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posted a Quick Tip about Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew. March 09, 2013
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Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew by Starbucks Coffee
I was given some as a gift and wasn't expecting much but it turned out pretty good. Not as good as a brewed cup but certainly much better than expected especially when you're in a hurry.
posted a Quick Tip about Hot Chocolate. November 20, 2012
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I don't think there's anything that can beat out hot chocolate as the perfect fall and wintertime beverage that isn't alcoholic.  Personally, I prefer my hot chocolate with cayenne pepper sprinkled in it, as I think the heat enhances the sweetness of the chocolate.
reviewed Black Cat Espresso. February 14, 2012
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Black Cat Espresso
Is this worth buying?   Yes, this is the espresso talked about and recommended for those that want to perfect the home espresso brewing. Is it as good or bad as you hoped?   I thought with the name Black Cat Espresso it would have been over roasted (and really strong) espresso, but the 'Black Cat' is more of a name of mystery as this is very smooth and sweet, as they …
posted a Quick Tip about Coffee. June 22, 2011
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Coffee
This is just a wonderful hot stimulant. If you need to be awake and alert, you drink coffee. It has a nice, robust, smokey flavor when black, which is the way I drink it!
posted a Quick Tip about Tea. June 22, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Tea
Is hot! But it's a sweet and refreshing drink during the long winter months!
posted a Quick Tip about Hot Chocolate. June 05, 2011
posted in Gourmand
It's chocolate, and it's hot! What more do you need to know? It's great after a hard outdoor winter activity, but I find in a lot of cases you need to ignore the serving size and just really dump in the hot chocolate mix in order to get the real chocolate taste. Otherwise it doesn't taste like chocolate, but like hot water that happens to be flavored like chocolate.
posted a Quick Tip about UCC Sumiyaki Instant Coffee. January 23, 2011
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UCC Sumiyaki Instant Coffee
The best of instant coffees I've tried. It is smooth and aromatic without the bitter taste. Add it with milk or cream or coffee-mate and you've a great cup of white coffee! It's great either hot or cold. Better than what many cafes offered!
posted a Quick Tip about Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew. December 31, 2010
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Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew by Starbucks Coffee
I'm not a fan of Starbucks coffee. I like their Salted Caramel Hot Cocoas and Caramel Spiced Ciders but, their coffee has always been too much for me. Also, some inside info of how long they keep their brewed coffee burning turned me off it forever. So, my expectations for Via were LOWWWWWW. However, a friend of mine and I received some free samples when we bought our Salted Caramels. I just asked …
reviewed Cuisinart DGB-625BC. December 30, 2010
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Cuisinart DGB-625BC
   The coffee brewed by the DGB-625BC is head and shoulders above what my old Mr. Coffee was producing. Especially when you grind it fresh. So far, every pot of coffee has been excellent. I received it as a Christmas gift and am very happy with the results I'm getting. It brews in a reasonable amount of time and looks sleek and modern sitting on the counter. It feels well constructed …
reviewed Drinks. December 22, 2010
Drinks
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took a poll, Best Coffee Chains. December 16, 2010
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posted a Quick Tip about AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. November 11, 2010
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Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
An almost espresso grind and 160-175 degrees Fahrenheit filtered water for most flavor.
reviewed Starbucks Double Shot. November 10, 2010
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Starbucks Double Shot
This is my number one favorite drink at Starbucks. I have tried to have them re-create it in store, thinking that fresh would be better...but the combination of skim milk and cream and perfect amount of espresso makes this drink a winner. It usually costs about $2.10 at Starbucks, which is cheaper then a freshly made drink. I always ask for a tall cup of ice to pour the can over and they are more …
answered a question about Coffee Grinder. November 04, 2010
Coffee Grinder
I highly recommend this Cuisinart coffee grinder.  It's compact and right now on Amazon, you can get it for less than $20.  It's a powerful little machine and grinds enough to make a …
answered a question about Coffee Grinder. November 04, 2010
Coffee Grinder
I highly recommend this Cuisinart coffee grinder.  It's compact and right now on Amazon, you can get it for less than $20.  It's a powerful little machine and grinds enough to make a …
posted a Quick Tip about Espresso. October 16, 2010
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Espresso is wonderful, if pulled between 16 and 19 seconds, any longer and it's too bitter for me.
posted a Quick Tip about Tea. September 13, 2010
posted in Tea Time
Tea
I too have found that loose leaf tea is the best. Even if you have a bag tea, try seeping the leaves loose. You'd be surprised at what a little 'swimming' does for the flavor. Try to never oversteep or use water that is too hot. You'll be rewarded with a more flavorful and less bitter cup of tea.
posted a Quick Tip about Starbucks. August 11, 2010
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Starbucks
If you have a Starbucks addiction, like me, or even if you only stop by a couple of times a month, make the investment in a Starbucks card. Register it online, for free, and after only 5 drinks, the rewards start to build up. Free soy milk, free flavor shots. Using my registered card makes the price of my drink (Tall, Cinnamon Dolche Latte) drop from $3.76 to $3! Plus, you get a postcard from a free …
reviewed Americano. August 10, 2010
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An americano is a cup of coffee made by adding hot water to one or more shots of espresso. There's no milk or flavoring added, so it tastes somewhat like a cup of normal drip view. It's not exactly the same flavor, but not terribly different. I don't prefer one over the other.      I have friends who think americanos are a waste of money. You get a cup of coffee, about …
reviewed AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. August 10, 2010
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Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
I've been using the AeroPress for 3 years now and it is my main coffee maker. The cup it brews is nuanced and flavorful. The process of using it is simple. Heat water. Place the ground coffee in the brewer and press the plunger to create a concentrated coffee that resembles a shot of espresso. Add water to fill the cup and you will have a nice single cup of joe.      If you …
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