As we close out the last issue of this newsletter for the year, we like to go back and review past issues to discover which stories generated the most interest, were clicked on most often, and generated the most feedback. Below you will find reprints of our most popular stories of 2021.
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Launched in 2016, Fire Department Coffee is veteran-owned and run by firefighters with the mission to make great coffee and an even greater mission to support our nation's heroes in need. Ten percent of the net proceeds goes to help first responders who are injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.
Fire Department Coffee features a wide variety of freshly roasted coffee including The Original Medium Roast, Light Roast, Dark Roast, Donut Shop, Backdraft Espresso and a Spirit-Infused line with Bourbon, Rum, Tequila, Irish Whiskey infused coffees.
Fire Department Coffee announced earlier this month their plans to unveil a series of new Spirit Infused Coffees throughout the year, adding to its signature collection of specialty roasts that feature the subtle flavor of top-shelf spirits.
The first seasonal blend is Vanilla Bean Bourbon Infused Coffee, available soon in a limited release. Vanilla Bean Bourbon Coffee has been impeccably crafted to capture the essence of rich vanilla bean and premium aged bourbon. It delivers a smooth, unique taste and a distinct bourbon aroma.
The veteran-owned, firefighter-run company will introduce three additional Spirit-Infused blends in 2021, each selected to accent the season and add unique flavor to the coffee drinking experience. The new line of Spirit-Infused Coffee follows the success of the company's recent, limited-edition Black Cherry Bourbon Coffee.
Spirit-Infused Coffee, as well as Fire Department Coffee's other popular roasts, can be ordered online at FireDeptCoffee.com. Each bag is handcrafted and freshly roasted to order.
"The response to our Spirit Infused Coffee has been amazing," said Luke Schneider, founder of Fire Department Coffee. "We're really excited about the lineup that we'll unveil throughout the year, and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Coffee is the perfect way to kick off 2021."
Throughout the year, Fire Dept. Coffee will introduce even more limited-edition blends that combine the best spirits with flavors that perfectly match the season. Savor the juicy and tart Blackberry Bourbon Infused Coffee on the first warm day of spring. Sit on your front porch, drinking a light, fresh Peach Bourbon Infused roast on a summer Sunday morning. And indulge in a smooth and sweet Salted Caramel Spirit Infused Coffee while throwing another log on the fire.
Fire Department Coffee was the first to bring Spirit-Infused Coffee to the market, and it remains the industry leader because it has perfected its signature infusion process to combine the deep flavor and rich aroma of the spirits, resulting in a smooth, subtle roast.
Fire Department Coffee's nonalcoholic, Spirit-Infused Coffee features top-shelf spirits available in Bourbon, Rum, Tequila and Irish Whiskey. www.FireDeptCoffee.com
How you take your tea says a lot about you, so put the kettle on… here is ELLE's definitive guide to people based on their tea type.
So, how did Elle magazine’s editors do predicting your personality? Such a fun, quick exercise. Bottom line…whether you are creative or critical, active or apologetic…tea is a treasure to be savored. Make time for tea!
The Guinness brand was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin. The iconic beer brand is brewed in 49 countries worldwide and sold in over 150 with almost 9 million glasses of Guinness beer enjoyed every day around the world
Guinness is back with another nitrogenated creation, which is already a fan-favorite: Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer. As the brewers of the world's most popular nitro stout, Guinness is now combining everything you love about coffee and Guinness into one beer. Sweet-smelling with a distinct rich coffee aroma, Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet with a roast coffee flavor. Brewed using cold brew coffee extract and coffee flavors, it has a rich, smooth and creamy palate with hints of espresso, chocolate and caramel.
"Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is a welcome addition to the Guinness family, and the response so far has been incredible," said Nikhil Shah, Guinness Brand Director. "Now that it's officially iced coffee season, we're excited to give consumers a coffee-forward beer to enjoy during their spring and summertime occasions."
Guinness has consistently proven that no one does nitro beer better. Pioneered in 1959 as the first nitrogenated beer, the legendary Guinness Draught instantly became the best-selling Guinness beer worldwide. At 4% ABV, Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is best enjoyed straight from the can or poured into a clean glass to fully activate the widget inside the can. The widget infuses nitrogen into the beer upon opening and re-creates the signature surge and settle effect you get from a Guinness Draught on tap or in a can.
Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is a permanent addition to the Guinness portfolio and began appearing on U.S. shelves in March, with expansion now happening nationwide. Each pack contains four 14.9 fl. oz. cans, with a suggested retail price of $9.99. While it is expected to slowly start rolling out to other countries over the next 12-18 months, the U.S. is now the first market to be able to enjoy this new offering.
Guinness has long been at the forefront of innovation, and today the brewers in both Dublin and Baltimore continue to use their creativity to brew all styles of beer. Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer is the latest release from the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and back across the pond is the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Maryland, home to Guinness Baltimore Blonde and experimental Guinness beers in the U.S.
As with all legendary beers from Guinness, please remember to drink like a brewer and savor Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer…responsibly. More information can be found at www.guinness.com.
You already know instant coffee gets a bad rap. It’s often considered to be a last resort for coffee drinkers when they don’t have time to brew a proper pot in the morning. What you don’t know? Instant coffee is in the midst of an epic renaissance: Sales went up by nearly 30 percent in 2020 as more and more people began making their daily joe at home. Not only does it provide a consistent cup, but offerings have dramatically improved since its last American heyday in the ’80s. The folks at PureWow tested a slew of popular options to find the best instant coffee brands out there that deliver a joe just as delicious as one brewed with a drip machine or French press.
To test them, they prepared each instant coffee according to package instructions, making one hot cup and one cold if applicable. They added a bit of milk for tasting, unless the instant coffee already included creamer, and no extra sugar. Then, they rated them based on affordability, quality of ingredients and processing, ease of use and functionality (can it be made with either hot and cold water? Can you only make one cup at a time?), dissolvability and flavor. Read on for their top picks.
THE BEST INSTANT COFFEE BRANDS, AT A GLANCE
Let’s get the party started with CASK & KETTLE—beloved hot coffee cocktails in an instant. Perfect for parties, brunches, and ladies luncheons!
Focused on true innovation in the spirits aisle, CASK & KETTLE is an easy way to prepare and serve a well-crafted hard coffee (or cider) cocktail. This ready-to-brew line of boozy k-pods is sure to be a crowd pleaser, or a comforting treat delivering a relaxing cup of joe for one.
Oh-so-delicious and easy to use, CASK & KETTLE is an easy and convenient way for anyone to prepare and serve a complete, well-crafted hot cocktail. Simply pop one of the single serve cups into your brewing system (we used a Keurig brewer) and a smooth, aromatic hot cocktail is ready in seconds. Steamy, hot, and perfectly blended, our test kitchen was all a buzz when we brewed up a batch for testing. They received high marks for convenience and taste.
CASK & KETTLE k-pods can be used in Keurig-style coffee machines or just open the cup and pour into hot/cold water. Each k-pod contains liquid ingredients (no powders)—liquid distilled spirits, concentrated coffee and robust curated flavors. Just add your favorite coffee finishing touches, like creamer, coffee liqueurs, ice cream or add nothing at all.
Irish Coffee: Your favorite whiskey cocktail prepared with a modern twist. Coffee with the aroma of smoky whiskey mixed with the welcoming allure of dark roasted beans and buttery caramel. The perfect balance of Irish Whiskey and robust flavor with a mild sweetness. 38% ALC/VOL (per pod). 76 PROOF.
Mint Patty Coffee: For vodka lovers, a delicious mint coffee treat with a bit of chocolate to make it extra decadent. Bright, crisp taste of vodka and mint blended into dark roast coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. 37% ALC/VOL (per pod). 75 PROOF.
Mexican Coffee: Tequila, vodka and coffee with natural flavors. An aromatic bouquet and nuanced combination of flavors to please a sophisticated palate. The smooth mouthfeel and light agave flavor of silver tequila combined with darker notes of roasted coffee and a whisper of Mexican chocolate at the finish. 30% ALC/VOL (per pod). 60 PROOF.
Hot Blonde Coffee: Vodka, coffee and vanilla with natural flavors. Beautiful sable color, decadent aroma and notes of malty vanilla swirling through a blend of roasted coffee and full-bodied, crisp vodka. 37% ALC/VOL (per pod). 74 PROOF.
CASK & KETTLE pods are currently available at a variety of large chain stores and independent retailers. They retail for $14.99 per 5-cup stack, “well worth the price for the convenience and the incredible taste” said one of our taste-testers. Go to www.caskandkettleusa.com to find a store near you, to get more information, or to make an online purchase for home delivery. https://caskandkettleusa.com
Harney & Sons has taken tea to a whole new celestial level with their recently released Harney Zodiac Collection! Tea lovers can now choose their tea based on their astrological sign. See how your sign matches with your zodiac tea:
Each 50-sachet bag is now available for purchase—stock up now, most are $20.99 at https://www.harney.com/search?type=product&q=zodiac
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