Coffee is going beyond the cup—or shall we say, mug—this year, with people getting their fix from more than just their average cup of Joe. Alternative ways to consume coffee are infiltrating the market, and now those who are looking to get the taste and jolt of java can look to their pantries, bars, and beyond for that sweet, sweet caffeine.
Stir it up
Crystal Head Vodka Night Cap
- 1½ oz. Crystal Head Vodka
- ½ oz. premium coffee liqueur
- 1 freshly brewed espresso shot
- Chocolate shavings or coffee beans
- Pour Crystal Head, coffee liqueur, and espresso into shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously to create froth then strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings or finely crushed coffee beans.
Whip it good
Try your hand at the trend that took the internet by storm in 2020: Dalgona Coffee. Family-run Sussex Tea and Coffee Company gives us some tips on how to make it at home:
- Grab a medium mixing bowl and add ½ tbs. sugar, 2 tbs. granulated coffee and 2 tbs. hot water.
- Whisk vigorously. (Your best bet is to use an electric hand-held mixer.) Whisk until the mixture become smooth and shiny and continue until it thickens and holds as a foam.
- Fill a glass most of the way with milk or a milk alternative and ice and then dollop the coffee mixture on top.
- Consider topping your drink with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits or honey.
Add Some Sweetener
See’s Candies Café Latté Lollypops ($21.75)
La Maison du Chocolat Coffee Beans Box ($18.50)
The Cookie Cake Company Cold Brew Cookie Cake ($53+)
Half Day Coffee CBD Gummies ($19.99)
Bubbie’s Chocolate Espresso Mochi Ice Cream ($14/box of 6)
Negranti Creamery Black Coffee Chip Ice Cream ($8.99)
Objective Wellness Wide Awake Dark Chocolate-y Caffeine Squares ($25/15 pieces)
Caffeinate your cocktails
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee: The king of shots branched out a year ago with its new iteration featuring strong cold brew coffee. In addition to the 56 botanicals found in their original herbal liqueur, Arabica coffee and cacao add a new taste to this fun drink that’s perfect for cocktails.
Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew: This canned cocktail packs a punch with its combination of gourmet coffee, alcohol, cream, and agave syrup. Made using 100% Arabica coffee, these spiked brews come in four different flavors, including Espresso Shot, Caffe Mocha, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla Cinnamon.
Tia Maria: Used in the first ever espresso martini recipe, Tia Maria liqueur is comprised of Jamaican rum, cold brew coffee, Madagascar vanilla, and cocoa, resulting in a sweet liqueur with a caffeine kick.
FEW Spirits Cold Cut Bourbon: Cask strength bourbon soars to new levels with the addition of cold brew coffee. While this definitely tastes like whiskey, it finishes with smooth, cold brew flavor, delivering a deep, bold sip.
Espresso Cabernet by FUN WINE: The new collection from FUN WINE, Hard Bubbly, features an array of *fun* flavors, but none quite as peppy as the Espresso Cabernet. Lightly carbonated, the wine clocks in at only 59 calories per serving.
Pack & Brass: Pennsylvania brewery Wallenpaupack Brewing Company teamed up with Black and Brass Coffee Company for a coffee-forward IPA. Yirgacheffe coffee beans and hops come together in this award-winning brew.
Find the perfect blend
The Sazerac House in New Orleans partnered up with PJ’s Coffee in order to create a truly unique line of coffees. The result is Merchant’s Exchange, a line of coffees flavored to taste like some of your favorite cocktails, minus the booze.
SaltWorks, makers of—you guessed it, salts—has a great addition to your home spice pantry. Espresso Brava Salt uses freshly roasted Italian espresso beans and pure sea salt, making it a great rub for your favorite red meats, or even as a topping on delicious desserts.
Spread the love
Your daily dose of almond butter just got an upgrade. Abby’s Better, the family-operated clean snack food brand, will rev up your day with its Coffee Almond Butter. The gluten-free, peanut-free, paleo and plant-based spread is best with fruit, cheese or in a smoothie.
Make it International
“For us Italians, morning coffee is a real ritual, right when you awake and before going to work—but also after lunch and dinner. Usually, you see it paired in the morning with a croissant and jam or biscuits (biscotti). The same goes for the end of lunch or dinner at a restaurant, where it is usually served with baked biscuits or a small chocolate praline.
“The most popular coffee in Italy is espresso. Generally, when we talk about espresso, there are very few variations or ingredients added in very small quantities; these include milk foam, a drop of liquor (usually anise or grappa), and hazelnut cream. The secret to a good Italian espresso is high quality coffee, the grind of the coffee beans, the pressure that is applied during preparation, and the water, which is best if decalcified.
“Personally, I recommend investing in a great coffee machine, there are so many on the market but the thing I would give more attention to is the type of coffee that you can brew with it—although it’s easier now that roasters produce pods of all kinds and that are suitable for any type of coffee machine.”
-Executive Chef Silvia Grossi of Il Salviatino in Fiesole, Italy
“The most popular coffee in Guatemala is that which is home grown. We are very proud to have great coffee here in Guatemala, and we like to drink local blends, not only to support our own growers, but because the quality is one of the best. In fact, Guatemalan coffee has won numerous awards.
“People in Guatemala drink coffee throughout the day, traditionally black with a splash of milk and some sugar. If you’d like to put an international twist inspired by Guatemala, try drinking coffee with a nice piece of sweet bread—that’s a ritual here!
“Black coffee is popular here because the flavor is so unique, but people definitely enjoy variations like cappuccinos, lattes and more. I think we are getting more and more creative with our coffee and culinary scene in general here in Guatemala.”
– Chef Marcela Jongezoon of Casa Palopò in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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