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Your coffee connection for National Coffee Day!

Hard Rock's Salted Caramel Café

Hard Rock’s Salted Caramel Café

The most important day of the year is rapidly approaching! Monday, Sept. 29th is National Coffee Day! This wildly popular beverage is believed to have originated in Ethiopia, and by the 1500’s was well known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. North America was drinking coffee by 1668, with coffee houses rapidly opening in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. The plan for the Boston Tea Party of 1773 was actually hatched at The Green Dragon Tavern and Coffee house. What will you brew up on Monday in celebration of this aromatic bean drink?

With SO many ways to celebrate coffee we thought we’d lend a hand with some EncinoMom suggestions:

#1. Make a coffee date. Start your week out with a “catch up over coffee” date with a friend. Favorite coffeehouses nearby include Demitasse, Jameson Brown, Intelligentsia, and LAMILL Coffee Boutique. Let us know which coffee dispensaries are your favorites! We’re always on the look out for that perfect cuppa!

#2.  Enjoy a free cup of authentic LAVAZZA coffee at The Grove! From Friday, Sept. 26th through Sunday. See our Events Page for details!

Hard Rock close up of Salted Caramel Coffee drink by Christopher Taylor for EncinoMom.com

Close up of Hard Rock’s Salted Caramel Café!

#3. Head over to the Hard Rock Café at Universal CityWalk or Hollywood Blvd. to try their Salted Caramel Café. A fun twist on their good old cup of Joe with a wonderful combination of Tia Maria (an infusion of natural vanilla, coffee and Jamaican rum), Bailey’s Irish Cream, salted caramel syrup, half and half, whipped cream, caramel corn, caramel sauce and hot coffee. Delicious and decadent read more about it and their new menu here.

#4. Take advantage of this special offer from KRUPS. They’re celebrating by offering you 25% off your entire order online at thekrupsstore.com by using promo code NCD25OFF when you check out anytime from September 29, 2014 through October 5, 2014.

#5. Brew the perfect cup at home. Take yourself out on your balcony or deck and enjoy a few tranquil moments alone with your favorite mug. If you’re a Nespresso fan and on the fly, remember there are Nespresso Boutiques (Bloomingdales in Sherman Oaks and Century City, Sur La Table in Santa Monica, the Flagship Nespresso Boutique in Beverly Hills, etc.) where you can try all of their coffees and pick up sleeves of your favorites. We are loving the Cubaño with the custom made sugar for after dinner coffee with friends.

#6. Speaking of after dinner with friends, why not make some delicious Coffee Sauce, to serve over crepes, fresh fruit, chocolate cake, bread pudding, vanilla ice cream or anything else you can think of! The recipe is in our Food / Beverages Section!

#7. Serve up the perfect Irish Coffee. Here’s our recipe.

#8. Indulge in a piece of coffee cake. There’s a reliable recipe right on the Bisquick box!

#9. Experiment with pure coffee extract. Try your hand at a traditional Tirramisu or something unexpected. We sampled some Nielsen Massey 4-Ounce Pure Coffee Extract
and found it to be the perfect addition to a side dish of Swiss Chard and Kale sauteéd in olive oil with garlic, onions and mushrooms. The coffee flavor added a lovely bottom note in the dish without overpowering the the other flavors. Would be good in BBQ sauce, too.

#10. Have a coffee themed open house and invite friends to participate. You could have a tasting station, iced coffees, chocolate covered espresso beans, coffee facials, candies, a coffee crawl or a coffee froth art off! This is your day to go coffee crazy, enjoy!

Surprisingly, the US doesn’t even make the top 15 when it comes to coffee consumption! The Netherlands tops the list in per person cups per day with 2.414. The US falls in line at number 16 in the rankings, with less than a cup a day per person; .931! You couldn’t prove it by me, but that’s what studies show.

Clearly, we need to drink more coffee!

Thanks to Hollywood Hard Rock Café for hosting us for the potential of receiving a review and thanks to Nielsen-Massey for sending us a sample of their pure coffee extract. The Amazon links above will take you to a page where you may purchase the coffee extract which will help pay for this site. EncinoMom’s editorial policy is to share only that which meets or exceeds our standards of excellence and which we can recommend without hesitation. Thank you for your support. -xx EncinoMom

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