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Coffee Shop at Home

November 20, 2009

After being vegan for a day, you would think I’d be grabbing yogurt or eggs for breakfast.  Not so!  A green monster with almond milk, banana, PB and lots of spinach did it for me!  I even put almond milk in my coffee this morning!  Maybe I can commit to one vegan meal a day?

Anyway, about coffee.  A while ago I quit coffee.  For no particular reason.  I just didn’t want it anymore.  It was weird.  Everyone questioned this decision.  I had no idea what could be wrong with me if I wasn’t drinking coffee.  I mean, I love the stuff, why don’t I want it?  Why didn’t I want to drink it for 8 months?  Something is not right in my little world.

Thankfully, whatever spell was cast on me broke.

Coffee and I are friends again, never to part.  Truthfully, I don’t even need/care about the caffeine.  I genuinely LIKE the taste of coffee.  I like having something consistent in the morning, and I like the ritual of it.  I really enjoy having a cup on the weekends and savoring every sip.  I just love coffee.  Bottom line.

I’ve always made it at home, buying it out once in a while, simply to save money.  I can’t justify paying for it when I can do it for a fraction of the price in my own kitchen.  Sure, I get it out sometimes (how can I resist Starbucks, especially now that the closest one is 40 minutes away?), but for the most part, I run a little coffee shop in my house.

Lately, I’ve been getting a little bored with regular flavored coffee and wanted to kick it up a notch.  Since I only use a little milk, the flavored creamers were completely out of the question for me.  I started wracking my brain, and thought it might be fun to add things right in with the coffee grinds and let the whole coffee brew with flavor.  You know what?  I was right!  I give you…the easiest way to make flavored coffee at home!

DSC03204 Oh coffee maker how I love you.  By the way, I wasn’t so lazy that I was making coffee at noon like the coffee maker suggests.  We don’t keep it plugged in when we aren’t using it (how green of us!) so it automatically resets.

So anyway, all you do is add whatever yummy flavor you want right to the grinds.  Some favorite add ins include:

  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • pumpkin pie spice and pureed pumpkin
  • ground toasted nuts
  • a little vanilla extract
  • maple sugar
  • some coconut

I feel like I’m so brilliant about this!  This morning I had some pumpkin pie spice and pureed pumpkin.  ‘Twas fabulous!

DSC03205 Such a cute cup!  It’s part of a set, the other one says “Ball.”  Thanks Robs!

The only thing better than flavored coffee at home is coffee at my in laws.  They have a coffee machine built into the wall.  All you do is put your cup in and press a button.  I’ll be spending most of next week there, parked in front of the coffee machine.  I promise to show you pictures!

I’ve also found when I want a little sweetness in my coffee, either a little stevia or Xagave does the trick to add a sweetness without too much of an artificial taste.  I also find it’s a great way to enhance, and really bring out the flavor.  By the way, Xagave is fairly new to my kitchen, and I’m really enjoying it.  It is a a healthy, natural sugar replacement with a lot less calories than sugar.  It is a blend of blue agave and white agave nectar, and is sweeter than sugar, so you need less.  It’s a great substitute for sugars and is a prebiotic, meaning the inulin in it promotes healthy lower intestine function, boosts the immune system, increases calcium absorption and increases bone density.  I’ve really fallen for agave lately, and am so happy with the taste of Xagave.  Plus, there are so many great recipes I can’t wait to try out!

DSC03216I made some ridiculously strong margaritas the other night using Xagave.  I really am not the biggest fan of mixes, and try to make margaritas as fresh as possible at home.  I combined 3 oz. tequila, 1 oz. triple sec, 3 oz. lime juice, 1 tbsp. Xagave, and gave it a little stir (and multiplied the recipe by 8).  Sweet, but not overpowering.  Strong, way strong.  Seriously though, coffee and margaritas were kind of made to go together, right (I keed, I keed!).  But smooth segue, right?DSC03189

Are you a coffee drinker?  How do you like your coffee?  Do you enjoy flavored coffees and if so, what’s your favorite?  How about margaritas?

Last chance to enter my Zevia giveaway!  Winners will be picked tonight and posted tomorrow!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2009 9:30 am

    I have the same relationship with coffee. I freaked out when I got up to three cups a day, and decided to quit cold turkey. Several headaches and months later, I decided to start a new, healthy relationship with coffee.

    I now drink a cup on SOME weekdays and two cups on each weekend day. I use half the amont of half-and-half that I used to, and use stevia instead of the splenda I use to dump in there.

    And, I make it at home — I very rarely buy it anymore.

  2. November 20, 2009 9:34 am

    I do drink coffee, but usually I just steam milk and add a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’m a big fan of cappuccinos, not so big on overflavored lattes. I think I’m going to try putting some cinnamon right in with the grinds next time. Great idea!

    Your margarita recipe sounds great. I can’t stand the packaged stuff. Or the frozen stuff. No thanks!

  3. November 20, 2009 9:35 am

    Much to my dismay, I hate coffee. I love your mug, though! 🙂

    ❤ ❤

  4. greensandjeans permalink
    November 20, 2009 10:16 am

    I’ve tried to quit caffeine so many times, but we just keep finding each other again… If I’m going out to coffee I get lattes, usually with soy, but sometimes with skim, and if I’m making coffee at home I put in a smidge of soy or almond milk, and recently I’ve been into mama pea’s homemade pumpkin lattes!

  5. Jessie permalink
    November 20, 2009 10:21 am

    I don’t like coffee or margaritas. Ick!

  6. November 20, 2009 11:28 am

    I can go without caffeine, but not without coffee. Love it 😀 I make it at home and always add cinnamon, sweetener and a splash of skim milk. I love flavoured coffee (hazelnut) but only fresh, not instant and I don’t have any means of brewing real coffee at home yet. If I am out and order coffee, I switch it up sometimes by drinking it with a splash of whole milk and no sweeteners/extras added. Sometimes I just want a straight up creamy brew. I’m not big on things like lattes when I want coffee- when I just want a hot comforting drink, yes, but when a coffee craving hits, I want to taste the beans!

  7. November 20, 2009 1:13 pm

    i have done homemade margaritas before! so much better than fakey sugary mixes.

    i recommend trying cointreau instead of triple sec — more $ but a less syrupy taste. triple sec reminds me too much of the various concoctions we made up in college!

  8. November 20, 2009 2:12 pm

    I love your coffee idea! How ingenious! I try to only have 1 small cup of black coffee a day (the weekends are the same). The only time I buy coffee is when I’m with my sister on Saturday mornings after yoga. It’s our little ritual. BTW, my mom has a coffee maker built into the wall, too. It’s so beautiful and fun to play with! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. November 20, 2009 2:16 pm

    Coffee is the best. I always want it. People can tell when I haven’t had at least one cup of coffee. It’s like I emanate meanness or something. I’ve done similar coffee blends. I take the whole beans with a cinnamon stick, cloves or allspice and grind it all together. That pumpkin sounds delicious.

  10. November 20, 2009 2:35 pm

    yup LOVE coffee 🙂 Good coffee. Cinnamon in the grounds is awesome!

  11. November 20, 2009 3:47 pm

    MMM! Now THAT I can do in my dorm! I need to buy some pumpkin pie spice and try it out! Yummm-o!

    Yes, schnauzer time is fast approaching! my mom is getting their hair cut! it’s a big day! 😉

  12. November 20, 2009 4:39 pm

    You forgot to mention a wonderful use of inulin. Namely, it is an excellent and accurate marker to measure the GFR (glomerular filtration rate, of course) of the kidneys. I always wondered why it wasn’t used more clinically, and now I see that the world’s inulin supplies have been diverted to sweeten the various caffeinated beverages of our lives.
    Also, when you mention the lower intestine, do you mean the lower small intestine (jejunum, ileum)?, the large intestine in entirety?, or the lower large intestine (sigmoid, rectum). I’m actually very curious, so if you could let me know, I would appreciate it
    P.S. What should I make for my thanksgiving party? I’m looking at entree/side

  13. eaternotarunner permalink
    November 20, 2009 5:21 pm

    Love the coffee idea!! I will definitely be breaking out my pumpkin the next time I make coffee 😉

  14. November 21, 2009 8:54 pm

    Man I need to jump on the green monster band wagon…..note to self….

  15. November 22, 2009 8:22 am

    Oh that’s a great idea of adding flavors to your coffee!

  16. christine permalink
    March 31, 2010 3:37 am

    to my enthusiasm of coffee, i literally put up a tiny home cafe at our kitchen. sets up a coffee bar, tune the radio into a local jazz station, place a menu board at the wall and lights up my home-made hanging lamp. And with the help of our humble espresso maker, i pressed some grounds coffee beans, add the steamed milk, and a little sugar, and sprinkles some cinnamon,this makes my whole day happy.


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