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Sugar Highs and Caffeine Kicks at a Quirky Café

Sugar Highs and Caffeine Kicks at a Quirky Café

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On any given Saturday night, college kids with a sweet tooth flock to Kafein, where the staff serves multi-flavored lattes and shakes amidst a mish mash of squishy couches, rickety chairs, and dusty old books. The cozy place is often packed with students starting a late night sugar high, going through outdated Trivial Pursuit cards or doodling on napkins for the art collection in Kafein's desks-turned-tables.

In a nutshell, the cafe is trendy, crowded, somewhat expensive, but worth it. Granted, during the daytime the place is quiet enough to get some reading done, but at night the patrons are usually rowdy, matching the rock/techno/pop/rap mixtape over the speakers.

Whoever wrote the menu, however, had a sense of humor, snarking about pot brownies (we wish) and rude customers. House specialties include “The Kafeinator,” a monstrosity of ice cream, biscotti, cookies, butterfingers, caramel, and whipped cream, meant to serve four. One drink, featuring soymilk and mint, is disturbingly named “Soylent Green.”

The specialty here is caffeine with a hint of sass; alongside standard coffees and flavors, there’s the aztec mocha, mixing Mexican hot chocolate and spices with espresso, as well as a Funky Monkey latte, which has bananas and caramel.

At night, though, most customers choose from some 20 shakes and smoothies — the Cinnamon Saigon shake of concentrated Snickerdoodle joy, or the Ladybug with raspberry, oreos, and mint. Adventurous pairs can also order apple pie shakes, with a whole slice of apple pie mixed in with ice cream, or a cheesecake shake. Even in the dead of winter, it’s hard to go wrong with these diabetes-causing shakes, served in soda fountain glasses and finished off with whipped cream.

10 Korean Home Cafe Drinks You Can Recreate At Home If You Miss Cafe-Hopping

Home cafe drinks
Image adapted from (left to right): @cherry_s.y , @yuri_luv4u , and @nyang__cafe

Nothing beats visiting a cafe on a day out with your friends. Cafes are also one of the hottest places to hit up for good grub while on a date. But with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, your cafe-hopping plans will probably have to be put on hold till social distancing measures ease up.

For now, if you’re craving for a drink similar to what’s served in cafes, from unusual lattes to a refreshing lemonade, here are 10 Korean home cafe drinks you can try to make without leaving behind a mess in the kitchen.

1. Popcorn latte

Image adapted from: @parkjjugu

Popcorn and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. To take your regular movie nights up a notch, why not try making a popcorn latte ? Instead of having popcorn with a soda on the side, this recipe introduces you to a whole new way of enjoying popcorn – with a classic espresso shot.

Besides popcorn, an espresso shot, and some milk, this recipe also requires a dash of 1883 Maison Routin France popcorn syrup to bring about an intensified popcorn aroma to the drink. If you like, you can replace the popcorn syrup with another flavour, such as toasted marshmallows, toffee crunch, or butterscotch.

  • Ice
  • Milk
  • 1883 Maison Routin France popcorn syrup
  • 1 espresso shot
  • Popcorn (Any flavour)
  • Whipped cream (Optional)
  1. Prepare a shot of espresso like you normally would.
  2. Mix a desired amount of popcorn syrup into the milk.
  3. Pour milk into a glass half-filled with ice.
  4. Slowly add the espresso shot into the glass to create a gradient-like effect.
  5. Top the drink off with whipped cream and decorate with popcorn. (Optional)

2. Strawberry latte

Image credit: @cherry_s.y

Koreans use the word latte even for drinks that don’t contain coffee or tea, and fruit lattes are a good example. So don’t order a strawberry latte thinking that it’ll come with a shot of espresso!

Ingredients (for strawberry jam):

Tip: You can use store-bought strawberry jam instead. It might be more concentrated and sweeter than a homemade version, so do adjust the amount of strawberry jam you’re adding to the drink accordingly.

Ingredients (for latte):

Steps (for strawberry jam):

  • Place 200g of strawberries and 20g of sugar into a pot and heat it over medium-low heat.
  • Mash the strawberries with a fork and continue stirring until it is completely combined with the sugar. Turn off the heat once the mixture looks like jam and set it aside to cool.
  • Scoop a generous amount of the strawberry jam into a tall glass.
  • Add in ice cubes till the halfway mark.
  • Cut strawberries into smaller cubes and add them on top of the ice.
  • Add a scoop of strawberry ice cream. (Optional)
  • Pour milk into the glass till it is almost full.

3. Dalgona milk tea

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We know what you’re thinking: ugh, not another over-hyped Dalgona recipe. The recent viral Dalgona coffee trend has definitely taken the internet by storm, but little known to many , dalgona ( 달고나) actually refers to a caramel-coloured Korean candy made by combining sugar, water, and baking soda.

Image credit: @youyou_luv

Cafe Cha , a popular cafe in Seoul, specialises in the creation of dalgona-inspired desserts and drinks such as d algona milk tea , which is a perfect mix for those who aren’t a fan of coffee and its bitter notes.

To give this treat a try, just follow the straightforward recipe below.

Ingredients (for milk tea):

Ingredients (for hardened dalgona):

Steps (for hardened dalgona):

  1. Over medium-high heat, add 300g of sugar and 150g of water into a pot. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture turns slightly golden, add in 15g of baking soda and keep stirring.
  3. Continue stirring until the mixture turns dark brown and has doubled in volume.
  4. Transfer the mixture onto a flat baking tray lined with parchment paper. Let it cool and harden.

Image credit: @cha_seongsu

  1. Combine water, sugar, and a tea bag over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and keep stirring till you achieve a syrup-like consistency.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. To assemble the drink, simply pour a desired amount of milk into a glass half filled with ice and depending on your liking, add a desired amount of tea syrup.
  4. Afterwards, crush the hardened dalgona into smaller pieces and sprinkle it over the drink.

Image credit: @cafe_itta

Many cafes in Korea also sell these hard candies as snacks. Since you’ll probably have some leftovers, you can store it in a zip lock bag or container to snack on later.

The Most Popular Coffee Drinks


Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, and is typically served as dessert. An affogato consists of a shot of espresso and a scoop of ice cream. A liqueur such as Amaretto is optional, giving your Affogato an extra kick.


To stay warm, Spanish fishermen mixed up old coffee, brandy and milk, and the drink, Asiático eventually made its way to bars all over the city of Cartagena. Today, the recipe consists of coffee, condensed milk, cognac, a few drops of Licor 43 and a couple of coffee beans. The drink is commonly served in a thick glass made especially for this drink.

Bica is a Portuguese coffee drink very similar to an espresso but because the roasting is lighter, the drink is smoother in taste.

Since the 18th-century people have enjoyed the warm sweet drink, found in Turin Italy. The drink is made of espresso, chocolate, and milk served in layers in a glass and topped with whipped cream as an option.

Black Russian

The Black Russian is a Belgian cocktail drink containing vodka and coffee liqueur. The vodka is poured over cracked ice, in a glass, followed by the coffee liquor.


A counter to the Americano — the Britanico is an English beverage made up of Americano, topped with cold milk (from the container), and water giving the coffee a white color.

Café au Lait

Café au lait is French for “coffee with milk” and it is a simple and popular French drip coffee drink prepared with dark roast coffee and heated milk.

Café con Leche

Café con leche is Spanish for “coffee with milk” and it is similar to the Café au Lait (made up of strong coffee and hot milk), except that Café con Leche uses espresso instead of drip coffee making it more similar to a Latte.

Café de Olla

Café de Olla is a Mexican coffee beverage that goes all the way back to the Mexican Revolution. It was given to army soldiers as an energy booster. The drink consists of coffee, cinnamon, piloncillo, cloves, and chocolate heated in a clay pot.

Caffè Americano

Caffè Americano – typically just called an “Americano” is a type of coffee drink prepared by diluting espresso with hot water.

Caffè Breva

Caffè Breva is cappuccino made with half and half milk, rather than whole milk. It is more difficult to prepare than the cappuccino due to the half-and-half being more difficult to foam.

Caffè Breve

It is similar to Caffè Breva but Caffè Breve is an espresso drink made with part milk and part half and half.

Caffè Macchiato

Caffè Macchiato is an espresso drink made with a small amount of foamed milk on the top.

Caffè Mocha

Originated from the city of Mocha in Yemen, Caffe Mocha is based on espresso, heated milk, and chocolate.

Cafe Zorro

The drink is prepared with hot water and a double espresso (doppio) poured into it with a 1:1 ratio.


Cappuccino is a popular Italian coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with double espresso, milk and a third topped with foamed milk.

Chai Latte

A Chai Latte is made with black tea, steamed milk and Indian spices such as cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg, and cloves.

Coffee Cabinet

This exclusive drink is typically only found in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. But can be easily prepared. It is an ice cream-based beverage made of coffee ice cream, coffee syrup and milk.

Cold Brew Coffee

A cold brew coffee is prepared by first soaking coffee grounds in cool water for about 12 hours and filtering the grounds with a coffee filter or French press and pouring hot water to the coffee over ice, and adding milk. Chocolate is also an option!


This Spanish originated drink is made with part espresso and part milk.

Cuban Espresso

As the name suggests, this is a Cuban beverage made with an espresso shot. The espresso is sweetened with demerara sugar as it is being brewed.


Doppio meaning “double” is a double shot espresso.

Egg Coffee

This Vietnamese drink is made with heated beaten egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, and robusta coffee.


This sweet drink is made using espresso, and Nutella. Before pouring the espresso, Nutella is filled along the wall of the cup and cocoa powder is sprinkled at the bottom.


Espresso is made by forcing hot water under pressure to finely ground coffee beans resulting in a thicker and more concentrated than regular coffee. Espresso is a base for many types of espresso drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, Americanos and more.

Espresso con Panna

Espresso con Panna means, “espresso with cream” in Italian, and it can be either a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Flat White

A Flat White is made with espresso and steamed milk. The bubbles in the espresso are small and fine, giving the foam a velvety taste and consistency.

Frappé Coffee

This coffee drink is a Greek-foam-covered ice coffee typically prepared by whipping instant coffee, (typically Nescafe), water, and sugar.


The Starbucks trademarked drink is an ice blended drink made up of coffee, blended ice and cream which can be topped with whipped cream and flavored syrups.


A Guillermo is a simple drink consisting of placing lime slices inside a tall cup and pouring two espresso shots over it. It can be served over ice, and milk is optional.

Ipoh White Coffee

This is a Malaysian coffee drink prepared by roasting coffee beans with margarine and wheat. When brewed it is served with condensed milk, and can also be poured over ice.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is a cocktail made up of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar mixed and topped with heavy cream.

Kopi Tubruk

This Indonesian-style drink is prepared by boiling coarse grounds of coffee with solid sugar.


Latte means “milk coffee.” This popular drink is made with espresso and about a quarter of steamed milk.


A normal serving of espresso takes from 18 to 30 seconds to pull, while for a Lungo the espresso takes one minute. In a Lungo (meaning “long in Italian) twice as much water passing through the espresso is added making it a larger cup than an espresso.

Latte Macchiato

Not to be confused with a Macchiato. In the Latte Macchiato espresso is poured into the milk rather than the other way around.

Foam is used instead of hot milk and uses only half the espresso and is not mixed but poured into the cup in a layer.


Commonly served in a glass cup, the Marocchino is prepared by sprinkling a generous amount of cocoa powder in a cup, a shot espresso and adding milk froth.

Dubbed as the original “ice coffee,” Mazagran is a cold, sweet coffee drink rooted in Algeria. It’s prepared using espresso, lemon, mint, a dab of rum and an ice cube.


Melya coffee is prepared by dusting about a teaspoon of powdered cocoa in a cup, adding a teaspoon of honey, mixing to get a thick chocolate glaze then pouring a hot shot of espresso to dissolve it. Milk or cream can be added.

Moka coffee is made by first using finely ground coffee and brewing it in a Moka pot using hot water.

Mustang Coffee

This coffee drink is prepared with drip coffee, sugar (or honey), butter and raksi which is a Nepalese rice wine.


Oliang is black iced coffee and served in Thai restaurants prepared using coffee, brown sugar, grains and seeds, corn, soybeans, and rice. Sometimes it’s served with condensed milk, evaporated milk, or syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The popular Starbucks drink served exclusively during the fall season is made with espresso, steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and choices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices.


A ristretto involves a shot of espresso that is forced with only half the amount of water by using a finer grind.

Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee is prepared by carefully boiling fine grounds of coffee in a pot with water and sugar and serving one-third of the coffee while the remaining coffee is poured back into the pot to boil again for a second round.

Vacuum Coffee

Vacuum coffee is made with a vacuum pot, adding preheated water into the pot, turning its burner, and then adding medium coarse coffee into its top compartment.

Caffe Gommosa

Originating in the Pacific Northwest, Caffe Gommosa is a thick and sweet drink made with a single shot of espresso poured over a marshmallow.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Also, called cà phê đá i, Vietnamese iced coffee prepared using a Vietnamese-grown coffee and a Vietnamese drip filter. Hot water gets added to the filter then transferred into a glass of ice when ready.

Wiener Melange

This German coffee drink is like a cappuccino – involving a shot of espresso, except not as strong. In Vienna, the drink is prepared with part black coffee, and part cream and foam.


Yuenyeung, meaning coffee with tea and also known as Kopi Cham in Malaysia is most popular in Hong Kong and is a mixture of three parts of coffee, seven parts Hong Kong-style milk tea that can be served hot or cold.


As you can see there are countless types of coffee drinks to enjoy whether at your local coffee shop or even at home, as some of these are quite simple to make. We hope this coffee guide has helped. Maybe next time, you can change it up a bit.


If you have been to Lisbon, you have certainly come across ginja, also known as ginjinha. This sour cherry liqueur is a tourist favorite but has sweetened locals’ palates for a long time too.

There are establishments in Lisbon entirely dedicated to selling this sweet beverage made with Morello cherries, a variety of spices, and plenty of sugar. Some of them have been open for over a century and are true institutions of the food and drinks scene of our city.

Until not that many years ago, drinking a ginja would only bring up one question: cherry or no cherry? You can choose to have a few little morello cherries included in your shot glass, so you can eat them after you sip the beverage – be careful as they are not pitted!

Nowadays, ginja is also served in edible chocolate cups. While you may choose among white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, dark chocolate does indeed pair beautifully with the super sweet, almost syrupy drink.

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11 Types of Coffee from Around the World You Need to Try Before You Die

Coffee has become one of the most universally known beverages enjoyed by all people around the world. With the various uses of coffee ranging from socialising in cafés, instigating alertness through caffeine, and even the obsession of its taste, it’s not hard to get hooked to it. The differences in cultures have influenced the way coffee can be produced and served, creating unique and distinct flavours and textures enjoyed by all. Here are 11 types of coffee from around the world you need to try before you die.

Also known as a long black or the classic ‘cup of joe’, American-styled coffee is the go-to beverage made fast. Americanos are made using a quick espresso shot which is poured over hot water. This form of coffee is renowned in most Western cultures where Starbucks is popular as one of the most common beverages purchased. Browse through HomeGrounds to learn how to prepare your own American-brewed coffee or alternatively compare the different types of ways that you can process other classic American coffee variations at home.

Cà phê trứng which literally translates to ‘egg coffee’ is a sweet beverage that is unique to Vietnam. The Vietnamese coffee consists of whipped raw white eggs served with condensed milk to give a sweet velvety dessert-like flavor. However, don’t be fooled by its level of sweetness as this drink also kicks quite a punch. Its sweetness and enriched flavors are perfect for any sweet tooth who also enjoys a coffee hit.

You can’t say that you are real coffee addict unless you have tried kopi luwak. This type of coffee is originally produced in Indonesia and involves the droppings from the civet animal. Yes, you read that right. Droppings. Civets in the wild consume the ripest coffee berries meaning that the only highest quality coffee is passed through the civet. This allows the coffee beans to be uniquely fermented within the civet and later collected by farmers once they resurface as droppings. The coffee beans are then washed, dried, roasted and brewed into flavourful and unique beverages. Owing to the unconventional and unique means of processing the coffee, kopi luwak is renowned for being the most expensive form of coffee in the world.

What are your thoughts on the combination of coffee and cheese? Well, the Finnish have always obsessed over the unique cheesy milky flavour to enrich the typical coffee taste. Kaffeost involves hot coffee being poured over cubes of cheese curds. The cheese curds can also be served as a side dish to complement the coffee.

A popular drink enjoyed among French people and expanding to other areas of the world is café au lait. Using pressed coffee with the addition of hot milk, this creates a silky beverage perfect for a morning breakfast. Café au lait is often served in large rimmed mugs where they can be consumed with breads such as baguettes and croissants.

This one is also known as Irish Coffee. We all know how much the Irish love their whiskey, where they also show it in the coffee! Although the combination of alcohol with coffee may be foreign in other cultures, it seems to be highly enjoyed in Ireland. This unique beverage is served using Irish whiskey (of course), coffee, sugar and topped with thick whipped cream on top. You honestly can’t get a coffee any more Irish than this.

Take a short trip to Spain by taking a sip of café con hielo. Now a classic beverage served almost everywhere in the world, the Spanish iced coffee is served chilled, pouring cold-brewed coffee over ice or milk.

Turkey is known for their very rich and intense coffee flavor. The coffee beans are finely grounded and then are simmered in ‘cezve’, a pot that can be made of copper or brass. Turk kahvesi is then served with the unfiltered coffee grounds which settles within in the coffee beverage itself, capturing the concentrated taste.

Mexico brews their coffee with unique spices as a natural aroma booster. This is created by serving cinnamon sticks in their coffee as well as using ‘piloncillo’ which is unrefined sugar cane to produce a sweet flavour. Café de olla is also known for being brewed in earthenware clay mugs which Mexicans swear as a method to deepen the richness of the coffee.

Served with a slice of lemon rind that is scoured around the edge of the cup to enhance the flavor of the coffee, espresso romano’s beverage adds a tangy compliment. This drink involves a short or long shot of Italian espresso and is then mixed with sugar. The lemon helps to cut the bitter taste of the coffee, enhances the aroma and draws out the sweeter flavours.

With the absence of sugar, Malaysia’s white coffee is said to be a healthier alternative to regular coffee, although remains the thick and creamy texture. It is traditionally roasted with margarine although in newer cafés are roasted in olive oil.

Coffee is said to bring people together. It establishes a distinctness of culture but also relative similarities as all types of coffee recipes are shared and enjoyed around the world. Which type of coffee from around the world are you dying to try? Please share in the comments below, on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram or Google+. I am very much looking forward to hear from you!

How and When to Consume Caffeine for Peak Productivity

Insight on developing an effective and enjoyable caffeine routine from Raleigh&rsquos most beautiful coffee shop.

Caffeine is a staple in most people’s routine, whether it be a French press in the morning to wake up, an Earl grey tea while reading on a Saturday, or channeling your inner Italian with an espresso to beat a post-dinner food coma. There’s an appropriate caffeinated libation for every situation and while there’s no rule book to follow, choosing coffee over tea or vice versa can equal a more productive day in the long run. And contrary to belief, it doesn’t involve throwing back coffee after coffee until you get the caffeine jitters.

Before you grab your next cup of coffee, think about the layout of your day and what needs to be accomplished. Heirloom Brewshop, Raleigh’s most beautiful coffee, tea and sake shop, is my personal choice for heavy writing days. I teeter back and forth between coffee and tea depending on my mood or what kind of work I&aposm focusing on: interviews, transcribing, writing, invoicing, etc. There’s a different caffeine recipe for each scenario. Heirloom owners Chuan Tsay and Anna Phommavong taught me the ins and outs of coffee and tea, helping me through ridiculously early mornings and sluggish afternoons.

Here, Tsay gives helpful tips and tricks on what to drink and when — starting with the obligatory morning cup of coffee.

Create a Morning Ritual

Tsay and Phommavong are all about black coffee or pure tea to jumpstart mornings — and not just sucking it down, but truly enjoying each sip. Taking a few moments to appreciate something, even if small, like the origins of coffee beans in your cup of coffee, will start the day off on a positive note. “I think there&aposs something romantic and idyllic about these morning rituals and we wanted to capture those things with Heirloom,” says Tsay. “I start every morning with 380 grams of pour over — hand ground when possible — in a travel mug so I can enjoy it while I walk around Raleigh.”

(For the record, if seeking the most power-packing morning beverage, cold brew is where it’s at.)

Post-Lunch Slump

A typical day for Tsay can start anywhere from 6 a.m. and run until 2 a.m., depending on the workload. “If I&aposve had my coffee in the morning I&aposll gravitate towards teas after lunch or in the late afternoon,” notes Tsay. “The energy, physical boost and mental focus from fresh teas is unbeatable and easy to moderate.” Keeping energy and focus optimized is key and this doesn’t always mean drinking coffee nonstop. Reach for teas on the greener spectrum. “I love the oolongs and genmaicha (a green tea) that we carry in the shop,” he notes, which are very pure and arrive fresh from Taiwan and Japan.

Caffeine and Savory Food Pairings

We all know that wine and food go hand in hand, but don’t dismiss coffee and tea when it comes to delicious food pairings. Tsay enjoys Heirloom’s popular brown sugar five spice cookies alongside a black coffee, and also pairing coffee with different rice dishes. “Oddly enough there&aposs something special about pairing a hot, savory, spicy dish with a hot coffee,” he adds. “I was doing our Kurobuta pork belly with chili oil and coffee for a bit — but a hot genmaicha tea and the Taiwanese fried chicken sando are my new addiction.” Have fun and explore the world of savory food pairings and caffeinated beverages. Cheese and tea are a surprising (and alcohol-free) alternative to the common wine and cheese pairings.

After-Dinner Caffeine

Espresso isn’t as intense as people think it is. Truth be told, it contains less caffeine than a single cup of coffee, hence why the Italians religiously throw a shot or two back after meals without fear of harming sleep patterns. In Tsay’s world, pairing espresso with steamed milk is a 𠇌omforting treat before going into the evening.” Heirloom’s Brown Sugar Five Spice, a latte chock full of spices, is a tried and true beverage that will evoke the senses after a meal. “I think it really encapsulates heritage, harmony, and taking [spices] traditionally used for savory dishes but bridging that into a coffee beverage.”

What to Sip During Bedtime Reading

Tea is the obvious solution here, as Tsay relays coffee consumption is minimal the later it gets. “I find tea to be so comforting, even with teas that contain a bit of caffeine — the soothing nature of fresh teas really helps to calm my mind, send me to a place of warmth, and remind me that everything&aposs okay and tomorrow&aposs a new day,” he adds. A beautiful tea and a good read are the perfect pairing to wind down with. 𠇍rinking tea also helps to keep me hydrated and stops me from snacking too much.”

Slow Coffee on the Weekends

“If I ever have time on a weekend when I can just relax, I love the process of a vacuum pot,” says Tsay. “These can sometimes be finicky to dial in and brew on, but the process is wonderful.” Drinking outside, he adds, is an extra added bonus to weekends. 𠇎njoying something natural in the elements and fresh air can really elevate the senses.”

How to Travel and Caffeinate Like A Champ

The witching hour, better known as waking up in the middle of the night to catch a way too early 7 a.m. departure flight, is a fine line of wanting to be awake but wanting to stay asleep. If it’s an easy, breezy domestic flight you’re familiar with, Tsay notes to stick to the usual caffeine routine. “If I&aposve got a hectic flight schedule or an overseas trip I&aposll honestly skip any caffeine whatsoever to avoid any unknowns, restlessness, or excessive use of the restroom,” he adds.

Plus, sleeping to to adjust to the destination’s time zone will prove to be much easier. Flying to a new or interesting city or town also opens up the window to explore cafe culture. “The first thing I&aposll do after landing is seek out a new cafe or an old favorite if I have one,” Tsay says. “High quality matchas can provide a great, clean energy and are pretty agreeable with long travel itineraries — anything but airplane coffee for me (sorry!).”

What are loaded teas?

Loaded teas are beverages that feature a cocktail of supplements with a range of purported health benefits, from performance enhancement and mental clarity to a metabolism boost and hunger suppression. While they aren’t a trademarked beverage, many accounts posting about the drinks on social media are affiliated with the supplement distribution company Herbalife, whose supplements are used as the base of many drinks.

There isn’t one single formula for loaded teas, as different purveyors make their own versions, but many involve a combination of Herbalife’s Liftoff energy tablet, Herbalife’s Herbal Tea Concentrate, other add-ons from Herbalife, like aloe or collagen water, and a variety of sweet, (often) sugar-free syrups or even juices. The enticing tropical flavors and swirl of colors add a little magic to the otherwise unpalatable experience of gulping down a 32-ounce cup of supplements.

“It’s the same formula as an energy drink, but they call it a tea — because teas are what ‘healthy’ people drink,” said Dr. Tanja Johnston, a Los Angeles-based board certified naturopathic doctor and nutritionist. To her point, not all of the loaded teas advertised online contain actual tea.

This Is How Much Caffeine Is in Every Kind of Coffee Drink

The results of a survey, conducted by the National Coffee Association, showed that about 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee. Clearly, most of us love coffee — but exactly how much caffeine are we actually consuming when we indulge in our favorite coffee beverage?

To figure this out, I found the average amount of caffeine per espresso shot, which, according to Kicking Horse Coffee, is about 80mg of caffeine per double shot, meaning there’s about 40mg of caffeine per single shot of espresso. Kicking Horse Coffee also provides data on the caffeine content of drip coffee, estimating that a 12oz coffee has about 120mg of caffeine in it, so 1oz of drip coffee has approximately 10mg of caffeine. Plus, for the purpose of this article, I’m going to say that a small (8oz) and medium (12oz) size drink usually has two shots of espresso and a large (16oz) drink usually has three shots.

So, you do the math and figure out how much caffeine you actually consume. Just kidding, I’ll do the math. Read on to figure out exactly what goes into, caffeine-wise, our coffee drinks.


Some people like their espresso straight up, with no garnishes or milk or foam, nada. While very strong tasting, getting your caffeine fix this way is super effective, as you can just toss it back and be done with it. Plus, in most European countries, like Italy for example, it’s very common for people to order their espresso straight up and slowly sip it at the espresso bar.

One shot = 40mg of caffeine

Two shots = 80mg of caffeine


The Americano is a coffee drink that consists of espresso and hot water. It is rumored to be named the “Americano” after being created in WWII, when American soldiers just couldn’t deal with Europe’s way of drinking plain espresso, so they added water to dilute it and make it easier to drink.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine


Cappuccinos consist of espresso, a tiny bit of steamed milk, and then loads of foam. As one of the more indulgent coffee drinks, I sincerely hope you’re eating a croissant with it.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine


Lattes are probably the most popular coffee drink, and there’s a reason for that — they’re damn good. Nothing better than some espresso with loads of warm milk and a little bit of foam on top to start your day off.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine


A mocha is basically a latte, just with chocolate syrup (or powder, or whatever, depending on where you get your drink) added to, and then thoroughly mixed with, the espresso before the milk and foam are added.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine

Caffe con Leche

A Spanish coffee drink, the caffe con leche is literally a drink that’s half coffee and half hot milk, thus making it surprisingly creamy and delicious and easy to drink.

Small = 40mg of caffeine

Medium = 60mg of caffeine

Large = 80mg of caffeine

Caffe Breve

Want some coffee with your cream? The caffe breve is a coffee drink that’s espresso, with steamed half n’ half and then a bit of milk foam on top, which is sometimes just what you need to numb the pain that is waking up in the morning.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine

Red Eye

If you’re in college, then you know what the Red Eye is and that it is the ultimate caffeinated drink. Daunting, yes, but sometimes this coffee drink, of drip coffee with espresso shots, is the only way you’re able to stay up to finish that damn paper you put off until the last minute for some reason, again. You wonder, as you sip, why the hell you keep doing this to yourself, but alas, the universe does not respond.

Small = 160mg of caffeine

Medium = 200mg of caffeine

Large = 180mg of caffeine

Espresso Macchiato

The espresso macchiato is basically just a shot of espresso, but with a little dollop of milk foam on top. Drinking espresso this way still gives you that super strong espresso taste, but just with a tiny bit of creaminess to make it all that much more pleasant.

Small/Medium = 80mg of caffeine

Large = 120mg of caffeine

Drip Coffee

Other than the red eye, good ol’ plain drip coffee is one of the coffee drinks that have a higher caffeine content. So, if your motivation for having a coffee drink is based purely on your need for caffeine, drip coffee is the way to go. Plus, it’s usually a lot cheaper than any kind of fancy espresso drink.

Small = 80mg of caffeine

Medium = 120mg of caffeine

Large = 160mg of caffeine

Of course, actual caffeine content varies from brand to brand of coffee— but nonetheless, this is a good guide to go by for when you need caffeine to get your sh*t done.

12 Healthy Starbucks Drinks Nutritionists Swear By

Even when it's not PSL season, Starbucks is still busy tempting your sweet tooth with heavenly creations like the Cloud Macchiato and Juniper Latte. So, hey, it makes sense that when you swing by a nearby 'Bucks, you're stuck wondering what, if anything, on their impressively extensive menu is the healthiest option.

"It's not that Starbucks drinks are 'bad,' but if you're being mindful about calories, sugar, and fat, it can quickly add up," says Laura Iu, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. "Think about all of those toppings and pumps of syrup, which can turn a simple pick-me-up into more of a meal-like beverage."

To score a healthy Starbucks drink that won't give you a sugar-high (and subsequent crash) Iu recommends sticking to a tall (12 oz) size if you opt for a sweet beverage. As for syrup and toppings, less&mdashif not none&mdashis more. There's no reason to deprive yourself of a craving, so if you want that caramel macchiato, go for it, girl&mdashjust be kind to your body and ask for one pump of caramel rather than the typical two. Instead, tinker with the taste yourself by adding a dash or two of flavor-boosting cinnamon or cocoa powder to your coffee, Iu recommends.

Next time you're at Starbucks (likely after finishing this article, duh), sip on any of these 12 hot and cold beverages that offer the most bang for your nutritional buck:

Low calorie breakfast ideas under 200 calories

For breakfast ideas under 200 calories per portion, browse through our selection below. From porridge to crumpets, all are low calorie…

1. Porridge with raspberries

Total calories: 109 calories

Ingredients: 15g jumbo oats: 58 calories, 100ml skimmed milk: 35 calories, 30g raspberries: 16 calories

How to make: Put the oats into a bowl with the milk and microwave on High for 2 mins. Top with the raspberries.

2. Two crumpets with butter

Total calories: 183 calories

Ingredients: 2 crumpets: 170 calories, 1/2 teaspoon of butter: 13 calories

How to make: Simply toast the crumpets, and smear with butter – for an added savoury kick switch out the butter for a teaspoon of Marmite (22 calories)

3. All butter croissant

Total calories: 175 calories

Ingredients: 1 Asda brand all butter croissant: 175 calories

How to make: It doesn’t take much to prepare a croissant. Just take out of the packet and serve. You could warm in the microwave for 10 seconds if preferred.

4. Overnight oats with raspberries

Total calories: 196 calories

Ingredients: 40g oats: 149 calories, 125ml almond milk: 42 calories, 10g raspberries: 5 calories

How to make: If you make your overnight oats with low-fat almond milk and just sprinkle with a few raspberries, your breakfast will come in at just under 200 calories and keep you full for the whole morning. Put the oats into a bowl, top with milk and store in the fridge overnight.

5. Blueberry bircher muesli

Total calories: 105 calories

Ingredients: 25g Bircher muesli 60 calories, 1/2tsp cinnamon, 15ml unsweetened apple juice 10 calories, 10-12 blueberries, 35 calories

How to make: This delicious blueberry Bircher muesli recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare if you soak the muesli the night before in the apple juice in the fridge. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

6. Poached eggs on toast

Total calories: 189 calories

Ingredients: 1 slice Nimble wholemeal bread (22g): 50 calories, 1/2 a teaspoon of butter: 13 calories, two medium eggs: 126 calories

How to make: Simply toast the bread, smear with butter and top with 2 poached eggs – spinach optional.

7. Egg topped Portobello mushroom

Total calories: 100 calories

Ingredients: 1 medium egg: 78 calories, 1 Portobello mushroom: 22 calories

How to make: Preheat the grill to high. Put the mushroom on a non-stick baking tray and moisten with 2 sprays of low-cal cooking spray. Grill for 5 mins. Turn, add another spray of oil, and cook for a further 2 mins. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan with 2 sprays of oil. Crack in the egg and fry for 4 mins, until firm. Serve the fried egg on top of the mushroom. Top with a sprig of parsley and a grind of black pepper.

8. Jumbo oats with blueberries

Total calories: 100 calories

Ingredients: 25g frozen blueberries: 13 calories, 50g fat-free natural yoghurt: 22 calories, 25g jumbo oats: 65 calories

How to make: Warm the blueberries in a pan and serve with the fat-free yoghurt and oats.

9. Phil Vickery’s peach sautéed peaches with lemon and yoghurt

Total calories: 100 calories

Ingredients: 1 can of peach halves: 80 calories, pinch ground nutmeg, juice of 2 large lemons: 20 calories, (add natural yoghurt if desired)

How to make: Dry the peaches using kitchen paper and gently grill. Add the syrup from the peach can to a large non-stick frying pan and cook until the sugar starts to bubble, then add the nutmeg. Add the grilled peaches and sauté, add the lemon juice and serve.

10. A boiled egg with toast soldiers

Total calories: 100 calories

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