Favorite Drinks for Work

Hey blog world! After a few months, I'm somewhat back, and I thought I'd kick off my return with a list of favorites. Slight backstory though: I started a new job this summer, which was a total unexpected blessing. I love the work I'm doing and can already tell it's a great fit! What I didn't expect about where I'm working, was the amount of coffee I would have access to. I've already had to set limits to how much coffee I'll consume during the day, which led me to thinking about other tasty drinks that would be great in a work environment.

Favorite drinks for work. Water, matcha green tea, instant drinks like Starbucks Via, bubbly water or fruit drinks, and cute mugs for coffee.
  • Drink water. Seriously, drink water. Get a cute water bottle that you enjoy using. Bonus points if it's easy to clean! Some people like to have a filtered water bottle, if the water at their place of employment tastes gross.

  • Find a tea you love the flavor of! I grew up drinking unsweetened tea, both iced and hot, so I enjoy most types. My friend introduced me to this Matcha Maker tea by Good Earth, and the flavors are so lovely. Hints of orange, matcha, licorice root, and ginger root complement the main green tea flavor.
  • Depending on the season, it might be a good idea to have a few types of instant drinks on hand. I love the Cool Lime Refreshers from Starbucks. You can also find instant lemonades, teas, coffee, etc.
  • If you like the bubbly nature of soda, but you don't want to actually drink soda, try a bubbly water or fruit beverage! We love Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages. My favorite flavor at the moment is Pompelmo! It was such a refreshing treat on friday afternoon. Try it! For a cocktail version at home, add tequila and you pretty much have a super super easy Paloma
  • Instead of using the paper cups for coffee at work, I brought my own mug from home! I like having a bright cheery mug at work that doubles as decoration.

I don't drink these everyday, but it's nice to have a variety of choices during the week. Let me know what drinks you like having at work! I'm always looking to try new tea flavors. Happy Monday!

water bottle / matcha maker tea / starbucks via / sanpellegrino / coffee mug

Spruce Up Your Coffee

I love coffee. If I had to give up coffee.............................

Things would be really sad for awhile.

Spruce Up Your Coffee // Cinnamon & Sugar


-Grind your coffee beans for the french press
-Add a teaspoon of cinnamon
-Add 1/2 a Tablespoon of Demerara Sugar (Any raw sugar will work)
-Brew as normal

You can mess with the ratios! If I had made this today, I would probably use less sugar. Sometimes all you need is a tiny bit of sweetness, especially if the coffee beans you start with are already perfect.

We Should Get Coffee

You know how they say food is the way to a man's heart? Well, a great cup of coffee is how you get to mine. I love meeting people for coffee. Some of my favorite memories with my husband, are from when we were dating–we would go try out the various coffee shops in Champaign-Urbana and in the area where we are both from. There are so many good ones! Our honeymoon involved visiting various coffee shops in Nashville. I love coffee.

We Should Get Coffee // brianakapper.com

We received this Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker and Milk Frother as wedding presents. We're obsessed, to say the least.

coffee gadgets

We set the heat towards medium-high when brewing. Check out the milk frother–this thing is pure magic and makes the most amazing foam. Normally when you brew with the Moka, you keep the lid shut, but I had to show you the delicious espresso bubbling to the surface.

Making coffee is probably one of my favorite parts of the day. I really enjoy lazy Saturday mornings when we make a few rounds of this! We also use a french press and a chemex depending on how we feel that day. We love coffee. Love. It. 

To kick things off, I thought I would share a bit about me and then ask you all some questions. Make a cup of coffee (or tea) and join me!

What's your favorite way to have coffee (or tea)? I enjoy strong coffee with a touch of cream. I rarely sweeten my coffee.

What's the best book you've read recently? Amy Poehler's, "Yes Please!" I found myself laughing out loud at some of the shenanigans she wrote about. I want to be her friend.

What's one skill you wish you could improve on or learn about? I really want to get better at photography. I took one class in college on it and loved it. I wouldn't say my style is super trendy because I like rich colors and contrast.

What's your favorite section on Pinterest? (If you don't like Pinterest, what are some of your favorite websites?) I love both the design section, and the home decor section. In another life I want to be an interior decorator. I love making a home cozy! The design section is great–especially over the last year. There's a ton of great work, inspiration, tips, etc.

Be sure to comment below! I look forward to reading your responses. Also: Get a free month of Skillshare with this link: http://skl.sh/1jWUrhj. I'll be using it to watch some photography tutorials.