Coffee liqueur is one of those little indulgences that is a great way to treat yourself when you want an after dinner drink that isn’t your usual cup of coffee. The most well-known coffee liqueur is Kahlua, which is made with a rum base, but these day there are all kinds of coffee liqueurs made with everything from vodka to tequila that you can incorporate into your cocktails. Coffee liqueur is also surprisingly easy to make if you have a bottle of vodka and some instant coffee already in your kitchen.
At Baking Bites, I shared a great recipe for Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur that will satisfy coffee-lovers’ tastebuds better than any of the storebought stuff will. It has a rich coffee flavor and a nice balance of sweetness. You can add it to hot chocolate, a latte or turn it into an Espresso Martini. Continue reading »
Coffee can perk you up and give you a generous boost of antioxidents – both of which are good reasons to pour youself a second cup in the morning. New research reveals that coffee may have other health benefits: it can help protect against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The study, conducted by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, found that people who drank at least 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing melanoma than their counterparts did not. The study looked at the self-reported coffee-drinking habits of more than 440,000 people, and even after screening for things like age and a family history of cancer, the link between coffee and a reduced melanoma risk remained significant. Decaf coffee did not show the same protective effects against UV damage. This study is just one more piece of evidence that caffeine “may act as a molecular sunscreen.” While the study will not necessarily be the last word on this subject, it is a solid indicator that you shouldn’t hesitate before pouring yourself another cup of coffee.
A hot drink is the perfect thing to warm you up when the weather outside is frightful – even more delightful than a glowing fire, since a few sips will warm you up a lot faster! You can always make a mug of hot chocolate, or brew a pot of your favorite everyday coffee or tea, but the holidays are a time when you should indulge yourself a bit and celebrate with a drink that is a little more exciting!
The Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Mocha has a great balance of sweet berries and creamy white chocolate that mirrors the flavors found in lots of holiday treats. Starbucks is selling this drink in Japan this season, but you can save yourself the flight and make it at home.
Peppermint Bark is a common holiday gift and you can turn a batch into a Peppermint Bark Mocha with ease. The drink will be sweet and have a nice minty undertone that is perfect for the season. Continue reading »
I have always enjoyed spending time in coffee shops, whether I’m visiting with friends, reading or doing a little work on my computer. Part of the reason I enjoy them is because being ni a coffee shop gives me very easy access to coffee. The other reason - and this might be because I spend so much time in coffee shops in the first place – is that I enjoy the general sounds of being in a coffee shop. It’s a mixture of people talking, milk steaming, espresso shots being pulled and coffee beans being ground. And it is a blend of sounds that I find very, very pleasant. There are plenty of times when I wish I were in a coffee shop instead of in an office next to any annoying coworking, or in my home office while my laundry is thumping around in the dryer, and lately I’ve been bringing coffee shop sounds into my home office to change the mood a bit and give me some familiar “white noise” to work to.
If you like the bustling atmosphere of a coffee shop and don’t feel like trekking out to your favorite location – perhaps the weather is too awful outside or you just don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas – try playing the above video while you work. It’s got 1 hour of coffee shop sounds that you can play any time. It’s not the only one on YouTube, so you can search around for something that sounds even more like your local favorite shop, but it’s a great one to start out with and I find that one hour of relaxing coffee sounds are all I need to kick start my work day. That, and a cup of coffee.