Pour Over Coffee Maker by Kitchables

Product Review

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 times...it'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 view...click 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 Amazon.com. 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 💋

Tis The Season For Gift Giving!

Wow! Wasn't it just Halloween? I can't believe that the holidays are here. We've been busy roasting and baking for several holiday events plus doing some fun catering and corporate gift giving for clients. 

Coffee Gift Subscription

Coffee Gift Subscription

If you're in a quandary for gifts, you can always call me and see if there is something we can create and customize for you. In the meantime...here are some gift ideas to check out. 

A Gift of Coffee:  Like Cousin Eddie says in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,  "It's the gift that keeps on giving all year long." You can set up for any amount. You can order 1 bag or more to be locally delivered by hand or shipped on a monthly basis. Fresh roasted coffe delivered to your door and be charged on a math.y basis. You can choose how many months you wish to have coffee delivered...12 months, 6 months, 3 months or 1 month... Whatever you like. Just contact me to set up your gift subscription. 

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot Chocolate On A Stick:  who doesn't love a rich cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. All you do is add your favorite hot milk, 2%, almond or soy, add your chocolate on a stick and stir.  Looking for a dark, rich Mocha Coffee...add one of these to your coffee. A rich dessert in your cup. Available in a 2,4 or 6 pack. We will wrap in festive ribbon. 

Salted Caramels:  Made fresh and with all natural ingredients. A sweet caramel chew with a hint of sea salt.  

Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Half-N-Half:  How about a little coffee and hot chocolate? Great gift for co-workers, friends and family.  

Lolita's Coffee Caramel Sauce:  What a wonderful treat, dip your favorite fruit or pretzels, pour over ice cream or just grab a spoon. infused with our coffee gives you a hint of coffee to the caramel flavor. 

Merry Holy*Latte: A fun gift for anyone who loves a latte. A sample of fresh coffee, syrup,whisk and directions on how to make a latte at home. Wrapped in a cute burlap sack. We have choices of flavors too.

Lolita's Chocolate Clusters:  A popular sweet that goes great with coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans and pecans dipped in a rich dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt to finish it off.  

Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Mug Huggers:  A fun way to enjoy a mini gingerbread cookie with your coffee. Just hang it in the rim of your coffee cup. Sweet and spicy gingerbread with a lemon icing. Simple and delicious. Makes a great gift to set at the place settings for guests arriving for dinner, teachers or your awesome clients. We can make as many as you need just give us a call for larger orders. 

If you're looking to put something together in a container, contact me and let's create something special for you.  Be sure to check out our website for additional items we have. 

Mug Huggers

Mug Huggers

When it comes to shipping, we are quickly approaching the cut-off date. With Christmas being on a Sunday you need to order now so we can fulfill by next week and ship out.  

Local deliveries have a little more time...give us a call and if you need something special for an event let me know how we can help.  

Wishing all of you a Merry, Happy and Joyous Holiday Season.  

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 💋

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice & Everything's Nice Creamer

Homemade Pumpkin Spice in mason jar

Homemade Pumpkin Spice in mason jar

You had me at Pumpkin Spice! So far I am off to a great start in October! At least in Johnny's eyes. This man loves his sweets, however, he is not a chocolate kinda guy...or a super sticky greasy cookie sorta man either. He loves fruit pies and cakes (must have butter creme frosting, don't give him cream cheese frosting) and candy. Well...he likes a lot more than he doesn't like. BUT...he is a pumpkin pie man and I won him over making pumpkin pie from scratch over the weekend. So right now, I am on the pedestal. (family inside joke)

Adding the pumpkin purée, spices and cinnamon stick

Adding the pumpkin purée, spices and cinnamon stick

Being that I roast coffee, enjoy everything coffee and want wonderful people like you to enjoy coffee at home, I wanted to maintain my "pumpkin theme" this month and provide you a recipe at home for your very own pumpkin spice creamer. 

It's super easy and likely you have all the ingredients-minus the pumpkin puree. I roasted several mini pie pumpkins so I have plenty or puree frozen and ready when I need it. However, if you want to make your own pumpkin puree, go check out my blog "It's October...It's All About Pumpkin" on how to make pumpkin puree OR grab a can of pumpkin puree at the store...it will work just as well. 

Also, the recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice. Several options, if you have pumpkin spice already in your cabinet...great! Or, you can buy pumpkin spice at the store. However, I made a batch of pumpkin spice to keep on hand for the holiday season. Most likely (especially if you're a baker) you have the ingredients in your cabinet. I will include the Pumpkin Spice mix below the Pumpkin Spice Creamer.

The recipe calls for your choice of milk/cream. I actually used a combo of whole milk and heavy whipping cream. (because that is what I found in the refrigerator)

You combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and begin whisking the ingredients together. I also threw in a cinnamon stick...it's optional. Place the heat on medium...you do not want this to boil. I would whisk the ingredients for about 2-3 minutes. 

Next, take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool. Then place in a heat resistant container to keep in the refrigerator. The creamer will keep up to five days if you can keep it that long (wink wink smiley face).

I used a mason jar and placed in the fridge. When you are ready to use be sure to give a couple of shakes to your creamer to mix the ingredients since they will settle. 

One of my favorite ceramic creamers...a dachshund!  

One of my favorite ceramic creamers...a dachshund!  

Next morning, I was ready to enjoy. I used my very special creamer holder...a dachshund that was given to me by my wonderful sister-in-law, Tami. I enjoyed my coffee with a couple of neighbors to see what they thought. It was a hit! The taste was sweet enough but not over the top. It tastes really good and fresh. Much different than the actual store bought kind. 

I love this little guy... 

I love this little guy... 

I don't use creamer in my coffee. I typically enjoy my coffee black and time to time with creamer. I don't use any sugar. However, this creamer was great it didn't make the coffee too sweet. It was a nice change for me. 

The big bonus was gathering people at my house to sit and enjoy some coffee and fun conversation. One of the big reasons I roast coffee...so you can enjoy at home with family & friends. Enjoy your coffee the way you like to drink it...whether cream & sugar...just cream or black...enjoy with someone and create a great memory. 

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my coffee=Yum!  

Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my coffee=Yum!  

  • 1 1/2 cups of half-and-half (you can use milk, heavy cream, soy, almond, your choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (purchase at the store or make your own)
  • 2-4 Tablespoons brown sugar (I used 2 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice ( I made from scratch and have the recipe below)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and turn heat to medium-high. Begin whisking ingredients and stir 2-3 minutes. Do not let the milk/cream boil. Simmer is fine. Set saucepan off heat to cool and place in airtight, heat resistant container. When you are ready to use be sure to shake up contents as the homemade ingredients tend to settle. 

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 4 Teaspoons ground nutmeg **( I used 2 1/2 Teaspoons of freshly grated nutmeg)
  • 2 Teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 Teaspoons ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a small bowling whisk until well blended. Store in air-tight jar. **If you use freshly grated nutmeg, you may wish to add slightly less. The flavor can be more intense. 

I would absolutely L-O-V-E any updates and comments when you make it. Please feel free to share on our Facebook page or Instagram. 

Lolita 💋

 

 

Turquoise Trail Now Lolita's Blend

I know I have caused a bit of confusion over the last several weeks with our customers. I apologize that I didn't forward people of the name change of our favorite "House" coffee. Turquoise Trail is now called Lolita's Blend. So, why the name change? 

Because I love making you all crazy...(wink wink, smiley face). Seriously...my goal is NOT to make you crazy. So I am truly sorry that I had people in a panic. I received several calls and emails asking why I was no longer making Turquoise Trail?!!! Why would I remove that  blend from our line up of coffee. That was their favorite coffee!!! 

Lolita's Blend
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On our website, I guess I didn't make it very clear that it was still the same wonderful blend only the name had changed. I didn't realize when you go to the shopping page that people are seeking Turquoise Trail and not seeing that listed, they assumed it was gone. It's not it just has a new name. 

So, why the name change? Johnny and I have discussed this ad nauseam. He always wanted me to name the blend after me, since I was the one that created it. I was always looking for a different name other than mine. So for the last 3+ years, I have been listening to Johnny tell me that I should use my name. 

Well, I finally gave in. It is STILL the rich delicious flavor you have enjoyed with Turquoise Trail. The ONLY thing that has changed is the name... I love this coffee. It is a blend of two high quality single origin beans delivering a smooth full body and rich taste. You can taste the smooth richness of cocoa, caramel/nutty flavor with a slight citrus finish. We roast each single origin bean separately, roasting one dark and one medium roast. A wonderful combination for any coffee lover. 

It is our #1 seller and it is not going anywhere. I appreciate all of my loyal customers and friends who were upset for removing Turquoise Trail coffee. It's there with a new name...Lolita's Blend. 

Lolita 💋

Iced Latte at Home

latte before I stirred.  

latte before I stirred.  

Practice what you preach....Well I am doing just that. Everyone enjoys going out for a bite to eat, a cocktail or every ones morning favorite...COFFEE! 

The top two comments I hear are 1). Yes, it's an expensive habit to buy 1-2 times a day 2). I enjoy the wonderful tasting coffee and the awesome tasting specialty drinks coffee shops create which I can't make at home. Yes you can.

I too, go out and enjoy many local roasters' coffee and espresso based drinks. It's nice to get out and treat yourself. However, I am a bit of a penny pincher and don't want to do this every single day. So, I ensure I have what it takes to make great coffee at home. Yesterday afternoon...I was in the mood for an iced latte. 

Moka pot  

Moka pot  

It starts with wonderful fresh roasted coffee like Johnny Lolita's (shameless plug) a Moka Pot, milk and you're favorite flavor syrup.  

I recently posted a blog regarding using my Moka Pot (Moka Pot & Homemade Whipped Cream Sept 2) Its very easy to use and you can enjoy a very strong espresso style coffee. Although I have a commercial grade espresso machine, I wanted to show you that using a Moka Pot works just as well.

I have a 6 cup Moka Pot (this is 6 espresso cups) that I use. That way I have extra espresso to freeze into cubes for drinks. I made a full pot and I let the espresso cool down since I am making an iced latte. 

I used a 20 OZ plastic cup and added a shot (yes, I use a simple shot glass) of flavor syrup. Today, I used a homemade caramel sauce. Next, pour your cooled espresso over the sauce and stir. Fill with ice and add your milk. I used 2%...however, use whole milk, skim, soy or any milk you'd like. 

Lastly....Enjoy your wonderful homemade creation in the comfort of your home. I don't know about you...but I think it tastes even better when I make it! 

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 💋 

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 💋