October 28, 2010
Probably my most favorite coffee roaster.....EVER. true story. I met the fine folks of Crop to Cup at the Brooklyn Flea so already my mood was high. I needed a cup of coffee , so I headed to the Crop to Cup table. The coffee was de-flippin-licious and so is their POV:
Quality Coffee is both a pleasure and a livelihood.
Coffee farmers sell into an open market. They sell to us because we pay higher prices for quality coffee. Higher prices encourage farmers to look at their coffee gardens as serious businesses.
Our purchasing partners pay a 20% premium above market prices to reward farmers for putting in that extra effort to produce high quality coffee. It’s no easy task to make the coffee taste so good, and this reward is necessary.
Find out all that goes into your cup (ummmm, this is super duper awesome)
Everyone deserves a stake in their own success.
As farmer representatives it only makes sense that the more we get for our clients’ coffee, the more they should get. As such, we put 5% of every coffee purchase to good use in the coffee’s origin community. Additionally, we reinvest back into farming communities one dollar out of every ten in profit through our 10% profit sharing plan.
Track your impact in your farmers’ community.
Good People + Good Coffee = Something good.
So there’s good coffee, then there’s good coffee that does good too. While we do not know why homemade pie tastes better, we do know that the same holds true for coffee; knowing the person who cared for your coffee, and the story that goes into your cup, can enhance even the casual coffee experience. At Crop to Cup we believe that the quality of life for participating farmers is a large factor in the quality of coffee they produce.
I adore the farmer profiles. Check them out here. Awesome, right?
Now having a (much) larger kitchen, I've taken it upon myself to become somewhat of a baker. I cook but not very well and to be frank, I just don't enjoy it all that much. My husband is better at it than I am and more times than not when cooking he chimes in with fun ingredients to add to jazz our meal up a bit. I just don't have the cooking sense to pair spices with certain foods like he does. I gotta give it to him- he's good.
So back to baking. I love the way my house smells when baking, and now that i've got all the good bake wear i'm all about being the wife who makes the best muffins or the one who brings the best treats to the dinner parties. I started out with this super simple, super delicious recipe from my momma. When I say simple and delicious, really- simple and delicious. MINI CHEESECAKES.
12 vanilla wafers
2, 8 ounce pack cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
soften cream cheese and add all ingredients together in mixing bowl. mix ingredients together. put cupcake foils in muffin tin and place 1 wafer in each place. pour mixture over each wafer filling each just over half way (they rise a bit). bake at 325 for 25 minutes. spoon a cherry pie filing, or apple filing on top and walah! yummmtown galore!
October 1, 2010
Having now been back to my hometown for a month, our social calendar has completely gone through the roof! Hubby and I are completely stressed out about all the family and friend obligations that come along with living in your hometown. Don't get me wrong, it's great. AND we want to see these people and do all the events but good God, if I don't literally check our calendar EVERY DAY I have no idea whats going on! So with that said, I'm so sorry Coffee In The Classroom. I've put you second to my new life and I realize it's just not fair. I'm trying to get my act together, honestly. Truce?