Crafting with Burlap

At TheQueenBean we love to reuse and upcycle the burlap sacks that our coffee arrives in. From our packaging to the beautifully crafted tote bags available on our site, there is no end to the wonderful and innovative uses for burlap! Today I am highlighting some easy projects that can be made with items that, if you don't already have, are easily found online or at your local craft store.

Almond joy inspired coffee

Coconut, chocolate, and almonds are combined to create a brilliant coffee treat inspired by the famous candy bar. The candy, which has been around since the 1940s, is often debated -- love it or hate it, there is no in between. Of course, as the famous commercial jingle tells us "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't" -- if you would prefer a Mounds inspired drink, just leave out the almonds and follow the directions as listed below. Either way, you cant go wrong with this luscious candy bar inspired coffee treat. Enjoy!

Traditional Irish Coffee Recipe

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat." - A Levine. Coffee, cream, whisky, and a touch of sweet brown sugar...few things beat the warm buzz of a traditional Irish Coffee on a crisp day. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we... Continue Reading →

The Nutty Irishman coffee cocktail

Hazelnut, Irish Cream, whiskey, and coffee - what a wonderful combination, ready made for beating the chill of winter! We are getting into the St. Patrick's Day spirit a little early with the Queen's take on a classic cocktail - The Nutty Irishman. Enjoy!

5 coffee-with-chocolate recipes to make your mouth water

Love a little chocolate in your coffee (who doesn't!)? Here are five delectable Valentine's Day ready chocolate coffee masterpieces that will make both your eyes and your mouth water. From a healthy red velvet latte to a sexy chocolate cherry mocha to a rich mocha soda float, these five treats are not only pretty, they are year-round, top-spot drink contenders.

Beef stew in a coffee-red wine sauce

Nothing is quite as comforting as a hot savory stew on a frosty winter's day. This one pot recipe brings a depth and earthiness to the classic via the inclusion of coffee. Delicious and easy to prepare, this stew can be served alone, on a bed of noodles, or with some fresh crusty bread. The recipe yields enough to share, but feel free to save the leftovers for multiple servings as the flavors will continue to develop and improve over time. With a recipe this delicious, who could blame you? Enjoy!

Triple chocolate latte

Looking for the perfect Valentine's day latte? Combining coffee with cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate milk, deliciously decadent chocolate whipped cream, and rich luscious chocolate shavings is the perfect way to satisfy your sweeties sweet tooth and coffee craving at the same time. Enjoy!

The Queen’s Spicy Moose

When the coolness of winter starts to settle in your bones, this whisky coffee recipe will help to warm you up from the inside out. Filled with maple tinged spices and strongly brewed coffee, The Queen's Spicy Moose is the perfect antidote for curing the winter blues. Cozy up by a nice fire and drink the chill away!

Coffee Coquito

Sometimes referred to as Puerto Rican Eggnog, the Coquito is a holiday favorite savored by people of all cultures. This recipe offers a twist on the classic with the inclusion of coffee. Adding coffee, coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the sugar cane based spiced rum, results in a holiday ready treat designed to invigorate and excite every palate. Enjoy, but be careful it packs a surprising punch!

Bushwacker inspired espresso rumtini

The Bushwacker cocktail, named after a bar patron's constant canine companion, originated in the 1970's in the Virgin Islands. It was brought stateside and continued rising in popularity at beach-side bars in Florida, eventually being bottled and sold at liquor stores. While the recipe has morphed and grown on its journey towards popularization, the delicious mix of coconut, chocolate, and rum has remained at its tasty core. I have deconstructed and re-imagined this delightful cocktail as a holiday ready espresso rumtini. Enjoy!

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