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Coffee and Chemistry Blog

  • So... What is Espresso?

    The term “espresso roast” was likely born from a need to make an easy to recognize option for consumers. As a rule, when you see a coffee labeled as espresso roast, it will be a very dark roast.

    But, play around with your coffee.  By limiting yourself to only using “espresso roasts” in your machine, you may be missing out!

  • Coffee please, but Safety First!

    Is coffee healthy or harmful? As with many things, there is debate!

    More and more studies are showing the benefits of coffee consumption, not only for increased cognitive awareness , but also in increasing calorie burn during exercise. Studies also show that it has a positive effect on conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, and immune system function.

     

  • Recipe: Triple Threat Coffee Cocktail

    This lower carb craft coffee cocktail really let’s the coffee shine. I just absolutely love the way bourbon and coffee taste together! Plus, it’s mesmerizing to watch the layers intermingle 
  • Recipe Crafty Coffee Cocktail: Spiked Mocha Rose

    Warm up on a cold winter evening, with this decadent, deliciously dark chocolate coffee cocktail with hints of almond, vanilla, and honey. Yum!
  • Peppermint Rose Mocha

    Valentine’s Day is all about pairing up, right? Well, few things match up better than mint and mocha. Experimenting with Smart Owl Mocha Rose Infused Honey (still in trial phases) has quickly become my favorite way to pass these cold winter days.

    Here’s our fun spin on this classic. 

  • SIZE MATTERS: Find your perfect grind

    While most Americans opt for the ease of a drip pot and pre ground coffee, it’s fun to experiment. Each brew system works best with a specific grind size (see chart). Have fun learning new techniques and let us know if you have any questions.
  • Let’s get Balance

    Is it safe to assume that most people contemplate these things at one point or another? I certainly do... The implication being that finding the right balance could mean achieving happiness.

    Wouldn’t that be grand?

  • The History of Coffee

    There are a few legends that surround the origins of coffee. One such legend dates coffee back to the early 15th-century in the region of Kaffa Ethiopia. It was said that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee after observing his goats becoming excited when eating the beans from a specific plant. Another tale...
  • Brain Boosting Breakfast

    If you are short on time and need your coffee and breakfast to go, give this KETO friendly recipe a try. 
  • Decaf After Dinner Digest Dessert Recipe WITH LAVENDER HONEY

    I'll provide you with a quick version, and a more involved version that includes a from scratch lavender simple syrup that makes this recipe even more addicting, and adds an interesting dimension of flavor to any coffee drink. It's also great and cocktails!
  • SMART OWL COFFEE RECIPE: Granny's Elixer

    This luscious coffee concoction reminds us of the revered creamsicle popsicle that was so popular in our youth and makes it a good option hot or chilled over ice.

  • Coffee and Chemistry: 3 ways L-theanine will boost your coffee.

    There are numerous articles touting the mental benefits of the combination of L-theanine in coffee, but mental clarity is not the only advantage this ingredient provides.