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How To Brew. Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat) Recipe - The Complete History Of Coffee. An estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally each day, or just over 2 million cups every five minutes.

The Complete History Of Coffee

Maybe you're even drinking some right now — 68% of coffee drinkers have a cup within the first hour of waking up. London-based company Datadial developed an interesting infographic for their client Wild Card that breaks down the history of coffee, different preparation methods, and types of coffee beans. Check it out below. Datadial. Menu Decoder: Starbucks’ Food Gets a Makeover. SIZE MATTERS Many of the new offerings are rich and buttery, but smaller.

Menu Decoder: Starbucks’ Food Gets a Makeover

The new blueberry muffin sheds 27g in weight, 30 calories, and 3g saturated fat. | Photo: COURTESY OF STARBUCKS/DAVID VERGNE It’s much more than cosmetic. But is the new menu healthier? Starbucks‘ biggest-ever food gamble is underway, with more to come. It all started late last year, when the coffee colossus introduced a line of pastries from La Boulange, a San Francisco-based artisanal bakery chain that it bought for $100 million in 2012. The goal, as Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks Americas, told CBS News, is to raise the chain’s food to the level of its coffee. Improving the chain’s rather stodgy offerings is in step with evolving American tastes. On the plus side, ingredient lists are brief and include whole, recognizable stuff, even regionally sourced produce. Though portion sizes make the menu a bit healthier, customers should still peruse the online nutrition information to plan their choices. Make Your Own Coffee Syrup. Do you have any coffee lovers on your holiday gift list this year?

Make Your Own Coffee Syrup

(If not, feel free to go ahead and put me on your list!) This is a cute little idea for making your own flavored coffee syrups that you can use at home to take your morning cup of joe to the next level. If you are making these as a gift I highly recommend making 2-3 flavors. We made vanilla, raspberry, and caramel flavored syrups. For the vanilla syrup you need: 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (the clear kind is much preferred here). For the raspberry syrup you need: 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup fresh raspberries. For the caramel syrup you need: 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup caramel (store bought or make your own).

You can add decorative labels or ribbons to these when gifting them. Enjoy! Arnold Palmer Mix Up. Arnold Palmers are my favorite summer drink!

Arnold Palmer Mix Up

These sweet treats are half ice tea and half lemonade. They are named after a famous golfer. Some people also call these half and halfs. I've been playing around with different fruit tea varieties at my studio and I thought they would be fun to share. Make Your Own Coffee Syrup. Fancy Ice Cubes: 3 Ways. As the summer heats up around here we are looking for ways to dress up our iced beverages.

Fancy Ice Cubes: 3 Ways

Here are three fun ideas for making your own fancy ices cubes; along with serving suggestions. Enjoy! Raspberry Mint ice cubes: to make simply add a fresh min leaf and a raspberry or two to each ice cube before freezing. These are super pretty! You can add any kind of berry or cut fruit that you like. Layered ice cubes: to make pour a layer of juice or other colored liquid into your tray, about 1/3 full.

Coffee (or tea) ice cubes: to make simply fill your tray with left over coffee or tea. Have fun coming up with your own frozen favorites. xo. Flavored Lemonade Inspiration. Elsie and I are starting to plan some spring/summer back-yard parties for this coming season.

Flavored Lemonade Inspiration

It's going to be my first summer in my house (just became a first time home-owner this past autumn). We plan to host a few little get togethers, I may build a small fire pit for s'mores. Who knows! We decided to try creating a few different lemonades, gearing up for the season. Once you have made your own lemonade (make your own from sugar, water and lemons or you can use a concentrate or store-bought kind as your base) you can add in all sorts of flavors to dress them up to you or your guests tastes.

Grapefruit Lemonade- to a large pitcher of lemonade add in 2 cups of grapefruit juice and fresh slices of grapefruit. Strawberry and Basil Lemonade- to a large pitcher of lemonade add 2-3 cups of chopped strawberries and a handful of chopped basil. Cucumber Mint Limeade-to a large pitcher of limeade (or lemonade) add one cucumber, thinly sliced, and a handful of chopped mint leaves.

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