People wait all year for some of the holiday drinks to come out at Starbucks. There is something about an Eggnog Latte that just screams “Christmas!” I personally prefer some of the other holiday drinks to the eggnog options, but they all deliver some holiday flavor. And now is a good time to get your favorite and try out one of the other options, because Starbucks is having a Buy One, Get One offer on all holiday drinks on November 15-18 from 2-5pm. The offer is good on all Caramel Brulee, Gingerbread, Eggnog and Peppermint Mocha drinks. So start your holiday with a splurge.
And if you don’t know which one to try, I can say that the gingerbread is a good option because it tastes like a hot, liquified gingerbread man cookie. Yum.
I love that tea infusers are become more and more creative lately, mostly because it gives me an excuse to actually have more than one in my cupboard at a time. They also make fantastic gifts, with something for just about everyone… and since one of my dear friends happens to be an expert scuba diver, the Deep Tea Diver is something that I am planning on gifting her this holiday season! The tea infuser is a tiny diver, made of food-safe silicone and stainless steel. Simply fill the diver up with your favorite loose leaf tea and let him sink to the bottom of your mug. His counterweight air tank will keep him from wandering too far off – and makes it easy to pull him out when he is done. The diver is dishwasher safe, for easy cleanup, too.
Of course, it goes without saying that you don’t need to be a diving enthusiast to enjoy this tea infuser. Anyone with a collection of jumbo mugs will get a kick out of it.
Are you a red coffee drinker or a blue coffee drinker? Since this is an election year, 7-Eleven hosted their own 7-Election (in partnership with The Onion) to try to predict the outcome of the national presidential race. Coffee drinkers voted by choosing to have their coffee in red or blue cups, and the stores kept track of how many cups of which color went out the door. Green cups were available for undecided drinkers, although there don’t seem to be stats available for that color.
It’s not an official count, but Obama is definitely ahead in the coffee polls. And since we have a few more hours until election results start coming in, this is all we have to go on at the moment.
If nothing else, we can tell that people who get their morning coffee at 7-Eleven prefer blue cups (and possibly Obama) to red cups.
I like to keep a record of the coffees I’ve had – especially if they’re coffees that I’ve enjoyed. I keep these records both in a notebook and online (here at Brewed Daily!) in many cases. There are very few coffee-specific notebooks out there that make keeping coffee-tasting records easy, however. Coffee tasting is a lot like tasting wine. You want to know what region the beans are grown in, how they are cured and how long they are roasted. You look for specific flavor notes in the coffee, too. It’s nice to have a reference to keep track of all the points, and this Coffee Tasting Notebook Set happens to be a good tool to help you keep things organized.
The set includes a notebook and a pen that is colored with coffee grounds. The notebook, which is made of recycled paper, is includes spots for giving your most recent coffee tastings star ratings, identify flavor notes (thanks to a flavor wheel that will help you put words to some of the more elusive tastes), and the brewing method. Maybe the casual coffee drinker isn’t going to get the best use of this set… but a serious drinker will definitely put in the effort and make good use of it!