What makes coffee good or bad?

The Victor crew came across this video about coffee called “How ‘Bad’ Coffee Took Over America”. Taste in coffee is subjective but there are people who say it isn’t. There is coffee certification test that tasters take.

In a process known as “cupping” they taste the coffee and give it a rating. The rating is based on fragrance, aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, overall impressions, sweetness, balance, and the clean cup. If the coffee scores 80% or higher it is called a specialty grade coffee. Anything below is considered bad coffee.

Coffee drinking in America dates back to the Boston Tea Party, where drinking tea after that was considered unpatriotic.

Twix® Meltdown

Do you like Twix bars? Do you like coffee? What do you think about combining them together? It’s called the Twix Meltdown. The caramel and chocolate get all gooey in the coffee and biscuit becomes soft.

They are making an announcement on April 25, 2019 about a way to get the gadget on their Instagram page. These are the rules for the sweepstakes.

You can see they have even made a little gadget you can use to make it easier to make it.

Cheese Coffee

Yes, you read that title correctly. It seems that cheese coffee is a thing. In Finland, it is called kaffeost. They add cheese to their coffee made from reindeer milk. It’s also known as Finnish Squeaky Cheese or bread cheese. Now we have been putting dairy in our coffee for years, whether it be milk, half & half, or more recently butter.

The cheese is chopped into cubes and melts in the coffee becoming kind of like marshmallows in hot cocoa. The cheese can be made from goat or cow milk too. To get the right texture, the cheese will be curdled, baked, and dried.

This video shows the person cutting the cheese into cubes and making the coffee. You most likely won’t understand what she is saying.

This video shows how to make the cheese:

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!