Weddings, Showers, Corporate Events And All Parties

Coffee bag sample & salted caramel bag sample

Coffee bag sample & salted caramel bag sample

I wanted to share (shameless plug) some of the fun things we are doing with our time. I L❤️VE roasting coffee and I L❤️VE making sweets and baked goods. Like I say all the time...Coffee goes great with something sweet!

It started back in El Paso assisting someone with a small gift giving event for a non-profit organization and now has grown to a big part of what we do. Which I'm thrilled...because I've always loved creating gifts of sweets and coffee and present them in unique ways depending on the event. 

Since then...we've done several weddings with coffee in small coffee bags or mini burlap sacks. We've done a bridal shower with decaf coffee favors along with the caffeinated option that was a big hit. 

Now, we've added some of our confections such as our handmade salted caramels, hot chocolate on a stick and mini jars of our new salted coffee caramel sauce...YUM!  

Homemade salted caramels

Homemade salted caramels

A fun and memorable gift for your guests for any special event you might have. If you have something special coming up and you are interested in offering some of our coffee and/or tasty sweets, feel free to contact me shawn@johnnylolitas.com. 

Lolita💋 

Stressed??? Well Stressed Spelled Backwards Is DESSERTS!

I love a little sweet with my coffee...is that so bad? (wink wink smiley face)

A "sea..(sea salt) of caramels  

A "sea..(sea salt) of caramels  

I've always had a sweet tooth and I've always loved to bake and make candy. While John and I have been eating a lot healthier and watching the calorie intake, we've been very successful in losing weight. I will say that I don't deprive myself of something a little sweet every now and then. For me, I have been able to lose weight and still enjoy some tasty treats along the way. Everything in moderation, right?  

One of my favorite sweets to make is salted caramels. It is quite a process...not that it's a difficult recipe...you just need time and patience. And...during the heat of the summer in Arizona, I am able to ship out unlike our chocolate confections,  

Example of our favors with salted caramels  

Example of our favors with salted caramels  

I've been doing more and more favors for weddings, showers and other corporate events utilizing our coffee beans and now we are creating amazing favors/gifts with our confections. It's a special way to offer a wonderful handmade memorable gift to give to your wedding guests, party goers, corporate employees or customers. 

If you're feeling a "sweet tooth" coming on and need something delivered locally or shipped.....or have a special event you would like to discuss....I'm happy to make something special for you. 

Lolita💋 

Johnny's Serving Boards Are Back!

Dying boards with coffee. 

Dying boards with coffee. 

Johnny & I are always looking to repurpose SOMETHING! I love getting old broken down furniture and making it new. Or taking an item that was meant for one thing and turning it into something fun and cool.

We are looking to grow our little business in new directions. There is so much we enjoy to create and we want to share with you. We have some big goals in store and need your help. By purchasing some of these cool items (this is the start of one such item).....you will help us get closer to our goal. I will share our new ideas very soon. (Wink wink smiley face) 

Serving board with copper bear and instructions  

Serving board with copper bear and instructions  

Now...we are bringing back our Serving Boards. These boards are made from pine, sanded to a smooth finish. They are then dyed with coffee grounds and oiled with food grade oil. These boards are more of a rustic way to display your olives, cheese and meats...or any other food items with style. 

They are easy to care for... Hand wash & dry, do not use in dishwasher. Wood will darken with use. You may oil from time to time using only food grade (butcher block) mineral oils.  

They make great gifts wrapped and the price is $17.00. Add some coffee samples...I'll warp it and makes a beautiful gift for a wedding, bridal shower or any other occasion. . With coffee samples and wrapped, the price is $28.00. 

We are currently working on them and if you are interested in one and wish to pre-order, write in the comments below. You do not pay ahead...this is to hold one for you since we do tend to sell these quickly. When completed, I will let you know and send an invoice. We can deliver locally in the Phoenix metro area or ship anywhere in the US. (Additional postage and delivery fees apply)

Add some coffee and we will wrap it up! Great gift  

Add some coffee and we will wrap it up! Great gift  

We will be putting together other unique items for sale as well to help us achieve our next goal. Thank you so much in advance and will be following up with another post about our new additional venture. 

Lolita💋 

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💋 

Happy 4th Of July

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Happy 4th! Our second holiday of the summer season. Well....technically Memorial Day was in the Spring. But in the Southwest & West...it's already hot! Time to spend with family & friends, barbecue competitions amongst neighbors and of course fireworks.  

Ah yes, fireworks! We all love them and as a kid, we all wanted to shoot them off. Of course my best friend and I were the targets of our older brothers who liked to chase us with fireworks.  

Because of the heat, you may not be thinking of hot coffee. But have you ever made cold brew? Cold brew is a great way to make coffee concentrate to be utilized as an ice coffee OR if you are craving the hot cup in the morning, all you need to do is add some boiling water to a 1/3 of the coffee concentrate and instantly you have hot coffee.  

The other awesome thing about cold brew is that the same coffee you drink everyday hot, will result in a completely different taste and profile when cold brew. The taste is sweeter and smooth with no acidity. The chemical reaction that takes places when heating the grounds gives you the acidity. Cold brew doesn't. Another great thing is it will last up to 6 weeks in the fridge. 

In our next quick blog, I'll discuss how to make cold brew simply at home. In the meantime, Johnny & I wish you a happy and safe 4th of July. Remember our vets & pets when it comes to fireworks.  

I Have No Time To Buy Anything! We've got you covered!

What??!!! You still have gifts to give and no time to ship them? OR... You just can't find the perfect gift? How about a gift of fresh roasted coffee? 

All you need to do is:

Contact us 575-496-7383

1. Let us know if you want 3 months, 6 months etc of coffee delivered to the recipient.

2. Give us their email address AND

3. We'll do the rest! 

We will send out a beautiful note letting your family, friend or loved know that they will be receiving a coffee gift from you. 

BONUS! If you purchase a one year subscription of coffee, we will include a free electric coffee grinder for them to have to grind their fresh roasted beans. Check out our sample letter below. This is what the recipient will receive via email. We will provide your name and info (I used Johnny as an example) and let them know what they will be receiving.

****Please note, that a free electric grinder is only available with the year subscriptions. 

Gift Subscription of 12 oz coffee is $17.50 per month (shipping included). Gift subscription of 16 oz coffee $21.35 shipping included) {*taxes applicable}

Call us if you need something by Christmas, We've got you covered. 

Lolita💋 

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Pecans & Coffee....

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Johnny and I have been hard at work helping a small local farm with their pecan trees. If you are familiar with Southern New Mexico and I know most of you are, we are filled with gorgeous and mature pecan groves. They make a beautiful tunnel of filters light in the summer and in the winter after the first or two below freeze temps...they produce a wonderful nut that we use so much especially during the holidays. 

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I know how much our family enjoyed pecans during the holidays and we always loved sending them to family and friends far away. So much so that they were always looking forward to the same gift year-after-year of fresh pecans. 

This year Johnny and I have decided to create a unique duo set...fresh pecans and fresh roasted coffee. A taste of New Mexico from a local pecan farm and a local coffee roaster (that's me). We will have dup sets of a pound of pecans and a 12 OZ bag of coffee or 16 OZ. The pecans will be wrapped in a burlap sack and set along with the coffee tied with our turquoise bow. A great gift to receive during the holidays. 

You can go right online and order and have it shipped to your friend, coworker, neighbor or relative, or give me (Lolita) a shout (email or call) and I'll help you with all your Christmas/Hanukah/Holiday gift giving needs.  

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💋