The "Shack" is Back!

Many of you have wondered, "What does Johnny do when he is not supervising Lolita?" Excellent question! More correctly stated, "What does Johnny do to stay out of Lolita's way so that she doesn't strangle him?" I buy, sell, collect and create stuff!

Johnny's Junk Shack is back! When visiting Johnny Lolita's for coffee, confections and event services, wander through the shop and take a peek into the back room (so to speak). You'll find an ever changing assortment of cool gift ideas. Antiques, vintage items, unique hand-made items, collectibles, ephemera, photos, art and more! Just as with Lolita's awesome coffee, we can ship right to your front door or, deliver in the Phoenix metro area. Johnny's Junk Shack

Spring in in the air and you know what that means...Spring Cleaning! Do you have things tucked away in closets and cupboards that you'd like gone? Contact me directly at johnny@johnnylolitas.com to see how I can help. 

Look for updates on events which Johnny's Junk Shack will be participating in (both in person and virtual). It's good to be back! 

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 🎄 

 

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💋

 

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💋 

From Fig Tree....to Fig Jam

My tree in our backyard.  

My tree in our backyard.  

We Relocated back to Arizona in October, 2015. Most of our living has been desert landscape or a very small "postage stamp" lot. We found a beautiful home in a historic district and I've never had so much grass, bushes and greenery in my life! 

Our neighbor has several fruit bearing trees. Oranges, grapefruit and persimmons to name a few. Well....I have a fig tree. I was pretty excited about it as I L❤️VE figs! I remember growing up in my wonderful neighborhood on Buckingham Drive in El Paso, the Elias family had a fig tree and I thought how cool is that. It was so different to have a fig tree I thought and they were so tasty too. I couldn't wait until they were ripe so we could enjoy.

Kadota figs

Kadota figs

Flashback to the present...I have a fig tree and wanted to find out what kind it was. Well until it starts producing the fruit, I really wasn't sure. I researched a lot on the web and talked to a couple of local nurseries. I am fortunate because we have bi-weekly irrigation so it is getting plenty of water. I've been watching it and soon it started producing all that wonderful fruit. So I (along with every wild bird in the neighborhood) watched carefully and when they were ready I started harvesting and yes...I shared with the wild birds too. There are so many...and it's still producing more fruit. 

I finally found out I have a Kadota Fig Tree. Which, from what I read, is the figs they use in Fig Newtons. They stay a greenish/yellowish color unlike the Mission or Brown Turkey Figs that turn a deep purple or brown. So what do you do with figs??? Why make fig jam!!!

Paired with Costa Rican coffee.😁 

Paired with Costa Rican coffee.😁 

I made up my first batch...wasn't hard, just takes time to simmer and thicken. The end result....Johnny says "De-lish! I'm pretty happy with it myself. In case you're interested...here's the recipe. And you know what? It's great on a piece of toast and a cup of Johnny Lolita's Coffee (shameless plug). I paired it with our Costa Rican....very nice. However, this would be wonderful in making up a Charcuterie Board using some goat cheese or Manchego....oh and a glass of wine. (Wink wink, smiley face) 

Here's the recipe;  

  • 2 lbs of figs stemmed and quartered. (I used the Kadota figs which are probably not as sweet as the Mission or Brown Turkey Figs) 
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup honey (or sub with the same amount of sugar)
  • Juice of 1½ lemons
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the figs, sugar, honey, & lemon juice in a large sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring to combine as the sugar melts. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until thickened, about 50-60 minutes. Be sure to stir the pan often to prevent sticking and/or burning, especially as the mixture thickens. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and cool completely.
  2. Store the jam in jars or other air tight containers in the refrigerator. You can also can them, just follow the instructions for canning. 
Fig delish!  

Fig delish!  

Because the figs thicken on their own, you don't need to add pectin therefore no need to can. However, if you are gifting to someone, putting them in a mason jar and adding a cute Kraft style sticker makes a great special gift! 

Enjoy!

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💋 

Mother's Day Is Coming

For all the havoc you created during those younger years, doesn't your Mom deserve some quiet time and a delicious cup of coffee? How about some fresh pecans along with her pound of Johnny Lolita's fresh roasted coffee? 

Be sure to get your order in for shipping (By Wed May 6th) or for local delivery in the El Paso/Las Cruces area (by Thurs May 7th).

Your Mom will thank you for it! 

Lolita 💋

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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Holiday Gift Ideas

We have some great holiday gift ideas for the coffee lover in your life. We offer a great selection of holiday gifts, so be sure to go to our website at www.johnnylolitas.com and shop online. 

However...I thought I would highlight some of our holiday gifts since we are certainly flying up to the holidays real fast. Here is a list of ideas....

Gift Subscriptions

If you LOVE coffee so much, wouldn't your family and friends LOVE it too? A wonderful coffee subscription. You can choose the length of your gift subscription and we will be sure to make a beautiful presentation of fresh roasted coffee packaged with great care. 

12 OZ bag of coffee per month $17.50 INCLUDES SHIPPING                                                             16 OZ bag of coffee per month $21.30 INCLUDES SHIPPING

Beautifully Boxed Bag of Coffee & Pecans $23.50

Receive a box with a pound of pecans and a pound of Johnny Lolita's fresh roasted coffee. A wonderful gift of New Mexico delivered to your door. 

Burlap Christmas Stockings $18.00 

Handmade stockings from our coffee burlap sacks. We have had great success so far this year. We have sold over 35 burlap stockings and have 10 left. Go to our website and grab one soon!  

Burlap Sack of Pecans $8.00 

Fresh local pecans from Southern New Mexico in partnership with BACH Farms. 

Gift Sets

The Aficionado $195.00

Beautifully boxed gift set that includes; Handmade Burr Grinder, Bialetti Moka Espresso Pot, 2 Ceramic Espresso Cups, Pour-Over Brewer plus filters, Coffee Vac Canister, BPH Free Tumbler 16 oz, Three Coffee Selections ( 3 OZ, 6 OZ & 16 OZ) 

The Connoisseur  $125.00

Beautifully boxed gift set that includes; Handmade Burr Grinder, Pour-Over Brewer plus filters, BPH Free Tumbler 16 oz, Three Coffee Selections ( 3 OZ, 6 OZ & 16 OZ)

The Enthusiast $80.00

Bialetti 32 OZ French Press, BPH Free Tumbler 16 OZ, Three Coffee Selections ( 3 OZ, 6 OZ & 16 OZ)

The Junkie $35.00 

A perfect gift set for the coffee lover truly devoted to a great cup of coffee. This set includes an Electric Grinder and one 16 OZ bag of coffee (your choice) 

Be sure to check out our website and shop online. If you have any question, you can always reach out to me. 

Lolita 

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.