Sunday, September 29, 2013 is National Coffee Day. A good way to celebrate is with a cup of coffee – but an even better way to celebrate is with a free cup of coffee (and maybe a pastry to go with it!).
- Starbucks: Free coffee tastings of the new Ethiopia coffee blend at Starbucks – and anyone who purchases a one-pound bag of Ethiopia beans in-stores that day will receive a free Ethiopian-inspired ceramic cup (while supplies last – go early).
- Dunkin’ Donuts: Free small hot or iced coffee on all day on National Coffee Day with an offer on the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Order any baked item or oatmeal between 10 am and 2pm on National coffee day and get a free small maple latte, their seasonal offering. You’ll need to bring this coupon with you, though.
- Caribou Coffee: Free small coffee of the day at participating stores with a coupon, printed or shown on your mobile device, from their Facebook page.
- Tim Hortons: Say “Happy National Coffee Day” when you order your coffee and you’ll get a buy one, get one free deal on your coffee order.
- Krispy Kreme: Free 12-ounce cup of hot coffee and $1 small specialty drinks, like the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
The Chocolate Chai Tea Latte is one of Starbucks’ newest seasonal offerings – and it is pretty delicious if you are a chai tea fan. The drink is essentially half hot chocolate and half chai tea, and the end result is pretty similar to a spicy Mexican Mocha, without the coffee in it. They serve it both hot and iced, but I’m partial to the hot version – and since I happen to have some chai tea latte mix at home, I decided to work on a homemade version.
The chai tea latte mix – I used Tazo, but there are different brands – is a strong, spicy tea that comes sweetened. It’s definitely a nice thing to have on hand if you like chai lattes! If you don’t have the mix, you can brew up some strong chai tea and sweeten it to taste, then use that as the base of the drink. I would opt for a double strength tea with that option, just to ensure that you get enough spice in your drink.
The rest of the drink is easy to put together: chai latte mix combines with cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla, and the whole thing is topped of with steamed milk. I used Rodelle vanilla extract and cocoa powder, since that is my go-to brand, but you can make this work with any brands you have at home. Hot, spicy and a fantastic drink to warm up with on a cool day. Continue reading »
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you can’t beat K-cups for convenience when it comes to coffee making. Fortunately, there are more choices than ever when it comes to K-cups. Some new options in the coffee aisle are Starbucks Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups, the first flavored coffee K-cup offerings from the coffee chain. You’ll immediately notice that they have a little extra flash to their packaging, as the tops of the K-cups have a metallic shine to them!
Last year there was a big trend for owl-related things, from mugs to measuring cups, from sweaters to scarves. Owls are still out there, but I’ve noticed that some other animals are encroaching on their territory – animals like unicorns. Fortunately, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for unicorns ever since I watched The Last Unicorn as a kid, and I am planning to take full advantage of their current popularity to indulge in a little nostalgia. Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug is very likely the best way to start your day off with some unicorn magic. The stoneware mug is in the shape of this fat, fantastical creature and he is ready to deliver your morning cup of coffee. It has a 12 oz. capacity and is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Keep it at home, take it to the office – there are no wrong places to enjoy Elwood. And your coworkers just might be cheered up by having a unicorn in the office, even if they don’t have one of their own on their desks yet.