by Julia Caroline Smith in Behind the Scenes, January 18th, 2017
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, December 9th, 2016
Coffee lovers everywhere, I did a very dumb thing: I decided to cut out coffee from my life. It was time to be an independent woman who didn’t need no caffeine. And boy — was I wrong.
As some of you may know, caffeine is a stimulant (i.e., it enhances alertness, increases heart rate and increases blood pressure) and can cause a mild physical dependence if you drink more than two cups of coffee a day (me). Concerned that I may become a little too dependent on coffee, I decided to cut it out completely for as long as possible and see if I could be just as productive — if not more — without the liquid gold. After all, I really cannot afford to buy $5 lattes every single day as a recent college grad, so maybe cutting this out could be economical.
So, here are the rules: One shall not consume coffee in any form, and one shall not eat or drink anything that has caffeine (chocolate, tea, the list goes on).
That’s it — pretty simple. To give you a sample of my regular daily caffeine intake, I usually start my day with one cup of coffee. I have a second when I get to the office, and at about 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., I have my third. You could say I’m a frequent user, and I’ll deny it.
Let’s get to the good stuff.
by Amy Reiter in News, December 6th, 2016
Peppermint-white chocolate mochas ruined my life. But in the best way possible!
See, I never used to like coffee. I didn’t have any desire to try to drink it as a kid or through high school. When I went to college, I once got some sort of a sugary mocha frozen drink, which made me break into a cold caffeine sweat in the middle of class. I decided to never drink it again. The problem was, as I got older, I wanted to like coffee. I wanted to be the cool kid who could meet friends at coffee shops and actually, well, drink coffee — not get hot chocolate.
So, one holiday season, I started getting a small peppermint-white chocolate mocha, and I actually enjoyed it. It became my gateway to what could now be considered a caffeine addiction. But, of course, it’s a good addiction. Right?
Back in the day, I wanted my coffee — especially iced coffee — to taste like ice cream. The thing is, I lean way more toward iced coffee than toward a hot cup. I don’t like my hot coffee sweet, but I do love my iced coffee sweet.
And this mocha that I made for you today — not only is it sweet, but it’s boozy, too! Win, win. This would be such a fun afternoon holiday treat while you finish trimming the tree. It would even be a delicious dessert if you use decaf espresso. And since it is the holiday season, it may even make a lovely Christmas morning treat. Just sayin’.
by Amy Reiter in News, November 22nd, 2016
Is there anything better, when you need a morning eye-opener, a midday pick-me-up or an after-dinner sip, than a nice and friendly cup of coffee? Well, yes, actually, now there is: a nice and friendly cup of coffee topped with a spiky pyramid of sumptuous meringue.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 1st, 2016
For many of us, there’s more in a cup of coffee than a rousing jolt of caffeine. There’s comfort. There’s community. There is, perhaps, even a sense of identity. That may be true for none of us more so than millennials, whose insatiable jones for java, it seems, is behind a global surge in demand for coffee, bringing it to an all-time high.
Coffee consumption worldwide among those 19 to 34 — especially in the United States, the leading consumer of coffee, but also in Brazil and China — has more than offset a mild decline in demand for the evil bean among the older generations, according to data cited by Bloomberg.
by Erin Hartigan in Restaurants, August 17th, 2016
Addicted to coffee? Unable to raise even one eyelid in the a.m. — let alone lift your head off the pillow (mmmm … nice, soft pillow) — without a few sips from your mug, or to get through your afternoon meetings without a quick hit of espresso? Don’t blame yourself. Blame your genes.
by T.K. Brady in Drinks, News, July 26th, 2016
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
There are two kinds of coffee milkshakes: sweet, silky scoop-shop concoctions made with ice cream that just happens to be coffee-flavored; and serious, espresso-spiked caffeinators that just happen to be made with ice cream. When you’re looking for a buzz, here are three great places to find the latter.
by Amy Reiter in News, June 21st, 2016
Photo credit: Ricardo Perini
The latest craze in iced coffee has arrived, and it’s perfect for anyone who is constantly on the go. Portable bottles, cans and even cartons of cold brew and beyond — think lattes and fizzy nitro cold brew — allow you to skip the coffee shop line and head straight from your fridge to the office. (On weekends, you can sip cans and cartons of coffee on the beach, where bottles are usually prohibited.) Read on to find out which brews could change your morning routine. Read more
by Amy Reiter in News, June 10th, 2016
As a rule, we Americans don’t get enough sleep. In fact, one in three of us are consistently stinting ourselves on the seven or more hours our bodies need each night, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. We know who we are (though we may be too tired and cranky to admit it).
So how are we getting through the day, not to mention the five-day workweek? One word: caffeine.
Unfortunately, that cup of coffee or tea (or soda or whatever form of caffeine you generally enjoy) will get you only so far.
by Amy Reiter in News, May 13th, 2016
Many of us drink coffee for the taste (an iced latte sure does hit the spot) or the sense of coziness (yummy mornings with your mug and the paper) and conviviality (meeting a pal for a cup and a catch-up) as well as the hit of caffeine. But for those who want their caffeine buzz straight up, without the sippable frills, thrills and potential spills, there is now a new solution: chewable coffee.
Paris may be synonymous with cafe culture, but artisanal coffee shops are apparently another matter entirely. That distinction may now be diminishing, however, as expat entrepreneurs from the coffee-loving United States, Australia, New Zealand and beyond are bringing to the city on the Seine their taste for boutique beans and bespoke brews, offered up lovingly amidst a spare aesthetic some describe as “Brooklyn.”
Yes (er … oui?), according to the Washington Post, hipster New York-and-Seattle-style coffee shops are becoming de rigueur in Paris.