Peet’s New K-Cups

DSC01438_TEXTWhen I moved out to California a couple of months ago I had never really heard of Peet’s. Then I saw them popping up everywhere I went. Their coconut flavored iced latte and their new matcha latte won me over and I now love going to Peet’s (I go almost too much). This past week, Peet’s treated me to a cup of coffee at home. They just announced they are coming out with new K-cup packs and wanted me to try them out. I happily obliged as you all know how much I love my coffee.

peet's k cupsTo start, they’re coming out with a medium and deep roast. Their Cafe Domingo was my favorite I’d have to say. I go for more of a lighter flavor and this one had hints of toffee in it. And I’m definitely a cream and sugar coffee drinker. The Major Dickason’s was smooth and rich. I’m pretty happy I now have an excuse to use my Keurig, especially when I don’t feel like going out for coffee. Let me know in the comments, how do you like your coffee?

peet's coffee and tea

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.


Breaking New Grounds

Well if the name doesn’t say it all, I enjoy a bit of caffeine.

As I mentioned before, my long-time friend Mairead surprised me for a visit on my trip.

What goes best with catching up and gossip?


One of my FAVORITE coffee places is in Ogunquit called Breaking New Grounds.



breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

They have a ton of different flavored coffees and teas. The coffees are aromatic and full-flavored. breaking new grounds

And if you’re craving a sweet treat you can pop in to get one of their delightful muffins, gelato or cookies. breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

I sipped happily on my cinnamon bun coffee but they’ll make just about anything your heart desires.breaking new grounds

And if you can’t get enough, you can take it home with you. breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.comThey don’t have a website but you can find them on Twitter. Breaking New Grounds is right at the end of Perkin’s Cove and they have an absolutely breathtaking view overlooking the ocean. With the ocean and coffee, you can’t go wrong.


Black Gold Records (and coffee shop)

“Tia, do you want to go to a coffee shop?”

-“Eh. We just ate.”

“It’s also a record store.”


That quickly sold me. A record store that sold coffee?

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records is a funky record, coffee, and antique shop located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

As you walk in, you hear the sounds of soft rock and warm crackles of vinyl playing on the turntable.

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records is a great place to stop in and fuel-up on caffeine while sifting through a few vinyls.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

They also have a ton of obscure gems scattered around the little shop. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

You can also grab some of their freshly grinded Rook coffee beans for home.
Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

The menu is pretty short but the coffee and tea are great. I ordered their Black Iced Tea.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

I placed myself by the window with my drink and watched as people perused through records enjoying the music. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunetteIf you end up in Carroll Gardens, Black Gold Records is a perfect stop for a refreshment and some music. Like me, you’ll probably end up heading out happily caffeinated with some sort of knick-knack to add to your collection.


Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Lattes

So as everyone knows, I’m a caffeine addict. I mean my other blog is named Caffeinated Travels… I just love little coffee shops and lattes. Sometimes, it can get a bit pricey to get those specialized drinks, especially at Starbucks. I found a really great recipe to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the crock pot. Crock pot cooking by far has to be my favorite because it’s just so easy. Here you are. Hope you enjoy!


Time: 2 Hours


5 Tablespoons pumpkin puree

4 Tablespoons of vanilla

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 cups strongly brewed coffee

(Note: I used my keurig and made 2 cups of iced coffee because it brews stronger)

3 cups of milk

4 Tablespoons of sugar

Whipped Cream (optional)


In the crock pot, combine the milk and coffee. Whip together the other ingredients and pour into the crock pot. Whisk together well. Turn crock pot to high for 2 hours.

Note: I found the mixture tended to stay at the bottom, if you stirred the mixture occasionally within the two hours it would come out better.


Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy ❤