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!

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.

America Runs on Dunkin’

You may have heard that slogan in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial for their coffee. Well, Dunkin’ has taken it a bit further and has built a tiny house that runs on Dunkin’ coffee. It is powered on recycled coffee grounds. The oils are extracted to make a bio-fuel to power the generators that run the house.

They designed the outside to have the textures of coffee. It is decorated in Dunkin’s colors: orange and pink. The house has been recently listed at Airbnb if you are interested in staying there. It is currently in Nahant, MA.

This was made possible through a partnership of Dunkin, actress Olivia Wilde, and New Frontier Tiny Homes.

Boston Globe

Coffee Advice from former Googlers

Two former Googlers, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky who worked on Gmail and YouTube, have some advice for handling your caffeine habit.

They suggest you not drink coffee first thing. Perhaps wait until after 9:30 am. Cortisol is highest before that so its not needed earlier.

They say that caffeine doesn’t give an energy boost but prevents energy from waning. “If you wait until you are tired, it’s too late.” Since energy level goes down after lunch, have your second coffee half hour in advance.

If you miss that second cup in time, they suggest you take a nap.

Instead of another big cup of coffee in the afternoon, switch to tea or espresso (small cup), which have less caffeine.

Use proper timing for your last cup. Caffeine half-life it 5-6 hours so if your last cup is 4pm, you will still have half the effect of the caffeine at bedtime.

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