Will Coffee be the Death of Me?

Updated: Jan 3


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Hello!

My name is Kiara. Quick disclaimer: I live in Minnesota, so my dialect may show through.


Anyway, I am a beginner photographer and coffee/tea enthusiast.


I received a Nikon D3500 in 2019 as a spontaneous gift, which I will forever be thankful for. I am not one for big, expensive things but having a nice camera has been wonderful; however, now it is about time that I learn to use it!


When I first received the camera, I was beyond excited to start taking photos with it! I have been able to capture quite a lot of cool-looking photos. I've done several animal shots and self-portraits, but my current favorite is scenery shots.


I have lived in several places in Minnesota. I grew up in the Rochester area, I went to college in Duluth, and I currently reside in La Crescent. I have captured each place extensively.


Now, it is my goal to get better at the photography skill. I'm hoping my readers can help me progress. :)



Now, onto coffee!! ☕


This Christmas, I received a Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System. I was beyond excited because I was talking about how I would like to learn more about coffee and teas to possibly one day own a small business! Well, here we are where I am beginning how to make good coffee.


Luckily, the coffee maker comes with an enormous amount of information in its Quick Start Guide! It lists everything I need to be aware of before even beginning to make a cup, and it is also very easy to comprehend! Normally, I wouldn't even bother reading an informational booklet, but I promise that this one is worth it!


To start with, this coffee maker is good for Tea🍃 and Coffee☕! The Quick Start Guide comes with 10 coffee and tea recipes to learn with. The first recipe I tried was the Chai Tea Latte, as it was Christmas Eve when I received the maker.


The instructions for the recipe are as follows:


Chai Tea Latte

(Quick Start Guide Recipe)


Brew: Specialty

Type: Herbal Tea

Makes: 1 (14-ounce) serving


Ingredients

3 Ninja Small Scoops** loose leaf (or 3 tea bags) chai tea

1 Tablespoon sugar or condensed milk

1/4 cup milk

1 large cup (at least 14 ounces)

1 cup any size


**1 Ninja small scoop = 1 Tbsp

Directions

  1. Place 3 Ninja Small Scoops of tea into the tea brew basket

  2. Place sugar or condensed milk into the large cup

  3. Place cup onto the brew cup holder to brew

  4. Select Specialty and Herbal Tea on the Ninja coffee maker

  5. While tea is brewing, put milk into the other cup and microwave for 30 seconds

  6. Froth the heated milk using the Ninja froth attachment for 30 seconds

  7. When brew is complete, stir to combine the sugar and brew. Top with frothed milk

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Review


I used Bigelow's Vanilla Chai teabags in this recipe. I can say that for my first-time recipe, it was probably worth 2 stars... and that is being generous. ⭐⭐


If you take time to follow the link that the recipe name is attached to, you'll quickly find out why. As I was taking my time figuring out what the directions meant, I was able to finally try my tea - 30 minutes later.


No! The recipe does not take that long to make! I was simply confused as to what I was doing. Remember, this is my beginning journey with all things here! Once I realized I needed 2 cups, things picked up rather quickly.


If I was to remake this recipe, I would add more tea bags or go with pure loose leaf tea. Here is my reasoning:

  1. The drink was too watered-down. Either there was not enough tea to liquid ratio or the tea bags were not flavorful enough.

  2. Loose leaf is typically always better in my opinion, as you get to decide how potent you would like the brew and I like mine awfully strong.


 

Follow the Journey!


As one of my first experiences with making a specialty latte, my experience was decent. I cannot wait to begin explaining my journey from here forward.


If you have any tips, please let me know! I am always willing to learn more (and you will receive credit in the next review).


I hope you follow along as we continue this journey. Have a great day! :)







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