Magical Coffee

Serves 2-4 Coffee Base: • 2/3 cup coarsely ground CAFÉ ITALIA coffee • 3 cups water • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar Put ingredients in a quart jar and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The Finished Drink: • milk, half and half, or cream • ice Pour the coffee base through a […]

Pumpkin-Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee – 2 cups milk – 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) – 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (to taste) – 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice – 1 tablespoon vanilla – 1/2 cup hot brewed Café Suisse Garnish, if desired – Whipped cream – Dash pumpkin pie spice – 2 […]

Mokk-a is Five

MOKK-A IS FIVE YEARS OLD now…so let’s take a moment to look back to the beginning. (As told to Margot Dockrell)   I’d been toying with the idea of starting my own business for years, and after a life-changing cup of what became Café Svenska, the idea of coffee suddenly sounded like an interesting new project! […]

Does Coffee Make You Smarter?

“Coffee Improves Test Scores” read the headline of a short article in the New York Times Science section a few Tuesdays ago.  The study was not repeated every month for ten years the way scientists like to, but the results still seemed significant.  Two groups of adults were gathered together to take a battery of […]

Union Hotel Mud Cake

Reputedly produced to great acclaim at the Union Hotel in Benicia, California, this is a dark rich moist cake, requiring no icing – just a hearty dollop of unsweetened whipped cream. Ingredients: • 7 ounces (7squares in U.S.) unsweetened chocolate • 12 tablespoons butter (1 ½ sticks or ¾ cup) • 1 ½ cups strong […]

Coffee and a Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is not perfect this year.  It’s too short for one thing, and even though it wants to be watered constantly, which may or may not be a result of the cat drinking out of the stand; it has been dropping needles at an alarming rate, producing a thick carpet of green around […]

Coffee and Whiskey

As soon as we wake up every morning, I take my rickety old dog for a leisurely amble not on a lead but letting her choose the route.  This morning she took me through the field beyond the house and down the wooded embankment to a little brook that runs along the edge of our […]