As Starbucks's dominance slips, I hope more people will turn to local coffee shops for their daily caffeine fix. The number one thing I love about my neighborhood cafe, Murano, is that the cappuccinos come with a pretty foam heart. In my opinion, the best coffee drinks are made with love, and latte art of any kind demonstrates a true passion for coffee-making. How about you: Do you appreciate latte art?
Unlike the seasonal changes in fruits and veggies, the consumption of coffee and tea remains constant year round. It's no surprise that even though warm weather is almost here, the Yum Market on TeamSugar is full of coffee and tea accessories. From teapots to cappuccino machines and coffee beans, you are eager to enjoy the rich brown beverages. Being an avid espresso drinker, I love this floral print espresso cup and saucer set. CupcakeGal10 saved these teeny cups that scream Spring! If you're crazy about coffee and tantalized by tea, browse the collection below.
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I'm one of those people who gets a double shot of espresso each and every morning. Naturally, I got super excited when I saw this handy little gadget, the Handpresso. It's a hand-held contraption that produces tasty espresso anywhere, anytime. After watching the video, I imagined myself toting one in my oversized handbag. I could offer passengers waiting for the bus little glasses of espresso! Only when I read the fine print — it needs hot water to function — did I realize this might not be so cool. Still the luxurious thought of espresso anywhere, anytime entices me. What do you think? Is the Handpresso great or destined for a doomed fate?
- Nom nom nom, I hope somebody takes this chocolate keyboard out of concept and into reality. — Serious Eats
- Hamburgers and peanut butter? Would you eat any of these weird food combinations? — iVillage
- Like granola? Try new Feed Granola. I've had a few bites and it is delicious — FitSugar
- Still looking for another drink for the big game? Try mixing up Go Team! — Al Dente
- Just in time for Valentine's Day, sweetheart cake pans. — Baking Bites
- Asian Costcos seem a lot cooler than the ones in the US. — Slashfood
- Don't miss out on these lined glasses from Cheong and Nogtev. — CasaSugar
- Are Amou berries really the "Kobe Beef of Strawberries"? — Chow
- This Handpresso espresso machine allows you to have coffee anywhere. — The Food Section
- Can you replace espresso powder with espresso? — The Kitchn
This Fall, your local McDonald's is going to experience the biggest change in 30 years: baristas. That's right, according to the Wall Street Journal, McDonald's locations nationwide will install coffee bars that serve up cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and frappes. They will be located at the front, near the registers, and customers can watch their drinks being made; a big departure from the rest of the food prep. In addition to coffee, there is also talk of smoothies and bottled beverages.
Interestingly enough, the McCafe — as it's being branded — has already taken off worldwide, but I wonder how they'll do here. I'm curious to see what happens. As the article states, there's been a bit of a learning curve; not all McD's patrons know what a latte is. However I'm sure once their customers figure it out, they'll be ordering them in no time. What do you think? Is the McCafe a threat to Starbucks?
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Whether it's an aunt or an uncle, seems like everyone has a coffee addict on their holiday shopping list. My coffee addict doesn't actually need any other gadgets — although the Bravi Home Coffee Bean Roaster would probably be well received — so I'm opting for a monthly coffee subscription from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. If your coffee addict has enough java to last a lifetime, treat him or her to a book like I Love Coffee! that will help hone their barista skills. Scroll through for more coffee gift ideas.
I'm one of those people who doesn't officially start their day until I get a morning cup of coffee. Judging by the amount of coffee paraphernalia in the Yum Market, I'd say plenty of you are crazy for coffee as well. I don't have an espresso machine or coffee maker, so this pink thermos would be wonderful for me. I'll get my coffee to go in this chic, reusable, good for the environment container that mellie_608 bookmarked. For more coffee accessories, check out the stuff below.
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I'm not much of a coffee drinker, so I prefer to consume my espresso inside of baked goods. However, many of you are indeed coffee drinkers, so for today's featured cookie, I've found an espresso-filled baked good that also pairs well with coffee. These traditional-style biscotti are flavored with instant espresso and then smothered in chocolate. And of course, they're perfect for dunking. If that doesn't sound good, then I don't know what does! For the recipe, read more
An icebox cake is a cake made by freezing instead of baking. The chilled mixture of layered ingredients harden to form a solidified dessert. An icebox cake also ends up saving you from heating the house with the stove and it makes an excellent finish to a meal. The elegant Italian flavors of espresso and mascarpone are highlighted in this creamy and satisfying cake. If you are drooling over the picture and must make this recipe, read more