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Using Coffee in your Cooking

Is having coffee in your cup just not enough? We have some great ways to add coffee to your cooking, too! In many cases, brewed coffee can be substituted in recipes for water to give your favorite foods an exotic new flavor. Here are some of our favorites that you can try.

Brownies – Adding coffee to your brownies in place of the recipe’s water might not give it a strong coffee flavor, but it will enhance the chocolate flavor. This is a great way to make those convenient boxed mixes taste like homemade. This flavor boost works for banana bread and your other favorite baked goods as well.

Vinaigrette dressing – The next time you are making a vinaigrette for your salad, consider including a couple tablespoons of coffee. A simple one to try includes equal measures of coffee, vinegar, and maple syrup. Perfect over your favorite greens.

Steak rub – Looking for a new flavorful rub the next time you fire up the grill? Add finely ground coffee to your spices for a blend that you will want to use again and again. Try on pork or chicken too!

What is your favorite way to use coffee in your cooking?

Falling for Tea

Coffee may be the American national beverage, but tea has spent the last few years exploding in popularity as well. It may have taken a couple of centuries for tea to recover from the damage done to its reputation in the Revolution, but we are happy to see it welcomed back now with open arms. Like our beloved coffee, tea is offering seasonal trends of its own. Just one more reason to love tea or give it a try if you have not yet taken the plunge.

There are few foods and beverages that cannot be found in pumpkin spice flavor this fall, and tea is no exception. A pumpkin spice tea with your favorite caramel creamer or sweet cream is as tasty as a dessert without all the calories. Looking for something more unique? No problem.

Fruit teas have been around for ages, but are now enjoying a surge of interest here in the States. You have two options when it comes to fruit teas. First are teas made from dried fruit. These can be found in almost any fruit flavor you like, from lemon to blueberry, strawberry to orange. These are often caffeine free like herbal teas. For those who enjoy fruit flavor and caffeine, try the growing selection of fruit flavored black teas.

Ever since Bigelow crafted their Constant Comment orange flavored black tea, we have not been able to get enough of black teas sweetened with a touch of fruit flavor. Bigelow has since added lemon, peach, and raspberry flavors. Twinings also now offers several flavors, including black currant, mixed berry, and pomegranate black teas in addition to their fruity herbal blends.

Other seasonal flavors of tea available include a dreamy salted caramel by Bigelow or Twining’s classic Christmas tea.

Watching Out for Calories in Holiday Coffees

Seasonal and holiday coffees are some of the most delicious beverages of the year. Unfortunately, some of them are packed with more calories than anything we would normally drink as well. Enjoy your seasonal favorites without bursting any buttons with these tips.

The first thing to look out for is sugar. Of course, this is easier to do if you are making your own beverage, but you can also request sugar substitutes at most coffee shops. Since sweeteners have virtually no calories and sugar has 16 calories per teaspoon, this can add up fast if you have a notorious sweet-tooth. If you are concerned about the healthiness of sweeteners, there is some good news. Most sugar substitutes are several times sweeter than sugar, meaning that a little bit goes a long way.

The next thing that packs calories into coffee drinks is cream. There is nothing like the sweet, creamy taste of our favorite creamer, but you can save hundreds of calories by cutting back on the amount or using a lower calorie option such as skim milk. You can also experiment with other types of milk, like almond or coconut milk, for healthier options that you may love the taste of.

If you are ordering coffee at your favorite coffee shop, you can forego the whipped topping or ask them to use only half the syrup. After all, these are things you probably would not even add if you were making coffee at home.

The key is to limit our holiday splurges. A creamy, sweet pumpkin latte is alright now and then, but picking one up each day might leave you more New Year’s pounds to shed than you would like. Try healthier ingredient substitutes to enjoy the season without regrets.

A Coffee Bar is Perfect for an Autumn Event

A tantalizing coffee bar is an ideal addition to your fall events. As the weather cools, nothing complements the crisp autumn air like hot coffee with all the fixings. Of course, coffee bars are a hit any time of year, but now is the time to dress yours up especially for the season.

All the best coffee bars start with gourmet coffee. Be sure to include regular and decaffeinated options. It is also a nice idea to offer hot water with tea bags and hot chocolate packets for your guests who are not coffee drinkers. Have someone responsible for monitoring the coffee bar, so that the coffee is fresh and plentiful.

The options that you offer for adding to coffee is where the fun starts. Stock your coffee bar with the standard favorites, such as sweetener, sugar, and cream, but also offer your guests some gourmet options, like chocolate covered stirring spoons, salted caramel syrup, and organic butter. Don’t forget the cinnamon, whipped cream, cherries, and flavored creamers. Ask people to suggest their favorites before the event so that you know you have them covered.

For fall, decorate your coffee bar with the beautiful earth tones of the season. Autumn leaves, pumpkins, and acorns create a lovely natural display. You can also keep the signs and cards identifying items within the fall color scheme. Tie orange, red, and brown ribbons around bowls, cups, and carafes for a simple yet elegant touch of autumn.

Other ways to dress up your coffee bar include pots of chrysanthemums, sugar cubes, cloth napkins, and scattered gems in autumn colors.

Protein Packed Coffee

A protein packed breakfast is the best way to start your day, giving you the energy and feeling of fullness that will keep your productivity optimized until lunch time. However, if you are like many other people, you prefer to start your day with nothing more than your favorite cup of coffee. Use these tips to add protein to your coffee to improve your health and enjoy more energy than ever throughout your morning.

Cow milk has approximately 8 grams of protein per cup, so, depending upon how much you add to your coffee, this can be a great start to infusing your coffee with protein. When using nut milks, do not assume that the protein count is higher. Most milk alternatives are lower in protein content than cow milk, with the closest one, soy milk, coming in at 4 grams per serving.

An easy way to add several grams of protein to each cup of coffee is by adding a serving of protein powder. Depending on which style you choose, this can also add great flavor to your drink as well. It blends in best if you add the protein powder to your milk or creamer first, rather than directly to your coffee.

Other, less conventional additives can add protein to your coffee if they are to your taste. Some examples include plain yogurt, peanut butter, cacao nibs, and almond butter.

How do you add protein to your morning?

Services Overview

Carrying whole bean, pre-ground, and fraction packs of your favorite brands, including national brands like Starbucks and Green Mountain. We also offer a wide variety of Keurig K-Cups, flavored coffees, filter packs, and everything you need for the perfect cup of coffee.

Hav-A-Cup Coffee Service will provide your business with commercial grade equipment &will work with you to determine the best equipment for your particular need or business, whether it’s a small office or a large company, restaurant or convenience store. We offer Keurig, Bunn, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts (environmentally-friendly), along with Cappuccino and Gourmet Ice machines.

Choose from countertop or free-standing water filtration units, water coolers, or bottled water.

Not everyone is a coffee lover, believe it or not. So why not offer soft drinks, teas and other refreshing beverages in your office or breakroom? We carry both Coke & Pepsi products, along with juice, hot & cold teas, Swiss Miss, Crystal Light, Slushie and other drink mixes.

We will keep you stocked up on your favorite creamers, sweeteners, and condiments and keep your employees fueled up on snacks like granola bars & popcorn.

Paper products, cups and lids, utensils. Essentials for your break room that often go overlooked. Let Hav-A-Cup take care of stocking your break room with high quality paper, styrofoam and plastic products.

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