Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot has been Blogged!

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

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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!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream

Just in time for summer!

Today, an article was published by the Seattle Times that discussed Starbucks' new line of coffee ice cream with four flavors based on coffee drinks sold in Starbucks stores.

Read more here...

The coffee ice cream will now be sold in pints, cups and bars in four flavors (caramel macchiato, mocha frappuccino, java chip frappuccino and of course, coffee).

For more product info, locations of where to find Starbucks Ice Cream and nutritional infomation...click here!

Coffee Quiz Scores!

Kevin tested his coffee knowledge and scored 60%!

Think you can beat his score? Take the quiz now and find out how high your coffee IQ is!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Test Your Coffee Knowledge

Take this awesome coffee quiz I created! Have fun and NO cheating!

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Caffeine Consumption

Many people like to drink coffee for the energy rush it gives them from the caffeine content. I work at a CVS Pharmacy as a cashier and every time I work I ring up a countless number of people who are buying coffee, energy drinks, caffeine suppliments and food or other products that contain caffeine. I started to wonder just how much caffeine was in these items and at the end of the day just how much caffeine are we consuming.

I gathered some info from the MedecineNet.com Web site and complied it in a chart below. Check it out to see how much caffeine you consumed today.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flavored Coffee

I am an avid lover of flavored coffee. The wackier it is...the better.

I recentlt tried a flavored coffee, called Warm Apple Pie. The coffee is made by Beaumont Coffee, a product sold at ALDI, a low cost supermarket.

At first I was sceptical of how this flavor would taste. When I cut open the packet, the smell of the ground coffee was not too appealing. The apple scent seemed artificial and its mix with the coffee smelt unpleasant. Not unpleasant in a gross way, by unpleasant in a synthetic way.

When the coffee began to brew the warm aroma of freshly baked apple pie filled the air. I poured myself a generous cup. And added a light portion of cream and a pinch of sugar. I took a deep breath before drinking the first sip anticipating dissapointment. Wow! I couln't have been happier with the flavor of that coffee. The ratio of fresh coffee taste and the apple pie flavoring was perfect. The drink was comforting like hot apple cider and robust like traditional coffee.

This is definitely a flavored coffee I would encourag everyone to try!

What are some of the most popular flavors for coffee? Check out this article from the Associated Content Web site and found out!

What is your favorite flavored coffee? Share yours with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot!

Starbucks and Instant Coffee

In February 2009, Starbucks announced that they would release a new product in March, Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, an instant coffee.

In an online article from February 17 from CNN Money.com, the Starbucks Corporation chief executive stated that this is the company's way of fighting "misperceptions about affordability" for the coffee chain's brand.

Starbuck's VIA pack is offered in two varieties, Columbia -Latin America-Medium and Italian Roast-Specialty Roast-Extra Bold, according to the Starbucks Web site.

A single packet of VIA will sale for less than $1, a three pack is offered for $2.95 and 12 packs for $9.95, according to the CNN Money.com article.

VIA is currently only offered in Starbucks stores located Seattle, WA and Chicago, IL. However, locations in London will be coming soon, according to the Starbucks Web site. I am anxious to try this instant coffee.

I feel that most coffee drinkers either love or hate instant coffee. I was once very sceptical of it, but then I tried the Nescafe instant coffee. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It tasted just as good as a fresh brewed cup of coffee and it only took minutes to make.

Starbucks VIA has been receiving positive reviews on the company's Web site.

Have you tried Starbucks VIA? Tell The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot about it or share your thoughts on instant coffee!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10 Interesting Coffee Facts

How much caffeine is in coffee?
Who invented coffee?
Coffee has its own designated holiday?!?

Check out the article, 10 Interesting Facts About Coffee, by Kassidy Emmerson, from the Associated Content Web site.

Share your thoughts on this article here! Or share your own interesting coffee facts!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring (Coffee) Break

This past week I was on my Spring Break from college. My Spring Break was not the typical party adventure many college students embark on. I spent it casually relaxing with my family and boyfriend. I worked some extra hours at CVS Pharmacy and I got caught up on some well deserved sleep. This may all seem leisurely and comfortable, however, my break did not lack adventure or spontaneity.

On Tuesday, my boyfriend, Steve, and I went to the
Church Brew Works. This was his first time there and my second. We enjoyed a surprisingly decadent dinner.

On Thursday, Steve needed to run to the library to check out books for one of his classes. We went to the
Carnegie Library in Oakland. Once again, he had never been there before and I had. The library has changed a bit since the last time I had been there, about 3 or 4 years ago. While Steve updated his library card, I found my way to the library's Crazy Mocha kiosk and ordered a piping hot White Chocolate Mocha. The Crazy Mocha also offered a vast variety of paninis, wraps, pasta salads and desserts.

Finally, our biggest Spring Break adventure of the week, occurred on Saturday. Steve and I had planned on road tripping to Eighty-Four, PA to the 7-Eleven Diner. I love diners and I try to visit as many unique and original ones as possible. Early Saturday morning we began our journey around 10 am and arrived at the diner by noon. It was tucked away in the corner of a BP gas station. There were a few locals enjoying there breakfasts and coffees. Steve and I ordered breakfast also and I of course...ordered a cup of coffee. Diner coffee always seems better than home brewed coffee or high priced gourmet coffee drinks. It was fresh brewed and served with small town hospitality.

When we left the diner and started to drive a bit we realized we were only about 30 miles outside of Wheeling, WV. In a hasty split-second decision we decided that was our next road trip destination. That was one of the best decisions we could have made. While in Wheeling we did some sight-seeing and we couldn't help stopping by the
Wheeling Island casino.

After spending the afternoon at Wheeling Island we drove back into Downtown Wheeling and walked around visiting some local shops. We stopped for lunch a Later Alligator. I was so surprised by this cafe. The decor created an atmosphere that felt more like we were in New Orleans not West Virginia. The menu consisted of surprisingly creative crepes and sandwiches. Steve had a portobella mushroom sandwich on a Kaiser roll and I had...The King. A grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich that received its namesake from the late, great Elvis Presley. And of course, I had a coffee. This time I ordered an Iced Coffee. Lightly sweetened with cream and sugar. The coffee was brewed using a French Press. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, the French Press produces a very smooth and clear cup of coffee. This was one of the best and simple Iced Coffee I have ever had. It was as refreshing as a glass of water. I never would have thought that I would have found a cafe like this in Wheeling.

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