Some exciting things are happening around here! First, I started a new job this week. Yup. After almost 8 years of working in the same office, I officially moved to a new position / new office / new everything on Wednesday of this week. I am equally crazy excited and a little terrified. Change is always a little scary, isn’t it? But it’s a good change.
On top of having a new job and finishing up the garden and having football again (yay!!), I’ve got a fun giveaway for you guys!
Did you know that this coming Sunday, September 29th is National Coffee Day? Well, it is. And that just gives me one more reason to make a good cup of coffee at home.
Lucky for me (and for one of you!), Starbucks is celebrating National Coffee Day, too. They’ve got a new whole bean coffee, Ethiopia, a single-origin medium roast with notes of chocolate, citrus, and peppery spice. Believe me: it’s good. I’m a big sucker for coffees that have that mix of chocolate and citrus flavors. It makes for a balanced cup that’s perfect with whatever I’m having for breakfast.
If you’re a coffee snob like we are, you probably already know most of these, but if you’re just getting into making really good coffee at home, these tips will definitely come in handy. To make the best cup possible at home:
- Always, always use fresh coffee. Get coffee that has been freshly roasted, if you can. Buy it whole bean and grind it yourself right before brewing your morning cup. Store opened bags of coffee in air-tight containers, but don’t freeze it!
- Starbucks recommends using 2 Tbsp of coffee for each 6 oz of water, but that’s a little too strong for us. We normally do about 1 Tbsp for each cup that we’re making. This is just personal preference, so just try different amounts and see what you like the best.
- Our favorite methods of making coffee are the french press and the coffee siphon. But, honestly, if you’re using fresh coffee and have the right amount for you, you can still have a great cup of joe, no matter how you make it.
On Sunday, Starbucks stores across the U.S. and Canada will be joining in by offering free samples of Ethiopia. Also, customers who purchase a 1-lb. bag of Ethiopia that day will receive a free Ethiopian-inspired commemorative ceramic cup.
And to celebrate even more, Starbucks is letting me give one of you this prize pack so you can try Ethiopia for yourself! The winner will receive:
- 1-lb bag of Ethiopia
- Starbucks Siren mug
- $25 Starbucks gift card
Tell me your favorite place to have your morning cup of coffee.
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Share your favorite recipe to have with your cup of coffee in the comments. Coffee cake? Homemade sweet rolls? I want to know!