Love at First Sip: Valentine’s Day at Dunkin’

Love at First Sip: Valentine’s Day at Dunkin’

Cupid’s back in town! This means Dunkin’ has some delicious holiday treats for us to enjoy in February!

As you may already know, I love conducting coffee reviews here and there. I can never seem to resist Dunkin’s seasonal offerings. With it being the month of love, I figured it would be appropriate to enlist the help of my significant other, Max, to test Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day menu.

First up, we had to try the Pink Velvet Macchiato. This drink is so eye-catching and cute! Last year, I taste-tested the Pink Velvet Latte off of Dunkin’s seasonal menu. I thought it was really fun and sweet. I’d say my thoughts are pretty similar on this year’s Pink Velvet drink. I think it tastes like you are taking a bite out of a cake. Max said it was literally like a “liquid birthday cake.”

Next, we sipped on the Mocha Macchiato. This drink isn’t exclusive to just Valentine’s Day, but it is featured as part of Dunkin’s V-Day lineup. I’d suggest this drink for any chocolate lover. It is extremely rich in flavor and, well, chocolate. If you want more of the espresso taste to come through, I’d suggest adding an extra shot. Max noticed a “minty” taste in the drink’s profile.

Lastly, we shared an adorable heart-shaped donut. I went on my Dunkin’ trip later in the day, so they had run out of the headlining Brownie Batter and Cupid Choice Donuts. But, they still had some other heart-shaped options. I opted for the powdered heart with chocolate filling. Max and I really enjoyed it. We both thought the inside was the best part. It tasted just like pre-made frosting (which I have eaten right out of the jar before).

If you are looking to get the frosted V-Day donuts with sprinkles, I’d recommend going early in the day. I’d even recommend asking your Valentine out for a morning coffee date to enjoy all the sweets Max and I did.

Have you tried Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day Menu yet? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Go-To Iced Coffee Recipe

My Go-To Iced Coffee Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I love to enjoy iced coffee year-round. I start most of my days with a cup and occasionally have another in the afternoon. Of course, I drink it to help with alertness, but I also view it as a daily treat to enjoy.

To make it at home, I use Bizzy Cold Brew Concentrate, Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup, Oat Milk, and Ice. Here’s how I put it all together:

How do you like your coffee? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My First Sip of the Holidays

My First Sip of the Holidays

This week Starbucks began serving their holiday lineup. As the weather gets cooler, I find myself craving fun and festive drinks. Annually, I look forward to Red Cup Day.

In case you do not already know, Red Cup Day is the day that Starbucks hands out red cups with your holiday drink order. For me, it has become a tradition of sorts to wake up and go to Starbucks when it opens to claim my red cup and get my first sip of the holidays.

I love this year’s cup; the pattern is so simple yet so cute! To ring in the holiday season, I ordered a grande Caramel Brulee Latte with soy milk. It’s one of my favorite indulgent drinks.

Some of my other favorites are the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and the Chestnut Praline Latte. I’d recommend giving them a try hot or iced. As we speak, I may or may not have placed a mobile order…

What is your favorite holiday drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Celebrating International Coffee Day

Celebrating International Coffee Day

Shoutout to all my fellow caffeine cravers and coffee connoisseurs; today is our day!

I’m enjoying one of my Starbucks favorites in celebration. It’s a Grande Iced Americano with 2 Pumps of Raspberry Syrup and Light Coconut Milk. It has a balanced flavor, and it keeps me *very* energized!

If you are not sure what to sip on, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my previous blogs that are loaded with fun and interesting coffee drinks:

Starbucks Drinks You Have To Try, According to a Former Barista

You Need to Order This: Trying Followers Favorite Starbucks Orders

Pumpkin Spice Is Back: Trying Dunkin’s Fall Menu

Enjoy the day, and enjoy your brew!

Which drink would you try? How are you celebrating today? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Pumpkin Spice Is Back: Trying Dunkin’s Fall Menu

Pumpkin Spice Is Back: Trying Dunkin’s Fall Menu

Today is the day Dunkin Donuts started serving their “Fall Favorites” menu. Sure, the leaves haven’t started to change colors, but who can really complain with a PSL in hand? Naturally, I went to Dunkin’ to order the new sips.

First up, I got the classic that we have all been waiting for. It’s smooth, sweet, and has the type of spice you could almost pick from a pumpkin patch. Dunkin’s Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte was such a treat.

This sip is for you if you enjoy indulgent lattes. You can taste the espresso, but the milk and pumpkin are the most prominent flavors in the drink.

Next, I ordered an Iced Coffee with Pumpkin Swirl. It was so delicious! I’m typically a plain iced americano or iced coffee type of gal, so the lighter sweetness of this sip was perfect.

I’d recommend this drink if you want to spice up your regular order. I will definitely order this again.

Lastly, I was going to order the Chai Latte which is listed on the Dunkin “Fall Favorites” menu. When I asked a barista about the drink, I was told there was nothing unique about this Chai Latte. It’s just made with the regular chai powder they’ve been serving. With that said, I didn’t find the need to “test” it; I’ve already enjoyed it. If you are in the mood for a Chai Latte, I’d recommend spicing it up by adding a couple espresso shots.

Virtual cheers to you as we ring in fall, PSL style!

Which of Dunkin’s “Fall Favorites” would you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

You Need to Order This: Trying Followers Favorite Starbucks Drinks

You Need to Order This: Trying Followers Favorite Starbucks Drinks

With as much as I enjoy going out for coffee, it was easy to become a cafe regular with a regular order. But, eventually taste buds get bored. I never thought I would have “to many” Iced Americanos, but I did.

To get some new drink inspiration, I took to Instagram. I posted a simple Q&A poll with the question: “What’s your favorite Starbucks order?”.

I received so many unique responses. To my surprise, there wasn’t one customization or drink the same. I decided to commit my next few Starbucks runs to trying follower drinks. It was time to break out of my comfort zone and find some new favorites.

The first drink I tried was @ruby_mundok ‘s. She orders a Peach Green Tea Lemonade with Classic Sweetener.

I assumed I’d enjoy this drink. I love a good iced tea, and Starbucks Peach inclusion is delicious. I am happy to say it turned out to be as refreshing as I imagined. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a fun summer drink.

The next drink I tried was @itsashleykramer ‘s: a Cold Brew with Dark Cocoa Almond Milk Foam.

This drink was a pretty recent addition to the Starbucks menu. I was definitely curious about it before, so I am glad I got the push to order it. The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous layers of the drink. After sipping, I was able to confirm that its taste lived up to its presentation. If you enjoy a cold brew with just a touch of sweetener this drink is for you.

On another Starbucks run, I decided to order @katesmovingmountains ‘ regular. She gets a Mango Dragonfruit Refresher with Lemonade and no ice. Also, she likes to add on a Marshmallow Dream Bar.

This was another new-to-me order. I really enjoyed the refresher; it had a kick of tartness, but just enough sweetness too. The Marshmallow Dream Bar was such a treat! It felt so light and cloud-like. I’d recommend this order combo to anyone craving a snack on the go.

Last but certainly not least, I received some follower suggestions of drinks that I have already ordered and loved too! For your enjoyment, here they are:

Iced Green Tea Matcha Latte from @yaymeli.m

Iced Carmel Macchiato with Soy Milk from @asantemarie

Pink Drink from @anthonycattani

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew with Extra Vanilla from @katie.graace

Iced Black Tea Lemonade from @catelynpicco

I hope this can inspire all of us to expand our personal Starbucks’ menus. I know mine has a few new additions. Thank you to everyone who participated in my poll and shared their favorites!

What is your favorite Starbucks order? Which follower drink would you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Tour de Coffee Experience

My Tour de Coffee Experience

If you are looking for an excuse treat yourself to a latte and a scone, here it is! The Tour de Coffee is a self-guided cafe crawl that was originally created by Erin aka @girlmeetsnewyorkcity on Instagram. To participate, you have to visit three cafes and order a drink/snack at each stop. The catch? No bathroom breaks are allowed.

I thought this sounded like a fun challenge to try out with my friend Ashley. We each had about 20 bucks and Apple Maps, so we were ready to go.

To take you along for the ride, I documented our journey vlog-style. I hope you enjoy our caffeinated adventure; maybe it’ll even inspire you to plan your own tour.

Where would you go on your Tour de Coffee? Dunkin’ or Starbucks? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Enhanced Espresso: My Experience with CBD Coffee

Enhanced Espresso: My Experience with CBD Coffee

It’s no secret that I’m an avid coffee drinker. When I get up for work in the morning, I appreciate the extra energy. But lately, I’ve realized that my morning coffee could be doing more for me and my overall well-being.

Rejuvia sent me over their CBD Peppermint Serenity Tincture. It’s a CBD oil that you can enjoy alone or add to drinks. To me, it seemed like the perfect product to enhance my roast. I couldn’t resist a beneficial alternative to the syrups I would typically put in my coffee.

To try it out, I ordered an iced americano from my local coffee shop. This is my go-to order (as you may already know if you have been following my blog). I added one dropper to the espresso and swirled.

I enjoyed the light peppermint flavor in my drink; it gave each sip a fresh taste. I also appreciated the calm it brought to my coffee. I still felt awake and stimulated from the caffeine, but I did not experience any of the jitters or anxiety that I sometimes do. There was not a major burst of caffeination or a crash; the CBD seemed to balance my effects.

Since trying it, I have continued including CBD oil in my coffee more regularly. I enjoy the clarity it brings as well as how it helps me to focus my energy. Typically, my life is a little busier, so Rejuvia‘s on-the-go CBD fits in perfectly.

Have you ever tried CBD or CBD Coffee? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Disclaimer. This piece captures my opinion and experience. Rejuvia Hemp ensures that their products are THC-free. You can check out more of the science behind it here.

Matcha is Back and Better

Matcha is Back and Better

Last month, Dunkin’ Donuts added matcha lattes to their menu. This month, Starbucks released a revamped matcha latte with pineapple flavor added. It seems that matcha is back in, and I have some drinks to review…

Dunkin’s Take on the Classic

I ordered the “Medium Iced Matcha Latte” at Dunkin’ with the substitution of almond milk. You can also order it hot or blended (and of course, with dairy).

Personally, I enjoy the sweet matcha lattes that many of the coffee chains have to offer. If you like matcha lattes, it’s a safe bet you will like Dunkin’s version.

Spending my Stars at Starbucks

I had all the stars I needed to get a “Venti Pineapple Matcha”. I usually enjoy a coconut milk substitution at Starbucks.

After a sip, I was pleased. The pineapple punch is strong creating a really fruity matcha. It’s definitely something I can see myself ordering once summer comes. It’s refreshing, colorful, and hits the spot.

So, Dunkin’ or Starbucks?

Honestly, both. Each new drink offers a unique matcha experience. Dunkin’ is for you when you are looking for something sweet and decadent. Starbucks is for you when you are looking for a zing. I’d be happy to matcha cheers whichever one you pick.

Pink Velvet is the New Red at Dunkin’ Donuts

Pink Velvet is the New Red at Dunkin’ Donuts

Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or whatever you decide to celebrate can definitely pair well with a tasty and aesthetic drink. Dunkin’ Donuts recently released a new sip designed perfectly for the month of X’s and O’s. The Pink Velvet Signature Latte was created to aim cupid’s arrow right at your tastebuds. Of course, I had to taste for myself to see if the love potion hit the spot.

In the Palm of My Hand…

It definitely passes the “Insta-Worthy” test! The pink velvet bottom transitions into a espresso color on the way up the drink. Then the latte is topped off with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and cocoa powder.

I ordered mine iced to see the full ombré effect, but this drink also comes hot (and with the optional milk substitute!).

Love at First Sip?

I wouldn’t kiss and tell…but, I can say yum! The pink velvet syrup and espresso make for an extremely smooth taste. On top the whip sits like a cloud and adds some lightness to the drink. All the flavors come together nicely and sweetly.

The only catch? You may experience a sugar rush after finishing it. Ah, the things one does for love and caffeine…