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9 genius food-related inventions given to the world by women

From frozen pizza to flat-bottomed paper grocery bags, women inventors throughout history found it difficult to get the patents — and the recognition — they deserved. But these nine brilliant women, and their inventions, persevered and helped make the world of food what it is today. 1. Flat-bottomed paper bags Paper bags used to look more like envelopes or cones, and their design didn’t allow them to stand upright on a table, making checkout or doing just about anything with your bag of groceries nearly impossible. America’s bags got an upgrade in 1868 when cotton mill worker Margaret Knight invented a machine that made paper bags with a flat bottom. But credit for the design didn’t come easy. A man named Charles Annan saw her drawings and received a patent without giving Knight credit. The female inventor took Annan to court and after a legal battle earned her own patent…

10 mistakes you probably make when brewing coffee

You drink a few cups every day, so naturally, you consider your coffee making abilities above average. But regardless of how long you’ve been making morning coffee, you probably often overlook a few of these steps. Fix these 10 flaws with your process and you’ll make the best, boldest, most delicious cup of joe you’ve ever brewed. Mistake #1: You don’t use water that is hot enough Professional coffee shops always reach the ideal 195º to 205º temperature window for brewing, and that’s part of the reason their product tastes so great. Water temperatures in this range extracts the most flavor from the grinds. While you probably can’t make your commercial pot get any hotter, you can switch to the French press/pour over method, where you basically just pour hot water over ground beans and steep for four minutes. A French press will only run you about $30, but it…

7 Keto-friendly drinks you can order at Starbucks

So you have the keto thing down no problem when you cook at home, but when you go out to eat, things can get pretty tricky. Sometimes you might just decide just to skip the restaurant entirely if you’re not sure of its menu options, but skipping out on Starbucks? Well, is that really ever an option? The good news is that you don’t have to give up your beloved coffee run. The java giant offers plenty of keto-approved caffeinated drinks so you can have your morning pick-me-up, while still staying true to your diet. Overall, keep in mind when ordering any drink at a Starbucks or another coffee shop, you’re going to need to order sugar-free, since sugar is basically just carbohydrates. Also, order heavy cream or coconut or nut milk instead of regular milk. That will help you customize most drinks to be more in-line with keto, but here…

How to cut sugar and calories from your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

Fall cool weather has arrived, and we’ve all got pumpkin spice on the brain. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of pumpkin spiced goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has the sugar equivalent to 3.5 giant Starbucks sugar cookies. Yikes! At that rate, you’ll be packing on the holiday pounds before we even enter October. Plus, all that sugar can leave you feeling sluggish and cranky. So what’s a PSL fanatic to do? Each Grande PSL has four pumps of pumpkin spice syrup. At 7.5 grams of sugar per pump, it’s easy to cut back while still keeping the delicious pumpkin flavor. Order half the amount of syrup (2 pumps) and save 15 grams of sugar. Of course sugar isn’t the only problem. A Grande PSL will add a whopping 380 calories to your day.…

Where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29, 2018

While true coffee lovers worship the steamy drink all year long, there is one day every year that we set aside for a true celebration — National Coffee Day. On September 29, coffee shops across the country with mark the occasion by offering free or steeply discounted cups of coffee to visitors. Here are what some of the chains are brewing up:   7-Eleven On Sept. 29, get a free coffee with purchase of a breakfast sandwich more than $2. Cumberland Farms Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receive a mobile coupon for a free hot or iced cup of joe. Dunkin’ Donuts BOGO free deal on all hot coffee purchases. Krispy Kreme America’s favorite coffee chain is offering coffee lovers a free hot or iced java of any size. Peet’s Coffee Enjoy a free drip coffee or tea at participating locations, as well as 25% off a pound of beans…

Starbucks to release its Pumpkin Spice Latte the earliest date ever

You’ll still be wearing summer shorts when you show up, but beginning August 28 you’ll be able to sip Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. A spokesperson for the coffee chain confirmed that the favorite fall drink will return the Tuesday before Labor Day, making it the earliest launch date the latte has ever seen. The 2018 fall season will be the first time the drink has debuted in the month of August. According to Business Insider, Starbucks also plans to also bring back the Salted Caramel Mocha and the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte, which was introduced last year on August 28, days ahead of the PSL. Other beverages will debut throughout the season. This year will mark the 15th straight year Starbucks has served the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte. For many, the warm, rich coffee beverage is the first official marker of the season, and something looked forward…

Starbucks to open first U.S. store for the deaf community

Two years ago Starbucks opened its very first Signing Store — a location in Malaysia that was designed specifically to employ and make ordering coffering easier for people with hearing impairment. Starbucks recently announced plans to open its first U.S. Signing Store in Washington D.C. this October. An estimated 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to The National Center for Health Statistic. About 2 million of those people are classified as being deaf, meaning they can’t hear everyday sounds or words. It is thought that around 13 million people have some proficiency in sign language, but for people who rely on American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary means of communication, sometimes something as simple as ordering coffee can become a huge inconvenience. Starbucks plans to hire 20 to 25 employees, or ‘partners’ as they’re called within the company — all of which are required to…

The U.S. Army figured out the best time to drink coffee for maximum alertness

If you love coffee, you probably can’t think of a bad time for a cup of Joe, but a new study shows that there is, in fact, a best time to drink it if alertness is what you’re going for. Researchers from the U.S. Army developed an algorithm that can make personal recommendations for the timing your morning cup with the goal of drinking the least amount of coffee while achieving optimal alertness, reports LiveScience.  By using the algorithm, researchers found that they could improve people’s performance on attention-based tasks by up to 64 percent even though participants were drinking the same amount of caffeine as usual. The study found that people could reduce their coffee consumption by up to 65 percent without losing any of the effects of the caffeine. The algorithm takes into account factors like a person’s sleep schedule, sleep deprivation, schedule, and alertness at different times during the day. A…

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…