You can “pay it forward” any day of the week by doing something kind or generous for a stranger. For instance, you could pay for the drink of the person behind you in line at Starbucks. From October 9-11, you’ll be rewarded for this kindess if you do. Starbucks is encouraging its customers to #payitforward by giving you a free tall brewed coffee if you buy someone else their favorite beverage. I’ve hear that the #payitforward campaign was inspired by the government shutdown – and the fact that most people wish that the two sparring parties would simply come together and get things done, like they were hired to do. Paying it forward is always a nice thing to do, and a little bit of recognition can go a long way.
I do wish, however, that they would promote this more in stores. I happen to have stopped by a total of three stores today and only one was mentioning it to their customers. An extra sign would have been a nice touch to kick off the event – but by Friday, hopefully a lot more people will be involved!
Pumpkin spice lattes are a staple at Starbucks in the fall, but they’re so popular that almost everyone is trying to put one out there to grab the attention of pumpkin spice fans. McDonalds has just introduced a Pumpkin Spice Latte to their menu, a drink that will be offered for a limited time during the fall. I admit that I was curious and made a mental note to pick one up the next time I was driving by a McDonald’s and felt like having a cup of coffee.
When I finally got around to trying one a few days ago, I found that the drink captured the idea of pumpkin spice very well, and that it had a nice spiciness where I could easily taste cinnamon and cloves. I expected it to be very sweet, but the pumpkin spice syrup didn’t cover up the flavor of the coffee. Surprisingly, I actually thought it was less sweet than the Starbucks version – although it is also slightly less spicy than the Starbucks PSL and definitely isn’t quite as rich seeming, either.
Overall, I liked it and would definitely drive through to get one again. It is less filling than the Starbucks version (probably because it has slightly fewer calories and less fat) and will definitely hit the spot when I want to warm up with a little spice on a cool fall day.
As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and a cup of coffee is always helpful to get me going in the morning. I typically have to head to the kitchen to pour myself a cup, since I don’t have a coffee machine set up on my desk. One creative computer-lover decided that there was a better way to get coffee while at work without having to get up and leave the room. He designed the Caffeine Machine, a hybrid of a computer (yes, a fully functioning computer) and a 4-cup coffee maker to do two jobs in one. The hack was achieved through careful selection of a roomy computer tower and a compact coffee maker, and a little bit of tweaking. The creator is already thinking ahead to version 2.0, which might include an espresso machine instead of just drip coffee.
I’m not sure that I would be brave enough to attempt this kind of mod myself, but I’m pretty sure there is a market for such a thing if he ever decides to build on a bigger scale!
via Oh Gizmo
I recently tried the newest Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups from Starbucks and especially enjoyed the caramel option, which adds some toasty, buttery notes that work well with the coffee. I’m giving one reader a chance to win a tasting pack so you can give them a try at home, too! The gift pack includes one box each of the Starbucks Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups, as well as a large stoneware mug and a cold drink tumbler, so you’ll be able to enjoy your drink of choice in style.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite fall coffee (or tea) drink is. Do you wait all year for the Pumpkin Spice Latte or do you keep it simply with a hot cup of black coffee? The winner will be selected at random from the entries. To get an extra entry, “like” Brewed Daily on Facebook and leave a comment on the contest post there, too! This contest ends Sunday, October 6th at Midnight, so get your entries in before then. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail in the contact form (this information will not be made public) because that is how I will contact the winner! Good luck!
If you need a little inspiration, try these perfect-for-fall recipes:
Update: Comments are now closed. The winner will be announced shortly! Thanks to everyone for participating!