The coffees to drink when the rain just won’t stop

It has been seriously raining for the last couple months. I thought I should look into what others suggested as a coffee for rainy says. I know rainy days can be cozy and comforting, but they can also be a bit dreary. Here’s a look at some of the best coffee drinks to sip and savor when the weather outside isn’t so nice. 

Mocha Latte 

If you’re looking for a sweet escape from the rain, nothing quite hits the spot like a mocha latte. This indulgent java drink is made with espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate syrup. Plus, you can top it off with fluffy whipped cream and chocolate shavings for an extra decadent treat that’s sure to put a smile on your face. 

Cold Brew 

While most people think of hot coffee when they think of rainy days, cold brew is becoming more popular by the day. This chilled beverage is made by steeping coarsely ground beans in cold water overnight or longer. The result is an incredibly smooth blend that has low acidity and subtle notes of fruit or chocolate without any bitterness. It’s sure to give you an energizing jolt just when you need it most!  

Espresso Con Panna (a new one for me)

If hot drinks are more your style, try an espresso con panna on a gloomy day. This creamy Italian favorite is made with two shots of espresso topped with freshly whipped cream—the perfect pick-me-up when the skies outside are grey. To make this classic coffee drink even better, add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top for an extra special touch that’s sure to brighten up your day.  

No matter what type of coffee you prefer—hot or cold—there’s something delicious out there waiting for you on a rainy day. From creamy mocha lattes to bold espressos con panna, there’s no shortage of options if you’re looking to add some flavor and warmth into your life. So don’t let the rain get you down; just grab your favorite mug and brew up something special that will transform any gloomy afternoon into one filled with joy.

Here is a fun mug to remind you that you’re safe inside so take the time to enjoy what you love.  Please note that if you purchase from clicking on the link, some will result in my getting a tiny bit of that sale to help keep this site going.


Find Your Perfect Portable Coffee Maker

Do you ever find yourself wishing for a hot cup of coffee while out and about? Or, maybe you’re just looking for a way to make your morning commute more enjoyable. If so, then a portable coffee maker may be just what you need. With the right portable coffee maker, you can enjoy that same delicious cup of coffee wherever and whenever you please. 

The Market of Portable Coffee Makers 

When it comes to portable coffee makers, there is no shortage of options. From single-serve French presses to pour-over brewers and everything in between, there are plenty of ways to get your caffeine fix on the go. Some models are designed with portability in mind; they’re lightweight and small enough to fit easily into most bags or backpacks. Others offer more features such as heating plates or digital temperature control, making them better suited for a home kitchen countertop than a camping trip. It all depends on your needs and budget. Several models that create quick espresso shots with either a hand pump or gas cartridge are really small, but you do need to provide hot water for them or it is a cold drink

What to Look For in a Portable Coffee Maker 

No matter which type of portable coffee maker you choose, there are some key features that you should look out for before buying. Most importantly, make sure the unit is easy to clean and maintain. Since these devices don’t have built-in water tanks like traditional electric espresso machines, they require regular cleaning and maintenance if you want them to last longer. Additionally, look for one with an insulated carafe or mug so that your drink stays warm even after hours of traveling. And finally, make sure the device has adjustable settings so that you can customize the strength and flavor of each cup exactly how you like it. 

Whether you’re an avid traveler or just someone who wants their daily cup of joe on-the-go, having the right portable coffee maker can make life much easier—and tastier. With so many models available on the market today, finding the perfect one shouldn’t be too hard if you know what features to look out for. Check out reviews online and compare different models before making your purchase to ensure that your investment will be worth it in the long run. 

An example of the really portable coffee maker I mentioned above (needs hot water from another source) is the Aeropress Go Portable Travel Coffee Press Kit, which makes 1-3 Cups. Please note that if you purchase from clicking on the link, I will get a tiny bit of that sale to help keep this site going.


NESCAFE’ has coffee makers and they need to be on my counter!

Last night there was a NESCAFE’ coffee commercial on TV. I barely glanced up from my computer as it went sped through a whirl of cold and coffee drink images. Until I saw a flash of what looked like a very artistic coffee maker. I was reaching for the remote to rewind back to see what must be an artist concept when several more coffee makers where flashed up making dark rich coffee. Artist concepts? Future product? Did they steal something from a art college?

I spent a while looking around for the commercial online. Visiting the NESCAFE’ Instant Coffee site resulted in nothing. Not giving up, I clicked through the different areas of the site till I happened upon a link to the NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™” site. There I found the four bits of cool fun art to sit on the kitchen counter which I can request a cup of coffee from too.

I have several different brands of machines that use pucks, discs and cups of pre-packaged coffee. Each machine does something better than the other and the coffee choices vary from one brand to another as well. All are black and silver plastic with a see through plastic area to hold water.

Coffee for the NESCAFE’ Dolce Gusto line is more specialized than others since it is limited to their own. Most other quick coffee makers have done deals with a variety of other coffee producers so their line stretchs across many customer’s needs. By allowing others to package coffee, you get more choices but less control on what the customer has. NESCAFE’

From their FAQ:

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ is a new coffee machine with a proprietary one portion capsule that produces high quality coffee-shop style beverages including Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and Lungo (traditional cup of coffee). The machines will be available in black, red, and cream. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is a joint venture between Nestlé® and KRUPS® and is aimed exclusively toward the at-home consumer. This 15 bar system uses pressure similar to coffee house machines. The coffee that is used in the capsules is made of premium 100% Arabica pure coffee beans.

Retail pricing:

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ Piccolo – $89-$99
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ Melody™ 2 – $129
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ Circolo™ – $149
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ Creativa™ – $169

The flavors available cover hot to cold, mild to strong:


Quality mugs make a difference and can be fun!

I was setting out to do a post on a set of Bodum Bistro mugs that where given to me for my recent birthday. They are double walled coffee mugs so they act as a insulator to keep drinks warm or cold. For me, I have a tendancy to drink through my drip coffee quickly since I like it warm to hot. When it cools down it is less of a pleasure drink. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but maybe…

If you have not had the pleasure of a glass coffee mug, there is entertainment value beyond the termal features. For drip coffee, there is quite a show as you add a bit of cream and it works it’s way around the cup, mixing with the dark coffee. Like a Lava Lamp, every showing is different. I attempted to get a image of this and kept ending up with a reflection of my camera. I will post up something when I get it right.

For now, here is a image I grabbed from the provider’s site so you can see it is truly a mug.

I was given a pair of the 15 oz version (Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated Glass Café Latte Mug). They insulate well enough to keep the coffee inside warm while the outside of the mug is cool enough to hold without using the handle. A nice side feature I noticed from a site also reviewing the mugs is that you don’t need to use a coaster since the double wall of glass prevents condensation. Not that I ever sit my coffee around the house but that might be important to some folks. Another item is that while these glass mugs do insulate very well, they are glass so they break easier than a thicker mug.

Now, onto a bit of fun I found while looking for the above image. The folks at Beautiful Life have a post of 25 Creative and Original Mugs. Be prepared when you make the jump, this is a nice showing of mugs. Which means they have a sprinkling of ‘tea’ mugs in there too. It’s a fun collection to see, whether it makes you coffee taste any better or not is another matter.