Toast Pop Travels: Hinton and the Chestnut Revival

Get the “wild and wonderful” experiences of West Virginia in the most authentic ways possible by paying a visit to Hinton, West Virginia! Hinton is a small town tucked away in the eastern hills of the Mountain State and has a rooted successful lineage in being a former railroad town. Hinton is about twenty-eight miles from Beckley, but close to its history with museums dedicated to the railroad industry and the Civil War. Hinton is also not far from state parks Pipestem and Bluestone and the New River Gorge. No place could be any closer to natural beauty and history than Hinton.

There is perhaps no other place in Hinton that can make you feel more comfortable in the mountains than the Chestnut Revival: a homey, bed-and-breakfast and coffee shop on Summers Street. Reviews on TripAdvisor.com rank Chestnut Revival only second to The Market on Courthouse Square, but critics have ranked it the best for its cozy atmosphere, food quality, and friendly service. And this place is definitely a “ToastPop approved” attraction as both editors have been there and loved it! It is everything a coffee shop should be and more! One can easily relax and enjoy themselves in their dining area while consuming home-cooked tea, coffee, and other delicious treats! Most Friday nights are open mic nights featuring local talent and there is fun to be had on most holidays. There is no place like home, but Hinton and the Chestnut Revival could most certainly be your home away from home while you experience all the “wild and wonderful” West Virginia has to offer!

Plan your visit to Hinton and the Chestnut Revival!

Find business hours, book a stay, find local attractions

Chestnut Revival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chestnut-Revival/107441515982616?id=107441515982616&sk=photos_stream

Chestnut Revival menu: http://www.chestnutrevival.com/menu.html

They serve breakfast and lunch all day, and offer healthy and organic options 

The city of Hinton website: http://hintonwva.com/

Get information on the history, local life, and events 

MistoBox Monthly Coffee Subscription Box

Mistobox Monthly Coffee Subscription BoxThere are many food related monthly subscription boxes on the market, but there aren’t very many that offer drinks! Each month MistoBox will send you a sampling of some of the worlds finest whole-bean coffees. Anyone who drinks coffee knows that it is a hard job to find coffee that actually taste good and you could spend a fortune buying coffee by the bag just to test it. That’s where Mistobox comes in, they do all of the complicated work for you.

The fine people at MistoBox take their time and taste a variety of coffee each and every month from all around the world, and they choose the best of the best to put inside the box that arrives monthly on your doorstep! Talk about a great deal, they are experts in deciding which coffees really taste the best, and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy a hot cup of your favorite blend.

What’s even cooler is that if you enjoy a particular blend of coffee then you have the option to buy full sizes of that coffee on their website, so no worries about having to go without your new favorite blend of coffee. For those of us who love coffee with a passion, there is no better monthly subscription box on the market! Be sure to check out www.MistoBox.com for more information or to subscribe to the box!

Premium Organic Cafe

Premium Organic CafeIf you’re like me, you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is make a fresh cup of coffee. You probably also feel a little guilty about drinking it because it doesn’t say fair trade on the bag and isn’t organic. Premium Organic Cafe is a company that loves coffee as much as we do, and made a whole bean coffee that gives you a fresh start to the day while keeping your conscious clean.

I understand that you also want coffee that has spectacular flavor, I want that too, and this coffee has it! In my personal opinion the coffee offered by Premium Organic Cafe is some of the smoothest tasting coffee that I have ever had. Organic coffee has a fantastic flavor to begin with because it wasn’t made using chemicals and pesticides. The flavors aren’t so bold that they overpower your taste-buds, they are just strong enough to enjoy.

The selection that they offer is also really great, there’s a blend for almost anyone on their online store. You would probably expect to pay a fortune for a single up of organic coffee, much less an entire bag of it, but their prices are very affordable. I was surprised and impressed by the overall quality of the coffee offered by Premium Organic Coffee and I highly recommend checking out their website www.PremiumOrganicCafe.com.

Fall Into Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Salted Caramel Cake PopsIt’s that time of year again! Starbucks has brought everyone’s favorite drink back just in time for the fall season. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back and better than ever, with the crisp pumpkin and fall taste that the drink provides, customers are already starting to make their way into the nearest Starbucks and grab one of these seasonal drinks.

What makes it better this year than ever before? Starbucks has released Ready Brew packs of their new Pumpkin Coffee. If you are on the go or in the mood for a quick cup of coffee this fall season, get a pack of VIA Ready Brews that have the seasonal flavor and taste that everyone knows and loves. Aside from the pumpkin spice being back and in season, there is a new assortment of fall treats, baked goods, and drinkware. Grab a fall flavored Cake Pop, a ceramic Starbucks Mug, and a tall cup of coffee and begin enjoying the season!

Are you in the process of opening your own coffeeshop? Check out various solutions from Crema for your place!

Starbucks Secret Ingredient: Beetles

I am a huge supporter of Starbucks and their amazing selection of coffee and coffee related products, but when news came about that they were using crushed beetles, yes, crushed beetles in their strawberry and red colored products, I almost got sick to my stomach. Don’t fret, not everyone has been drinking these beetles, just those of you who have been drinking their strawberry drinks and smoothies, eating their red velvet pies or cake pops, and snacking on their pink colored pies.

Now let’s get down to the facts. There are these exotic beetles that when frozen and crushed make a red liquid that the FDA has even approved. Starbucks, along with many other companies and manufactures including cosmetic brands, yogurt companies, and even ice cream makers, have been using this dye material for quite some time. Recently Starbucks was petitioned (thank God) by a group of Vegans and Vegetarians. Now Starbucks claims that by the end of June they will have replaced the beetle based dye in their products with a tomato based product. It’s hard to believe all of this, but it’s all too true. Now only is it gross and sickening to think about, but it’s very inhumane to take thousands, possibly millions, of beetles and just grind them up into a juice for us to enjoy at around $5 a cup at our local Starbucks. I am just glad to hear that Starbucks is doing something to change this, though it does make you wonder what is in all of the food we eat and drink, doesn’t it?

Over Coffee

For many, like myself, a cup of coffee is a major part of the daily routine. The question is, what makes it such a vital part of our daily lives? The answer is clear to those of us who have a passion for this caffeine filled drink. To me coffee is about relaxing and enjoying a warm cup of peace and thought. I do a lot of thinking when I drink my coffee, mostly due to the fact that it greatly relaxes me and helps me de-stress. The best memories that I have from drinking coffee are when I have been drinking coffee with others who are doing the same thing. It is an entire experience for everyone in the room to have a cup of their favorite coffee and to just talk.

One website by the name of Over Coffee creates that experience on the internet! We’ve herd of social networks, but never a social network specifically made with the coffee lover in mind. I myself have made an account and have begun to enjoy all that the website has to offer. You have the option to add friends, share pictures of your favorite coffees, tell stories related to coffee, and many other things. The great part about the website is that it is always updated with information on the best coffee shops, coffee products, and news on coffee.

It does not stop there, if you add their twitter @MeetOverCoffee they are more than happy to discuss coffee with you even by way of tweet! The experience of coffee does not have to end after your visit to the local coffee shop or after drinking the last sip of coffee from your favorite mug, Over-Coffee.com is the one place online where the love of coffee is 24/7! I encourage everyone who likes coffee to check out the website and make an account, it’s as simple as connecting with your Facebook account to create an account, and the enjoyment that you get from coffee never has to end!

Primula

You hear lots about coffee anymore, but what about tea? There is a large number of people who love tea, just as much as coffee drinkers love their coffee. Primula is one company that takes those people into mind, in fact they take it a step further. Their shop offers a wide variety of teas and tea products, while they do offer a few coffee related items such as a coffee press, their main focus is on teas.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, creating unique and memorable items that make any cup of tea or coffee special. For so many people teas and coffees are more than just a drink, they are something much more special. The cool thing about Primula is that they feel that teas and coffees are very special drinks as well, therefore you can only imagine how wonderful an experience they make it to fix a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

They offer many different and unique takes on the process of making and drinking hot drinks. A lot of their individual drink making and preparation items are clear, glass, and see-thru. One specific reason for this is that they offer some very special blooming teas that you can see better when they are in a clear container. That is just one more way that Primula is making hot drinks something worth talking about and they have been doing a fantastic job at it since 1946, and no doubt will continue to do so for many years to come.