I recently had the opportunity to sample Café Escapes newly expanded line of premium hot beverages. Café Caramel and Café Vanilla are the latest offerings, and like the rest of the Café Escapes collection, are available in K-cups for the Keurig brewing system. I have no doubt that many moms out there will appreciate that a serving of each beverage is well under 100 calories.
Café Vanilla is anything but plain; it’s sweet and has a depth of vanilla flavor. And at less than 10 mg of caffeine per serving, it’s safe to drink after the kids go to bed and mom finally gets to relax. And for breastfeeding moms who try to stay away from caffeine, this can be a nice alternative to herbal teas and decaf coffee. (A normal cup of Arabica coffee contains 100-150 mg of caffeine, for reference.)
Café Caramel is light and not overpowering, yet still very sweet. It contains about 20 mg of caffeine per serving, but that’s still not a whole lot when compared to coffee. These products contain both milk and coffee, with the majority of the beverage being milk-based.
While some of the ingredients in the beverages caused me to raise my eyebrows (modified food starch and artificial sweeteners and flavors for starters), I am a firm believer in occasionally indulging in something a little naughty when Mama needs some relaxation and “me time.” And the ingredients are likely no different than a comparable beverage at Starbucks, yet Café Escapes cost a fraction of the price and can be conveniently brewed at home. What’s not to love?
Café Escapes is available in six indulgent varieties, including:
- Café Caramel
- Café Vanilla
- Chai Latte
- Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- Café Mocha
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… The ability to brew at home in your Keurig makes these drinks a convenient luxury. And at just 73 cents per cup ($17.49 for a pack of 24), you can save more than a few pennies when compared to visiting your local coffeehouse.
Or Not to Buy… You need a Keurig (K-cup or Vue) in order to brew the Café Escapes line of hot beverages. Health conscious consumers may be turned off by some of the ingredients in the beverages.
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