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!
The Barn Roastery, a coffee shop in Berlin, Germany, has banned parents toting their kids in strollers from entering. In a move that many locals found offensive, the entrance to the coffee shop is now blocked by a large, concrete, bowling-pin-shaped pole that makes it impossible to enter with a stroller. This is ridiculous!
Why are they discrminating against babies and moms?
It's National Coffee Day and, honestly, what's better than a delicious cup of cafecito in the morning?
I'll tell you what: coffee desserts! These 5 Latin coffee desserts, to be exact. Bake one of these today to have with your morning cup or for that perfect ending to a great dinner. I honestly can't decide which is better: the mocha coconut rice pudding (chocolate arroz con leche? Yes, please!), dulce de leche espresso coffee cake (caramel and coffe for breakfast?), Mexican flan de cafe (Why not?), Colombian pastel de cafe y banana (No, actually, this is breakfast!) or the pumpkin spice latte cupcakes. Actually, I might just make them all!Continue Reading >
As Latinos we LOVE our coffee and can't imagine starting our day without cafe. But how much are we willing to pay for our favorite piping hot beverage? Well, if price is no object to you, then let me introduce you to the Blossom One Limited, which, according to the manufacturers, brews coffee in an advanced way guaranteeing you a "perfect" cup every time. The price, you ask? Well, it will set you back a little more than $11,000.
Yes you read right, that's $11 with three zeroes after it--$11 grand.
We Latinos drink a lot of coffee, so it should be pretty pleasant news to learn that the key to weight loss may actually be hidden in the extract of the not-yet-roasted green coffee beans that are typically produced in Brazil and Colombia.
Well, at least that's according to Dr. Mehmet Oz in yesterday's season premiere of The Doctor Oz Show, where he spoke about how green coffee bean extract can help women lose weight. So does that mean we can start drinking a LOT more coffee?Continue Reading >
Okay, going to admit something that my mami will probably NEVER let me live down after this, but… I was a pain as a teenager. I was always a good student but I was always constantly grumpy and tired. I slept an average of 3-5 hours on school days and then 12-14 hours on the weekends.
Whenever my mom tried to get me up to do anything at all, I pretty much did NOT want to budge. Yup, I was a grump! At the time, though, I simply called myself a "night owl" and just went on with my life. It's not just as simple as that, though. According to a new study, morning people are actually happier than night owls. Well, I guess that explains my teenage attitude, doesn't it?Continue Reading >
When a new study came out claiming that coffee drinkers may live longer lives, I know quite a few people that jumped up and down in glee. But I'm definitely not one of them. I've never liked coffee and, much to my Cuban family's dismay, I never even sip it during family gatherings. It's not that I haven't tried it before but, between the way it tastes bitter to me and all of the sketchy research about the benefits or dangers of coffee, I just never wanted to take the chance. And while this study is saying that people actually live longer thanks to coffee, I'm not buying it. Not only does it go against a lot of other research, but the way they did it doesn't really have me convinced. So here it is, the 5 reasons I'll never drink coffee (including why that study isn't telling you everything).