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What's Your Coffee Character

What's Your Coffee Character

No need to get spooked with indecision - our quiz will help you identify your ideal coffee character.  It will help you determine the right coffee flavor for your personal style and may even give you some Halloween costume inspiration!  

Answer our short quiz below to get an idea of what coffee character best suits your personality! 

Was your result spot on? Do you think your favorite coffee is more suited for another character? Comment below and let us know!

 

Spooky Coffee Recipes!

Spooky Coffee Recipes!

Halloween is around the corner and what better way to get inspired than by these delicious ~spooky~ coffee recipes! Switch it up from your typical pumpkin spice latte and get into the Halloween spirit! These recipes are fun, easy to make, and not your average cup of coffee. Halloween does not have to be all about costumes and candy!

Ghostly Irish Coffee (contains whiskey)

Ingredients (Makes 1 Cup)

Ghostly Decoration

  • Wooden skewers
  • A bag of large marshmallows
  • Decorating gel/food pen in black
  • Candy corn (optional) 

Ghostly Decoration Preparation

  1. Stack 3 marshmallows onto a wooden skewer
  2. Draw face on top marshmallow and decorate body as desired 
  3. Stick marshmallows into fridge until Irish coffee is completed

Directions

  1. Brew your VitaCup Gourmet Breakfast Blend coffee (use the 8 oz. brewing option)
  2. Fill a footed mug (cauldron style!) or a regular mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty
  3. Pour hot coffee into warmed glass, about ¾ full
  4. Add brown sugar
  5. Stir until brown sugar is completely dissolved
  6. Blend in Irish whiskey
  7. Top with whipped heavy cream 
  8. Add your skewered ghost marshmallows
  9. Sprinkle candy corn on top if desired
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!

Ogre Eyes Hot Chocolate Coffee

Ingredients (Makes 4 cups) 

  • 8 ounces of 60-70% bittersweet chocolate
  • Chocolate shavings
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • 1 ½cups Whole milk
  • 1 cup VitaCup French Roast coffee
  • Whipped cream

Decoration Ingredients

  • Large marshmallows
  • Crows candies
  • Lollipop sticks or skewers

Directions

  1. Chop your bittersweet chocolate. 
  2. Whisk together milk, cream, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until bubbles start to form on the edges. Don't allow it to boil, boiling will curdle the cream. 
  3. Remove from heat to add chopped chocolate.
  4. Cool on counter for 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk until milk mixture gets a rich chocolate color.
  6. Set the mixture at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  7. Prepare ogre eye decorations by cutting a slit in top of each marshmallow and inserting a crow candy. Insert a lollipop stick or skewer through the bottom of each marshmallow and pierce through the candy. 
  8. Brew your VitaCup French Roast Coffee
  9. Pour 2 ounces of hot VitaCup into 4 mugs.
  10. Add 4 to 5 ounces of the chocolate and cream mix to the coffee.
  11. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  12. Add the ogre eye decorations for the final touch!

Special thanks to Sugar and Soul for the Ogre coffee recipe inspiration.  We hope this helps make your Halloween gathering a high energy hit!  

[Recipe] How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

[Recipe] How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

It's fall. And in the United States that means it's officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season. A season where we all get cozy with our favorite coffee beverage that signals a season change. It's no wonder that National Coffee Day coincides with the ushering in of the pumpkin spice madness. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Starbucks has sold more than 200 million pumpkin spice lattes in the last 11 years!

That's a borderline obsession.

Never fear. You don't have to trek to your local coffee chain to get your Pumpkin Spice fix. We'll show you how to make it yourself with our very own VitaCup DIY homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe!

Watch the video and follow the step by step instructions below.

What You'll Need

  • 1 can 100% pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups milk (any kind of milk including vitamin D, soy, almond, coconut, or more!)
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar (or other sweetener to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz Prepared VitaCup Coffee (French Roast or Gourmet House Blend)
  • Spoon for mixing
  • 1 medium mixing bowl or large measuring cup
  • 1 cup for preparing your coffee
  • Whipped cream (for garnish)

Recipe Steps

  1. Pour milk into mixing bowl.
  2. Add 100% Pumpkin puree to milk. Mix.
  3. Add sugar. Mix.
  4. Heat in microwave or on stovetop until warm. Do not boil.
  5. Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice. Mix.
  6. Prepare 4 oz. of VitaCup coffee in your single serve brewer.
  7. Add in prepared, warm VitaCup coffee. Mix.
  8. Pour into serving glass.
  9. Top with whipped cream and garnish with pumpkin spice to taste.

Now you can ease in to fall with style and comfort with the flavor to savor as the leaves start to change. You won't have to round up the crew to run to the coffee shop to get this warm, creamy treat. 

Enjoy this festive holiday treat with VitaCup French Roast or VitaCup Gourmet House Blend. 

Did you know? Pumpkin Facts

Pumpkin puree is a underappreciated food source that's rich in nutrients.  The serving included in our recipe would provide approximately 2 grams of fiber, and 2.5% of your daily potassium which both aid digestion. It contains nearly a gram of iron to support your immune system.  Plus, there's over 475 micrograms of Vitamin A to support immune systems, eyes, and bones, nearly a full days recommended daily value.  Lastly, the one cup of homemade pumpkin spice latte will get you nearly 4% of your daily vitamin E.  Who knew that Pumpkin was so powerful?!

Consider finding ways to add pumpkin to your meal preparation outside of the fall season since it's such an excellent source of nutrition. It's a plant based food that is great for many people with vegan diets or food allergies. The versatile gourd can be incorporated to pastas, curries and stews and doesn't necessarily require that the recipe has a pumpkin forward flavor. 

If you have friends or family who live abroad, consider shipping them some pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice as a special treat before Thanksgiving. It can be tremendously difficult to get our favorite pumpkin staples when we're outside of the United States and makes holidays away from home feel much more complete!

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What do you think?  Do you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Should VitaCup develop this flavor for next fall?  

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