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Good Peanut Free Hiking Snacks For a Peanut Allergy

What are some peanut-free snack options for hiking when you have a peanut allergy? With a peanut allergy, sometimes it can feel like there is nothing you can eat.  This can be particularly challenging while planning snacks for the trail, as so many different pre-packaged hiking snacks like trail mix use peanuts as a base.  Fortunately, we’ve come up with a list of peanut allergy friendly hiking snacks for your trip out there! Granola and Seeds Mixes Pre-packaged granola and granola bars can be a healthy nut-free grab-and-go snack for people with peanut allergies.  Just ensure that you read the ingredient list carefully.  Another option is to make your own granola bars at home. One great recipe is to mix puffed rice...

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What are Fruity Notes in Coffee?

Our coffee notes series continues with this entry covering "Fruity" notes. See our previous entry regarding "Floral" notes here! The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Flavor Wheel The SCAA, or Specialty Coffee Association of America, is one of the foremost coffee trade associations in the United States.  The standards that the SCAA has devised run the gamut- from water quality, green coffee, roasting, and even a procedure for cupping. If you’ve looked at new drip coffee makers in recent years, you’ll notice that some even come with an SCAA certification on them, indicating that they are guaranteed to brew coffee at the SCAA standardized temperature, and providing an overall high quality brew.  In addition to working with coffee maker manufactures,...

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Burrows Trail: A Sunrise Hike at Camel's Hump

A Breathtaking Sunrise on Camel’s Hump Mountain Catching a sunrise can be difficult for early birds and night owls alike. Trying to catch a sunrise from the top of a mountain adds significant challenges as one must ascend the mountain itself in the dark. Camel’s Hump is a popular destination to watch the sunrise as it is the tallest undeveloped mountain in Vermont and the summit offers hikers a 360-degree view of the surrounding land. Though it is possible to watch the sunset from Camel’s Hump as well, it is not recommended for inexperienced hikers as the descent could be hazardous in the dark. Summiting Camel's Hump By Way of Burrows Trail Type: Out-and-back Length: 4.8 miles total (2.4 miles...

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Infusing Coffee with Cinnamon: An Illustrated Guide

Should You Infuse Coffee with Cinnamon? We've all added things to our coffee, be it whole or skim milk, sugar, or other spices. However, coffee infusions are a rapidly growing trend and cinnamon is a great place to start. If you haven’t tried it before, you should try adding cinnamon to your coffee- both for the taste and a few auxiliary benefits. Here are 4 reasons to add cinnamon to your coffee: Cinnamon Adds a New Flavor to your Cup This is the obvious one: dropping cinnamon into your cup of coffee will alter its taste. Coffee infused with cinnamon has a warm, comforting aroma and a taste that is great year-round, but particularly appropriate for autumn.  If you have...

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What are Floral Notes in Coffee?

Welcome to our coffee notes series! This entry focuses on "Floral" notes. See our entry regarding "Fruity" notes here. What are Coffee Notes Generally? Just like other beverages- beer, wine or tea, for example- coffee too hosts a whole range of flavors, hints and aromas. These flavors can be quite different, and there is even a whole flavor wheel developed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America that includes all the different categories of tastes and scents and how they fit on a flavor spectrum. But what about coffee “notes”? The description of particular coffee “notes”  are a convention to let drinkers know what types of aromas and flavors they may encounter when drinking that particular type of bean. The...

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