Coffee Expert Taste Test

The Victor crew came across this Epicurious video that shows a coffee expert looking at and explaining sets of coffee beans put before him. It is really interesting to see what he is explaining as he looks at the fresh beans, makes the coffee, explains roasting etc.

He tells how to taste coffee, characteristics of the coffee. He is clearly able to choose the more expensive coffee of each set of 2 coffees. He gives tips like looking for “roasted on date” rather than “best by date”. The only thing is you see the prices of the coffee but not what brand/origin the coffee it is.

Make your coffee taste like Christmas!

Christmas only comes once a year. Why not make your favorite coffee special? There are several ways to do this.

Flavored Coffees
You can purchase a small bag of flavored coffee either ground or whole bean so you can start out with it already flavored. Flavors are infused right into the beans when they are roasted. Many companies make assortments your purchase either for yourself or for gift-giving. Dinkin has Sugar Cookie Coffee, Snickerdoodle Cookie Coffee, and Peppermint Mocha Coffee. Starbucks carries Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. You can purchase Peppermint Mocha or Holiday Blend from Starbucks at your grocery store.

Flavored Creamers
There are tons of Christmas flavors around Christmas. International Delight has Pumpkin Pie Spice, Frosted Sugar Cookie, Peppermint Mocha, and Oreo for the holidays. Coffee-mate has Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, and Butter Toffee for the holidays. Their Natural Bliss line also has Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Maple flavored Almond Milk.

Flavored Syrups
Amoretti makes many flavors of syrups to add to coffee. They have a couple 3 packs. One includes 3 types of Pumpkin Pie; another has Eggnog, Peppermint, and Gingerbread. These can also be added iced tea, on ice cream, in desserts, in milkshakes or smoothies, frostings, glazes, and the list goes on. They also make sugar free syrups. Torani carries Peppermint syrup, Italian Eggnog, Gingerbread, and a lot of other flavors.

Make your own flavors
Why not make your own? Crush up your own spices: cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, even peppercorns. You can buy pumpkin spice in the grocery store and add it yourself. You can try candy flavoring oils as well. You would only need a drop or two. Try orange rind and cocoa. You probably have many of these on hand already. Be creative.

Merry Christmas from the Victor Crew!

Moka Pot

Moka PotI’ve seen them before but know nothing about them. I’ve even seen my grandmother use them to make espresso for grandpa with one. They are usually stovetop or electric coffee makers. It works by passing pressurized steam through ground coffee. It was invented by Bialetti. Water is placed in the bottom and heated up. It makes steam and forces it up through a strainer into the grounds and back down into the water.

Made of aluminum it isn’t dishwasher safe. It is a classic design since it’s been around since 1933. It won’t make coffee as well as a high-end espresso maker but if you want a stronger coffee, you can just use a Moka Pot. This pot will make the espresso stronger than you are used to having.

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Dunkin’ Espresso-Wear

Just in time for the holidays, Dunkin’ Donuts has launched some funny videos that have people wanting these products. Cappu-chinos, Americano-veralls, and Latte-nk tops. Of course it’s all in jest and there is not such product available. I’m sure someone will come up with a how-to hack to make your own. With a little ingenuity it shouldn’t be too difficult to make any one of these items for you Dunkin’ lover.

In January, Dunkin’ Donuts will complete their rebranding to Dunkin’. They plan to keep their same signature colors of orange and pink, and the apostrophe. They want to put more focus on coffee.

Learn more about their rebranding

Mushroom Coffee Anyone?

Now, I do not like mushrooms. I. Hate. Mushrooms. But I came across a mushroom coffee website – Four Sigmatic. They consider mushrooms a superfood and so this coffee is supposed to be really good for you. In addition to coffee, they have matcha teas and hot cacao mushroom blends. You can get them in little packets, dry mix in a jar, little shots.

The dark roast coffee with lion’s mane and chaga mushrooms is organic, vegan, and Whole 30 friendly. You can make one-time purchases or subscribe and save 20% on shipping. This drink shows 0 calories, 0 nutrients. This does include organic Arabica coffee and is a brewable coffee. There is also an instant option. It does include a Prop 65 warning for California residents.

The mushroom mocha with chaga has 20 calories per packet and 4g total carbs. Its ingredients are all organic including cacao powder, instant coffee, chaga mushroom, coconut palm sugar, and stevia.

Another instant coffee that is supposed to help with stress is their Adaptogen coffee mix. This organic mix also includes tulsi, ashwagandha, cinnamon, and eleuthero.