With warming spices and seasonal flavors, it's hard to resist the Starbucks Fall menu. While steering clear of its Pumpkin Spice Latte is essential if you're cutting back on sugar, there are plenty of other delicious drinks that toast the season. Check out which picks are best to skip and which you should have in your next order.
|Instead Of||16 oz. Salted Caramel Mocha: Espresso and steamed milk, blended with mocha sauce and toffee-nut-flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and a mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt: 420 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Nonfat Caramel Macchiato: Freshly steamed milk with vanilla-flavored syrup, marked with espresso and finished with caramel sauce: 190 calories|
|Instead Of||16 oz. Chocolate Chai Tea Latte: A warm blend of spices, black tea, creamy cocoa, and steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream: 260 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Skinny Mocha: Bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, espresso, and steamed nonfat milk, lightly topped with foam: 140 calories|
|Instead Of||16 oz. White Chocolate Mocha: Espresso with white-chocolate-flavored sauce and steamed milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream: 470 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Skinny Vanilla Latte: Rich, full-bodied espresso blended with creamy steamed milk and vanilla syrup: 120 calories|
Keep reading more healthy swaps — including one for the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
If there's one thing people are serious about, it's their morning brew. Whether you're scouring the web for the best thing to give the java-lover in your life or you're the coffee-lover looking to add some fresh gift ideas to your wish list, click through these coffee-related gifts. Bonus: almost all of these are under $50.
If you enjoy making cups of coffee for yourself at home, then you'll find yourself with an endless supply of old coffee grounds. It's best to not let them all go to waste. Here are a couple things you can do to recycle used coffee grounds:
Since coffee is a good deodorizer, it makes sense to have it as an ingredient in soap — particularly if you're fond of the scent. Make your own coffee soap with this recipe.
2. Beauty scrub
Mix honey with coffee grounds to create a scrub that you can use for your face or body to keep your skin feeling smooth and to help it glow. The scrub is also said to reduce cellulite on your body.
3. Hair mask
Rub the grounds into your hair before shampooing and conditioning. Leave them in for a while before washing them out, and your hair will be glossy and shiny. You might want to avoid using this mask on light-colored hair.
Add the coffee grounds to soil, and they will act as fertilizer. You can also mix warm water with the grounds then use the mixture as a fertilizing spray or feed for some of your house plants. Coffee grounds will be a good addition to compost, as well, since they are very rich in nutrients.
Put coffee grounds in a bowl, and place it in a room in your house or your refrigerator when there's a lingering odor you want to get rid of. You can even rub your hands with the grounds to get rid of any smell on your skin, or you can dump some in your trash can to minimize the smell of the garbage.
Are you the type of person who can't get through the day without a dose of caffeine? Business Insider shares why skipping out on your daily coffee won't necessarily save you as much money as you thought.
It's a rule so basic that it's been touted in just about every personal finance book and blog post on savings in the last decade.
Want to save more? Try ditching that daily coffee habit.
Among those who championed the idea that Americans' love for little luxuries was the culprit behind their inability to save was personal finance guru David Bach.
He coined the term "The Latte Factor," even adding a calculator on his website to show people how much their caffeine kick cost them.
According to Bach's math, a woman in her early 20s could tuck away $2,000 a year by saving the $5 she might spend per day on a latte and snack at Starbucks. Invested with an expected return of 10% to 11%, that savings could grow to more than $1 million by the time she hit retirement.
"There was only one thing wrong with the latte factor," writes Helaine Olen in her book "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry": "It wasn't true."
There are many benefits to drinking coffee every day — from disease-fighting antioxidants to improved memory and longevity — but when it comes to your caffeine habit, there really can be too much of a good thing.
Just how much caffeine is too much? For the average person, up to 300 mg of coffee a day, or two to four cups of the average brewed coffee, is a moderate amount that isn't harmful. But once you hit more than four cups, you may experience less-than-desirable side effects. Drinking more than 500 mg every day, in fact, can induce anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tremors and can even lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, headaches, or digestion issues.
If you want to stay away from the caffeine jitters, then limiting yourself to under four cups of coffee per day is a perfectly reasonable plan. However, you may be surprised by how much caffeine is in your favorite caffeinated beverage; it can be much more than you think! See how much caffeine is in your favorite drink.
We consider pumpkin spice lattes to be the official start of the holiday season, so in that spirit, our team came up with the perfect treat to serve with our favorite Fall beverage: streusel-topped pumpkin spice latte muffins. With one bite of these pumpkin- and espresso-flavored breakfast breads, you'll be awakened by a jolt of caffeine and a burst of the best Fall flavors. Watch the video, and then get the recipe.
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For the past seven years, Dan Dewey has been brightening cancer patients' days in Royal Oak, Michigan, by treating them to whatever they want from Starbucks. "To see somebody smile who had no intention of smiling that day, it's just the best." The 67-year-old retiree visits two hospitals, St. Joseph's Cancer Center and the Rose Cancer Center, and most recently, CARE House of Oakland County, a refuge for abused and neglected children. "Someone once asked me why I get them Starbucks—which is expensive—and I said, 'Where should I go, the gas station?'" Dewey calls the patients and hospital staff he meets "the best people on earth," and thinks they deserve anything they feel like ordering. "If they're having a bad day, I'll twist their arm and make them get one of those 'frou-frou' drinks like a caramel Frappuccino. There are no rules, have two drinks if you want."
Dewey first got the idea of making free coffee runs when his father was being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002. "He had to sit in a big blue chair getting chemotherapy for a couple of hours each time," he says, remembering that difficult period. "My father was from the World War II generation, he didn't need anything, but I was definitely going to need a coffee." During his dad's first treatments, Dewey noticed the long line of other patients also getting chemo, and asked, "Who else wants something?" Five years later, when his father returned to what he calls St. Joe's for prostate cancer treatment, Dewey picked up the routine again, taking orders and buying drinks for any patients and staff who needed a pick-me-up. "After my father recovered from his second bout of cancer, I said [about the coffee runs], 'We had a lot of fun doing them,' and he replied, 'Yeah, go ahead,' and those three words have been keeping me going for seven years." He now visits each location once a week, delivering about 90 orders total, at a cost of between $200 and $250.
The ever-expanding Starbucks found a new way to squeeze its way into your daily coffee routine: Iced Café Favorites in vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, and caffè mocha. The iced espresso cartons, which can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores for $5 a bottle, aim to provide convenience and that beloved Starbucks flavor.
We put these three flavors to the test with our taste-testing panel. Keep reading to see if they're actually worth purchasing.