Feliz Navidad amigos! Kaffeologie is into the spirit of giving, and we want to send out some ideas for those of you who are stumped with what to give that coffee (or any hot beverage) lover in your life. We'll be featuring a variety of gift ideas to accommodate every recipient and their giver's budget. (Have a suggestion? We'd love to hear about it in the comments.) And as always, one of the best gifts you can give your favorite coffee-lover is an upgrade to the coffee routine with the AeroPress and S Filter.
A hosting gift for a holiday brunch or your own cookie exchange
We've gone on record before that we prefer our coffee sans creamer. (It's not that we are anti-creamer so much we are pro-coffee taste.) But it is the season of indulgence and hosting friends (or being hosted), and with that in mind we decided to make some flavored creamer for some friends' and to put out on our own coffee bar. With a little internet sleuthing (however did we manage in a pre-Google life?), we came across this site with its plethora of creamer recipes.
We chose to make a Vanilla version as well as the Peppermint Patty version, because 1) who doesn't like vanilla, and 2) festive! Each recipe requires 1 3/4 cup of your favorite milk and a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk.
For the vanilla, add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Blend well, and pour into a mason jar or otherwise adorable container. We upcycled some glass soda bottles.
For the peppermint patty creamer, add 2 Tbsp. of chocolate syrup and 1 tsp. of peppermint extract to your milk and condensed milk. (Note: our taste testers thought that the peppermint was overwhelming with this ratio, so you may want to start small and work your way up.)
Again, blend well and then pour into adorable container. We found ours in the Target Dollar Spot. They resemble the bottles that those ready-made Starbucks Frappacino bottles, so if you know someone who drinks those: 1) show them how to make a good cup of coffee, 2) ask if you can raid their recycling before you do.
The resulting creamers were rich, creamy (how appropriate), and void of all those artificial ingredients that their store bought counterparts contain. I had much of the ingredients on hand, but I'd estimate that each batch cost less than $1.50 per quart. Much cheaper than the store bought versions, and no couponing necessary!
Super easy! Make some and bring it in for your coworkers. Take it to a cookie exchange in lieu of those cookies you didn't have time to make. It's the holiday season; live it up.