Coffee naps, morning meditation, evening yoga…these are just a few tactics we use to get through the holidays.
But try as we might sometimes we end up with our face plated in a pillow instead of breathing deep in down dog.
This year we’re making a concerted effort to get ahead of the holiday craziness and cut our stress level down to zero (okay, well, as minimal as is realistic). There’s a ton to get done as we host, gift give, and celebrate and one way we’re preparing is by fueling up with Peet’s Espresso Capsules.
From a morning pick-me-up to turbo charging our meal prep, we are indulging in quality espresso to get us going. Peet’s Espresso Capsules make brewing quality espresso at home during the busy holiday season – for entertaining, for a morning pick-me-up, or holiday recipes.
Seven Tips For Making The Most Of Your Holiday
Armed with a shot (or three) of the deep dark flavor of the Peet’s Espresso, we’re ready to get after our holiday prep like never before. Here are our seven tips for mastering holiday prep from your meal making to your gift giving.
Holiday Meal Prep
From cocktail parties to holiday meals to weekend brunch, there are a lot of occasions to get in the kitchen. Armed with a shot of intense espresso, we do our holiday meal prep early in the day so we can get it done while we’re bright and cheery!
Holiday Cookie (Meal or Gift) Swap
The cookie swap has been around since your grandma’s time and with good reason: it’s a way to socialize while getting through your to do list. We say invite friends over and get more hands on deck for any and all mutually beneficial holiday prep from cookie baking to healthy meal making or even gift wrapping.
Holiday Table Setting
Chances are you aren’t inviting the same people to every holiday event you have so we say you can repeat your table setting without shame. Every season we decide on one table setting then label all the dishes with sticky notes to indicate what goes where. That way when it’s go-time for your party, anyone can help you with table setting by merely following your pre-determined sticky notes!
Our weeknight task this time of year? We come up with the list of all the recipes we possibly want to make and then categorize them for the occasion. There are tried and true recipes we make year after year but we try to mix it up and add in a few new ones each holiday season.
This year, we’ll be regularly making this Upside Down Baked Apple Pecan French Toast thats way less work than standard French Toast and has the added bonus of maple-espresso-glazed bacon!
Holiday Card Writing
As stationary fiends, picking out holiday cards is one of our favorite things to do this time of year. However, the card writing can quickly go from fun to tedious. To avoid card-writing burnout, do it in shifts and write just a few cards each day for a few days. That way you can write something thoughtful and enjoy the process.
Houseguest Coffee Station
How you level up your hostess skills this holiday? With unexpected details like giving your guests coffee service after a big meal. But instead of becoming a barista in the midst of a party, instead make a coffee shop-quality coffee station in your home.
Set out your espresso maker with a variety of espresso capsules and then let your guests have some fun. Not to mention the capsules themselves are colorful and clearly marked so you can leave them out on your coffee bar for guests when you entertain and they can pick their own espresso preference.
Last but not least? Book some downtime for yourself. With house guests and in-laws in town it’s hard to sneak away, but we do our best to clock in a little me time everyday.Curl up with a book and have an afternoon pick-me-up of espresso and a treat, be it a square of chocolate or a full-on affogato, aka an ice cream and espresso float.
Get To Know The Peet’s Coffee Espresso Capsules
The Peet’s Espresso Capsules are a whole new level of dark – rich, intense, nuanced and the perfect at-home espresso during the holiday season. There are four flavors in total ranging from bold to seriously intense and no matter how dark and deep, they’re all well balanced and just the right amount of bold.
Ricchezza – Intensity 8
With an intensity level of 8, this is a bold espresso. With berry and brown sugar notes, this is an espresso with richness and complexity like a great red wine.
Crema Scura – Intensity 9
One thing we go on and on about during our Salt & Wind Italy trips? That a great espresso comes down to the quality of the coffee and the quality of the crema. Inspired by the great “dark crema” that they’ve perfected in Peet’s coffee bars, the Crema Scura has an level 9 intensity and delivers with a luscious crema. This espresso offers full bodied earthy, nutty notes balance by a creamy enduring finish that’s as good alone as it is in our favorite coffee drinks from a Bicerin to an Affogato!
Ristretto – Intensity 10
At an intensity level of 10 this espresso is bold and intense. We love ordering a ristretto aka a “short pull” at the coffee shop when we want a more concentrated flavor and that’s exactly what this Peet’s Coffee Espresso Capsule delivers. Delivering a truffle of flavor with crushed spice, rich fruit, and chocolate smoothness, the ristretto is our choice for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Nerissimo – Intensity 11
Black as night, sweet as brulee topping, Nerissimo is espresso’s bittersweet answer to those who say you can’t have dessert all day. We like it with a square or two of dark chocolate for an afternoon break or added to our most indulgent chocolate desserts for a dash of bitter sweet indulgence!
Oh and they couldn’t be more easy to use. The Peet’s Coffee Espresso Capsules are aluminum and conveniently compatible with Nespresso Original machines.
Where To Buy Peet’s Coffee Espresso Capsules
Want to taste the Peet’s Espresso Capsules for yourself? We say buy them for yourself as an early holiday gift!
The Peet’s Espresso Capsules are available at a variety of retailers including Amazon, Target, and Peets.com. Buy a sampler of all four flavors so you’ll be all set no matter the occasion!
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