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Pumpkin Spice Latte date 2018: The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back today: love it or hate it?

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back today: love it or hate it?

In its earliest premiere ever, Starbucks is releasing the 2018 Pumpkin Spice Latte today, August 28, unofficially heralding the coming of fall. As someone who’s motto is usually, “let people enjoy things,” I don’t get mad about it. It’s a tasty drink and gets people excited for a popular season. How bad could it be? But you know how it is, especially on the internet…

The “acceptable” drug: How I battled my caffeine addiction

No, caffeine isn’t like being addicted to heroin or cocaine. In some ways, it’s worse, because it’s an “acceptable” drug. It’s one you can get in any grocery store or gas station.

Here’s how I continue to battle my caffeine addiction…

The 5 super-simple things that’ll help brew the perfect cup of coffee

I bought a coffee pot, and got to brewing. I thought to myself… How hard can it be? Measure out the right amount, throw in some water, hit the switch and you’re good to go. Boy was I wrong.

After trial and error, here are the five simple things that’ll help you brew the perfect cup of coffee…

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here’s my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

Coffee nerds: What ratio of coffee to water do you use?

Coffee nerds: What ratio of coffee to water do you use? I’m hearing anywhere from 1 (gram) of coffee per 16 (grams) of water, up to 1 to 12, all the way down to 1 to 24.

Coffee bean storage containers with style

Do you need to find a way to store coffee beans so that they don’t go bad before you can consume them, but also you want your coffee storage to be visually appealing too? Me too! Enjoy enjoy the fruits of my coffee bean storage container search. Here were some of my favorite finds…

14 gifts for dapper, artistic types that will make even the hipster-iest hipster excited

I got this request via Twitter: “Any plans to do a gift guide for the dapper artsy-type people in our lives? I’m totally stumped for my brother-in-law and could use some ideas.” My response: “I suspect he may be suffering from hipsterism. But it’s okay! I can help.” Forget skinny jeans and slouchy beanies, these gifts will make even the pickiest hipster say, “okay, yeah, that’s totally me”…

How to enjoy a perfectly mixed hot beverage without using a stirrer

As a former barista, little strikes me as more wasteful than the gigantic piles of coffee straws, stir sticks, and spoons that reliably accompany every warm beverage display. Many coffee and tea drinkers don’t realize that by simply rearranging the order in which one mixes a drink, it’s possible to never need a stirrer and still enjoy a perfectly mixed cup o’ whatever. It’s all in the swirl!