My Favorite Coffee: White Coffee

This has got to be my most favorite instant coffee. I haven’t found this in local stores yet so everytime my brother-in-law goes home from Singapore, this is my one and only request. Some people say that it is too bitter, some say it is too sweet. I really cannot classify it as extremes. I just love that it doesn’t make my heart palpitate so I can drink it three times a day!

Coffee makers complete my Day!

Coffee makers complete my Day!

….or should I say, freshly brewed coffee perks me up everyday thanks to the coffee maker for the home? There are nights that I would need to work until the wee hours in the morning that I end up very sleepy. I won’t have energy to help the kids prepare for school. I tried drinking instant coffee but my body seemed to get used to it that I no longer get affected with that kind of caffeine. So every day I would long for a freshly brewed coffee from the coffee brewers. Since using the usual coffee brewers takes so much time, there are days that I would rather not make a cup of coffee anymore. I guess I’m too busy for that. So imagine my luck when my friend suggested I check out They are offering coffee makers that are easy to use. The machine would do all the brewing! got all the details that you need in brewing your coffee. They have an interactive product demos available. They have trips & tricks in how to make the best coffee. They even made a blog with a series of posts about experiences of newbies and experts of their coffee brewers. Such a very interesting website!

Did you know that there is also such a thing as a brew chart? said that if you brew your coffee at home, this helpful grind chart helps you check to make sure your coffee is ready for brewing. For your BUNN brewer, you should be using coffee that falls into 3-4 minute categories in the chart. I never thought there is a chart specifically for brewing coffee. Thanks to, I’ve discovered all of these today.
Now, I should talk to the Husband and see if he agrees in getting one coffee maker for the home. I really hope and pray he does!

Benefits of Single Serve Coffee Makers

Did you know that coffee can actually do a lot more than simply give you a boost in the morning?

There are quite a number of health benefits for drinking coffee everyday. If you can invest on a single cup coffee maker and drink a cup of coffee a day, you find that you will have the following health benefits:

1. Reduced Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Two studies, one published in the European Journal of Neurology, have shown that individuals who drank about 2 cups of caffeinated coffee per day were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than individuals who drank no coffee or a small to moderate amount.

2. Antioxidants and Cancer-Fighting Properties
Coffee is a powerful source of antioxidants – agents that combat cancer-causing free radicals. You can get antioxidants from both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee as long as the beans are sufficiently roasted.

Those are just some of the benefits! If you live alone or work in an office that has no pantry, a one cup coffee maker would be perfect for you! There are several brands of
single serve coffee makers in the market today. You can get the perfect one for you if you compare their features and prices before buying.

Comfort Foods – Caramel Macchiato and Classic Chocolate Cake

imageI finally had some me time yesterday and I decided to spend it at Starbucks reading a book I have been trying to finish since April! I ordered chocolate cake – I was hoping to find some banoffee pie but I was out of luck. To balance out the calories, I ordered Caramel Macchiato instead of a frappucino. I spent around an hour and a half just reading and lounging around the nice contemporary furniture Starbucks had to offer. It was a very nice time out for me. I should do this every week. I have discovered I can commute to Starbucks (it’s not that hard!) and now that I know, I can always go there whenever I have the craving instead of waiting for the weekend when the husband can drive me there.

My Love Affair with Coffee

My love affair with coffee began when I was studying in college. While our classmates would go to bars to drink beers or watch movies in cinemas after classes to unwind, me and my group of friends would go to a coffee shop. At first, going there was for purely leisurely purposes. Me and my friends love to talk, and the coffee shop was the perfect place for us to hear each other over a cup of coffee and pastries. After that, we went there to study to review for grueling exams in biochemistry and microbiology. Pretty soon I needed coffee to keep me awake at night in my room so I can study.

These days I need a cup of coffee, preferably iced (no matter how cold it is), to make sure I function and get me in the mood to work. I am slowly starting to appreciate the different tastes of the different kinds of coffee, thanks to living in the coffee capital of my country. (Seriously we live 500 meters away from a coffee farm!) I know that kona coffee  is actually coffee cultivated and grown from the lands of Kona, Hawaii. Lately, there has been a growing demand for organic coffee because people are more aware of the harmful effects of pesticides.

Of course, my favorite gourmet coffee is amaretto coffee. Once it’s brewed a dash of hazelnut or caramel is a surefire way to get me in good spirits!

Coffee For Spouses

I love coffee. I think I can blame consumerism and the trend of coffee shops (Starbucks anyone) for that. That and my three-year graveyard work stint. Anyhow, I’m hooked. Even if I work from home now, I still need to drink coffee (iced because of the heat these days) before I can work properly. I’ve heard of sad tales of employees needing to take payday advance loans to support their social activities, and that would be plain wrong. I take coffee everywhere (the last two years of working I take them from our free vendo machine!) and I do not need the label in a cup to drink one.

The husband is not a coffee drinker like me, but he indulges me every now and then. Recently I read an interesting article on how coffee can spark mornings, afternoons or evening in a marriage. Find out what the types of coffee mean:


So what kind of coffee would you like today?

DECAF: Say “I love you” every day to your spouse. This sounds simple,
and it is—but it’s great to hear each day.

HAZELNUT: Take your spouse out on a date. Actually call them and ask them out. Don’t assume. Take care of the babysitting. Dress nicely. Show up at the front door, and head out together. Take your time.

100% COLUMBIAN: Talk. Talk about your day, the kids, work, what- ever. Just talk. Spend time listening to your spouse and sharing your thoughts and ideas along with theirs.

LIGHT ROAST: (Bet you thought this should be up higher on the list, actually this has more caffeine than dark roast). Change up your routine together. Sit at different places around the dinner table. Sleep on the other side of the bed. Small changes can provide big jolts to the system.

ESPRESSO: Keep your eyes open while kissing. Keep your eyes open during sex. Look at each other. See each other. Not just their body, their eyes, their spirit, their soul.

DOUBLE ESPRESSO: Eyes open orgasm. Connect with your eyes at the culmination of the encounter. Stay with each other after sex is over. Breathe together. Talk. Don’t rush to move on to something else.

Coffee is a great addition to a morning, afternoon, or evening.

Great Packaging comes with Great Advertising.

One week before the Starbucks Spark of Hope Yearly Planner ended, I was able to get mine. This is my second planner (my first I got way back 2005 – yes I completed the card when I was 5 months pregnant!).

I love the planner because it has space (lots of it) to write on and a lot of things I can write on to. I am eyeing their Venti glass (a replica of their plastic frap cups) and their Valentine’s mug for my workstation too. Whoever is thinking of Starbucks’ promos are doing such a convincing job! I hope they can think of nice canvas promotional bags (the logo will rock) next!


Cup Number 12

Starbucks red cup

I am on my 12th cup in the race to get the coveted Starbucks 2010 planner. Only three holiday and two non-holiday beverages to go and I can finally have one. I am quite partial to hot Dark Cherry Mocha but I go back to my favorite Caramel Macchiato all the time. I see a lot of nursing students in Starbucks too, no doubt reviewing for the upcoming board exams (I clearly remember when I reviewing and had to learn all about emergency evacuation in two days).

Maybe I will get a Peppermint Mocha Decaf in my next order.