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Lowcountry Blend Cocktails!

Hey coffee fans! Did you know coffee is a fantastic flavor for cocktails and mixed drinks that can be added in a variety of ways. Classic warm coffees like Irish coffee and Cafe Brasileiro are perfect for cold weather. While colder coffee cocktails, like Irish Iced coffee, are a great way to cool down on a hot, summer night.

Irish coffee

Irish coffee is one of the most popular coffee cocktails. The tartness of coffee blended with the caramel-tinged sweetness of quality Irish whiskey is one of the most satisfying combinations in the cocktail world. Take a look at the directions below.

  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whisky
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Mix together in a mug

Irish Iced Coffee

For a refreshing, cool drink, check out Irish Iced Coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of Baileys Irish Cream with a hint of Mint Chocolate
  • 1 ounce Iced Lowcountry Blend Coffee
  • 1 cup of Chipped Ice
  • 1 tablespoon Espresso
  • 2 scoops Guinness Gelato
  • Mint sprig and whipped cream for garnish

Directions

  1. Add Baileys, iced coffee and Guinness gelato to a blender.
  2. Blend on high with chip ice until smooth.
  3. Top with espresso, a mint sprig and whipped cream.

Café Brasileiro

Café Brasileiro is the perfect match for a cold, heavy drink. With a touch of vanilla, heavy cream, chocolate cream, and Brazilian cachaca, this warm, spicy drink is absolutely delicious! The directions are below.

  • Add the following ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz. cachaca
  • 1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur (Trader Vic’s is a nice fit here – adding solid chocolate flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet)
  •  2 1/2 oz. of Lowcountry Blend coffee
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup or agave syrup
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • seeds from one vanilla bean
  • Stir ingredients into a mug
  • Carefully pour the vanilla cream on top of the drink.

Spanish Coffee

Make some Spanish coffee by adding brandy to the mix. Mix the following ingredients.

  • 3/4 oz. brandy
  •  1/4 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1 cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee
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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

Cool Down with Lowcountry Blend!

Hey coffee fans! As the summer days continue to heat up throughout the lowcountry, many coffee drinkers turn to iced coffee for relief. But iced coffee has a major problem: before you reach the bottom of your cup, the ice melts and makes the coffee taste watered down. For those of you who enjoy iced coffee, why don’t you consider making a batch of coffee ice cubes?

Lowcountry Blend Ice Cubes

In fact, coffee ice cubes not only prevent water dilution from conventional ice, but it can also strengthen the taste of your Lowcountry Blend, especially if you have added too much milk or sweeteners. You can also use the ice cubes to cool down your hot cup of coffee without watering it down. To make your Lowcountry Blend ice cubes, follow the instructions below.

1. After brewing your Lowcountry Blend, pour the coffee into ice trays.

2. Freeze the coffee overnight

3. Open your freezer the following day and the ice cubes are ready for use!

Lowcountry Blend Ice Cream

Other ways to cool down with Lowcountry Blend is to make coffee ice cream! This frozen treat combines the energy boost from coffee with the refreshing coolness of ice cream. It’s simple to make at home, and it’s delicious!

Coffee Ice Cream Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee (press grinds through a fine mesh sieve)

Coffee Ice Cream Directions

1. Heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, salt, and 1/2 cup of the cream in a medium saucepan until it is quite warm and steamy, but not boiling. Once the mixture is warm, cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

2. Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a medium size metal bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl. Set a mesh strainer on top of the bowls. Set aside.

3. Reheat the milk and coffee mixture, on medium heat, until again hot and steamy (not boiling!). In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the heated milk and coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it. Scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

4. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof, flat-bottomed spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula so that you can run your finger across the coating without it  running. This can take about 10 minutes.

5. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible. Then discard the beans. Mix in the vanilla and finely ground coffee, and stir until cool.

6 Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker. Once the ice cream thickens, it’s ready to be served!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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Fortune Telling with Lowcountry Blend

Drinking a cup of Lowcountry Blend could actually hold clues to your present and future. After drinking a cup of coffee, the coffee grounds left behind in the cup create symbols, which reveal your fortune. People from all over the globe have been reading coffee grounds for thousands of years, and coffee readings are typically done by women of the family during gatherings.

Coffee Preparation

By the time you drink coffee, there are usually no coffee grounds remaining. So it’s important to prepare your cup of Lowcountry Blend in a specific way. Boil your coffee on the stovetop. If you don’t boil the coffee grounds, the grounds will float in your coffee, which makes it difficult to drink. Pour the coffee without filtering the coffee grounds, and most grounds should fall to the bottom of your cup.

Drinking the Coffee 
I know it’s tempting to drink all your Lowcountry Blend, but make sure to leave some grounds at the bottom of the cup. When your drinking Lowcountry Blend, turn your coffee cup slowly while drinking so you can strain the grounds.

The Fortune Telling
Here’s the exciting part! The interpreter/ fortune-teller should hold the cup in one hand while holding the person’s hand simultaneously. Coffee grounds that lie to the right indicate the future, and leaves to the left reveal the past. Then the fortune-teller will look for images in the coffee ground. If you see symbols at the bottom of the cup, it means that the fortune will happen later as opposed to sooner.

Symbols
In general, work your way through the cup starting with the handle reading clockwise, and try to find connections between each symbol. Make sure to write down the symbols and the information you receive that day so you can begin to see how things develop when they do. Take a look at the common symbols below:

Apple: Fertility and creativity.
Arch: Money in business matters.
Bread: Nurture your desires, hopes and dreams.
Bridge: A major decision needs to be made – which way should you go?
Camera: Someone is attracted to you.
Coins: Money is on the way.
Diamonds: A marriage proposal is expected? If the person is married, this may be a symbol of money and material wealth.
Flowers: Flowers indicate happiness.
Genie Lamp: Your wish will be granted.
Harp: Traditional romance.
Heart: A love affair, if the heart is broken or misshapen then the person is broken-hearted.
Knots: Concern over something, take care that it does not negatively affect your health.
Road: Creative opportunities are bringing you to another level.
Ship: A business opportunity is presenting itself.

*To find more symbols, go to http://www.superstitionsof.com/coffee-readings.htm. The next time you drink a cup of Lowcountry Blend, sit down, relax, and enjoy your coffee reading!

 
 

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Wake up your beauty routine with Lowcountry Blend!

Your morning cup of Lowcountry Blend not only has health benefits for your body, but it can also boost your morning beauty routine! With the correct methods, you will be able to use your coffee grounds for your hair and skin so you can be bikini ready this summer.

1. Coffee can soften and shine your hair if you’re brunette

Before lathering your shampoo in your tresses, scrunch some coffee grounds into wet hair. Although the texture is grainy and coarse, it’s actually good for your hair. These grounds remove build-up, and it can soften the hair. Warning: If you have light or bleached hair, don’t use coffee grounds because it can darken the color. Mix the following ingredients below and apply to hair. Leave on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing .

– 1 tsp olive oil (or your favorite oil)

– 1 tsp shea butter

– 1.5 tbsp yogurt

– 1 tbsp honey

– 1 tbsp coffee

2. Coffee can treat cellulite

Coffee grounds can be used as a base for cellulite body scrub. In fact, the caffeine in the coffee grinds helps improve circulation and makes skin appear firmer. Combine the ingredients below to make an all-natural scrub. -1/2 cup brewed Lowcountry Blend coffee grounds

-1 tablespoon of wine

-1 tablespoon of tincture

-A few drops of ginger extract and seaweed extract

-Mix in sea salt for a softer scrub

3. Coffee exfoliates your skin

Give your skin a buzz by using coffee grounds as an all natural exfoliant. If you want to make a smoother scrub, add olive oil to the coffee grounds. Rubbing the coffee grounds on your skin can remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

4. Use coffee grounds for a facial mask

Coffee grounds can decrease puffiness in the facial/eye area. If you have dry skin, you can add yogurt, cream, or honey to the facial mask. If you have oily skin, add lemon juice. Mix the following ingredients to make a coffee facial mask!

-4 Tbsp. of Lowcountry Blend coffee beans

-4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

-8 Tbsp. of milk, heavy cream, yogurt (must be unflavored!), almond milk or coconut milk. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil if you have dehydrated skin.

-2 Tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin) Preparation for facial mask *If you have whole beans, finely grind beans in a grinder. *Remember, beans should be finely ground so they don’t scratch your face.

-Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl.

-Add the dairy product and stir until a smooth paste forms.

-Stir in the honey

-Apply the paste to your clean face and neck.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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A coffee a day could keep the doctor away!

1. Coffee can boost short term memory
During exam time at the College of Charleston, you can find students huddled in the library sipping on a cup of Joe to boost their energy. But your cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee not only keeps you alert, but it also can improve your short term memory! When a group of 15 healthy male volunteers received 100 milligrams of caffeine, which is almost equivalent to a cup of coffee, Austrian researchers found a surge in the volunteers’ brain activity. When compared to a control group who received a placebo showed no increase of brain activity. As a result, the study revealed that a cup of coffee can boost short term memory and concentration. 
 
2. Coffee is filled with healthful antioxidants
Did you know that coffee has more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa? Scientists have been able to identify 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and hundreds more develop during the roasting process. Antioxidants fight inflammation, which is an underlying cause of arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. 
 
3. Coffee can curb depression
Many studies have linked drinking coffee daily can lower the rates of depression in both men and women A recent study from the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that women who drink coffee regularly are 20% less likely to develop depression.
 
Remember, life is short, stay awake for it with a cup of Lowcountry coffee!

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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Lowcountry Blend can enhance your workout!

Hey coffee fans! Over the years, critics have said that drinking coffee before your workout can cause dehydration and other health risks. But what if I told you that a kick of Lowcountry Blend coffee could actually help your daily workout routine? According to a recent British study, young men who drank a sugar free beverage with caffeine an hour before working out were able to work out for a longer period of time and do more reps without getting exhausted than when they drank the same drink without caffeine.

That same study revealed that those same participants were more excited about working out again after drinking coffee than they were before. Coffee can also enhance your performance when working out. According to another recent study, soccer players were able to practice with better precision after drinking caffeinated coffee. Other studies have revealed that caffeinated coffee can also provide a speed boost when working out and it can help lower delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Caffeinated coffee is also beneficial for muscle building because it has a thermogenic effect on the body. This thermogenic effect keeps the body in a state of constant stimulation, which can make abs more defined. So your cup of Lowcountry Blend doesn’t just taste good and keep you awake, it can be beneficial for your workout too, which is another plus.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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Wake up on the road with a cup of coffee!

Hello coffee lovers and coffee fans! So you’ve been driving for about an hour to go to the beach, and you start to get sleepy at the wheel. What do you do to wake up? Listen to music? Roll down the window and get wind on your face? The answer is to grab a cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee at one of our 26 APlus stores. In fact, driver sleepiness is a major cause of serious road crashes, and a cup of coffee could be the solution.

One of the most popular myths for counteracting tiredness is singing to music, however your cup of Lowcountry Blend coffee is the best way to alleviate sleepiness. According to researchers, the quickest and easiest fixes for driver sleepiness is to immediately stop driving, drink one or more cups of caffeinated coffee, and take a 15-minute nap (in that order).

Throughout the years, research has proven time and time again that caffeinated coffee can counteract driver sleepiness. According to the Coffee Science Information Centre, one or two cups of caffeinated coffee can significantly improve alertness among drivers. So the next time you’re getting tired on the wheel, why don’t you take a break and wake up with some Lowcountry Blend?

 
 

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