Put Some Whiskey In My Coffee Because It's Ireland Somewhere

This is an updated version of my traditional Irish Coffee recipe...

With A Name Like O'Hara...I Should Love Irish Coffee

I La La L-O-V-E Irish Coffee. Why, you ask? I'm not really sure. My Father, Thomas Patrick O'Hara, was very big into St Patrick's Day wearing his gorgeous green outfit that consists of a gorgeous slacks, thin knit mock turtleneck with a gorgeous suede lightweight jacket. All in a beautiful shade of green. The epitome of style. 

After college, I moved to Southern CA and loved hanging out in Newport Beach CA. One of my favorite spots 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! 

Here is the story about Irish Coffee and how it began it goes like this...

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'sIrish 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.

So...you want the original recipe for making good ol' Irish Coffee? Here it is.

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 (big or small shot, you choose). Stir again, then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot spoon 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. 

This year, I made a video using a moka pot brew. You'll notice that the whipping cream is not something that comes out of a can. The true recipe calls for a "half whipped" cream. So it is thick and pourable (if that is even a word, wink wink smiley face)  

 

I suggest our Lolita’s Blend, Brazil Dark or Rwanda as your coffee base for this wonderful Irish drink. Cheers, or if you wish to say it in gaelic, Sláinte

 

Lolita 💋

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.

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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.

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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.

~Johnny

Put Some Whiskey In My Coffee Because It's Ireland Somewhere

This is an updated version of my traditional Irish Coffee recipe...

With A Name Like O'Hara...I Should Love Irish Coffee

I La La L-O-V-E Irish Coffee. Why, you ask? I'm not really sure. My Father, Thomas Patrick O'Hara, was very big into St Patrick's Day wearing his gorgeous green outfit that consists of a gorgeous slacks, thin knit mock turtleneck with a gorgeous suede lightweight jacket. All in a beautiful shade of green. The epitome of style. 

After college, I moved to Southern CA and loved hanging out in Newport Beach CA. One of my favorite spots 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! 

Here is the story about Irish Coffee and how it began it goes like this...

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'sIrish 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.

So...you want the original recipe for making good ol' Irish Coffee? Here it is.

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 (big or small shot, you choose). Stir again, then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot spoon 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. 

This year, I made a video using a moka pot brew. You'll notice that the whipping cream is not something that comes out of a can. The true recipe calls for a "half whipped" cream. So it is thick and pourable (if that is even a word, wink wink smiley face)  

 

I suggest Johnny Lolita's Turquoise Trail, Brazil Dark and Costa Rica as your coffee base for this wonderful Irish drink. Cheers, or if you wish to say it in gaelic, Sláinte

 

Lolita 💋

Where Does Our Coffee Come From?

Wow...the months are zooming by. I can't believe we are almost in the middle of November!!! My mom would always say, "Time flies by so fast. And when you hit your 50's? Well it's like it goes into turbo-charge." She wasn't kidding. 

The Montero family

The Montero family

I wanted to put up a blog about the coffee we offer to our customers. Today, I wanted to showcase a great coffee from Costa Rica. Montero Specialty Coffee is owned and run by Manuel and Patricia Montero. As they state on their website and in speaking with Patricia in the past...they work their plantations from plant to bag. Manuel is 3rd generation coffee grower and along with his beautiful wife, children and grandson continue the growth and tradition of quality coffee and care for their workers. 

The workers are paid above average wages and the ensure that their workers have decent housing and healthcare. The Montero family always had an extra plate or two set at their table any time. 

Manuel Montero

Manuel Montero

They maintain an herbicide and pesticide free plantation. Relying on bird, lizard and mammal population to control and take care of it. They weed manually and ensure the coffee shrubs/trees are enjoying the proper sun/shade and soil nutrition. 

Coffee

Coffee

The planation is growing at an elevation of 1,900 meters. which yields the Arabica varieties Caturra and Catuai. All their beans are SHB (Strictly Hard Bean). 

All of this hard work and dedication delivers a perfect balanced cup. It is amazing the process these wonderful farms endure to deliver beautiful green coffee around the world. 

The Montero family and employees work long hours... dedicated to producing beautiful green coffee. I take the same pride and dedication as the Montero family when roasting.  I ensure I deliver a perfect tasting coffee. I am very happy and blessed to have the opportunity of roasting their coffee and delivering to our customers. The cupping notes are caramel, honey, sweet & bright acidity. 

Coffee plantation  

Coffee plantation  

If you haven't had our coffee from The Montero family in Costa Rica, I invite you to try some. We roast twice a week and ship and/or deliver fresh roasted coffee to your office or home. 

Lolita 💋

 

 

Gingerbread Houses That Sits On Your Mug

Do you know what goes great with a cup of fresh roasted coffee from Johnny Lolita's? How about a cute "Mug Hugger"!

House on a mug

House on a mug

I started playing around with the idea this summer. Always planning for the holidays. This is my own stencil design that I put together. This is not some brand new craze....it has been done before by others. 

However, I have been using an old family gingerbread recipe that makes the gingerbread stay consistent in size when baking and it has a great "ginger snap" taste. 

I use a royal icing recipe, however I use a meringue powder verses egg whites so that you don't have to worry about eating it right away. It is a "food safe" alternative. 

What a great gift to give someone you love. We can create a cute gift with a coffee mug, a mug hugger and some coffee! OR...you can mix it with our hot chocolate on a stick! 

Realtor gifts, corporate gifts, family too

Realtor gifts, corporate gifts, family too

This make a great corporate gift or customer "thank you". Also great for realtors who are seeking some cute gifts they can give out with their business card attached. 

Taking orders now and I will have on the website soon. 

Lolita 💋

Providing "Concierge Service" For Your Coffee, Confections & Gift Needs

Concierge...You know who they are. You see them at your hotel when traveling. A wonderful customer service oriented professional looking to help you with what ever you desire. Searching for wonderful local places to eat?...your concierge will direct you to the best local haunts to enjoy wonderful dishes. How about unique stores???...he/she will provide you a list of fabulous boutiques or great finds that you won't see any where else. Ideas for the kids...you name it they are there to provide you that extra care and wonderful experience while staying in the area.

That is my desire for you here in the Phoenix Metro Area. My goal is to provide you fresh roasted coffee, delicious sweets & treats and other unique gifts made fresh and delivered to your home or office door. 

If you're in a bind and need a gift for a friend or coworker, you can order online and we can deliver to their door saving you some time and effort. How special it is to order a coffee subscription for a couple of months that is delivered fresh. Or create a small gift container of goodies wrapped and delivered with a note from you. I would love to assist you and customize gifts for you too. 

Here's a quick tutorial on ordering online and receiving local delivery in the Phoenix Metro area. I've taken some screenshots of my website as a walk through. I apologize if the pictures are not as crisp. I tried to make them clearer but it was not working. Hopefully you get the gist.

All you need to do is head to our website Johnny Lolita's

Hover your cursor over the "Shop Online" and click that page. 

Scroll down to the categories and click on the category you wish to shop. 

Click on a category you'd like to view  

Click on a category you'd like to view  

Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Click on item(s) you wish to purchase and click on the shopping cart and proceed to checkout. 

This looks yummy... 

This looks yummy... 

Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

At the checkout screen you will fill out your email address so we can notify you that we received your order and let you know when your delivery is being made. 

Enter email address to receive updates on your order

Enter email address to receive updates on your order

On the shipping section, fill in the address and person that the item(s) are going If it's for you or if you are sending to someone else. Be sure you enter the address that it is going to be delivered locally in the Phoenix Metro Area. 

Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

On the Section 3 is the section where you can leave us a specific note. If you are sending as a gift, include a message or if you are sending to your office, let me know. 

Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

You will then continue to the payment section and enter your credit card info. 

Fresh roasted coffee

Fresh roasted coffee

That's it! You will receive an email confirming your purchase and I will be following up with you when the order is completed and ready for delivery.

When delivering in the Phoenix metro area, I will contact you or the person that is receiving the item(s) that I will be in the area for delivery to ensure I can deliver and/or drop off at a specific location etc. 

Homemade caramels

Homemade caramels

You (or someone you gifted) will receive fresh roasted coffee, fresh homemade sweets and gifts right to their door!  

I love roasting coffee....I love developing great tasting coffee for you to enjoy at home with friends & family...or just on your own. I love providing a quality product and quality service. 

We also offer coffee & sweets for showers, corporate events, weddings, birthdays or any other special occasion you are having. We can provide gifts/favors for a few or many, just contact me, Lolita, with any questions you may have. 

I'm waiting for your order  

I'm waiting for your order  

I look forward to providing you my "concierge service" and deliver you great tasting coffee, sweet delectables and any other items offered on our site. 

Lolita💋

 

Pour Overs & Clever Drippers-A Great Way to Brew Your Favorite Coffee At Work

It seems we are running 100 MPH. We are so busy with family...running kids to school and practice, weekly errands that must be done, commitments with volunteering, working out AND for many...WORK! 

My reason for roasting coffee is to enjoy that great cup of coffee at home. Sharing laughter with family and friends over a cup of coffee after a great meal...while at home. 

Fresh grind coffee beans

Fresh grind coffee beans

Come Monday morning and you're rushing around, who has time for coffee at home. So you grab a coffee out OR you grab a cup at the office which may or may not be good. Some offices do have some sort of Kuerig which is a quick way to get a cup of coffee and many of our customers will grind their Johnny Lolita's coffee for their reusable filter.  A great way to enjoy your favorite fresh roasted coffee. 

If you're not fortunate to have a great way to grab a cup of coffee at work and you don't wish to buy a cup of coffee out everyday...you can brew coffee yourself at work in about 4 minutes. All you need is your fresh roasted coffee, a microwave, your coffee cup and a pour over or clever dripper. 

Enjoying fresh roasted coffee is simple. You probably don't wish to grind your beans at work so grind at home. If you have a hectic morning, go ahead and grind your beans the night before. Store your fresh grounds in a small mason jar to take to work. 

A coffee cup/mug, a ceramic pour over or clever dripper and some filters along with your coffee is all you need. You don't need a lot of space to store and it takes just a few minutes to make. 

Pour overs and clever dripper are easy to use, store and great for 1-2 cups of coffee. A clever dripper works slightly different and many would say it is easier than a pour over. There is no need to "pre-wet" the filter and you soak the grounds then release verses the ceramic pour over where you slowly add hot water as it continues to pour through the filter. It is more of an immersion way of brewing your coffee. The other cool thing is that you set it on a flat surface and it will not drain until you "sit it' on top of your cup or decanter. 

Ceramic Pour Over

Ceramic Pour Over

I will provide some simple directions...However, for the true coffee enthusiasts, you will be much more precise with your grind, water temp and coffee ratio. Here, I want to show that anyone can make a great cup of coffee while they are away from home. 

I have both options (honestly, I have just about every way to brew coffee. wink wink smiley face). Depending on my mood and what I am doing when I am away, I will grab one of them to go. 

I guess the important thing is to have access to hot water. Some places offer a hot water machine which would work in a pinch. If you have access to a microwave that works great too. 

Getting the water just below boiling is what you are seeking. Don't worry if you don't have a way to measure how hot it is, just get the water to boil (in the microwave) and then let it sit for a minute. 

The rest of the instructions will be individualized based on the Pour Over or Clever Dripper. 

Ceramic Pour Over

  • Grind 3 Tablespoons coffee to a medium fine (like table salt).
  • Grab a filter and place in pour over.
  • Run hot water through the filter and cup to pretreat filter and heat mug/cup.
  • Empty water out of cup.
  • Add coffee grounds to pretreated filter.
  • Add water to just saturate the grounds with hot water (just off boil).
  • Stir and agitate the wet grounds and break any clumps.
  • Fill pour over with remaining hot water in a circular motion starting in a small circle and growing to the outside washing the grounds down the sides of the filter. You will add about 12 ounces of hot water.
  • In 2 minutes brew time your mug is ready.

 

Clever Dripper via Amazon

Clever Dripper via Amazon

Clever Dripper

  • Grind 1 1/2 Tablespoons coffee to a medium coarse grind.
  • Grab a filter and place in clever dripper.
  • You can pretreat the filter by pouring hot water into the filter and clever dripper. Then place dripper onto your mug and let the water release and drain from dripper. If you don't, thats ok.
  • Be sure to empty drained water from your mug.
  • Add your grounds to your clever dripper and pour enough hot water to saturate the coffee grounds. You will see it "bloom" (the grounds seem to rise and bubble up like its blooming, hence the name).
  • Add remaining hot water to dripper and put the lid on top and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, place your clever dripper on top of your cup/mug which will cause the dripper to release your brewed coffee into the cup.
  • Enjoy! 

If you are a coffee purist, you'll be much more precise in your measuring. However, anyone can (and should) enjoy their fresh roasted coffee beans regardless of where you buy your favorite coffee or where you are...especially at the office where you spend most of your day. 

Two simple brewing options, however, there are plenty more options out there that I will share in the coming weeks. If you're interested in purchasing these items, go to Amazon. They have these and many more!  Thanks for taking the time to read and be sure to share our post with friends & family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! 

Lolita 💋

 

 

 

Do you know what goes great with Lolita's coffee? Peach Cobbler Crisp!

I've been busy this summer working on great sweets & treats for all to enjoy. One avenue I'm working on is great individual treats for one to enjoy at an event, party or to give as a gift! Many of you know my Lolita's Sin Cake" and I have mastered the ability to create a single serving in a mason jar. So that is my kick...mason jars. They've been around forever and so many are embracing "food-in-a-jar". 

Set of Peach Crisps in mason jars.  

Set of Peach Crisps in mason jars.  

This past week I perfected a Peach Cobbler/Crisp in a mason jar. I decided to introduce it at a get together and it was a big hit. Very tasty....not too sweet...but just enough. A homemade graham cracker crust on the bottom, filled with fresh peaches and topped with a crispy crumble. 

How fun to have this on hand at a special party. I can label them for your party or event and provide a simple wooden utensil wrapped together. By the way...this Peach Crisp pairs nicely with Lolita's Blend and Ethiopian coffee. (wink, wink, smiley face)

Tested out on some friends...a big hit!  

Tested out on some friends...a big hit!  

If you're interested in learning more about our specialty sweets for your next event...looking for a unique special gift for a friend..OR...delivery a special thank you to your customer...I would be happy to help. 

Because good coffee and a sweet is a special gift for family, friend and for yourself! 

Lolita💋

Pop Up Video

I am planning to start some of these "Pop Up Videos". Sharing some information about what we are doing, lots of cool stuff about coffee and...anything else! Today I wanted to share with you our Ethiopian coffee and what I like about it. 

Oh...and yes...I do mention "The Military Diet" I am on so I will share that with you later. 

Have a great day 

A beautiful fragrant aroma will fill your nose when you take your first sip. Ethoipian beans roasted to a beautiful medium roast. 

Country: Ethiopia

Process: Natural 

Varietal: Heirloom

Certification; Direct Trade

Degree of roast; Medium roast City 

Tasting Notes: Fragrant, floral, berries

Lolita 💋