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Coffee Leaving You Hot or Cold?

July 30th, 2010

Whether our chefs are cooking for high profile executives in New York or for hard-to-please clients on “Private Chefs of Beverly Hill’s,” one thing is constant: when selecting fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables or the perfect wine for a meal, our chefs have discriminating palettes for the best of the best.  With our offices headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the country’s great regions for coffee microroasters, we and our customers also take our coffee as seriously as we do wine and food.

While we love the purity of hot coffee drinks, summertime sometimes screams for something cool and refreshing.  One of our most popular chilled coffee drinks at private events and summer cooking classes is our Cappuccino Smoothie.  Perfect for a weekend brunch, this drink, using high quality, all natural ingredients, blows away mass-produced blended coffee beverages in its richness and depth of flavor.  It blends creamy coffee ice cream with the kick of espresso to give you an extra boost in your day.  Very refreshing and satisfying.

Cappuccino Smoothies
Yield: 5 Servings
NOTES: If you’re lucky enough to find small coffee microroasters in your area, let them advise you on their favorite espresso roast and enjoy the intensity of fresh roasted beans.

1 cup Espresso, cold (Note: If you don’t have an espresso maker, use triple the amount of coffee you normally use to brew coffee.)
1/2 cup Coffee ice cream (we love organic, small batch locally produced ice cream)
1/4 cup Crushed or cracked ice
1/4 cup Heavy Cream, whipped
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, or as needed

1. Blend the espresso, ice cream, ice, and milk in a blender until smooth.
2. Serve at once in chilled tall glasses garnished with a dollop of whipped cream.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

For coffee purists who eschew blended beverages, we find inspiration in the centuries-old traditions of the Austrian coffee houses, where staggering varieties of coffee drinks mixed and matched different ratios of water, coffee or espresso, milk, foam, or whipped cream. Our favorite Austrian coffee house beverage is the “Maria Theresa.” This drink was named after the old Austrian Empress Maria Theresa herself.

The Maria Theresa

3 tablespoons of Gran Marnier (or other orange liqueur like Triple Sec)
1 tablespoon superfine granulated sugar
4 oz. freshly brewed coffee (Viennese roast)
1 tablespoon sweetened whip cream
Fresh orange zest, for garnish

1.Warm coffee cup up by pouring hot water inside.
2.Add liqueur to cup and stir in sugar. Pour hot coffee on top. Then add whip cream and grate orange zest over the top for garnish.

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