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9 Top Experiences for Coffee Lovers Slideshow

9 Top Experiences for Coffee Lovers Slideshow

Finca Rosa Blanca, Costa Rica

During a stay at the eco-friendly coffee plantation Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica, guests tour the coffee field to learn about the ecology and science behind the drink from super-knowledgeable guides. The two-hour tour ends with a visit to the roasting house and a catación (cupping session).

Kau Coffee Mill, Pahala, Hawaii

If you really want to get close to the origins of your coffee, plan a visit to Ka'u Coffee Mill in Pahala, Hawaii, at harvest time and you might be able to volunteer as a coffee cherry picker for a few hours. You can also see how the freshly picked coffee is made into "green beans."

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

At the largest organic coffee farm in Hawaii, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation in Kailua Kona, random visitors can enjoy a free mill and roastery tour, but die-hards will want the private "tree to cup" tour. Add on a Roast Master for a Day lesson to roast your own batch of Kona coffee.

The Espresso Adacemy, Florence, Italy

Only in Italy would a seven-hour, €120 Milk Art course make perfect sense. The Espresso Academy in Florence offers classes such as Discovery, which teaches visitors the secrets of a true cappuccino, Tasting (because, as they explain, "Coffee is a product as noble as wine"), and Coffee Cocktails.

Intelligentsia, Chicago

Chicago may not be the first city to come to mind when you think coffee, but Intelligentsia is a revered coffee house with nationwide locations, and they want you to take coffee as seriously as they do. To that end they offer a structured training program at their Chicago roasting facilities. It actually sounds a little like barista boot camp.

Stumptown Roasters, Portland, Ore.

Stumptown Roasters, born in Portland, Ore., where they say they began a coffee revolution, has branched out, but travelers to the Northwest can visit their Portland or Seattle houses to see first-hand the art and craft of roasting in vintage, double-walled steel drum roasters. Learn whether their promise is true — that the coffee sings.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

More than 40 events over 10 days celebrate coffee in the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, this year Nov. 2 to 11 in Kailua-Kona. Tastings, a cupping competition, farm tours, and parades are among the festivities at this can't-miss event — seriously, it's paradise for coffee lovers.

Specialty Coffee Association of America Event

Go pro at the annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Event (April 19-22 this year in Portland, Ore.). Coffee enthusiasts of all backgrounds are welcome. Try the "From Seed to Roaster" Lecture, Intro to Cupping workshop, and check out the Barista Championship, Coffee of the Year Competition, and U.S. Cup Tasters Championship.

Wedang Sari Plantation, Bali

The most expensive coffee — from one of the most bizarre process — in the world can be found at Wedang Sari Plantation in Bali, Indonesia. A discerning little creature called a Palm Civet eats only the best coffee berries and when they, umm, come out the other end, workers gather, clean, and process them into a several-hundred-dollar-a-pound coffee known as Kopi Luwak, or pea berry coffee. Let us know what you think if you try it! (For more information, email [email protected])


7 Coffee Recipes From Around the World to Make at Home

It is safe to say that coffee is one of the most loved beverages all over the world. From Austin to New Zealand, people start their day with a fresh cup of joe. It’s hard to imagine life without it.

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to coffee or someone who likes to experiment? In any case, you might be curious to taste some of the best coffee recipes from around the world. You can make these international recipes at home and they will bring a smile to every coffee lovers’ face!

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There is definitely something special about a good cup of coffee.


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I received samples of coffee products to facilitate this post.

My day is not complete without some type of coffee. To me, coffee is so much more than a drink that gives me energy as it is a pleasurable part of my day. This may sound strange to most but I do not drink coffee for the pick-me-up energy. The reasons that I drink coffee are many but for the most part, I drink coffee for the taste. I also drink coffee because it is a healthy drink that is loaded with antioxidants. Then there is the part of coffee that gives my brain the thinking power that it needs to get my work done. Coffee is simply a delicious drink that excites my taste buds. Coffee is an exciting experience that I enjoy and I am proud to call myself a coffee snob.


Coffee comes in so many forms



The thing that I love about coffee is there are so many ways to make and enjoy coffee. So my coffee habit can be enjoyed differently every day depending on my taste and mood. I can take those roasted coffee beans and brew them in different ways so I can enjoy unique experiences with my cup of joe. At the present time, I have 3 coffee makers and a couple other devices that make coffee. Each coffee brew method brings uniqueness to my daily cup of coffee. One day I might brew coffee with my espresso maker while another day I make cold brew coffee . In the summertime, my favorite way to enjoy coffee is cold and this recipe for iced coffee is the best. I am a coffee lover and I love discovering coffee products. From unique coffee beans to ways to flavor my cup of coffee, I get excited when someone wants to send me coffee products. Whether you’re a coffee novice or a coffee nerd, you need to discover some products so you can up your coffee game.

Great coffee in your kitchen


The part that I love most about coffee is there are so many blends of coffee and so many different origins of coffee. While I may have my favorite coffee blends like French roast and coffee from Columbia, there are so many coffee beans that I have yet to try. So I love the coffee experience that comes with the Yes Plz Coffee subscription . When you buy coffee beans from this unique company, you are able to sample coffee beans from around the world.


Every week Yes Plz ships out a new blend or single origin release comprised of top selections sourced from the very best farms and mills around the world. Yes PLz is a small direct to consumer coffee roasting company that is focused on helping people make great coffee at home. If you are looking for a unique coffee experience, then you will love that they source, roast, blend, and ship fresh beans every week. Each batch of coffee beans is labeled with the day it was roasted.

I was sent a blend of coffee that made my taste buds happy. It was a coffee blend that had great flavors. Even the description of the coffee sounded so delicious. The coffee was sweet and flavorful.

The singing heart of this blend is a beautiful coffee from Ethiopia — epically sweet, resonating with subtle tropical fruit tones. We balance and temper this with a delicious Guatemala selection and a favorite from Mexico to bring balance to this force and deliver a candy bar-like crave-ability.

CBD coffee



If you use CBD oil or are curious about hemp, then this CBD coffee from Green Roads is a perfect way to experience CBD. CBD has some amazing benefits and this medium roast coffee will give you perfectly balanced energy. The Founders Blend combines Columbia coffee and American hemp which yields a rich smooth tasting cup of coffee. I call this coffee my happy coffee that is perfect for those times that I want to savor my coffee in the morning.

I mainly use CBD for relaxing and stress relief so this Hemp Flower coffee was perfect for a busy morning when I was having a tough time getting work done on the computer. The CBD coffee relaxed my busy brain so I was able to think. It was a coffee that gave my mind some clarity.

Freshly roasted coffee to all Americans


Amora Coffee is on a mission to bring freshly roasted coffee to all Americans and their subscription plan makes it so easy to always have coffee when you need it. Amora uses the finest beans and a 9-step roasting process. So you get the fresh coffee beans that are delivered to your door in 2 days. Amora Coffee is a coffee subscription service for true coffee aficionados who like their coffee delivered directly to their door.

My two bags of coffee arrived with a free gift of a coffee scoop and there are other perks to joining this coffee club. Every shipment of coffee will bring you more free gifts that will help you enjoy your coffee. I like that you can choose from different coffee blends and flavor blends. I also like that you can choose how much coffee and how often you would like to receive the coffee. Amora Coffee is roasted in the USA and hand packed in foil-lined bags, while still warm, to protect the flavor and aroma. So that means you are getting fresh coffee. I was able to sample a bold roast and a smooth roast. The bold roast made a delicious batch of cold brew coffee.


The secret to making perfect iced coffee for one


When you want just one cup of coffee, Steeped is the perfect coffee for one. Steeped Coffee is the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee anytime, anywhere, in minutes and it makes the best-iced coffee. This coffee is uniquely packaged in a fully compostable single-serve coffee pack and is so easy to make with just hot water. Think a teabag filled with delicious coffee that you dunk in a cup of hot water so no coffee maker is required. Steeped Coffee comes in many delicious varieties and is perfect for traveling. This is a coffee that my husband could enjoy while camping.

Since there is no traveling going on right now with me, I decided to make iced coffee with this unique coffee. Steeped also is perfect for cold-brew coffee for one . Making ice coffee with this Nitro-sealed, locally-sourced, and roasted micro-batch coffee is so easy. If you can boil water then you can make iced coffee. You simply pour hot water over the Steeped Coffee bag, dunk it a few times, and let brew for 7 minutes. The result is a delicious coffee concentrate that you pour over ice for perfect iced coffee.

How to make the perfect Steeped Iced Coffee Concentrate

1 Steeped Coffee Pack
1 10 oz. mug
Filtered water

1. Heat filtered water to 205 degrees, or just below boiling

2. Place Steeped Bag at bottom of mug

3. Pour hot water over Steeped Bag until the mug is half full

4. Use string to dunk Steeped Bag 20 to 30 times over 1 minute

5. Leaving the Steeped Bag in, let the coffee steep for 5 to 7
minutes or more to taste

Add the best flavor to coffee



I believe that the perfect cup of coffee needs some sweetness. My favorite way to enhance the taste of my coffee is with Torani syrups . I featured Torani on my website last year in this delicious Dairy Free Salted Caramel Cold Brew Coffee Latte recipe . Torani has so many different flavors of coffee syrups that I am sure that you will find one or two or more that you just have to try.

Torani is an amazing flavor company based in San Francisco that has been producing incredible sauces and syrups for nearly 100 years. All Torani syrups and sauces are GMO-free with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, perfect for flavoring coffee, lattes, and cold brew. Torani syrups are also perfect for fruit-infused cold brew ice tea . These are the syrups that many coffee shops use. My favorite Torani syrup is vanilla but my coffee bar always has at least 2-3 bottles of Torani so I have options in flavoring my mug of coffee. If you love mocha then you have to try Dark Chocolate Torani Puremade sauce. This rich chocolate sauce is also great over ice cream and in chocolate peanut butter smoothies.

Torani Puremade Smoked Black Cherry Syrup is a new flavor for this year and this sweet, dark, earthy cherry flavor was perfect in the below recipe. I was surprised at how black cherries made a great delicious cold coffee drink. I also included some other coffee drink recipes from Torani for Torani Puremade Dark Chocolate Sauce and Torani Puremade Vanilla Syrup.

Smoked Black Cherry Cold Brew
Ingredients:
• 2 Tbsp. Torani Puremade Smoked Black Cherry Syrup
• 1 cup prepared cold brew
• Ice
Instructions: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brew and top with Torani Puremade Syrup.


The Gary
Ingredients:
• 2 Tbsp. Torani Puremade Dark Chocolate Sauce
• 1 cup almond milk
• 2 shots espresso
• Ice
Instructions: Combine chilled espresso, milk, and Torani in a tall glass filled with ice and stir well.

Dalgona Spiked Irish Coffee
Ingredients:
• 2 Tbsp. Torani Puremade Vanilla Syrup
• 2 Tbsp. instant coffee
• 2 Tbsp. hot water
• 3 Tbsp. Irish Cream Liqueur
Instructions: Whisk together equal parts instant coffee, Torani Puremade Syrup, and hot water for a few minutes until it becomes a thick foam. Pour over a tumbler full of iced Irish cream liqueur.


Cold Brew Coffee Shots with benefits


Coffee is good for you as it is loaded with antioxidants. So go ahead and enjoy several cups of coffee a day. If you are looking for even more health benefits with your coffee, then you have to try Humblemaker Coffee Shots .

These coffee wellness shots can be added to a glass of milk for a delicious cafe latte drink or added to your regular cup of coffee. You can even drink them as a shot if you love strong coffee. These are premium functional cold brew shots that contain vitamins and antioxidants that help improve immune system function, energy, and overall health. Each cold-brew coffee shot is made with premium organic coffee and other wellness ingredients like pure cinnamon, green tea, and ginseng. My favorite Humblemaker Coffee Co. coffee shot is the La Fonda as is a Mexican Coffee cold brew shot with cinnamon and cacao flavors that harness all the immune-boosting power of green tea: active polyphenols, Vitamin C and selenium. The Black Sea coffee shot is a Turkish coffee flavor and the Boomtowne is an ultra-smooth, triple strength, black cold brew shot.



How do you like your coffee?

Coffee is a drink that can be enjoyed in so many ways. Some like strong black coffee while others prefer their coffee to be sweet. You make like your coffee with milk or you may like cream with a splash of coffee. Coffee can be enjoyed hot or cold. Some people are, give me my coffee first thing in the morning while others like their coffee with cookies. If you are a cookie and coffee person, you have to check out this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies as they are perfect with your morning cup of coffee. Coffee is a universal drink that is enjoyed around the world.


Looking for a way to flavor your coffee without adding sugar? Sometimes you want to add flavor to your coffee but don't want to add sugar or calories to your cup of coffee. Inbru is a unique flavoring product that you add to your coffee grounds before you brew the coffee. These flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, and fat-free. Inbru also contains no peanuts, tree nuts, soy, or dairy.

With 24 delightful flavors to choose from, you can enjoy a different coffee experience every day of the week with the coffee beans you already have at home. Some of the exciting flavors include Vanilla Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Cookie Butter, Celtic Mocha, Raspberry Truffle, and Banana Brulee. I tried the Cookie Butter and the Raspberry Truffle flavors and they made my coffee taste so yummy. The smell of the product was also amazing. Each 30g container, flavors 80, six-ounce servings of coffee. Just add Inbru along with your freshly ground coffee, brew, and enjoy!

Ready to drink cold brew coffee

Don't have time to brew cold brew coffee? Then check out this delicious blend of cold brew coffee with trademarked CLA PLUS whole milk. "Cowffee" contains CLA which is a naturally occurring fatty acid in milk that has potentially astounding health benefits. I did not get to try this one as I have a dairy allergy but my boys begged me to let them drink this coffee. Being they are teens, I said yes and my boys said the coffee drinks were so delicious.

I love that Cold Brew Cowffee is available in recyclable, single-serve packaging, making it ideal for on-the-go enjoyment. Cold Brew Cowffee has 20 grams of protein, low sugar, Non-GMO, and is lactose-friendly and shelf-stable (no refrigeration required.) The milk is blended with high-quality Arabica coffee from Finca Dos Maria, a family-owned coffee farm founded in 1870 in the bucolic hills of Guatemala.


Not a fan of coffee



If you are not a fan of coffee or you also enjoy tea, then you should check out Erika's Tea Room . This tea shop that is located in Florida is known for their delicious scones and tea. If you are unable to visit the tea room, then you can get scones and tea delivered to your home. This place has over 100 flavors of tea from around the world. Erika's Tea Room also a nice variety of scones to select from.

I got to sample two varieties of their herbal tea and my family enjoyed a sample of their scones. The tea was flavorful and the scones had real fruit in them. Erika's Tea Room also sells teapots and tea accessories so you have everything that you need for a stay at home tea party.

How do you like your coffee?

Whether you like your coffee hot or cold, black or with sugar, or with cream, I hope that these coffee products helped you on your coffee journey. Personally, I love my coffee with a splash of almond milk and a bit of stevia for sweetness. These are just a small sampling of different coffee products that I discovered and enjoyed tasting. Next up? I am hoping that I can discover new ways to brew coffee as I love checking out coffee makers. So if you have recommendations for the best coffee maker or the best way to brew coffee, just let me know in the comment section. Perhaps you have a favorite coffee that you love. Let me know so I can discover it as I do love everything coffee.


Recipe: coffee butter – makes about 500g

  • 500g unsalted butter, chopped up a little
  • 100g roasted coffee beans, ground for a few seconds to give a fairly coarse ground

(1) Put the butter and the coffee beans in a pan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Bring to a simmer and let the mixture simmer very gently for about a minute.

(2) Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes. Strain it through a fine sieve into a bowl and press as much butter out of the sieve as you can.

(3) Refrigerate until set and use what you need in a recipe. You will have some of the grounds in the bottom of the coffee butter but keep them there. If you want to distribute them more evenly, give the butter a mix when it has started to set.


4. Colombian Chicharron

Pieces of pork belly with meat are fried until golden and crispy. The interesting part is you don&rsquot need oil to cook this dish.

Two cups of water and the pork rinds&rsquo own fat will do!

Chicharron is a favorite local dish in Colombia, and it&rsquos served any time of the day. You can eat it for breakfast with a hot chocolate or at lunch and dinner as a side dish.

Colombian chicharron is also a popular component of bandeja paisa, adding a meaty flavor and crunchy texture to this heavy meal.


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Muddled Mint Iced Coffee

Inspired by the signature mint mojito iced coffee from Philz Coffee, this refreshing, creamy iced beverage is the only way you're going to want to get your caffeine come warmer weather. All it takes is a simple muddle of fresh mint and raw sugar, combined with your espresso and cream, to make this deliciously cooling sipper that any java-drinker is sure to love. If you can't get your hands on espresso, go ahead and brew a pot of strong coffee instead.


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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time is a must-read &mdash Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time recounts the true tale of how a group of chefs, including author Jose Andres, came to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and helped the only way they knew how, by cooking. A portion of the proceeds from the book are donated to the Chef Relief Network.

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Participate in an online memorial service. This can be as simple as a page for friends and family members to post their condolences. Or it can be more involved with a live feed through Zoom, Skype, Google, or even a private YouTube channel. Consult with the person officiating the service or the religious institution for guidance and advice.

Put together a slide show with positive memories of the person who passed. Ask other people who may have had photos of the deceased to send them to you. Once you have enough, put them together in a slide show with appropriate music that can be anything from the favorite songs of the deceased to solemn hymns that provide comfort. You can post this on a variety of social media and make it available to those who knew the deceased.


HOMEMADE COFFEE ICE CREAM

Most recipes call for brewed coffee or espresso powder. I felt like the extra liquid made the end product less creamy and more icy.

And espresso powder…let’s not even go there. I wanted the real deal….like what you get out of a coffee pot but with the cream and sugar already added….and cold.

I wanted the best Coffee Ice Cream recipe made with coffee beans. By steeping the beans in the cream mixture, you are able to extract pure coffee flavor without the extra water leaving you with a very rich, creamy bowl of coffee goodness.

This is a very strong and rich ice cream so you won’t eat as much….better for the diet! Right? And it’s super easy to make just like this Vanilla Bean deal.

HOW TO MAKE COFFEE ICE CREAM

To start, be sure to pick a coffee bean that you know and love already (I love Kona coffee because of it’s full, yet mild, flavor) because this is the real deal…like a frozen cup of that exact blend.

The cream is steeped with the coffee beans so the flavor is greatly concentrated. If you don’t like the coffee you are using, you won’t like your ice cream.

And feel free to use decaffeinated beans if you sensitive to caffeine. The flavor will remain the same but you won’t be up to 3 AM if your body gets all amped up on caffeine.

I love my ice cream maker, this is the one I own and I’ve had it for about 15 years now. It’s simple to use and churns my ice cream quickly!

If you’re wondering how to make homemade Coffee Ice Cream without an ice cream maker, it couldn’t be simpler to do. No churn ice cream will just take a bit longer than using your ice cream machine.

Just pour the chilled base into an airtight container and pop it into the freezer. Every 30 minutes or so, give it a stir and return to the freezer. Repeat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

I like a small bowl of my coffee ice cream with some freshly, whipped cream. My husband LOVES adding a heaping spoonful of his coffee ice cream to his coffee….not a bad plan in my opinion. The “coffee people” at the office would love this idea!

And if you’re not really the coffee lover I thought you were then maybe you’ll like this Bananas Foster or THIS Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream instead! OR if you are a chocolate love like me you HAVE to make this Chocolate Ice Cream….it’s the best ever.

I’ll be whipping up some more new flavors in the coming weeks so be sure to follow along on Instagram for all the SWEET details!


Here's a Coffee Cake Recipe for All the Coffee Lovers!

Let's just start by saying this is not for those who can't handle coffee. This coffee cake recipe is intense and will get you up and rushing with energy. As a token of appriciation for coffee, we thought we'd bring you coffee, but in another form. a cake with coffee. Make sure to try this coffee cake recipe to enjoy the beauty of coffee mixed with dessert.

- 3 and 1/2 sticks of butter

- 5 Tbsp of instant coffee crystals

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar and salt.

3. Over low-medium heat, melt 2 of the sticks of butter.

4. As it melts, add 3 Tbsp of the coffee to 1 cup of boiled water.

5. Now add the coffee to the butter, once it melts until it boils for around 10 seconds. Then turn off the heat.

6. Now mix the wet ingredients together separately: eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and baking soda.

7. Now add the butter and coffee mixture to the dry ingredients mixture and mix them gently, just so it can cool down before adding the wet mixture.

8. Now add the wet ingredients mixture and combine.

9. Grease and add flour or parchment paper to 2 round baking trays.

10. Pour the mixture in and bake for around 20 minutes.

11. To make the icing mix together really well 1 and 1/2 sticks of the butter, powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp of coffee, 1/4 tsp of the salt and the heavy cream.