A Coffee Break

I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.

I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.

I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.

Dippin’ Dots Cold Brew Latte

When you think of Dippin’ Dots, you don’t normally think about coffee. They are best known for their tiny little dot ice cream. They have a new flavor just out this year. They are available at their store and shopping center locations for only a limited time, unfortunately. Coffee flavored ice cream is great anytime! Also, they do not contain caffeine.

On a side note, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots will appear on Undercover Boss later this month on January 22.

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Coffee for Christmas

Try something new for Christmas or whatever your holiday is this season…

Add some spices to your grounds, like brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. When done, add some whipped cream and top with red and green sprinkles, crushed gingerbread, or crushed peppermints.

Buy a Christmas-flavored coffee, or a flavored creamer.

Add eggnog and nutmeg to your coffee.

If you drink coldbrew coffee, and want some spices, you may need to dissolve the spices in a little bit of hot water before adding it.

A New Way to Make Cold Brew

There’s a new cold brew coffee maker out there. And it’s fast. Just 4 minutes to your cold brew happiness. FrankOne started in Bogota, Colombia as a Kickstarter campaign. The idea was to brew using vacuum called VacTec™.

It brews using a reusable filter. It pulls the water using vacuum through the coffee grounds. Hot coffee can brew in a mere 30 seconds! It takes just 4 minutes for cold brew instead of 8-12 hours.

Find out more…

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/