Friday, December 29, 2017

Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

By Lacy O'Brien for Chris' Coffee Service

The frigid temperatures in upstate NY have me craving some serious comfort foods.  Who doesn't love a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day?  We all know the best hot chocolate is made from scratch with quality ingredients, but adding store bought marshmallows seems like a disservice to this seasonal favorite.

That's why we are bringing you this homemade marshmallow recipe to try while whipping up your next cup of cocoa.  This recipe is a bit healthier than the traditional corn syrup laden version you will find.  If you'd like to check out the original recipe found on the Wellness Mama blog, click here.


prep cook 20


  • a small sauce pan
  • a hand mixer & a metal bowl (or a KitchenAid mixer if you have one)
  • 4 TBSP of pasture-raised gelatin powder 
  • 1 cup of water (divided)
  • 1 cup of honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla or other flavor option (mint or lemon extract, cocoa powder, etc.)


  1. Pour 1/2 cup plain warm water into mixing bowl. Add gelatin. Whisk slightly and let sit.
  2. Pour the other 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of honey into the small saucepan and whisk to combine.
  3. Slowly bring the water and honey mixture to a boil while stirring. If you have a kitchen thermometer (and I recommend it), you want it to reach at least 240 degrees. If you don't have a kitchen thermometer, just keep boiling, stirring constantly for 8 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour the honey/water mixture into the bowl with the gelatin mix (which will be hardened by now). Use stand mixer or hand mixer on medium speed to whip as the honey mixture is added.
  5. When all the honey mix is added, turn the mixer to high and blend with the mixer for another 10-15 minutes or until it forms a stiff cream like the consistency of marshmallow cream. (It should form gentle peaks.)
  6. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with coconut oil or line with parchment paper, leaving some on the sides to be able to pull up.
  7. When marshmallows are whipped, pour into the lined/greased dish and smooth evenly.
  8. Let sit at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
  9. Flip onto a cutting board and cut with a well-oiled pizza cutter or knife.
  10. Store in an airtight container on the counter.


Do NOT store in the fridge as they will melt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The probiotics will decrease the shelf life to 3-4 days. Without the probiotics, these will last 2-3 weeks on the counter.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Coffee & Food Pairing

From sweet to savory, this article by Lindsey Goodwin offers a comprehensive overview of the best pairings.  She covers the best complimenting foods between coffee and espresso drinks and fruits, baked goods, and breakfast foods to highlight the complexities of the flavor profiles from your favorite roast.

From breakfast to dessert, coffee is a delicious drink to sip with food. Here are some classic coffee-food pairings that are easy to enjoy at home or out on the town.

Click here to read more.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Barista Holiday Wish List Guide

By Lacy O'Brien for Chris' Coffee

Do you have an espresso or coffee lover on your wish list for the holidays?  We’ve compiled a list of this season’s coolest gear to make buying for the barista in your life a no-brainer!

The Apron

Whether your barista crafts their favorite espresso drinks at home or in a shop, this ridiculously cool apron will up-level their barista status to pro.  These aprons are handmade, with sturdy craftsmanship by a creator we found on Etsy.  Orders must be placed by Dec. 15th.

The Tamper

Once the barista has mastered the art of dialing in the grind, their next move is to perfect the tamp.  This tool takes the espresso game to a whole new level of precision. 

The Chemex

One of the coffee lover’s go-to brew methods, the Chemex has been around since 1941.  Invented by the chemist Dr. Schlumbohm, the hourglass shaped brewer became known as the perfect way to make a cup of coffee.  Many home baristas love making their morning Chemex, but the process becomes arduous when their home is filled with guests.  A perfect solution is this six-cup capacity brewer, which offers the same elegance with the capacity to handle more coffee, giving the barista time to enjoy their time instead of standing over the grind.

The Kettle

When creating artisan coffee, the barista needs quality equipment.  The pour-over requires a great kettle that takes into account flow rate, quality materials, and a well-crafted design.  The Ovalware Slowdance kettle incorporates all of these elements, with a gooseneck spout designed for a nice, slow pour, non-rusting material, and a handle designed comfort as the barista perfects the bloom and ratio of their pour-over.

The Grinder

Getting the grind right is the most important step when crafting a great espresso shot or cup of coffee.  It takes a lot of skill to know how to bring out the flavor notes in a well-roasted bean, and every barista knows the pain of trying to avoid those bitter or acidic overtones that come from over and under extraction.  A burr, doserless grinder is on every barista’s wish list.  The Ceado E37J
Grinder is sleek and well designed; delivering quality and even grind size.

The Subscription

Fresh Cup Magazine delivers curated content to your barista’s door.  They offer great articles about the coffee industry and lifestyle pieces that are great for the pro and home barista alike.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Is Your Holiday Coffee Game on Point?

By Lacy O’Brien, for Chris’ Coffee Service
November 16, 2017

Are you the designated barista at your holiday gathering?  If you want to wow your friends and family this season, here are five pointers to ensure that you won’t be stuck bringing the ambrosia next year:

Coffee Game on Point –Holiday Checklist

  1. Most households in the U.S. are used to drinking pre-ground coffee.  If you show up with a grinder and grind your coffee and espresso on the spot, you know you will wow the crowd with the fresh flavor notes your family’s taste buds have been waiting for.  Move over aunt Pearl’s Bundt cake, you’re bound to be the star of the festivities!
In the market for a new grinder?  Try the Fiorenzato F4E Nano V2 Electronic Espresso Grinder in White.  

  1. Pour-over anyone?  If your gathering is on the smaller side, bringing out the Chemex will not only delight your friends with the mouthwatering aroma of a perfectly timed brew, but will keep you busy long enough to avoid small talk with that relative you’ve been trying not to make eye contact with.
Need some Chemex products before the holidays?  Chris’ Coffee Services stocks everything you need.  
  1. Have you been trying to explain to your entourage the nuances of a great light roast, to no avail?  Show up at the potluck with a bag of light roast to brew, and serve without cream and sugar.  Everyone will be in such a great mood, and into trying all the items on the table, that they’ll be more inclined to give it a go.  Sit back and watch as their eyes sparkle, as they taste the tantalizing flavors of chocolate, citrus, and hibiscus bounce around their palette.  Don’t forget to let everyone know that light roast actually contains more caffeine than dark roast!
Try Machristay’s Blond Bombshell light roast.  

  1. Bust out a tulip on your sister’s mocha and watch as everyone gather’s around and asks you to make one for them!  Now is the perfect time to start practicing your latte art on your home machine, and ride those accolades all the way through the New Year!
Check out this tutorial by Urnex for making killer latte art.
  1. If you’re going for gold, this holiday, create a signature drink for your get together!  You can let your imagination run wild, or you can use the holiday recipe posted here.  Either way, busting onto the holiday scene with a killer coffee drink will guarantee that next year everyone will be greeting you at the door with one question:                                                                                                                                         

    “Did you bring the coffee?”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

How Pumpkin Flavored Everything Came to Dominate Fall

By Lacy O’Brien, for Chris’ Coffee Service
November 2, 2017

WHETHER YOU'RE TEAM PUMPKIN or not, there is no denying that as soon as a cool breeze cuts through the summer air, you can count on the presence of Pumpkin flavored products everywhere you go.  Though, it wasn’t always this prominent.  Curious about how exactly the fall flavor became a staple for retailers across the U.S., we decided to do a little research and find out how this trend came to be.

Traditionally for the Fall season consumers, especially those in the Northeast, have been accustomed to journeying out for the coveted apple cider donut at their favorite orchard or bakery once sweater weather hit.  The taste and smell of apple cider were picked up and marketed by many retailers looking to provide their customers with that wholesome nostalgia as everyone got prepared for the arrival of the winter holidays. Until around 2004 Pumpkin flavored products, with the exception of your aunt’s famous pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, wasn’t on anyone’s radar.

The culprit of our new Fall trend is, not too surprisingly, in fact, Starbucks.  When they introduced the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, their customers fell in love.  The combination of sweet and subtle savory was a hit and now accounts for over $80 million in revenue annually for the chain.  Other retailers took notice, and soon it seemed all of America was obsessed.  Now, over a decade later, we can count on Pumpkin flavored cookies, bagels, pancakes, coffees and more lining the shelves of every retailer across the states.  The paucity of the product creates anticipation and increases demand, leading to millions of Team Pumpkin lovers at the mercy of the calendar to enjoy their coveted treat. 

Are you Team Pumpkin?  Let us know in the comments and read on for a recipe you can make at home on your home espresso machine.

     Pumpkin Spice Latte – Home Brew Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 shot brewed espresso
  1.  Brew your espresso. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and milk. Warm over medium heat, whisking constantly, until hot and frothy. Do not bring to a boil. 
  2. Pour the espresso into a mug and pour the pumpkin spiced milk over it.
Try our Machristay VooDoo whole bean espresso in your recipe!  A blend of coffees from distinctly different countries of origin in South and Central America as well as in Africa. The coffees are all 100% Arabica and roasted to perfection daily at our facility, in our PID controlled Renegade coffee roaster.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall latte recipe

 Fall latte recipe

October 12, 2017
By Lacy O'Brien for Chris' Coffee Service

Stopping for my favorite fall latte before I head out to peep these beautiful upstate NY leaves is a tradition for everyone I know.  Whether you are a home barista or working in a shop, creating a special drink for the season is the perfect way to celebrate.

White Chocolate Carmel Latte

Using quality syrups, like Ghiradelli gives you the best tasting lattes to cozy up with on a beautiful fall day.

Use white chocolate & caramel, with a sprinkle of cinnamon for the perfect hot drink. 

Dash of cinnamon on top