Coffee 101: Which is Your Favorite?
It’s Sunday morning at your local coffee shop, and the person in front of you orders a coffee you cannot even pronounce. You quickly Google what in the world they just said, but still do not understand the various types of coffee. You may be wondering, “Aren’t these all the same?” We get it. We have been there and are here to help! Whether you are a black coffee drinker or a “Caramel Macchiato with Extra Cold Foam and Light Ice” kind-of person, we got you covered. Any confusion is sure to be cleared up after reading below!
Regular Brewed Coffee: What is “brewed coffee?” Brewed coffee simply contains coffee grounds that are brewed (hot water poured onto the coffee beans) and then filtered. Whether you like hot coffee with cream and sugar or just plain black, we have an option for everyone at Price Chopper and Market 32! Check out our collection at the end of this blog.
Iced Cold Brew: Contrary to iced coffee that was originally hot, iced cold brew is never hot. Iced cold brew is brewed from 12-24 hours and then steeped at room temperature. After this process is finished, the cold brew is diluted with water and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. This type of coffee has more caffeine and a smoother taste than normal iced coffee.
Espresso: Espresso can be taken as a shot for a burst of energy or poured into your cup of coffee. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that is made by using finely ground coffee beans, hot water, and applying high pressure. The taste of espresso is very strong and bold compared to other coffee.
Americano: When comparing an Americano coffee to regular hot coffee, there appears to be no difference, however, there is a slight discrepancy between the two. Americano coffee simply contains espresso and water, whereas regularly brewed coffee are coffee beans that have been filtered.
Latte: A hot latte consists of milk foam at the top of the cup, a large amount of steamed milk in the middle, and then espresso on the bottom. The milk used for a latte is steamed and frothed to create a delicious, thick foam. While an iced latte has the same ingredients, espresso is simply poured over chilled milk. Any type of milk can be used to create a latte, including non dairy almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk.
Cappuccino: While a latte and cappuccino are very similar, the ratio of milk is what differentiates the two. Cappuccino ratios are 1:1:1 with equal parts of milk foam at the top, steamed milk in the middle, and espresso at the bottom.
Macchiato: A hot macchiato contains espresso at the bottom and a lot of steamed milk on top. That is it! An iced macchiato is the same thing except a lot of chilled milk is added on top of the espresso.
Of course, with any of these drinks, you can modify it to your liking. Whether you enjoy a sweet syrup mixed in or whip cream on top, these drinks can be tailored to anyone’s preferences. The next time you hear the person in front of you order a long-named drink, you won’t have to Google what they are asking for!
Summertime is approaching faster than ever and what better way to beat the heat than with an ice-cold glass of lemonade? Nothing! Even though lemonade is a wonderful drink, it can taste a bit boring at times. Practically everyone knows the signature flavor of lemonade, as it’s a classic summer staple, so why not mix it up a bit!
Simple syrup is an easy and exciting way to create a different taste to any drink. The possibilities are endless when creating this quick simple syrup. Add virtually anything to create a fun and unique take on a drink that we all love! Add fruits, herbs, spices, and flowers to simple syrup.
That’s right, flowers can be used to flavor simple syrups! Their floral and decadent scent can easily be mimicked into any drink. Though not every flower can be used in simple syrup, lavender is a popular flower that is commonly used in lemonades, coffees, teas and so much more!
If you would like to try a fun simple syrup that adds some excitement to your summer, then follow this recipe that breaks down how to create the perfect staple syrup for your summer!
What You Need:
- 2 or 3 Teaspoons of Edible Lavender (Dried or Fresh)
- ¾ Cup of Granulated Sugar (You Can Use Honey as Well)
- 1 Cup of Water
- Pour your cup of water into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Once your water is boiling, pour your cup of sugar in the pot along with 2 or 3 teaspoons of lavender.
- Bring your mixture to a simmer. (You don’t want the sugar to burn as your lavender steeps!)
- Stir the sugar until it’s completely dissolved and let the liquid simmer even more.
- Wait 10-15 minutes to acquire the perfect lavender taste, best suited for you! (Feel free to taste test and play around with flavor intensity in this step.)
- Strain your simple syrup with a mesh strainer (double strain to ensure no buds!)
- Once your syrup has cooled fully, place the syrup in a bottle and store in the fridge. (Your simple syrup will last for two weeks!)
- Add desired amount of syrup to any beverage.
There you have it! An easy and carefree simple syrup that takes minimal time and adds an exciting, new flavor to any drink. Replace lavender with fruits and other (edible) flowers to create a variety of syrups all summer long! Shop all your simple syrup making needs at Price Chopper and Market 32.
New Items: IHOP Coffee
Happiness is a cup of IHOP coffee. Enjoy one now in comforts of home and serve with a smile!
Try all IHOP’s pancake-inspired flavors, including:
- Fresh and smooth Signature Blend
- Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Chocolate Chip
- Delicious and Syrupy Buttery Syrup
Finally, the café coffee flavors you know and love from IHOP, can now be enjoyed at home.
And if iced lattes are more your speed, give NEW IHOP Cold Foam Iced Lattes a try. These
deliciously creamy lattes are sure to please and packed with pancake-inspired flavor.
Learn how they’re easy to love and now simple to make with just three easy steps:
- Pour packet into an empty glass.
- Add 8 oz. of cold water to the glass.
- Stir until contents of packet are dissolved. Add ice if desired.
Bring the coffee shop to your house with IHOP and serve with smile right at home. Find your favorite flavor today!
What seemed like a mild winter has turned into many inches of snow…all at once. It’s times like these where we don’t feel like budging, and we just cannot seem to get warm no matter what! At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have some delicious ways for you to get warm! Take a look below at some of our warm beverages.
Warm chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream hit the spot! Some of our hot chocolate options include:
- PICS Hot Cocoa Single Serve Cup
- PICS Hot Chocolate Packets with Marshmallows
- PICS Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Packets
- PICS Hot Cocoa Mix
Recipe Alert! Mexican Hot Chocolate
Not feeling the traditional hot chocolate today? We understand. Try out this delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate made with PICS whole milk, cinnamon, cayenne peppers, and chocolate morsels.
There are so many ways to make tea to your liking. Try adding in PICS honey, PICS sugar packets, or even a splash of PICS milk! Some of our flavors include:
- PICS Chai Tea K-Cups
- PICS Black Tea Bags
- PICS Decaffeinated Black Tea Bags
- PICS Green Tea Bags
- PICS Decaffeinated Green Tea Bags
Recipe Alert! Warm Berry, Tea, & Cider Punch
If we listed out all of our PICS coffee, the entire page would be filled! Here are just a few of our coffee options:
- PICS Ground French Vanilla Light Roast Coffee
- PICS House Blend Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee
- PICS French Vanilla Cappuccino Single Serve Cup
- PICS 100% Colombian Ground Coffee
- PICS Half Caffeine Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee
Recipe Alert! Viennese Coffee | LavAzza
Remember – Warm weather is coming, but for now, a cup of Joe will have to suffice!
Take Your Morning Cup of Joe to the Next Level!
When we think of coffee, we often think of the energizing drink we make in the morning. However, have you ever wondered what exactly coffee is and where it comes from? What about recipes that can be made with coffee? Coffee can be used for so much more than just your daily caffeine intake, and a few may even surprise you!
What is coffee? People recognize coffee as a bean or ground, and that bean we see comes from the seed of the fruit known as the coffee cherry. The coffee cherry grows on the coffee plant that can live up to 100 years! Yes, there is a coffee plant! How cool is that? These plants are the most productive between the ages of 7 to 20 and can grow to be as tall as 10 meters.
Drinks and Desserts: There are an abundance of drinks and desserts that can be made from coffee. Even if coffee is not your go-to drink, the recipes below may just give your taste buds something to smile about!
Paint: Did you know that you can paint using coffee? Combine coffee grounds and room-temperature water to give you your newest paint color!
Meat Tenderizer: As you will see in the recipes below, coffee can be used to tenderize meats. Due to the enzymes found in coffee, the meat will become more tender when marinated in coffee. Marinate your meat of choice for up to 24 hours for an incredible flavor.
Make chocolate-covered coffee beans: This is super easy to make. Just melt PICS dark chocolate chips over low heat, stir in espresso beans, and let cool on parchment paper.
Décor: Coffee beans can be used as a very elegant décor in your home. Simply put coffee beans in a jar or vase with a candle or fake flowers on top.
Interested in taking coffee to the next level? Try out some of our fantastic recipes below!
Coffee-Rubbed Beef Brisket: Have you ever tried beef rubbed with coffee? Be sure to check out this easy yet delicious recipe for your next beef dinner!
Coffee Caramelized Onions: When you try out the Coffee-Rubbed Beef Brisket recipe, be sure to add on these coffee caramelized onions that coffee fans will love!
Super Chili: The next time you want to make chili, consider spicing it up with this Super Chili recipe! While the coffee taste is not overwhelming, there is enough in the recipe to make this chili more exciting.
Iced Caramel Vanilla Latte: Feeling low on energy? Try this scrumptious latte with PICS whipped cream!
Vanilla-Raspberry Ice Cream Tart With Brownie Crust and Mocha Drizzle: The name says it all! This dessert is perfect for your next family get together!
Mocha-Almond Meringue Cake: This cake is divine! There is the perfect balance of mocha and almond for a dessert that will take your break away!
National Coffee Day
September 29th is National Coffee Day and we’re celebrating! Coffee has a surprisingly long history, and in honor of the holiday we’re looking to uncover all of the mysteries surrounding this beloved bean. We did some research and discovered some interesting information that you may not have known before.
It is said that coffee was first discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his goats would become energetic and not sleep at night after they ate the berries from a certain tree. He was curious, and he brought his realization to the abbot of the local monastery. The abbot made himself a drink with these berries and found that it was helpful in keeping him alert during evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery amongst the other monks, and word of these berries moved east to the Arabian Peninsula.
Coffee cultivation and trade began on the Arabian Peninsula, where coffee was regularly enjoyed in homes, and the first coffee houses were created. These early coffee houses became important places to catch up on conversation and current music and news. They began to appear all over cities in the Near East where they were called “qahveh khaneh.” They became an essential spot for the spread of information, and because of this they were known as “Schools of the Wise.”
Europeans who would travel to the Near East would return home with stories of this magical drink, and eventually coffee made its way to Europe. At first, coffee was met with backlash in these European countries being called the “bitter invention of Satan,” and becoming condemned by the local clergy. However, Pope Clement VIII intervened, tasting the drink himself and finding it so satisfying he lifted the ban. Eventually, these same coffee houses became a common theme throughout countries like England, Austria, France, Germany, and Holland. Coffee replaced the popular breakfast drinks at the time, beer and wine, and became a new European morning staple.
But how did coffee make its way to the Americas? Great question! In 1714, the Mayor of Amsterdam presented a coffee plant as a gift to King Louis XIV of France. The King had the young plant grown in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Paris. In 1723, a young naval officer, Gabriel de Clieu obtained a seedling from the plant. On a traitorous journey home, he faced horrendous weather, a saboteur who attempted to destroy the seedling, and even a pirate attack. Yet, he managed to plant the seed in Martinique. This seed began an explosion of coffee trees in the Americas, and it led to the abundance of coffee we have today.
Big coffee drinker? Us too. We’re celebrating with one of our favorite local coffee brands from here in the Northeast: Death Wish Coffee!
Sample Death Wish Coffee’s famous brews from 11am-4pm on Sunday 9/29 at any of these stores:
Brunswick Market 32
Hamilton Square Market 32
Glenville Market 32
Wilton Market 32
Glen St Price Chopper
Mechanicville Price Chopper
East Greenbush Price Chopper
Clifton Shopper’s World Market 32
Amsterdam Price Chopper
Route 50 Price Chopper
Bethlehem Price Chopper
Plattsburgh Market 32
Altamont Ave Price Chopper
Hudson Valley Plaza Market 32
Johnstown Rd. Price Chopper
Malta Price Chopper
Shaker Road Price Chopper
Niskayuna Price Chopper
Glenmont Price Chopper
Newburgh Price Chopper
Hopkinton Price Chopper
Clifton Park Plaza Market 32
SEATTLE’S BEST COFFEESeattle’s Best Coffee makes the coffee. You make it awesome. They know it’s more than just a cup of coffee. It’s your get-up-and-go. Your reward. Your “just the way I love it”. And inside their bags and boxes, you’ll find something delicious and crave-able . This is the taste that Seattle’s Best Coffee has been known for since 197 0 – premium, Latin American beans roasted to perfection (if they do say so themselves), then carefully blended for a rich, smooth, just-right cup. Find your favorite – with their family of delicious blends, they’ve got a cup for every taste. Smooth to bold, medium to dark, recharge to reward. Find what you love at seattlesbest.com Look for Seattle’s Best Ground Coffee and K-Cups in the Coffee Aisle. Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs BUCKS COUNTY ICED COFFEE Introducing Bucks County Iced Coffee. Their signature cold brewed process delivers a bold flavor with a smooth mellow finish – creating the perfect balanced coffee. Bucks County steeps their high-quality Arabica coffee beans in cold pure filtered water to create the perfect extraction. The end result is a refreshing Iced Coffee that is perfect for any occasions! You can currently find Bucks County Iced Coffee in the Dairy case in Sweetened and Unsweetened varieties. Just open an enjoy straight from the container – or add your favorite flavors. It is the perfect afternoon treat or in place of your morning cup. A perfect pick me up any time of day, so pick some up today. Delicious, new, ready to drink. Put a bottle of all natural Bucks County Iced Coffee in your refrigerator today! Go to their website and tell them your coffee story: www.buckscountyicedcoffee.com T.G.I.FRIDAY’S DIPS Introducing New T.G.I.Friday’s Dips. Each Greek Yogurt based variety is Trans Fat FREE and offered in an 11oz. container.
- Ultimate Spinach Dip with 3 Cheeses – Only 90 calories and 9g of fat per serving.
- Jalapeno Artichoke & Cheese Dip – Only 60 calories and 5g of fat per serving.
- Signature BBQ Dip with Roasted Red Pepper – Only 35 calories and 2g of fat per serving.
- Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip – Only 80 calories and 7g of fat per serving.
- Zesty Lemon Pepper offers flavor that is perfect in salads and adds a tangy citrus punch to meals or appetizers.
- Hickory Smoked is perfect right out of the pouch on a cracker. These select cuts of premium tuna are seasoned with a rich smoky flavor.
- Herb and Garlic adds a perfect Italian flavor to any meal. The zesty garden flavors are guaranteed to bring any dish to life.
- Sweet and Spicy gives a flavor boost you never expected from Tuna! Jazz up your lunchtime wrap with this spicy flavor.
- New England Donut Shop Blend-Light roasted, smooth and delicious
- New England Breakfast Blend-New England’s Wake-Me-Up Blend
- Columbian Supremo-Medium Roasted, Columbia’s Best
- French Roast – Dark Roasted, Rich, Aromatic and Smooth