Hello anybody reading this blog, Briana here.
I wanted to take the time today to not write a blog about coffee or tea but to write a blog about my appreciation.
I have been working at Saratoga Coffee Traders for over 2 years now and have met some amazing people throughout these days.
I started off as a barista a couple years ago and was very nervous because I did not know what to expect since I did not have much experience in the coffee world. I quickly adapted all because of how great my co-workers and customers treated me.
During this time I met some amazing friends and an amazing man.
When I told everybody that I wanted to expand my family and became pregnant, I got nothing but support and love.
I got this incredible offer to do all of the online marketing for the coffee shop. I have been enjoying doing this to the fullest and now 9 months have past and it's time for this sweet baby girl to arrive.
This has been the best job i've ever been blessed with and can also thank all of the customers for this experience. Today is my last day before I go on maternity leave. I will be coming back a couple days a week after I spend some time with my family.
I want to thank all of my amazing co-workers, my two great bosses and all of the incredible customers for making me smile every day coming into work.
If you like to grind your coffee fresh every morning, here is an infograph making sure you are grinding it on the right setting for each individual brewing method.
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1) Make sure you are using the right equipment to store your coffee.
Your coffee will not stay fresh if it is stored in a paper bag. You will want either a protective bag with aluminum on the inside or you will want to keep your coffee in an air tight sealed container.
Deathwish Coffee has a great 16 oz coffee canister that can hold a 1 pound bag of coffee that we sell here in store or on their website.
2) Only freeze your coffee beans if you don't plan on using them for at least 2 weeks.
You do not want to store them in a freezer, take them out, then put them back in. The frozen moisture on your coffee will melt and be absorbed into the bean.
3) The best way to keep your coffee fresh is to keep them as whole beans as long as you can.
Only take out what you need for the day and grind the beans yourself.
p.s.- for the freshest tasting coffee use a chemex or a french press
4) For on the go, use a travel mug.
Our new travel mugs are vaccum sealed and keep the coffee fresh and hot much longer. Any travel mug in general will keep it more fresh and hot than a paper cup (and cheaper!)
I have posted a blog similar to this before but decided to find more yummy coffee recipes for you to make at home!
Coffee Banana Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 12 cup capacity muffin tin or use paper liners.
With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. Fold in the chopped pecans. Pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Coffee Angel Food Cake
Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and continue whipping until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, gradually add 1 cup of the sugar and continue whipping until stiff and the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds.
In a small bowl, stir together the hot water and instant coffee to make coffee extract.
Using a sieve over a large bowl, sift the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the pre-sifted cake flour 3 times, to aerate the mixture.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg whites in batches; then fold in the vanilla and dissolved coffee.
Spoon the batter into an ungreased 9 or 10-inch tube pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until light golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool by turning the cake (in the pan) upside down, propped on top of a bottle until it cools to room temperature. Run a long, sharp knife blade, or a butter knife, around the cake to loosen, then knock the cake out onto a plate or work it out with your fingers. The outside crumb of the cake will remain in the pan; exposing the white cake underneath.
Make the Glaze: Stir the ingredients together until smooth. Add more liquid if too thick or more sugar if too thin. Pour glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down naturally. Let glaze set until hard, at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt, so you have a cappuccino in your mouth.
Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk. Boil the mixture over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. The mixture will be thick when done. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the espresso and vanilla until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill the bowl in the fridge until cold, at least 2 hours. Serve the pudding chilled.
Coffee Smores Pie
Graham Cracker Crust
Graham Cracker Crust
Dark Chocolate Mocha Avocado Mousse
Mocha Oatmeal Cookies
In order to make things a little more simple for you and us we decided to re-do our food menu.
Salad or Wrap: $8.88 +tax
Gallant Fox: Olives, Feta, Hummus, Tomatoes, Grape Leaves, Greek Dressing
Whirlaway: Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Balsamic Dressing
Caesar: Romaine, Croutons, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Olives, Caesar Dressing
(You can add Bacon or Chicken for $1.50)
Hot Sammi or Wrap: $9.35 +tax
CBR: Chicken, Tomatoes, Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch
T-Payne: Turkey, Provolone, Roasted Red Peppers
Sir Barton: Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, Cheddar, Mayo
Seattle Slew: Chicken Salad, Cheddar, Tomatoes
(You can add Bacon or Chicken for $1.50)
Egg & Cheese- $3.60 (Add Bacon, Sausage or Turkey for $1.50)
Avocado, Egg & Cheese- $4.99 (Add Bacon, Sausage or Turkey for $1.50)
CC, Lox, Tomatoes, Capers- $10.99
BLT w/ Mayo- $5.64
Cream Cheese Bagel- $2.99
PB & J- $3.27
Hummus Bagel- $3.27
Butter Bagel- $1.87
Mountain Man- $5.64 (on a wrap)
Bacon Grilled Cheese- $5.64
Any of these items are available on Ciabatta, English Muffin or Bagel (Everything, Sesame, Wheat, Plain)