How to Find the Best Coffee in Birmingham Al – Advice From a Local

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If you just moved, are visiting, or are a local looking for the best coffee in Birmingham, AL, this post is for you. In the last five years of extraordinary growth, Birmingham has earned its recognition as a hub for great food, great brews, and best of all… Great coffee! A year of pandemic living … Read more

6 Lazy Sugar-Free Coffee (or Hot Chocolate) Flavoring Recipes

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Your busy. Or Lazy (hey, I don’t judge). You just want FAST recipes. When you search a recipe online and you see 8 ingredients for a coffee recipe, you’re like WHAT THE HELL? Sometimes you just want a QUICK recipe you can make with regular grocery store ingredients. “Can’t I just get a quick way … Read more

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The first snowfall is gorgeous, magical, and gives you the hope that a new season always brings. That is, until the cold sinks into your bones. You throw on your biggest slippers, wrap yourself in as many layers as possible. The only thing missing is a warm, comforting coffee recipe. Here are 8 winter drink … Read more

How to Keep Your Coffee Warm When You Travel for Work

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How to Keep Your Coffee Warm When You Travel for Work

If you have a job that’s go go go, you might find it difficult getting a warm cup of coffee on the run.

Every morning, you have your choice of a Keurig pod brewer or making a traditional pot of coffee.

You might enjoy a pot of coffee, even if you’re the only coffee drinker in your house. 

These days, you normally do not have time for more than a cup before heading out the door. Many of us put our coffee in travel mugs and take them with us on the run.

Being in emergency services gives a comparison to regular people in regular jobs. 

Are there differences between coffee found in fire or nurses’ stations, compared yours at home?


It often sits cooking on the warmer for longer periods.

We still drink it.

I tell people to “just cut yourself a slice and add some water!”

How to Keep Your Coffee Warm

When the going gets tough, the tough get their coffee to get going!

Brewing a pot or a K-cup

You’ll find most emergency responders using Keurig and Bunn machines in their stations. It gives them options. It doesn’t take many paramedics or firefighters to go through a pot quickly. 

Our command vehicles have 4-cup personal drip-machines. Man does not live by bread alone. It’s better to be prepared than be without coffee. 

Decaf – ½ caf – or full caf?

The odd hours and spontaneous emergencies play with our body systems.

Many emergency personnel have developed a delicate digestive system that can only function on regular coffee.

No decaf for them.

They can sleep standing up with regular coffee in their veins.

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How to Keep Your Coffee Warm On the Road

Good gear is scarce. Here are my favorites. 


The Starbucks 12 oz ceramic travel mug is my favorite.

The double-wall construction keeps my coffee warm and my hands cool.

The tumbler is smooth and feels good in my hands.

I like the fact there isn’t a handle, allowing it to fit nicely in most cup-holders.

The locking lid cuts down on spills, yet slides in and out of the cup easily for refills and cleaning.

The only drawback – it’s fragile if you have a rough job. I have bought three over the past few years and they have slid out of my hands when getting into or out of my vehicle. Ceramic is not very durable when contacting concrete from a three-foot fall. I’ve never been so somber over a mug, as when I broke one. I would love to have another, but they aren’t cheap.

Yeti and Rtic

Yeti is the king of double-wall insulated stainless travel mugs. They make excellent coolers too. You’ll find many knockoffs providing a similar look and feel to the Yeti. One difference, Yeti powder coats its painted travel mugs. They also label them dishwasher safe. Most imitations prefer hand-wash only.

The Yeti travel mug is excellent for keeping hot liquids hot and cold beverages cold. The lid attaches magnetically to some models. The drawback – they are very expensive. 

You can find many budget imitation travel mugs. Those most familiar are Rtic, and more recently, Ozark Trail (by Walmart). In a non-scientific head-to-head contest, Lina at discovered there were no discernable differences ( – December 19, 2019). The $34.99 Yeti performed equal to the $8.74 Ozark Trail travel mug.

Many people are brand conscious, and money isn’t as important to them. I get it – but it’s not me. That is why I haven’t bought another ceramic travel mug from Starbucks, for now.

Grabbing a Cup On the Road 

There are many others traveling the roads and drinking their coffee. You’ll see them stopping for refills at Dunkin Donuts and truck stops along highways and convenience stores. 

Many people swear by their thermos (I like the classic Stanley vacuum bottle thermos and have two.), others prefer a large mug and frequent stops. I use my Stanley thermos cup or regular mugs. I detest the metallic feel on my lips and tongue. I’m not sure why.

Making adjustments to name brands

You’ll adjust brands to suit your tastes. Cream and sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, and chicory are common condiments. You might make dietary choices. Use care in choosing your additives, as they have calorie, fat, and carbohydrate implications. It is easy to consume a lot of calories in our beverage choices.

Keto / Low carb adjustments

Doing keto – Your best option is drinking your coffee black. You want to customize it to your own tastes. Heavy cream is a good option. Consider unsweetened almond milk for an even lower carb option.

By adding a spoon of coconut oil to your morning cup, your healthy fats increase and provide the extra calories you’ll need. This is very important if you aren’t eating breakfast. It will keep you full longer.

For a more satisfying blend, consider unsweetened almond milk, and a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon. It adds an incredible flavor with minimal carbs and fewer calories. You may find this especially friendly during the holidays when high-carb beverages are everywhere.

How to Keep Your Coffee Warm – In Summary

Where there is a will, there is a way.

You can take coffee with you. You can stop along the way to grab a cup or make it yourself when you arrive – if not along the way. The way we make our coffee is as much out of convenience as it is a habit. Some prefer instant coffee. Others want their coffee brewed in a drip machine. I grew up with percolators!

Enjoying your coffee consists of having a cup that works for you. It needs to be comfortable to hold and feel good on your lips. We may add to our coffee to customize it to our tastes, or unbeknownst to us – out of habit and in memory of someone.

There is something besides the heat that warms your heart when enjoying your favorite brew.


6 Best Pumpkin Spice Drink Recipes

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The smell of fall is in the air, which can only mean one thing.Pumpkin. Spice. Lattes. And all things pumpkin flavored. I love the fall. So Much.? Every year I get that warm fuzzy feeling as the leaves start to change colors, as the sweaters get pulled out and the bigger comforter goes on the … Read more

Keto Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Keto Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte

Keto Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe This keto bulletproof pumpkin spice latte recipe is adapted from my previous post How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte Better Than Starbucks, but that recipe is made for people who are not trying to watch their weight. Many regular pumpkin spice latte recipes are INCREDIBLY high in sugar … Read more