Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How Do You Take Your Coffee?

With: Kadie Scott

Congratulations to "Bn100" and "Breanna P.", the winners in Kadie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I can’t drink a lot of coffee because basically my coffee is dessert given the amount of sugar I put in it. That means I’m not a coffee aficionado. However, Max Carter, the hero in my new release, is a tad bit obsessed with coffee. Not only that, but he’s OCD, and therefore particular about his coffee.

So, I had to research my coffee, including how to make the best coffee you can. Here’s what I learned…

1. Pick the Right Bean for You

Different types of beans have different flavors to them. According to Consumer Reports 
.        Light Roast – light brown bean, more sour taste
       Medium Roast – medium brown bean, brighter with undertones like floral, fruity, berry, etc.
·       Dark Roast – darker bean with some oil on the surface, a more bittersweet aftertaste and undertones of caramel, nuts, or baked goods
·       Darker Roasts – shiny black beans, anything from slightly dark to extremely charred

2. Consider the Bean Source

Do your research and look at both the region and the source (grower) of the bean. Regions famous for their coffee include:
  ·       Columbian
  ·       Sumatran
  ·       Kona
  ·       Kenyan

3. Keep It Cool

Store your coffee in a dark, cool location away from the oven. Don't pick a cabinet on an outside wall if it gets a lot of sun during the day.

4. Store It Right

Invest in an airtight ceramic, glass, or non-reactive metal container. If you buy coffee in large amounts, divide it between two containers, keeping the larger, unused portion airtight until it is needed.

5. Purchase Smaller Amounts

Coffee beans, like everything else, can go stale or lose its freshness. Buy coffee in amounts that last approximately 2 weeks for optimal freshness.

6. Freshly Ground

Don’t buy already ground coffee. And don’t grind it all at once. According to Consumer Reports, the best coffee his freshly ground before brewing.

7. The Right Temperature 

Finally, when brewing your coffee, make sure you (or the coffee maker) each 195 degree to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. The best temperature in that range differs by bean type.

Picky enough for you? Poor Max in The Attraction Equation must somehow manage to order his optimal cup of coffee from a (heaven forbid) an outdoor coffee cart while not coming off like a total diva. Good thing he can be charming when he wants!
Personally, I’ve never paid much attention to the details. I drink my coffee as a latte with...wait for it…a pump of caramel, a pump of vanilla, and a pump of white chocolate. (Yes. It’s basically coffee flavored sugar.)
How do you take your coffee?

To read about how Max deals with is persnickety coffee order, read The Attraction Equation now! This #HolidayRomance is a standalone book.

The Attraction Equation 


She’s the exception to his every rule…

AttractionEquation_500 FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

About Kadie Scott:
Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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  1. Too bad you don't consider yourself a coffee aficionado, Kadie ... because if you are, you can taste all those variety of coffee while researching *lol*. Congrats on this book release, and thank you for the giveaway chance ...

    1. Oooooh! I didn't think of that. I may just have to risk the extra pounds to try a few. In the name of research of course. ;)

      Thanks! And best of luck!

  2. This sounds like a must read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. I'm not a coffee aficionado either but I so understand OCD habits. There's quite a few things that I must have a certain way, I can totally understand Max's coffee habit.

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. I lean toward the OCD myself. Lol. So it wasn't hard to imagine when writing it!

      Cheers back! :)

  4. I never got into drinking coffee... everyone else in my family loves the stuff... But I love a yummy hot chocolate!

    1. Totally with you on the hot chocolate! I'm also a hot tea (with cream and lots of sugar) drinker. :)

  5. HI, Kadie!

    I love the aroma of coffee, but dislike the taste. I stick with tea and an occasional hot chocolate chai.

    1. I love hot tea with lots and lots of cream and sugar. :)

  6. Oh I love sugary drinks, lattes, cappuccinos, them all! Sounds like a fun read!

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

    1. You and I would be good friends I think. Lol. Yay for sugary drinks!! (I would be lost without my sweet tea.)

  7. I love coffee! I didn't until I worked at a small coffee cafe in college. I didn't even know what an expresso was. Now I'm addicted. I drink it every morning. Black of course. If I had money, I'd totally be like Max with his coffee. Lol. Loved the book Kadie! I'll going to check out the first one soon. And can't wait for more books from you!

  8. hi Kadie Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm the hot choc drinker.

  9. New to your page. Avid caramel mocha coffee fan 😁

  10. Hello Kadie, Thank you for the chance to win

  11. thanks for the chance, would love to win :)

  12. Hi Kadie! Thanks for the great giveaway! You can't go wrong with coffee or Amazon. I'm obsessed with frappes!

  13. Hi Kadie, I love me some mocha or white mocha from starbucks :)

  14. Hello and thanks for the chance Love coffee

  15. Hi Kadie for me it's 2 cream 2 sugar

  16. Hi, Kadie! I am a coffee junkie!!!

  17. Hi Kadie, I love the smell of coffee, hate the taste! lol

  18. Hi Katie, This book looks really good. Holly Wright

  19. Hello an thank u for this giveaway i love coffee

  20. Hi. Thanks for the chance to #win! :)

  21. Hi and thanks for the giveaway!


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