For those mornings when you don't have the chance to swing by the cafe before work (or for Sundays and Mondays, when we're closed!) but you find you're still craving a little something more than a dash of milk in your coffee, we’ve got some ideas for you. Today we’re sharing a few things you probably already own that can be swirled into your coffee to switch your plain black cuppa to a slow Sunday morning treat, or a sweet Monday morning pick-me-up!
1. Sweetened Condensed Milk
A thicker, more saccharine version of adding a splash of milk to your mug.
Adding a little cinnamon (and maybe some nutmeg!) gives your coffee a subtle, cheerful Christmas taste, while a spice like cardamom brings a bit more of an exotic flavor. Sprinkle some into your coffee grinds before you brew, or into the cup after.
3. Agave Nectar
A syrup-ish natural sweetener with a distinct taste of its own - I think of it as honey’s lesser-known cousin.
4. Vanilla or Almond Extract
Not just for baking! Try adding a few drops on their own, or mix some vanilla extract with coconut milk for a homemade flavored creamer.
5. Lavender Tea
Try letting a bag of lavender tea steep in your freshly brewed black coffee for a few minutes - or maybe experiment with any other floral teas you may have on hand.
While nothing beats a classic cup of regular ol’ coffee, it can be fun to see what you can mix in and end up enjoying. And of course, if it all goes horribly wrong, you can always just come to the cafe ;) Happy experimenting!
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash
Apparently, coffee's not just good for the soul - that creamy cup of caffeine actually has a couple of health benefits in tow, too!
We aren't nutritionists, but we did a little bit of research concerning the benefits of a cup of coffee (we've got the citations listed below) and put together a visual representation of some of the things we discovered:
There are several proven and theorized benefits of drinking a cup of coffee, but a few that we found most relevant and dependable include:
Of course, it's important to note that there can be negative side effects to too many cups of caffeine; we recommend enjoying coffee within the bounds of what's best for your body. But it's encouraging to know there are some positive side effects to that magic cuppa joe, don't ya think?!
Part of what we will be sharing on our blog includes coffee brilliance found elsewhere - whether it's technical roasting knowledge, or poetic insights on caffeine. These will be sourced primarily from the sites of other coffee enthusiasts and experts, to share the wealth of knowledge (and beautiful infographics!) available out there.
Below is an incredibly well done scrolling infographic, explaining the process of coffee from bean to cup. Found on thebeanstalker.com, the infographic was originally produced and found on bizbrain.org. Take a look!
We’re launching a new creative initiative!
We love it when artists come in to sip a cuppa while they brainstorm, sketch, or hack out a rough draft. We believe that many a brilliant idea has been born with a cup of coffee nearby, and we want to encourage pursuit of the creative - which is why we have created “The Ten.”
“The Ten” is a series of 10 creative prompts that will be posted on our blog at the beginning of each month. Our vision is for this simple list to serve as a launchpad for new work within your craft (or a new craft altogether!) whether it’s dancing or sculpting, writing or sewing, painting or composing - whatever it may be.
Skim through the list, and interpret the prompts for yourself. Treat it as a creative exercise or let it turn into a whole project - it’s entirely up to you.
We would also love to see your work when you're done, so if you post a picture, be sure to tag us! @the_meeting_place
In case the picture isn't pulling up for you, we've listed them here:
1. Childhood delight
2. Bright orange
3. The last time you couldn't sleep
4. Our solar system
5. Something you should dust off
7. A box of something
8. Opposites attract
9. "Pick one."
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