Pre-Order for Valentine's Day

You may have already seen posts regarding two of our upcoming events in February, (Sip & Shop 2/9/19 and Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend 2/16 - 17/19). Some of the items we will be featuring include our Cigar Boxes filled with our own Chocolate Cubana’s, our Truffles and our ever popular Sugar Cookies. Most certainly there will be additional treats and surprises added to the menu.

For those of you who wish to get your orders in early, now is the time to do so. We will have your order ready for pickup at either event.

These delicious treats sell out fast. so reserve yours today! Our operators are standing by to take your order.


Cascara a.k.a. Coffee Tea

What is Cascara you ask? It is more commonly known as Coffee Cherry Tea a.k.a. Coffee Tea.


A Coffee Cherry is the fruit which surrounds and protects the coffee beans. The Cherry appears approximately nine months after the Coffee plant blossoms. The Cherry then ripens over the course of several weeks.

Cascara is Spanish for “husk”, “skin”, or “peel”. The Coffee Cherry is usually considered a by-product of the Coffee Industry. However, for centuries in many parts of the world the Cherry has been collected after the harvest, sun-dried and brewed into a tea.

The Cherry contains most of the sugars found in coffee and is what gives the bean much of its flavor. When dried they have a leathery/woodsy appearance. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Some liken it to tobacco.

Cascara isn’t exactly a coffee, nor by definition is it a tea. Although when steeped in water it does make tea. That said, there is no exact recipe to extract the perfect cup. That distinction is best reserved for the individual. A good rule of thumb to start is 3 tablespoons of Cascara to 10 ounces of water. From there you can begin adjusting the ratio to suit your personal preference. Cascara can be brewed with hot or cold water, to further suit your taste. You can even add spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon (I prefer the unmolested, natural flavor).

Cascara does contain caffeine. However, the levels have been found to be fairly low. Certainly not on par with coffee. I am not a Tea drinker. I like the idea of Tea, but not really the Tea itself. I love Cascara though! I generally enjoy drinking a cup in the afternoon or evening when I want something hot, but am not in the mood for coffee.

So there you have it. Cascara provides a delicious alternative to Coffee or Tea. Or, for those who already enjoy both, a unique drink to explore that bridges the gap.

Available for sale now.


Happy Father’s Day


My very first memories of our mornings in the O'Hara household was my father getting up and quietly heading to the kitchen. His first

As a child, I remember the sound of the spoon scooping up spoonfuls of coffee into the electric perk. Within minutes, you heard the beginnings of our Corning Ware Coffee Maker heat, sputter and spurt as it "percolated" (I know it's not a word) our coffee. The smell of coffee begins to head through the house and you know it's time to get up.

My first experience drinking coffee was at a young age enjoying a cup with my Dad. He's sitting in the dinette area reading the paper enjoying a cigarette and sipping his coffee. Me...I'm waiting for an opportunity to speak to find out what adventures he is planning today and how I can tag along. I was lucky....he always enjoyed me tagging along

Today, (40 some odd years later) I wake early and begin the rituals of our day. I smell the coffee brewing and the fond memories of my dad come quickly in my head..."So what adventures will I go on today, Dad?" "I know you're with me in spirit."

Happy Father's Day❤️


Let's Make Irish Coffee


"If you are lucky enough to be born Irish, you are lucky enough". ~Unknown

It's a great time of year...Right in the middle of Lenten season...Christmas is a distant memory, Spring is around the corner which means warmer weather (hopefully) and people are gearing up for spring break. comes St Patrick's Day. A day that was the holiest of holy days for our family. (wink wink smiley face) My parents were hosting a party or going to one. Either way, there was a party. 

When I was older, and after college, I moved to Southern CA. There was a great place I loved hanging out in Newport Beach CA. It was a little Irish Pub/Restaurant called Muldoon's Irish Pub. As the sun begins to set in SoCal, it always cools down quite a bit even in the summer. I always enjoyed a wonderful cup of Irish Coffee made dark with some good ol' Irish Whiskey. Still a favorite beverage for me today AND especially since I roast coffee...well it's an awesome cup! 

A little history about the beginning of Irish coffee:

Irish Coffee began back in 1942 at an airbase near Limerick. This was a main airport for Flying Boats flying between Europe and the US. Weather along the west coast of Ireland can be very bad causing the fights to return back to the airbase and waiting for the weather to clear. 

On a particular stormy winter night, a pilot decided to return back to the airbase and wait out the storm. Mostly of Americans, (the flight was heading into New York) the restaurant was informed that the flight would be returning and the passengers would be there overnight. A young Irish Chef Joe Sheridan decided to prepare the passengers a warm and wonderful drink. He brewed rich dark coffee, added a small amount of brown sugar, some Irish Whiskey and floated some creme on top. As the passengers began to take in their first sip they were amazed at the wonderful taste. A passenger asked "Hey is this Brazilian Coffee?" "No" Chef Joe replied..."It's  Irish Coffee."

Irish Coffee became a staple on the menu and if it wasn't for a travel writer, Stanton Deplane, it wouldn't have become such an international success. Stanton took the recipe to Jack Keoppler, a bartender at the infamous Buena Vista in San Francisco where they worked diligently to recreate the recipe. The problem was that the whipped creme kept sinking to the bottom. Through trial and error they realized they needed to add a little sugar and make a thick creme, not cold whipped creme to set on top. 

Today, the Buena Vista is still famous for making and selling Irish Coffees. They say that they average about 2,000 Irish Coffees a day.

I am adding the original (and awesome tasting) Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista. Dazzle your friends & family and offer this wonderful drink on these cool/chilly nights. 

Here is the original Joe Sheridan Irish Coffee Recipe:

Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue  
Coffee - Strong as a Friendly Hand
Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue
Whiskey - Smooth as the Wit of the Land.

Pre-heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water. Empty the water, and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. Now add some freshly brewed rich coffee and stir.  As soon as the sugar is melted, add a generous measure of Irish Whiskey (about 2.5cl). Stir again, then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot teaspoon and pour gently whipped fresh cream slowly over the back of the spoon. The cream should be "half whipped" i.e. not too stiff and not too liquid. 

I suggest Lolita's Blend, Brazil Dark or any dark roasted coffee of your choosing as your coffee base for this wonderful Irish drink. Cheers, or if you wish to say it in gaelic, Slàinte




Fall Is Here And So Are the Spices

And just like that....Fall is here. At least for me here in the Pacific Northwest. Actually on the Eastern side of WA. This is all new to me (Johnny has lived here before years ago) and exciting. 

We downsized quite a bit and really embracing the tiny living. We are enjoying new changes that are happening with Johnny Lolita's (we will keep you posted) HOWEVER...Fall hit us and I was walking around shocked at how cold it is now in the mornings. In the mid to upper 30's...thats C-O-L-D!!! Especially for someone that has spent their life in the Southwest and living in AZ for over 15 years. I'm certainly not used to the cooler temps and my "thin blood" from the hot desert has not adapted just yet.

On the plus side, I am really embracing the Fall weather and thinking of my favorite hot things to drink with "Fall style" spices. Of course it's coffee based...with some spice. 

I am sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Crock Pot Latte again, however I am also going to share a simple recipe for Maple! Yes...maple! It's becoming very popular this season and something you should definitely try.

Here's the Recipe for Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte:


Which is great for large gatherings. However, you can cut the recipe down as well. 


  • 6 cups of whole milk (you can use 2%, soy or almond milk)
  • 6 cups of strongly brewed coffee (Johnny Lolita's Brazil Dark or Lolita's Blend would be awesome) 
  • 1/2 cup of Pumkin purée  
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar ( depending on how sweet you want it)  
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks  


  • Combine coffee and milk in your crockpot.
  • in a separate bowl, whisk/whip together the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour into crockpot. 
  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks. 
  • Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours. If it seems like it's been boiling for a long time reduce the heat. 
  • Ready to serve and enjoy. 

This recipe will serve 15+ people. For the adults you can offer your favorite liquor to their spiced latte. 

Simple Maple Latte


When purchasing maple syrup...go for the pure ones. I've read that pure maple syrup contains antioxidants, minerals. vitamins and 13 other antioxidant compounds (chemistry verbiage) many of those compounds exclusive to maple syrup. 

Its a great alternative to honey (at times if you wish). Bottom line its packed with nutritional value and tastes great too! There is a lot of info on pure maple syrup, you should take some time and read up on it. I've eliminated most artificial sweetener and turn to stevia and maple syrup. 

Here's a simple recipe for a Maple Latte


  • Strong coffee Johnny Lolita's Brazil Dark is a great choice
  • Milk of your choice 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on the size of your mug)
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of ground cloves
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of allspice
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of nutmeg


  • Add maple syrup and spices to the bottom of your cup and stir
  • Heat up your milk (whole, 2%, almond, cashew, soy etc) 
  • Add about 1/2-3/4 coffee in your cup to the maple mixture and stir
  • Pour hot milk and top with foam

A short cut to foamy milk

Another quick way to achieve hot foamy milk if you don't have a frother. Take your milk and add to a mason jar. Whatever size mason jar you are using, do not fill to the very top...leave some room. Place in microwave without lid or ring (no metal in microwaves). Heat not boil. Use an oven mitt if you need to remove mason jar. Add the lid and ring (tightly, I've learned the hard way) and shake vigorously. You will see that the milk gets foamy. Voila!!!! Instant foamy milk.  

Just writing these recipes is cause for me to go grab a cup and start making a latte. Let me know your thoughts or any ideas you'd like to share on making your favorite coffee drink at home. 





Making Espresso Based Drinks With a Moka Pot


Since the beginning, I've been a big promoter of enjoying coffee at home. With family and friends...getting together over a cup of coffee and something sweet...always made for a good time!

I also believe that you can make a lot of great tasting coffee drinks at home AND they might even taste just as good (or better) than when you head out! I'm not saying to never go out and enjoy coffee, just like I would say to never go out to enjoy a wonderful meal. People tend to go out every day for coffee and spending a lot of money. Instead enjoy coffee out every once in awhile...purchase great, fresh roasted coffee from your local roaster and make great tasting coffee at home. 

However, I wanted to talk about a great little piece of old school/workhorse/simple & easy equipment to make coffee or rather espresso right on your stove top.  Then... you can use it to make other great tasting espresso based drinks. (wink wink smiley face)

A Moka Pot, sometimes called macchinetta del caffè (means small coffee machine) is a stove top coffee maker. Whether you use gas, electric or right on a campfire...this is a great little coffee/espresso maker to use anywhere. 

The basic function is that it works similar to a pressure cooker. It has a valve that goes down to the small water tank to build up pressure to go through the grounds giving you coffee brewed at a higher temperature and a higher pressure delivering more of an espresso. 

There a several sizes to choice from...I have a 6 cup (which is literally 6 espresso sized cups). This is the one I sell online as well. However they have some that are smaller such as a 2 cup or bigger like a 10-12 cup. 

The great part is that you can make some great drinks right at home with this gem. Here are some ideas. 

  • Basic Espresso-Right out of the pot right into your espresso cup. Its short but strong. Enjoy straight up. What's nice is that you will get a bit of the crema like you will see when making from a big espresso machine. 
  • Americano- The name comes from WWII when the American soldiers were in Italy and requesting coffee from the Italian coffee houses. Italians don't drink brewed coffee like we's espresso. So when the soldiers didn't like the strong taste, they asked them to add some hot water. Since then when a solider came in the coffee owners and staff called the drink an AmericanoPour your espresso into a standard size mug and add hot water (close to boiling or from a kettle) up to the rim. Depending on your personal taste, add some creme or sugar or both!
  • Latte- A latte s basically 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 hot milk. Depending on the size latte cup you are using, fill 1/3 with espresso and add 2/3 heated milk (whole, nonfat, 2%, almond, soy, cashew, etc). There are several ways to create the froth such as a steamer/frother, microwave can give you that effect or take a whisk and stir in air quickly to give you the billowy froth. Now you have a latte. Add a flavor such as cinnamon, or a couple of drops of extract such as vanilla, maple, eggnog, hazelnut OR add some pumpkin Spice...YUM! Remember, you can pour this over ice for a cold version too.
  • Mocha- It's a latte with cocoa. In your latte cup, add some cocoa powder. Or add a square of 100% cocoa chocolate. I like it to be richer with a less sweet taste and if I need it to taste a little sweeter, I might add some stevia. However, you can use chocolate syrup/sauce, a Hershey's kiss (or two), whatever "floats your boat". Finish off by adding your espresso and your hot milk and you have a wonderful tasty treat. Just like the latte, enjoy it hot or over ice. Who loves chocolate? This GAL! 

The Mocha Pot, which has been around since 1933, is a great addition to your home brewing accessories. I do have some in stock, however, check out Amazon or look up Moka Pot or Bialetti and check out all the sizes available. 

Price point is NOT expensive. (6 cup runs about $39.99) and a great way to enjoy some of the espresso based drinks you love to order out and enjoy! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment or right me directly




Easy Ways To Enjoy Your Coffee Iced

The temperatures in the Northwest are rising this week. Heat warnings throughout Washington and Oregon. For me and Johnny....1 0r 2 days of 107 degrees is a walk in the park when you have experienced 115+ degree temperatures week after week in the summers of Phoenix AZ. 

Regardless of the needle hitting 100 or below, I always enjoy a good hot cup of coffee. Yes, a hot cup! Not everyone agrees with me as they would rather enjoy coffee cold and iced. 

It's so easy to go to your nearest coffee shop and grab an ice cold creation to-go. I enjoy it too. Who doesn't love going out to eat for a nice meal instead of cooking at home? But who can do it everyday? It's expensive and not always a healthy way of eating.... same goes for coffee. 

What I wanted to share is how easy it is to make your favorite iced drinks at home and take it to-go. Buy a great tumbler or buy some plastic cups and lids (plus straws) and write your name with a sharpie right on it. (wink wink smiley face)

One of my favorite ways to make and store cold coffee is via cold brew. I have posted the recipe in an earlier post, Cold Brew How-To. Feel free to check it out if you're not familiar with making cold brew at home. Two of my favorite coffees to use in Cold Brew is our La Patricia Costa Rican and Johnny's Cold Brew Blend. If you don't want to make cold brew? worries...use your fresh brewed coffee and let it cool. Quick mention: Be sure to make a strong batch so you can taste and enjoy the coffee flavor. 

I've mentioned some of these ideas before, but I wanted to group some together so you can review and hopefully make some of these at home. 

Just Iced Coffee

Just Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee-If you brewed some hot coffee, enjoy a cup and let the rest cool for a bit. Put in a pitcher of container and place in the fridge. I always say get your coffee cooled down so when you are ready to have a glass on ice, it won't melt the ice cubes as much and water your coffee down. My choice would be making a batch of cold brew... it will be stronger, brewed at room temperature and place in the fridge after. 



Make a Frozen Latte- Ive written about lattes at home before and its quite simple. Especially if you own a serious blender like a Vitamix. Add 1/3 of strong coffee and 2/3 milk of your choice. Fill your cup with ice. Do not fill ice to the top or you'll have to eat it with a spoon. (Which may not be bad) Add your sweetner and/or flavorings like cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate's up to you. Don't have a blender or the time? Simply add the ingredients to your tumbler filled with ice, give it a good stir and go. 

Make Coffee Cubes-Many of you do this especially brewing regular coffee and making an iced coffee or latte. It's great to fill your cube tray with leftover coffee and freeze. I usually will take some cold brew and freeze too. Yes, it keeps your iced coffee from being "watered down" however, you can toss the frozen cubes in the blender verses ice and make an awesome frozen latte. But one thing I really enjoy is taking cold brew ice cubes, fill in a short glass and I will add almond milk. The ice cubes begin to melt and gives me a iced latte that isn't blended but tastes just as good.  

Coffee Tonic-Coffee Tonics or sometimes called Black Tonics! A sophisticated version of the simple iced coffee? The key (for me) is to get the right tonic water and coffee. I prefer a tonic water with no "lemony" or fruit flavor added. Just a plain naturally light tonic water. However, you can experiment by trying different kinds and seeing if you find a great combination for your coffee. I used the La Patricia Costa Rican coffee because the smoothness of the cup mixes so well with the tonic water. Fill a cup with ice, add 6 oz of tonic water and 2 oz of cold brew/espresso or strong coffee. The original Coffee Tonic is made with espresso. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, you can use your concentrated cold brew or if you have a Moka Pot, make a quick espresso and let it cool. I've never tried it with regular brewed coffee...I would suggest make a strong batch to compliment the tonic water. You'll either love this or hate it...I love the "fizz". Since I pretty much quit drinking sodas, I enjoy this for the refreshing "fizz high" I get. LOL 

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Iced Coffee-Vietnamese Style-This comes from a hot version of Vietnamese coffee using sweetened condensed milk. Pretty simple...fill a cup with ice, fill your cup 3/4 full and add 2-3 Tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Stir and enjoy. It's quite sweet so I would suggest a larger glass off coffee. You can add a shot of Kahlua or other favorite spirit in the evening for a nice "after dinner drink". 



Coconut Iced Coffee-This one I have tried several times. I typically fill a glass with ice, I like to add 1/2 cold brew (or regular brewed coffee if you want) and add coconut water. I enjoy coconut water...I didn't like this combo as much. I have tried this with different levels of coffee and adding the coconut water, and I still didn't enjoy it. However, many of my neighbors tried it and loved it. I guess I was searching for a fizz of some sort. Maybe I should try adding sweetner and see. I added some milk and it did taste better...but still...didn't like it. You try it and see if you like it. I wasn't as big of a fan but I wanted to be honest and share. 



Iced Affogatto-Are you familiar with an Italian drink...Affogato (means drowned in Italian). You take a scoop of ice cream and pour an espresso shot over it. Of course you may wish to add another scoop...or more. I have a slightly different spin AND a couple of variations. To make a great variation of the Affogato, take a scoop or two of ice cream in a glass, pour 4-6 ounces of cold brew coffee/brewed coffee (add as little or as much as you like) over the ice cream and add some whip cream on top, that's it. If you are having guests and want to add something "more adult"? Add a shot of Ameretto or other liquor. Johnny likes to call it the "Drunken Lolita”. (Sarcastic Ha-Ha from Lolita)



I hope everyone stays cool...enjoy making some great iced coffee drinks at home and take them to-go. Made your way! Let me know what you tried AND if you have other recipes you use to enjoy your coffee cold! In case you are seeking some great coffees to enjoy iced and cold, be sure to check out our products page.

Lolita 💋

Johnny's Cold Brew Blend


Johnny has found a new love and it's Cold Brew Coffee!

Johnny helped himself to Lolita's high quality coffee...freshly roasted of course...and created a unique blend. 

The results...a very smooth bodied brew with hints of cocoa, nutty and fruit. This blend was especially blended for a cold brew process so we will also throw in instructions on how to make your very own cold brew coffee at home. 

REMINDER...cold brew process will result in a wonderful concentrate! Yes it's you will dilute with water...alittle or a lot! 

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Pour Over Coffee Maker by Kitchables

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Johnny & I L-O-V-E coffee, there is no doubt about it. Since I love to roast in-season coffee beans, I always enjoy trying the different brewing techniques available. It's great to go out and grab a cup with friends or when heading into work. At's nice to brew, sit and enjoy your favorite roasted beans at home. 

We enjoy the wide variety of ways to brew coffee from French Press, Pour Over or AeroRress to Clever Dripper or Moka Pot...we enjoy it all. 

We decided to try out a Pour Over from Kitchables to see how it works and share our thoughts. We put together a video (about 6 minutes) that goes into detail about the product. This is a raw video...nothing fancy, just the facts! LOL So forgive the editing and special effects. To below and enjoy.


If you would like the quick lowdown, here it is;

  • Stainless steel-keeps water at optimal temperature
  • Made with a perforated outer cone and a fine mesh on the inside of cone for a great filtered cup of coffee with little or no residue
  • Seemed to pour through quickly (quick for me) however, the taste was rich and clean
  • Cup stayed hot (I LOVE hot hot coffee)
  • Clean up was a breeze. The grounds seemed to slip off the fine mesh. 
  • The taste was great (Lolita's Blend- yes shameless plug). No residue at bottom of cup. 

What's great is that you can make a  single cup or 2-4 cups (depending on the size you buy) as quick as it is to heat water. Simple and you can take it with you to work, camping etc. 

We've included a link below. Johnny and I are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to You will not be charged anything extra, however we will receive a fee should you decide to purchase. 



I hope you found this information valuable...if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Lolita 💋

Happy Father's Day


My very first memories of our mornings in the O'Hara household was my father getting up and quietly heading to the kitchen. His first 

As a child, I remember the sound of the spoon scooping up spoonfuls of coffee into the electric perk. Within minutes, you heard the beginnings of our Corning Ware Coffee Maker heat, sputter and spurt as it "percolated" (I know it's not a word) our coffee. The smell of coffee begins to head through the house and you know it's time to get up. 

My first experience drinking coffee was at a young age enjoying a cup with my Dad. He's sitting in the dinette area reading the paper enjoying a cigarette and sipping his coffee. Me...I'm waiting for an opportunity to speak to find out what adventures he is planning today and how I can tag along. I was lucky....he always enjoyed me tagging along  

Today, (40 some odd years later) I wake early and begin the rituals of our day. I smell the coffee brewing and the fond memories of my dad come quickly in my head..."So what adventures will I go on today, Dad?" "I know you're with me in spirit." 

Happy Father's Day❤️