I don't know what's happened to me in the past year, but I've suddenly become a coffee drinker. It might not sound weird coming from a Latina, but I never drank coffee up until my late 20's. I'm still learning about the different types out there, but so far I've found that my favorite is iced coffee.
It's particularly my favorite beverage to have on hot summer days and you can't go wrong with that. In fact, I decided to add my own little health and weight loss twist to it that you're going to absolutely love!Continue Reading >
When I lived in Colombia I loved my coffee. I sometimes drank seven or eight cups a day. As you can imagine, I often felt fatigued and I had trouble sleeping at night. I finally figured out it was all the caffeinated coffee I was drinking that was causing the problems. Eventually, I also realized that caffeinated drinks were sabotaging my weight loss goals. Once I stopped drinking caffeinated drinks I slept better and felt more energetic. Plus, I lost weight.
If you're serious about losing weight you need to completely eliminate caffeinated drinks from you diet. Here are several of the reasons why:
I have a secret, alcohol makes me sleepy. Okay, I'm already sleepy because I'm the mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, but if you throw alcohol into the mix, I become catatonic.
That doesn't mean I don't sometimes want a drink when I go out to dinner at a friend's home. I normally hadle this by drinking a strong cup of coffee before indulging in any alcohol and it seems to even things out. So, imagine my excitement when I heard that researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage! Could this be the answer to my tired boozy needs?Continue Reading >
I recently took a vacay to Puerto Rico and made sure I came back with a coffee bean grinder (like the one pictured here) for my cafécito-obsessed dad. My dad actually never been a fan of fancy coffee machines. Like most Latinos, he swears the best coffee is made using old school Latino methods like the greca or the coffee sock. Remember those?Continue Reading >
When a friend first told me that he adds butter to his coffee for extra energy in the morning, I thought he was crazy. But it looks like this fad has taken over and it's all thanks to David Asprey, the brains behind Bulletproof Coffee. Asprey discovered the concoction of butter blended drinks while traveling in Tibet and noticed the abundance of energy he received from drinking them. This led to his creation of Bulletproof Coffee which has coffee beans that contain unsalted grass-fed butter.
But not everyone is behind this sudden craze and has left medical professionals concerned about the harm it could be causing people's health.Continue Reading >
My husband turned me on to the pleasures of cold brews in the summer. Not the beer kind, I was turned on to those before he was even an itch in his daddy's pants. Okay, perhaps I exaggerate. But back to the cold brews. I'm talking about: iced coffees.Continue Reading >
It's not surprising that the upscale financial district in Hong Kong has a Starbucks, I mean they're everywhere. What is surprising is that up until very recently that Starbucks was using water from a spicket next to a urinal to make its coffee. Yuck, yuckity, yuck!Continue Reading >
I was around 4 years old when I had my first cup of café con leche. I enjoyed it so much I even made up my own name for it--chélo (pronounced with an accent and everything). I loved the way the smell alone instantly woke me up in the morning, I loved the kettle-like sound that came from my father's old-school Dominican greca, and I loved the way my pan tostado tasted after I dipped it in my Café Bustelo. Let's be honest, no one loves their cafécito as much as Latinos. For us it's not just coffee--it's cultural! And if you were finally thinking of giving it up, you may want to reconsider because apparently coffee has a load of amazing benefits you probably never would have imagined. Here are 8 reasons why you should continue to start your day with a nice, hot cup of coffee:Continue Reading >
It's no secret that us Latinos cannot part ways with our coffee. The majority of Americans can't resist a good Colombian roast blend as much as us, so why should we give up a good thing? But what if I told you that there are other ways to gain that energy you need without the caffeine in your morning cup of joe?
I know today is National Espresso Day, but there are other options to that cup of cafecito to get your energy started in the mornings--if you're willing to give them a shot. Here are my 5 personal favorite alternatives for the energy you'll need to maintain throughout the day!
Anyone who knows me knows I could never live without coffee. So that's why today's holiday is perfect for me: National Espresso Day!
Luckily, our resident food expert and staff writer, Irina Gonzalez, is a pro at making authentic Cuban coffee (and for good reason--she's half-Cuban herself!) and agreed to show us how to also! So whether you're spending the day at home recovering from Thanksgiving or gearing up to hit Black Friday sales, take a few minutes to watch the easy-to-follow video below and brew yourself a delicious cup o' joe.
All you need is an espresso pot, some coffee, water, sugar and you're ready!