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!
This coffee drink has the classic flavors of tiramisu, presented in a deconstructed form. It is an elegant dessert drink that is sure to have your dinner guests asking for seconds. Enjoy!
Sandwich cookies - whether you are a Moon Pie fan or a Milano maniac this much-loved cookie is a favorite coffee break treat. Here is my interpretation of a 'Double Stuf Oreo' only better because the creamy center is coffee-flavored. Enjoy!
The ganache, first seen in Paris at Maison Siraudin in the 1800s, is a lovely rich chocolate-cream combination, which depending on its thickness can be used in many ways. It may be served as a sauce, as a mousse, as a filling, rolled into truffles, or as a decadent icing. It is believed that the... Continue Reading →
Lemon, salt, chocolate, ice cream -- if you've visited a specialty coffee shop, you know people like to spice up, dress up, and sweeten their espresso. While some additions add an extra touch of flavor to your cup, others fundamentally alter a key aspect of the drink. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite... Continue Reading →
Here is my take on a traditional Kirsch au Café, a delightfully refreshing summertime cocktail with quite the kick! The recipe works particularly well with TheQueenBean.com Espresso Joe. This complex creamy blend has notes of dried cherries, and charred oak -- a perfect compliment to the cherry brandy and cognac. Enjoy!
Espresso, that small yet might cup of rich, creamy coffee is more than just a drink, it's the foundation of the expansive espresso-based drink family. Keep reading to learn about the composition of our favorite espresso-based drinks.
Did you know that turmeric, that lovely, aromatic, golden spice provides many of the same health benefits¹ of coffee? Combining these ingredients creates both a healthy and delicious latte. Best of all, it is easy to make and done in minutes. Enjoy!
The biggest lie? That coffee comes from a bean. Our lovely little roasted friend is actually the seed of a sweet coffee cherry. Myths, lies, and down right terror-inspiring tales of our favorite black magic brew have been deceiving devotees and abstainers for decades. It's time you learn the truth. Coffee causes cancer. Nope! In... Continue Reading →
The combination of a brownie and a cup of coffee is delectable. How can you improve on a classic, you ask? Adding espresso powder to the mix will intensify the chocolate flavor of the brownie. Looking for an added kick? Adding chili and cayenne brings a subtle depth to the finished product. The brownie now tastes like a rich, mouthwatering chocolate bite of heaven, with a kick of something extra. Want even more flavor? Along with this delicious spicy espresso brownie, I have included a chocolate coffee icing to die for. Only one thing left to do. Get baking and enjoy!