The Coffee Facts

by TheGroundBean on December 12, 2015

I recently came across this very informational infographic.




Looking for a great espresso machine? One that converts your home or office to a real coffee shop, one that will not only impress your guests or employees but will make you the talk of the town? Making espresso is an art, and trying to create the perfect cup from a cheap machine is a disaster. Pulling the perfect shot from the Breville Express Espresso machine is a breeze each and every time.

At 23 pounds this stainless steel beauty stands bold in your kitchen while preparing the perfect boldest cup of espresso you ever tasted. For a home system you can’t go wrong with this machine. There are more expensive machines on the market the Breville does not disappoint when it comes to the perfect shot of espresso each and everytime.

Here is a 5 Star review from a happy owner:

“I got this as a gift for my significant other and I must say the smiles haven’t stopped.. this thing is awesome! and the espresso that it makes is so much better than the little machine we had before.”


If you own a Keurig coffee machine you are lucky enough to have a huge selection of different coffees to choose from. Anything from Starbucks to Hot Chocolate. With the huge selection available you are bound to find what you are looking for.

If you are a Dunkin Donuts fan you have two choices, you can head over to a Dunkin Donuts shop and pick up a box of their Keurig offering. But if you are not lucky enough to have a D&D in your city then the Keurigs Donut Shop brand is sure to please.

Long before D&D even had a Keurig version I was drinking the Donut Shop brand and loving it. It has a very similar taste to Dunkin Donuts and available everywhere Keurig coffee is sold and best of all at a cheaper price tag.

Give Donut Ship a try today it won’t disappoint.


The Starbucks Secret Menu

by TheGroundBean on May 14, 2013

starbucks-logo-banner-small-fans1Standing in line today the women in front of me asked the barista if she could order something from the “secret menu”. My ears peaked up, did I just hear something about a secret menu. Seems I was not the only one that didn’t know about because the Barista had to ask his co-worker what the secret menu was. Believe it or not only one girl knew what it was and started the drink. Boy was I now the curious one.

Once in front of my computer I searched Starbucks secret menu. There it was an entire website dedicated to the Starbucks secret menu., tagline created for Starbucks fans by Starbucks fans. Scrolling down to the footer of the site is the following disclaimer:

© Copyright 2013 Starbucks Secret Menu Fan Site. This website is not affiliated with or The Starbucks Corporation. We are not employed or compensated by them to publish content found on this site. We simply love their drinks! Privacy Policy

Searching the site revealed why the Barista at my local Starbucks didn’t know about it. The site claims that not all Baristas know about the secret menu and you cannot order the drink by name alone. You have to bring the recipe with you. Each drink on the secret menu shows a recipe so it’s pretty easy to get that info. Some of the drinks look pretty interesting as well such as Liquid Cocaine which is 4 shots of espresso and 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice in a grande cold cup. Another one is the Raspberry Caramel Macchiato has the same makeup as a regular Caramel Macchiato, but subs raspberry syrup for the vanilla syrup found on the bottom of the drink.

Here is a selection of some more drinks

The Nutella

Cafe Misto with a pump of chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup and a drop of caramel drizzle for a  deliciously sweet drink best served as dessert.

The Undertow

3 pumps of your favorite syrup (vanilla suggested) in a tall cup with a splash of milk and two shots of espresso floating on top. The idea is to drink it quickly so you get the kick of espresso first, then the cool milk and syrup through the middle.

Dirty Chai

Ask to have a shot of espresso blended in for that extra kick.

Samoa Cookie Frappuccino

Mocha Coconut Frappuccino with 2 pumps of caramel syrup then ask for extra coconut flakes to be blended into the drink

Nutella Frappuccino

Regular coffee frappuccino, 2 pumps of mocha syrup, 1 pump of hazelnut syrup, whipped cream blended in. Top with whipped cream! Caramel drizzle is optional.

There are hundreds more of these really cool sounding drinks. Visit the site today and remember to bring the recipe with you.


Nothing Beats A Cup Of Hot Coffee

by TheGroundBean on May 3, 2013

Morning Coffee




Cool Coffee Cups – The Medicine Bottle

by TheGroundBean on April 10, 2013



Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Shortcake Coffee…Yuck!

by TheGroundBean on February 22, 2013

While heading to the register at Target yesterday I was surprised to see a Dunkin Donuts end cap featuring what looked like an Easter assortment of flavored coffees. Right away the strawberry shortcake flavor caught my eye. With one sniff of the package the strawberry shortcake aroma captured my desire for a cup of coffee.

Back at the office I opened the package and the smell filled the room with sweet coffee joy. As it filtered through the coffee machine the smells took over the entire office, I could not wait for the warm coffee to cross over my lips. Then the disappointment came as I tasted it for the first time. I went from the highest point of excitement to the lowest point of disappointment as it tasted like the cheapest of cheap flavored coffee. The strawberry shortcake flavor was so overwhelming strong that it ruined the coffee for me.

As a big fan of Dunkin Donuts coffee, this flavored brew is a major miss for D&D.


Introducing the coffee owls

by TheGroundBean on February 13, 2013

The coffee owls, which one are you?


As I was buckling in for my 6:30 AM flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Houston, I was dreaming about my third cup of coffee that would be served to me once it was safe for the flight attendants to move about the cabin. My first cup was consumed, or rather inhaled, at 4:10 AM, just minutes after my alarm rudely announced it was time to get up. I savored the second cup on the drive to the airport and had I planned a little better, could have boarded the plane with a fresh cup in hand. But all was not lost; fortunately I had time to deposit the first two cups prior to boarding.

While seated on the plane I could see the pilots in the cockpit going through their preflight checklist. I wondered if they had gotten up as early as I and what they use to get their juices flowing in the morning. Personally, I’m not a fan of energy drinks, but they seem to be all the rage lately. A cup of Joe with a little cream is all I need. The cabin door closed without me seeing any beverages being consumed by the pilots and to my knowledge, they weren’t served anything during the flight.

As a private pilot, I wondered if there was anything to Red Bull’s statement that “it gives you wings.” Could these drinks be to pilot performance what the Bose A20 is to pilot hearing? And as a passenger, I asked myself if I want my pilot’s drinking energy drinks or coffee?

FAA guidelines allow for both to be consumed, but warn that amounts determined safe by the pilot’s personal physician should not be exceeded. However, I came across an interesting article on Mens Health website about a study done by Oklahoma State University. The university split 30 student pilots into two groups and asked each to complete a series of flight exercises on two separate days. One group drank an energy drink (16 ounces) and the other a placebo, and then they switched on the second day. The results were pretty scary.

Pilots who consumed the energy drinks had a harder time maintaining straight and level flight, were 10 seconds slower to return their plane to the proper position after executing a complex turn, and were 5 seconds slower to complete an emergency checklist than those drinking the placebo.

Dr. Conrad Woolsey, Ph. D. explained that although the energy drinks probably made them more alert and less drowsy, the combination of caffeine, taurine, sugar and various other stimulants actually makes it difficult for your body and brain to perform multiple, simultaneous tasks. And multiple, simultaneous tasks makes up the majority of a pilot’s actions.

I’m definitely going to stick to coffee when I’m pilot-in-command, but I’m going to keep my intake at a minimum. Although the study didn’t include coffee consumption, I think it’s safe to say that it wouldn’t be hard to overdo it with Columbia’s finest. Maybe I’ll just have decaf on flying days… yeah right.

About the author.
Chris Oquist is an Internet marketer and website developer for Banyan Pilot Shop – a worldwide leader in aviation and pilot supplies. As a private pilot living in South Florida, Chris has a passion for aviation safety and pilot education, and frequently writes on the latest aviation technologies that help make our skies safer to fly.