4 Remarkable and Impressive Coffee Recipes: Espresso Martini, Mocha Margarita, Mint Mojito and Horchata Coffee Cocktail

Gone are the days when a simple cup of hot coffee was served after the meals just like Classic Mexican Coffee, Spanish Coffee and Irish One. People are still fond of them but the new generation is more attracted over cocktails. Cocktails are special kind of Alchemy which creates a smooth and magical effect when coffee and alcohol get engaged over ice. Coffee does the work of adding a bitter yet chocolaty effect to the iced-alcohol. This refreshing drink is responsible for the resurgence of coffee cocktails in the coffee market. Initially, cocktail was used by college students for late study nights but now this trend has turned into an entirely new genre of libations which ranges from cold brew concoctions to spiked espresso shots.

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I will share with you three cocktail recipes and one Iced Coffee Drink. Horchata Coffee, Espresso Martini and Mocha margarita are shaken Cocktails while Mint Mojito is a perfect iced coffee for non-alcohol drinkers.

Shaker

Before moving ahead I would like to tell about equipment used for shaking. You can use a cocktail shaker or a sturdy jar. I prefer using cobbler-style shaker set as suggested by Mixologist website. As the shaker is made from stainless steel, there is no risk of breaking the glass and above all, steel helps to chill the drink incredibly fast.

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Regarding which coffee to use, I would recommend using an espresso or extremely strong coffee. It is indeed the quality and flavor of coffee which can drastically enhance the flavor and taste of final product.

So, Let’s Begin exploring the delicacy of coffee.

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1.     Horchata Coffee Cocktail: A refreshing mix of rum, Horchata, coffee and cinnamon.

Taste of Horchata is more like sweet coconut milk. Yes!! It’s a milky drink made from ground almonds, rice and tigernuts.  It is available easily in the grocery stores and is found in both liquid and powder form. You can make it at home as well.

Ingredients:

2 ounces Horchata
1 ounce rum (either white or dark)
3 ounces of espresso or strong coffee
Grounded cinnamon
Crushed ice
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Combine all the ingredients except cinnamon powder in a cocktail shaker and SHAKE!!! SHAKE!!! SHAKE!!!! Now strain it in a glass (6-8 ounce capacity) over ice. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder over it and serve Chilled.

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2.     Mocha Margarita: An energizing combination of tequila, espresso and chocolate Ice cream

This is again a very easy recipe and is prepared in just 3 minutes. Let’s look at the ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee
1 ounce white tequila
½ cup softened chocolate ice cream
Crushed Ice
Salt and sugar mixture
Procedure:

Take a 6 ounce glass and rub its rim gently with tequila. Now invert it and dip it in the mixture of salt and sugar to coat properly. Now take all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker (except sugar and salt mixture) and shake it well until the ice cream gets lump-free and is in a pourable condition. Now serve it chilled in the Margarita Glass you prepared.

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3.     Espresso Martini: Fell in love with this classic combination of coffee and vodka topped with java with a touch of sweetness.

This classic recipe is well known in creating a refreshing impact on the drinker. Espresso Martini requires a perfect blend of vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. People on diet or who are saving calories can even enjoy this with or without sugar. This cocktail serves as a base for various variations of cocktail recipes made by adding different flavor syrups or chocolates or ice-creams.

I fact, if you are not having a simple syrup, you can easily prepare it at home. Quickly mix hot water with equal parts of sugar and allow it to cool. Syrup is ready!!!

Ingredients:

2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee
1 ounce coffee liqueur
3 coffee beans (for topping)
1 ounce Vodka
Crushed Ice
½ ounce simple syrup
Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in the shaker except the three coffee beans. Shake it vigorously and strain it in a martini glass. Top it with three coffee beans and serve Chilled!!!

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4.     Mint Mojito: A perfect cup of iced coffee for non cocktail drinkers

Well I use some specific tools for making this magical drink. These are:

Equipments:

Chemex 6 cup
Pour over coffee maker
Water kettle
Coffee filter
Muddler
Gram scale (to get the precision of ingredients)
Ingredients:

60 grams medium roasted freshly ground coffee
2 cups of ice
500 ml water
Fresh mint leaves
4 tsp sugar
Milk
Procedure:

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Add ice to your mug
Add coffee to the filter and shake the coffee dripper for even settling of coffee
Pre-infuse the coffee and finish off the brewing process.
Muddle together mint leaves (say 10 leaves) and raw sugar until they are crushed and fragrant.
Add coffee into a pitcher and then add sugar and mint concoction and stir it continuously.
Add ice and top it with a creamy layer of milk and few mint leaves.
Serve Chilled.
To make it tastier you have to be a little patient then. The more the coffee stays in the mug, the more delicious it turned out to be. In fact, keeping the sugar and mint concoction for few minutes in the refrigerator is worth a try.

I hope you enjoyed all the four recopies and Let me know in the comment section below.

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If this Continues, Starbucks may lose out completely in the Hands of Competitors

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, made a quirky proclamation last year that Starbuck’s huge lifespan is a 20 chapter book and they are still on chapter 4 or 5. Howard used this metaphor to throw light on coffee-shop’s bright future and the best coffee service provider worldwide but one has to tell Mr. Schultz that it the chapter 5, where the twist and turns begin.

If this was all true (as said by Mr CEO) then how to justify the closing of 600 stores worldwide? The reason given was that Starbucks wanted to put breaks on the exponential growth strategy. Isn’t that weird?  What about the decline in market share to 11 % (which is indeed a huge figure) as tracked by xAd Inc.? Let’s go deeper and find out Why Starbucks is losing out on customers? And if this continues then I am afraid to say the company may have a dark future.

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Reason 1: Highly Priced

The dissatisfaction is been increasing day by day even among the loyal customers. The items like sandwiches and salads are priced very high as compared to other chains. The pretzel ham and cheese which was quite reasonable, was called off by some Chief financial officer due to lesser profits it was offering. It seems Starbucks is now running some bureaucratic culture. The actual Starbucks experience has been lost somewhere.

Reason 2: Quality is getting de-graded

Starbucks is losing control of its brand due to ubiquity. Starbucks is available almost at every airport, hospital and numerous corporate cafeterias. Managing out on quality at such places is difficult. The good Starbucks memories are turning pale and sour with this kind of culture where at every nick and corner you find a small Starbuck café.

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Reason 3: High attrition rate among employees

Poor staff morale is reflected on their faces. The staff members are prefer going to the competitors like Barista, McDonald’s. It has also been noticed that from the past few years the either the staff is not well trained or they lack technical knowledge about coffee.

Reason 4: No lucrative offers and Mobile ordering delays

Starbucks Corp is facing heavy competition in the market. Locational survey suggests that a huge drift has been noticed towards other chains. Delays on mobile ordering are creating hiccups for the company. They even don’t offer any free service or offers to attract the customers. People prefer a place where they get free/ unlimited Wi-Fi signals or some free cups to relish. They lack in this and if all this continues, there will be a future without Starbucks.

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There are lot more other reasons like they have replaced the comfortable chairs and wooden tables with the stainless steel ones. The impact is more of an Office than a café.

Javatimescaffe is catching up the coffee market and people love and enjoy the tea, coffee and chocolate over other Mexican Coffee Shop.The ambience is perfect for a Date, get-together or a business meeting. They have an unbeatable record in customer satisfaction. For more information on JTC outlet near your place, visit http://javatimescaffe.com/.

 

FUNDAMENTALS TO OPEN A COFFEE SHOP

The idea of starting a business is a wonderful one.  If the decision is taken with confidence, it is the stepping stone of one’s success.  Mere having confidence is not enough.  There are some basic fundamentals to be followed to open a coffee shop.

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You want to open a coffee shop, you should first like the taste of coffee.  It is not that someone wanting to do business for instance, liquor should have the habit of drinking it.  No….. I feel Coffee is one such beverage that can be had by anyone (of course avoid giving it to children).

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Being a coffee lover myself, I feel coffee is a good refreshing beverage. Coffee can be bifurcated as caffeine and decaffeine. Normally, Coffee consists of a substance called caffeine which is not good for people with health complications.  On the other hand, decaffeine coffee comes without the caffeine content. Nowadays, decaffeine coffee is available in market.  This sort of coffee is suitable for people who are health conscious.

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You want to open a coffee shop, there are some basic fundamentals you need to study and take appropriate action.

 

  • Open a coffee shop of your own: Opening your own coffee shop means you are the boss. You need to work from the scratch i.e., investing, developing the business etc. As long as the business is legal, you are not bound to any obligations.

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  • Become a Coffee Shop Franchisee: Becoming a Coffee Shop Franchisee means you are the boss but you will working for a coffee brand as the company will provide you the raw material, knowhow and other support. Your only job is to manage the show. You will become part of the brand progress and hence will be bound to follow the rules and regulations of the parent unit.

 

  • Certifications from concerned Health Departments: This is very important point to the taken care of. No matter you open your own shop or take a franchise, proper and appropriate certification from health department is a must.

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  • Investment: This again depends on whether you want to open your own coffee shop or become franchisee.  In case you opt for opening your own shop, then based on your financial level, you can start with a small amount and gradually improve your business.

In case of becoming franchisee, then also you will have to invest but this will be limited to shop premises and other expenses.  The basic raw materials will be supplied by the parent unit.

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  • Publicity of your coffee shop: You want to succeed in coffee business, then study the market perfectly. You should be aware of the coffee related products, the promotions given by competitors, new innovations in coffee preparations etc.  I don’t say you should imply everything into your business, but awareness is always good. It always helps you to take necessary actions.  Developing a good social network is always the first priority.

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The above mentioned points were just to help you take appropriate decision.  But in case you want any sort of guidance, you can approach Java Times Caffe http://javatimescaffe.com/. They are always ready to impart excellent support and guidance.

Cool Coffee Facts for Cool Coffee Enthusiasts

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Coffee is the considered one of the best food and beverage in the world and is one of the world’s most consumed beverage as well. It’s like the “National Beverage” of every nation on the planet. But there are some fun things about coffee which only a small amount of people know. So here I have compiled a list of some of these cool coffee facts various sources on the internet which will make your jaw drop!

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New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than people of any other city in the US. Hit the brake fellas, excess of anything in BAD!

Coffee is psychoactive! It can make you see things at high doses. If went further along…It can even kill you! As I said earlier, excess is BAD.

Putting a number on the previous one, roughly a 100 cups of coffee adds up for a lethal dose of caffeine. Again, BAD.

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People believe that French Philosopher Voltaire 50 cups of coffee per day. HOLY CRAP that’s a big number! I bet he saw a hell lot of things.

Because it is considered an essential part of the lives of the Italians, Espresso is regulated by the Italian Government.

The Ancient Arab Culture advocated that the only way a woman could legally divorce was because of the inability of her husband to provide enough coffee. No offense but that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

Brewed Espresso has 2.5% fat content while filtered coffee has 0.6%. Choose wisely from next time.

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The word “Coffee” comes from Arabic word “qahhwat al-bun” meaning “Wine of the Bean”.

There was a controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee in 1600s. It was resolved with Pope Clement VIII being cool with it. The guy’s a hero, saved the day!

There’s a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee, tea, or even wine. What….Seriously?

Beer was the breakfast drink in US before Coffee.

Teddy Roosevelt used to consume a gallon of Coffee per day. He surely is the greatest American coffee drinker.

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Coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world. Shocking, isn’t it? Can you guess the first one? It’s petroleum. Again, SHOCKING!

Coffee is most effective if you have it between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. I can’t see any logic for that.

If consumed in right quantity, it reduces the risk of Diabetes and Heart disease. Not at all surprising as chocolate does the same thing.

About 2.25 billion cups of Coffee is consumed each day around the world. Boy that’s a biggie!

Black Ivory Coffee, which is prepared from Elephant dung, is the world’s most expensive coffee in the world standing around $50 per cup. WOW! People pay a hell lot more for Elephant poop.

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As saliva wipes out half the flavor of the coffee, it’s smell doesn’t align with its taste.

Coffee can be helpful in weight loss as it can boost your metabolism by 11%. It is bad for health but helps reduce risk of some dangerous diseases. It makes you fat but also helps you lose weight. Is it some kind of a vicious circle?

New York Stock Exchange was once a coffee house. Well that’s interesting.

Caffeine exists in the form of highly energetic micro-crystals.

So that’s the 21 Cool Coffee Facts for Cool Coffee Enthusiasts and if you ran out of coffee while reading this article, then hop on to a Cool online store Java Times Caffe and buy some Cool coffee in a Cool fashion like a Cool person. Till then, keep drinking (Coffee), keep rocking…

The New Trend: Online Coffee Shopping

Nowadays, people are more inclined towards online shopping. And why not, when you can get anything you want right at your fingertips from the comfort of your home, then why undergo the hassle of driving to the nearest store (which might not be near) and getting the thing.

People are very comfortable shopping various things online but when it comes to coffee, they are still skeptical about the idea. They are often concerned about the quality of the product they’ll get online. Believe me, it’s amusing!

After roasting, coffee beans start to lose their freshness, aroma, and flavor. And the coffee you buy from the supermarkets just sits there for weeks before you buy it. So just imagine the kind of coffee you’re getting from those supermarkets. Buying coffee online provides both the buyer and the seller with great flexibility and a superior edge over the traditional stores.

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Why should you consider buying Coffee Online?

Firstly, the online stores have a coven of buyers from around the world which makes it easier for the buyer to compare various products before buying the one that best suits his needs.

Secondly, the coffee you buy online doesn’t sit idle on a shelf for weeks before getting to you thus making sure that you always get the best quality product.

Not sure about a seller or a store? Check the reviews online. It will let you know what other people think about the seller or store and their services.

Online stores allow you to buy product from any part of the world thus making sure you get the best product in the world.

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Online stores make it possible to get all sorts of coffee beans with different degree of roasting at a single place thus helping you get the perfect taste for your taste buds.

Moreover, as the online stores deliver the product at your doorstep right from the sellers, which cuts-off any middle man thus reducing the cost of the product.

Summarizing all the above points, I’d say that online stores allow you get the best quality products from around the world at a much cheaper price right at your fingertips from the comfort of your home. I can’t think of a single supermarket that can provide you with all these benefits.

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Java Times Caffé

Java Times Caffé is one such online marketplace which allows sellers from a large geographical area sell their products directly to the customers without any hassle.

First of all, they help the sellers to set up their online stores and before the sellers can ever realize, their online store is up and ready to sell their best quality products. It also allows the sellers to directly connect with their customers whenever they want which helps them to improve their products and services and stay in competition in this ever changing world.

From the ingredients to the machinery, you’ll find everything to brew yourself a cup of delicious beverage in one place.

So, do check out Java Times Caffé and buy the finest coffee and bakery products to make your taste buds go nuts over the best treat of their life.

Chocolate Cup Cakes: A Perfect Sweet Dish to conclude the Dinner

Did you get water in your mouth on reading the title? Chocolate is loved by every generation in all forms be it a chocolate shake, cake, cookies or everyone’s favorite cup-cakes. Yes friends, I am going to share some ultra cool recipes for making different types of chocolate cup cakes. These are simply best to say goodbye to dinner. Did you guys tried cup cakes from JAVA TIMES CAFFEE? Believe me, they are simply the best in the market. You will love them. So, gear up with your culinary skills as I am going to start with the recipes. These recipes do not include baking of your cup cakes, we believe you have mastered that. The focus is on presentation and different types of frostings which can be made.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cup sugar (powdered)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

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Mix together cream cheese and butter using an electric mixer on a medium speed for 3 minutes. Now add cocoa powder, salt and sugar and beat them till the mixture is smooth for around 1 min. At the end add the vanilla extract and beat for around 1 minute till the mixture feels like whipped. Your frosting is now ready to be piped.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 13-ounce jar Nutella (1)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 pounds sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

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Combine and beat butter cream and nutella for 5 minutes until fluffy with the help of an electric beater. Add sugar and beat again. Add the remaining ingredients with half of your milk (or heavy cream) and beat at low speed. Now keep adding milk gradually until you attain the whipped consistency.

Tip: To make it more interesting, make a small hole in the center of the cup cake and fill that with nutella. Then do the frosting. It tastes heavenly!!!!

Pecan caramel Frosting

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Caramel sauce (for drizzling)
  • Chopped pecans (for topping)
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Beat butter and shortening using electric beater till the mixture is smooth. Slowly add sugar and caramel sauce in batches beat them at low speed. Use milk as needed to get the desired consistency of frosting. Now add chopped pecans and gently stir the mixture. Now the frosting is ready to be piped. Drizzle some amount of caramel over it and top it with some pecans.

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Guests at Home? Try these simple, easy and quick to make coffee recipes

Oh My God!!! Guests arriving in another 15 minutes? While hearing this, everyone starts wondering what to make to impress the guests. May be it is your Boss, your best friend visiting you after a long time or any family friend. This article is all for helping you out. I am going to list down here few ultra cool recipes which will not only impress your guests but also mark an image of a Kitchen expert in front of your guests. In fact, you can also try these to get rid of that usual everyday coffee. Don’t worry about ingredients; they are readily available in market. With coming of online stores, buying coffee online has never been so easy. Just a mouse click and coffee or tea packets are delivered right at your door step. Let’s start with our simple mouth watering recipes.

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Cà Phê Sữa Dá: This is a Vietnamese coffee with no creams or fancy icing to be done. Cà Phê Sữa Dá means coffee milk ice. The prepration is very easier. Just take two glasses. Fill one with ice. To the other one, add espresso coffee (make it strong) and equal quantity of condensed milk. Now add the mixture to the iced glass. Believe me, it tastes heavenly. Isn’t that easy.
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Amazing Black coffee: This is just like your favorite black coffee but with a twist. For this you need a freshly brewed hot black coffee (espresso). To it add chocolate extract, few drops of rum and hazelnut extract. Just mix them well and enjoy the aromatic essence of the black coffee.

 

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Caramel Delight: Take a blender and put espresso (room temperature) and milk in 4:1 ratio, a non dairy creamer (say vanilla), caramel and ice. Blend till the mixture turns smooth. Serve it in a cold glass with a scoop of whipped cream. Yummy!!! Isn’t it?
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Coffee Toffee: take ¼ cup of espresso coffee and add two dollops of vanilla ice-cream. Now top it up with your favorite Oreo biscuits (crush them), some melted chocolate and sprinkle some colorful caramels candies and balls. I am sure, the kids gonna love it.

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Coffee ice-cream donut: This is really satisfying. Take a chocolate donut and cut it from between. Apply nutella and coffee ice-cream in between. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top.  A perfect sandwich to mark you as culinary expert.
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Vanilla Delight: Very easy and quick to make. Take milk and vanilla extract in a close lid jar. Shake it for around 3-4 minutes. Until you get a good froth. Warm it by microwaving for 30 seconds. Not pour the milk over hot espresso to make your perfect latte. Make sure you let the froth come over the coffee in the end and then draw any design with coco powder and serve. Feeling the aroma now itself!!!!
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Make these simple and creative coffee drinks at home and impress your guests, spouse and Kids too. All the coffee , tea ,chocolate products are available at http://javatimescaffe.com/ . It is indeed one of leading franchise brand as well as best online coffee store. Buy tea online or coffee related products at a very affordable price.