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.

Is it safe for children to drink coffee?

How young is too young to take that first sip? Well, that largely depends on where you live and what you believe. The great debate over if toddlers and adolescents should be able to drink coffee, and if so, at what age, is hotly debated and riddled with uncertainties. Today, we are going to attempt to add some clarity to what we know, looking first at the major fears of child coffee consumption before moving onto the facts and take-aways for the future.

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!

Panama and coffee (it’s a love story)

The history of coffee in Panama is nothing short of a modern day love story. While debate exists over when coffee entered Panama, some claiming the late 18th century and most saying the early 19th century, there is little debate over who transported those precious first beans. The first coffee seeds were brought to Panama by a retired English sea captain and his Panamanian wife, whom together, wished to start a coffee farm.

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 →

Introducing the Eco Bag!

Our Eco Bag is an upcycled coffee sack that has been masterfully reconstructed into a durable single-strap mini-tote. Each Eco Bag contains three bags of our RI-roasted, organically-grown coffees, a bag of RI-made natural granola, a package of organic US herb seeds, and instructions on how to transform this sturdy, stylish bag into an environmentally-friendly... Continue Reading →

The breakdown: acidity in coffee

Acidity in coffee is marvelous, wonderful, and often misunderstood. Today, we're breaking down what acidity in coffee means, how to identify it in a coffee description, and where to find high and / or low acidity coffees based on their growing region.

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.

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