Coffee Leaf Rust Discovered in Hawaii

A disease known has coffee leaf rust or CLR has been discovered on the Big Island, Hawaii and the state’s largest coffee production island. The disease is known to bring coffee production to a halt.

This has been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture National Identification Services. It is a fungal disease, known officially as Hemileia Vastarix. Samples were collected by a coffee grower near Holualoa, South of Kailua-Kona.

This discovery comes just two weeks after coffee leaf rust was discovered for the very first time in Hawaii. The first discovery was made on a coffee farm on Muai. State agricultural officials have not yet discovered CLR on any of the other Hawaiian islands.

While panic is undue the discovery of leaf rust on multiple Hawaiian Islands, especially in the Kona growing region which produces the states largest amount of coffee does present a clear threat to Hawaiian coffee production as the disease is known to spread quickly and to wreak havoc on coffee crops.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie

Your favorite fall treat, a pumpkin spice latte, but in cookie form!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups white whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup grapeseed or canola oil

3 tablespoons milk, divided

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice plus 1 teaspoon, divided

3 teaspoons instant espresso powder, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine (whisking) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar and oil in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer until well mixed. Add 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons espresso powder and vanilla and mix until well mixed. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, mixing until just combined after each additional ingredient.

Use 2 tablespoons per cookie. Drop rounds of the dough onto the prepared pans. 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until firm and dry to touch. About 13 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely. About 20 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. Add the leftover 1 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon each pumpkin pie spice and espresso powder in a small bowl; beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Spread the frosting on the cookies.

 

Homemade, Lower Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Love it or hate it, it is that pumpkin spice time of year. One of the most popular items on that one-flavor menu is the pumpkin spice latte. And you do not need to own an espresso maker to enjoy making one for yourself.

After the initial purchase of supplies, making the latte yourself will be cheaper and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas (OK, maybe you wouldn’t anyway) or leave the house to get one.

This recipe is for two servings.

Ingredients

1 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso (start by adding +1/3 coffee if not brewing espresso)

1 cup coconut milk (dairy eaters feel free to use real milk)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (vanilla flavor will work in a pinch)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice (made by hand: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, and 1/8 tsp ginger)

1 pinch sea salt (regular salt is fine too)

maple syrup (or other sweetener to taste)

whipped cream topping (we hesitate to call this optional!)

Instructions

Split the coffee into two large mugs. Add (coconut) milk, vanilla, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice salt all into a small saucepan. Place pan on medium heat. Whisk to combine ingredients.

When temperature is to your taste, remove from heat and blend until smooth if you wish. Be careful blending hot liquids, steam can make the blender lid pop! (Blending not required if whisked well). Divide the mixture between the two mugs. Sweetener to taste. Top with whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of pie spice.

 

Coffee mate to Offer Unusual But Interesting New Creamers Early 2021

Coffee mate (owned by Nestle) has a new coffee creamer flavors coming out in 2021 and these probably won’t be for everyone. They have not partnered with a candy bar or ice cream company to bring you yet another perhaps-painful-to-the-tooth sweet creamer as in the past. If you can believe it these creamers are for the folks who usually don’t take cream at all.

The new line is called “Unlocked.” The creamers in the Unlocked series will be coffee-flavored coffee creamers. But before you go Mr. Spock with logic, step back a moment and think on this: the purpose of this creamer is not to turn your black coffee into a cake or doughnut (and there isn’t a thing wrong with that if that’s what you like) but rather it is supposed to cut the bitter flavor of bad black coffee and make it taste more like a smooth, high-end brew.

Initially, Unlocked will offer two flavors. First, Classic Colombian that will have a rich, creamy flavor of rich roasted beans and bright notes of fruit. Second, Italian Espresso that is supposed to have subtle notes of chocolate, a smokey smell and a creamy texture.

Neither sound alarmingly awful and seem like they would add something to coffee for the “I’ll take it black” crowd when someone at the office makes a pot of sludge (again!).

These should starting hitting your local grocery’s shelves around January 2021.

 

3 Top Rated Single Cup Makers

The internet has spoken. After looking over a few sets of reviews of single cup coffee machines three stand out as royalty among the rest, in three categories: Best in Show, Best Budget Single Cup, Best Luxury Single Cup.

Best in Show: Nespresso VertuoPlus

The internet seems to agree that the Nespresso VerturoPlus (about $169.99) consistently made a great cup of coffee at a perfect temperature and also does espresso. It is an easy to use, pod-based machine that has a lot of brewing options. The pods help guarantee you’ll get a great cup of coffee but check the cost on the pods before purchasing as they are pricey. There is a pod recycling program if you are trying to be green, but it isn’t effortless. Finally, people seemed to think it looked great in most kitchens with a sleek, modern all black design.

This could make an excellent gift for the coffee snob on your giftlist looking for a single cup, pod-based machine.

Best Budget Single Cup: Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker

If you are looking for something that is lower on cost but high in quality look no further than the Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker (about $58.95).

The internet seemed to agree on two things. It is small, but it does a lot!

It gives one many cup size options as well as the ability to brew ground coffee or K Cups. Some reviewers noted that the recommended amount of ground coffee made a weak cup; however most noted this experience is common with most single cup makers. Add more to your taste. Its water receptacle is only big enough for one brew but has very easy to read lines to get the amount of coffee you want.

Sure, it doesn’t do a lot and the coffee doesn’t get pipping hot, but for the cost it seems to be a favorite.

Best Luxury Single Cup: Moccamaster Technivorm Cup One Coffee Brewer

The Moccamaster Technivorm looks like it belongs in a fancy café and will make you feel like a barista (about $201.22). This machine is going to give you one hell of a cup of coffee and that is partly because of the copper heating element that heats the water and fast. Additionally, it uses a drip system that ensures great flavor.

This machine, as you might have guessed, is grounds only. So, on the convivence end of things this won’t be the choice for many. It also uses paper filters. It also takes up much more counter space than the others. However it is made to last and besides being a tad slower than the other machines in total cup prep time any amateur who follows the directions can make a top notch cup of coffee.