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Brewin’ with Brandi: Marshmallow Espresso

In need of a sweet little caffeinated kick while exploring the backwoods? Brandi’s easy-to-whip-up recipe uses the Handpresso, an ESE pod and a marshmallow — that’s it!

Check it out:



Place a marshmallow in your serving cup. Prepare the Handpresso with the hot water and ESE pod, then extract it over the marshmallow. Enjoy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Power Up Smoothie

Looking for ways to pack more power into your coffee’s punch? How about incorporating fruits and veggies rich in anti-oxidants? Yeah, we said it. Watch as she puts everything from chocolate sauce to kale into the Vitamix … then we drink it — and it’s good!



  1. 1 cup chopped kale
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 2 tablespoons walnuts
  4. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  5. 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  6. 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  7. 6 ice cubes
  8. 2 shots of espresso
  9. 1 oz Monin Sugar Free Dark Chocolate sauce


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until fully incorporated. Enjoy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coconut Dream

If it’s made by Brandi, it must be luscious, right?! Well, that’s certainly the case for today’s cool concoction. Watch Brandi blend up this lovely drink, featuring Irish cream liqueur and Monin’s Coconut syrup.


  • 1 oz Monin Coconut syrup
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 12 oz of milk


Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend it on up! Makes enough to share with someone you love.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coffee Cup Coffee Cake

Okay, maybe she’s not technically brewin’ here, but she is taking on pastries for the first time! If you’re looking for a delicious — and super easy — delectable to pair with your favorite cup of coffee, this coffee cake is where it’s at.

Watch Brandi whip up this lovely treat!



  • 1 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 of an egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (could also use applesauce or sour cream)
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


For the cake, begin by combining the butter and sugar in a coffee cup and stir until they are fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients, incorporating each one at a time. In a separate dish, combine all the ingredients for the topping and mix well. Crumble the topping mixture over the cake and cook in the microwave about 1 minute (duration depends on the microwave you’re using).

Cooking with Kaylie: Mocha Granita

It’s summer (sort of), which is the time of year when coffee lovers search for new and creative ways to get their caffeine fix.Mocha Granita

Iced coffee? A delicious and trusty standby. Mocha smoothie? A great way to drink coffee and chocolate while still sounding like it’s a healthy option. Coffee-infused popsicles? A tasty alternative, but you need a popsicle mold.

So, I was pondering new ways to meet my summertime coffee intake requirements when I came across a recipe for Mocha Granita, which I modified a bit for espresso rather than French press coffee.



  • Brew 3 shots of espresso
  • In a baking dish, combine hot espresso shots with sugar, cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup hot water
  • Mix until sugar and cocoa powder dissolve
  • Place in the freezer
  • After 30 minutes, mix with a fork
  • Repeat every hour until completely frozen
  • Transfer to a glass and enjoy!

This granita is super rich and almost tastes like a frozen coffee brownie. You can’t go wrong with that! Added bonus: Other than the time factor, this recipe takes very little work.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Mocha Pops

If you know anything about us it’s that we love, love, love hot weather! What are we doing living in the Pacific Northwest, then?! We ask ourselves that all the time … except for when summer finally shows up and showers us with gorgeous sunlight dappled through lush evergreen trees. Then it all makes sense.

In celebration of summer’s arrival, Brandi has crafted a delicious and simple frozen treat. Delicious because it incorporates the amazing blueberry notes of Atomic Cafe’s limited edition Ethiopian East Harrar coffee and simple because it has only three ingredients!




  • 2 cups strong cold brew coffee or espresso
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder


Mix the coffee, condensed milk and cocoa powder together. Whisk for a couple of minutes (as the coffee is cold, you’ll need to put a little elbow grease into this to fully incorporate the cocoa). Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 8 hours (we did our overnight).

Brewin’ with Brandi: Raspberry Kiss Latte

There’s sweet … then there’s very sweet … then there’s Brandi!

This lovely latte features the delicious flavors of Monin’s Raspberry and White Chocolate, which Brandi whips up with ease using the Nespresso Gran Maestria’s Aero 4 milk frother.





Combine syrup, sauce and milk together; froth well to fully incorporate. Pour over two shots of espresso and garnish with whipped cream + fresh raspberry!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Bottom’s Up! Mudslide Smoothie

After a couple of weeks of tame, kid-friendly fare, Brandi could hold back no longer! She whipped up a delicious smoothie with the help of her recipe bible, Never Cook Sober.



  • 1 oz espresso
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • Monin Dark Chocolate sauce (to taste)


Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate sauce in a blender. Blend for about 20 – 30 seconds. In your serving glass, drizzle dark chocolate sauce for decoration. Pour in smoothie and get ready to rock!