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.

Kauai Coffee’s Innovative New K-CUP

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.

 

 

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?

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?

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!

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:)

The Perfect Coffee Mug?

Is it so??? Have scientists created the perfect coffee mug? Logan Maxwell and Dean Verhoeven claim they have.

“Temperfect”, the name Maxwell and Verhoeven have given the mug, keeps coffee the perfect drinking temperature for hours on end, not too hot, not too cold, just right. It is designed to bring beverages that are scalding hot to a drinkable temperature and keep them there for 3 hours.

So, how does Temperfect do its magic? It has two layers, just like regular insulated coffee mugs, however, between the layers lies a solid material, “material x”, (the scientists have not yet disclosed what “material x” actually is to the public yet, but they do tell us that you could eat it if you wanted to and it is non-toxic), that melts at 140 degrees fahrenheit. By absorbing the excess heat the coffee is brought to a drinkable temperature for 3 hours before your beverage starts cooling down.

This mug is still in the prototype phase, but hopefully they will get it up and running and on the shelves soon:)

We charge extra for rude????

I was completely taken aback, and amused I must say, to learn that one cafe in France is “charging” customers for their rude behavior. I like the concept in theory, but I wonder how it would actually works in practice.

NBC News reported that a cup of coffee at a certain little cafe in the town of Nice costs about $9.50 USD if you order it straight up. If you ask for your coffee politely and say “please” you get a huge discount that lowers the price of your coffee to about $6 USD. That is a darn good “coupon”!

It gets better! If you are extremely nice you can get your coffee for about $2 USD by going the extra step and greeting your barista a “good morning”. Heck, I say “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” Wonder if I could get my Joe for a buck if I did that? Might as well try, can’t hurt, might help! 🙂

The thing is, the discounts aren’t real, they are only perceived to be real. Fabrice Pepino, the cafe owner, has never actually charged more than approximately $2 USD for a cup of coffee, but the customers find the sign threatening a steep price for their bad behavior entertaining and it lightens their mood. He says some even give it a go and try to get the “deep discount”. Sorry folks, in reality “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” won’t get you any better deal, but it will sure make your barista’s day better and I believe, in turn will make yours a little better too. Kindness rubs off on others that way.

If you want to see the picture of the menu that went viral on twitter you can see it here: http://nbcnews.to/1byNv0v

Kopi Luwak Coffee Can Now Be Authenticated!

Kopi Luwak is the worlds most expensive coffee, averaging at about $200 per pound. Why you might ask? Because civets, cat like creatures, eats coffee berries and poop them out. The freshly expelled beans from the center of the berry are then collected and become the famous Kopi Luwak coffee bean.

Because of its high price tag, there are bound to be imitators. How is one to prove or disprove that their coffee was previously digested by a civet? We now have the answer to that question! Imposters beware!!!

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’s summer issue explores the unique fingerprint that civets leave on coffee beans. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan analyzed 21 different types of coffee beans and found distinct fingerprints of citric and malic acid on Kopi Luwak beans that distinguished them from other beans. They were even able to tell if a roast had been mixed with 50% Kopi Luwak.