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Cabaret Brewed Chocolate Review

Cabaret Brewed Chocolate whole bean beverage

Cabaret Brewed Chocolate imageNot a coffee but don’t forget that chocolate is caffeinated. I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Cabaret Brewed Chocolate and tasted it right from the jar. Keeping with an ancient Aztec tradition, it is sort-of a smokey, rich, chocolate taste that is really different from any other chocolate that I’ve tasted.

As you can see from the image below, you just add 1 teaspoon to 1/2 cup hot water. The chocolate is concentrated so it does not take very much. Stir and enjoy. Did I say enjoy? Read on…

This beverage stimulated me without the jitters and what is really sweet about it all, when I had a cup in the evening, I did not get stimulated but rather relaxed. I call that an all around beverage!

There is just a bit of sugar in the concentrate but one should not worry too much about that. It is sweet enough without any additional sweetner.

Cabaret Brewed Chocolate in the cupCabaret Brewed Chocolate has only a small amount of caffeine but very high in theobromine which is a cousin to caffeine providing a different effect. They say Theobromine is a gentler. longer lasting stimulant. One teaspoon contains nearly an ounce of cocoa beans. wow!

Visit their website to purchase Cabaret Brewed Chocolate and to learn more about the history and the product. Be sure to watch the video. Very interesting history told. It is $14.95 a jar and each jar contains 24 servings. That is 20 cocoa beans per serving. Love it!

Caffeine Content In Assorted Beverages (coffee, sodas, chocolate)

Here is a short list of beverages with their caffeine content. I will add to this as time goes but I thought I would start here. Drink up people, there’s plenty of caffeine to be had out in this world. ;)

Double espresso (2oz) 45-100 mg

Brewed coffee (8 oz) 60-120 mg

Instant coffee (8 oz) 70 mg

Decaf coffee (8 oz) 1-5 mg

Tea – black (8 oz) 45 mg

Tea – green (8 oz) 20 mg

Tea – white (8 oz) 15 mg

Coca Cola (12 oz can) 34 mg

Pepsi (12 oz can) 38 mg

Barq’s Root Beer (12 oz can) 22 mg

Dr. Pepper (12 oz can) 42.6 mg

Mountain Dew (12 oz can) 55.8 mg

Jolt (12 oz can) 72.0 mg

7-up (12 oz) 0 mg

Chocolate milk (8 oz) 4 mg

Dark chocolate (1 oz) 20 mg

Milk chocolate (1 oz) 6 mg

Starbucks Coffee Icecream (8 oz) 50-60 mg

Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (Grande 16 oz) 100 mg

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Last Update: That should be it. Except for a tweak here and there. Hope it works for you. One last thing: Stop by and visit the newest member to my blog family. It’s not much yet but it will be. Smoothie Blend … I’m sure I’ll get some caffeinated smoothies going on there before long.

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Keurig Elite B40 Coffee Maker Review

Review in Coffee Makers on the Keurig Gourmet Single Cup Brewer - B40

I’ve tried several single cup coffee makers but actually have only managed to review two of them. One is actually considered a press while the other is a single cup brewing machine. I thought since I do have the Keurig Elite B40 sitting on the counter, I should review it.

Keurig B40 Coffee Maker imageDo I like it? Well, yes, I do but I have yet to find one that I want to tell you that I love and can’t do without. The main thing that I have a problem with is the coffee taste when I compare it with a full brewed pot in a different coffee maker. One should be able to love a single cup not just tolerate it. I exaggerate though. The difference is very small and only one who wants their coffee to sprout legs and walk on its own would notice that difference. It really is a bit more than tolerable. And with all the newest k-cups on the market, I am certain that you (and myself) can manage to find something to your liking.

Just considering the coffee maker its self, I do love it. It is simple to use and makes a cup quickly. I can have a fresh cup within a 30 seconds from start to finish with the water pre-heated and about 60 seconds if you have had the machine off and need to wait for the water to heat. And that is perfect if you are in a hurry thus making the taste tolerable. It is very simple to clean. Once brewing has stopped, you can just remove the k-cup and throw it away wiping up any liquid that has drip onto the drip pan. You’ll want to clean the k-cup holder from time to time.

The Keurig Elite B40 has 2 brew sizes: 9.25 oz. & 7.25 oz. and removable 48oz. water reservoir plus a removable drip tray. It weighs about 15 pounds full and runs on 1500 watts.

You can leave the machine plugged in in order to keep the water pre-heated. Been somewhat green-ish though, I do turn mine off for the most part. The only difference is you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the cup of coffee to brew. Also, there is the issue of those empty plastic k-cup empties. Those can add up over time but I am sure sooner or later I (or someone else) will figure out something useful for those. Not as bad as diapers I’d say.

The cost is affordable. About $99 through Keurig with a free 18 count k-cup package and FREE shipping or get about the same deal through Amazon (see image in review here)

I do recommend the Keurig Elite B40 and I wish you many single cups of coffee love. :)

5 Quotes on Coffee (v1)

coffee mug and newspaper imageI’m going to start adding coffee quotes again. I did it a long time ago and found they were getting difficult to locate. I have since stumbled onto more and instead of just listing them all in one instance, I’m going to space them out in weekly posts. So, here are the first five that I want to share with you. Comments are always welcomed.

Coffee Quotes (because I love coffee so much)

1. I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.
~ Carly Simon
2. Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.
~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
3. I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.
~ Clark Gable (personal favorite of mine because I tend to feel the same way)
4. Sniff…Whazat?! Zat’s coffee!
~ Garfield
5. Coffee falls into the stomach … ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop … the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similies arise, the paper is covered with ink …
~ Honore de Balzac (1799-1859)

Coffee Quote Bonus:

We would take something old and tired and common — coffee — and weave a sense of romance and community around it. We would rediscover the mystique and charm that had swirled around coffee throughout the centuries.
~ Howard Schutz, CEO of Starbucks, 1997

13 Good Uses for Coffee Beans and Coffee Grounds

I am always searching for good ideas for using coffee or the beans other than drinking. Here are three that I found today. Bean bag filler? I think not. Imagine what that could cost a person.

Coffee Beans

1. Freshen your breath
What to do when you’re all out of breath mints? Just suck on a coffee bean for a while and your mouth will smell clean and fresh again.

2. Remove foul odor from hands
If your hands smell of garlic, fish or other strong foods you’ve been handling, a few coffee beans may be all you need to get rid of the odor. Put the beans in your hands and rub them together. The oil released from the coffee beans will absorb the foul smell. When the odor is gone, wash your hands in warm, soapy water.

3. Fill a beanbag
They don’t call them beanbags for nothing. Coffee beans are ideal as beanbag filler, but with the price of coffee nowadays it’s a good idea to wait for a sale and then buy the cheapest beans available.

Coffee Grounds

1. Coffee can be used as an odor neutraliser if there is a powercut & the food in the freezer defrosts & goes off, simply fill a bowl or two with new or used coffee & leave in the freezer over night.

2. When it comes to cleaning/sweeping out open fires sprinkle some used coffee grounds over the hearth or wherever you have to clean & it will sweep up easier & stop the coal dust from rising up in your room so better for environment.

3. Gardeners if you grow carrots add some coffee to your seeds before sowing, not only does this make the seeds easier to sow, the smell also repels root maggots & other pests allowing for thicker juicy carrots.

4. Many people take exception to neighbors cats using their garden or yard as a toilet, a mixture of used coffee grounds and & orange peel put round plants and in beds you want left alone will provide a pungent smell that cats do not like and so will find someone else’s garden to use.

5. To get rid of ants put used coffee grounds onto the ant hills, this will have to be done for each hill as the pesky things will move to another home.

6. Fishermen, when transporting maggots & worms put them in a container with moist coffee grounds & they will be easier to pick up when you need them & they also like coffee as much as we do so it will make them live longer too.

7. Kitchen drains tend to get smelly, simply get a cup of coffee grounds and tip down the plughole making sure you tip a kettle of boiling water down slowly & leave to work on the odours

8. For a quick fix on fabrics soak garment in strong black unsugared coffee, this is an inexpensive way to dye clothes brown in an emergency but remember it will not be colour fast.

9. Coffee grounds can be used to clean any stain resistant surface, it has a mild & gentle abrasive element & smells fresh too, particularly good for smelly ashtrays and greasy surfaces.

10. To help plants to flourish add coffee to your soil, this is best done in small amounts of soil so you can add 1 cup of lime to balance acidity if need be, another way is to empty it straight onto your compost pile with other kitchen waste.

Stumble it!

Resources: ezine articles and 1 unknown source.

Robbery Suspect :: Starbucks

A bit of humor is always in order. With the rising costs of everything including coffee, I thought this would be appreciated. I could be wrong.

Police Sketch Robbery Suspect STARBUCKS

Top 10 + 34 More Reasons You Might Be Addicted to Coffee Or Caffeine

Here are 44 more reasons for thinking you may be addicted to coffee or in a few instances, just caffeine period. I wish I knew who to credit these with but I had them emailed to me by a friend. Read them and enjoy them and if you like it, Stumble me!

1 your heart beats noticeably faster as a reaction to the smell of coffee.
2 you drink decaf by accident and slip into a coma
3 your slogan is “Save water, drink coffee.”
4 you have a website about caffeine
5 you’re on a first name basis with Juan Valdez
6 you think sleep is for the weak.
7 your heart rate is always in triple digits.
8 you know from experience caffeine tablets don’t dissolve in cola.
9 you wake up to Mountain Dew, before switching to JOLT you can name the five flavors of JOLT
10 you have a mini-fridge under your desk… and a catheter
11 you’ve just had your 20th cup of coffee within 20 minutes on a Friday afternoon, at 4 o’clock, just so “the milk doesn’t go bad over the weekend”
12 you ask, “Sleep? What’s that?”
13 you go to the doctor because you’re afraid there might be blood in your coffee stream.
14 every coffee company wants to have your picture on their coffee cans
15 your birthday is a national holiday in Colombia.
16 your wife asked you to buy milk, bread and butter and you heard “buy coffee, coffee and coffee.”
17 you believe that the coffee bean is a vegetable.
18 your child’s name is Nescafe.
19 Coffee is the stuff great decisions are made of.
20 Starbucks has decided to use you as their official’ve ever carried your coffee cup into the shower with you in the morning.
21 you regard the fact that your hands are shaking as a good sign.
22 you have tattooed across the knuckles of your hands “JOLT” and “COLA”
23 your heart only beats twice an hour and your eyes won’t shut anymore
24 you go to sleep just to wake up and smell the coffee.
25 your coffee pot is next to your bed and your alarm clock is in the kitchen.
26 you’ve ever used the airplane’s Call button just to get a coffee refill.
27 you dip espresso beans.
28 your web page has the Starbucks color scheme.
29 you can’t remember the last time you blinked.
30 you have on more than one occasion snorted instant coffee.
31 you have distilled Jolt Cola to make it more potent.
32 you have dark brown colored hair but you are a natural blonde and have never dyed it.
33 the dishes in your house are all coffee cups.
34 your dog’s name is Folgers.
35 you see nothing wrong with using water joe (the caffeinated water) to make the coffee you use to take your no-doze.
36 you’ve ever knelt and prayed before a Starbuck’s logo.
37 it’s 6:09 AM and you’re on your 2nd 20oz. cup of coffee.
38 you have to drink some form of caffeinated beverage just to sleep.
39 you’d rather be beaten over the head with a sledgehammer than give up that first cup of coffee in the morning. (Caffeine withdrawal is a real headache.)
40 you’ve given up sex, TV, or all forms of meat for Lent before, but can’t make it 40 days without caffeine.
41 you’ve given up sex, TV, and all forms of meat for Lent before, but STILL can’t make it 40 days without caffeine.
42 you could live in a desert like a hermit, eating bugs for food, as long as you had enough coffee beans with you.
43 you suck on a used coffee filter (full of coffee grounds) whenever the can runs out of coffee.
44 you believe that sleep is simply a poor substitute for sleep

New Study Indicates Aroma of Coffee May Reduce Stress

Here we go again! Yet another discovery on coffee and our health. It would seem that coffee is becoming a more valuable (asset) everyday. Now it has been found to have a nice effect on our nose organ. ermm.. our sense of smell. It appears to have a calming effect and helps to reduce stress. I know for one, smelling fresh coffee does make me feel good and calms me.

Here is an excerpt:

According to researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea, laboratory rats exposed to the aroma of roasted coffee beans experienced higher levels of activity in a number of genes, including some that produce proteins with healthful antioxidant activity.

Antioxidants are compounds that defend our bodies against cell damage caused by free-radicals. The antioxidants in coffee’s aroma are different from those contained in liquid coffee and, in effect, helped ease the stress of the rats that smelled the coffee.

Now, if I was a rat…..

Read more about this at: dBusiness News

McDonald’s with Free Coffee Coupon

Have you seen McDonald’s new website called Unsnobby Coffee? I guess it’s their new campaign focusing on their espresso drinks. I’ve tried a couple and even though (to me) the drinks are not the best I’ve had, they aren’t too bad either and for the price, it is certainly a nice alternative in these unstable economic times.

There is a coupon you can print off while there. You can get a free small one with the purchase of a sandwich, breakfast or lunch. Check it out. It’s a nice looking site.