Galliano Caffè al gusto di Nocciola—try if if you dare!

An interesting read about one coffee drinker’s experience with a brew that made him flash back to his childhood. Scent really is more powerful than it’s given credit for.

The Black Coffee Journal

Caffè al gusto di Nocciola, hazelnut flavored coffee from Galliano.

This was one funny blend.

As I opened the bag, the first thing that came to my mind was a memory from more than 30 years ago. Let me tell you the story.

When I was a kid, my dad was the parish pastor in a tiny countryside village in the archipelago of Southwestern Finland. It was a beautiful village with around 800 inhabitants, many of whom were farmers, fishermen or elderly citizens. My dad knew each and every one of these people personally (he has a brilliant mind), and everyone knew him.

When he was running errands around the village, dad—always the pastor—often decided to stop by some congregants’ houses to ask them how they were doing. Many times, I happened to be with him as he did these ex tempore house calls. Now, many of the villagers…

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Great Lattes, Great Interiors: Three Fun Spins On Classic Cafe Design

The quintessential coffee shop has grown, for lack of a better term, quite organically in the minds of Americans over the decades.

With over 30,000 cafes to the United States’ name, there comes an inevitable commonality between them all. They’re viewed as highly modern settings with convenience at your fingertips. Free Wi-Fi, accessible charging stations, quality lighting, you name it. Then there’s the rustic furniture or impeccable modernism, beautiful to witness even through the haze of the morning rush. It’s all topped off with, what else, delicious coffee and tea paired with pastries, soups and treats. Whether you visit cafes regularly or only swing by as a reward to yourself, it’s easy to think these places blur together after a while.

Here are three small, yet significant spins on the classic coffee shop I’ve seen recently. Some things never change, but these are more than happy to bump up the novelty:

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Extending The Holiday Cheer: Five Winter Drinks I Always Look Forward To

A little while back I looked into some of my favorite homemade drinks. Now it’s time to talk about what gets me giddy when I stop by a cafe in the heart of winter.

It hasn’t been snowing much in Washington (that’s a score for me and a negative digit for global warming). That hasn’t stopped me from supplementing my chilly days with some delicious drinks. I’ve talked in the past about how our favorite type of coffee, tea or cider reflects our character. My sweet tooth and persnickety personality come in full force as I’m musing over what to get at a Starbucks. …Or a locally owned cafe. Or a Thomas Hammer.

Or or or. If they’ve got the good stuff, consider any hardships I’ve been stewing over just dust in the wind.

…and, yes, these are all decaf!

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Pouring The Season Into A Cup: My Five Favorite Drinks For Autumn

What kind of drink gets you in the perfect autumn mood?

Halloween’s over and done with and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so you can finally start pretending you didn’t just destroy your diet with fistfuls of candy…even as you stock up on eggnog. I’m certainly feeling the chill in the air (and the regret in the distance), figuring out how to keep my office space warm and admiring the fall sheen on the trees. This week got me to thinking about all my absolute favorite homemade drinks. Everyone’s got a thing that just never seems to leave the cupboard…and if it does, has to be replaced at all costs.

I’ve got a three cupboard’s worth of favorites, but for the sake of brevity I’ll sum up my top five seasonal go-tos below. Who knows? You might just discover a new love.

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Do You Remember The 29th Of September? America’s Very Own National Coffee Day

Let’s be honest…every day is national coffee day. For the sake of acknowledging the Western calendar and not being a total scrooge, however, let’s go ahead and pretend like the 29th of September is any different!

There are lots of deals popping up today and only so much time to get to them all. Your endless cravings for cappuccinos just hit the jackpot.

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Don’t Get Too Cozy, Washington Coffee Culture: California Is Brewing Its Own Reputation

When it comes to coffee, Washington is widely considered by many Americans to be the king of the hill. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s the birthplace of Starbucks, after all (as well as the subject of many an ironic eyeroll when discussing hipster culture). While most coffee comes from outside of the United States, the Pacific Northwest has put in a lot of work to cultivate its go-to image of frothy lattes sheltered beneath cloudy days.

It’s not the only state sharing the top spot, however.

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