5 Coffee Drinks to Mix Up Your Routine

by | Mar 15, 2021 | Lifestyle

Who doesn’t love a great tasting coffee first thing in the morning? According to the National Coffee Association, 70% of Americans do, and average 3 cups of coffee a day. Coffee drinks and culture are a huge part of our society—it’s not just coffee, it’s a social event. Enjoying a coffee date is a part of everyday life.

If you’re bored with your regular drink and ready to try something new, check out our five coffee suggestions to try on your next trip to your favorite café.

Drinks to Get Caffeinated

One of the biggest draws of coffee is that morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up you get from a caffeine boost. A typical 8-ounce cup of brewed black coffee contains 98 mg of caffeine. What if that just isn’t enough to get you going?

If you prefer drip coffee at home, try switching to a different roast for more caffeine. The longer a coffee bean roasts, the more caffeine burns off, so choosing a lighter roast coffee will give you a bigger buzz and fewer jitters. Light roast, blonde, and even white coffee can be purchased in most grocery stores and can add up to 50% more caffeine per serving.

If you’re getting your coffee out and about, the easiest way to get more caffeine is to add additional “shots” to your latte or drink. A typical 1-oz. shot of espresso can have just as much caffeine as a cup of black coffee. Just two shots of espresso in a drink would outshoot your black coffee.

Need a suggestion? Try an Americano, which is espresso shots mixed with water. Ask for an extra shot to get a bigger boost!

Treat Drinks

Treat drinks are the type of drinks you get for the flavor and maybe not the caffeine content. Think of the drinks you see on social media, like pumpkin spice lattes, and cute chocolate-y mochas. Many people choose these because they taste so good. Usually made with more ingredients, like flavored syrups and milk, these drinks are for the days when you just want to sip on something nice.

Need a suggestion? Next time you need a “me moment,” try a caramel macchiato, which is made from various amounts of espresso shots, steamed milk, velvety foam, and caramel sauce. It gets its name “macchiato” (meaning, “mark”) from its origin —the café macchiato—, where the espresso shot is poured in at the very end, “marking” the drink. #italianhistoryforeveryone

Unusual Drinks

Coffee trends are all over the Internet and can be anywhere from awesome and helpful to just unusual. Trying something new with your morning drink can be a fun way to mix up your routine. Maybe it’s just switching your regular grounds for a unique new blend, like the blonde coffee beans mentioned earlier. Here is a list of coffees from around the world to try in your own home.

Need more inspiration? Try a luxurious whipped coffee that has taken Instagram by storm. Made from only three ingredients— instant coffee, sugar, and water—it’s a fun trend for a lazy weekend morning. See how to do it here.

Coffee at Home

Coffee at home doesn’t have to be straight black drip coffee. Just a few tweaks can turn your coffee pot into your best friend.

If you want stronger coffee, use a more grounds or less water to concentrate your java.

Consider buying a few small syrups in flavors you know you love. These are easy additions to your black coffee. Torani™ syrups are widely available and make great additions to any home coffee bar.

Make your own overnight cold brew by steeping your coffee grounds in water overnight! Perfect for hot summer days.

The “Un-Coffee” Drinks

Looking to get your afternoon perk without coffee? There are plenty of “un-coffee” drinks you can get at home or at the shop to get you through your day. Look for energy drink blenders like Italian sodas or energy drink sodas.

If you are craving that warm cup in your hand, opt for a hot tea or steamer (warmed milk with syrup added).

Need a suggestion? Ask for an iced tea with peach syrup and lemonade!

No matter what you’re drinking, coffee is a great way to bond with friends and get that energy boost to get you through the day.

Are you making coffee at home more because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Read our blog, “Tips to Make the Pandemic Work in Your Favor” here.