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Trader Joe’s Has An All-New Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix

With this pancake cereal trend blowing up everywhere, pancake mixes are flying off shelves. If you happen to be near a Trader Joe’s, however, you might be lucky enough to spot something pretty unique in the offerings of breakfast cake batter.

A crazy cool new variation of pancake mix was just spotted at Trader Joe’s: Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix.

Spotted by Trader Joe’s aficionado with the apt handle @TraderJoesAficionado, ¬†this brand new item draws inspiration from the popular purple yams known as ube most prominently used in Filipino desserts.¬†Ube flour is combined with rice flour to create an extra chewy texture within these pancakes. Entirely gluten free, all you really need is flour, eggs, and butter.

Let’s be honest, there’s no way I’d make minis of these. I’d want to try fat stacks of them on my first go. Looks and sounds AMAZING.

You can find this Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle mix at participating Trader Joe’s locations throughout the U.S.

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The Meaning Behind Your Favorite Types of Coffee Drinks

Coffee is a wonderful thing, yet, people rarely consider the actual meaning behind the names of all the different types of coffee drinks around the world.

Thanks to an infographic created by EspressoWorks.au, there’s some reasoning to exactly why and how¬†the names of the world’s most popular coffee beverages came to be.


Espresso

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While it might seem like it, the term espresso has nothing to do with speed. In Italian, espresso also translates to the phrase, “made to order.”

Additionally, “cafe express” is a term used to define a cup of coffee, “expressly” made for someone.¬†When paired with the Italian word for coffee, “cafe,” ¬†the term “cafe espresso,” means “pressed-out coffee.”

Americano

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Made simply with espresso and hot water, an Americano is about as American as apple pie.

In fact, there’s a popular theory that American soldiers in World War II would dilute their coffee with water, in order to lessen the bitter taste. Now, the term, “Americano” takes on a whole new meaning.

Macchiato

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The Macchiato is well-known for its creamy, flavorful characteristics. It’s made with a shot of espresso, and topped with foamed milk.

In Italian, the word macchiato actually means, “spotted,” so essentially the name is a hat tip to the small amount of foamed milk the drink is topped with.

Piccolo Latte

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The piccolo latte is a small, yet powerful shot made with espresso, and mixed with steamed micro foam. In Italian, piccolo means “small.”

The concept of this latte was created by baristas as a means for quality control. As a result, baristas were able to taste their brew ‚ÄĒ after milk had been added ‚ÄĒ without consuming too much coffee.

Ristretto

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This dark, more concentrated version of a standard espresso shot is made with half the amount of water. ¬†In Italy, ristretto means, “limited,” which translates to the¬†limited¬†amount of water used.

Caffe Latte

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A latte is made with steamed milk and topped with foam. The Italian influence on this drink is apparent, as “latte” is the Italian word for milk. Just remember, in Italy, there’s a difference between “latte,” which is just milk, and “cafe latte,” which is steamed milk and espresso.¬†

Doppio

Doppio, or double espresso, serves a vital role in the coffee industry as the primary drink used to judge barista espresso quality in competitions.

The Italian word¬†doppio actually¬†translates to, “double,” in English, which is fitting considering it’s double the amount of a single espresso.

Cappuccino

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A cappuccino is similar to a latte, but is topped with more foam and chocolate. “Cappuccino” comes from the¬†latin term “caputium,” which describes a type of head covering.

Flat White

A cappuccino is a very light espresso beverage, similar to a latte, but with less foam on top.

Some might suggest that the term, “flat white” is used to describe coffee one could make at home, which is called a flat in some countries.

Mocha

While mocha can be used to describe a color, or chocolate flavors, the Cafe Mocha was named after the Yemen’s Port of Al Mokha, where the mocha-specific beans were shipped.

Affogato

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Traditionally a dessert beverage, an affogato is made with ice cream and espresso. However, the term, “affogato” is actually somewhat morbid, because in Italian it means, “drowned.”

Now that you’ve learned the secret meanings behind the names of different types coffee drinks, go order one at your local coffeeshop.

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Watch Irish People Lose It After Drinking Coffee For The First Time

Coffee’s the legal adult drug that no one will judge you for consuming, but it’s not necessarily everyone’s drug of choice.

While everyone you know might be a coffee addict who can’t function without their fix, there are surprisingly people out there who haven’t ever tried it.

Facts., The Irish YouTube channel, found such people and recorded their honest first reactions to the drink.

Their first sip was of the classic Americano, which is a bit of a brutal first drink, since it’s straight up shots of espresso with added water. Excitedly, one of the recipients said it “smells like dirt,” just like his friend told him it would.

They transitioned into a macchiato, which tasted better, but apparently also tasted like, “An old lady’s underpants.”

After the macchiato, they went back to Bittertown, trying an espresso, and nearly ripping their eyes out.

The film crew seemed to be a bit merciful to end the video, letting the new coffee drinkers try a mocha, which is basically a hot chocolate coffee, but by then it was too late. Each of the drinkers said they’d pass on the coffee life.

“It’s OK to like coffee. Just don’t be one of them coffee wankers.” Important words to live by.

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Starbucks Celebrates New Year’s With A TUXEDO Drink

No, Starbucks isn’t coming out with a line of tuxedos… although let’s revisit that awesome idea sometime in the near future. Rather, the coffee chain has introduced a line of specialty drinks they’re calling the Tuxedo Collection.

The sartorially-themed collection features three drinks that follow the¬†formal attire’s black and white motif. Options from the collection include a tuxedo mocha, a tuxedo hot chocolate, and a tuxedo frappuccino.

Might be the most dapper looking drink I’ve seen at @starbucks.

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Each drink is dressed to the nines with a mound of whipped cream. One half is garbed with chocolate shavings while the other a generous serving of chocolate syrup. The result resembles something suited and booted and ready to paint the town red.

You’ll only have a minute to enjoy them though, because the drinks will be off store menus after New Year’s Day.

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Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Holiday Drinks

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It’s that time of the year again. You guessed it, Starbucks has debuted their new holiday cups and are bracing themselves for social justice warriors to digitally storm their coffee-brewing gates. To help alleviate some complaints, the coffee chain is giving away free drinks.

Starbucks will offer customers a free holiday drink with the purchase of a holiday drink. You buy one beverage and you get another for free.

Beverages eligible for the deal include the Caramel Br√Ľl√©e Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew.¬†Each drink will be served in one of Starbucks’ 13 new holiday cup designs.

The deal will be available from Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

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How Starbucks Is Fighting Back Against Shorted Latte Drinkers

A couple of months ago, we wrote about some pissed off latte lovers who sued Starbucks, claiming that the company was underfilling lattes.

Now, in order to get themselves out of hot water, Starbucks Corporation has filed, “a motion to transfer,”¬†with the U.S. Judicial Panel Of Multidistrict Litigation, to¬†have¬†the cases heard in the company’s home state of Washington.

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In total, there are three¬†different cases, with an¬†additional case pending,¬†involving customers accusing Starbucks of, “deceptive marketing practices, by misrepresenting the quality of made-to-order beverages in its cafes.

Additionally, the plaintiffs allege that Starbucks knowingly, “follows standardized recipes that result in the uniform under fillings of beverages,” according to a memo submitted by Starbucks Corporation filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation¬†May 26.

Due to circumstances involving multiple states, California, Illinois and New York,¬†and the¬†similarity of accusations, Starbucks Corporation is requesting the cases be transferred to a Seattle, Wash. court ‚ÄĒ where the¬†corporation is headquartered ‚ÄĒ which will help “… eliminate duplicative discovery,” and, “prevent inconsistent rulings,” according to the memo.

The overlaying consistency within each case, remains that customers accuse the coffee giant of using inadequate cup sizes that do not allow for the amount of coffee or other beverage as advertised.

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The cases in question

Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles v. Starbucks 

The two plantiffs Strumlauf and Robles, from Northern California, filed a lawsuit on March 16, 2016. They¬†claim that the Starbucks sizes, 12 fl. oz. “Tall”, 16 fl.oz. “Grande” and 20 fl. oz. “Venti” falsely advertise how much liquid can be contained in the cup, and also allege that¬†baristas have, “no discretion in determining how much of a given ingredient is used in a latte,” according to the memo. Starbucks has requested to dismiss the case, but a hearing is¬†scheduled¬†for June 1.

Stacy Pincus v. Starbucks 

Pincus, a resident of Illinois, filed legal action on April 27, 2016,¬†over the claim that, “ALL COLD DRINKS ARE UNDER FILLED.”

The Pincus memo alleges all, “iced coffee, iced tea and blended specialty drinks,” as well as its, “shaken iced teas and shaken iced lemonades, Refreshers‚ĄĘ and Fizzio‚ĄĘ handcrafted sodas” are underfilled,” ‚ÄĒ and have been since 2006,¬†according to documents.

Currently, Pincus case will be heard on June 21, 2016.

Brittany Crittenden v. Starbucks

Crittenden, a resident of New York, filed legal action against Starbucks on May 10, 2016, claiming that the company falsely advertises the exact amount of liquid each latte, mocha and espresso drinks contain.¬†Crittenden is suing for an array of reasons, including, “negligent misrepresentation,” according to court documents.

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Now, as Starbucks prepares to defend itself against these steaming hot allegations, one thing is for sure, lawyers need to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Starbucks Expands Their Energy Drink Line With Two New Flavors

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Starbucks is always coming up with new and inventive ways to get caffeine into your belly. One of those ways emerged several years ago with the arrival of the Starbucks Doubleshot Energy drink.

In case it’s not obvious, this was a move made by Starbucks in an attempt to keep up with the heavy hitters of energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull. Surprisingly, Starbucks has held up pretty well, hence why the company has decided to make two new flavors of their energy drink.

The first flavor, Mexican Mocha, will be reflective of the taste that the famed Mexican candy Lucas boasts, a treat typically featuring a sweet, hard candy center with a layer of chile encompassing it. The taste will be focused around a combination of chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne. The other flavor, Spiced Vanilla, will revolve around the core flavors, chai and ginger.

These new beverages will come in the 15 oz. cans, making sure you get your fill of this new beverage.

After all, energy drinks are basically the new coffee.

 

h/t + photo: Brand Eating

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How to Make a Mocha Macchiato with Malted Milk Head in the Comfort of Your Microwave

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London Barista Rob Dunne makes the most delicious coffee shop drinks look ridiculously simple to make in a home kitchen. For anyone who thought a Mocha Machiiato with a malted milk head would be filed under ‘do not attempt without barista present,’ Dunne nails it in a two-minute video.

For the base, he begins by making a ganache using double cream from hazelnut milk. Bringing to a gentle simmer, he adds Venezuelan chocolate and El Salvadorian dark chocolate. A double espresso is then mixed into the chocolate ganache. Dunne adds the mix to a glass and stirs it together with a Mikado King Choco.

For the head, a Jersey milk is used for its sweet and fat content. The milk is heated, via microwave, and mixed with a malted powder in a french press. Once it’s thick, the maciatto is topped with the malted milk and garnished with the Mikado King Choco.

Any caffeine enthusiasts comfortable enough to step out of their K-Cup routine definitely needs to give this a try.