If you are in the mood to embrace a traditional coffee shop cold-weather flavor, you must try house-made gingerbread syrup! While most notably a holiday beverage, gingerbread is perfect in your lattes and/or coffee any time it’s cold outside (although it is delicious in the iced versions as well!). This is a great addition to your coffee beverages and/or pastries- FYI this syrup is also delicious on pancakes! When contained in a glass bottle, its deep mahogany color is a beautiful addition to any coffee shop counter.
When it comes to coffee, flavored syrups and other beverage additions it can be a divisive issue. Many coffee shops line their bars with several dozen flavor syrup offerings while other shops take a radically different approach, offering very few, to even no syrups at all. These are two wildly different points of view. One side of the conversation might argue “People have diverse likes and dislikes. We want people to be able customize and personalize their drinks to their own liking.” while the other side might argue “Farmers put an immense amount of effort into growing the highest quality coffee possible.
When it comes to coffee terminology few words are as synonymous with the hot beverage as the word “blend.” If you work in a specialty coffee shop, you may hear customers ask questions such as:
“What blends are you serving today?”
Words like “single-origin” and “micro-lot” are not in the typical vocabulary of the typical coffee consumer. At the same time, more and more specialty coffee shops are serving single-origin coffees all the time.
Do you know someone who loves coffee? Someone who constantly tinkers in their kitchen for hours brewing coffee different ways. Maybe this person regularly reads books on the science of coffee brewing, or blogs with barista training tips. This person also likely has a whole budget set aside for ordering coffees from different specialty coffee roasters throughout the month.
Not all of us know this person, but many of us do and as the specialty segment of the coffee industry continues to grow (of those that consume coffee daily,