Recipe for Mocha Cake


Mocha Cake

Recipe for Mocha Cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the chocolate, coffee and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 14-16 servings.


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Government by Coffee?

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How much coffee is consumed these days? It is getting close to a half billion cups per year. Why not replace big government with government-by-coffee. Replace those austere chambers where catastrophic courses of action are suggested and wars declared with Starbucks-like coffee chambers, so that the great issues of the day can be decided in a cozy and fraternal atmosphere over a leisurely Cappuccino and toasted bagel rather than in great halls which so often serve as settings for policies based on the blood-and-iron approach to problem solving.

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What is Rooibos


What Is Rooibos?

What is Rooibos was originally posted on, an informative and useful website for coffee lovers with an experienced coffee roaster and maven named Sean Hand at the helm.

What Is Rooibos? Are its medicinal benefits anywhere near what distributors and consumers of this red tea say they are?

October 7, 2012 by Sean Hand

Rooibos is Afrikaans for “red bush”. Its scientific name is aspalathus linearis and is a member of the legume family of plants . Rooibos is an herb found in a small area in the the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa. The herb is used to make a tisane, or herbal elixer, with many health benefits. Popularly known as “red tea” or “redbush tea”, it is not related to tea from the camellia sinensis plant as is green or black tea.

the plant is actually green in color until going through an oxidation or fermentation process..

Rooibos tea or red tea does not contain caffeine making it suitable even for children. No sugar may be added because it is naturally sweet.

Antioxidants and Rooibos:

The predominant antioxidants in rooibos are nothofagin and aspalathin. Nothofagin can be found in other plants, but aspalathin is unique to rooibos. It also contains  flavonoids like orientin, isoquercitrin, luteolin, quercetin, iso-vitexin, vitexin, chrysoeriol, iso-orientin and rutin. These compounds are all beneficial to good health.

Minerals in  Rooibos:

Apart from antioxidants, rooibos tea also contain many minerals which can aid in maintaining a healthy nervous system, and metabolic processes, giving you healthy bones, teeth and skin. Copper, iron, mangnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium are some minerals which can be found in rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is good for people who are prone to kidney stones since it does not contain oxalic acid. Compared to black and green teas, the tannin content, of rooibos, is quite small helping your body absorb more iron, and other minerals, and it aids in good digestion.

Rooibos has been used for centuries, in Africa, to aid in with many health problems including insomnia, nervous tension, hypertension, irritability and headaches. Its can also relieve colic, in infants, and stomach cramping. Allergies such as asthma, hay fever,  and eczema can be treated by drinking a rooibos tisane. It can also be applied, as a topical treatment, to combat irritated skin and minor wounds. Its antioxidant properties are naturally anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial making it good for this type of application.

Health Benefits of Rooibos:

Rooibos is a good alternative for NSAIDs to relieve inflammations. NSAID drugs can be detrimental to your health especially the gastrointestinal tract when taken for a prolonged period of time. Rooibos tea has no side effects making it a healthier alternative to an anti inflammatory. Free radicals are the beginning of potential oxidative damage to your body’s cells. Antioxidants, in rooibos, can neutralize free radicals before they do any damage to your body.

Rooibos has been included as an ingredient in soaps, face creams, lotions and shampoos. People claim that it makes their skin softer and more supple. Some say that it clears up acne psoriasis.





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Espresso machine buying guide

coffee maker #1 is a website that offers everything coffee to both private parties and businesses. Its product offerings range from commercial grade espresso machines and brewing equipment to juicers, blenders – in addition to coffee and tea from around the world Its tutorials are extremely informative and valuable for beginners, intermediate and advanced students/consumers of coffee and tea the following excerpt is from an article about choosing an espresso machine.

Choosing between Manual, Semi-Automatic or Super-Automatic

Purchasing an espresso machine can be a substantial investment and requires some important decisions. IDC is committed to helping you make the right choice to meet your needs, lifestyle and budget. We are here to answer any questions you may have or to make suggestions if required. Please review our buying guide below for some general considerations to keep in mind when choosing an espresso machine. Continue reading

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Make Good Espresso and Frothed Milk

Make Good Espresso and Frothed Milk
The following is an excerpt from an article at excellent website that is all about coffee. This site offers a ton of really good coffee-making equipment for sale and interesting articles about all phases and aspects of coffee and coffee production:

There are many who enjoy a well-made (a “professionally made”) espresso, or latte, or cappuccino at home each morning. But there are a few practical problems with the scale of most home equipment. While large commercial machines will make high quality drinks in large quantities, it’s more difficult to make just one drink for yourself.
In this article, we’ll give you some tips to help you emulate the advantages of a large, commercial system to get similar results from your household equipment. Some of these tips will require using some additional tools and gadgets with your espresso machine to get professional results. But these are all relatively inexpensive, and will transform the (perhaps) uninteresting drinks you currently get from your machine into the kinds of coffee drinks that you’d pay several dollars for at a real coffee shop. Continue reading

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How to Make a Cafe Mocha at Home

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 How to make a cafe mocha at home

Explore: A Cafe Mocha is a delicious hot beverage made by combining chocolate, espresso and steamed milk. It is sometimes also called a Mocha or a Mocha Latte. Continue reading

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Coffee Fest 2014

By Marc Wortman is an invaluable resource for anyone who loves coffee and is looking for interesting and informative tutorials about the art and science of coffee making. There is also a steady stream of coffee and coffee equipment reviews as well as general reportage on ndustry news and events.



This past weekend, I attended the Coffee Fest show In Portland, Oregon.  I had attended this same show a couple years ago when it took place in Seattle.  This year, the72nd edition of Coffee Fest moved to Portland, and to Oregon for the first time in its history.

Read: Seattle Coffee Fest 2012

Coffee Fest is an industry trade show, primarily for coffee roasters and cafe managers.  The emphasis of the show is on how the business owner can grow their sales, so ironically, there’s less coffee at Coffee Fest than I would’ve expected.  The emphasis is definitely on keeping a coffee business current, but also on the different worlds that a coffee business can get into.

I didn’t take count, but it seemed that the largest business segment exhibiting at Coffee Fest was tea.  Many successful coffee business owners expand into offering a variety of teas.  I don’t mind tea, but I also don’t know enough about it to speak with exhibitors in this space.


Another large segment in exhibitors was coffee importers, and these were the people that I came mainly to see.  I’ve been shopping around for a coffee roaster, and I think I have the one I want picked out.  With that decision behind me, I’ll need larger quantities of green coffee than I’ve bought before, and I wanted to meet the importers that make that possible.  I was able to meet with sales people who work for these importers, and made some great contacts.


…Coffee Fest 2014

Another large segment in exhibitors was coffee importers, and these were the people that I came mainly to see.  I’ve been shopping around for a coffee roaster, and I think I have the one I want picked out.  With that decision behind me, I’ll need larger quantities of green coffee than I’ve bought before, and I wanted to meet the importers that make that possible.  I was able to meet with sales people who work for these importers, and made some great contacts.

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For an interesting look at a coffee tasting at a local coffee roasting company, visit

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About the National Coffee Association


A few words about the National Coffee Association

The National Coffee Association Is dedicated to coffee in all its forms, uses and manifestations. Its web site offers sections devoted to market research, government affairs, a knowledge bank, events, education and scientific affairs – all of which revolve around coffee.  The organizations holds a convention every year, Continue reading

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Brighton Beach’s Cafe Glechik

Brighton Beach Avenue, known as “Little Russia” for the dominating culture of the Russian-speaking immigrants, is a little corner of the Old Country in the New World. Located on the southern tip of Brooklyn, it is best known for its wide variety of restaurants and Russian food delicatessens. Although Manhattan may be one of the most visited destinations and its restaurants are ranked among some of the best in the world, many visitors are discovering a little culinary haven in Brooklyn…Brighton Beach-from

“Sto etta?”“What is this?”

A concatenation of blinis, borscht and beluga caviar just a subway ride from the canyons of Wall Street the miles and miles of shop/boutique windows of Brooklyn’s more illustrious and decidedly more Western neighbor on the other side of the East River?Foodies have discovered this corner of Old Russia, replete with the ethno Russian punctuation marks of Jewish, Ukranian, trans-Caucasisn and Central Asian cuisine.

This week’s spotlight is on Brighton Beach’s Cafe Glechik

The Cafe Glechik  – telephone – 718-616-0766 Iin his book “No Reservations” the famous food writer Anthony Bourdain had this to say about this fixed star of Ukranian cuisine in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach “….I never ate so well in Russia.” Having transported the eclectica of ice-free Odessa’s multi-ethnic dishes to the borough of Barbara Streisand, Winston Churchill’s mother and the once iconic Brooklyn Dodgers, this restaurant is well known to  gastronomically hip New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Glechik has two locations. One is in Sheepshead Bay at 1655 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY 11235 call: (718) 332-2414. The other is in Coney island at 3159 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11235 call: (718) 616-0766 (718) 616-0494. Hours are 11 am – 11 Pm except for Friday and Saturday when it is open until midnight.

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