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Fresca Coffee Recipe

Are you as ready for summer as we are? We thought we’d start off the week with a tall glass of—Fresca coffee? Trust us, you have to try it before you write it off. We’re using Fresca but our coffee pal Ricardo sent in the original recipe using Sprite, which he called the “AeroSprite.” Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

As Ricardo’s recipe name suggests, we’re brewing our coffee in the AeroPress. We picked up a fresh bag of 49th Parallel’s Longitude 123 W for those sweet, dried fruit notes to complement the lime and Fresca—oh, by the way, there’s some lime in this recipe. We thought that might get your attention. We turned to our trusty Breville Smart Grinder Pro to grind our coffee into consistent table salt-sized grounds.

Equipment:

Brew Method: Inverted AeroPress

Ingredients

  • 30 grams coffee
  • 200 grams Fresca or Sprite
  • 100 grams ice
  • 100 grams water
  • 2 lime wedges
  1. Heat water to 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grind coffee into table salt-sized or medium fine grounds. Turn the AeroPress upside down with the plunger in and add 30 grams of coffee.
  3. Add water to AeroPress and brew for one minute.
  4. While you’re brewing, add 100 grams of ice to your glass and then pour cold Fresca on top.
  5. Squeeze two lime wedges into the glass and if you’re feeling fancy, stick a couple of wedges to the side of the glass.
  6. Plunge the AeroPress over the glass with Fresca—don’t miss the show! The coffee creates beautiful swirls.
  7. Stir the coffee into the Fresca and take a big sip—I told you to trust us! It’s perfect for summer.

Adult Mexican Coffee Affogato

Once in a while you need a little extra humph with your coffee. What’s better than a little tequila and coffee liquor to get the engines revving? Quick answer: Adding ice cream to your booze! Drink up this deliciously creamy Adult Mexican Coffee Affogato that’s just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Thank you, Jane for taking all of our favorite things into one yummy drink!

We used the trusty Breville Barista Express so we could grind and brew our espresso in one go. The easy programmability is nice after a couple of espresso shots, too, and you can be sure you’ll have a line out the door for this drink! We picked Victrola’s Streamline Espresso for the smooth chocolate and fruit flavor that’s robust in an espresso.

Pro Tip: We recommend a robust coffee blend for this drink, but it’s not necessary with the coffee liquor to get a well-rounded flavor.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 grams coffee
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liquor
  • 1 BIG scoop vanilla ice cream
  1. Prep your espresso machine ahead of time. (If you’re using the Breville Barista Express, we clocked it at 70 seconds)
  2. Add one big scoop of ice cream, tequila and coffee liquor into your glass.
  3. Grind 16-ounces of coffee to make two shots of espresso. Brew straight onto your glass!
  4. Stir it up and take a big bite of your Mexican Coffee Affogato. ¡Delicioso!

Three Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas: Coffee and Food Pairings

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Skip the hour-long wait for cold coffee and expensive food for Mother’s Day brunch, we’ll help you show off your culinary chops with the best coffee and food pairings. Just like wine, different coffees pair with food to enhance and complement the flavor. We decided to help you cheat a little and made some suggestions for meals to plan with these three coffee profiles: savory, sweet and balanced. Whether your mom has a sweet tooth or prefers her food slathered in hot sauce, we’ve picked out some great brunch ideas to pair with coffee.

Savory: Cafe Ladro Ladro Espresso

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Ladro’s signature espresso blend brings out complex flavors in our cup. Roasting notes describe it as creamy, sweet and chocolatey notes. The SCG crew first thought was, “Spicy Mexican food?” It’s full and savory body is the perfect blend for a robust cup of French press or as espresso. Whichever way you serve it, Ladro Espresso is a shining example of coffee that’ll complement your favorite savory dishes.

Pair It With:

  • Salt & Pepper Avocado
  • Spicy Mexican Food
  • Cornbread Muffins

We’re going all out with our favorite Mexican-brunch dish, Huevos Rancheros! Spicy peppers add an extra kick and lots of flavor to Ladro’s signature blend. Try this delicious Huevos Rancheros recipe from Epicurious. 

Sweet: Victrola Rwanda Gakenke Hinga Kawa

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Grown by the Hinga Kawa (“Let’s Grow Coffee”) women’s association in Rwanda, this coffee’s as rich in flavor as it is in Rwanda’s women’s history. The women of Hinga Kawa, both Hutu and Tutsi, experienced the darker days of Rwanda’s history but have decided to make poverty their enemy, not each other. This coffee is an example of the brave women at work. Decadent notes of black cherry and cinnamon are sure to please Mom’s sweet tooth while sparkling grape adds a bit of bite. This coffee’s bright profile is best with some fresh fruit and muffins.

Pair It With:

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • Blueberry Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Baked French Toast

Who says you can’t have coffee and mimosas? A tall glass of OJ and champagne will complement the sparkling acidity found in Victrola’s Rwanda coffee. Pair it with a sweet treat such as this Raspberry Scones recipe from Martha Stewart.

Balanced: 48th Parallel Coffee Longitude 123 Degrees W

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Serving a balanced breakfast is almost as important as having coffee in the morning—almost. 49th Parallel Coffee’s Longitude 123 Degrees W is a clean cup with delicate sweet notes of fruit and nuts. Delightful to drink without cream or sugar, this blend’s light flavor won’t overpower your meal. This balanced blend is perfect for all types of brewing, so brew it with Mom’s favorite coffee maker.

Pair It With:

  • Berry & Nuts Parfait
  • Scrambled Cheddar Eggs with Citrus Glazed Bacon
  • Eggs Inside Whole Grain Toast

A complete balanced breakfast needs four things: protein, carbs, fat and flavor. Our favorite go-to recipe is pancakes and bacon! Dress it up with this Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes by The Baker Mama for clean eating and Citrus Glazed Bacon by Martha Stewart. The citrus glaze brings out the best acidity in this cup.

Spring Apricot Scones

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The sun is shining, Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and we’ve got coffee on the brain! Naturally, we picked up a bag of our only coffee grown in Mexico, Velton’s Mexico Nayarita, and brewed ourselves a pot. This single origin is bursting with sweet notes of apricots and strawberries with hints of citrus and that got us thinking…we need a scone with this! Well, truth be told Gail has been dropping not-so-subtle hints on our videos that she really wants scones with her coffee. Inspired by the flavors of Velton’s Mexico Nayarita—and Gail’s subtle hints—we cooked up this recipe for Spring Apricot Scones!

We surprise her with a fresh batch of these scones on this week’s episode of Good Morning Gail—and let’s just say they were a hit with Gail and her cup of Velton’s coffee.

Equipment

  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Pastry blender
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cookie sheet for baking
  • Brush for egg wash

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups peach greek yogurt*
  • 3/4 cups dried apricots
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • Optional 1 egg for egg wash
  • Optional pinch of Demerara sugar**
  1. Set the oven to 425 degrees and grab the cooking utensils you’ll need.
  2. Prep ingredients. Grab a cold stick of butter from the fridge and chop into small chunks (you don’t want it melted or at room temperature). Dice apricots to the desired size and zest one lemon. The lemon adds refreshing flavor perfect for springtime!
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. Add the chopped butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry blender mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces.
  5. Fold in peach greek yogurt, dried apricot and lemon zest until all the flour is moist (don’t use the pastry blender for this part).
  6. Add a bit of flour to a flat surface and shape the dough into a circle. Aim to have the dough height at half an inch and then cut into triangular sections at the desired size. Pro Tip: We cut it once down the middle and then into five triangle pieces.
  7. Optional, but highly recommended, scramble an egg and wash the top and sides of the scones. Sprinkle Demerara sugar on the top. **Demerara sugar doesn’t melt and adds a nice sugary crunch to the top of these scones.
  8. Bake for about 13 minutes or until the tops are golden. Enjoy these refreshing scones with a cup of Velton’s Mexico Nayarita coffee!

*Like, you could use plain greek yogurt, but peach is just oh-so-good in these apricot scones.

Macejams’s Blackberry Iced Coffee Recipe

What goes better with summer than a nice, cold glass of coffee? Blackberries! We had a feeling Blackberry Iced Coffee recipe from our friend, Macejam, was going to be delicious and our hunch was right. This recipe quick to make and perfect for sipping by the pool.

We ground up good ole Bluebeard Coffee El Capitan to pair with our fresh blackberries—El Capitan sounds like a perfect pool-side drink. Its rich, full body with notes of chocolate and caramel will add a strong kick to this berries and cream drink. We suggest using 2% milk for the ultimate creaminess for your blackberry iced coffee.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of blackberries
  • 34 grams coarse ground coffee
  • 544 grams of water
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla syrup
  • 9 ounces of milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  1. In a medium bowl, smash six or more blackberries (half the cup). Add the smashed berries, coffee grounds into the French press. Tip: add a little bit of water to help scrap the berries out.
  2. Stir it all up then add 544 grams of water and brew for four minutes.
  3. Take the remaining blackberries and puree until mainly liquid. A blender is optional but helps create a smooth consistency. Add the vanilla syrup and stir.
  4. Fill your 10-ounce glass with ice and get ready for coffee!
  5. Pour five ounces of coffee onto the ice and then add the purple milk. Bon appétit!

Coffee Collaboration: Use Up Your Old Coffee Beans Recipe

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Here’s the age old question that’s been affecting coffee lovers across the nation: What do you do with stale, old coffee?

To answer this questions, you should know why it goes stale.

Coffee goes stale when it has been oxidized by contact with—you probably guessed—oxygen. Roasters will use different bagging methods to reduce oxidization, but once you split open that new bag of coffee and take a big whiff of those fresh roasted beans, the quality goes down from there. As the beans stale, the flavor quality is reduced and loses its unique profile.

The best way to avoid old coffee is to brew it ASAP. Each coffee bag typically has a roast date and a recommended “best buy” date. But when your coffee ultimately goes stale, it’s time to get inventive like our coffee friend Saxman11290 who sent us this delicious recipe solution. Let’s check it out!

This recipe calls for a double shot of espresso, so you’ll need a superautomatic or semi-automatic machine. Got it? Here’s everything you’ll need:

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 14-18 grams of ground old coffee
  • Drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of ice into a shaker.
  2. Using an espresso machine, make a double shot of espresso. For semi-automatics measure 14-18 grams of pre-ground old coffee or use a superautomatic and brew a double shot.
  3. Pour your double shot on the milk and ice and shake it up!
  4. Pop off the glass and strain the mixture over a chilled glass.
  5. Top off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!

Thanks Saxman11290 for this tasty creation! Gail whipped herself up a cup—and we don’t want to spoil it for you—but she couldn’t tell that she was drinking old coffee.

Send us your favorite coffee recipe in the comments below and we’ll share it with everyone on another episode of Coffee Collaboration.

Coffee Collaboration: Portuguese Mazagran Coffee – A Coffee & Lemonade Treat!

 While you’re impatiently waiting for short season, we’ve got a refreshing drink that’ll curb your summer appetite! Today’s concoction includes a summer favorite, lemonade, and our personal favorite, coffee, to create one delicious treat. Thanks Nick for the awesome recipe!

Gail went ahead and made herself a glass! Here a tip Gail discovered: make sure you have a tall enough container. We recommend at least a 12-ounce glass for this brew.

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Nick’s Portuguese Mazagran Recipe:

Equipment:

  • 12 ounce+ glass
  • AeroPress
  • Scale

Ingredients:

  • 56 grams fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 356 grams filtered water
  • 56 grams sugar
  • 100 grams of Ice
  • 25 grams of light roast coffee ground fine
  1. In a carafe with 100 grams of ice, combine the sugar, lemon juice and 56 grams of water to make a concentrated lemonade.
  2. Bring the remaining 300 grams of water to a boil.
  3. Set the AeroPress on top of the lemonade mixture and add in 25 grams of coffee.
  4. Slowly add 300 grams of boiling water into the AeroPress. Stir and brew for about 4 minutes and press when done.
  5. Stir to combine the lemonade with the coffee and pour into a glass with fresh ice!

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This sweet infusion reminds Gail of iced tea with lemonade—another summer favorite!

Do you have a recipe to share with us? Drop us a comment below and we’ll brew up your favorite cup!

Coffee Collaboration: Coffee + Butter + Coconut Oil = Yum!

You asked for it, so Gail brewed it! It’s time for the much anticipated bulletproof coffee recipe on Coffee Collaboration!

This fresh, creamy drink takes you on a tropical island cruise that you’ve always dreamed of and leaves your taste buds swimming in an irresistible buttery-smooth texture—until the cup’s empty and you find yourself back in your kitchen. Needless to say, this pallet pleaser lives up to its hyped reputation!

Besides the incredible taste and texture, there are some positive reviews out there about the health benefits of bulletproof coffee. One of those benefits comes from consuming coconut oil. Its benefits include speeding up your metabolism and giving you an extra energy boost (you know, in case caffeine wasn’t enough). There are also opinions that coconut oil and certain butter (depends on the kind) add healthy fats to your diet too. Benefits or no benefits, Gail is more than impressed with the final flavor results! Enough chit-chat; let’s make this recipe!

Grab:

  • 10 ounces of coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker (we used a French press)
  • Mug!
  1. Brew 10 ounces of coffee. Check out our How To Make Excellent French Press Coffee, if you’re new to the French press brew method.
  2. Grab a blender and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.
  3. Pour your fresh coffee into the blender and blend! Drink up, me hearties!

Tips & Tricks: Try grass-fed butter for a different flavor and health benefits.

Do you have a recipe you want us to try? Leave us a comment on the video with your unique cup of joe and, as always, get all things coffee by subscribing to our YouTube Channel!

Crew Review: CamelBak Forge Travel Mugs

CamelBak Forge Travel MugAhh, the great outdoors. There truly isn’t anything better than that first breath of fresh air before embarking on an outdoor adventure. Or is there? The answer of course is yes, yes there is something better (and it involves coffee!)

That’s right, we are talking about travel mugs today! And more specifically, the CamelBak Forge travel mugs. We are quite fond of this mug. Sure it works great for commuting to work in the morning. But we think it is even more fitting when “forging” a trail, hot coffee in hand. And speaking of hot coffee, the CamelBak Forge travel mug does an excellent job at keeping your coffee hot! The double wall, stainless steel body keeps your hot coffee hot (or your cold, cold brew…well, cold).

Be sure to watch our Crew Review below to see the results of our temperature test! (Spoiler alert: it does an superb job!)

One of the best features on this travel mug is the self sealing lid. Say goodbye to accidental spills! The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning in all the nooks and crannies. The CamelBak Forge Travel mug comes in two color schemes. Solid black or stainless steel and blue!

Check out our Crew Review video below for the full scoop!

 

Brewin’ With Brandi: Hearty Vegetarian Coffee Chili

Brandi is back with a brand new recipe! And a super tasty one at that!

We all get busy during the week, and this is a great dinner recipe that is easy to put together and all ready for you when you get home from a long day at work! Plus, there is coffee in it. What more can you ask for!

Watch this Brewin’ With Brandi below to see how to make your very own Hearty Vegetarian Coffee Chili! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 14 oz. can pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Spring Onions
  • Cheddar Cheese

Directions: 

First, pour boiling water over the bulgar and allow it to soak for 15 minutes before straining.

While the bulgar is soaking, prep your vegetables. How finely you dice your vegetables depends on how chunky you like your chili. Feel free to experiment!

Drain and rinse your beans before adding all the ingredients to your slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper again before serving.

Top with your choice of toppings! And enjoy!