Starbucks and Black Friday

This coming Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Usually hordes of people rush to stores for deals to fill their Christmas list. This Friday, Starbucks is joining in the frenzy.

If you buy one of their gray 16 oz. tumblers, you can get a month-ling free refill deal. It doesn’t come cheap – it is $40 starting November 26. It doesn’t include Starbucks Reserve™ coffees.

If you like sparkly things, you can et a Gold Foil Tumbler in green, black, or pink for $9.95. It also holds 16 oz.

If you purchase an eGift card for $20 or more on Cyber Monday, you can get a free $5 eGift card.

Read more: https://stories.starbucks.com/press/2019/black-friday-and-cyber-monday-new-gifts-and-deals-coming-to-starbucks/

Coffee Tips from the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club has been around for quite a while. John Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892. Their focus is to protect the natural world, green living, and outdoor adventure.

They recently published an article with tips for conscientious coffee consumption. Here are some of the tips:

Buy coffee local, talk to a local coffee roaster and ask questions – see how they work how they handle energy and waste. Purchase what you need and use it all.

Get a decent to-go cup. In other words, use a reusable insulated travel cup.

If you have time, enjoy your coffee in a cafe in a real cup.

Use a manual hand grinder. They are more environmentally-friendly because you aren’t using electricity. Use a pour over coffee maker, or cold-brew your coffee.

Be mindful of plastic waste, such as straws or stirrers. Just say no to them.

Use your grounds in compost, or sprinkle on your garden or lawn. Use them as a body scrub.

Drink your coffee black and skip the dairy.

Read the full article: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/9-ways-drink-coffee-conscientiously

Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie

Need to amp up your morning routine? Try a Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie. Some coffee shops are starting to add peanut butter or peanut butter powder to their coffee. You can whip up a smoothie for breakfast that not just your plain old coffee.

The ingredients also have a lot of healthy items in it. Besides brewed coffee, there is a banana, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, oats, milk. You can add healthy seeds such as chia or fruit or granola on top. The recipe calls for brewed coffee, cooled, however, it could probably be made with cold brew as well.

Get the full recipe.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Now that Autumn is here, many places have the fall flavors of coffee creamer. You can make it yourself. Morning Chores has plenty of flavors to choose from, not only for fall but for the holidays as well. From pumpkin spice to thin mint, caramel and amaretto, marshmallow, vanilla, you are sure to find something you like.

Some of the offerings are vegan, keto, regular fat, high and low sugar, non-dairy or full dairy. Whatever regimen you follow, one of the 49 offerings are sure to be the right one.

If that’s not enough, Mrs. Happy Homemaker takes a different approach. She has a basic recipe of condensed milk mixed with milk or cream and add-ins for different flavors using extracts, spices, or syrups for over two dozen more flavors.

Today is International Coffee Day!

Coffee is certainly something to celebrate! It’s a day to bring coffee lovers globally to share their love of coffee. We also need to remember the farmers it takes to bring us this wonderful brew.

This year, the International Coffee Organization would like to focus on the fact that despite the higher prices for coffee, farmers are not all paid a fair wage for their work. This in turn puts the availability of coffee at risk since the coffee farmers cannot even provide for their families through their work.

There are a lot of people involved in making that cup of coffee. Starting with the farmers, the pickers, the washers, the dryers, sorting and grading, then the roasters, assessing for flavor. Then the stores, the employees, the addons like sugar and creamer.

Learn more: https://www.internationalcoffeeday.org/