold drink would be a big hit.
Aug 24, 2015
Why Microwaving Cold Coffee Makes Coffee-Lovers ScreamSkills
You got distracted earlier this morning and left your precious mug of coffee to sit out for a few hours — now it’s cold, but you’d like to reheat it. Is microwaving the way to go? Ask around, and the answer is usually a resounding “no.” But why? When we are talking about reheating a cup of coffee in the microwave, the first concern is the level of freshness, which is going to affect taste.
Aug 10, 2015
Ask These 4 Questions to Help You Buy Better Coffee BeansSkills
How do you know which coffee beans to buy? If you’re standing at a coffee shop looking at all of the options, it might seem hard to choose, but the best way to know what to buy is to simply ask. That’s the beauty of going directly to the place that roasted your beans, or to a place that specializes in stocking beans from a few different roasters; they know their product and they know it well. Here are four questions to ask to help you get what you want to drink each and every time.
Jul 27, 2015
Coffee and Tonic Water Just May Be Your New Favorite Summer DrinkSkills
There’s only one thing better than iced coffee: iced coffee with bubbles. When it’s hot out, who doesn’t want a caffeinated, fizzy drink? What kind of bubbles are we talking about? Tonic water, of course. While tonic and coffee might seem odd together, it’s a combination that has risen to popularity in the specialty coffee world, providing a refreshing, caffeinated kick to drinkers in search for something different than just a regular cup of coffee or espresso.
Jul 20, 2015
Does Cold Brew Coffee Have More Caffeine than Hot Coffee?Skills
You know what’s great about this time of year? It’s cold brew coffee season. Easy to drink and addictively refreshing, it’s no surprise that cold brew has become a summer drink of choice for many. Cold brew is different from traditional iced coffee — which is just hot brewed coffee poured over ice — in that it’s made by mixing coffee grounds and cold water and letting it sit for a much longer extraction time.
Jul 13, 2015
Who Invented the Aeropress?Skills
I remember my first time using an Aeropress. It was about eight or so years ago, and my roommate Laura, a ceramicist, had one. She used it every morning on top one of her beautiful handmade mugs, frothed some warm milk on the side, and ended up with a simple homemade latte every single morning. I thought it was magic. Fast forward to this year, when I went to my first ever Aeropress championships.
Jul 10, 2015