Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe

I have no idea where this came from but it found itself in my "inbox." I take no credit for it, haven't tried it, but hey it's Halloween, right?

1 tbs canned pumpkin
2 tbs vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 cup milk
1/2 cup strong coffee, or 1/4 cup espresso

In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Put mixture in a blender, and blend for 15-20 seconds until thick and foamy. Pour into tall glass, then add coffee (or espresso). Top with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg.
Serves 1

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wait - Tell Me This Again - You're going to reward me for drinking coffee??

This is too cool for words, but I'll try to explain.

Tully's is offering "The Ultimate Rewards Card."

Here's how it works:

1. Go to your favorite Tully's and grab a Tully's card. They have them in all different designs - very cool designs. Ask your barista to "activate" the card for you. The card is FREE.

2. Each time you buy a drink or anything else (ground coffee, mug, coffeemaker or bathrobe (just kidding they don't sell bathrobes - at least, I don't think they do) and you earn one point for every dollar you spend.

3. Once you have enough points for your favorite drink, tell your barista you'd like to redeem your points.

10 points = Free Drink Add (extra shot, add flavor)

20 points = Free Drip Coffee (Any Size)

30 points = Free Latte or Mocha (Any Size)

100 points = Free Pound of Tully's Coffee

For more details, go to:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carnivale Cake from Community Coffee - Have Your Cake And Drink It Too!!

From Wikipedia:

A king cake:

(sometimes rendered as kingcake, kings' cake, king's cake, or three kings cake) is a type of cake associated with the festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season in a number of countries, and in other places with Mardi Gras and Carnival. It is popular in Christmas season in France, Belgium and Switzerland (galette/gâteau des Rois), Portugal (Bolo Rei), Spain (Roscón de Reyes and in Catalonia called tortell), Greece and Cyprus (vasilopita) and Bulgaria (banitsa). In the United States, which celebrates Carnival ranging from Pensacola, Florida to East Texas, centered on New Orleans it is associated instead with Mardi Gras season traditions.

I was lucky enough to score a bag of Private Reserve Carnivale Cake Community Coffee (TM). This blend won't be available for order until December, but be sure to mark your calendars, set your blackberries and get ready to tweet about it.

I made a pot for the office this morning, and here are just a few of the comments:

"Not too sweet, but just sweet enough and this is from a guy who takes his coffee black. For the regular coffee drinker, it's brewed just right though its a touch on the lighter side. I tend to like things a bit on the stronger side. Smells spectacular--you could bottle up the scent and sell it as perfume. Me like a lot." (Gareth)

"Delicious!" (Jerri)

"Can't wait until I get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras (Leah)"

While you're waiting for this particular brew, check out the other varieties that Community has to offer:


If the coffee is this good, it must be from "The Big Easy!"

Have a great day, chere!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wild Flour Bread - Freestone, California - And All I Wanted Was a Cup of Coffee!

I had to drop my daughter off at the CYO Retreat Center in Occidental, California this weekend.

So, after driving her up on Saturday and depositing her safely, the camp leader said to me, 'On your trip back, you must stop at the Wild Flour. They have the best sticky buns."

Well, since everything has been sticking to my "buns" lately, I thought, "Sure don't need one of those!" However, it was going to be a two hour trip back and my husband's mug was empty. We pulled into the parking lot and I shouted with glee, "Wow, they have a brick oven! Those make the best bread."

And when they say they're "baking bread," they're baking bread. Up to 900 loaves made daily on the premises of this fabulous bread heaven, located appropriately on the "Bohemian Highway." Well, the sticky buns were more like sticky beasts! They are huge and the one we got was still warm from the oven.

The staff is very friendly and even invited us "out of towners" to take a tour of their garden.

Who said one cannot live on bread alone?

Wild Flour Bread, 140 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, California 95472, 707-874-2938

Open Friday, Saturday, Sundy and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oh, by the way, they serve Taylor Maid Coffee from Sebastapol. I had the Goat Rock Blend. Very good.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Dial Back The Caffeine" with Peet's Green Peony Tea

I just received an email about Peet's "Green Peony" tea. Available for a limited time only. Here's what Peet's says about it:

One of the world’s most unusual teas, Green Peony is completely hand-made. Plucking only the finest spring growth, the leaves are skillfully hand-tied into a beautiful flower shape, and then pan-fired by hand. This rare tea comes from a pair of s mall villages in southern Anhui Province, China, on a remote mountain where virtually every family grows tea. Most of the farms are less than 1/3 acre, and we have acquired the finest production from dozens of individual farmers.

The result is an exquisite little work of handcrafted art... but the real magic happens when the artwork meets water. As the tea infuses, the compact rosette unfurls to become a spectacular water-borne blossom - with a breathtaking resemblance to the gorgeous peony flower. It's a tea that's especially fun to serve guests - and likely to produce big smiles and gasps of wonder around your table.

The tea itself is smooth and sweet, with a light, floral aroma. And it won't turn bitter from over-steeping, even if infused up to an hour. So you can keep adding water as the tea is consumed and enjoy two or three delicious cups from the same leaves.

The cost: 19.95 for a two ounce package. But, hey, you get what you pay for, right?

Available at your local Peet's or if there isn't one near you, order online:

Sometimes you just need to slow it down. . .