Espresso Cocktails for National Coffee Day

September 29, 2012 - Written by Diana

Here are a couple of recipes from Krups  – this isn’t a review for Krups as I’ve never tried their product, but I’m in a coffee mood and it’s National Coffee Day.  It’s too late for that morning cup, so I’ve decided to share some espresso cocktails for your evening relaxation enjoyment.


Vanilla Espresso Martini


Vanilla Espresso Martini


1 ounces of fresh brewed espresso

2 ounces vanilla flavored vodka

½ ounce of Bailey’s

1 ounce cream de cacao

3-4 espresso beans for garnish (optional)


Brew the espresso according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with a few espresso beans for garnish (optional). Enjoy!

Iced Mocha Latte

Iced Mocha Latte:


2 ounces of fresh brewed espresso

4 ounces of skim milk

2-3 tablespoons of light chocolate syrup

2 ounces of Kahlúa


Brew the espresso according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour chocolate syrup, milk, Kahlúa, and espresso over the ice in that order. Stir well to combine. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or more chocolate syrup if desired. Enjoy!

Mocha Pudding Cakes

January 7, 2009 - Written by Diana

 mocha pudding cups 003 Once I tried out the orange pudding cakes, I decided to do the Mocha Pudding Cakes from the same cookbook. The recipes are very similar, so if you can do one, you can do the other – it’s really not difficult. The orange are still my favorite, but the Mocha are very close behind. It was right before my daughter left for school again and she loves coffee, this was no exception, she loved these too. 



Cool Beverages to Enjoy

December 11, 2008 - Written by Diana

Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to try out different beverages.  Coffee was the main ingredient in a few, and tea another.  These can be found in the grocery store and packed into your lunch back or back pack for a drink on the go or at work.  I stuck a couple of these in my cooler to enjoy during a road trip and also brought them to lunch at work and we also keep them in the fridge at home.  I love soda, but I’m trying to stay away from the really sugary sweet stuff, even my coffee drinks aren’t as sweet as they used to be.

Green Tea with Mint TeaZazz – This is a semi-new sparkling iced tea though TeaZazz has been around on the west coast since 2006. We really enjoyed this pleasant blend of tea (black or green), fruit flavors and carbonation.  TeaZazz is a refreshing change from tea and flavored waters, with a light bit of fizz and without the High Fructose Corn Syrup.  There are only 25 calories in a serving of TeaZazz which makes it a delicious low calorie drink. The Green Tea with Mint was my favorite while my husband liked the Green Tea with Lemon. You can also choose Original Tea or Peach Tea , all are carbonated and all are tasty.  The bottle is 20 convenient ounces, large enough to share, but small enough to carry in for your work lunch.

The only draw back is that it isn’t local for me and has limited store availability .  However, that is not too big of a problem because you can order a case online – shipping is included in the price.  If you register online, they’ll keep you updated so that you’ll know when it shows up in your area.  


Drink No Evil Coffee Energy Drink Adina Drink No Evil Coffee Energy Drink – First off, besides being delicious it is made with fair trade organic coffee a big plus in my book.  Also it is packed with natural antioxidants (one can contains the equivalent of 4 servings of fruit) and Drink No Evil contains Guarana for a natural energy pick up. Drink No Evil has organic NO fat milk and evaporated cane juice.  My favorite flavor Drink No Evil is Caramel Kick.  I love that it has a really nice caramel taste, but isn’t too sweet.  All of the others were just as great and I loved them all.  I shared the mocha with my husband because that’s usually his favorite coffee drink, and he agreed.  I took the others on the trip with me – the Double Xxpresso, Hazelnut Hookup and Vanilla Nut Case – a very nice slightly spicy nutty vanilla drink .  They stored away nicely in the cooler and were a perfect pick me up on my long drive.   You should be able to find Adina Drink No Evil Coffee Energy Drinks in Whole Foods Markets.  I haven’t found them in other stores yet, but hopefully it will be there soon.  I’ve asked at my local place a couple of times hoping to push the issue.  Adina’s other beverages look just as cool.

TRIPLE LATTE 24 PACK - 24 - 8 OZ - CANSShock Coffee – This is a new coffee drink my husband found.  He liked it so much he ordered a case of the mocha and a case of the latte online, since we can’t find it nearby. (These aren’t organic though like the Drink No Evil). This is another really good tasting lightly sweetened coffee. Shock coffee contains 50 percent more coffee than the other brands, so if you want to stay awake, this might help.  I like this question under the faqs.


Caribou Iced CoffeeCaribou Coffee – Iced Coffee Drinks – This is the drink we pick up most often because it’s convenient and easy to find.  While Drink No Evil is my first choice, Caribou Coffee comes in close.  It’s lightly sweet with a nice coffee flavor.  It comes in Vanilla, Regular and Espresso.  Espresso is our favorite of the three. Here’s Deb’s review from a while ago.

Win a Dunkin Donuts Gift Basket!

December 2, 2008 - Written by Deb Ng

 Dunkin Donuts Coffee Basket

Tis the season to give and Dunkin Donuts Coffee has a great gift for five lucky Cookerati readers. A Dunkin Donuts coffee gift basket featuring several varieties of Dunkin Donuts coffee and a mug to enjoy it all with. Mmm mmm. Wish I could win.

Tell us how we win Deb…

Ha! You think I’m going to make it easy for you? If you read any of my contest post you know I nothing irks me more than people who enter contests without reading the instructions. The least we can do is offer some love to our generous sponsors. Thus, if you only post “thanks”, “enter me” “great contest” or you copy someone else’s answer verbatim consider yourself disqualified.

We get it, Deb. You’re mean.

Yes. Yes I am. My son will back me up on that one. In any event, if you want to win one of these puppies, you have to do the following:

  1. Visit the Dunkin Donuts website.
  2. Choose your three favorite varieties
  3. Tell us what you would put in a gift basket to your friends, in addition to Dunkin Donuts coffee.

See? I may be mean, but I’m easy.

The contest ends Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Can’t wait to see your gift basket ideas!

Dunkin Donuts Coffee vs. Starbucks Coffee

October 26, 2008 - Written by Deb Ng

 Dunkin Donuts Coffee

I’m a simple girl. I don’t spend much money on myself and it doesn’t take much to make me happy. My favorite times are spent hiking on the weekends with my family or having a movie or reading night at home. So when I received a case of Dunkin Donuts packaged coffee in the mail it was a real treat. You see, Dunkin Donuts is my favorite coffee ever. It’s like Christmas came early.

So just after receiving my case of packaged coffee (Two giant thumbs up for the Cinnamon Spice, by the way) I saw a commercial about how more people prefer the taste of Dunkin Donuts coffee to that of Starbucks. It took me less than 30 seconds to agree. Now, don’t get me wrong because I do love me some white chocolate mocha, and I actually spend more time at Starbucks because it’s closer, but if I had to choose, it would be Dunkin Donuts all the way.

I remember when I lived in my first apartment in Middle Village, Queens, NYC (this was in the mid to late 80’s). There was a Dunkin Donuts a little more than half mile away on Woodhaven Boulevard. Every Sunday I would pick up a newspaper a couple of large Dunkin Donuts coffee, and a warm, freshly baked bagel or roll from the bakery across the street from my apartment. Now that’s comfort food. (more…)

Joffrey’s Pot of Coffee Winners !

October 25, 2008 - Written by Diana

Ten people are winning Joffrey’s Pot of Coffee.  Enjoy this delicious coffee where ever you like be it back deck, at the computer or in the bathroom.  Thanks for participating.

The Winners are below.  I sent an email to each one of you.  Please reply to me with your postal address.  After 5 days your prize will be awarded to someone else.  Feel free to participate in any and all of our other contests.  Winning any contest doesn’t preclude you from winning again.  We select winners based on whether or not they meet the winning criteria and then with a random number generator.  

THE WINNERS!!review-pics 007

  1. chris swanson 
  2. Evelyn
  3. Kimberly
  4. Veronica Garrett
  5. Kathy Conley
  6. Belinda
  7. Melanie Miller
  8. Heidi Todd
  9. Theresa Shafer
  10. Jaque



Don’t forget our other contest going on right now – Celebrate National Nut Day with a Diamond Nut Giveaway

Joffrey’s Winner – Tomorrow

October 25, 2008 - Written by Diana

In the meantime, have a cup of cappuccino, coffee, or tea at Barnes & Noble.

Joffrey’s 2.0 – Pot of Coffee Giveaway

October 18, 2008 - Written by Diana

Joffrey’s makes some awesome coffee.  Last year there was a sample giveaway called the Java Beta Test.  Bloggers were invited to sample Joffrey’s coffee and give their feedback, which they did. It was a very successful PR campaign.  This year, Joffrey’s came up with Joffrey’s 2.0 in response to the blogger feedback. Bloggers have been receiving their Joffrey’s 2.0 in the mail recently and it’s soooo good.  I should tell you, Deb and I both got our originals last year – for different blogs and this year we skyped right away when we saw our Joffrey’s 2.0 in our mailbox.  Coffee samples make us very happy.

Joffrey’s philosophy is found here. My favorite line is :  I am the David to the industry’s Goliath. But I don’t throw stones at my competition. I throw better beans.

The advertising for this coffee is aimed at the blogger, web designer,gamer, technical geeks who spends a lot time online. All of that is cool, but for me make it good coffee that I can sit out on the back deck on a  cool October morning and get me energized for my day. 

Joffrey’s is offering 10 of our readers a free pot (read sample) of their Joffrey’s 2.0.  I don’t care if you are a blogger and you already have one, or your are our favorite reader and you want one anyone can enter. 

Rules (cause Deb loves ’em):

1. US resident only

2.  Only 1 entry (yes, we check)

3.  Tell us about your Joffrey coffee drinking preferences.

4. Entries taken until Midnight Thursday, October 23rd.

Good Luck.

Everyone wins with Joffrey’s!

September 10, 2008 - Written by Diana


Joffrey’s is a Coffee & Tea company.  A year(?) ago, they ran what they called a java beta test and bloggers signed up to get their free sample of coffee, including me.  I loved their coffee and so I am thrilled that they are running a special during the month of September.  If you go to Joffrey’s.com and place an order in September, use the coupon code DCWEBLAUNCH085 to get 25 percent off your order.  That’s a very nice discount.  They have a wide variety of coffee including organic and fair trade, fun flavored coffees, different types of teas, flavored syrups and more.  Take a look around the website and see if there’s anything that tickles your fancy, but if you order don’t forget your discount code to get 25 % off the order. 


Make Your Coffee Experience Greener

September 2, 2008 - Written by Diana

Buying organic certified fair trade coffee is one way to make your coffee green, but that’s just the beginning.  You need to think about what you can do next.  Some things you can do are frugally green or obvious but others may seem a little further than you are willing to go. 

When you are buying coffee, think about how fast you will use it up and only buy that much. Then make sure you use it up.  I know some coffee aficionados want their grounds super fresh and only keep it for a short amount of time.  In that case, buy it in smaller amounts.  However, only do this if you are replenishing your stock that often anyway.  I buy a bag and use it up before I get another one.  That way the new one is as fresh as it can be.  Also, consider how much you will drink and only make that much.  Single serve machines are good for families where only one person drinks coffee.  That way you are only making what you need when you need it.  If you have a bunch of people drinking coffee, then make as much as you would use up quickly and then go for single servings after that.  Don’t make a whole pot just in case someone else might want it.  It will probably be wasted.

Use it instead for your composter.  I have a bowl near the sink in my house, a bucket on the porch and a composter out back.  We use the bowl to bucket to composter method.  When the bowl is full it gets emptied into the bucket.  The bucket gets emptied every other day into the composter. I also throw my grounds into the bowl.  This isn’t easy to do if you live in an apartment.  However, I lived in Queens growing up and we did have a compost pile at that time.  Now they make great looking composters to contain it all. My grandfather used to take the eggshells and coffee grounds and bury them around his plants.  A few years ago we visited my (at the time) 89 year old Uncle and he was still doing that.  You can too!