Another Cool And Refreshing Coffee Drink...Coffee Tonics

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I am continuing my series of wonderfully refreshing cool (as in cold) coffee drinks for the hot days of summer. This one is pretty simple and has been around for quite sometime outside of the US but in recent years made its way here. 

Coffee Tonics or sometimes called Black Tonics! Hmm a sophisticated version of the simple iced coffee? Could be...I just really like the "fizz" or the bubbles. (wink wink smiley face)

Poring a long shot  

Poring a long shot  

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. 

Next would be your coffee or your espresso that you are going to mix. I find that the Central American beans such as Brazil, Costa Rican and Guatemala pairs wonderfully with the tonic water. You're seeking coffee without the bitterness. 

Now I did say espresso...a long espresso shot if you will. So if you own an espresso machine at home...great! Make a long espresso shot. If not, try using a Moka Pot. Yes, I have an espresso machine but I will show you using a Moka Pot. 

Black Tonic is ready.  

Black Tonic is ready.  

By the way, these Moka Pots are awesome. They have been around forever and do make great cups of espresso. 

Grab a glass add some ice and add about 6 ounces of tonic water. Next add 2 ounces of espresso. Last...enjoy. Simple, natural sweetness from the espresso beans equals delicious and the bubbles make it quite refreshing. 

If you don't have any kind of espresso making machine or Moka Pot...try using your cold brew concentrate. When I've tried with our cold brew concentrate I've added about 3 ounces. It works just as well. 

Cheers! 

Lolita 💋

 

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 💋 

 

Milk & Honey Latte Via Cold Brew

Milk & Honey Latte

Milk & Honey Latte

Since we relocated to the Phoenix AZ area, we are enjoying...scratch that enduring...scratch that one too....tolerating the summer heat! I've decided to do some research, creating and massive taste testing on some cold/iced/frozen coffee infused drinks to share in the coming weeks.

We have a simple one to start with...it's one I drink when I want a little iced treat during the day and love to share with my friends when I have them over. What's great is the milk you choose can be any kind...I like to use soy milk but you can use almond milk, skim, 2%, whatever you want. 

I have the recipe for Cold Brew Coffee available in a previous blog. To get the recipe, click here. Here's the quick and simple recipe;

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup of cold brew concentrate  
  • 1 cup of cold milk (whole, skim, almond, soy etc) 
  • 2 teaspoons of honey

Directions: 

  • Pour your cold brew coffee in a tumbler or glass of choice
  • In a small microwave safe cup of bowl, heat the honey. Shouldn't take long to heat such a small amount. 
  • In a separate cup or small glass, add your cold milk. Start stirring the milk and add the heated honey. By heating the honey it will help prevent it from hardening in the milk. (Honey will dissolve much easier in the cold milk than it will in the cold brew coffee or the coffee and milk)
  • Once dissolved add the milk and honey mixture to the cold brew coffee.  
  • Chill in the fridge if needed or enjoy! 

Having friends over?... Make a head of time in a large container and simply double or quadruple the recipe in a pitcher. Set in the fridge and when your guest arrive...wonderful chilled milk & honey lattes.  

I tend to use coffee ice cubes to enjoy it sooner with added coffee flavor from the ice cubes OR use regular ice cubes should you wish to put together and serve immediately. There really is no wrong way to make it. 

I hope you enjoy. Be sure to comment and let me know your thoughts and how you made yours,  

Lolita 💋 

Tooting My Own Horn

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Ok...yes...I'm tooting my own horn. Why? Well I was so excited to see yet another great review on our coffee. I do L❤️VE roasting coffee. It's my quiet time...my "zen" in the morning if you will. It's a whole ritualistic thing for me. Writing out my orders, weighing the green beans, preparing the roaster and roasting the beans. I spend a lot of time on each batch of coffee I roast. Making sure I take the right amount of time, the right amount of heat and hit the right temperature to make a great tasting cup.

I constantly worry....worry about each roast ensuring I'm managing my roast resulting in a perfect cup for my customers. All my customers...old and new love the taste and have their favorite coffee. It's a constant worry for me that I'm producing a great cup. 

Step in CoffeeKen...click on his name and it will take you to his website.  I met Ken via Twitter a couple of years ago when I first started roasting coffee in New Mexico. CoffeeKen is a "Java junkie, blogger and coffee aficionado". He's been passionate about coffee since he was very young and has taken his passion and knowledge and created a great "all about coffee" website to learn about great coffee shops and coffee roasters as well as brewing techniques and best practices to making your morning cup. If you're a coffee lover and planning a trip, check out his website and see if there are cool coffee stops you can check out on your travels. 

Ok...I digress...Recently moving to Arizona, I wanted to meet CoffeeKen and provide him some of my coffee. I was so nervous....I'm basically putting myself out there with someone who's pretty darn knowledgable about coffee. The one thing I did know about CoffeeKen was he's a very positive person and if he doesn't like your coffee...he just won't write anything about it.  

I kept checking his site to see if anything had come up especially on our Turquoise Trail. I know he's busy and I know he's reviewing other coffees....but that wasn't helping my cause. Lol  

CoffeeKen texted me a brief note telling me he had a chance to try our Coffee and he loved it. WHEW!!! Heavy sigh of relief. Needless to say he wrote a great review on our Turquoise Trail. Along with the Turquoise Trail, I handed him our Buzz Kill Decaf. I wasn't sure if he drank decaf...most serious coffee people enjoy the caffeine jolt.  

Again, I was excited to receive another note from him letting me know he reviewed the Buzz Kill Decaf. I was very very happy and humbled on the report he delivered on our caffeine free java. With a big smile on my face, here's an excerpt from his blog. "I was very much skeptical. Imagine my surprise, that when I finally got around to brewing this coffee up, I was completely taken aback by it’s richness in aroma, flavor, and body! Even the acidity was perfect for me!"

I am not a decaf person either, however, this decaf really makes a great cup of coffee. I don't realize I'm drinking a decaf as you do on most decaffeinated coffee. If you'd like to take the time and read the full review, please click here.  

Thank you CoffeeKen for your review...  I am sitting back with a cup and a BIG smile on my face. 

Lolita💋 

Yoga & Coffee...A Perfect Duo

Doodles for the day

Doodles for the day

Last year when I was quickly approaching the big 5-0, I was becoming more and more aware of my health. Reason being.... My mom had her first heart attack at 50. I was a junior in highschool and I will never forget that day when a student came into the classroom with a note asking me to go to the activities director's office. My parents were friends with the director and she was waiting for me. My dad was waiting on the phone and told me that mom was in the hospital. She had suffered a heart attack. Of course my mom was insistent on going home...she just wanted a couple of aspirin and she would head home to rest. Needless to say she started a new routine and program to get back in shape. 

Fast forward to last year...all that ( regarding my mom at 50) was weighing on my mind and I really didn't want to deal with the same situation my mom endured. So I started a new regime to get healthy, lose weight and exercise. I always managed to exercise all my life. I love to do stuff outdoors...bicycling is my absolute favorite as well as walking and hiking. The good news is Johnny and I lost weight. Johnny actually hit his goal weight (I hate him) and I'm working on hitting mine. I'm not there but I'm getting close (wink wink smiley face). We are big believers about healthy eating but not perfect. Calories going in verses calories going out. Yes...we do eat sugar from time to time. I digress and I really need to get back to what I wanted to talk about...Yoga and Coffee. 

If you're living in "two zip codes past hell" called Arizona with extreme temperatures, Johnny and I are going to start doing yoga indoors. There are some great apps via Apple & Android that you can mirror right on to your tv. 

There are incredible benefits to yoga. Yoga actually burns quite a bit of calories and stimulates your muscles. It's a whole mind & body workout uniting stretching and strengthening. I am focusing on some yoga exercises that focus more on weight loss. I can't wait to see Johnny stretching...he's never been a "bendy" person like me. 

Today, more and more research suggest coffee as an "assist" to losing weight. High quality coffee beans to improve the condition of the body and to stimulate your whole form. Yoga has been around for eons and has a great effect on your body to help you lose weight. It seems over recent years...yoga has become more popular. If you think yoga is NOT a serious workout? Just go and try out a class...be gutsy...go right into an advanced class and see how you do. It's not that easy.

My doodle of me and my coffee  

My doodle of me and my coffee  

Drinking coffee before or after your workout in helping in weight loss is heavily debated. The debate is about what you are putting in your coffee. Large amounts of cream and sugar is not going to offer the benefits you need from drinking coffee black. For years, I always drank lattes since I usually was drinking inferior coffee and adding lots of cream and sugar to help the taste. Now I drink coffee black and at times, I will add a little dry creamer. Adding cream and sugar is going to increase the calorie intake and the next thing you know you're basically "drinking a candy bar or two". 

Try drinking a cup of coffee an hour before your workout or yoga. Coffee can boost your energy and alertness, which will result in a more thorough and focused workout. I've also read more studies about the positive effects of coffee on joint and muscle pain. 

Always remember, too much of anything (even coffee) is not good for you. If you can't drink coffee alone because it will cause an upset stomach during your workout, maybe enjoy your coffee as a reward after your workout with your meal.  

I'll keep you posted how Johnny and I do on our new yoga regime.  

S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g now...... 

Lolita💋 

 

 

 

Ways To Enjoy Coffee Cold.

Living in Phoenix, you enjoy the Winter month's temperatures in the 70's. So packed full of people during the wintertime...those escaping the 10 feet of snow and below freezing temps. 

However, the summer here....well it gets a little hot. Ok...a LOT hot. We will be enduring another excessive heat warning this coming weekend with temperatures between 114-120 degrees! 

So, I thought this would be a good time this week to talk about some great "cold inspired" coffee drinks.  

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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.  

You may not have an espresso machine at home...that's ok. I want to show you variations to enjoy at home and to serve to your guests at your next get together. 

I've talked a lot about cold brew method (see blog post on April 20th). It is a great way to brew coffee at home using cold water and patience (12-24 hours). This is a great way to make a great tasting concentrate of coffee too. 

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 (add as little or as much as you like) over the ice cream and add some whip cream on top, that's it. I made some homemade whip cream for another desert...so I had some to add to the top. The taste is De-lish!

If you are having guests and want to add something "more adult"? Add a shot of Ameretto or other liquor. I like to call it the "Drunken Lolita" 😁

Another variation to the Cold Brew Affogato is to add some soda such as coke or root beer to give it a really refreshing and fizzy taste like a float. 

I'll be adding more fun and cool recipes this to enjoy your coffee cold. If you try it, let me know. Always remember if you have any questions feel free to write me shawn@johnnylolitas.com or leave a comment below. 

Lolita 💋 

Summer Is Here...How About A Nitro Brew

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I'm sure you've seen all over the TV and Internet how Starbucks is bringing Nitro Brew into their stores across the country. This isn't a news flash or something new to the coffee world. However, I will say once again, it was a smaller coffee roaster that introduced this creation awhile back. 

Stumptown Coffee Roasters out of Portland OR, always a strong leader in coffee roasting and other amazing offerings was one of the early producers of nitro brew...selling it in a can...however, Austin Coffee Roaster, Cuvée Coffee seems to be (from what I've read) the first to introduce and serve coffee on tap! Yet I've read others who've stated they were the first to create and bring Nitro Brew....depending on where you are and who you talk to, there might be a difference of opinion. Please know...I can not tell you for certain who started it! Regardless... all the new wonderful ways to drink coffee...was created by a smaller coffee roaster.

So what is Nitro Brew? It is cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas. Much like your stouts or Guinness where beer is forced through a pressurized system adding the nitro gas which creates that creamy, "stout style" head. The taste is smooth, clean and so enjoyable. It's a silkier & heavier mouth feel when you drink it. 

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You typically don't add ice, cream etc...you enjoy it black. If the coffee beans are roasted beautifully and the cold brew coffee is made correctly, the final result with nitro will be an incredible experience. As I've talked about before in past posts about making cold brew coffee, you will have a much smoother tasting coffee with no acidic aftertaste.  

Many specialty/artisan coffee shops do sell Nitro Brew for you to enjoy during these hot days of summer. (Yes! Phoenix is hitting 114 degrees this weekend) BUT..... You can enjoy it at home especially if you have someone in the family who enjoys making their own craft beer OR just invest in a tap and get some nitro and "BAM"...you're the hit of the party offering this wonderful alternative way to enjoy coffee. Seeing the cold brew flow out of the tap slow and smooth....leaving a beautiful creamy top is an experience for the eyes. 

There are many videos and instructions on making Nitro Brew at home and it's simple. Now....there are companies out there that are dedicated to selling tap equipment specifically for cold brew coffee. I purchased a "Kegerator" through Amazon and found it very simple to create the cold brew on tap! 

If you L❤️VE entertaining, this would be a wonderful and tasty addition to your "line-up"! As the temps heat up, a nice way to enjoy your coffee. 

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💋