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Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #10: Hanukkah Coffee Mugs

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 14 days until Christmas!

Hint #10: Hanukkah Coffee Mugs

If you or someone you know is celebrating Hanukkah this holiday season and is a fan of coffee here are some great coffee mug gifts.

Zazzle.com has a fun and funky selection of Hanukkah coffee mugs. You can even pick a design and choose which style of mug you would like to place it one. You can choose between travel mugs, classic mugs or frosty mugs.

This personalized gift can be a special treat for someone special in your life.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #9: Coffee Gifts

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 15 days until Christmas!

Hint #9: Coffee Gifts

Is there a coffee lover in your life that you want to find the ultimate coffee gift for? I found a Web site today while I was browsing the web that had great coffee gifts. The Web site is called Find Gift.com and it has some really interesting stuff.

On the Web site you can create an account and search gifts and purchase them online for Christmas. You can even set up a gift registry.

Some of my favorte coffee gifts are the Starbucks Eye Opener Gift Basket for $39.95, the Mr. and Mrs. Mugs Gift Set for $24.99, and the French Press Basket for $44.99.

I'm sure anyone can find the perfect gift to give or receive the Christmas season on this Web site.





Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #8: Coffee Eggnog Punch Recipe

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 16 days until Christmas!

Hint #8: Coffee Eggnog Punch Recipe

This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This seems great for holiday parties.

I found the recipe below for Coffee Eggnog Punch at About.com.


A Christmas punch recipe made with eggnog, coffee and coffee ice cream, whiskey or bourbon, and spices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts chilled purchased eggnog
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 to 1 cup whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 quart coffee ice cream
  • sweetened whipped cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Preparation:

Combine eggnog, brown sugar, instant coffee and spices in a large mixing bowl; beat at low speed with an electric mixer until sugar dissolves. Chill 15 minutes; stir until coffee granules dissolve and stir in whiskey. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Pour into punch bowl or individual cups, leaving enough room for ice cream. Top with scoops of ice cream. Garnish each serving as desired with whipped cream and a grating of nutmeg.


Christmas Countdown: Hint #7: Low Acid Coffee

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 17 days until Christmas!

Hint #7: Low Acid Coffee
If you or a holiday guest are sensitive to the acidity in coffee and can't drink it because it gives you hurtburn, indegestion or upset stomach you can try a low-acid coffee brew so you can still enjoy a favorite beverage.

Brands such as, Hevla and Puroast, can be bought in stores or on-line and brewed just how you like it.

Christmas Countdown: Hint #6: Coffee Ice Cubes

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 18 days until Christmas!

Hint #6: Coffee Ice Cubes
Coffee Ice Cubes can save a cold coffee drink. You can use fresh brewed or left over coffee to make coffee ice cubes. Just pour the coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze and hooray! coffee ice cubes for everyone. Coffee ice cubes are great in cold coffee drinks because its saves the coffee from being watered down and loosing flavor when regular ice cubes start to melt.

Christmas Countdown: Hint #5: Coffee Lotion

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 19 days until Christmas!

Hint #5: Coffee Lotion

This time of year can be harsh on skin, drying and it out and bumming out people. Well, here is a great solution and also a great stocking stuffer! Coffee lotion!

BodyCoffee Natural Body Lotion
combines the therapeutic benefits of coffee with other healing ingredients.

BodyCoffee can be purchased online or in select stores. The closest locations that sell BodyCoffee are Blue Bell (at Citrus), Hershey and Philadelphia, PA.

Some of the most intriguing and products sure to please any girl are the Espresso Citron foaming exfoliate, the original BodyCoffee Body Balm and the soon to be released Coffee Bean Bath Bars.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #4: Mocha Toffee Bars Recipe

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Christmas Countdown!
There are 20 days until Christmas!
Hint #4: Mocha Toffee Bars
Last night at Lawrenceville's Joy of Cookies Tour I tried Mocha Toffee Bars at Divertido, an eclectic gift boutique on Butler Street. These cookie bars would be the perfect treat to serve at a holiday party. They were rich, but not too sweet and they had just enough espresso for that coffee jolt. The recipe is listed below -courtesy of Gourmet Magazine and Lawrencville's 2009 Joy of Cookies Tour.
Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso power dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup salted, roasted chopped cashews

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. In a bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, add the brown sugar and beat the mixture until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the yolk, add the vanilla and the espresso mixture, a little at a time, beating, and beat the mixture until combined well.
  3. Add the salt and flour, beating, and beat the mixture again until combined well.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in a jelly-roll pan (15.5" x 10.5" x 1") and bake in the middle of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it pulls away slightly from the edge of the pan.
  5. Spread the chocolate, melted evenly over the baked layer and sprinkle the cashews over it.
  6. Let the mixture cool in the pan on a rack, cut into bars and chill for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chocolate in firm.
  7. Enjoy!

Makes 48 cookies.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #3: The Joy of Cookies Tour

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Christmas Countdown!
There are 21 days until Christmas!
Hint #3: The Joy of Cookies Tour
Looking for a festive night out on the town? Go to Lawrenceville's tenth annual The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour.
The Cookie Tour began last night on December 3 and continues until December 6.
>Times of Event: Friday- 10am to 8pm
Saturday- 10am to 6pm
& Sunday- 11am to 5pm
The Cookie Tour features 21 cookie stops that span from the intersection of McCandless St. and Butler St. all the way to the intersection of Butler and 36th Street. That's about 2 miles long!
The Cookie Tour also boasts 10 Take A Break stops where patrons are welcome to grab a bit to eat and grab a steaming hot cup of coffee.
Some of the Cookie Stops (marked with LV's signature Gingerbread Cookie signs) are new to the area, like Wildcard, while others are community staples, such as Wagner Quality Shoes.
For a complete list of participating businesses and a map of the tour route please visit www.lawrencevillecorp.com/events/
I will be attending the Cookie Tour for the first time be sure to check back at The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot blog for my take on the event.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #2: What to do with Left-Over Coffee

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Christmas Countdown!
There are 22 days until Christmas!

Hint #2: What to do with Left-Over Coffee
During the holidays we seem to always pile up a lot of left-overs and coffee is not an exception. How many times have you brewed a pot for company and are still left with some coffee that noone drank? Happens all the time to me and I hate throwing out the coffee. Here are some tips for what you could use that left-over coffee for.

Left-over coffee can be used in several recipes, including marinades, BBQ sauce, glazes and chili. But, one of the most common is gravy.

Here is a recipe for Red Eye Gravy from a VisualRecipes.com.

Red eye gravy is well known in the South, but little known in the rest of the United States. Also called bird-eye gravy, poor man's gravy, red ham gravy, and muddy gravy, it is made from drippings and black coffee, although some debate that using water is better.

Step: 1> Cook Thick cut country ham approximately 10-12 minutes per side on medium heat. turn your slices and continue turning until all the slices are brown. Remove country ham to platter.

Step: 2> Turn heat up a bit and add to the drippings 1/4 cup of perked coffee per slice of ham and let simmer a couple of minutes.

Step: 3> Red Eye Gravy at its best! To be served over hot grits, eggs, biscuits, or the ham slices.

Coffee gravy recipes are a tasty and resourceful holiday secret. Try one and let The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot know how it was!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #1: One-Cup Coffee Makers




The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 23 days until Christmas!

Hint #1: One-Cup Coffee Makers
Do you have alot of guests visiting or staying with you over the holiday season? If you do and they are coffee lovers, it can very difficult to please everyone. Individual coffee drinkers prefer individual coffee drinks over others and when you have a houseful of friends and family there can be an easy fix to making sure everyone has their fav cup o' joe.

One-Cup coffee makers can save the day! A One-Cup coffee maker brews a single cup of coffee at a time and you can even invest in pre-measured, pre-ground coffee that comes in a vast variety of brands and flavors sure to satisfy even the pickiest coffee drinker.

One-Cup coffee makers can get pretty pricey -reaching up to over $200.00. But with the holiday shopping taking its toll, you don't have to break the piggy bank to invest in a One-Cup coffee maker. Check out this one for only $89.99! (Pictured above -courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond Web site).

With the Keurig B30 Personal Brewer you can purchase K-Cups -pre-measured, pre-flavored coffee so each guest can have the perfect brewed cup of their perfect blend. K-Cups (pictured above) and others like them range from Starbucks brand to Seattle's Best Coffee and many, many more. You can even dress up a kitchen counter top and transform it into a coffee bar with a K-Cup carousel (Also pictured above) or another style holder.

One-Cup Coffee Makers are sure to ease some stress this holiday season.


The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's Christmas Countdown

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's
Christmas Countdown!
There are 24 days until Christmas!
The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot is pleased to announce its first annual Christmas Countdown. Everyday leading up to Christmas the PGH Coffee Pot will feature a post with a helpful holiday hint revolving around gift, recipe or decoration ideas!
Make sure to stop by everyday until Christmas to catch up on some new and interesting coffee information to make this holiday season is extra special and joyous.
If you have any suggestions please feel free to share them in a comment.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Harvest Coffee Cider

The air is crisp and the leaves and starting to change. The harvest season is in full effect and there is nothing better then warming up with a steaming cup of coffee after picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch or taking a scenic drive through the country side to see the Fall foliage. This recipe for Harvest Coffee Cider will cretaintly do the trick!

  • ¼ cup coffee grounds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or honey
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 3 cups cold water

Place coffee and cinnamon in brew basket of coffee maker. Place sugar and apple juice in the bottom of the coffee pot. Add water to coffee maker and brew. When brewing is complete, stir until well mixed. This recipe tends to be a little messy, so using powder DIP-IT is especially helpful when cleaning the stains off your carafe and brewing basket and for always attaining the best tasting coffee. For cleaning the water circulation system, use the liquid form.

And don't forget warm Pumpkin Patch Muffins would go great with Harvest Coffee Cider!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October Coffee Events

Looking for something to do this month? Check out these events!

*Coffee Education Talk
coffeedestroyslifes.blogger.com
July 17, 2009 to November 20, 2009
Near The Cathedral of Learning
773-432-4094
An Informative talk and gathering and meet up about coffee culture and art.

*
Armstrong County Fall Foliage Tours
Belmont Complex
October 13 -16, 2009
Meet up at Belmont Complex for a fascinating bus tour of Armstrong County.
Fees start at $10. Daytime and evening tours are available, with either lunch or dinner served. For more information, contact The Armstrong County Tourist Bureau at (888) 265-9954.

Pumpkin Farms and Festivals
*Plus there are several
Pumpkin Farms and Fall Festivals in and around Pittsburgh that offer a lot of fun and activities for the whole family!!

For more October Events please visit Pittsburgh.net!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Autumn Coffee Treats

Fall has arrived and this is my favorite time of year, especially for coffee and coffee treats! One of my favorite coffee drinks is simply pumpkin spiced flavored coffee and lattes. I have been trying pumpkin flavored coffee drinks at all of my favorite and local coffee shops. Starbucks is definitely in the lead, with their pumpkin spiced latte, I haven't tried one that has surpassed it yet this season.

With the holiday season approaching some of us my want t
o save some dough and here is a great recipe for making a pumpkin spice latte at home!

Ingredients:
--2 cups milk (I used 1%)

--2 T canned pumpkin

--2 T white sugar
--2 T vanilla (not a typo. it asks for tablespoons)

--1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
OR: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
--1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
--garnish with whipped cream (optional)

Directions:
Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the Crock Pot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again. Ladle into mugs, and garnish
with whipped cream and additional cinnamon.

And what goes best with yummy coffee? Yummy dessert!

Try this festive Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe for your next get together or just for a special treat.

Try these recipes and share your experience with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Recipe: The Power Lift

The school year is now is full swing and pretty soon students will be staying up late into the night cramming for exams, term papers, presentations and mid-terms and finals. And these students will definitely need some fuel to keep chugging along with all the heavy loads of coursework.

The following recipe from the Web site Coffee Science may quickly become every students go-to-drink to keep awake in the wee hours!

The Power Lift

This coffee banana smoothie is a smart snack before a workout. Yogurt is a stellar source of calcium, the banana adds potassium, wheat germ kicks in extra vitamin E, and coffee contributes some vigor. All the way around, this is a healthful snack. Remember, research shows that caffeine improves physical stamina and may even reduce muscle pain. So enjoy it and then get moo-ving.

1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, cold or at room temperature
2 6-ounce containers plain low-fat yogurt (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
3 to 4 ice cubes
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
* (Use more or less honey depending on the ripeness of the bananas.)


Place all ingredients in a blender container. Cover, and blend on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories: 154; Protein: 6 grams; Carbohydrate: 30 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 5 mg.; Sodium: 63 mg.

*Recipe information courtesy of http://www.coffeescience.org/recipes.

Share how coffee helps you keep going during the school year with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to School: Coffee Tips

It's back to school time and we all know what that means! Waking up early, rushing to get ready for work or school and getting back into the morning grind...but that doesn't mean that you should be missing out on your morning coffee grind!

Here are some tips for the coffee lover on the go on how you can still savor your favorite morning treat without interrupting or slowing down your coffee routine!

(1) Instant Coffee
By now, PGH Coffee Pot readers should know I am an advocate of instant coffee. It's everything you love but in a faster and more convenient form. Making your coffee instant in the A.M. will cut your brewing time in half.

(2) Travel Mugs
Even though you are in a hurry to shuttle the kids off to school, beat the traffic to work or catch the bus for school on time doesn't mean that you have to leave your coffee buzz behind. Travel mugs come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles so you can have your Joe and drink it too! There's nothing better in the winter months than breathing in the warm steam from your travel mug full of piping hot coffee while you are waiting at the bus stop. I like to have my coffee maker prepared and ready for brewing over night so I can get out faster in the morning. I set my coffee maker up withe the filter and coffee grinds so all I have to do is add the water and plug her in.

(3) Store-Bought Coffee Drinks
They may not always be the best brew or they may not always give you the quickest pick-me-up, but they are as convenient as they come and satisfy the caffeine craving. Store-bought coffee drinks, like Starbucks' bottled Frappucinos, can be purchased at a local grocery store or drug store. You can stock up when you do some weekend grocery shopping and then you can grab-and-go right from you 'fridge in the morning. Not only does this save you time, so you don't have to brew your own coffee or stop a coffee shop and wait in line, but it also saves you money cause sometimes you can by them on-sale.

Keep these tips in mind and remember to always be safe during the morning rush!

Share your tips for speeding up your morning coffee routine with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pittsburgh's Best Kept Coffee Secrets

Pittsburgh is a city with a lot of options for the coffee lover. This is my list of the five best kept coffee secrets in the Burgh.

(1) Your Inner Vagabond
>Located in Lawrenceville
Your Inner Vagabond boasts itself as a world cafe. This shop features a wide range of coffee drinks, lite menu options and desserts imspired by cultures around the world. There is a heavy Turkish theme in items on the menu and in the shop's decor. Your Inner Vagabond also hosts a variety of events, such as movie showings, art exhibitions and belly dancing classes. The cafe can also be rented for weddings or private parties. This is definitly one of the most unique coffee shops in the city.

(2) Uptown Coffee
>Located in Mt. Lebanon
This shop is very quiant and peaceful. It's the kind of place you go to catch up with friends, quietly read a book or grab a cup of coffee before heading to work. The menu has a lot of drink choices, including coffee and tea. One of the best food features is "build-your-own" cafe sandwhich, which allows you to pick your choice of bread, deli meat, cheese and veggies. The result is one fresh and tasteful meal. This coffee shop definelty has a great home away from home feel.

(3) Bank Tower Coffee Shop
>Located Downtown
This coffee shop is located on the first floor of The Bank Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh on the corer of Wood Street and 4th Avenue. This shop has great coffee and great treats. It's hidden away in the shadows of the city skyscrapers and definitely one of the most unnoticed hot spots for coffee in the Burgh. This shop only takes cash, so remember to carry a couple bucks with you when you're Downtown working, shopping or attending an event. When one of the shops regular customers forgets the dough they offer to keep a tab for you, which is a kind gesture many places don't offer this day. This shop reminds me of an old time business with modern delights.

(4) Crepes Parisennes
>Located in Shady Side and Oakland
If you are a lover of anything French, anything unique, or anything cultural this is without a doubt one of the best places for you and one of the best places, period, in Pittsburgh. The Shady Side location is the original one and if its possiable I suggest going there, but you better go early because the places feels up quick and on Saturdays its difficult to find an empty seat. The Shady Side Crepes' atmospehere has the feel of an authentic Paris cafe with stone walls and traditional symbols of Paris' culture, such as the country's flag and the Effiel Tower. The menu is large with, you guessed it! Crepes galore! Some of sweet and filled with fruit preserves or chocolate and others are savory, with veggies and a small side salad. The coffee is strong, bitter and delicieux.

(5) Rivers Casino
>Located on the North Shore.
This last best kept secret may seem like a surprise, but this is definitely one of the best secrets Burgh coffee lovers will want to snoop out. At the Rivers Casino there are several complementary soda and coffee bars scattered throughout the casino. So, while you are enjoying the slots on a night out on the town you don't have to worry about dragging late in the evening when you can enjoy a complimentary coffee and keep on going! When I visited the casino the first week it opened, I didn't leave with any extra money in my pocket, however I did leave with my free warm cup of Joe!

Share your experiences at these shops with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot or tell us your best kept coffee secret in the Burgh!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Response to Bee Hive Comment

I always read all of the comments, good or bad, left on The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot and I appreciate them all.

Jamie left the following comment on my most recent post -

I wish you East Enders would stay on your side of the river and
quit bashing everything on the South Side. If the Bee Hive is not your cup of
tea stay away, it is a joint for locals not for everyone from all overr the
city.
  • First off, I'd like to say that The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot is an open opinion forum and everyone's thoughts and comments are welcome. I don't expect every reader to agree with what I think and I wouldn't want that, because that wouldn't be very fun anyway. However, just like readers opinions are respected, The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's opinions should be as well.
  • This blog is all about Pittsburgh coffee and that includes every Pittsburgh neighborhood, not just the East End or the South Side, etc. Though I may live on the East End, I'm still Pittsburgher, just like everyone on the South Side.
  • Secondly, I love the South Side and I frequent that area of town very often. There's lots of places of I love there. I spend time all over the city and all around areas surrounding the city. There are places I don't like and I do like, everywhere.
  • So, to sum it up, this blog is one coffee lover's opinion for everyone, just like the Bee Hive or any other place is a public business for anyone who wants to go to it.
  • Thanks and keep looking for what's brewing at The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The PGH Coffee Pot Weighs in on the CP's Picks for the Best Burgh Coffee Shops

The Pittsburgh City Paper's, CP Magazines: 2009 City Guide features a list of 19 of the city's best coffeehouses. (Bean Counter, p. 16). As a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur I felt it would be fitting to offer my insight on the places included on the list.

21st Street Coffee and Tea/ Strip District & Downtown
I love 21st Street Coffee and I normally have nothing bad to say about this coffee shop. The coffee has never disappointed with it's pure and fresh taste, however I feel like this place is becoming slightly over-rated. It always tops every list for the best coffee in Pittsburgh and I just feel like "tell me something I don't already know".

61C Cafe/ Squirrel Hill
This place is great! Definitely under-rated. I love the location, the coffee, the desserts. It's a great place for conversation, awesome atmosphere. It's a classic coffee shop with an old Pittsburgh air.

Beehive Coffeehouse and Dessertery/ South Side
This is my least favorite place to get coffee. I think this is the most over-rated, unoriginal and worn out coffee shop around. Every time I have ordered coffee at the Beehive it has disappointed, the atmosphere is clique-ish, the decor is cliche, the service is not customer friendly and the inside of the shop could use and good scrubbing down. For years the Beehive has been hailed as the ultimate haven for the unique and off-beat and the mecca for coffee in Pittsburgh and I feel that its time someone pointed out that the Beehive isn't all its made out to be. Don't waste your time.

Coffee Tree Roasters/ Various Locations
This is a chain coffee shop that doesn't feel like a chain coffee shop. Its definitely one of my favorite shops that I don't get to as much I would like to. Coffee Tree Roasters, is a coffee shop you can go to and forget your in Pittsburgh in.

Crazy Mocha/ Various Locations
I love Crazy Mocha because I love the atmosphere, I love their desserts and lunch items but I'm not a big fan of the coffee. The only drinks I ever order are chai teas or their espresso milkshake. There other coffee based drinks honestly don't do much for me. However, Crazy Mocha is very Pittsburgh, as we speak new locations are opening up everywhere in the city.

Jitters/ Shady Side
This used to be one of my favorite coffee places, but recently it has been disappointing me. I feel like Jitters is trying to be chic because of its location, but I think they're overdoing it. In my opinion Jitters is narrowing its clientele to the Shady Side elite and alienating others. That may be what they want and that's okay, but it's not the shop for me.

Kiva Han/ Oakland
The ultimate college coffee crowd location. Whenever I go to Kiva Han I spend hours there. Great drinks, great food, great location. I highly encourage you to stop by Kiva Han, especially the one of South Craig Street, any time you are visiting Oakland. The only downfall of Kiva Han is that it is always crowded and nearly impossible to find an empty seat, but if your lucky I suggest sticking around for awhile.

Morning Glory Coffeehouse/ Morningside
This coffee shop is less than ten minutes from me and I don't visit it nearly as much as I should. I regret to admit I've only been here once when they first opened. I ordered lunch, which was great and a regular coffee, which could have been a bit better. But, I am giving the shop the benefit of the doubt because it had just opened. I am eagerly looking forward to some free time so I can stop by there again and give them a second try. Since, the first time I went they have grew in popularity and expanded the menu...so keep an eye out for a review of my second experience at Morning Glory Coffeehouse here on the Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Te Cafe/ Squirrel Hill
This may be my absolute favorite place on the list. It's cozy and unique. Definitely a place for the intellectual crowd and the experimental. However, I think this is more for the tea lovers in the Burgh, but if their coffee is anywhere near their tea, then it is excellent. Te Cafe, is a place you can't go wrong at.

Unfortunately I can only drink so much coffee at a time and the following places were included on the CP's list, but I have yet to visit them so I could not offer my opinion of them at this time.

*Amani International Coffee House/ North Side
*Arefa's Espresso/ Squirrel Hill
*Big Dog Coffee/ South Side
*Enrico's Tazza D'Oro/ Highland Park
*Espresso on Fourth/ Downtown
*Hoi Polloi/ North Side
*La Prima Espresso/ Strip District
*Make Your Mark Artspace and Coffeehouse/ Point Breeze
*Perk Me Up/ Lawrenceville
*Voluto/ Garfield

Share your opinions on the coffee shops listed in this post and leave a comment!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

McDonald's Mocha Madness




Beginning on Monday, July 13, and continuing every Monday through August 1, customers can enjoy a free hot or iced mocha during McDonald's Mocha Mondays.

August 1st is the last Monday for customers to stop into McDonald's for a free sample. McDonald's is giving out either 8oz. hot mochas or 7oz. iced mochas (while supplies last) between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (at participating locations).
I have, of course, already enjoyed this special offer. I have sampled both the hot and the iced mocha and I think they are the perfect sized coffee fix to help Mondays go a little bit smoother. The small sizes are perfect to settle that coffee or chocolate craving on the way to the office or if you are dragging in the afternoon.

Share your McDonald's Mocha Monday experience with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot and tell us what you thought of this limited time offer!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot on Pittsburgh Bloggers!

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot is now a featured blog in the on-line web community, Pittsburgh Bloggers.

Pittsburgh Bloggers is a Web site where you can find a listing of all registered Pittsburgh blogs with an ecclectic range of topics.

Check out The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot on Pittsburgh Bloggers!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

McCafe National Launch & Sweepstakes

I recently received an e-mail from a Pittsburgh Coffee Pot reader who suggested writing a post about McDonald's National McCafe Launch. This has been the company's most significant launch in 30 years.

The e-mail stated that -McDonald's McCafé beverages include espresso-based coffees such as Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas, Iced Lattes and Iced Mochas, as well as hot and iced Premium Roast brewed coffees and hot chocolate. McCafé Coffees are available at participating locations, with more McDonald’s restaurants to be added throughout 2009.

In order to celebrate the McCafe launch McDonald's is offering the readers of The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot Blog to participate in a sweepstakes to win a $50,000 Visa Gift Card.

Let McCafé make your day - You and your readers are invited to submit a story and photo about why you or someone you know deserve a chance to be one of two grand prize winners, each taking home a $50,000 Visa Gift card and a $500 McDonald’s Arch Card. The contest ends on June 21, and you don’t have to buy anything to enter or win. For official rules and to learn more, visit www.mcdonalds.com/mccafe.

You can also follow McCafe on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mccafeyourday.

For more info on the McCafe Sweepstakes you can contact : Abbey Hartman at ahartmann@golinharris.com.

Thanks Abbey for the e-mail! And good luck to the readers of The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Special Thanks to Sara5889 for her Comment!

Blogger user Sara5889 left a very nice comment on The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's last post discussing Summer Coffee Events.

Sara is a newcomer to the Pittsburgh area and found this blog to be "awesome" and "very interesting".

"This is an awesome blog! I love that Pittsburgh has such a cultural backbone.I just moved here a couple months ago and this blog is really interesting as a newcomer looking for the inner things to do in the city." she said.

So thank you Sara for checking out The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot and I hope to see you here on the blog more often!

I encourage all who come across the blog to share their thoughts and comments to create an interactive coffee community!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Summer Coffee Events

Hello all! I apologize for the recent gap in posts but with the end of the semester at Point Park I was swamped with things to do and couldn't find the time to blog. However, now with all of that aside you can expect many weekly posts from The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot.

With Summer fast approaching everyone is always looking for some fun and interesting things to do. Here are some Summer Coffee Events you may be interested.

(Information courtesy of the Post-Gazette Web site)

*UpWords
@ Union Project
May 8, 2009 -7p.m.

"UPWords" is a series of monthly readings by Pittsburgh authors and poets.This month features scientist, poet and fiction writer Lalita Nahorona; and poet Sharon McDermott.Admission is free. Coffee is provided by the Union Project's Youth Barista Program in concert with Starbucks and snacks are sponsored by Whole Foods.

*World Fair Trade Day
@ Ten Thousand Villages (Squirrel Hill)
May 9, 2009

Honor Mother Earth and celebrate World Fair Trade Day with some great music, food and dance."Fair trade" is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a "fair price" as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods.Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit store, offers a full day of fun complete with live music performance by local artists like Ishtar, the "world's largest coffee break" and plenty of surprises. For more information, call (412) 421-2160.

*The Gospel Cafe
@ Connections Coffee
May 16, 2009

"The Gospel Café" is a program that welcomes children and provides a nice mix of traditional gospel music with gospel hip-hop hosted by Mele Mel The Poetic Prophet and DJ Goodnight with performances by Mele Mel, COHAD, B.O.N.D.E.D., T.I.G. (Trust In God) and many more.Food provided by K-Sara Catering. This is an all-ages show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information call (412) 758-1980.

If anyone attends these events share your experience with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot Blog!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

More Coffee Web Videos


Today on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site I found two other web videos illustrating unconventional ways to brew coffee.

Check the out!

The first one is about how to brew coffee using a a press pot.

The second one shows how to brew coffee using the Chemex brewing method.

The Chemex coffee maker was invented by Dr.
Peter J. Schlumbohm in 1941. It's hourglass shape is said to employ the chemically correct methods for coffee brewing eliminating odors and chemical residues.


Share your thoughts on the videos and brewing methods!

Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Use The Melitta One-Cup Coffee Maker

Check out this instructional video (starring yours truly!) demonstrating the five easy steps to brewing the perfect cup of coffee using the Melitta One-Cup Coffee Maker!



Have you used the Melitta One-Cup Coffee Maker before? Share your thoughts on it and the video!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Coffee and Health

On April 13, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article that discusses recent research and studies conducted in the United States that show that woman who consume coffee on a regular basis could possibly lower their risk of suffering from a stroke.

Read the article here...

What are some other health benefits from coffee?

Coffee has also been associated with helping to lower the risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease and colon cancer. It can elevate mood and reduce headaches. It has even been shown to help prevent cavities.

Read more about the benefits here...

What are some of the negative effects of coffee?

Studies have shown that caffeine, the main ingredient in coffee, is a mildly addictive stimulant. Excessive coffee, or caffeine, consumption can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure as well as irregular heartbeat. Studies have also shown that coffee may contribute to health issues such as cancer, osteoporosis and it could have negative effects on women's breast health.

Read more about the negative effects here...

The Web site, Positively Coffee, is dedicated to bringing countries that produce and consume coffee together and to make a positive contribution to the world of coffee. It offers information, facts and newsletters on important topics concerning coffee health.

The Positively Coffee Web site is a part of the Positive Communication Program of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), an intergovernmental organization for coffee.

What are some of your thoughts on coffee and how it effects health? Is coffee a positive or negative substance when it comes to our bodies? Share you thoughts with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Coffee Break Community Profile

Visit The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's Coffee Break Community profile!

http://www.coffeebreakcommunity.com/members/profile/4

Comment on The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot's profile or join Coffee Break Community to connect with other coffee lovers!

Join Coffee Break Community: An internet social networking site

Hey, I received this comment on the blog yesterday from Coffee Break Community. I hope all coffee lovers will join, The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot sure will!

Social Networking Website for Coffee Drinkers
called http://www.CoffeeBreakCommunity.com

The Internets only online Coffee Break Area

ITS FREE TO SIGN UP!
• Create and customize a profile....
• Join groups and plan events with other members
• Keep updated with your group or event's activity
• Message, video chat and IM with other members
• Share photos and music with other members
• Get "Live" News every minute

http://www.CoffeeBreakCommunity.com

Tell The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot what you think the CoffeeBreakCommunity.com!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coca-Cola Company Ventures into Coffee Market...again.


I'm sure we all remember Coke Blak. A fusion a Coca-Cola soda with coffee from a few years back. This was definitely a product that was either loved or hated. In my opinion it tasted like coffee that had been sitting out all day that someone spilt Coke in and also may have dropped their cigarette ashes into it as well. Let's just say I was not the biggest fan of Coke Blak.


However, now the Coca-Cola company is about to branch out into the coffee market once again with Illy Issimo. The Coca-Cola company has partnered with the Italian coffee company Illy, to produce a ready-to-drink coffee drink. Illy Issimo will be competing against the Pepsi-Starbucks ready-to-drink beverages. Illy Issimo is set to launch across the United States and select European markets over the next couple of days. I am anxious to see how this new coffee beverage fares against its competitors.

Do you have an opinion on Illy Issimo, or any of the products mentioned in this blog? Share them at The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy 39th Anniversary Seattle's Best Coffee!!



Forget the Big 4-0...Seattle's Best Coffee is celebrating their 39th Anniversary all month long!

Seattle's Best Coffee was founded in 1970 and is encouraging all of their customers to help them celebrate their 39th year with their Anniversary Blend brew as well as several special offers.

Check out these special events:


FREE COFFEE DAY

April 6: Enjoy a free small (12 fluid ounce) brewed coffee on us at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes (limit of one per guest).


CALLING ALL 39 YEAR OLDS

April 6 28: Come in, tell us you’re 39 and receive a free medium (16 fluid ounce) cup of brewed coffee on us at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes (limit of one per guest per day).


COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE WITH PASTRY PURCHASE

April 10 – 12: Buy a pastry and get a medium (16 fluid ounce) cup of Anniversary Roast brewed coffee on us at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes.


39 CENTS A BREW

April 17 – 19: Get a $.39 (plus tax) medium (16 fluid ounce) cup of Anniversary Roast brewed coffee at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes.


BEAN WEEKEND’S BACK

April 24 – 26: Buy a 12-ounce or larger bag of coffee and receive one medium (16 fluid ounce) beverage on us at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes.


Looking for a Seattle's Best Coffee location in the 'Burgh? Here are a few:

Borders - Pittsburgh #457
5986 Penn Circle South

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412/441-1080

Borders - Pittsburgh #74
1170 Northway Mall

Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-635-7661

Borders - Monroeville #143
200 Mall Blvd

Monroeville, PA 15146
412-374-9772

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania woman is suing McDonald's saying her 11-year-old grandson was scalded by hot coffee in a cup served with a loose lid in a drive-through lane.

Read the rest of the FOXNews.com article here...

FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. -- A Fayette County woman is suing McDonald's after she said a drive-thru worker spilled a cup of hot coffee on her 11-year-old grandson, burning him.

Read the WPXI.com article or watch the video about the story here...

ROSTRAVER, Pa. -- A Fayette County woman says McDonald's is responsible for burns suffered by an 11-year-old boy after a coffee spill.

Read the entire PittsburghChannel.com article here...

Do you think this lawsuit is justified, why or why not? Share your opinions with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot has been Blogged!

Attention all friends and followers of The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot Blog!

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot is now listed in the coffee blog directory on the web site, Blogged.

Blogged has rated The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot a 7.8-Very Good!

Click on the link in the right hand tool bar and check out the PGH Coffee Pot's profile!

Monday, March 30, 2009

New Survey!

In the last survey we learned that followers of The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot are mildly addicted to caffeine.

Take the current survey (located in the right-hand sidebar) and tell The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot what your favorite flavor of coffee is!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Breakfast Sandwhiches at Starbucks


This morning I went to the Market Square Starbucks in Downtown Pittsburgh to get my morning caffeine fix and I discovered that that Starbucks location now sales the Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches. I was ecstatic and had to give one a try.

I ordered the Sausage English Muffin. A sausage patty, egg and cheese on an Artisan English Muffin. It was surprisingly better than I expected. It was larger than the average breakfast sandwich. The sausage was plump and lean, the egg has a "real" consistency, it wasn't rubbery like some breakfast sandwich eggs. The sausage and egg seemed like they were steamed. It was much better than I though it would be. I ordered that and a tall Carmel Macchiato for only a little over $6. Not too bad, considering that I would be paying the some amount at a number of other cafes or fast-food breakfast outlets.

I haven't been able to find a lot of Starbucks locations that offer the breakfast sandwiches, so this was a surprising treat.

There has been a lot of buzz going around about the Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches for awhile now. Read some here!

Have you tried a Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich? Share tour thoughts on them here!