Caffeine Content

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Ever wonder just what the caffeine content is in your favorite drinks?

All figures are approximate, especially with coffee. Different varietals can have different caffeine content, and the way the coffee is roasted can also change the values. Even so, this is a handy chart for basic comparisons of caffeine in different drinks and products. Continue reading »


Triple Chocolate Biscotti

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triple chocolate biscotti recipe

Chocolate biscotti should be served with coffee or tea

By Terri Paajanen

That’s right, there are 3 different types of chocolate in this biscotti recipe. These crisp cookies should satisfy any cocoa-craving sweet tooth.

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 400F. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth then add vanilla extract. Sift together all of the dry ingredients and stir into the egg mixture. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Shape the dough into short loaves (about 6-inches long) and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut each loaf into 1-inch diagonal slices. Reduce heat in your oven to 350F and place slices back into the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool.

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, and drizzle over the cooled biscotti.


Spanish Coffee

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spanish coffee with tia maria and rum

Not sure how Spanish it is, but this is a fantastic coffee cocktail you can make quickly.

Tia Maria, rum and coffee. Nice and easy. The Tia Maria gives this cocktail some added coffee flavour. You can use light or dark rum, depending on your taste.

  • 1/2 oz Tia Maria
  • 1/2 oz rum
  • 1 cup hot coffee

Mix and serve with whipped cream.

Serves 1.


Iced Jamaican Coffee

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tia maria jamaican iced coffee

Perfect for a summer day

An iced version of the popular Jamaican coffee cocktail. It’s a nicely creamy iced coffee, with the smooth warmth of dark rum and Tia Maria.

  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz Tia Maria
  • 3/4 oz heavy cream
  • 4 oz chilled coffee
  • Crushed ice

Combine liqueurs, coffee and cream. Partially fill a wine glass with crushed ice, and pour mixture over ice. Serve.

Serves 1.


Cafe con Miel

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hot coffee recipes

Honey and coffee go so well together

Honey has a wonderful flavour, as well as adding some natural sweetness to your cup of coffee. It doesn’t take much to change the whole feeling of your cup.

  • 2 cups coffee (hot)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbs honey
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Heat everything until warm, but don’t let it boil. Stir well until the honey dissolves completely in the coffee, and serve.


Top Black Teas

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All varieties of tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but the processing makes a world of difference. Black teas are harvested, dried and well fermented to give them their distinctive flavours.  These are the finest black teas you can find which might make it easier next time you are at the store shopping for tea.

Follow the links to find shops selling these teas. Continue reading »

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