Thursday, November 2, 2017

K-Cups Killing the planet?

    In Hamburg, Germany, coffee pods have been banned from state-run buildings as part of a new environmental movement. According to the BBC,  Lawmakers in Germany called the containers "polluting products" and say  "cause unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation, and often contain polluting aluminum." This move makes sense for the European country, where one in eight coffees (12.5 percent) come from a pod.

( "Because of their growing popularity  the pods' environmental impact is of great concern. billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every single day and the looming repercussions are even more startling.")

  Statements like the one above are a scare tactic and nothing more. The same amount of "coffee" finds it's way into a landfill regardless if it is inside a used K-Cup or a coffee filter from your drip coffee maker perhaps even less coffee. But it's the plastic "cup" that's the problem they will reply. Really? Yes there are billions of these "cups" finding there way into landfills. Just look at a K-Cup. Empty the coffee out of one and smash it. The volume of space an empty K-Cup has is extremely small. Why an empty K-Cup? As I said before the same amount of coffee finds it's way into the land fill regardless of it's from a k-cup of a drip brewer.

  Go ahead use you K-Cup coffee maker and yes throw the used "cup" up into the trash the world will not die.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Do K-Cups save you money? Yes it can.

  One typical analysis, comparing Top brand K-Cups versus ground coffee, showed that the per-cup cost was 66¢ versus 28¢ for the standard drip. If you make three cups a day, 365 days a year, that adds up to around $723 spent on K-Cups, versus $307 for regular coffee brewers. So you’d easily save $400 a year by going the old-fashioned route. Or do you?

  Keep in mind that is for the top of the line K-cup branded coffee. If you go with say a Maxwell House or Folgers quality the cost difference drops. Go with a store brand K-Cup and the cost difference disappears to almost zero. With perhaps even a small savings if you conceder the 1/2 pot of coffee you throw out on a daily

K-Cups killing the planet?

Brita's everyday Pitcher is Crickets Coffee's best pick for water filters.

Use filtered water for your best tasting coffee at home.
The 10-cup Brita Everyday Pitcher is what most people envision when they think of a water filter pitcher. This affordable standard also happens to work with Brita’s Long last Filter, so my two picks are easy to pair together (especially if, like many people, you already own an Everyday). Functional and easy to use, the Everyday has a narrow, space-saving footprint, as well as a lift-off lid that gives wide access to the upper reservoir, which has broad seamless surfaces that are easy to clean. In design details such as looks and ergonomics, some competitors have an edge on the Everyday, but with the Longlast installed, its filtration performance makes it exceptional.

A Thanksgiving day coffee recipe.

1. Coffee S'more Milkshake
This recipe combines the after dinner coffee with a decadent dessert. It's super delicious and easy to make right at home.
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • Chocolate sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon marshmallow cream
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • Crushed graham crackers for topping
  • Chocolate drops for garnish.
  1. Brew the coffee in your Mr. Coffee Electric French Press.
  2. Grab two glasses and spread the chocolate sauce along the interior sides in a vertical pattern. The glass should look as if it's striped with chocolate.
  3. Spread marshmallow cream around the lip of each glass.
  4. In a blender or food processor, combine the coffee and ice cream until they are well mixed.
  5. Pour the mixture into the glasses and top with crushed graham crackers.
  6. Garnish with a chocolate drop and serve.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Coffee O Lantern Espresso Halloween coffee recipe.


The flavors of pumpkin pie, toasted marshmallow and a hint of vanilla come together in this creamy latte. Brew the recipe below on All Hallow’s Morning and settle in with a dusty, old book.

¾ oz DaVinci Gourmet Classic Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
½ oz DaVinci Gourmet Classic Pumpkin Pie Syrup
¼ oz DaVinci Gourmet Classic Vanilla Syrup
2 shots espresso
11 oz steamed milk

Pour syrups into a cup, add fresh espresso shots and swirl into steamed milk.


A Halloween Express, A Holiday Espresso coffee recipe.

The Halloween Express

  • 3 oz brewed espresso
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz half and half
  • Cinnamon sugar for rimming (Mix cinnamon with sugar with a 1:4 ratio)
Wipe the rim of your glass with a couple of drops of maple syrup, and then dip the rim of the glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Put the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour the contents over ice into your glass, preferably a cappuccino mug or an Irish coffee mug.

A Black Cauldron, A Halloween Coffee Recipe for your holiday season.

The Black Cauldron

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso
  • 24 ounces oatmeal stout beer
Place 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream in 4 tall glasses. Pour over each 1 tablespoon vodka, 1 tablespoon brewed espresso, and 6 ounces oatmeal stout beer. Serve immediately.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee,cancer and Califorina.

 Yet one more warning label.
  Coffee sales leader Starbucks and several  other coffee sellers are fighting a lawsuit that alleges roasted coffee beans contain low levels of a carcinogen — and therefore coffee products sold in California, from lattes to packaged beans, should carry Surgeon General-like warnings.

   A  public interest group, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, or CERT, sued roughly over 50 companies, claiming the state’s Proposition 65, which requires warning labels on anything that contains materials that cause cancer, should apply to coffee.

   CERT lawyer Raphael Metzger argued in court this week that the benefits of coffee are “just a bunch of hypotheses” and that Californians have been exposed to “really high levels of a carcinogen” by drinking coffee, according to Law360.

Monday, September 4, 2017

An Iced Cuban Coffee Recipe

Iced Cuban Coffee

Make sure to allow time to prepare this iced Cuban coffee. It “brews” overnight. It’s made extra delicious by sweetening with sweetened condensed milk.
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 5 cups water
  • NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk (squeezable bottle)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lowfat milk (optional)
  1. Place coffee in large container; add water and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and allow to “brew” overnight. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain mixture into a large pitcher.
  3. Discard coffee grinds.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. To serve, squeeze 1 to 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk in each glass. Fill with ice; top off with coffee. Stir. Stir in milk.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

Creamy and energizing Coffee Breakfast Smoothie full of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. This smoothie is full of nutrients. Perfect meal to start the day!
5 minutes
Vegetarian, Gluten free
∙ Makes 1 cup
  • 1 Banana, very ripe frozen
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
Breakfast Foods
  • 4 tbsp Rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp Date syrup
Baking & Spices
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa, raw
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Nuts & Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Coffee, black
  • 1 Coconut milk cream optional, whipped full-fat

How is Cold Brewed Coffee Prepared?

How is Cold Brewed Coffee Prepared?

 The preparation of cold brewed coffee is simple. Measure a ratio of 1 part coarsely ground coffee with 4.5 parts water. Combine these in a glass container or pitcher and store in the refrigerator or at room temperature for at least 8 hours. Gently shake the container once or twice during the cold brewing process to further extract the flavors.

When the steeping process is complete it’s time to strain. Strain the coffee first through a mesh sieve, then strain again through something more fine, like cheesecloth, until there are no visible coffee particles left in the brew.

This cold brewed coffee will be strong, and it needs to be diluted with water before drinking. Start with a 1 part coffee 3 parts water ratio, and adjust to your personal taste. This coffee extract can be stored safely in the refrigerator for up to a week. This coffee extract is extremely versatile, and can be used in any recipe calling for coffee as an ingredient.

As the palate of the coffee lover changes, the coffee producing and preparing communities need to adjust to the consumers’ more discriminating palate. While cold brew coffee is not a new brewing method, it is one that is very appropriate for the specialty and boutique coffees that are now more available to the public than ever before. As coffee drinkers become more knowledgeable about specialty coffees and about the best ways to coax the nuanced flavors from the beans, we can expect to see a rise in specialty brewing methods as well.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Almond Joy Fappuccino Recipe.

You will need:

1 Island Coconut Keurig K-cup coffee
1 cup dark chocolate almond milk
1/4 cup chocolate chips
shredded coconut flakes
chocolate syrup
- Start by brewing your Island Coconut K-cup coffee on the lowest water setting of your Keurig.
- Place the now brewed coconut coffee in the freezer to chill for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile add 1 cup of dark chocolate almond milk to a blender.
- Add about 1 cup of ice and the chocolate chips- blend to your desired consistency.
- Add the now chilled coffee to the blender and mix for 30 seconds.
- Line a glass with a generous amount of chocolate syrup.
- Pour in the frappuccinno.
- Top with shredded coconut and drizzle with more chocolate syrup.

Recycle your coffee Grounds.

How to recycle coffee Grounds


Don’t know what to do with your leftover grounds? Rather than throwing them away, try recycling them in one of our interesting ways.
  1. Use coffee grounds as plant food. Dilute your leftover coffee grounds to make your very own homemade plant food. To make, mix one part leftover coffee grounds with four parts cool water, and water your plants once every other week.
  2. Touch up furniture and other wood scratches with grounds and a cotton swab. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to restore your furnishings.
  3. Throw coffee grounds on ashes before cleaning out the fireplace to reduce the spread of dust.
  4. Use coffee grounds to dye clothing or paper.