Fall Coffee Flavors

Now that fall is here, many turn to their favorite flavor … pumpkin. I want to discuss pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. I say “flavored” because I cannot be sure there is any pumpkin actually in the drinks.

Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Blended Beverage. Pumpkin spice may just refer to the spices used with pumpkin as they do not list the ingredients. They come in three sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), and Venti (24 oz).

You can figure out the calories on their site for the different options.

Another Starbucks drink is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The sizes of this drink are Short (8 oz), Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz) and Venti (20 oz).

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Dunkin’ Donuts as well. They have several pumpkin drinks as well. The Pumpkin Latte comes in Small, Medium, Large. You can also figure out the calories and other nutrition content on their site.

You can get a plain Pumpkin flavored coffee. You can go to the page and figure out the calories by choosing sweeteners, size, dairy products. You can also check out the Pumpkin Mocha page or you can check out the Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

Want to make your own? Here are a couple links to recipes to get you started: Pumpkin Spice Latte, another Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Jody Victor

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Here is a recipe sure to please. You may even think about making these as a gift around the holidays. These are one of my favorite treats!

3/4 cup dipping chocolate dark, milk or white (the best you can afford)
1/2 cup coffee beans, roasted
cocoa powder if desired

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl in the microwave (see your microwave’s settings for melting chocolate.) When the chocolate is melted, pour in the coffee beans and stir to coat. Remove the beans one by one with a fork. If desired, roll in cocoa powder. Place on a baking sheet covered with waxed or parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to set. Enjoy.

Jody Victor

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

We already know green tea as one of the healthiest beverages. Here is a list of the highlights of 10 benefits from care2 make a difference (read the full article to find out more):

  1. Green tea contains various bioactive compounds that can improve health
  2. Compounds in green tea can improve brain function and make you smarter
  3. Green tea increases fat burning and improves physical performance
  4. Antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk of various types of cancer
  5. Green tea may protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  6. Green tea can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection
  7. Green tea may lower your risk of Type II Diabetes
  8. Green tea may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  9. Green tea can help you lose weight and lower your risk of becoming obese
  10. Green tea may decrease your risk of dying and help you live longer

~ Jody Victor

Make your own Caffe Mocha at home

Here is a simple recipe Jody‘s crew gleaned from looking at several ways to make Caffe Mocha.

For the syrup:
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 dash salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract

The syrup makes about a cup.

For the coffee:
Brew as much coffee as you want double strength

For each cup of Caffe Mocha:

Use about 1-2 tablespoons syrup (above) and add 1/4 cup double strength coffee. Add 3/4 cup hot milk (steam it if you can). Enjoy

American Coffee Chain could be bought by Chinese company

Goubuli (Go Believe) which literally translated means “dogs don’t pay attention or dogs won’t touch it”, says they are in the last stages of acquiring a well-known American coffee chain with “hundreds of shops in 40 countries spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia”. There is much speculation about what chain that they are planning to buy. Goubuli is known for it’s stuffed steamed coffee buns in China. There is speculation that it could be Dunkin’ Donuts or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf although the latter denies it is them.

We suppose we will find out soon.

~ Jody Victor