In The Kitchen | Coffee Horchata

Refreshing, sweet, and a great pick-me up! I love taking original recipes and seeing how I can infuse coffee into them. Thus, this takes us to our next In The Kitchen coffee recipe...Horchata! What better way to try this out than with our latest Latin American Single Origin coffee, Colombia San Agustín.

Horchata (orxata) | "What is it?", you may ask. Well, good question! Horchata is a milky drink made from either almonds, rice or nuts!  In the recipe that I recreated you'll find rice, cinnamon, sugar, water and last, but not least, coffee.

Step 1 |
Mix together rice, cinnamon, whole coffee beans and 4 cups of water in your blender just enough until everything is coarsely ground. Once blended, pour into a separate bowl, add another 4 cups of water and let soak for 4 hours.

Step 2 |
Take a few ladles full of this mixture and purée in your blender until smooth.  Repeat this process until the full mixture is well blended.

Step 3 |
Strain your mixture with a cheese cloth. However, if you don't own a cheese cloth like myself, then no worries. Feel free to use whatever you have in your kitchen. I have a normal strainer, but be warned you won't be able to separate all fine particles from the liquid. I re-strained this mixture about 3 times which was perfect for my taste!

Step 4 |
Lastly, mix together the sugar with the liquid you just strained and chill. Once it's at your optimum temperature, enjoy!


Let me know what you think or how you make horchata by commenting below!

In The Kitchen | Aeropressed Affogatos

STEP 1 | Make your Coffee!

As with most affogato's they are traditionally made by pouring a shot of espresso over a bowl of ice cream! Now, since I don't have an espresso machine in my home, I went with my next best option...The Aeropress coffee brewer along with The Villager blend coffee!

I often forget how versatile and practical the Aeropress is. It travels well, it makes a delicious single cup of coffee, or a concentrated cup of coffee similar to a shot of espresso. It's the perfect choice in making an affogato in your own kitchen, around a campfire, or at your desk at work/in a college dorm room!

STEP 2 | Pick your ice cream!

When it comes to ice cream we all know there are 2 kinds of people in this world. Those who love vanilla and those who love chocolate! That is why we went with the half n' half from Merrymead Farm (a local farm to our Roastery here in PA). Which would you choose (let us know in the comments below)?

If you're feeling a little adventurous, then I would recommend using the Coffee Chip Ice Cream we made a few weeks ago - delicious creamy coffee combination for sure!

STEP 3 | Pour your freshly brewed coffee over your ice cream + enjoy!

In The Kitchen | Hot Chocee

When I was in college the coffee situation in our cafeteria was utterly lacking, to put it kindly! The problem I kept running into was how I needed coffee to keep me awake in my classes right after chowing down on a hearty breakfast or lunch. Sometimes it was nice holding a hot beverage just to keep me from fidgeting. I spent a lot of time trying to doctor up this instant coffee into something drinkable, and that was when I stumbled upon mixing hot chocolate and coffee together. It wasn't until a few years later that I discovered this was actually a drink people made and loved just as much as I did!

Now that I work with great coffee every day, the need to add extra things into it isn't always necessary, but I still enjoy this nice treat every now and then. Don't we all have our favorite ingredients we add into our cups of coffee? Let me know of your favorite combinations in the comments below!

First things first...the hot chocolate mix! You are more then welcome to use your favorite store bought selections, which we all have stocked up in our kitchens. However, I wanted to try my hand at a DIY option so I knew exactly what was going into this drink. 

The next step, brewing your favorite cup of coffee! I chose to brew the Nordico Blend coffee, via the V60 brewer. This espresso blend mixes so well with chocolate you would think they were meant for each other...well they pretty much are! I made enough for an 8 oz cup of coffee, with ratios of 17 grams of coffee to 289 grams of water. 

The last step is to pour the freshly brewed coffee into your favorite mug, add 1.5 - 2 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix into your coffee and stir. As a chocolate lover I need to be careful with this hot chocee, and switch to decaf around 3 pm every day or there will be no sleeping for me. I can drink cup after cup of this and would still want more!

What is your favorite ingredient to add to coffee? Do you add marshmallows, chocolate chips, cayenee pepper to your hot chocee mix? I'd love to know and possibly give some a try!

Bottoms up - Jess!

What I used for the Hot Chocolate Mix |