10.20.2014

Coffee in the news..... a mouse in my coffee?

I've had some strange things in my coffee before here at home...  actually, just about 30 minutes ago I lifted my mug to find a business card had fallen from a clip above and landed in my afternoon 'cup of joe' and I hadn't noticed until I went to sip.  I laughed and pulled it out.

I don't think this guy was laughing when he pulled a dead critter out of his mug!   From today's news source - a man who found a surprise in his mug but is quite polite about the whole thing.

FREDRICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK - Ron Morais says he picked up the coffee from McDonald's on his way into work on Monday and found a dead mouse inside.

"I always take the lid off to get my last sip of coffee. And when I took the lid off there was a little bit of a surprise in my coffee cup. It was a dead mouse," Morais said.

"Oh my God there's a mouse in my coffee is what he says. I turn around and look at him, I had somebody on the phone," said Jennifer LaHaye, a coworker.

Morais' co-workers couldn't believe it.

"Unless I had been there and seen Ron drink all that coffee down to the last drop, I would have been, like, 'you're lying.' I would have just said, 'you're lying through your teeth, it's just not possible.' I left, I left work. I came out here, and I was almost puking," said Brad Patterson,co-worker.

"The first few times I looked, I had to look, and I'm like, no it's real, he's not joking, is he ok? And then after that, I got a little green to the gills," LaHave said.

He says there were mouse droppings along with his furry find. He called the McDonald's customer service line. They have yet to connect with him.

Morais says he's not looking for a big payoff. Just an assurance this won't happen to someone else. And an answer.

"I'd like to know how the mouse got in the cup of coffee. That's basically what I'm looking for," Morais said.
A New Brunswick Department of Health Food Inspector examined the restaurant and cleared it. No violations, no pests.

McDonald's says it brought in an independent pest control company and it didn't find any pest issues either. McDonald's says it does want to analyze the mouse, and it cautions against anyone jumping to conclusions.
Morais is philosophical about the incident.

"I mean, hey, you know. I'm here,” Morais said. “And I'm in better shape than the mouse!"
But he will be making his coffee from home.


10.17.2014

Revisiting the Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker with two (2) recipes: Green Tea Frappe and Mississippi Mud Pie Frappe

This is not a sponsored post. I was not given this product to review. I own this product.

  I have posted about one of my 'fun' coffee appliances but this morning I decided to mention it again because I feel like no one knows this product even exists... yet if they knew, I think they would love it!  I use it constantly... and admittedly, not always for coffee or tea drinks, as it's powerful 'blender' is great for crushing ice for a homemade icee or Hawaiian Ice style drink- I just add flavored sugar free syrups from Torani or even the ICEE brand you can purchase online or in some stores (I found it at my Super Walmart but my Publix no longer stocks it). (Amazon has it; ICEE Zero Liquid Water Enhancer)

It's the Mr. Coffee  20-Ounce Frappe Maker and I own it... and love it. 

Features and Specifications

  • Brews and blends at the touch of a button
  • Removable brew basket
  • 20-ounce dishwasher-safe blending jar
  • Pulse button to control consistency
  • Three minute blend-and-brew cycle
  • Includes book with 20 recipes
The Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker is an all-in-one appliance that allows you to create frosty frappes in the comfort of your own home. A cross between a coffee machine and a blender, this easy-to-use frappe maker brews and blends delicious chilled concoctions all at the touch of a button.

Along with freshly brewed coffee and ice, you can add in any favorite extras, including milk, whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate-milk powder, and more. The unit's "pulse" blending button offers ultimate control over the consistency, while its sleek jar supplies a generous handle for easy serving. To top it off, garnish the beverage with whipped cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate shavings, and enjoy. Whether for yourself or to entertain guests, you can now make a delicious frappe from home. Even better, the unit's small footprint takes up minimal space on the counter for easy, everyday access.
A Quick and Easy Process
You'll never have to hassle with the inconvenience of having to use two or more machines to create the perfect frappe again. The Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker brews and blends in just three minutes, ensuring you get the same great results every time. The dishwasher-safe blending jar and brew basket make clean up easy. To get a delicious frappe, simply follow these three easy steps:
  1. Add your favorite coffee or espresso and water to the top of the machine and your favorite ingredients in the blending jar
  2. Press the Frappe button to start the process
  3. Enjoy your delicious drink
Make a Variety of Beverages
Frappes beveragesThe recipe book has more than 20 delicious recipes featuring a wide variety of easy-to-make drinks that are easily customized to your specific taste. From coffee- and tea-based drinks to adult alcohol-based frosty frappes, you are sure to find the perfect recipes to make the whole family happy. You can also avoid the fattening ingredients used by many coffeehouses by using sugar-free substitutes and fresh ingredients to truly make each recipe your own.
You can create endless varieties of icy, blended coffee drinks in the comfort of your own home with this one machine. It lets you eliminate costly trips to the coffeehouse and put dollars back into your pocket. The Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe provides a quick, easy, and affordable solution for frappe lovers.



Green Tea Frappe
2 cups crescent-shaped ice cubes (14 to 17 each)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
1/2 cup water
3 green tea bags


Place ingredients in blender compartment in order listed

2 cups crescent-shaped ice cubes (14 to 17 each)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk

Prepare coffee using amounts below

1/2 cup water
3 green tea bags




Mississippi Mud Pie Frappe
1 cup crescent-shaped ice cubes (7 to 8 each)
1 1/2 cups (about 3 scoops) cookies and cream ice cream
1 tablespoon hot fudge topping
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons ground espresso or other dark roast coffee


Place ingredients in blender compartment in order listed

1 cup crescent-shaped ice cubes (7 to 8 each)
1 1/2 cups (about 3 scoops) cookies and cream ice cream
1 tablespoon hot fudge topping
1/4 cup milk

Prepare coffee using amounts below

1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons ground espresso or other dark roast coffee

10.11.2014

Sipping Barnies Coffee Kitchen - Santa's White Christmas Blend. New to me!

Maybe it's because of where I live in the USA, or because my local grocer's weren't carrying this brand, but today while grocery shopping I saw a 'new to me' coffee offered at my local store and it was a great sale;  buy 1, get 1 free.  I still spent about 5 minutes comparing price per ounce, specials and digital and paper coupons but in the end it was the best deal AND I really, really wanted to try the one named "Santa's White Christmas" - which I thought was out a little early (umm, it's October) but apparently it's a customer favorite so they offer it year round.


I spent some time on their company website learning about the company, and seeing where they were located.  After checking out their 'about' page I clicked on the location page and I fell in love with the Winter Park, Florida location photo.  It reminded me of a cafe in Italy and as odd as it sounds, I love the front door and it makes me want to walk right in and visit.  The next time I am in Winter Park, I totally intend to do just that.

Today I bought Santa's White Christmas as well as the Barnie's Blend coffee.  I will be reviewing Barnie's blend next but today is focused on the flavored coffee blend.

From their site;

Barnie's Coffee Kitchen, Santa's White Chistmas,for Keurig Brewers (24 Ct.)
Need a little Christmas 365 days a year - or in everyone's favorite yuletide season? Santa’s White Christmas®, A Barnie's CoffeeKitchen exclusive was first introduced as a holiday coffee in 1995 and has quickly become a year-round best seller. This coffee combines the flavors of coconut, nuts, sweet caramel and vanilla to satisfy your craving for something smooth, rich and wonderful. This combination of flavors creates an aromatic cup of coffee that remains unforgettable. Also available in 10oz bags of regular and decaf ground and whole bean coffees, 2.5oz fractional packs and 10oz case packs. Compatible with Keurig® original K-Cup® coffeemakers.

I find their description to be right on target.  I can taste all the flavors they mention and it is indeed a very smooth, light coffee.  I don't like my coffee watery or too light so I brewed mine at the middle setting on my Keurig - which is 8 oz.  I can also see myself brewing it on the smaller 6 oz. setting too - and I think by doing so I'll get more of a true 'coffee shop' flavor as shops tend to have a bolder, stronger taste compared to when you blend the same coffee at home.

I am thrilled with this coffee and that is saying something because if you read COFFEE TALKING regularly or were a reader from 2004-2009 when it was a "Mom Blog" you know I don't really crave flavored coffee.  I like my caffeine in liquid form; strong, extremely hot and black.  But when Autumn is in the air or winter has arrived, I will crave a flavored brew... and this one fits the bill.

I have never found this coffee near me in stores before (either up North, in the Midwest or in the last three years I've lived in the deep South.)  However, today I found it at my local Publix.  If you do not have a Publix near you or yours does not carry it and you would like to try it, I checked and found it on Amazon so you can order it (or any of their many flavors or different styles) online!


You might also be interested in;
20-count Single Brewer Cups for Keurig Compatible Brewers Flavored Coffee Variety Pack Featuring Barnie's Coffee Kitchen 
  • Barnie's Blend, 
  • Creme Brulee, 
  • French Roast, 
  • Southern Pecan, and 
  • Santa's White Christmas Coffee Cups
Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Decaf Santa's White Christmas® Coffee **Seasonal Packaging** (12oz Ground)
Barnie's Coffee Kitchen, Santa's White Chistmas, K-cups for Keurig Brewers (48 Ct.)
Barnie's Coffee Kitchen, Santa's White Chistmas, K-cups for Keurig Brewers (96 Ct.)











10.01.2014

People bought these? Really!? Caffeine infused underwear?!


As I read the morning news I find myself drawn to news about coffee or caffeine of course... but I had to do a "really?" outloud when I read this story about people who bought caffeine infused underwear.

Really?

I read this story from a couple different sources and sure enough...  apparently the refunds are going to run around 1.5 million dollars; so I guess quite a few people were 'hoodwinked' into buying them!

"If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear 
because of promises it will make you thinner, 
federal regulators say you were hoodwinked 
– but at least you can get your money back."

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies – Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey – have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased “shapewear” that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it is infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things.

“Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss brew’ concocted by marketers,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear.”

Neither company could be reached for comment.

Norm Thompson, based in Hillsboro, Oregon, sold women’s bike shorts, tights and leggings made of a fabric called Lytess for $49 to $79, according to the FTC’s complaint. The company claimed a woman could take 2 inches off the hips and an inch off the thighs in less than a month “without effort.”

“No diets or pills. Lose inches just by wearing these cellulite-slimming Lytess leggings,” the company said in an online catalog, according to the FTC. “The unique fabric is infused with caffeine to metabolize fat.”

The claims are not backed up by scientific tests, the FTC said. The company also falsely claimed that the garments were backed by television personality Dr. Oz.

The FTC says Wacoal, based in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, made similar claims about its iPants underwear for women, which sold for $44 to $85.

In negotiated settlements, Norm Thompson agreed to pay $230,000 and Wacoal America $1.3 million, which the FTC says it will use to provide refunds for consumers. The companies also will be prohibited from claiming that their caffeinated garments cause weight or fat loss, or a reduction of body size.

The Federal Trade Commission is accepting public comment on the proposed settlement until Oct. 29. After that, the commission will decide whether to make the proposed settlements permanent.






9.25.2014

Need a caffeine-kicked snacked food? What about caffeinated sunflower seeds in various flavors like dill pickle, ranch or BBQ?

This morning I was going through some of my old 'saved' files and came across some caffeine fueled files from last summer - of 2013.  At the time I guess I was on a kick to find some caffeine-infused snack foods.  Interestingly enough as I checked the current status (September, 2014) of some of the products, I found many were no longer available.  Obviously either a flash-in-pan idea, a fad or possibly was a great product that just didn't have the marketing to take off.

One that I was surprised to see still available was called Sumseeds.


Sumseeds Energized Sunflower Seeds Variety Pack - Tangy Ranch, Original, Salt Pepper, Dill Pickle, Honey BBQ -  These salted sunflower seeds, introduced in 2007 by Dakota Valley Products, not only are caffeinated but also contain the “energy components” taurine, ginseng, and lysine.
  • Convenient variety pack of all flavors
  • Contains 1-1.75 oz bag of Tangy Ranch, Honey BBQ, Original, Dill Pickle, Salt & Pepper
  • Infused with 4 power energy components - Caffeine, Taurine, Lysine, and Ginseng

While researching their product I made the mistake of going directly to their site...  warning, if you do, and you don't have your computer's mute button on, be prepared for a cheesy movie-theater deep voice announcing their product.  It's horribly done and cringeworthy...  literally, I cringed when I heard it.  It cheapens their site and their product as if it's an infomercial warning you you better 'call now!' because only the first 80 people will be available to buy the product.

But if you get past the cheesy site and voice-over you can read about the sunflower seeds that are 'energized' and why they believe their product is better than drinking an energy drink. 

Product description from their website;

A SINGLE-SERVE 1.75oz BAG OF SUMSEEDS® CONTAINS ALMOST TWICE THE ENERGY FOUND IN AN ENERGY DRINK...  WITHOUT ALL THE ADDED SUGAR!

Sumseeds is a unique formula of energy, nutrition and taste that's second to none in the energy and snack-food industry!

CAFFEINE - 140mg
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and is proven to be effective in easing fatigue, stimulating awareness, elevating mood and has also been known to enhance performance in endurance sports. In moderation, caffeine can be beneficial for an active life style. Sunflower seeds are typically consumed at a lower rate than "energy drinks" and this diminsishes the energy "shock" that comes from rapidly guzzling a drink.

TAURINE - 96mg
Though Taurine does not have a stimulatory effect on the body, it has been known to alleviate muscle fatigue, which contributes to its appeal to athletes. Additionally, Taurine can reduce sugars in the blood.

LYSINE - 53mg
An essential amino acid, Lysine is a necessary building-block for protein and plays a major role in calcium absorbtion, building muscle protein and recovering from injury or stresses relating to participating in athletic events. Lysine has also been shown to enhance production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.

GINSENG - 40mg
The "Red Panax" variety of Ginseng has been chosen for Sumseeds as it improves circulation, blood supply and has also been shown to aid in recovery from illness. Popular research also shows that Red Panax Ginseng improves libido and "performance."

EXCELLENT FLAVORS
Flavorings used in Sumseeds are of the highest quality and consistency possible. Please read the labels below for more detailed information on each flavor.

LOW SUGAR RATIOS
Energy drinks have a high ratio of sugar to caffeine, which often results in a sudden spike and subsequent crash in blood sugar and energy when consumed rapidly. Energy Drinks can have as many as 30 grams of sugar for only 70-80 mg of caffeine. Sumseeds, however, have ONLY 2 GRAMS or less of sugar for 140 milligrams of caffeine, which provides a more gradual and sustainable energy boost for Sumseeds consumers.