Dark Chocolate! Current Favorite: Justin’s

Starbucks’ breakfast containers sometimes include Justin’s brand peanut butter or almond butter packets and they are delicious. Naturally, dark chocolate peanut butter cups by the same brand immediately sparked my interest.

These peanut butter cups are delectable. The deliciousness of Justin’s creamy and wholesome organic peanut butter inside of a tasteful organic and fair trade dark chocolate cup is satisfying for sugar and salt lovers. Sea salt is balanced by bitter notes of dark chocolate and it just works. These unique peanut butter cups are great for a salty-sweet treat. Also of note is the thickness of the chocolate layers (and their strength) that gives way to a clean break/bite rather than crumbling. Note the clean-cut edges of the halves in the pictures. Basically, Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups have good structural integrity. Good chocolate “snap,” beautiful presentation and salty-sweet goodness.

The cups are sold in United States specialty stores and are USDA Organic and use Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Justin’s is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Ceremony Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar: Annapolis’ Best Kept Café Secret

 

Time Cupsoul’s Instagram already gives away a slight obsession with Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Annapolis, Maryland. Alas, Instagram posts are not enough to truly represent what this coffee bar offers: enchantment.

In time cupsoul searching adventures, what has become increasingly evident is that a coffee shop affiliated with, or wholly containing a roastery, predicts good coffee. Though not the case 100% of the time, those that fit the description tend to embody a certain dedication to coffee excellence and ambiance. Again, not a rule, but a clue.

Ceremony Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar in Annapolis does embody this dedication. I’ve frequented this location numerous times and each time am impressed with the quality of service, cleanliness, and liveliness so tangible in the space. As evident from the pictures, Ceremony’s drink selection is varied and innovative, never to leave the patron bored or disappointed with lackluster recipes.

Reverence for coffee reverberates throughout the converted warehouse along with radical transparency; the roastery in the back is literally open for view. The roastery is a feast for the eyes and the ears. Clinking and whooshing noises complement the tiny coffee beans as they spew out like a firework from the roaster. In another room, there might be a class going on where baristas and novices alike can learn more about coffee. Basically, there’s this wonderful sense that something exciting is always going on at Ceremony. Whether it’s roasting beans, baristas inventing a new seasonal recipe, or arrival of a shipment, the patron is invited into the secret little Ceremony Coffee world. It’s as if Ceremony embraces each wandering newcomer without judgment and with VIP access to a perfect little coffee hideaway. Ceremony just seems to attract local coffee aficionados and appreciators, and if you aren’t one, well, Ceremony can help you there.

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Crema Coffee Roasters: Best Cafe in Nashville

This past weekend, visiting Nashville was magical. More specifically, the coffee at Crema Coffee Roasters showcased coffee-making as an art. From bean to brew, to that first taste on the lips, Crema treats coffee like a jewel begging to be extracted, revealed and polished. This time, the jewel isn’t set in a ring, it’s set for awe (and photographs) inside of a coffee mug. Please, let it “sparkle” and sip it slowly to appreciate its craft.

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