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Coffee, Coffee Everywhere!

When we speak to our friends about their favorite parts of winter, many of them gush about how much they enjoy cozy winter nights curled up with their families.

We love those moments too, but that’s not the only time we feel happy!

If you ask us, the very best time of day in the winter and around the holidays is really in the morning.

The sun rises later so we actually see it peek over the horizon and we grab our favorite blanket and a cup of coffee to enjoy a moment of calm before the hustle and bustle of a busy winter day starts.

So as we continue in the hustle and bustle of these winter days preparing for all the Holidays of this season we wanted to share a few festive coffee recipes to get you through these chaotic winter days. 

Heres a list of some Holiday coffee recipes, sure to get you festively through the day.

Candy Cane Latte

Ingredients:
2 shots espresso
1 cup milk 
2 drops peppermint extract
Or 1 tbsp peppermint schnapps
Whipped cream & candy cane for garnish

Toasted Marshmallow Iced Coffee

For a sweet coffee treat that’s sure to inspire, try this one on for size; it takes a little work, but it’s well worth it.

Grind your favorite coffee beans to medium fine and mix in a pitcher with three quarts of cold water.

Leave it overnight at room temperature.

The next day, strain through a mesh sieve and coffee filter into a new pitcher, and put it in the fridge.

Then combine one cup of white sugar and one cup of brown sugar with one cup of water in a saucepan.

Boil, stirring occasionally, for two to three minutes to make syrup.

Stir the syrup into the coffee pitcher, then add a cup and a half of heavy cream.

Finally, pour into a cup, top with marshmallow topping, and torch the topping.

 

Eggnog Latte 

Simply pour milk and egg nog into a steaming pitcher, then heat to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add a shot of espresso, and pour the whole thing into your mug.

Use a spoon to hold back the foam, and then spoon it back over the top.

Sprinkle a little nutmeg over the foam.

 

Classic Gingerbread Latte

Ingredients:
2 oz shot of espresso
½ cup steamed milk
1 tbs molasses
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp freshly ground ginger
Toppings: Cinnamon or Nutmeg

Preparation: 
Step 1: In your cup of choice, pour and mix a 2oz shot of espresso with molasses, vanilla extract and ground ginger.
Step 2: Pour in steamed milk.
Step 3: Sprinkle nutmeg (or cinnamon) as a garnish.

 

Irish coffee

Ingredients:
8 ounces brewed blarney blend coffee
1/4 cup irish whiskey
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
whipped cream, garnish

Preparation:
Brew 1-(8-ounce) cup of coffee and divide amongst two mugs.
Add 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey (I used Jameson) to each mug; then fill to the top with heavy cream.
Garnish with whipped cream.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 shots espresso (or 2/3 cup kickstart coffee)
whipped cream for serving
1 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional, for mocha version)
chocolate sauce for glass (optional, for mocha version)

Preparation:
For the pumpkin spice latte version: In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey.

Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer, about 45 seconds.

Next, stir in the milk and vanilla.

Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring.

Next, use an immersion blender (or transfer the mixture to a blender carefully) and blend until frothy.

Divide the espresso between two glasses, and divide the latte mixture on top. Top with whipped cream and serve.

For the mocha version: In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey.

Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer, about 45 seconds.

Next, stir in the milk, vanilla, and chocolate extract.

Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring.

Next, use an immersion blender (or transfer the mixture to a blender carefully) and blend until frothy.

Add chocolate sauce to the two glasses, and add the coffee or espresso.

Pour the frothy pumpkin latte mixture on top, and then top with whipped cream.

Drizzle extra chocolate sauce on the whipped cream.

Combine all ingredients, and store in an air-tight jar.

 

Coffee isn’t just for festive morning beverages! We also use it in quite a few other recipes. Check out or list of rubs, baked goods, and sauces.

Coffee Rub

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Kickstart Coffee Grounds 
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2  cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 tsp Salt
4 tsp Black Pepper
4 tsp Paprika
4 tsp Cayenne
4 tsp Garlic powder

Once you have whisked together all of these ingredients feel free to use it on any type of meat you prefer.

Simply sprinkle a generous amount onto the meat and massage it so the meat absorbs the rub and doesn’t fall off when you cook it.

Repeat this until every piece of meat is completely covered with the coffee rub.

You can store this rub in an airtight container for up to three months. 

 

Barbecue Sauce 

Ingredients:
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup brewed bourbon barrel coffee
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs molasses
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preparation:
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.Transfer to a lidded jar and chill in the refrigerator. I recommend letting the sauce sit in the fridge overnight before using to really marry the flavors together. This sauce will last 2 weeks in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.

 

Coffee Energy Bites

Ingredients:
1 cup Whole grain oatmeal (dry)
1/2 cup Ground flaxseed 
1 1/5 tbsp Freshly ground coffee beans
1/2 cup Creamy almond butter
1/4 cup Honey 
1 tsp Vanilla 
1/4 cup Chocolate chips
1/4 cup Dried cranberries 

Peperation:
Stir the dry ingredients (excluding chocolate chips and cranberries). Then stir in the wet ingredients. Fold chocolate chips and cranberries into the mixture. Chill for 20 minutes. Roll into balls.

And life just isn’t complete without coffee in our every day life happenings……

Coffee Scrub

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Coarse sea salt 
1 cup Dried coffee grounds
1 cup Coconut oil 
5-15 drops Lemon essential oil 

Snails, Begone!

If you have a slug problem, you can use the grounds as a repellent.

Slugs don’t like the acidity of the coffee so they won’t go near it.

So just sprinkle some on the soil and voila!

Coffee, Carrots, & Radishes (OH MY)!

Do you grow carrots and/or radishes? Good news - you can double your harvest with coffee grounds. Just mix them with the seeds before planting, and wait for the results!

Hello, Worms!

I know worms may not sound great, but they actually are great for your garden.
Their body processes help to fertilize the soil. It just so happens, worms love coffee just like us. So add a few worms and some grounds and you’re good to go!

Best Compost Pile Ever!

Coffee grounds contain a high amount of nitrogen. Nitrogen is really useful to your compost bin and will help it be at its best.Go ahead and toss those grounds into the compost!

Spot Cleaner!

You can make a spot-removing solution with just coffee and water! Just mix some grounds in with soapy water and you’re set. It can be very helpful while cleaning your kitchen, or even bathrooms.

Deep-Clean your Pans!

If you have a pan that can resist stains, you can use grounds to help clean them! The grounds abrasively scrub off any layers of dirt and grime on your pan.

Disposal need cleaning?

You can make chunks of coffee grounds to aid in cleaning your garbage disposals. Use 1 cup of dried grounds, ¾ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, and 3 tbsp white vinegar. Stir until it clumps, then freeze! Pop one into your garbage disposal whenever you think it needs a cleaning.

Clogged Drain?

Have a clogged sink you want to fix? You can use coffee, soap, and water to break it up. Just dump in the grounds, then liquid soap, and finally boiling water.

Wood Scratches?
Got some scratches on your nice wood furniture? Good news, you can cover them up with some grounds and oil. Mix the two together and apply with a cotton swab.

Hair build up?
If you use a lot of hair styling product, chances are you have buildup. Luckily, you can use grounds to break and get rid of that residue. Just scrub the grounds into your hair before shampooing!

Does your pet have fleas?
A lot of bugs and animals don’t like coffee, including fleas. If your pets have a flea problem, try adding a tablespoon of grounds to the dog’s shampoo. This should help deter the fleas from your furry ones!

Playdough for the kiddos?
Have you been too afraid to give your kid play-dough for fear they’ll eat it?
There’s an easy recipe that’s safe to eat, but they probably won’t like the taste:

Ingredients:
2 cup Flour 
1/2 cup Coffee grounds 
1 tbsp Instant Coffee 
1 cup Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tartar 
1 cup Hot water 
2 tbsp Oil 
Soap shavings

Preparation:
First mix all dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients. Let this sit for a few minutes. Then stir again.

How do you use your coffee? 

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