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How to Make Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnam is the world's second-largest coffee producer (behind only Brazil), and in this blog installment, we'll show you how to make our interpretation of Vietnamese Coffee using Lola Savannah blends. This strong coffee concoction can be served hot or iced, and is traditionally made with condensed milk. This drink is gaining popularity in America right now, so if you haven't given this sweet, dramatic, photo-worthy caffeinated treat a try yet, making one at home is an easy solution.

What makes Vietnamese Coffee unique is the type of coffee beans, as well as the brewing method. Vietnam is known for its Robusta coffee beans (representing 90% of the country's coffee production). Robusta coffee beans are dark in color and feature a strong, nutty flavor. Robusta coffee beans also have a much higher caffeine content than do the more common Arabica beans.

Traditionally, Vietnamese Coffee is made with a Phin filter, a slow drip-style stainless steel tool with a filter you fit over a mug or glass to house the brewed Coffee. To make this recipe more accessible, we will be using a French press. The French press mimics the Phin by letting coffee grounds steep in hot water. You can use any favorite Lola Savannah coffee blend you have on hand.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Ground coffee, medium-coarse grind
  • Filtered water
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • French press

*Optional Ice to make this beverage cold

Step 1: Combine coffee grounds and filtered water in a French press. The French press will steep the coffee similarly to the traditional Vietnamese coffee maker.

A good ratio to follow for this recipe would be two tablespoons of coffee and 3/4 cup of hot water.

Step 2: Steep for 4 minutes, then press down the plunger to strain the coffee.

Step 3: Spoon two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk into a cup. Adjust this measurement to suit your sweet tooth.

Step 4: Pour brewed Coffee from the French press into your cup.

Stir and enjoy your hot Vietnamese Coffee, or follow step 5 for an iced version.

Step 5: Allow the Coffee to cool for a few minutes before adding your ice cubes to avoid watering down your drink.

Feel free to adjust this recipe to your liking. For example, if you don't enjoy sweetened condensed milk or prefer something dairy-free, you can try a vegan version using coconut milk and simple syrup.

Coffee is anything but boring, and almost every culture has a special way or making something delicious. With Lola Savannah's selection of exquisite organics, delicious flavored coffees, and delightful blends, you're sure to find something you love.


Vietnamese Coffee


Coffee and Cream Ice Pops

With summer now in full swing, we figured we'd share more of our favorite summertime coffee treats. This recipe combines the nostalgic childhood pastime of making your own Ice Pops with our adult fixation with iced coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up! The best part about this recipe is using your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blend to customize these treats to your specific tastes.

Here's a list of suggested ingredients:

  • Cooled, freshly brewed coffee
  • Creamer of choice (can be dairy-free)
  • Sweetener of choice (this is optional and can be adjusted to suit your sweet tooth)
  • Freezer Ice Pop mold

To achieve the layers of these Coffee and Cream Ice Pops, we first poured a layer of our creamer into the ice pop molds and placed them in the freezer for two hours, or until solid.

While the creamer is freezing, grind up some fresh Lola Savannah coffee beans, brew your coffee, and sweeten to your liking. We've found that it's best to add the sweetener while the coffee is still warm.

After the coffee has cooled to room temperature and the creamer layer has fully frozen, fill the ice pop molds and add your sticks. Place the mold in the freezer for another 2-3 hours, or until ice pops solidify.

These Coffee and Cream Ice Pops can be a simple cure for a lazy afternoon when you need a caffeine boost or an indulgent treat if you're looking for something sweet. So be creative, and add as little or as much sweetener or creamer as you prefer, and you'll end up with a treat that can satisfy the most demanding palate---yours! And for us coffee lovers, well, it's just another fun and delicious way to enjoy your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blends.


Coffee Ice Pops


Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream

With hot summer weather just around the corner, we thought it would be an excellent time to explore some summertime coffee creations! This dairy-free version of coffee ice cream is a healthier caffeinated version of traditional ice cream and is easy to make without any complicated kitchen accessories. Just another way to enjoy your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blends any time of the year!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 bananas sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup fresh-brewed Lola Savannah coffee (your choice)
  • 1 tsp honey (you can also use sugar or another sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or coffee extract for more coffee flavor!)


Instructions

  • Brew your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blend and sweeten with the sweetener of choice.
  • Let the freshly brewed coffee cool.
  • In a food processor, add the frozen bananas, coffee, and vanilla/coffee extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the coffee blend into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and place it in your freezer for 1.5 to two hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

This amount serves around two small scoops for two people.

Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream


Hot Chocolate Coffee Recipe

Looking for Valentine's treats to spoil yourself or someone you love this season? Well, we've got the perfect treat for the coffee lover in your life! Better yet, you get to prepare this recipe with your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blend to make it truly unique and customized.

Here's your list of ingredients:

3 cups freshly brewed Lola Savannah coffee
1 cup creamer of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
1/2 cup sweetener of choice (sugar, stevia, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
1/4 cup hazelnut-chocolate spread, such as Nutella® *
Whipped cream topping

Add all ingredients except whipped topping to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until Nutella® melts and components are properly mixed. Serve, top with whipped cream, and enjoy!

We hope this "creamy caffeinated concoction" can spread some joy this season, and comfort you like a warm hug from someone you love.

* Nutella® is a product of Ferrero SpA.

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Festive Holiday Coffee

Here's a fun adult drink for our coffee lovers out there. The best part, you can customize this with your favorite Lola Savannah flavored coffee blend and serve it up hot or cold. Follow along for an easy Lola Savannah twist on the classic cocktail White Russian.

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee
  • Shot of Kahlua
  • Dash of Heavy Cream, or creamer of choice
  • Optional: Ground allspice, cardamom, or clove
  • Garnish + Toppings: cinnamon sticks, toasted marshmallow, cocoa powder

Iced Version:
Allow brewed coffee to cool, then add liquid ingredients over ice. Top with spices, and stir with a cinnamon stick or spoon. Add your choice of garnish.

Hot Version:
After brewing coffee, heat liquid ingredients in a small pan. Once warm, serve and add spices and garnish of choice.

However you may be spending the holidays, may they be merry and bright! Happy Holidays from Lola Savannah.

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"Witch’s Brew" imitation cold brew coffee

We’ve decided to share an imitation version of cold brew for Halloween that you can prepare with your favorite Lola Savannah coffee!
For this recipe, you’ll need an ice cube tray, vanilla extract or flavor of choice, sweetener of your choosing, and of course, Lola Savannah coffee.

Begin by preparing your coffee in your preferred brewing method, then let sit to chill till completely cooled. Add coffee to a large Pyrex measuring cup to add your flavoring and sweetener. This is the part where you can get creative and customize your coffee to your liking by adding vanilla extract, a creamer of choice, condensed milk, sugar, stevia, simple syrup, cinnamon, caramel, or even chocolate! Mix up this mixture to your liking, whether you prefer a strong coffee drink or something sweet to sip on, then fill the ice cube trays and carefully place in the freezer.

After the coffee has frozen, remove coffee ice cubes from the tray and add it to a glass. Serve with your choice of chilled coffee or with your choice of milk or creamer. As the ice cubes melt, your drink will transform into a magical, tasty, caffeinated treat! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Decaf


Coffee Coffee Cake

As the weather cools down, we start preparing ourselves for sweater weather, cozy nights, and holiday treats. What better time than now to share this savory take on a coffee cake made with real coffee! Get creative using your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blends to customize this coffee cake with your favorite flavors.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients:
For Streusel
¾ Cups pecans or walnuts
¾ Cups of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For Cake
3 ⅓ Cups All-Purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cups buttermilk
¾ cups strong brewed coffee, cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ stick (12 tablespoons) unsalted soft butter
1 ¾ Cups sugar
3 large eggs
For Glaze (Optional)
¼ Cup strong brewed coffee
2 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar

Gather your ingredients and brew your favorite Lola Savannah coffee with your preferred brewing method. Allow for the coffee to cool down, till cold.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, prepare the streusel by finely chopping the nuts, or use a food processor. Mix nuts with the cinnamon and sugar then set aside for later use.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the liquid ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Dry ingredients include flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Mix the batter by using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Begin by beating the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between each one.
Next, we will slowly incorporate the dry ingredient mix and the wet ingredient mix into the creamed butter. Add each step, then mix well until combined thoroughly.

– Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients to the creamed butter
– Add 1/2 your liquid
– Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients
– Add the rest of your liquid
– Lastly, add the rest of your dry ingredients and combine them.

Use a bundt cake, or 9x13" baking dish and lightly butter and flour the pan for easy removal after baking. Pour HALF of your batter into the prepared pan, level out, then add a layer of streusel mix.
Pour the rest of your batter over the streusel, and level out once more.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes; baking time can vary by 10-15 minutes. To ensure baking is complete, stick a skewer or fork into the cake, remove from oven when the skewer comes out clean. Allow cooling for ten minutes.

To remove the cake from the pan, slide a knife around the pan's edges to loosen the cake from sides. Flip the pan over onto a plate; this should come out quickly and easily.

For the glaze, combine the remaining brewed coffee with sifted powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Be sure that the cake is cool before glazing; we recommend 45 minutes to an hour. Drizzle coffee cake with glaze and allow to dry. Slice up and serve!

Coffee Cake


Coffee Drinks 101

In our last blog, we discussed the differences between coffee bean species and the variety of flavors. Now, let's look into the realm of coffee drinks and the different beverages created with coffee. Knowing the differences in how these drinks are prepared can help you explore and find your favorite coffee experience.

Espresso is a concentrated coffee usually served in shots; it is bittersweet and originated in Italy. These shots are enjoyed on their own or within other favorite coffee drinks.
Cortado is an equal mix of espresso and steamed milk. This blend creates a yin-yang effect and cuts down on the espresso's acidity.
Latte is a shot of espresso with steamed milk then topped with a touch of foam. This coffee drink is the most popular and can be served with a flavor shot to create custom blends. Think Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Cappuccino is similar to a Latte; only it has more foam than steamed milk. It is commonly sprinkled with cinnamon or cocoa powder and can also be made with cream, and have shots of flavor blended in.
Americano is an attractive choice for those who enjoy a more robust flavor similar to black coffee. Here an espresso shot is diluted by adding hot water.
Red Eye, named after midnight flights, is sure to help wake you up. This drink is created by adding a shot of espresso to a hot cup of coffee.
Cafe Au Lait is French and directly translates to "Coffee with Milk." This coffee drink is a classic and is an excellent option for coffee minimalist.
Affogato, a unique Italian treat, is served by pouring shots of espresso over ice cream.
For adults only, Irish coffee consists of black coffee, whiskey, sugar, and topped whipped cream—an excellent option for an after-dinner drink for guests.

Whether you prefer cream and sugar or a more traditional robust coffee drink, there is always room to explore different flavors and blends. As always, we are here to help and welcome you to find your perfect cup with Lola Savannah!

Coffee Drinks


Granita

Looking for fun ways to enjoy your favorite Lola Savannah coffee blends? With the summer heat in full effect we thought we’d share a refreshing coffee treat you can recreate at home.

Granita is a semi-frozen treat made with sugar, water and various flavorings that was first invented in Sicily. This popular Italian treat is simple to create with coffee and can be a tasty remedy for summer fatigue.

  • Begin with 3 cups, strong brewed Lola Savannah Coffee and combine with 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract till sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour mixture into a 9 X 13 inch pan and place in the freezer. The mixture will begin to look slushy after an hour, “rake” the mixture with a dinner fork to break up the crystals then place back in the freezer. Repeat this process, every 30 minutes until the mixture appears granular in appearance and is completely frozen.
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, place the mixture in a bowl and vigorously stir with a fork till you achieve a uniform texture (about 30 seconds) then freeze for another 30 minutes, or until it is firm enough to scoop.
  • Serve granita and top with fresh whipped cream or creamer of choice!

The variations are endless with this recipe, customize your own granita with one of our signature flavored blends or add a splash of Coffee Liquor, Irish Cream or Kahlua for a caffeinated adult beverage! Cheers!

Granita