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Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Countdown: Hint #10: Hanukkah Coffee Mugs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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




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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.