Cold Brew Coffee Recipe by Leni Calabrese, owner of Perfect Day Coffee. Cold brew coffee has quickly become the preferred way to make iced coffee. When you take traditionally brewed coffee, cool it and then pour it over ice, you are literally just serving old coffee, that under any other...
Do you enjoy the Applegate products we carry in the co-op? Are you aware that we’re featuring one of their new products this month, Half Time ready-to-go lunches? Do you know the history of the company and the level of commitment that is maintained in providing consumers with the highest quality of organic and natural meats? I learned a lot from my conversation with Gina Asoudegan, Senior Director of Mission at Applegate.
Our Co-op friend and producer, Leni Calabrese, owner of Perfect Day Coffee, a small batch coffee roasting company located in Frenchtown, NJ, is passionate about providing great coffee. I learned so much from sitting and chatting with him.
We began discussing the art and alchemy of coffee making. As a professional photographer with a master’s degree in photography, Leni started out roasting coffee as a hobby before making it his profession. Yet, he notes, there are similarities between the two professions. “With photography, you start with science and a clear idea of what you want to get done. But you don’t really want the finished product to just be this thing you started out to do. Coffee in many ways is the same. Coffee has over a thousand compounds, more than any other food or beverage. There are so many different variables in making coffee you can’t use only science. At one point you have to taste it as an artist and go from there.”
Meet Justine Kawas – one of our newest eco-system partners – and her business, Justine Time to Dance. Located within the tranquil setting of Serenity Day Spa in Doylestown, Justine Time to Dance offers Ballroom and Latin Dance instruction, private and semi private lessons, social events, and private event hosting.
I had the pleasure of not only meeting with Justine at her studio for an interview but also observing – and then participating in – one of her adult special needs dance classes. Witnessing the elegance of the dancers performing a waltz accompanied by the song, ‘Let It Be Me’ by Ray LaMontagne was simply magical. A moment marked with grace.
Kendall Bajek, proprietor of Empanada Mama – a healthy fast food takeout restaurant in the heart of Doylestown – is a shining star young entrepreneur in my book. In business for a year, I was there opening day to sample a number of her amazing empanadas and have remained a loyal return customer since.
Have you noticed that no one else is offering empanadas anywhere in or around town? The uniqueness of the product is not the only aspect of the business that sets it apart. Kendall comments, “What’s special is the amount of care and quality that goes into each empanada, and then there’s the speed – people know they can get in and out in about five minutes.”
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