3 Espresso Drinks You Need to Try

3 Espresso Drinks You Need to Try

If you need a caffeine boost, look no further. These drinks are sure to wake you up (and make your taste buds happy)! Whether you visit a coffee chain or local shop, they will most likely have the ingredients to craft the following drinks:

Dirty Chai. This drink is one of my personal favorites, and I typically enjoy it iced. A dirty chai is just a chai tea latte with espresso shots added. I find that the milk, espresso, and the spice from the chai blend perfectly together. This drink is on the sweeter side, yet it has a lighter feel/taste than your average latte.

Americano. I also love this drink iced, but if it’s cooler out, it’s perfect to enjoy hot! Americanos are simply espresso shots and water mixed together. I like to think of it as a supercharged coffee. If you love strong coffee, this drink is for you. If you typically like something sweeter, I’d suggest adding milk and/or flavoring. I personally love adding oat milk and lavender or raspberry syrup to americanos.

Espresso Con Panna. This Italian title translates to “espresso with cream.” Typically, ordering an espresso con panna means that you will order a single shot or a double shot of espresso that’s topped with whipped cream. Ordering an espresso con panna may also cause you to be classified as a “coffee snob,” but that’s okay because it’s so delicious.

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

P.S. I took the photos above while visiting one of my favorite local coffee shops, @dailybuzzgb! If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking them out.

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

Who knew that mushrooms and coffee could mix? I didn’t believe it until I tried the Reishi Maple Cold Brew from one of my favorite local shops, Bona Fide Juicery.

Upon the first sip, the drink was extremely smooth and delicious. It was the perfect mix of cold brew, coconut creamer, maple syrup, reishi powder, and cinnamon. If you are in the area, I highly recommend going to Bona Fide and trying it out! It has become one of my go-to orders there.

If you are not in the area or if you want an at-home option, this drink is pretty easy to replicate. All you need are a few ingredients and a touch of barista technique. A hand frother is also very helpful to have, but in a pinch, a whisk can work too.

To get started on my at-home Reishi Maple Cold Brew, I collected my pre-made Krum cold brew, Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend, Nut Pods original creamer, store-brand cinnamon powder, store-brand sugar-free maple syrup, and ice.

I used some Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend instead of reishi powder to give it a mocha taste. If you prefer, you can definitely use regular reishi powder!

The first step is to combine the reishi powder, creamer, cinnamon, and maple syrup. How much of each ingredient you use is really up to you and your taste buds. Personally, I used about a teaspoon of reishi powder, two tablespoons of creamer, a couple of shakes of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of maple syrup. I used my hand frother to mix everything up until I had a nice amount of froth and dissolved powders.

The next step is just adding your ice and cold brew to the mug you used to combine everything. If you want to get a little fancy you can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, but that’s optional.

Last step: enjoy!

What did your taste buds think of this drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Bunny Hop to Starbucks: Cadbury Egg Coffee

Hoppy Easter weekend! In celebration of the holiday, I created my own Starbucks “secret menu” item. It has almost everything a Cadbury Egg has plus espresso! If you have a chocolate craving and need some caffeine, this drink is for you.

To order, ask for a grande iced americano. Then ask for 1 pump of mocha, vanilla sweet cream cold foam, and light caramel drizzle to be added.

As you may have noticed, each of the ingredients imitates a part of the Cadbury Egg. The mocha is like the chocolate shell, and the cold foam and caramel act as the creamy inside. I think it comes together to create a sweet treat that’s balanced. Since americanos are espresso-based, you are still able to taste the coffee.

But, if you are craving something even sweeter, others have created secret menu items like the Cadbury Egg Frappuccino. This drink also looks delicious and very insta-worthy.

Tip your barista well, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite Easter treat? 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.