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Krispy Kreme voted best coffee shop brand in new poll

Krispy Kreme might not even be on your radar during your daily coffee run, but maybe it should be. The fresh doughnut chain has been named 2018’s Brand of the Year for best coffee shop in the long-running Harris Poll’s 30th annual EquiTrend study, beating out other coffee competitors like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Other food and drink categories were also included in the poll. Five Guys Burgers and Fries won for best burger restaurants. A tie took place between The Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse for best casual dining. Ben & Jerry’s received honors as top ice cream and fro-yo shop. And in a bit of a surprise, Taco Bell beat out Chipotle for best Mexican restaurants. The annual study includes more than 3,000 brands across 300 categories ranging from luxury automotive to TV networks. More than 77,000 consumers are randomly asked to choose their favorite brands for familiarity, quality…

10 iced Starbucks drinks under 100 calories

As the temperature heats up, it’s harder to keep your drink orders to simple, low-calorie black coffee. Those iced drinks with their added sugar, cream and syrups can torpedo your whole day of healthy eating before you even head to work. There are plenty of ice-cold caffeinated drinks you can enjoy without any guilt. Here are 10 delicious cold Starbucks classics you’ll want to sip all summer long. Just remember to skip the whip and keep your order to the small (tall) size. Cold Brew Coffee. Cold brew coffee became all the rage a few years back, but you can benefit from this indulgent tasting, slow-steeped drink. It only has about 5 calories. Add a splash of nonfat milk and you’ll still only sip around 25 calories. Iced coffee. An unsweetened or “lightly sweetened” iced coffee will only set you back about 60 calories. Iced Skinny Mocha. It seems impossible this…

Coffee art done Disney style

Coffee art has become a bit of a trend recently with artists everywhere showing off their stuff on frothy, foamy canvases. Baristas often go with the basic swan or simple swirl, but others are taking it over-the-top by dazzling us with fan favorite Disney cartoon characters. These lattes may have been designed with kids’ movies in mind, but they’re so fun, Disney-loving adults will definitely want to keep them all to themselves. From the Little Mermaid to Nemo, they’re so pretty you would hate to take that first sip and ruin it — but caffeines craving can only wait so long. Drink up! Olaf https://www.instagram.com/p/BeFWOjYhwzk/?taken-by=leekangbin91 The Little Mermaid https://www.instagram.com/p/BfdpDKdhxAd/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Darth Vader https://www.instagram.com/p/BatUhnWFUDc/?taken-at=6480445 Flounder and Donald Duck https://www.instagram.com/p/9Rdj7xky-z/?tagged=disneylatteart Micky and Minnie https://www.instagram.com/p/BhMXYHyALAK/?tagged=disneylatteart Lilo and Stitch https://www.instagram.com/p/4bImlyhxXE/?tagged=disneylatteart Bambi https://www.instagram.com/p/BTVbt90hiTD/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Beauty and the Beast https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDF7mqhazX/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Nemo https://www.instagram.com/p/BbklEVGD0NB/?taken-by=broderickst2 Watch this artist bring Disney latte art to life… https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyM06agADv/?tagged=disneylatteart Also see, Study says pizza can make you a more…

How to brew the perfect french press coffee

French press coffee might look intimidating, but if you can drop a plastic pod into a Keurig, you can easily brew a great cup of French press. It’s totally worth waking up a few minutes earlier to use this flavorful method and save yourself from buying those expensive machines and wasteful K-cups. Experts estimate that every year, coffee drinkers are trashing enough single serving coffee pods to circle the planet between 10 1/2 and 12 times. But your freshly ground coffee beans produce zero waste and actually work as great compost among other things. There is no wasteful paper filter involved in the process (although you can compost this paper, you probably don’t), which allows the oils in the coffee bean to stay in your cup and give you a more satisfying serving of coffee. Are you ready to make the best brew you’ve ever had? It’s as easy as spooning coffee grinds to your French…

Make the original Irish Coffee this St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re not into St. Patrick’s Day festivities that require guzzling green, cheap American beer, perhaps you’ll consider sipping a beverage that is actually Irish in origin. Irish coffee is a warm, creamy cocktail invented in Ireland in the 1940s. Unlike many drinks thrown together from excess ingredients, the Irish coffee was created with a purpose. Joe Sheridan was the head chef at the restaurant and coffee shop in the Foynes Airbase Flying boat terminal building in County Limerick, Ireland.  When a group of group of weary American passengers disembarked in Foynes after a long, failed flight, canceled mid-air due to poor weather conditions, Sheridan whipped up the drink and served it to them to keep them warm. Legend has it that after he was asked if it was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan replied that it was Irish coffee. The beverage caught on. In 1945 when transatlantic flights began to land at the nearby Shannon airport, Irish coffee…

8 ways to recycle used coffee grounds

Cream, sugar, black or with a splash of Bailey’s? It doesn’t matter how you take your coffee, as long as you know where those grinds are going. The average American drinks about 3.1 cups of coffee per day — that’s 66 billion cups per year when you include all of the espresso, cappuccino, lattes and iced coffees consumed. Instead of throwing all those leftover grounds in the trash, consider some other practical uses. From increasing growth in your garden, to fixing furniture, there are some interesting ways to recycle this common coffee byproduct. 1. Make Fertilizer. Coffee wakes you up in the morning, and it can do the same for your plants, too. Used coffee grinds still contain tons of nutrients beneficial to soil. To use coffee grinds as fertilizer, grab some grounds or some leftover pucks from your local coffee shop, and work it into the soil around your plants. 2.…

‘Central Perk’ coffee shops could be headed our way

Friends fans, listen up. All these years dreaming about hanging out with your five best buds at a cozy coffee shop might just turn into a reality. While Rachel won’t be there to serve you and Phoebe won’t be singing “Smelly Cat” on stage (definitely for the best), a Central Perk themed café could be coming to a town near you. While there is no official word yet, reportedly earlier this month, Warner Bros. Entertainment, who owns the rights to the successful ’90s television show, trademarked the use of the Central Perk name. According to celebrity-gossip site The Blast, Warner Bros. trademarked the name “Central Perk” as well as the logo for potential use for “coffee shop and cafe services.” The entertainment company also reported filed for exclusive rights to the name for products such as toys, board games and slot machines. Simply trademarking a name doesn’t mean franchised coffee cafés are…

Starbucks holiday cups celebrate 20 years

It’s been 20 years since special Starbucks cups first began to grace our holiday season. It’s a ritual for many, that’s as beloved as trimming the tree or baking sugar cookies. The first Starbucks holiday cups made their debut in 1997, though it would be a miracle to find one today. Few were saved and the digital design files were lost in an earthquake in 2001. Even searching online poses few results, as the cups came before the ubiquitous time of selfies and cell phone cameras. One company designer, Sandy Nelson, having had the honor of designing the first cup, stashed away a full set of subsequent cups. “It was August, and I had just started with the company,” Nelson said. “We were working on holiday creative for the season to come. We had what felt like a hundred cup designs pinned up on the wall. Then Howard [Schultz] came by,…

Coffee makes for a healthier liver, experts say

Coffee fans, go ahead and fire up that kettle or that Keurig and prepare some celebratory swings. A new report says that coffee consumption reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. According the roundtable report from the Institute for Scientfic Information on Coffee, people who were regular coffee drinkers — that is, drank between three and five cups of coffee a day — cut their risk of developing liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer by up to 70 percent. The roundtable, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, included academics, media medics and representatives from national liver associations from across Europe. They discussed recent research connecting coffee drinking and liver health and how to best disseminate the findings to healthcare professionals and the public. Chronic liver disease is one of the most common disease-related deaths in the United States today. An estimated 31,000 liver-related deaths occur every year. About one…

Coffee 101: The major differences between macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes and more

These days we have a lot of ways to stay caffeinated. From cappuccinos to coffee, mochas to macchiatos, what’s really the difference between all these brews? Unless you’re a skilled barista or an all-around coffee aficionado, knowing the difference between drinks on a menu can be challenging. You’ll likely stick with one or two out of habit or comfort, but there might just be something you’d like more if you knew what it actually was. Love strong coffee? Go for the macchiato. Don’t like foam? A latte is your best bet. The difference between the most popular coffee house drinks usually lies in the cup’s ratios of espresso, milk and foam. Coffee foam is technically just steamed milk, but it’s been gently whipped to add air and give it that frothy texture. Mike Witherel, owner of Coffee Buddha in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania says, “We do our best to educate without hopefully coming across as pretentious.…