Wake up! It's time for a little joe. The Menuism Coffee Blog explores the cultivation of coffee, tasting coffee, and coffee trends. From your half-caf double mocha latte to your straight-up black drip, pull up a chair, get cozy, and learn all about coffee in the articles here.

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Vegans are nuts about Dunkin’ Donuts now that the chain — which has more than 7,500 restaurants across the country — has started offering Almond Breeze‘s vanilla-flavored almond milk at most of its U.S. locations. I’m hoping it will start offering vegan chocolate donuts soon too, but hey, almond milk is a great start, especially for people who can’t start their day without a latte.

According to John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands’ president of global marketing and innovation, almond milk was introduced to Dunkin’s menu in response to growing consumer demand. The sweet, nutty beverage becomes more and more popular each year, with consumption growing at an average annual rate of 66 percent since 2010. Dunkin’ says that it chose almond milk (over soy or coconut milk) because it’s one of the country’s most popular dairy-free beverages and a good source of calcium and vitamins D, E, and A. And it tastes great, too. (more…)

Posted by on November 17th, 2014

A shining example of corporate social responsibility, Pangeo Coffee uses proceeds from its online coffee sales to fund development work in and around coffee-growing villages of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Working with Global Hope Network International, Pangeo aims to elevate these villages out of severe poverty by teaching low-cost, low-tech, and locally available ways to get clean water, grow food, reduce disease, and build schools, all with an emphasis on self-sustainment. I spoke with Pangeo’s CEO, Jeff Power, about his work. (more…)

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

Peek into different cuisines, comparing their spices, ingredients, and flavor profiles. This infographic by RecipeFinder offers a comparison of national dishes, accompanying drinks, and how different countries consume chocolate, coffee, and ice cream. (more…)

Posted by on January 13th, 2012

Winter is here, which means it’s hot beverage time and along with tea and hot chocolate, coffee is a popular choice among many.  However, have you ever walked into a coffee shop confused about the difference between a latte and an Americano?  Well, be confused no more and take a look below for a breakdown of the various coffee drinks to choose from.

Caffe Americano: A style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving a similar strength but different flavor from regular drip coffee. The strength of an Americano varies with the number of shots of espresso and the amount of water added.

Caffe Latte: One part espresso mixed with three parts of steamed milk with less foam than a cappuccino.

Cafe au Lait: Similar to a Caffe Latte except that it is made with equal parts brewed coffee (instead of espresso) and steamed milk.

Caffe Mocha (Mochachino): A Caffé Mocha is a variant of a Caffe Latte. Like a latte, it is typically one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk, but a portion of chocolate is added, typically in the form of sweet cocoa powder, although many varieties use chocolate syrup. Mochas can contain dark or milk chocolate.

Cappuccino: A combination of equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth and usually has a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder or grated dark chocolate sprinkled on the top.

Espresso: A very strong black coffee made by forcing hot pressurized water through dark-roast coffee beans in an espresso machine. Espresso should have a thick, golden-brown foam on the top. It is the used in a wide variety of specialty coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino, latte and americano. Espresso is usually drunk either on its own (black) or with a small amount of sugar. An espresso macchiato has a small amount of steamed milk added to the top. An espresso with whipped cream topping is called an Espresso Con Panna.

Steamer:  Steamed milk that has been flavored with syrup, served alone without espresso.

Hope you found this little coffee primer helpful and when you’re ready for a cup or two, check out the coffeehouses listed below.

Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar
321 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 860-5869

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
3922 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-6173

Java Joes Coffeehouse
214 4th St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 288-5282

Rejavanate Coffee Shop
3300 E Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 253-7721

RIM Cafe
1172 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 465-3515

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