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Apr 25, 2011

Xtra Cream

Xtra Cream Container

You probably don’t take a container of milk or creamer with you wherever you go, but if you are a coffee (or tea) lover you will probably encounter coffee-drinking opportunities on a regular basis. Sure, it is easy to get the drink you want at a coffee shop, but it isn’t so easy at a fast food joint or restaurant that only offers tiny half-n-half containers alongside that steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee. I will drink my coffee black if there are no good cream options (actually, I drink it black most of the time if the coffee is good), but I find the Xtra Cream Container very appealing all the same. The container is like a super-sized creamer – and it actually holds more than 2 teaspoons of liquid. It has a resealable lid and travels well, so you can take the dairy or nondairy of your choice with you and will always be prepared to take your coffee as you like it.

And, to be honest, it also makes a neat candy dish for the desktop of a coffee loving friend. I have yet to meet a coffee drinker who hasn’t at least cracked a little smile after seeing it!

 

 

Apr 21, 2011

Cadbury Creme Egg Coffee

Cadbury Creme Egg Coffee

When I was a kid, my favorite thing about Easter was the candy – especially gooey and sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs. Even now I can’t resist buying a package around Easter, although I will freely admit that I can’t eat them like I used too because I find them to be a little on the sweet side. This sweetness is not a bad thing, however, as it opens the door for other culinary uses for the chocolate eggs. For instance, you can make a Cadbury Creme Egg Pie with a whole batch of them. Or, you can turn it into a handy way to sweeten your coffee.

Cadbury Creme Egg Coffee is exactly what it sounds like: coffee sweetened with a Cadbury Creme Egg. All you need to do is dissolve a whole, large egg into a hot mug of freshly brewed coffee. The egg adds a nice sweetness and a hint of chocolate without much effort at all. I prefer using the Cadbury Caramel Eggs, which add a subtler sweetness and give the coffee a caramel-latte feel. You don’t need to add milk or cream to the coffee after adding the egg, although a little bit of whipped cream makes the coffee look quite festive if you plan to serve this around Easter.

Coffee with Melted Cadbury Creme Egg

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Apr 19, 2011

Kosher options at Starbucks for passover

Starbucks Sign

When passover comes around, there is a different kosher standard for those who observe the holiday to follow and the Chicago Rabbinical Council recently issued a statement warning that consumers should be careful about what they order to drink at their local Starbucks. This seems like it wouldn’t be that difficult to do, but you might be surprised at how many people don’t really know what is used to make their coffee drinks, whether it is syrups, flavored powders, creamers or even milk. It is worth being extra vigilant if you are being strict about something like the Passover guidelines, or have a strict diet to follow in the first place.

The Rabbinical Council offers these guidelines to consumers, and while they seem particularly concerned with Starbucks, these guidelines might even be more helpful at other coffee shops that aren’t as standardized as Starbucks stores:

  • Espresso: Ask that it be prepared in a disposable cup rather than a reusable shot glass.
  • Flavored syrups: Check specific flavor for kosher certification (many are).
  • Frappuccino: Not recommended.
  • Hot chocolate: Not recommended.
  • Iced coffee: Not recommended.
  • Iced latte: Request preparation in a disposable cup.
  • Iced tea: Not recommended.
  • Latte/cappuccino: Not recommended.
  • Lemonade: Not recommended.
  • Cold milk: Recommended.
  • Steamed milk: Not recommended
  • Smoothie: Not recommended
  • Soy milk: Recommended
  • Hot tea: Check specific flavor for kosher certification.
Apr 14, 2011

New study tracks loyalty of coffee drinkers

mccafe

Are you a Starbucks fan? If so, when was the last time that you stopped in to a McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts to get a quick cup of coffee while you were out and about? A new study by CustomersDNA surveyed the coffee and breakfast buying habits of 15,000 fast food customers. The survey found that more than 50% of regular Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers regularly visit other businesses for their morning cup of joe, while just 29% of regular McDonalds customers venture to a Starbucks or Dunkin’ for a coffee. Starbucks still makes up most of its sales with coffee, while McDonald’s coffee sales only make up about 6% of its total.

Still, it is interesting to see these trends and think about what drives us to make our coffee choices. The owner of the company that conducted the study noted that Dunkin’ tended to have the cheapest price for coffee, while McDonalds was slightly more and Starbucks slightly more again, but said that the study didn’t ask consumers to identify what made them choose one business over another.

My theory? A combination of price, convenience and quality is going to drive most consumers. If you are looking for a specific type of coffee and don’t mind having to wait in line for a few minutes behind people ordering lattes, you might choose Starbucks. If you’re in a rush or just need a quick cup of coffee, you might drive through McDonalds for a cup (and their coffee is quite good) instead of stopping into another coffee shop. And yes, my theory is based on some real-world research – after all, that is often what I’ll do!

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