Caramel cream Americano

A café Americano, consisting of espresso with added boiling water, is a staple in most coffee houses. Some say it acquired prominence during WWII. American soldiers in Italy found the espresso offered quite different than that of the brewed coffee they were accustomed to drinking at home. By adding hot water to their Italian espresso, the drink became much more palatable. The amount of water added varies by location. In the United States, the ratio is typically one part espresso to one part water, although some prefer one to two. The addition of water to espresso results in a beverage with similar strength to that of brewed coffee, but retaining the distinct flavor of espresso. To find your preferred ratio a bit of experimentation may be needed. Here I prepare an Americano using the one to one ratio. My version is decidedly sweet due to the addition of caramel cream topping. Enjoy!

What is flavored coffee?

Well, that really depends on who is doing the flavoring and, if it is not you, what flavoring agents are being used. Flavored coffee can be created from natural herbs, spices, and nuts and from real food extracts. It can also be created from synthetic flavors. Today we breakdown the three basic coffee flavoring techniques... Continue Reading →

Chocolate and candy covered coffee spoons

Jazz up your coffee gifting with these wonderful edible spoons. They make great party favors or wonderful additions to most dessert plates! This is one of the easiest ways to add panache to your after-dinner coffee, plus, you can involve the entire family and make it a fun crafty activity. Below I present some of my favorite ways to create chocolate and candy-covered spoons. Enjoy!

Tips for frothing your milk at home

Do you enjoy a latte with a tempting luscious velvet coating of milk? Does your taste run towards a cappuccino topped with stiff, glossy, frothy foam? Either way, there is nothing like a beautifully finished coffee drink! The process of frothing your milk allows the formation of microbubbles, which alter the surface of the milk itself. This structural change allows for more complete engagement of the taste buds, leading to a greater sensory experience when enjoying your beverage.

What is Specialty Coffee?

You've seen the descriptor. You may have even drank it but unless you are an obsessive coffee buff, you likely don't really know what Specialty Coffee is. Specialty Coffee is a globally recognized coffee grade that signifies coffee quality, cleanliness, and uniqueness. To qualify as a Specialty Coffee...

Cherry Valentine Mocha

What happens when you combine the sweetness of chocolate with the richness and depth of coffee? What if you next add in the sugary sweetness, almond tinged flavor of the maraschino cherry? You will have created a flavor explosion worthy of any great love affair, that's what! In celebration of Valentine's Day, we have prepared just such a treat. Enjoy!

The Queens take on a Pharisäeer Kaffee (German-rum coffee)

It has been suggested that the Pharisäeer Kaffee originated in the 19th century at a baptismal celebration. The father, a local German farmer, decided to add rum to the guest's coffee as a surprise. This concoction was then topped with whipped cream to mask the odor of the alcohol from the unsuspecting pastor. The result was this lovely, soon to become a traditional, German rum coffee. Incidentally, do not stir this drink before imbibing. Traditionally, anyone caught stirring would be responsible for getting the next round. Enjoy!

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