Why your first cup of coffee might not be helping as much as you’d like
If you’re a coffee lover, you probably already know there are some pretty great health benefits, but we’re guessing your main reason for drinking it might be that fantastic caffeine high you get that helps you make it through the day.
Readers support Austin's; also, half of them think the pedestrians are at fault on Orlando's dangerous streets
Bands like ours started in places like Austin's, so without places like Austin's, we wouldn't exist, along with many others like us. @Milk Carton Superstars We played some memorable shows at Austin's including a couple I-4 Fests. ¶ Walk hard: Once again, Orlando has come out on top in an annual study ranking the deadliest cities for pedestrians. The City Beautiful was named the most dangerous metro area to walk around in 2020, as well as the most dangerous metro area to walk in for the last decade. @Calin Baldea A city without sidewalks is dangerous to pedestrians?orlandoweekly.com
Starbucks giving away limited-edition holiday cups Friday
'Tis the season for Starbucks holiday red cups. To help get you in the holiday spirit, Starbucks is giving away its limited-edition red cups on Friday. 🎁 We’re gifting limited-edition Starbucks Red Cups tomorrow, November 6 with purchase of any holiday handcrafted beverage. pic.twitter.com/6Kvapi1uY2 — Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) November 5, 2020The chain’s holiday handcrafted beverages include the Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and Eggnog Latte. Starbucks says quantities are limited and the cups are only available while supplies last.
Your first cup of coffee might not be helping as much as you think. Here’s why.
Here’s what you may not know: There are prime times during your day to drink coffee to get the best effects, and those times aren't necessarily first thing in the morning. If you’re drinking coffee during that timeframe, you’re drinking it at a time when you’re already naturally at your maximum level of alertness. Drinking coffee during your natural cortisol peak can cause you to develop a tolerance to caffeine. “In other words, the same cup of morning coffee will become less effective,” Miller said. Even if coffee is the first thing you want to taste in the morning, if you’re using it for a pick-me-up, it might behoove you to try waiting a little while.
Here’s where to get your free cup of joe on National Coffee Day
Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day and local shops want to give you a free cup or discounts on your cup of joe to help celebrate. Rewards members will receive a free coffee AND one free doughnut. Duck Donuts is offering customers a free coffee (any size hot or iced) with any purchase7-Eleven is offering all 7-Rewards members $1 any-size coffee. Speedway has a free, 16-ounce coffee from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Dunkin' will give you a free medium hot coffee with any purchase of a medium or larger hot coffee. Daily’s is offering "free coffee all day long!”Circle K will have free hot or iced coffee of any size for customers using the store’s app.
New menu items are brewing at Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A wants you to eat more chocolate. The fast-food chain is adding a brownie and two new coffee drinks to its menu. Chick-fil-A says the new chocolate fudge brownie “features rich semi-sweet chocolate melted into the batter along with tasty, fudgy chunks.”[TRENDING: Massive Sanford fire evacuates 800 homes | Pastor charged with murder in wife’s slaying | Tropics active on peak of hurricane season]There’s also a new blend of Thrive Farmers hot coffee, grown from beans in Central and South America. Those two join the permanent menu in the U.S. on Monday. Chick-fil-A is also adding a seasonal mocha cream cold brew available for a limited time.
Starbucks officially abandons straws, mostly
Say goodbye to those iconic green straws to sip your iced coffee. Starbucks has officially abandoned straws in favor of sippy cup lids, well, mostly. The newer modified lids have a drinking spout and contain nearly 10% less plastic than Starbucks' previous flat lid and straw combo. Starbucks' chief sustainability officer said it’s another step toward their goal of a 50% reduction in waste by the year 2030. Blended beverages, like Frappuccinos, will still come with a domed lid and a straw except where plastic straws are against the law.
Tastes like fall: Pumpkin spice, fall menu back at Starbucks today
If it seems a little too soon, you're right. Starbucks released all of its fall faves earlier than ever this year, giving us all the fall feels. Besides the PSL, the new menu options are a pumpkin cream cold brew or salted caramel mocha or frap. Bakery items too, like pumpkin bread or scone and pumpkin cream cheese muffins are also on the fall menu. These are all available starting Tuesday.
McDonald’s restaurants celebrate back to school with free coffee for parents
To help lighten the mood as children go back to school in a variety of different ways during the coronavirus pandemic, McDonald’s wanted to help. Central Florida McDonald’s locations are celebrating parents by offering them a free cup of hot or iced coffee. No purchase is necessary to cash in on the free brew. The offer is only available on Monday, Aug. 17 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.“McDonald’s appreciates the parents who are working hard to maintain during this pandemic,” company officials said in an email.
Dunkin’s new pumpkin spice latte hits stores Aug. 19
While it will still be steaming hot in Florida, Dunkin’ is almost ready to release its fall flavors. The coffee chain’s fall menu, including a new pumpkin spice latte, will be available in stores on Aug. 19, which is earlier than ever before, the company says. No one does fall flavor better than Dunkin'.”Whether you’re sipping, swirling or tasting – the Fall legend is back in class, starting 8/19. 🎃 pic.twitter.com/U0ZkmotzP2 — Dunkin' (@dunkindonuts) August 12, 2020Dunkin’s fall menu includes a mix of new and old including a new signature pumpkin spice latte and a chai latte. There will also be pumpkin-flavored coffees, along with apple cider, pumpkin and maple sugar-flavored donuts and munchkins doughnut holes.
Dunkins free coffee Mondays starts today
The chain announced not only are they bringing back a fan favorite, Free Donut Fridays, but its also starting Free Coffee Mondays. Thats right, starting August 3, if youre a Dunkin Perks member, you can get a free medium coffee, hot or iced, for free. DD Perks Members, get a free medium hot or iced coffee with minimum food purchase. Not a DD Perks Member? For Free Donut Fridays, members get a free classic donut with any drink purchase.
Coronavirus: Starbucks offering first responders, frontline workers free coffee
Starbucks announced that they will give free brewed coffee, including hot and iced, to first responders and workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. An initiative that started on March 23 and now extended through May 31, any customer who identifies as a first responder or frontline worker will receive a tall brewed coffee at no charge. This includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers. Starbucks also announced it will donate $500,000 to two organizations, Operation Gratitude and Direct Relief, to help with the delivery of care packages and needed medical items, including personal protective equipment. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Starbucks tests new recyclable, compostable cup
Starbucks cups are going green. But they are testing out a new cup that's recyclable and compostable. Starbucks has been trying for decades to cut back on waste with a greener cup but it's not an easy problem to solve. Even with these new cups, recyclers still have to separate the cup liner. Which is why they’re being tested in cities that have recycling places that can do that, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, London and Vancouver.
Wake up in 2020 with Girl Scout Cookie flavored coffee
Dunkin’ is bringing back its popular coffee flavors inspired by the iconic Girl Scout Cookies. The flavors are to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie season which starts nationally in January. Coconut Caramel and Thin Mints are the two flavors that will be available starting Jan. 1. Thin Mint features the classic combination of cool mint and chocolate while Coconut Caramel is a mixture of toasted coconut and creamy caramel. “Girl Scout Cookie season is as welcomed and anticipated as the ball dropping on New Year’s Eve, and we’re thrilled to celebrate by bringing two smile-eliciting Girl Scout Cookie inspired flavors back to guests’ coffees in 2020,” said Patty Healy, Dunkin’s senior director of integrated marketing, in a press release.
Florida’s Turnpike to offer free coffee during Thanksgiving travel
ORLANDO, Fla. – You can grab free coffee at Florida’s Turnpike service plazas to keep awake and alert during the Thanksgiving travel season. The java will be available at Shell locations on the Turnpike, as well as the lobbies of the Turkey Lake, Canoe Creek, Fort Drum, Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach service plaza lobbies. Free coffee will be offered during the following peak travel times:11 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27 to 6 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2811 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1 to 6 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2The free coffee offer is available to promote driver safety. The State Farm Safety Patrol will also provide around-the-clock coverage in urban hours, and extended hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. north and south of Orlando.
Come to 'Coffee with The News-Journal' at Alfie's in Ormond-by-the-Sea
Consider this your invite to Coffee with The News-Journal at the historic Alfies Restaurant in Ormond-by-the-Sea on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The gatherings give News-Journal reporters and editors an opportunity to hear from readers about news issues that are impacting them. The city of Ormond Beach, which already provides water to homes there, has shown an interest in providing sewer hookup, as well. In the spirit of creating dialogue, The News-Journal has invited Ormond Beach and county officials to attend this coffee to share information and answer residents questions regarding septic and sewer. We hope folks from Ormond-by-the-Sea, Ormond Beach and others can make it to Alfie's.news-journalonline.com
Is growing coffee in California the future for the crop?
Is growing coffee in California the future for the crop? Coffee is now being grown in a place many thought was not possible -- Santa Barbara, California. Farmers say wherever avocados grow, so too can coffee plants, making them optimistic about the crop’s future. Carter Evans reports.cbsnews.com