May 28, 2019

How do you recommend cleaning a travel mug?

First of all, great question! So many people don’t think about it. But, yes, you need to regularly clean your travel mugs and water bottles. We won’t dwell on the cooties. But, um, let’s keep it clean! Stay hydrated this summer and beyond without worrying about “kitchen sponge” ickiness!

Most mugs and bottles have a main chamber that can be detached and placed in the dishwasher — if it’s safe to do so. Oftentimes manufacturers advise handwashing. Our preference is to clean all parts by hand with sudsy hot water and an eco-friendly cleanser or vinegar plus baking soda. Give a good soak, maybe overnight. Follow up with a dishwasher, if available and recommended (read the packaging, slip inside the mug, or printed on the bottom).

Use a soft cleaning cloth or scrubbie that you use for glassware and porcelain. With plastic, don’t overly scour. You don’t want to introduce micro-abrasions that eventually dull the plastic and may provide grooves for dirt and microbes. An old toothbrush works great on crevices.

The first time you disassemble a travel mug or bottle, follow instructions. Or if not provided, try to remember how it all fits together. It’s fairly simple most of the time, but sometimes gaskets are fussy about their placement as are other leakproof features.

What are gaskets? They’re the fluid-tight rubber rings that often fit inside lids. They’re common on, for instance, Mason jars. Sometimes they can be removed by gentle nudging. If so, clean thoroughly all around and on any ridges. Let dry before placing back inside. Be careful not to stretch or tear gaskets. Replace with the correct side facing up.

Colorful (chakra coordinated!) DeBeen travel cups are cheerful, inexpensive, eco-smart, and fit in cup holders. They’re made of BPA-free plastic and include a matching straw. Handwash only.

Our colorful travel cups (see photo above) have a screw top as well as a gasket. The threaded part is simple to clean. Be sure to get in the grooves. See the gasket way up inside the lid? They’re sometimes a bit hidden — and can get super grimy.

Also note any permanent straws. At DeBeen, we believe in protecting the environment. Please don’t use disposable straws that don’t biodegrade! But reusable metal and plastic straws need to be regularly cleaned, particularly the part you place your mouth.

Get the right tool for the job! They make long skinny brushes for cleaning straws. We have an insider tip. Pet supply stores have inexpensive tools for cleaning bottles and drip attachments in bird and hamster cages that work great for human-use straws.

Something else to think about is what goes in the cup. The doctor agrees with those who say that coffee and tea don’t mix — except in DeBeen’s Chai-Coffski, of course! The doctor prefers separate cups for hot and iced coffee, and the same for hot and iced tea. And maybe a different to-go bottle for juice and water. It’s up to you and your budget, but some people are more sensitive to off-tastes than others.

Here are some of DeBeen’s travel mugs and cups. Choose your preference of insulation, hot or cold beverage, size and color.

Drink up!

It’s just about summer in the beautiful Carolinas, y’all! Get outside, be active, and stay hydrated! Take DeBeen on your travels, recreation and fitness activities, and wherever life takes you.

Remember that you earn a discount at DeBeen every time you use one of our or another reusable cup. This means incremental savings over time for regular customers. Your initial investment might even pay for itself!

Plus isn’t it nice to have a mug you call your own? That’s me! And you’re being eco-smart, reducing waste, and maybe showing your High Point pride.

What’s your take away? Do you have tips on cleaning mugs? Being green with cups, mugs, and straws? Send them our way! Also tag @ DeBeen on your photos this summer with our logo cups, mugs, t-shirts, and other merch and let us know if we can share. We love to see you, and so does the extended community, having fun and drinking up!

Have you taken a class next door at Pure Light Yoga?

At eight years, Pure Light Yoga is High Point’s longest continually operating yoga studio. Tucked inside DeBeen, Pure Light is locally and woman owned and operated.

We offer a wide variety of classes seven days per week, from morning to early evening, all levels from beginners to kick butt. We strive to make yoga accessible to almost everyone.

Our classes are taught by expert, caring yoga teachers, some of whom began as Pure Light students, and/or have studied with internationally renowned yoga teachers. Our teachers’ combined years of yoga experience adds up to decades.

Our teachers, special classes, and firsts — such as the first local studio to offer Rock Your Asana, yoga to rock music, and donation-based classes that support deeper yoga education — contribute to the ever evolving, fun and heartfelt influence of Pure Light Yoga within the Triad yoga community.

Our rates are reasonable. Drop-in for $12. Sign up for 30 days for $30, exclusive to new students. Continuing memberships are $45 or $60 per month, and students receive a discount on class passes.

Come in comfy clothes in which you can move. Go barefoot or wear sticky soled socks. Bring your own spillproof water bottle! Or maybe pick up a drink to-go at DeBeen. We have just about everything else you might need, including yoga mats you can borrow for free. Join us!

Thanks again for voting us The Triad’s Best coffee shop in Guilford County for 2018-19, and runner-up for best new bakery or dessert maker in 2019. And for being voted best yoga studio in the Triad for 2019, up from second place last year. It means the world to us! Thanks also to Yes! Weekly, which sponsors the annual readers poll.

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March 20, 2019

Dr. DeBeen's Blog on Vegan Baking

How does your vegan baking work?

Great question! As you can imagine, it takes ingenuity, well chosen ingredients, attention to detail, patience, baking experience, trial and error, and a bit of magic to be a vegan and gluten-free baker. You have to think outside the box. But that’s the fun! It’s also the challenge.

Fresh-baked, gluten-free-vegan, chocolate doughnuts with a peanut butter glaze and chocolate ganache drizzle at DeBeen

Fresh-baked, gluten-free-vegan, chocolate doughnuts with a peanut butter glaze and chocolate ganache drizzle at DeBeen.

Heart and Soul

We’re in the DeBeen kitchen every single day. We work hard daily to bring the High Point and Triad community fresh baked, delicious, personal-sized, healthy baked goods, made in-house. As with most baking, we do it with a lot of heart and soul. We firmly believe you can taste our warm loving commitment in the quality of our baked goods, both conventional and gluten-free-vegan.

The jumping off point is conventional baking — which uses dairy and eggs. In fact, some of our popular treats, such as chocolate chip muffins, are quite similar across conventional and gluten-free-vegan formulations. We “veganize” the basic recipe without sacrificing flavor.

We carefully review ingredients, research recipes, taste to monitor progress, and listen to feedback. We think through the basic steps and discuss among our bakers how to continue to improve and produce consistent results.

We constantly tinker! We’re always considering how to enhance quality without loss of efficiency, or by using ingredients that would be too rare or expensive. And we welcome innovation among our bakers.

The selection of DeBeen's baked in-house muffins changes daily, and includes conventional and gluten-free-vegan choices.

The selection of DeBeen’s baked in-house muffins changes daily, and includes conventional and gluten-free-vegan choices.

Mad Skills

Regarding the geeky part of things, to get baked goods to rise without eggs, we often use what’s called a “flax egg.” You can Google it! Flax is an amazing seed that can fill the role of eggs, plus adds fiber. Xantham gum is used for gluten-free baked goods.

We use special flour that isn’t stripped of nutrients. This is why our vanilla cake is brown. The flour isn’t bleached white. And the icing on our cake, doughnuts, and other treats generally has a coconut base instead of butter. Coconut is amazingly versatile. We’ve started using oat milk for its creaminess, and the easy way it meshes with oat-based treats.

You’ve probably heard that baking is part science and part craft or art. So true! The proportions of ingredients, the temperature of the oven, the time spent baking and cooling — all this matters. We tweak some of the rules of conventional baking to provide vegan options for DeBeen customers.

If you’ve been hesitant to try vegan food, give the baked goods at DeBeen a try the next time you stop in for your favorite coffee or tea drink. You might be happily surprised. Or it may take some getting used to. But you’ll do your health and our planet a lot of good! We would love to hear your feedback!

Vote DeBeen, Pure Light Yoga, The Triad's Best

Friday, March 22, midnight is the deadline to vote for DeBeen Espresso and Pure Light Yoga for The Triad’s Best 2019, sponsored by YES! Weekly! Help us reach our goal to be #1!

We’re nominated six times, across four sections, in five categories: Best Coffee Guilford County, Best New Bakery or Dessert Maker, Best Free Wi-Fi Guilford County, Best Yoga Studio (scroll down!), Best Reason to Live in the Triad (DeBeen and Pure Light).

Thank you!

Name that Fish Contest

Name that Fish Contest!

What is more iconic of DeBeen Espresso than our big fountain? Children love visiting the fish. Did you know that we keep fish food behind the counter? Just ask!

If you have a name for the larger pale koi, let us know by DM on Facebook or Instagram, or let Debbie or Jenn know. If we have enough good suggestions with a fun reason for the name, we’ll consider the names and award a winner!

Winter sunset, parking lot, 3/18/19

Full moonrise, parking lot, 3/18/19

We saw the sun set on winter from our parking lot, and the near full equinox supermoon rise! Yay, spring! So beautiful in the Triad!

Remember to tag @ DeBeen Espresso on your special sky shots taken when arriving, hanging out front, and departing from the coffee shop and Pure Light Yoga. We would love to see and share!

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