Ask Steve | Where did it go?

Everytime I find a delicious coffee that soon becomes my favorite, it is gone within a few months. Why does coffee come and go so quickly?

Best,
In Love with Yirgacheffe

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 Our seasonal coffee offerings change frequently throughout the year. So annoying right? We think stellar coffees deserve time in the spotlight when they’re freshly harvested and most vibrant, so our offerings mirror coffee’s harvest cycles around the globe. We run our single origin coffees for about 10 weeks - just enough time for you to fall in love only to have your new favorite coffee dramatically ripped away by big bag One Village. Sorry. We like variety. It hurts us to let the faves go, but there are so many rad coffees in the world. We only get to share a few of said rad coffees with you each year, so we really like to try to strike some semblance of balance between variety and stability on the offering sheet.

 My advice: catch em while you can and savor them flavor notes, but maintain a healthy detachment, then go ahead and let yourself fall for the hot new coffee on the block when it comes round! And if you just can’t let a coffee go, there’s always cryogenics. Seriously. Freezing is a real option - single doses, vacuum packed, of course. But you’re not that desperate right? Well we are, we just started freezing some of our favorite coffees here at the One Village HQ!

Peace out,
Steve

*First 3 farm photos are provided by Fair Trade, USA*

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!

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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!