Mar 31, 2014

Chai Tea Muffins with Chai Streusel

Chai Tea Muffins with Chai Streusel

Both coffee and tea pair very well with freshly baked, homemade muffins, but they don’t usually make their way into the muffins themselves. Coffee cake and coffee cake muffins, for instance, are not coffee flavored – they are just meant to pair with coffee. Coffee and tea can both be fantastic flavors for baked goods, muffins included, and you’ll get plenty of tea in these Chai Tea Muffins with Chai Streusel.

The muffins are made with strong chai tea, which gives them a black tea and spice flavor. I recommend brewing double or triple strenght chai tea for this recipe so that you get as much tea flavor as possible. That being said, the muffins are also packed with chai spices, like cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cardamom to ensure that you get a well-rounded chai flavor in every bite. They’re moist, tender and topped off with a spiced streusel topping that adds a nice buttery crunch, as well as a little extra spice.

As you might expect, these pair extremely well with a cup of hot chai tea or with a chai tea latte, but they also pair well with a regular cup of coffee.

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Mar 28, 2014

McDonalds To Serve Up Free Breakfast Coffee


McDonalds is probably the first fast food chain that comes to mind when you think about breakfast on-the-go because they’ve been serving up their McMuffins for so long. In the past few years, they’ve also really improved their coffee to offer a better quality brew for customers who need a cup of joe to get going in the morning. But they’re not the only fast food chain to offer coffee or breakfast options, and Taco Bell is the newest competitor to jump on the breakfast bandwagon. Taco Bell has had breakfast at some locations for a while now, but this week they rolled out a new breakfast menu to stores nationwide. In response, Mcdonald’s will be serving up their coffee free of charge!

Starting Monday, March 31th, customers can get a free small cup of coffee every morning for two weeks. Breakfast last until 10:30, so you should have plenty of time to swing by and pick one up on your way to the office.

Mar 25, 2014

Starbucks Teams with Oprah for New Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Collection

Starbucks Teams with Oprah for New Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Collection

Can you think of a celebrity with his or her own line of tea? No? The next time someone asks you that question – which I’m sure happens all the time – you can answer Oprah. Oprah has teamed up with Starbucks’ premium tea brand, Tevana, to create her own line of chai tea. The partnership was announced at the Starbucks annual meeting last week. Oprah is the first celebrity – and a very big celebrity at that – to really align herself with a Starbucks brand in this way, and Teavana is the first brand that she has aligned herself with so directly.

“I looove tea,” said Oprah Winfrey. “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine. When Howard Schultz offered to have me come into the Starbucks tasting room and create my very own tea blend, I thought that sounded like such a unique opportunity and fun to the tenth power.

Oprah herself created the tea blend Teavana’s head teaologist, Naoko Tsunoda. It has a base of black and rooibos teas, with spices that include cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. It will be available as a loose-leaf tea and as a tea latte at Tevana stores before for Mother’s Day, so you can start looking for it in a few weeks. Proceeds from the sale of the tea will go towards the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which provides funding for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa and is dedicated to helping its graduates attend colleges and universities. The foundation will support additional youth education through Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and the U.S. Dream Academy. You can find out more details of the tea’s creation and these charities at Steep Your Soul.

Mar 23, 2014

Coffee May Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Cup o' Java

A new study found that people who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a 40% lower risk
of developing Parkinson’s than those who did not. This is great news for coffee-lovers who might have a family history with the disease, which is (currently) a progressively degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The major symptoms are movement-related and include shaking, difficulty controlling muscle movements and even difficulty walking. Previous studies indicate that drinking coffee may help to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s and help those afflicted with the disease to have better control over their movements, but this new research indicates that caffeinated coffee consumption might significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease at all.

The challenge for scientists is to create a drug that can mimic the positive effects of caffeine without the side effects, which include headaches and jitteriness. In the meantime, it’s probably a good idea to pour yourself a second cup.


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