Coconut Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Coconut water available at most grocery or health food stores  

Coconut water available at most grocery or health food stores  

My L❤️VE affair with coffee continues....I am always seeking great recipes and thinking, "hmmm, this would taste great together with coffee!" I am continuing my series of great tasting iced coffee drinks to enjoy all summer long.  

Not sure if you've tried coconut water, I started drinking it about a year ago and really enjoy the taste. I read that it is a very healthy alternative drink (be sure to pick up coconut water without added sugar or juices). There are some great benefits to drinking coconut water such as aiding in digestion, rich in nutrients, boosts hydration AND I've heard that it can help should you wake with a hangover....hmm.(wink wink smiley face)  

I digress....anyway, I really like the taste and wanted to see if I could incorporate it with my cold brew coffee. The answer is yes you can! Obviously I am not the only one, there are others who cold brew with coconut water instead of plain water and there are other coconut/coffee drinks so at least I know I was on the right track. I don't wish to "cold brew" my coffee with coconut water because I do like doing other thinks with my cold brew such as drinking it straight, heating it or creating another drink. This way I start with coffee and water and should I want to make a coconut based drink, I can add to it.

1/2 Cold Brew and 1/2 Coconut Water

1/2 Cold Brew and 1/2 Coconut Water

A very simple recipe and there's no right or wrong way in regards to amounts. Since I do make a cold brew concentrate I don't need as much of the cold brew coffee. However, you might like it a little weaker than I do so adjust to your taste. 

Adding Coconut water to cold brew coffee  

Adding Coconut water to cold brew coffee  

Should you need the recipe to make Cold Brew Coffee, be sure to click here

Heres what you'll need; 

  • Cold Brew Coffee (if you don't have cold brew, make some coffee and cool it down) 
  • Coconut water
  • Ice

Take your glass of choice and fill with ice. Pour about 1/4 to 1/2 of cold brew. I like a strong tasting coffee so I add 1/2. Johnny decided to use a straight Ethiopian coffee verses his Johnny's Cold Brew Blend. The straight Ethiopian is a complete fruit and berry taste which makes great iced coffee. The Johnny's Cold Brew Blend offers a cocoa, nutty and fruit taste. However, use your favorite coffee or what you have in the cupboard. Fill remaining glass with coconut water. Viola! Coconut Cold Brew Iced. 

Optional...add a shot of creme

Optional...add a shot of creme

I don't add sugar to my coffee, however you may like a spoonful of sugar or whatever sweetness you like to add. For a creamy taste, add a shot of creme. It takes it to a sweeter level and the results are delicious. 

Johnny tasting and enjoying 😍 

Johnny tasting and enjoying 😍 

Please comment or send me a note and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you!

Lolita 💋 

 

Featured Coffee; Buzz Kill

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I've been drinking coffee ever since I was very young. (No, coffee does not stunt your growth 😉) Of course when I was young...the coffee mom made for me was more cream and sugar than coffee.  

I've always L❤️VED coffee...been drinking it all my life. Always coffee with caffeine too. Never had a desire later in life to drink decaf. I recall when I was younger drinking decaf at a friend's house who's parents didn't drink caffeine and I took my first sip and cringed.  😱

Decaf always tasted like chemicals to me....now that I know how decaf was (and with some still is) processed...I now know I WAS tasting...chemicals!  

Since I started roasting, I needed a decaf bean to roast for my customers. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled at roasting a decaf bean and serving. My fear was the taste. I was fearful that I was going to serve the same chemical tasting decaf I remembered as a kid.   

With the advancement in the coffee industry and the new generation of roasters in the last 15+ years, there are new ways of processing decaf that offers a wonderful cup. One such process is the Swiss Water Process. Swiss water process is a natural chemical fess process that removes 99.9% of the caffeine while maintaining the coffee's origin and flavor. 

Currently we offer our Buzz Kill Decaf that comes from Colombia. It has gone through the Swiss Water Process and arrives in bags just lot our other coffee beans do.  

The Colombian delivers a smooth, slightly heavy body with a hint of chocolate. It's rich, sweet and delicious. Although I've been one not to be concerned about the effects of caffeine...I do enjoy a cup or two in the evenings. I do not add sugar to my coffee and this cup has a natural sweet taste. A great way to enjoy a full bodied cup of coffee.

We roast on Mondays & Thursdays and delivery locally the following day OR ship out (2-3 day shipping) the following day.  

Lolita💋 

Coffee In A Flash..... (or as long as it takes to heat water)

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With this great world of technology, there are so many cool ways to quickly brew coffee anywhere. I am fascinated with many of the coffee brew systems...due to the technology involved. However, I am a purist and since I love roasting coffee, I love the whole process of grinding, brewing and enjoying coffee. It's like a journey for me considering I have so many ways to brew coffee. 

Let me tell you....I can enjoy a quick cup of coffee when I am in a hurry and doing it via a pour over, a process that has been around for eons.  

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AND...if you work in an office and really don't have the space or ability to have a coffee maker, brewing your coffee this way (pour over) is a quick way to brew and enjoy your coffee...just need hot water.  

This particular ceramic pour over is not expensive and you can purchase one from us on www.johnnylolitas.com or go check out Amazon. If you're into camping or glamping, a ceramic pour over is a perfect and easy way to enjoy. 

Of course I believe in grinding my own fresh beans so a burr grinder is ideal... Pictured is an electric grinder. We've had this for a long long time. 

Easy process, prep your filter by adding hot water to the filter (to remove that paper taste) then you can also heat up your cup by doing this. Then add your coffee and add your hot water and let it pour through... Quick & easy and BAM!!!...wonderful tasting coffee.  

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Of course I always suggest a Johnny Lolita's coffee 😁 (shameless plug) YUM!

Quick, easy and delicious....a great and simple way to enjoy coffee anywhere! 

 

You Know What? That Would Be Great With A Cup Of Coffee!

My whole life...I've been surrounded by that wonderful cup of java. I'd hear it (and smell it) in the morning....the Corningware (with the blue cornflower design) coffee pot "sputtering, hissing and percolating" our morning coffee. That was our cue to get up out of bed. 

Coffee goes great with???Everything! 

Coffee goes great with???Everything! 

Another thing that was very big in our family is what would taste great with that cup of coffee. Especially Phyllis, my beautiful Mom. it was really funny actually...we would see some commercial on TV about a new cake mix, recipes or anything chocolate and my Mom would say "Oh, I bet that would be great with a cup of coffee." 

We all did it actually. We would be out to dinner and when we finished our meal the waiter would offer up the dessert menu. He would leave us to our devices to discuss options and choices. Many times we would order one or two pieces and take home because....It would be great with a cup of our coffee at home!" 

Our life did surround that cup of coffee...typically with great conversation and a little sweet, but we needed that balance of rich chocolate or fruity pie with our wonderful perculated coffee. We'd search recipes just to find "the one" that would taste great with???? You got it...a cup of coffee. My brother Kim has become an excellent cook. I'd like to call him a Chef... he says "I just love good food...nothing fancy or gourmet, I'm not a chef, but I disagree. He creates fabulous pies from scratch. Right down to the crust. From fruit to chocolate, lemon or whip...they are De-lish! Of course when he's ready to unveil his latest creation....enjoying the pure sweet aroma...he turns to me and says "You know what? This will be great with a cup of coffee! Let me get some going." I know our Mom is smiling down on us and I know she's holding a fork in her hand to steal a bite. 

So in honor of our family tradition, I've enclosed a simple recipe that I know would be great with a cup of coffee. A Johnny Lolita's coffee blend would be best, wink wink smiley face  

  Soft Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) Salted Butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (for rolling dough) 

Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.  

In another bowl, add sugar and butter and cream together using an electric mixer. Add egg yolks and vanilla continue mixing. Add flour mixture and continue mixing until combined but don't over mix. Scoop dough into balls and roll in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  

Bake 15-18 minutes or until tops of cookies start to crack. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving to wire rack. Now make a cup of coffee and enjoy!  

Lolita💋 

And Now....A Cold Brew Blend

Johnny's Cold Brew Blend

Johnny's Cold Brew Blend

We started a blog with our Cold Brew Recipe, then another blog about making Cold Brew Hot...And now, we offer a Cold Brew Blend for sale at Johnny Lolita's.  

We received so many requests on the best coffee to Cold Brew and it really doesn't matter. As long as you like your coffee, try using it in a cold brew process. You will be amazed at the difference in taste from brewing hot vs brewing cold. 

Johnny's new love is Cold Brew Coffee! He loves it so much I decided to name the new blend after him! He helped himself to my coffee beans...freshly roasted of course...and created a unique blend. He Has created several options and I have loved each one. However, this blend seems to be the favorite. 

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 strong...so you will dilute with water...alittle or a lot! 

Be sure to order your bag of Cold Brew Blend online for shipping or local delivery.  

Lolita💋 

Follow Up To "Confessions" Blog

Well...."Play it Johnny!" Here is a follow up video blog about the Capresso Aroma Classic. Basically an electric pour over. Such a shame they no longer make in the U.S. Due to people complaining it was too tall to fit under the standard cabinets, but we don't mind because we can brew the coffee, remove the plug and bring it to your dinning table it's super easy to candle by the large stainless steel handle. AND...it stay perfectly in place..the carafe..the filter...All!  

so check it this short video that shows how it works. We found this at an estate sale, however I've seen them on eBay as well. Do some research and I bet you find one, if you do??? Let me know

Lolita💋 

Confessions

I must confess, we do own an electric coffee pot. Before you judge us, let me explain. 

Capresso Aromatic Coffee Maker

Capresso Aromatic Coffee Maker

Our coffee maker is not the run of the mill box store special. It is a Capresso Aroma Classic. It is essentially an electric pour-over machine. 

Here is how it differs from your mother’s drip machine. The water is brought to a rolling boil in an upper glass chamber. Once it’s boiling, a valve opens and the water is slowly released into the coffee filter chamber. This is a slow process and the boiling water is allowed to sit in the coffee grounds while they bloom. The coffee then collects into a traditional looking glass coffee pot. The Capresso produces what is nearly as good as a manual pour-over because the brew process is so slow and, the coffee is much hotter since the water actual boils. Traditional coffee pots only attain a 175-190 degree temperature range (if you are lucky). 

Unfortunately the Capresso is no longer sold in the U.S. The primary reason they discontinued the unit is that it is too tall to fit under standard kitchen cabinets (The average upper cabinets in the U.S. are 16 3/4” above the counter and the Capresso stands 20” tall). What is additionally cool and unique is that once it is done brewing, unplug the cord from the wall and the unit and carry (pot, filter and all) to the table to pour. They can still be had on eBay and occasionally one will pop up in a second-hand store. If you find one, buy it! 

Next, we will show you a video on how this cool coffee maker works! Stay tuned....

New Warehouse Number 575-496-7383

575-496-7383

575-496-7383

Welcome to our new stage in Coffee Roasting! We now have a dedicated number for all your coffee, gift baskets and accessory needs. 

Please call 575-496-7383 for any coffee related orders. Remember, you can always email, Facebook, twitter or order directly on our website at www.johnnylolitas.com. 

We look forward to assisting you with any coffee needs. 

 

Johnny Lolita's Coffee Roasters is moving!

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Johnny Lolita's Coffee Roasters is moving!

Johnny's desire to move full time to New Mexico has taken us close to the Organ Mountains. Our growing desire to build this small dream of roasting coffee has resulted in a successful online business. It has allowed Lolita to truly dedicate her passion to roasting the perfect cup of coffee for all our customers. 

We are very excited and don't fret...close by. The good news is we are always a mouse click away where you can purchase coffee, accessories and baskets online. Soon, we will be premiering our new website offering monthly, quarterly and yearly subscriptions delivered to your door. 

Bringing our operations back of house, so to speak, allows us to have the opportunity to travel within the region and participate in events and shows instead of being stuck in a retail brick and mortar environment. 

After spending 20 successful years in the Recruitment Industry, this has allowed us the ability to spend the next 10+ years to build a new business without worry. We now wish to learn and experience all of the Southwest region so we can create new and unique blends combining wonderful and superior coffee beans with some of the unique spices and foods of the region. 

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In addition... if you were coming in to Elegant Consignment store to purchase your coffee, we will be happy to drop off your coffee order there If you call us by no later than Saturday of each week, we will deliver your fresh roasted coffee on Tuesday at Elegant Consignment. 

As always, any unique orders of baskets, bags and other gifts, we are always happy to accommodate. Remember we are a phone call, text or email away. 

Please let us know what we can do for you and we look to our continued service to our loyal customers. 

It's August!

Cant believe how we've flown through the summer. It seems like yesterday that everyone was excited for school yo be out and the vacation plans were "a plenty"! Now many of my good friends are preparing for the school year and thinking about the last trip they will take during Labor Day weekend. 

We've been extremely pleased with so many loyal customers coming in month after month for their favorite Johnny Lolita's roast. Thank you...thank you....! I work very hard to bring you fresh roasted coffee and new crops verses 2-10 year old beans stored in warehouses hoping to sell. 

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We have two new roasts we are introducing. 

We are offering a wonderful Brazil dark roast. This estate has consistently offered high quality coffee and has consistent,y won numerous awards. A wonderful cup for the dark/robust coffee drinker. With tasting notes of Chocolate, creamy body and acidity. 

Our other new coffe is from Costa Rica. This is a first for us in roasting Costa Rica beans and it will not disappoint. This is a wonderful medium roast that has a very clean taste. The tasting notes are sweet with a vanilla aftertaste and very bright. It's nice as it's different from our Brazil/Guatemala, other central Regions and Sumatra. A great addition. 

Please come in and try some your self. Don't forget we have our other amazing coffees available.  

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We are having a special this week on our Colombia and El Salvador. Our Columbia is a dark roast with hint of green apple and vanilla bean and our El Salvador is an awesome medium to light roast offering a sweet nectar and nutty tast to your cup. Normally $13.50. On special for $11.00. Some come in and grab a pound or two.  

We are always offering sample of our "coffee of the day" and would love to talk about our beans and our roasts. So be sure to stop in. We have lots of new things in such as Moka Pots, French Press and coffee accessories. Beautiful and unique gift baskets for any occasion and also great gift for clients. We finished an order for a medical company that was giving small "thank you gifts" to their current and future customers. So be sure to stop in and I am happy to assist you any way I can. 

Lolita💋 

 

Pour Overs, A Great Way To Make A Perfect Cup Of Coffee!

There are so many ways to make your morning cup of joe. From electric drip to percolator to now the big thing...Kuerig single cups. However, many are returning to the "old school" way of making coffee. 

One thing that I've learned is that the ideal water temperature to make that wonderful tasting cup is between 195 and 210 degrees. This allows the coffee to "bloom" (I know, fancy terminology) and bring a tasty brew down to your cup.  

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A popular product is the pour over. It's a great way to grab a perfect tasting cup of coffee especially when you are purchasing fresh roasted beans (of course from Johnny Lolita's) and grinding as you need.  

This is a ceramic pour over by Melitta. Very sturdy, helps keep your water hot throughout the process and delivers a great tasting cup of coffee. 

Grab your Melitta and set it on top of your coffee cup. Grind the amount of coffee you will need for your cup, mug or travel cup. Set aside. 

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Add your #2 filter and place inside. Heat your water until it's boiling. Next you will need to "preheat" your filter by pouring water over the filter and letting it drip into the cup. This will allow you to set up the filter, heat up the pour over and cup. You don't need to add a lot just enough to wet the filter. Pour out the water you used to treat the filter and cup. 

Next you will add your ground coffee to the wet filter and now pour the hot water in the pour over. Be sure you pour the water in a circular motion over the coffee grounds. 

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Now....you just wait for that awesome goodness to filter through down to the cup! Remove the pour over off your cup and discard the filter.  

Last step....drink! Be sure to stop in and purchase a pour over, grab some coffee and enjoy!

 

Lolita 💋 

 

 

 

 

 

When it's HOT??? Chill....and get ICED!!!

If you live in the Southwest, many if you are experiencing extreme high temperatures. Many of us wondering "Wow!... It's to early to be this hit!" "We are still in Spring...what's it going to be like when it hits Summer?" "This is waaaaay too hot!" And so on and so on. 

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With the temperatures hitting above 100 do you still think of having a hot cup of coffee? I do....I still love it regardless of the weather. I lived in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for many many years and even in the 120 degree days of summer...I still like a hot cup of Java.  

I enjoy coffee iced as well. For me....it has to be very hot or ice cold....I don't like it in between. Don't like lukewarm coffee...yuck. 

Since I've begun my adventure in coffee roasting, I'm constantly fine tuning my skills to bring out some great profiles from the green coffee beans we purchase from all over the world. Being able to experience those wonderful tasting notes hot is incredible.....enjoying it iced?.....refreshing, cool and sensational! 

You can experience those wonderful tasting notes enhanced with ice. One of my favorite coffee to drink iced is our Ethipian Yergecheffe. With this wonderful floral and fruity experience and the amazing taste of berries...surely wins iced. 

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Stop in and grab a pound of our Ethiopian for a wonderful hot or iced experience. Not to mention our other coffee where each blend will deliver a different taste experience steaming or chilled.