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Add a Hint of Summer to Your Spring Coffee

As spring flowers begin to bloom people tend to get antsy with excitement for summer. Many start going through their clothes, opening windows and tackling spring cleaning. Why not carry this wind of change into your coffee routine adding a hint of summer to your spring coffee? Here are a few options to do so.

Switch your beans
In the winter, people turn to coffee for caffeine and comfort. They often go for hazelnut and chocolate notes which pair perfectly with falling snow. Once summer rolls around, though, it's time for another flavor. Opt for something fruity like roasts with a hint of raspberry, citrus or wine. Single origin beans often offer these flavors specifically because of where they were grown and how they were processed. Just check the label for taste notes and look for a summery one! Many roasteries release these brews toward the end of spring as they anticipate the warmth and fun of summer just as much as you.

"Use a roast with fruity notes to celebrate summer."

Swap out your drink
It's easy to get into a routine when it comes to brewing coffee every day. But, it's nice to switch things up every now and then, and what better time than when the seasons are changing. Leave the hot coffee and tea behind and go for something a little less toasty. That may mean simply switching from a cup of steaming joe to an iced brew. Use your Mr. Coffee® Steam Espresso and Cappuccino Maker to create amazing espresso drinks at home, like a refreshing iced latte. This machine forces hot steam through the filter to create a rich, dark espresso brew. You can brew up to four shots at once which is perfect for a patio brunch with friends - just add a shot to four glasses and pour in your pal's favorite chilled milks. Stash a handful of ice in each glass and serve. Opt for mason jars with straws to really get into the spirit of the season.

For a totally different drink experience, try a chai. You can drink chai iced or hot, but go for the former to celebrate the warm weather. You'll need black tea, cardamom pods, sugar, milk and cinnamon. Brew the tea with cardamom pods in it and add sugar to taste. Then, let it cool to room temperature before stashing it in the fridge. Once it's cold, pour half a glass of tea and top off with milk. For an extra boost of energy, add a shot of espresso to the drink to make a dirty chai. The bold flavor of the brew will enhance the spices of the black tea and just might make chai your new favorite drink.

Take your coffee out to the porch for a full sensory experience.Take your coffee out to the porch for a full sensory experience.

Take it outside
Drinking coffee outside can totally change the experience. When people remove themselves from the distractions and man-made environment and go outdoors, they get more in touch with their senses. While coffee tastes good in your kitchen or while you're enjoying the Sunday paper, it's even better outdoors. Take your usual cup of joe for a walk. Put your phone on silent and leave it in your pocket so you can get back in touch with nature and the world around you, including that amazing cup of coffee you made right at home.