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6 Amazing Benefits of Ginger Tea

cup of ginger tea on a wooden table

There’s nothing more comforting on a chilly day than a steaming mug of ginger tea. Whether you prefer it on its own or served with peppermint, lemon or honey, ginger tea isn’t just delicious—it’s packed with Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals.

Here are just a few other amazing benefits of ginger tea!

Settle your stomach

If you’re prone to motion sickness, a cup of ginger tea can relieve nausea. Drink a cup as soon as you start to feel queasy and in just a bit, your stomach will settle down.

Strengthen your immunity

cup of ginger tea on a wooden table

Reduce your chances of getting sick by sipping ginger tea on a regular basis. It contains loads of antioxidants that can boost your immune system!

Reduce pain

If you’ve got aches and pains, menstrual cramps or a headache, ginger tea could be just the thing you need.

Ginger contains substances called gingerols, which can reduce inflammation and switch off compounds in the body that cause pain.

Improve digestion

Feeling bloated or gassy after a meal?

Brew a mug of ginger tea to calm your stomach and speed up the digestion process.

Manage your weight

Drinking ginger tea can help you feel full and stabilize your blood sugar. Enjoy a cup after a healthy meal, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Breathe easy

Ginger tea can help relieve nasal congestion due to the common cold or environmental allergens.

Want to get your hands on some of this immune-boosting, delectable tea?

Otto’s Granary sells top-quality black ginger peach loose-leaf tea as well as green ginger peach loose leaf tea! Not to mention, a variety of chocolates, gourmet coffee, gifts and more! Visit our shop in Lubbock or place an order online today.

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5 Irish Coffee Drinks that will Wake You Up this St. Patrick’s Day

Irish coffee in Irish coffee mug

Funny irish mugThe time has come for all things green, giant shamrocks, and big celebrations: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

Kick your St. Patty’s Day celebration up a notch by combining some of your boozy favorites with a little caffeine. Not to mention, having the matching mug to boot!

Here are five must-try Irish Coffee Drinks to wake you up this St. Patrick’s Day!

The Chilly Irishman

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without some delicious Irish whiskey?

Combine this traditional favorite with some Kahlua and vanilla ice cream for a creamy and smooth base mixed with cold espresso coffee for that extra caffeine kick. Throw some chocolate on top for garnish and you have the recipe for one sweet celebration drink.

Coffee Tequila Cream Cocktail

Tequila’s reputation certainly proceeds itself, but how about coffee-flavored tequila?

Give your cocktail a jolt of java with a coffee-flavored spin on the classic favorite. Pour some in a glass with a few ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream and some cinnamon whipped cream for an Irish coffee drink sure to please this holiday.

The Original Irish Coffee

Experience St. Patrick’s Day the right way with a traditional Irish Coffee.

Irish coffee in Irish coffee mug

Start with a strong and bold hot coffee and add in Irish whiskey and brown sugar, and top with lightly whipped, heavy cream.

This hot and spiked coffee creation dates back to 1942.

So, sit back and experience some delicious Irish history as you sip on your Irish Coffee this year.

Minty & Boozy St. Patty’s Day Iced Coffee

Mint-flavored treats are a favorite on St. Patrick’s Day. Jump on the minty bandwagon by mixing some cooled, freshly brewed coffee with some sweet creamer, bourbon, and peppermint extract.

The result is a smooth and minty cocktail with the perfect hint of fresh coffee to jump-start your day.

Irish Coffee Milkshake

After stuffing your face with lamb and potatoes this St. Patrick’s Day, you will need something for dessert.

Try a savory Irish Coffee Milkshake! Grab some of your favorite coffee ice cream, instant espresso powder, and whiskey and blend. Throw in plenty of caramel sauce and enjoy the end to the perfect party.

Since coffee is a big ingredient in these drinks, it’s essential that you choose the most perfect roast that will brew to perfection!

Otto’s Granary offers decaf Irish cream coffee beans, Irish cream coffee beans, nutty Irishman coffee beans and so much more that will make the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Stop in the shop today or order online!

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4 Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes to Try this Year

Guinness Beef Stew with Potatoes

Move over corned beef, cabbage, and mint milkshakes: the following St. Patrick’s Day recipes are here to change up your traditional celebration!

Try the following four coffee-inspired dishes on St. Patrick’s Day this year:

Guinness Beef Stew with Potatoes

Guinness Beef Stew with Potatoes

Send your taste buds on a wild ride this St. Patrick’s Day with Guinness beef stew.

Strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and Guinness work together to form an Irish beef stew full of tender, savory flavor, and rich, silky texture. The recipe calls for many other savory ingredients including potatoes, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, onions, and parsnips.

Add an extra hint of Irish flavor with some Irish cream coffee beans. Find out the full recipe here!

Irish Cream Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Bailey’s on St. Patrick’s Day?

Decadent moist cake meets sweet coffee frosting in an Irish cream cupcake guaranteed to impress and delight. Take your favorite cake and pudding mixes and add in some Irish cream for an Irish-inspired flavor.

For the frosting, strong coffee combines with powdered sugar and milk for a sweet and savory treat.

Use Irish cream coffee beans to up your cupcake game and find the full recipe here!

Coffee-Glazed Oven Brisket

While you may think of corned beef as the dish of choice on St. Patrick’s Day, mix things up by going with a coffee-glazed oven brisket.

A moist and flavorful alternative to the holiday favorite, this recipe calls for thin beef brisket glazed with a combination of ketchup, chili sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, soy sauce, and delicious freshly brewed coffee.

Inspire your dish without the kick by going with decaf Irish cream coffee beans. Get the recipe here!

Irish Coffee Caramel Ice Cream

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some Irish coffee caramel ice cream, a buttery, boozy, and smoky treat full of delicious roasted coffee and whiskey.

Ingredients like sugar, half-and-half, Scotch or Irish whiskey, and coffee help create this St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Chocolate shavings and candied pecans give the ice cream its sweet and nutty charm.

Try Nutty Irishman coffee beans for this recipe for an extra almond and hazelnut flavor.

Rush to get this recipe here!

Our team at Otto’s Granary would love to help you get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Give us a call at 806-797-1728 with any questions you may have about our coffees!

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How to Throw the Perfect Bridal Shower Tea Party

Think back to your days of playing tea party with your best girlfriends wearing hot pink boas, fake pearl strands, long silk gloves, and oversized hats.

Bring that fun, feminine element back with the perfect bridal shower tea party!

What could be more elegant? A tea party themed bridal shower is a chic way to celebrate the future Mrs. and, it’s actually very simple to pull off.

The refreshments

Tea Party Cups and Treats

First, a bridal shower tea party consists of light refreshments – think scones, tea cakes, cupcakes, cute little sandwiches, etc. Make sure your guests know this is a light refreshment party, so that they can plan accordingly.

The drinks

As for the drinks, of course tea will be served!

Get fancy and serve both hot and chilled teas, or perhaps a cocktail. Offer cute sugar cubes and creamers in little glassware and consider adding fun candy to the party buffet such as conversation hearts, bubble gum balls, rock candy, pixie sticks and more!

The décor

Set the ‘stage’ for a sophisticated event. We suggest having the refreshments be buffet style, decorating the buffet and guest tables with doilies, linens, flowers, sequin confetti, etc. You could even use the same color scheme as the wedding to nicely tie the two events together.

The party favors

Are you considering sending guests home with a party favor?

You could easily and inexpensively send your guests home with favor bags filled with flavored teas and candies. Looking to send guests home with a little something extra? Cute teacups with a sweet treat and a bag of tea is the perfect little package!

Ready to start planning the ultimate bridal shower tea party? Call on Otto’s Granary! We have everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ and can help you give the bride-to-be her perfect bridal shower. Call us at 806-797-1728 to learn more about our teas!

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Coffee Ice Cubes: Changing the Way You Drink Iced Coffee

Coffee Ice Cubes in Ice Cube Tray

There’s nothing more disappointing then going to take a sip of the last bit of your iced coffee, only to have the unsatisfying taste of what could only be considered coffee-flavored water.

But not anymore—say goodbye to your watered-down iced coffee!

We have a hack that’s simple to make and is guaranteed to seriously up your iced coffee game:

Start stocking your freezer with coffee ice cubes and never experience dull sip of iced coffee again!

How to make coffee ice cubes

Coffee ice cubes are incredibly easy to make, even for the cooking-challenged.

  1. Brew a pot of coffee—it can be your go-to morning blend, or get fancy and use a cold brew blend, or even a flavored ground coffee such as hazelnut or vanilla.

Check out our selection of over 40 different flavored coffees—you could get real elaborate with flavors such as caramel hazelnut cream and chocolate chip cookie to name a few!

  1. Next, pour the coffee into the ice cube tray. Consider using a silicone tray for easier removal of the ice cubes.
  2. Freeze & eureka! Enjoy your epic iced coffee, or even use the cubes to cool off a hot brew!

Coffee ice cube recipes

Feeling like getting a little fancy with your iced coffee? Consider making mocha ice cubes.

Are you a fan of the ‘basic’ caramel macchiato? To create this at home, whisk together iced coffee, milk and caramel. Pour into the ice cube tray and freeze!

Consider yourself an at-home barista? Check out this recipe for iced coffee that incorporates your favorite milk or creamer, simple syrup, and yes, mint.

No matter how you enjoy your iced coffee, from simple cold brew and ice cubes to flavored iced coffee or an iced mocha, you can now enjoy your iced coffee—completely upgraded and simply delicious, down to the last drop!

For all of your coffee-making needs, call on the experts at Otto’s Granary! We have something for every coffee-lover—just see for yourself here!

Not sure what flavors and blends are right for you? We can help! Give us a call at 806-797-1728 today.

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4 Herbal Teas for Relieving Ailments

Health Benefits of Tea

Nothing beats cozying up on a cold winter’s day under a comfy blanket with a warm mug of your favorite herbal tea.

As an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots, or bark, herbal teas come steeped with plenty of natural medicinal benefits, vitamins, and minerals.

Herbal teas work to naturally relieve ailments, from stomachaches and headaches, to skin conditions and high blood pressure.

Here are some delicious herbal teas to help whatever ails you!

Chamomile tea

Chamomile Tea

Helpful for treating insomnia, chamomile tea works as an efficient sleep aid because it calms the mind.

The tea, made from flowers, also aids in digestion. Chamomile includes antibacterial properties that make it effective against coughs and fevers.

With Egyptian origins, chamomile tea does not contain caffeine and offers a light, sweet taste with hints of apple.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint Tea

When you have a stomachache, reach for some peppermint tea, which relieves the symptoms of stomach pain and spasms. Peppermint tea rids your stomach of gas, bloating, cramping, and indigestion.

This herbal remedy also helps subside nausea, coating your stomach and giving you instant relief. Peppermint tea has a relaxing and familiar aroma with a light and minty taste.

Rooibos tea

Rooibos Tea

For an herbal tea full of health benefits, brew a cup of rooibos tea, known for its antioxidant properties. Made from the leaves of the rooibos, or red bush plant, this tea comes from South Africa.

Rooibos tea helps with skin conditions like eczema and comes high in vitamin C. A naturally decaffeinated drink, rooibos tea is full of indulgent flavor.

Ginger tea

Ginger Tea

Tea infused with ginger root is full of disease-fighting antioxidants. This spicy tea cures queasiness and upset stomachs due to motion sickness, and aids in digestion. Very effective as a remedy for nausea, ginger tea acts as a natural treatment for seasickness. Ginger tea provides a boost of energy that helps you relieve stress and tension.

Try a delicious version of any of the above herbal teas from Otto’s Granary, a gourmet coffee, tea, and gift shop in Lubbock, Texas. Otto’s offers something for all tastes, so be sure to pick out your favorite today!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Hopeless Romantic

Maybe you love love every day of the year, or maybe it’s your first Valentine’s Day with that new special someone; either way, these gifts are sure to make any hopeless romantic melt!

Old school love notes

Couple Celebrating a Romantic Valentine's DayA handwritten note accompanied by their favorite candy is always a cheesy-but-oh-so-cute idea.

List “reasons why I melt for you” (It is winter after all). Write cheeky things like ‘I’d lose my skittles without you’ (skittles), ‘be my hot tamale’ (hot tamales), ‘you make me turn to jelly’ (Jelly Belly)… you get the idea.

Don’t forget, we have several Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans available—from sweet to savory, there’s a flavor that’s bound to please your sweetheart.

The gift of irresistible lips

Lip gloss in the shade of love—any shade of red will do, just pick one you want to see on that special someone.

If it’s a guy you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees chap stick. Most men could use a little TLC on those dry lips—making them all the better to kiss!

Fuzzy socks

Because let’s be honest—when was the last time anyone said they hated fuzzy socks? Exactly.

Box of ChocolatesDecadent chocolate

There is simply no better way to your special someone’s heart than through decadent chocolate. It’s been a staple in Valentine’s Day gifts since the dawn of time, so why fix what isn’t broken?

Coffee in bed

Do you want to know the best way to win their heart?

Bring them coffee!

We promise that this simple gift will warm your partner’s heart. If you think about it, what could be better than waking up Valentine’s Day morning to the wonderful aroma of coffee and the person you love?

With over 150 coffee beans in house, there’s a flavor for every coffee connoisseur.

Not a coffee fan? Don’t fret, at Otto’s Granary, we have 110 loose leaf teas to choose from.

Consider digital gifts

In the age of social media and selfies galore, why not put some of those adorable couple-selfies to good use? Print out a bunch of your favorites and create a collage of the two of you. Make those memories of you and your special someone last.

Love is in the air with scented candles

This may seem like a cliché gift (they all are!), but who doesn’t love a scented candle?

That’s what we thought. Want to take it up a notch?

Find a candle with sandalwood. It’s considered an aphrodisiac, which is sure to spice things up.

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, but when you shop gifts, coffee and more at Otto’s Granary, you’re sure to earn major heart eye emojis from your sweetheart!

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How to Make the Perfect Coffee Gift Basket

Coffee GIft Basket

Studies have shown that the average American drinks about two cups of coffee every day. So, you really can’t go wrong giving someone a coffee gift basket jam-packed with all the essentials.

Here are some things you’ll need to include in a gift basket for your favorite coffee lover!

Fill it with several different types of coffee beans

 

Coffee GIft Basket

The first thing you’re going to want to add to a coffee gift basket is obviously coffee!

There are so many different types of coffee beans to choose from. If you’re going to be giving coffee as a Christmas gift, holiday coffee beans would be a bold choice.

You can select from options like Jack Frost Coffee Beans, Reindeer Crunch Coffee Beans, Santa’s Java Coffee Beans, and more. For best results, try to include at least three or four kinds of beans to provide the gift recipient with options.

Add a few coffee-related gifts to the mix

Once you have your coffee beans in place, you’ll want to surround them with some thoughtful gifts. A travel mug or a tea cup set will work nicely!

Complete your coffee gift basket with chocolates and candies

A delicious cup of coffee will taste great, but do you know what will make it even better?

Chocolates and candies that can be enjoyed alongside of it! They’re sure to put your gift basket over the top.

You can find everything you need to assemble a coffee gift basket through Otto’s Granary. Call us at 806-797-1728 and let us help you create the perfect present for the coffee lover in your life!

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3 Holiday Coffee Recipes to Indulge in this Winter

Holiday Coffee in Texas

There’s nothing quite like pouring yourself a tall cup of coffee on a cold winter’s day. It can warm you up in a matter of minutes and make it easier for you to brave the freezing-cold temperatures that you have to face to get to work.

With the holidays coming up, may we suggest spicing up your morning cup of Joe?

‘Tis the season for holiday coffee recipes!

Eggnog Latte

What would the holiday season be without eggnog?

Holiday Coffee in Texas

Create your own eggnog latte to throw into the mix this season! Start by brewing Eggnog Coffee Beans and pouring that brew into your favorite holiday mug.

Then, whisk together 1/2 cup of eggnog (alcoholic or non-alcoholic will work!), 1/4 cup nonfat milk, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small pan until it’s nice and warm.

Pour it on top of your coffee and add either nutmeg or whipped cream as a garnish. This beverage will supply you with all the eggnog flavor you crave during the holiday season.

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

There are so many ways to enjoy the salted caramel flavor during the holidays. You can savor it when you eat brownies or bite into a piece of dark chocolate. But you can also enjoy it with a delicious salted caramel mocha latte.

To make this delectable drink, brew a cup of coffee using Salted Caramel Pistachio Coffee Beans.

While that’s heating up, take a saucepan and heat up 1 cup of milk before frothing it. Then, mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce into your coffee before pouring the milk over top and adding some whipped cream and a touch of caramel sauce to finish. It’ll taste every bit as flavorful as it sounds from the moment the aroma fills the room to the moment it hits your lips.

Gingerbread Latte

Are you looking for a tasty cup of coffee to drink while you’re assembling a gingerbread house?

A gingerbread latte will definitely do the trick. Begin by brewing a cup of coffee using Tis the Season Coffee Beans.

Once done, mix about 3 tablespoons of your coffee with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger, 2 teaspoons of molasses, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, 1 cup of almond milk, and sugar.

These are just a few of the many holiday coffee recipes that you can whip up this holiday season! Give them a try, then check out the rest of our holiday coffee collection that will be sure to warm you up. Call Otto’s Granary at 806-797-1728 today to learn more about making some fun holiday brews!

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Holiday Coffee Bar Ideas to Warm Up Your Home This Season

Holiday Coffee in Texas

Do you want to make your home feel a little bit more magical this holiday season? You can do just that by putting together your own cozy coffee bar!

Here is how to create a holiday coffee bar that’ll put everyone into a festive mood.

Find the right location for your holiday coffee bar

Holiday Coffee in TexasIs there a section of your kitchen that you’re not using at the moment?

If so, that might be a nice place for your holiday coffee bar. Or, you might consider putting it in the corner of your dining room for easy access to your post-dinner beverage.

Wherever you choose to create your masterpiece, be sure it has its own dedicated area where people can gather to pour their favorite holiday brew and catch up with friends and family.

Decorate it with lots of holiday flair

You want your holiday coffee bar to feel warm and inviting.

Therefore, you should decorate it!

You can surround your coffeemaker and your other coffee supplies with everything from fake snow and garland, to a tiny Christmas tree with neatly wrapped boxes to look like gifts.

Stock it with plenty of holiday coffee beans

Your holiday coffee bar needs more than just regular old coffee!

You need to stock it with seasonal coffee beans made especially for the this time of year. There are Candy Cane Coffee Beans, Christmas Cookie Coffee Beans, Holiday Vanilla Spice Coffee Beans, and so much more. You and your holiday guests will be blown away by the delicious concoctions you’re able to make.

And don’t forget to include some tasty treats, too!

The holiday coffee beans at your coffee bar will be a huge hit—but why stop there?

Consider having holiday candies and treats readily available to serve guests along with their coffee. From candy canes to Jelly Belly jelly beans, these sweets will be the perfect finishing touches to your holiday coffee bar.

Are you ready to make your own holiday coffee bar in your home?

Otto’s Granary can help! Not only do we have holiday coffees and treats galore, we can also help you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Give us a call at 806-797-1728 to place an order this holiday season!