Nonprofit Love: A Little Holiday Giving Inspiration

Holiday CharityHere at Brew of the Moment, we take pride in finding and celebrating the perfect cup of coffee. We’re proud to be a part of this great community of coffee aficionados, lovers, and newcomers.

We’re also proud to share our success with charity this holiday season. If you’re looking for some holiday giving inspiration, consider making a donation to one of BOTM’s favorite charities this year. Together, we can make a difference!

Heifer International: The gift of sustainable resources

Heifer International’s mission is to end world hunger and poverty, and care for the Earth while they’re at it. Started by Indiana farmer Dan West, Heifer International works with communities to give families tools for sustainable success, which they call “a hand-up, not a handout.” Starting at just $10 (and ranging up to $50,000), you can give a gift of resources from drinking water to scholarships to livestock (yes, that includes a literal heifer). Our favorite is a flock of chicks — for just $20 you can send a flock of chicks to a family, providing them with food and potential income from selling eggs.

Modest Needs: The gift of flexible grant giving

Modest Needs offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the workforce, permanently disadvantaged people struggling to afford medical care, and small nonprofit organizations. Through Modest Needs you can choose an applicant to donate to or you can donate to a specific program such as its Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. This special grant program will help low-income workers impacted by the storm to afford one month’s rent or mortgage payment — up to a maximum of $1,500 per household.

First Book: The gift of literacy

First Book provides new books to children in need. According to First Book, 42 percent of kids in the United States come from low-income families and do not have age-appropriate books at home. To date, they have donated over 100 million books and educational materials to low-income children and schools in the United States and Canada. A small donation of $10 buys four brand new books. Or you can organize a virtual book drive and get your company or group of friends involved.

Kiva: The gift that comes back around

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. You can help by loaning as little as $25 to a borrower anywhere the world. From a woman in Bolivia who needs $475 to finish building her home, to a farmer in Kenya who needs funding for agricultural supplies, there are more than 4,000 people and groups seeking loans through Kiva. Once you lend money, you track your loan through periodic updates and repayment.

Also remember the ever-precious gift of your time! If you can’t donate this holiday season, many organizations need volunteers to help make their programs run. Whatever you can do, now is a great time to help out and make a difference.

Catch It If You Can: One Great Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Visions of gingerbread dancing in your head? Then you’re going to fall in love with this gingerbread latte recipe. The spicy flavor of ginger pairs perfectly with undertones of honey, molasses, and cinnamon to give your morning cup (or afternoon pick-me-up) a cozy boost that will warm up any cold winter day.

Here’s how to make this new classic:

Spicy Gingerbread Latte

Makes 1

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. If you have a milk-steaming machine, follow the directions to steam the milk. If not, heat it on the stove over medium, whisking until hot and foamy
  2. Pour brewed espresso into mug
  3. Pour steamed milk in, holding back the foam with a spoon
  4. Add the gingerbread syrup
  5. Gently spoon the foam on top

Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra kick and enjoy!

Want to try other holiday flavors? We’re fans of the Amoretti Premium Holiday Syrup 6 pack, which includes cold weather faves like pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

‘Tis the Season for Our Fave Eggnog Latte Recipe

Eggnog Latte

Eggnog Latte

One of the great holiday rules of yore: No holiday party is complete without eggnog. But for those of you like us, who like a little lighter consistency as well as a caffeine kick, we’re pleased to share this simple, tasty eggnog latte recipe.

Here’s how to make this festive treat:

Eggnog Latte Recipe

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup brewed espresso
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup eggnog of your choice
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Steam the milk and eggnog together until hot and foamy. Eggnog heats faster than milk, so watch the temperature
  2. Pour brewed espresso into mug
  3. Pour steamed milk and eggnog in, holding back the foam with a spoon, then gently spoon the foam on top
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg

Note: For another kind of kick, try adding a shot of rum into the mix.

10 Things We’re Thankful For In the World of Coffee

As Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s important to take stock. Here at Brew of the Moment, we’re feeling pretty thankful for the opportunity to have spent the last year sharing the latest news and reviews, history, and fun facts with you, our likeminded, coffee-obsessed readers.

For everyone else looking to pay homage to our beloved bean, here are a few of our top coffee-related reasons to be thankful.

1. The Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi, without whom none of us would be here today. This guy decided to try some red berries after noticing that his goats got a sudden burst of energy after eating them – essentially introducing coffee to thankful humans the world over. Read more about the history of coffee here.

2. The ultimate morning kickstart. Mondays (and all those other days, actually) are instantly improved with a good cup of coffee. How can something that tastes so good also deliver such an effective kick start to the day? Who knows, but we’ll take it.

3. Tis the season…for whatever you want. Love ‘em or loathe them, there’s no denying that seasonal coffee blends have become a big part of the holiday season. Right now, anything pumpkin flavored is a winner in our book.

4. Speaking of deliciousness, we’re thankful for this moist and flavorful Pumpkin Spice Coffee Bread recipe, and highly recommend you make it right now.

5. Expert artistry. Cheers to all the baristas who have mastered the skill of foam art.  Every random design makes a difference in making your customer feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thank you.

6. 24/7 access. Home coffee makers, portable coffee makers, and coffee shops together add up to the ultimate combo: a fix you can get anytime, anywhere.

7. Antioxidants, brain boosters, and other disease fighting attributes have been linked to drinking coffee – that’s right! You should probably have another cup…

8. Nasal delight…Yeah, we weren’t sure about that one either. But there’s no denying that the smell of a fresh pot of coffee, or even a freshly opened bag of beans, is one of life’s greatest aromas.

9. Versatility. Want your coffee iced? The magic touch of coffee ice cubes in your iced coffee will make sure your cooling beverage doesn’t get diluted on those hot summer days. Want to take your coffee camping? Get a cool camping coffee pot. The list of ways that coffee can be made to suit is pretty endless.

10. Coffee obsessors unite! Most of all, we’re thankful for you, fellow coffee lover, for reading our blog.

Happy Thanksgiving – and bottoms up.