Brewing Iced Coffee Using a French Press -A Cinnamon Hazelnut Iced Treat

Iced coffee can be made simply by brewing double strength and then pouring over ice.  However, if you are looking for that coffee-house iced-coffee taste, then you need to try this recipe.  It is unbelievably simple.  If you have read any of our other posts, then you know we believe in Bringing the Coffee House Home, Again! Life and schedules can get crazy and sometimes you want to treat yourself without having to put on make-up or pack up the kids to go out.    Our coffees are so smooth and flavorful, you can use a few things we all have in our pantries or refrigerators to create that special treat at home.   Here is a simple way to brew Iced Coffee using a French Press.

Select one of the coffees we recommend iced.  All our coffees are hand roasted, by artisan roasters that specialize in understanding how to roast each coffee bean differently from each country and after each harvest.  Our coffees are roasted  5-2o lbs at a time with a great deal of expertise and quality control.   This creates the smooth cup our customers have become accustomed to enjoying.

Single Origin/Darker Roast: (All Fair Trade/Organic)

1. Presto – Sumatra

2. Espressivo- Guatemalan French Roast

3. Intermezzo- Italian Roast

Flavors:

1. Cinnamon Hazelnut

2. French Vanilla

3. Mint Mocha

For this recipe, we chose Amber Waves, our Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee.  Coffee Label Amber Waves 16oz

For our 20oz French Press, we used 8TB of coffee (if you like weaker coffee, use only 6-7 TB).  Grind the coffee coarsely.

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Pour ground coffee into your french press.  Pour enough cold water(if your water is not chilled, room temperature is fine) to fill about 1″ from the top.   Use only filtered or spring water.  This is a rule for when brewing any coffee. Stay away from tap water or distilled water, it will make a difference in the taste of your coffee.

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Put on the lid and make sure the plunger is in the upright position.  Do not press down, as you want the grounds to infuse with the water.  Place in your refrigerator and leave overnight.

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The next morning, take the coffee out of the fridge, and gently press down the press. IcedCoffeepushtopressFind your favorite cup or tumbler and pour directly from the french press over ice.  If it is too strong, then next time add a little less coffee.

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Pour in cream to your taste.  Always taste our coffee first before adding cream or sugar, as you may surprise yourself but how much less, if any you add.  For iced coffee, I always add cream as I like the look and creamy taste with my iced coffee.  IcedCoffeeaddcream

Now here is where the fun part comes in…..it’s your coffee, make it at home, your way!  We have provided the smoothest and most flavorful coffee.  Truly, you taste the actual flavors listed on the package in our coffee.  Now find things in your home and make it different each time or as the mood strikes.

With our Amber Waves, cinnamon hazelnut, you can add whatever you like to go from a delicious cup of iced coffee to a delectable specialty iced coffee.

Here are a few ideas:

-Top with whipped cream

-Sprinkle with cinnamon or vanilla sugar

-Top with whipped cream and then drizzle caramel sauce.

We choose to add fresh whipped cream (using our whipped cream makers), and sprinkle with our kids cinnamon/sugar mixture they use for toast.

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Add a fun straw and your favorite spot to enjoy your iced coffee creation and Grace Time!   Share your creation with us on your social media sites #americanserenade and tag your #gracetime.

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe using a French Press

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe using a French Press

Ingredients

  • 8TB Amber Waves, cinnamon hazelnut coffee
  • 18oz filtered or spring water
  • French Press

Instructions

  1. Grind the coffee beans: Grind 8TB of coffee beans until they are coarse enough to be filtered by the French press, yet fine enough to infuse well.
  2. Combine the ground coffee and water in the French press: Pour the ground coffee into the French press and top with water until it is about 1" from the top of your french press.
  3. Stir to incorporate: Gently stir the coffee with the water until well blended.
  4. Put on French press lid; Make sure the plunger is in the up position, do not press down.
  5. Place the French press in the refrigerator overnight: Leave the plunger in the up position so the grounds infuse the water overnight.
  6. The next morning, plunge the French press to separate the coffee from the grounds.
  7. Pour over ice and add your toppings. Anything from cream, to whipped cream to sprinkling cinnamon, sugar or even topping with caramel sauce.
  8. Sip and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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May 29, 2014 - Tea Recipes    No Comments

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Did you know that May 30th is National Mint Julep day?  We love iced tea at our home and who can resist finding different ways to serve that tea, and Mint Julep day gave us the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe.   The mint julep has been around for centuries in the United States.  It originated in the eighteen century in the southern states.   Popularity grew in the agricultural regions of the east and southeast, where farmers woke at dawn.  It was said the julep was originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today’s society. “One sip and Pow! The farmers were ready to face the long day.”  Can you imagine coming into the office today and your boss giving you a mint julep? Maybe we would all be a little more productive.
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The Mint Julep is more recently associated with a favorite yearly American past time.  For the last 18 years the mint julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.  Today Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 juleps over the two-day event. 

 

We love the all American nature of this drink, so we decided to create our own version.  It took awhile to come up with the perfect concoction, although no one at headquarters was complaining about going through our trials and errors to create this recipe.  ;)

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3 cups cold Ginger & Lime Green Rooibos tea
  • Cubed or crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Brew your Ginger & Lime Green Rooibos tea following one of our many iced tea recipe options (Hot, Cold brew or sun tea).
  2. Add your mint leaves, lemon, bourbon, and crushed ice.
  3. Stir and serve immediately or wait about 30 min to 1 hour to allow the flavors to all infuse.
  4. Sip and enjoy!

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May 6, 2014 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

Have you met our models? …. I mean customers?

American Serenade customers are fabulous!

They are loyal to American Serenade because they believe in our philosophy of Grace Time, buying products Made in the U.S.A., supporting small American businesses, and of course, the delicious and unique taste of our coffees, teas and wines.  Our customers expect high-quality, unique products and we intend on continuing to deliver.  In return, we love and value our customers.  We feel honored when they share their Grace Time experiences with us and we would like to take the time to say “thank you” by adding a little something special to their daily beverage experiences. 

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It is important to us, at American Serenade, to say “Thank you” back to our customers.  Some of the ways we attempt this is by continuing to provide top-notch customer service, with our Concierge Beverage Clubs, sharing our customers’ stories on our blog and Instagram (#gracetime) posts, our in-home tasting flexible designs and of course, our best-of-the-best  products.  

 

 

 

Another unique way we like to thank our customers is by bringing them into the experience with us during our photo shoots.  The models we use in our images are all Concierge Club or Society Club customers.   We treat the models to a fun day of beverages, snacks, laughs, grace time….oh yeah, and a photo shoot.  They experience a behind the scenes look at American Serenade.  It may be all business during the photo shoot.   But once the shots are captured, its time to kick back and relax.  Although it may look glamorous, it is not as easy as it looks to hold a glass of freshly brewed coffee/tea or glass of blueberry ice wine in your hand and focus on smiling through various camera shots and not take a sip.  But do not worry, everyone was able to sample afterwards. 

I must admit, the proofing of the shots back at HQ were priceless looking back at who had a hard time not cracking a laugh or sneak a sip of the product.  Although we have proof in it happening once or twice, but we will never tattle on ‘who’.  ;)

We have been so blessed with such fun, kind and delightful individuals during our shoots.  We always enjoy getting to know our customers on a more personal level.  What a perfect excuse for Grace Time.

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Now, we would like to introduce you to some of our models who are currently on our website and social media images.    Please click on the link below to meet Rachael, Kristin, Carie, Melanie, Megan and Michelle.  Find out a little bit about each of them and how they find their Grace Time.

http://americanserenade.com/meet-our-models/

Would you like to be featured with American Serenade? How can you be showcased?

We love to hear about our customers Grace Time.

1. Tag us on Instagram- #gracetime, #americanserenade

2. Submit your Grace Time for consideration on our Blog.  

Not sure what Grace Time is all about?  View other customer’s Grace Time stories. 

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Feb 25, 2014 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

Bravo to a proud member of America’s “Greatest Generation” enjoying ‘Grace Time’

Mary Doneth, who lives in Florida and is one of our Consultants was kind enough to share several photos of their most recent Thanksgiving dinner. Joining friends with family at holidays has been a long-standing tradition in the Doneth household.

Of course, Mary’s husband, Joe handles the carving honors and does it prior to the guests sitting down.  For some reason however according to Mary he never seems to be as hungry as usual during dinner. And coincidentally the 16 pound turkey becoming a 14 pound turkey when it’s finally served may need to be investigated.

Another Joe tradition, we are told that in spite of sneaking a few bites of turkey here and there, he always seems to be able to leave room for several servings of Aunt Betty’s homemade cranberry sauce that only appears at Thanksgiving.

The Doneth photo below was taken as some of the guests were enjoying a cup of our Bravo Decaf with after-dinner conversation.

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The gentleman seated in the center facing you, hands folded is Uncle Carl, Aunt Betty’s husband and a strong 92-year-old, World War II veteran and proud member of American’s Greatest Generation.

A few months ago Uncle Carl flew to Washington DC on one of our famous ‘Honor Flights’.

At American Serenade we are all so very grateful and proud of our heroes in uniform who have or currently serve to protect us.

We are particularly grateful to our ‘Greatest Generation’ who helped rescue and preserve the freedom for us to be able share this Grace Time American Moment with you today.

We invite you to learn more about the important significance of  The Honor Flight program. Please visit:  www.honorflight.org.

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If you have Grace Time to share with us, please submit your story to support@americanserenade.com

Thank you,

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Feb 2, 2014 - Holidays    No Comments

Valentine’s Celebration Menus

We love Valentines and are always looking for a way to celebrate throughout the day, instead of the typically couple of hours at the end of a rushed day.   Grace encourages us to create the time and treasure what moments we have together.  Keeping our relationship with our spouse and/or sweetie strong helps to keep the family strong.     It has started to become a joke amongst many of my girlfriends that birthdays are turning into birth weeks or months of celebration.  So why can’t we make Valentines Day more of an event as well.  We took Grace’s advice and created two Valentine’s Day Event Menu.  Please feel free to use the menu’s as they are or use them as inspiration to create the special day that works for you both! Either way, we wish you wonderful Grace Time.

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We would love to hear how you are planning to celebrate Valentines Day.  Please share with us via email :  support@americanserenade.com 

Cheers,

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Grace & Lisa

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Jan 31, 2014 - Holidays    No Comments

14 Days of Valentines

Introducing our series the 14 Days of Valentines.  This series will include many items to help with your Valentine celebration, including;  our version of heart candy sayings,  tips from Grace and our customer’s on how to make the most of your  Grace Time with your sweetie and of course a full menu for the big day.

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“I usually have to add creamer and flavoring to my coffee, but I can drink this black!” – Rachael S. 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I wanted to let you know how much Todd and I LOVE the American

Serenade coffees that we have delivered through your monthly coffee

club! I have to admit, we are “coffee snobs” and love a good quality

coffee every morning and not just when we go to a specialty shop. Your

coffees have given us the quality we were looking for every morning!

We also love the monogrammed coffee mugs! Again, I’m very particular

about a coffee mug and these are a great quality mug!

Thanks for introducing us to the American Serenade coffees.” – Kelly 

 

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“This is my favorite wine, I can not get enough of American Serenade’s Blueberry Ice Wine” – Carie

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Jan 28, 2014 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

A Mother and Daughter Saturday Activity

Michele is a teacher  and one of our monthly coffee club members.  She was introduced to us by hosting her own in-home tasting and says she has been hooked ever since.  She even travels with her American Serenade coffee.  Michele decided to try our teas as well.  Her Saturday morning Grace Time with her daughter involved tasting our loose leaf tea and then dissecting it to find out more about what made up the tea.   Michelle said “We loved learning more about the plants that God provides for us to nourish our bodies”.

Thanks Michele for sharing with American Serenade the special time you had with your daughter.

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Have you experienced  Grace Time?  We would love to hear about it and may even share it on our blog.  Submit your Grace Times to American Serenade:  support@americanserenade.com

Sincerely,

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Grace 

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Jan 26, 2014 - Read about Grace    No Comments

If You Had Just One Wish

Hello, this is Grace and it’s really…really cold today.

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On days like this you will often find our family indoors, all of us in the same house at the same time!

Winter usually provides those days to us but this winter is unlike most and being together always offers opportunities that can present interesting outcomes. So this evening we decided it was time again to re-acquaint ourselves with some individuals with whom we share life, our children.

Our kids are no different from most, they will talk about the most unusual subjects if we let them. And believe me finding ways to provoke conversation can be challenging. So we’re creatively persistent. When we succeed, we work hard to be patient listeners and we think that we know them fairly well.

But they are young and we also understand that knowing them well this week may have little bearing on what priorities are important to them next week or even a day later. So we sometimes play a game we call ‘If You Had Just One Wish’.

When we play ‘Wish’, our objective is simple. We want them to know how much we care about understanding what is most important to them. And while playing ‘Wish’ we almost always find that priorities have changed in their lives. Sometimes dramatically.

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We are never surprised when the first round, a personal wish, begins with a wish for something grand. Their most important dream no matter how grand or seemingly trivial is just what we want to learn. Even knowing that, sometimes too often, their wish cannot be fashioned into reality at the time.

And when it’s our round-one turn, we sometimes find ourselves having to say that our most important wish is to some day help them make their wish come true.

Round two is really interesting because this is where the wish is restricted to a best friend. Imagine the possibilities here along with the opportunity to encourage them to make an important wish for someone else’s benefit. And, can you image when that best friend is someone whose name you are just hearing for the first time?    I love this game!

Round three’s wish must be for someone they know about but is not a close friend. And with the kids’ it’s always a surprise, often entertaining, usually informative, and sometimes in the most unusual ways.

We will forever cherish one instance when The Wish was for a schoolmate, whom we later learned was continually abused and neglected at home.  The wish was that their classmate could get to know our family better and feel love.

If I had just one wish, it would be that you have also experienced that amazing sense of life’s warm fulfillment as we did on that eventful day. I really do love that game.

With Love and Grace Time Memories to You and Your Family,

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Grace

PS: Read about how Grace entered our life

http://www.americanserenade.com/home/about-lady-grace/

 

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Homemade Peppermint Mocha

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How do we handle those snow days. We face them head on. Create your very own homemade Peppermint Mocha at your convenience and a great cost savings.

Ingredients

  • American Serenade Mint Mocha Coffee
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder to sprinkle
  • Candy cane

Instructions

  1. Brew your mint mocha coffee using your favorite method
  2. Top with whipped cream
  3. Sprinkle with cocoa powder
  4. Stick a candy cane in and allow to melt

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Jan 5, 2014 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

Christmas Grace Time for Michelle , Amy and a young Gracie

We love hearing from you.  And we want you to know that you are making a difference.

Sharing your Grace Time stories allows us the honor to again put a face on the real America. For after all our country  is composed of unique individuals who exhibit so many seemingly common characteristics.  Yet as a whole, we are truly an exceptionally uncommon nation.

Not long after September 11, 2001 a Romanian journalist summed it up perfectly.

He had watched US television almost non-stop for days attempting to understand how and why Americans from all over this land came to New York City to help.  What both confused and amazed him about this unorganized yet peaceful uprising was that no government had put out an edict to come.  No one was commanded to be there. NO one was being paid to help.  Yet here we were ..but why?

After hundreds of hours watching in amazement, his simple conclusion was summed up in one beautifully uncommon characteristic that said it all….’Freedom‘.

Here are a few of our customer’s Grace Times from Christmas.  And thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in your seemingly common, yet exceptionally American moments.

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We will started with our youngest Grace Time moment yet.

Young Gracie’s Grace Time,

Grace F, as her mother describes her, is an old soul.  She loves teas and to try new ones.

Gracie’s parents, who are also monthly coffee club members, purchased a gift basket from American Serenade filled with Tea goodies for their daughter for Christmas.

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Her mom, Kelly, told us she  was thrilled with her Tea Infuser and assortment of loose leaf teas that her parents bought her for Christmas.  

 

Today Grace was at a sled riding party with friends and the kids were sharing what they each received for gifts, although her American Serenade tea basket was the first thing that came to her mind, at 10 years of age, she was afraid her friends would not be as excited as she was, so she shared something else.  :) Although the first request when she came home from a day out in the cold and snow, was a warm bath and hot tea.   

Thanks Grace, we love hearing your story and how much you appreciate tea as much as we do. 

Next, Amy M’s Grace Time, which includes here children and their beloved dog. 

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Amy has once again been enjoying coffee through American Serenade.  She ordered a sampler box of flavored coffees to find her favorites.  She also ordered one as a Christmas gift for a friend, although she secretly told us, shhh, that she opened the sampler gift pack and after trying our coffees, she pulled out her favorites and kept them for herself and gave the remainder as the gift.

One of her favorites, is our Snickerdoodle, which she is enjoying below.

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During Amy’s Grace Time,  her kids were playing out in the snow and when they came inside they enjoyed cups of hot chocolate, while Amy enjoyed her cup of Union (Snickerdoodle) coffee.  Both are especially good with a dollop of whipped cream.  :)

Amy tells us that her family is addicted to whipped cream, and they keep their American Serenade whipped cream maker stocked at all times.  Shh…she tells each time her and her daughters go into the refrigerator they sneak a taste of whipped cream.  Even their dog, Marley is hooked.  Marley can hear the whipped cream being poured and she comes running to sneak her share :), we love that!!

Who could say no to this sweet face? marley up close

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Michelle R.’s Grace Time

Michelle’s sweet tooth Grace Time.   Michelle has two young children and a husband that has been working crazy hours lately,  Michelle took some ‘me time’ and treated herself to Mint chocolate chip cookies, which she baked, and paired it with our Medley Coffee (Mocha Mint).   What a delicious combination! 

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Michelle tells us ” This time of year I always bakes a few of the same treats that her grandmother made at Christmas.  It always brings back such great memories of time with my grandparents.”.

Some of the other cookies she baked were Buckeyes and peanut butter kisses (pictured below).

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They look delicious Michelle!! We love hearing how you want to carry on traditions from your Grandmother!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So please continue to cherish and share your Grace Time moments with American Serenade.  We feel blessed that you want to share those moments.

Do you have a Grace Time moment? Please submit them to us at support@americanserenade.com

Cheers,

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Lisa & Grace

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Dec 31, 2013 - Read about Grace    No Comments

Grace’s New Year’s Reflection & A Wish

Grace’s Poem

New Year’s Reflection & A Wish

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At first so young and right, so innocent in your sight.

But as I grew, I made mistakes and began my breath of life to take.

 

Now older and somehow wiser, is this what you had planned?

That I should need to see life first to learn and take a stand?

 

I hope this was your vision because it now seems such a shame.

That I missed those between years as your presence had remained.

 

Well I’m older now with a family. And beside me you’ve always been.

It’s not too late this day I hope to amend for that…again.

 

The times, you know they were often, where I had neglected your daily sign.

That you were here beside me and had signaled all was fine.

 Last night I saw the sun kneel down. Then it struck me oh so clear.

How sad that I had missed it in all those younger years.

You spoke to me with your sunset through my heart to mind I could feel,

That you would sustain protect me in a way that’s true and real.

You say Goodnight with a Sunset to each of us each day.

My wish is we then remember you, as You do us…I pray.

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Melissa’s Coffee House at her House

We’ve tried it. And now we’re pushing back because those ‘Big Company Gurus’ just didn’t understand! 
 
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One of our customers shared her approach & brought her Coffee House Home ..Again!
 
Melissa loved the concept and after exchanging a few ideas with our Customer Care Artisans, she was ready to again take charge in deciding what suits her individual needs best.
 
Here are the tools Melissa had handy for her home coffee treat:

1. American Serenade Mocha Mint Coffeemint and chocolate

2. Whipped cream (the fluffy kind you find at coffee houses, she made at home using our dispenser)

3. Chocolate syrup (grocery store purchased)

   4. And, a familiar place with a comfortable and friendly Melissa chair, her favorite coffee cup and a warm friendly environment that she created especially for her.

 Our coffees average about $.25/cup and most of the toppings you can find in your spice cabinet or refrigerator.  
Melissa was at her house under her rules while allowing Melissa some much appreciated and well deserved ’me time’!  And btw, she has also made our Harvest Spice treat, using our Harvest Spiced coffee, with whipped cream and caramel topping and says “It’s delicious, so much easier than I thought and it provides me a variety at home.” 
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As Grace say’s:
Our lives our nuts these days so please feel free to find time to just be yourself, you’ve earned it!
 
It’s possible–even required–to make special time to be with yourself, your friends and your family. And giving the ‘Gift of Time‘ requires a healthy dose of pampering yourself as well as enjoying the company of others.
 
So Feel Free! Bring the Coffee House Home…Again!  Read more about Bringing the Coffee House Home.  
 

 

 

 

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Dec 22, 2013 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

A Great Start to a Teachers Christmas Break

Michele, just became a loyal customer after hosting an in-home  tasting with American Serenade and learning how delicious her morning cup of coffee can be when using our coffees in her Keurig machine.  She even tells us she took her bag of Espressivo (Guatemalan French Roast) with her on an overnight family trip to a water park because she needed to make sure she could get a great cup of coffee in the morning.  Michele is a teacher and she shared with American Serenade, this picture of how she kicked off her Christmas break with some Grace Time.

“Enjoying Espressivo with some homemade biscotti I received last night. Yep! I am in my robe & jammies thrilled to be on Christmas break!” – Michele W.

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 Thank you for sharing your Grace Time Michele.  Have you experienced Grace Time lately? We would love to hear about it, please send to support@americanserenade.com.  You can read more about Grace and Grace Time via our blog section @  http://www.coffeewinetea.com/category/read-about-grace/

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Dec 11, 2013 - Customer Grace Time    1 Comment

Thanksgiving Meal Customer Grace Time

Here at American Serenade, we love seeing pictures of how our customer’s are spending ‘Grace Time’ as well as enjoying our products during that special time.  Below are two customer posts sharing their Thanksgiving weekend ‘Grace Time’.

 Kristin’s Grace Time in Ohio

Kristin’s husband returned from serving our country in Afghanistan, just in time for the holidays.  Kristin has been a long time customer of American Serenade and indulges in our monthly coffee club.  Here is how she was spending her Grace Time.  

“I am enjoying some cinnamon hazelnut coffee while the big boys sleep, the little boys watch Mickey , and being thankful my husband is home sitting next to me.” – Kristin

Thank you to Kristin’s husband for his time in the military.  American Serenade appreciates all that our men and women in the military do and the family time they sacrifice to keep our country safe.  

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Grace Time from the Sunshine State

Our second Grace Time post comes from sunny Florida.   These particular  customers are close friends and they are enjoying their retirement in Florida.  Since they are away from their families, they gather together to spend Thanksgiving. One of them, is also a Consultant for American Serenade.  Hello Mary!!

 Here is what our  customer sent us.

"There were nine of us for dinner, including one of our Consultants, Mary and her husband Joe.   After a delicious turkey dinner we had cheesecake,  pumpkin and pecan pies and we topped it off with a delicious pot of  Bravo, a Columbian Supremo decaffeinated coffee from American Serenade.  Although we miss our families and grandchildren, we look forward to getting together for this special holiday meal and quality time with great friends."  - Marilyn


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Have a Grace Time you would like to share, we would love to hear about your Grace Time.  Whether it's with family, friends, neighbors, or the 'me time' we all need from time to time.  Submit your Grace Time to support@americanserenade.com 

New to American Serenade or not familiar with Grace Time?  Read all about Grace 

 

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Find out more about the coffees mentioned above or other coffees available through American Serenade. 

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Nov 19, 2013 - Cheers- Wine, Holidays    No Comments

Thanksgiving Meal Wine Pairings

I love everything about Thanksgiving.  The family time, the grocery shopping, the food and pies!  I even enjoy the last-minute hustle of trying to get the turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes all done at the same time! I  have to admit this is my favorite meal of the year for a multitude of reasons.  Growing up, we had the entire Thanksgiving meal for our Christmas dinner as well.  It is funny how, when someone mentions Thanksgiving dinner, we all know what they are talking about.  We may have our own traditions and favorites, but the core meal is universally known by our culture.

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Do you have your traditions? A particular food item that you only like prepared a certain way?  Do you enjoy dressing up your table to go with the theme of Thanksgiving? 

 

 

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I have to admit I love to do both.  My favorite food would have to be the stuffing.  I prefer it cooked outside of the turkey so the top browns just slightly and with a nice crust.  I also prefer my mother’s recipe from when I was growing up.  We always host Thanksgiving at our home, and there  are favorites that my husbands brothers love and that my husband and children love and my mother-in-law and I love to cook whatever they want to eat, even if it means we are duplicating several sides. :)   For instance, the stuffing.  I always make my stuffing and my mother-in-law makes her stuffing that her sons grew up eating.  I also do not mind trying to new versions of sweet potatoes and corn, whereas my brother-in-laws want the traditional frozen bag of corn and plain sweet potatoes with a little bit of marshmallow baked on top.  My kids, will eat just about anything.  However, their favorites are the green bean casserole, the rolls, dark meat of the turkey and they absolutely love to pull at the wishbone.  

A thanksgiving meal at American Serenade would not be complete without a coffee and wine.  We have excellent wine choices to go with your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

I always have a couple of coffee options for my family and guests.  We also have quite a few family members that will just stop by for dessert or even just to chat after everything is settled down.  We love pies and my mother-in-law is a fabulous baker.  I plan to have a regular coffee, probably Minuet, our Organic coffee from Costa Rica brewed.  But, I could not let Thanksgiving go without brewing our Harvest Spice coffee.  This one is FANTASTIC with pumpkin pie!! Add some whipped cream to your coffee and your dessert!! YUM!

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To cap off your evening I recommend a small glass of  our Blueberry ice wine.  It is a great cordial to have sitting in your living room after dinner.   Enjoy it while you are winding down from the festivities or even with those family members or friends that stop by after dinner.  Sit in your living room by the fireplace, what a perfect way to end your meal.

Please take this time to have some ‘Grace Time’ with your family and friends.  Enjoy their company and this great food!  Grace and I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!!

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Oct 30, 2013 - Coffee Recipes, Recipes    No Comments

Candy Corn Delight Coffee

When you think of Halloween candy, there are many that come to mind.  However, when you walk through the stores there is always one bag of candy that stands out and is synonymous with Halloween, Candy Corn.   We could not pass up the opportunity to create a way to include a holiday favorite in your home coffee bar.  Here is our recipe.

Candy Corn Delight Coffee

Candy Corn Delight Coffee

This is a sweet coffee treat, but if you love candy corn you need to try this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of American Serenade Harvest Spice Coffee
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (substitute brandy, if you are looking for an adult cocktail)
  • 3/4 cup of candy corn
  • Whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat in a sauce pan all of the ingredients, except the whipped cream
  2. Once melted remove from heat and whip the ingredients to smooth out the candy corn grain that may be left over.
  3. Add 4-6 tablespoons of the mixture into your cup of coffee.
  4. Top with whipped cream
  5. Sprinkle with grated pieces of candy corn
  6. Enjoy!
  7. *makes enough for 2 servings.

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Oct 27, 2013 - Holidays    No Comments

American Made in the USA Ceramic Dishes Dinnerware Sets

American Expressions Dinnerware

Beautifully Practical & Exclusively Made in the USA

 

American Serenade continues to provide exceptional yet practical and affordable USA made products that are part of the American family experience.

This is exemplified in our concept of American Expressions, a wonderfully fresh & practical approach for your tableware.

Expressions dinnerware is non-toxic, lead free, oven proof, dishwasher & microwave safe. Creating a practical flexibility you can comfortably use during a quick afternoon lunch or as a stylish statement during an evening dinner party.

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” So let me ask you the same question I asked myself.  Do you have those dishes that you carried over from college or your first apartment or  you used when your kids were little and it did not matter how many times they dropped them or you dropped them trying to do too many things one-handed? Yes, we have all been there.   Well, I did and after my kids were old enough I decided it was time for some grown up dishes.  I still wanted something practical, but I wanted them to be beautiful and a set I wanted to show off when we had people over for dinner.   This is exactly what I went looking for when selecting the right dinnerware for American Serenade to carry in their Expressions line.   It is so elegant looking, yet so practical and light weight.  In so many ways, it was the perfect fit and I am so excited to share it with everyone.  We use them for every meal and they are nice enough we plan to use them for our holiday gatherings as well.  When our family & guests visit for dinner they can not believe the craftsmanship, how light weight the pieces are and everyone loves the color selection.  Plus they of course love the fact they are made in the U.S.A”  -Lisa Mitchell, Founder.

In testimonials we hear:

“Thank you! They’re elegant, beautiful and so practical…”

“We use these as every day dishes and I can’t believe how lightweight they are…

I love showing them off when we have guests. We get compliments on them all the time!”

 

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Each elegant piece in American Expressions is handmade in the USA by gifted American ceramic pottery masters whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian Institute, Mt. Vernon & Monticello.

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Expressions truly amplifies old world American craftsmanship. Each piece is custom-made at the time of order with our exclusive Hallmark applied prior to firing.

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Our Nature’s Clay patina is finished naturally without color added prior to final glaze.  Sunset Bronze and Americana Blue patinas’ are each final-glazed in a beautifully durable and truly American finish.

 

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Expressions will delight your practical American instincts while creating a family heirloom & cherished lifelong memories.  Don’t wait to select yours, each piece is custom-made for you and takes 4-6 weeks to arrive.  

 

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Oct 24, 2013 - Recipes, Wine Recipes    No Comments

Easy Spiced Apple Wine Cider

I love fall.  The beautiful colors of the trees, neighborhood bonfires with S’mores & the change from wearing short sleeves to cashmere & scarves (my personal favorite transition).   However, when I think of fall beverages, other than tea, the one that comes to mind most is Apple Cider.  Something about the smell, the warm cup in your hands and how the drink just warms your body, it is the perfect fall drink.   I knew with our Finale Green Apple wine, we had the opportunity to make a fabulous adult version of the popular hot apple cider beverage.

Easy Spiced Apple Cider Wine

Easy Spiced Apple Cider Wine

Really want to spice it up, add a bit of Brandy.

Ingredients

  • 1-750 bottle of American Serenade, Finale White Riesling- apple wine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap nutmeg & whole cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar & honey
  2. Crockpot:
  3. Heat on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1 hour, then reduce.
  4. Stovetop:
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm.

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Oct 20, 2013 - Bean to Bean-Coffee    No Comments

Getting the best coffee out of your Keurig

I tried the Red Solofil k-cup that you sell and recommended with your Snicker doodle flavored coffee. What a HUGE difference between that filter and the Keurig filter we were previously using. Brews the full cup and tastes richer. Will definitely be buying more of your k-cup filters!!- Michelle

 

“Being a long-term and faithful drinker of coffee from Caribou and Starbucks for years, I never would have dreamed of finding my loyalties so suddenly switched. But when I was given a sample of American Serenade’s “Espressivo” blend that is exactly what happened.
I have loved dark-roasted coffee for a long while and have the same attitude towards what I drink that most coffee lover’s have: “I know what I drink. I know what I like. And I don’t care to waste my time or money trying something different.” All I can say is, in this case, I’m glad I did.  “Espressivo” has a bold, full flavor that I have only been able to achieve in the past by French Pressing; I did not think I would enjoy using loose ground coffee to run through a Keurig machine so much!

Thanks, Lisa, for your time and investment in making available such a high quality, reasonably priced product! - Chad 

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Oct 16, 2013 - Customer Grace Time    No Comments

Grace in the Classroom

Grace was hanging out in the classroom with one of our customers.  Megan is a teacher and a monthly coffee club member.  She is also a Society Level club member and as a result just received her Grace Mug as a thank you from American Serenade & Grace.

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Here is what Megan has to say about one of her favorite coffees that she receives every month, Harvest Spice.  ”Harvest Spice is a great coffee for the fall season.  The flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, truly taste like fall.  You can really taste all the flavors throughout the cup and even the bag of coffee.  American Serenade coffees are the best flavors I have ever tasted, because you can really pull the flavors during each sip.  Since I love a good fall coffee, it is the first thing I brew in the morning.  The teachers at Springfield High are also loving the tastes and smells as well.   Thanks American Serenade.”  - Megan

Keep the customer Grace Time photos coming! We love to hear how you are spending your Grace Time and how you are enjoying our products!

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