Several of Starbucks® famous coffee roasts are available in the Keurig® K-Cup® pod format including French Roast, Pike Place, Breakfast Blend, Veranda, Cafe Verona, and Caramel. For my fellow Starbucks junkies, this has been a dream come true as we can now feed our habit right in our own home- any time of day. No more searching for a 24 hour Starbucks® or wishing they delivered! The only thing missing in the pod format is an espresso. Keurig® brewers are not capable of brewing a true espresso but, using the lowest water setting of the machine is close enough for me.
Some like their coffee tall, dark, and rich (just like their men as the joke goes). Tall and rich I agree with but, I am all about the blondes, blonde latte that is. Starbucks® has introduced a new take on their entire line of espresso-based drinks, blonde roast. I have been drinking Starbucks® Veranda K-Cup® coffee pods, and although not an espresso, I have been pleased to discover, it is a blonde roast!
Blonde roast means that it is a medium and mellow blend as Starbucks® describes it. Veranda fills both requirements and is even labelled as such on the box. Espresso, however, is a method of brewing that a Keurig® is not capable of doing. A higher pressure espresso brewer is required to extract all of the delicious oils and nuances of a coffee bean in the concentrated format of espresso. But, if you prepare K-Cup® pods using the lowest water setting of your coffee machine it will be darn close to an authentic espresso. Using the "strong" setting on Keurig® 2.0 helps too!
My Keurig® brewer has been cranking out my copycat version of Starbucks® Blonde Roast Caffe Latte since the day I walked by their banner reading "Blondes have more fun!"
My first experience with coffee was at a college as a barista. In between each class, I would serve a mad rush of exhausted scholars. My customers were mainly returning students who were balancing a family, career, and pursuing a college degree. To describe them as exhausted is an understatement. Many would arrive at 6:00 pm for evening classes after a full day of work and a stop at home to feed their children. These people needed caffeine and lots of it. For this reason alone, the witches brew joined our coffee menu.
I would like to personally thank the person who decided to combine three unassuming ingredients: chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers to create perhaps our countries most iconic dessert- s'mores. But, s'mores inventor, I am sorry, I have you beat. Say hello to my Toasted S'mores Mocha, made with a Keurig® brewer.
The late fall season brings us two limited edition coffee flavors from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, one of which is Toasted Marshmallow Mocha. Alone, this coffee is fantastic. Toasted Marshmallow Mocha is a medium roast flavored coffee that manages to blend it's flavor notes seamlessly. However, Toasted Marshmallow is merely a black coffee, perfect for a morning cup but, not the dessert like decadence you would imagine by its name.
I like to look at the pumpkin season as a sprint, an all out race to consume as much pumpkin in as many ways as humanly possible. This year, I am going for the gold. I am starting early, and I am expanding my horizons to new unchartered pumpkin territories. Pumpkin spice latte is for the weak, pumpkin pie is so 1950, and pumpkin roll is yesterday's news. Let's think bigger my pumpkin loving friends, take to Pinterest and create a fall season filled with innovative ways to jam more pumpkin down our gullets. Drink it, spread it, eat it, whatever it takes.
I have noticed that my favorite Keurig® K-Cup® coffee recipes have a common denominator- ice cream. Every one of my go to choices for decadent coffee treats contains blissful ice cream. Frappuccinos are basically milk shakes and Affogato is vanilla ice cream with a blanket of dark espresso. It is no wonder the definition of Eiskafffe reached out and grabbed me. Eiskaffe is a German term that means coffee with ice cream.
After perusing many recipes, I came up with my version with a caramel twist because coffee tastes amazing with caramel, duh. Also, Starbucks Caramel K-Cup® coffee pods recently made their way to our inventory, and I am dying to try them.