Dirty Chai Latte

Here is another alternative to a pumpkin spice latte. This one is called the Dirty Chai Latte

What you’ll need:

3/4 cups of water

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or unsweetened coconut milk

2 pieces thinly sliced ginger

1 cinnamon stick or a dash of ground cinnamon

1 dash ground cardamom

1 dash fresh ground black pepper

1 dash ground fennel

1 bag chai tea

1 shot of brewed espresso

1 tsp honey

Combine and heat water and almond milk in a small saucepan over medium to high heat. Just was the mixture begins to boil add ginger, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and fennel. Once the mixture boils remove from the heat. Add the tea bag and let steep for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a mug and add freshly brewed espresso and honey, make sure to mix them well. Enjoy immediately!

 

 

Alternative to Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice flavored, well, anything has become so ubiquitous with fall the flavor has become the butt of jokes and memes all over social media and pop culture. For some of us, we simply want to try something different however we feel about pumpkin spice coffee drinks.

This one will take a little more effort as it requires a homemade, flavored simple syrup. But don’t fret! Flavor infused simple syrups are easy to make and are easy to adjust to yield as little as about 8ozs to as much as you want to make at once.

Remember, the fresher your spices the better. Old ingredients may require more spices to get the same flavor. The ingredients you’ll need for this fall flavored simple syrup are as follows:

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

4 whole cloves

4 whole black peppercorns

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole nutmeg nut

1 whole star anise

1 one inch piece of lemon zest

Use a medium sized saucepan and medium heat. Mix the sugar and water. Add all other ingredients to the sugar and water. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and you have a relatively clear liquid. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer for approximately 3-4. Remove from stove top and allow to syrup to come down to room temperature. Some strain out just the zest, anise cloves, and peppercorns. Some strain out all the spices. Store in an airtight container. Simple syrups don’t need to be refrigerated, but it will increase the shelf life. If refrigerated let the syrup warm up a bit before using.

For you’re the latte you’ll need the following

1/2 cup of whole milk

1 tbs fall spice simple syrup

1/3 cup freshly brewed espresso

Ground cinnamon

Star anise (garnish)

To make the latte use a saucepan medium to low heat to warm the milk. Use a wire whisk to briskly stir the milk into foam. Pour brewed espresso into mug and mix in the simple syrup. Pour in the milk, hold back the foam with a spoon. Next, spoon the foam over top.

Optional additions are a sprinkle of cinnamon on top or garnishing with a cinnamon stick or star anise.

Obviously, the simple syrup could be added to any “plain” coffee beverage you want to spice up for fall!

 

National Coffee Association Releases Data on Coffee Consumption Trends

The National Coffee Association’s latest National Coffee Data Trends reported that coffee consumption out of the home at coffee shops (and elsewhere) in the United States have seen a leap, bring them back to near pre-pandemic numbers.

The National Coffee Association’s flagship consumer trends report, a report made by the industry membership organization has issued every year since 1950, has ben released two times in 2021 and has captured widely varying consumer trends. It also added a special section to the report on “specialty coffee.”

Unspurprisingly, drinking trends by coffee consumers (where and when people drank coffee) hacoffve experienced a shakeup in Spring 2020 due to the pandemic. Overall consumption didn’t change much, however.

In the NCA fall report observed 1,500 participants 13 years and older who drank at least one beverage that wasn’t tap water within the past day. The data demonstrated that 60% of participants drank coffee in some form withing the past day. This reflects the numbers reported by the NCDT in January 2020 and was 2% higher than the 2021 Spring report.

 

NPO World Coffee Research Changes Focus

NPO World Coffee Research is making dramatic change in its focus of operations. It will increase investments in breeding, nursery and seed development and begin to move away from coffee variety trials.

The NPO has shut down its Global Coffee Monitoring Program, which had been a complex global network of on-farm variety trials.

World Coffee Research stated that their goal was to pinpoint their focus on their primary strength—improving and modernizing the industry for the benefit of farmers and the industry.

World Coffee Research also stated that their variety monitoring program would continue in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Peru and Nicaragua. National research institutes and local organizations that WCR has worked with have plans to continue their work in other countries.

The Global Coffee Monitoring Program began in 2016 with 10 year, $18 million plan. After a 2020 consultation that included hundreds of interviews and almost a thousand surveys stakeholders decided on a new directions for the NPO between 2021-2025.

 

Ultimate Coffee Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake Coffee Cake recipe

3 cups biscuit mix
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberry preserves

Combine biscuit mix, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, milk and butter. Stir vigorously 30 seconds. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 4 or 5 times. Pat evenly into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.

Combine cream cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Pour over dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes. Spread preserves over top.

Serve warm.