IT"S TIME - There is a little web site that you put in your zip code and it tells you whether it's iced coffee weather. Even though it's summer, the dang thing has been telling me "no" for a while. Thankfully today it said "yes" so hopefully the summer iced coffee weather is here. Considering it's going to be almost a hundred degrees here today, that is a good thing. http://isiticedcoffeeweather.com/
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN - I order iced coffees from Starbucks all the time. And I know they have 90 calories. But it never occurred to me to think where those calories came from. It's because they sweeten their iced coffees with Classic Syrup. Calories I don't need. So next time I'll remember to ask them to leave out the syrup and save me some calories. For more info go here
STARBUCKS NEWS - Lots going on in the Starbucks universe. Instead of grinding coffee only in the morning, Starbucks will grind beans each time a new pot is brewed. Zagat, in this years Fast Food Survey, had Starbucks as the top fast food coffee. New stores built will be more eco-friendly (there is already a coffee bar that includes scrap leather from shoe and automobile factories).
NO HIGH FRUCTOSE - As of June 30th Starbucks is supposed to roll out some reformulated items without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and dyes (I think the Frapps are included in this but maybe not until the summer). This will also include removing preservatives where possible. They plan on serving more salads and "health conscious" foods too.
TO FREEZE OR NOT TO FREEZE - If you've ever wondered if you should refrigerate or freeze your coffee, if rules for beans are different when it comes to espresso, and why you shouldn't take your coffee back and forth from the freezer to the brewer each day, check out this article here. Do you store your coffee in aluminum or Mylar foil, bagged in double--even triple--layers of poly bags? Yeah, you need to read the article.
Bowl of coffee photo taken by Mrs. L on her iPhone