Kitties and Coffee? Welcome to the Cat Cafe!

There is wave of new coffee shops popping up across the nation, and the coffee here benefits more than your health!

Cat cafes seem to be all the rage lately.  So, what is a “cat cafe”?  These cafes are awesome! They are traditional cafes in that they sell coffee and some light snacks, but they have an access door to a whole other land, a land of precious kitties to cuddle with while drinking your coffee.  And the best part, if you fall in love with one of these kitties you can take it home!!!!  That’s right, these cafes house shelter kitties and they are adoptable.

So how does this work in general?  Of course you have health department regulations to comply with, so how is that done? The facilities generally tackle this issue by separating the food and drink preparation areas from the kitties in a separate room where the kitties have no access.  This allows the food preparation to remain sanitary.  Some of the cafes also work with outside vendors to provide snacks for their patrons.

Cat cafes allow you access to great coffee, while also providing a space for those people who are not necessarily “cat people”.  That’s right, if you are allergic to the cats you can still contribute to their little cafe sanctuary by going in and enjoying a cup of joe without entering the cat room.

Most cafes charge admission to the cat room which generally includes a specialty coffee.  This admission fee helps to support the kitties.  They have to eat too you know!

I cant’ think of a better way to spend an afternoon than to drink coffee and love on kitties.  I’m in love with the concept!

Free Coffee at McDonald’s until 09-29-2014

Did you get your free coffee at McDonald’s yet? You can get a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the country. Even if you’re not a fan of fast-food coffee, this one is free.  Let me know if you get your free coffee and how you’d rate it.

Starbucks tests 10oz Frappuccino Mini ??

Flickr / Basheer Tome

OK, I may need someone to explain to me the point of this one. Starbucks is apparently testing a 10 ounce Frappuccino in some markets.  Besides only being 2 ounces smaller than the “Tall”, they are also less customizable.  Personally, I usually prefer my coffee a little less sugar laden, and maybe that causes me to be a little near sighted to the plight of the Frappuccino lovers who for some reason can’t finish a full 12 ouncer.  If it’s a calorie savings you are looking for, you might consider a cold coffee with a shot of flavor and skim milk (or half and half), that way you get your cold sweet fix without completely skimping on your caffeine fix.

Kauai Coffee’s Innovative New K-CUP

Kauai Coffee

Kauai Coffee has come out with a new K-CUP design.  It’s half the size, much more eco-friendly, with an improved filter for better flow.

They have 3 new blends.  Island Sunrise (Mild Roast), Garden Isle (Medium Roast), and Na Pali Coast (Dark Roast).  All of their coffees are grown on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at the Koala estate.  Grown in volcanic soil their coffee generally has a rich but smooth flavor.

Checkout their video explaining how their new K-CUP works.

 

 

Colombia Quinchia, Shearwater Coffee Roasters

Shearwater Coffee Roasters

Shearwater Coffee Roasters’ Colombia Quinchia is a smooth full bodied coffee with fruity notes. It has a delicate cocoa finish which lingers on the tongue with a medium to mild acidity.

Colombia Quinchia is from APECAFEQ cooperative & Granja la Esperanza in Midwest region of Colombia near Risaralda. The APECAFE cooperative is a collective that supports efforts to improve roads and schools, promotes education about organic and sustainable coffee farming methods, and helps diversify incomes away from illegal cash crops.

Shearwater Organic Coffee seems to source most of their beans from smaller farms, and lesser know locations. They are a USDA certified organic coffee roaster, and do small-batch artisan roasting.

Check them out at
http://www.shearwatercoffeeroasters.com

Getting Frosty Cold With Coffee

I know its not a shock, but I love me some coffee!!! I usually like hot coffee in the cold months and cold coffee in the hot months. That’s still true, but lately I’ve been replacing my cold coffee  with another yummy frostier version!! OMG, its soooooo good!

Here is my secret to a delicious coffee treat.  You’ll need 1.5 cups of chilled coffee, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 small bananas, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup of half and half and 1 cup of ice cubes.  Blend all of that up and you have a tasty treat for two.  Of course you might not want to share, you might want all two servings to yourself.  I’m not judging!

So what are your favorite summer coffee recipes??? I’d love to try them!

Coffee Flour Anyone?

coffee flour

Something new is on the horizon for all of you food lovers out there. Its coffee flour!  Coffee flour is the brain child of Dan Belliveau, who is a former Director of Technical Services at Starbucks.  He noticed that there was a lot of waste when it comes to making coffee. Specifically the actual berry that coffee seeds come in. The fruit is often discarded after the coffee bean has been extracted. It contains a lot of nutritious goodness and is sometimes used in tea, but for the most part it goes to waste.  Belliveau wanted to find a way to use the berry to minimize the waste so he started to experiment.  He made coffee flour and his wife baked it into some cookies to see if it was a success or just a harebrained idea. Luckily, it was a success and now Mr. Belliveau’s company, CF Global Holdings, has a patent-pending process for milling the coffee flour. Belliveau says the flour tastes of a “sweet, dried fruit flavor.” The flour is gluten free, has more iron than spinach and more protein than kale. It is also an amazing source of fiber. It contains five times more fiber than whole grain flour. It is 55 percent fiber! It does contain a small amount of caffeine. Edible caffeine tends to have a slower effect than liquid coffee allowing it to sustain the caffeine effect longer in the body.

So what do you think? Are you going to give it a go?

What Would Happen If Starbucks Had A Bouncer?

fake-starbucks-bouncer

What would happen if Starbucks had a bouncer like a night club? That is the question that that comedian Jena Kingsley set out to discover by setting up a station in front of a New York City Starbucks. She sat there, complete with a list and informed people that in order to go in their name had to be on the list or they had to make a reservation.

“In all of my pranks, or social experiments I have been amazed with how cooperative New Yorkers are. They are unfazed and I couldn’t believe how many people got in line”, said Kingsley.

She recorded the adventure and put it on Youtube. Take a look!

Guatemala Santa Rosa at 7-Eleven

7-ELEVEN BRAZILIAN DARK ROAST

7-Eleven now has Guatemala Santa Rosa coffee. If you like a nice mild cup of coffee, then this volcanic grown coffee if a great choice. Next time your at a 7-Eleven check it out, it’s a great way to warm up.

Spice Up Your Holidays With Coffee

So much cooking and baking goes on around the holidays. I just love this time of the year. While I’m feeling all festive, I also like to fill my coffee mug with some holiday cheer. Here is my favorite recipe.

You will need 1/3 cup ground coffee, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 cup of orange marmalade and, of course, cold water to put into your coffee maker (I generally make 3 cups).

Mix your ground coffee, cloves and cinnamon together and place them in a coffee filter. Put your orange marmalade straight into the coffee pot. It will melt when the hot brew comes through and will fill your coffee with orange delight-fulness:) Just to make sure your marmalade is blended properly stir your brewed pot before enjoying.

So what are your holiday coffee drink specials? I’d love to know!!

The Holidays Bring Out the Best in One Starbucks’ Customer

The holidays often bring out the best in people. One customer at Starbucks in New Haven was feeling the Christmas Spirit and decided to play Secret Santa to everyone who came in while he was enjoying his coffee. He gave the baristas his American Express card and told them that he wanted to pay for EVERYONE’s coffee while he was there. He ended up racking up a bill of between $500 and $600 when it was all said and done. He gave all of the employees a tip as well. They say he was smiling from ear to ear. What a wonderful Holiday gesture:)