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​Coffee Culture Under a Microscope: Winter is Here

Posted by on Dec 2nd 2016

A follow-up to our previous installment of Coffee Culture Under a Microscope.

Winter isn't coming, anymore. It's here. Use these recipes to survive the coming months:


Whether you love the holidays or you're just celebrating the much-anticipated end of 2016, here's a recipe to help you make it all the way to 2017:

Chestnut Mocha:

You've heard them mentioned in song, but have you ever actually tasted a roasted chestnut? If you're imagining the familiar flavor of pecans or walnuts, you might want to think again, because when these ingredients come off of an open-fire (or any other roasting source), they have a slightly sweet, though earthy, taste, not terribly unlike a yam or sweet potato.

You don't need to roast your own to experience the flavor, however.

Using just a tablespoon of chestnut syrup, along with a tiny splash of coconut oil and a drop ofchocolate syrup, you can turn your morning mug of hot coffee into a festive mocha unlike any you've tasted before.


A new year calls for a new type of fresh start to every day. Time to cast aside the peppermint and PSL's in exchange for something bold, fresh, and exciting. Here's a recipe that will fuel you up and get you started the right way in the morning:

Coco-Blanc Iced Coffee:

It might seem crazy to suggest iced coffee as your morning drink of choice, but there's a good reason why this cold beverage makes an excellent start to each day.

When it comes to new year's resolutions, a staggering number of people list their health as a top priority. With that comes a commitment to diet, exercise, and broader lifestyle changes. Whether you've got your nutrition in the forefront of your mind or not, it's hard to argue that cutting out processed sugars is a good idea.

If you want something tasty, light, and sugarless to get you going, try mixing your homemade cold brew with just a little bit of vanilla extract and coconut water, to taste. Coconut water has been shown to have a variety of potential health benefits... just make sure you get coconut water with no sugar added if you want to avoid the sucrose!


It can be both the final hurdle of the cold months, as well as the most brutal of them all. It's fortunate that February is shorter than all the other months, because the invasive temperature drops suck the heat out of your mug that much quicker! Since we care about minimizing waste and we know that the uses for coffee are legion in application, here are a few ideas for what to do with your leftover brewed coffee:

Spicy Grind Rub:

You'd be amazed at how much those beans can do once they've already been ground up and brewed. One of the simplest uses for your old coffee beans is to simply let them dry out, them mix them in a container with following list of seasonings and spices:

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • A pinch of cumin

You can pretty much combine these spices in any amount to your own tastes, as long as you keep in mind that there should be just a touch of cumin in contrast to the rest of the spices, which will make up the bulk of the rub's flavor. In fact, this isn't even a hard list of ingredients, but more of a jumping-off point for you to develop your own rub to your own particular tastes.

The basic list makes a great choice for chicken, beef, pork, or your favorite vegan protein substitute!

Caffeinated Chili:

Nothing warms a body up quicker than a good bowl of chili, and with this suggestion, your recipe can be infused with America's favorite form of ingested fuel.

Just take your favorite chili recipe and stir in the morning's leftover brew to taste for a chili with an earthy, rich aroma. Our premium dark roast has just the right balance of acidity and velvet smoothness to compliment a no-alarm bowl of chili. When you resist the urge to pour your unused coffee down the drain, you can also use it to soften the blow if you've made your chili too spicy.

As long as you're careful, though, it's easy to combine the ingredients so that the java doesn't overpower the kick you want chili to have.

Tiramisu Pudding:

Tiramisu is a favorite dessert among the culinarily-inclined. The fair balance between coffee and chocolate, along with the textural experience of lady fingers immersed in creamy, sweet mixture, ishighly regarded worldwide. But, the dish can be touchy for those inexperienced in the kitchen.

If you want to simulate it, it's easy. Just blend a cup of cream, a cup of leftover coffee, and 23 ounces of melted dark chocolate together with a thick spoonful of mascarpone cheese. Once the mix is thoroughly blended, pour it into small containers or one large one and let is set for a couple of hours or overnight and enjoy!

A bit of hand-whipped cream with a drizzle of coffee in it keeps the theme going and adds the finishing touch!

And remember, any time you're looking for a high-quality coffee, either to drink or use as an ingredient, look no further than Habits Coffee online store! From start to finish, our beans undergo a special process to make them some of the best Ka'u coffee beans in the world! Order online and have it delivered all the way from Pahala!