COFFEE DRINKERS, RAISE YOUR MUGS!
This past Wednesday was National Coffee Day, but to me, that’s everyday. How do I like to celebrate this auspicious holiday? Five different ways…
- WITH CREAM AND VANILLA FLAVORING SYRUP
I used to be absolutely addicted to flavored creamer; I had a whole shelf in my fridge dedicated to it. In an attempt to simplified my life (including my diet), a few years ago I moved to just heavy whipping cream and Monin flavor syrups. Sure, it adds a couple steps and doesn’t totally remove sugar, but it at least allows me to control a little bit more.
I cannot tell you the number of ways I have owned some sort of espresso machine. Starting decades ago when my mom and I picked one up at a Black Friday sale at Target, I had been in search of an affordable way to make legit espresso at home. I found that with Nespresso. This machine has made it quick and easy to enjoy a dirty Tazo chai with oat milk. It also brews a fine cup of regular coffee, too.
- FRENCH PRESS
I travel a ton, and I am not always near a Starbucks or a Caribou Coffee. To ensure I can still get a good cup of coffee, I bring along a hot water boiler and a baby french press. Super portable and wonderful!
- COLD BREW
…but not as you think. I love the flavor of cold brew, but I actually like it steamed more than over ice (an unpopular opinion, I know). Dunn Bros. has a delicious version of this called a Steamed Nirvana, and it most certainly is.
- FROM SMALL LOCAL CAFES
I love me some Caribou and Starbucks, you know this (if you have recently inquired about full-wedding coverage you have probably received a little something-something from one of the two). However, when possible, I seek out the cute little locally owned and crafted cafes. Fika up north is amazing, and I can’t wait to visit the Cozy Coffee Co. of Hill City someday soon. Like a lot of people, coffee roasting and brewing is an art, and it is always good to support it as a craft rather than a commodity when given the chance.
What is your favorite way to enjoy a brew or two?
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!