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Chocolate Mousse - This recipe comes from Al Baker’s restaurant in St. Louis from the Dining In – St. Louis cookbook published in 1979.  Terry has used it with great success over the years.  It’s so delicious and very easy to prepare. 
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs, Separated
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts (optional), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over very low heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Beat in egg yolks.
2. Dissolve instant coffee in hot water (or use brewed coffee) and add Kahlua and instant coffee to the chocolate mixture.
3. Beat egg whites until stiff while gradually adding the sugar. Fold beaten egg whites into mixture until all white specks disappear. Whip cream until stiff. Fold completely into mixture, reserving 1/4 cup for garnish.
4. Chill 1 hour. Scoop into sherbet glasses and top with remaining whipped cream. Top with pistachio nuts (optional) and sprinkle with Grand Marnier (also optional).
Notes:  You can use one teaspoon of your favorite brewed nanland coffee instead of instant coffee and water.
Photograph from The Brewer and The Baker.
Coffee Bacon Sandwiches - This recipe from Joy the Baker Cookbook makes 8 pieces of bacon and enough spread for 4 sandwiches.

For the Bacon:
  • 8 slices uncooked bacon
  • 1 K cup ground nanland coffee-removed from pod
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon water
For the Spread:
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
For the Sandwich:
  • fresh baby spinach leaves
  • crusty, toasted bread
  1. Lay cascading bacon slices atop one another so that the fat is on top. Place bacon on top of a piece of plastic wrap or brown butcher paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together ground coffee, chili powder, brown sugar, molasses, and water. Spread the mixture on top of the bacon slices, pressing with the back of a spoon. The coffee topping will only be on the fat part of each bacon strip. Wrap the bacon and coffee in the plastic wrap or butcher paper and place in the fridge. You may want to put the mixture in a large sealable back to prevent any leaking. Let sit for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to bake, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and separate the bacon slices on the paper in a single layer. If you prefer, you can wipe some of the ground coffee marinade off before baking. The majority of the coffee will only be on one side of the bacon slice. Bake until browned and crisp, 14 to 17 minutes, or until bacon has reached your desired crispiness. Remove from the oven, allow to drain on a piece of paper towel. While the bacon is cooking, assemble goat cheese spread.
  3. To make the Spread: In a medium bowl, place goat cheese, pitted dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and red pepper flakes. Use a fork to mash the ingredients together. Mash until well incorporated. Add a touch more lemon juice or olive oil to reach your desired consistency.
  4. Spread goat cheese mixture on buttered and toasted bread. Top with coffee bacon and fresh spinach. Serve immediately.
Coffee Cocoa Snack Cake - The coffee in this recipe intensifies the chocolate flavor of this super-moist cake. We suggest you use nanland's medium-bodied Peru.

  • 5 oz. (10 Tbs.) very soft unsalted butter; more for the pan
  • 1-2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 7 1/4 oz. (1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) unbleached all-purposed flour plus more for lining the pan
  • 2 1/2 oz. (1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup) unsweetened natural cocoa powder (Not Dutch processed)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed nanland coffee, cooled to warm
  • TIP: Give the butter plenty of time to warm up. You can tell your butter is soft enough if it squishes when poked lightly with a finger.
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter a 9-inch-square baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a square of parchment, butter the parchment, and then flour the bottom and sides of the pan. Tap out any excess flour.
  2. If mixing by hand, put the softened butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Using a wooden spoon, cream them until smooth, about 1 minute. Switch to a whisk and blend in the eggs one at a time. Stir for another 30 seconds, until the batter is smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve. (If using a stand mixer, put the butter and sugar in the bowl and, using the paddle attachment, cream until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Blend in the eggs one at a time, mixing just until incorporated, about 20 seconds. Then switch to a whisk and blend in the rest of the ingredients by hand.) Mix in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder directly onto the batter. Pour in the coffee. Gently whisk the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and mostly free of lumps.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs clinging to it, 40 to 43 minutes.
  6. Set the pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack, and remove the pan. Invert again onto another rack and let cool right side up until just warm.

Make Ahead Tip: The cake can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to five days.
Coffee Rubbed Ribs with Coffee Barbecue Sauce - INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 tablespoons Ground coffee,about four single serve cups
  • 2 tablespoons Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons Black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 3 cups Yellow onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Coffee, brewed, strong
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons Cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard powder
  • 4 racks Meaty baby back ribs, 2 - 2 1/2 pounds each
  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients for the rub.  Using a dull knife, slide the tip under the membrane covering the back of each rack of ribs.  Lift and loosen the membrane until you can pry it up, then grab a corner of it with a paper towel and pull it off.  Season the racks evenly all over with the rub and allow them to stand at room temperature for 45 minutes before grilling.
  2. In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened and reduced to 1 1/2 cups, abut 16 - 18 minutes.  If you prefer a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender to puree the sauce.
  3. For a total grill experience, place the racks in a rib rack facing in the same direction over indirect low heat as far from the heat as possible and cook for 2 1/2 hours.  After the first hour, baste the ribs with water and repeat every 30 minutes.  After 3 hours, check to see if the meat has shrunk back about 1/4 inch from the end of the bones.  The racks should bend in the middle and the meat should tear easily.  If not, return the ribs to the grill and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.  Remove the racks from the grill and lightly brush them with some of the sauce on both sides.  Wrap each rack individually in heavy duty foil and return to the grill over indirect low heat with the lid closed until very tender, about 30 to 45 minutes more.  Remove from the grill, cut into individual ribs and serve warm with remaining sauce.
  4. ALTERNATIVELY, place the racks in an aluminum foil pan and cook covered at 250 - 300F for 3 - 4 hours.  Check for doneness as above.  Finish on the grill to brown the ribs basting the ribs with sauce.
ESPRESSO MARTINI - Yield: 2 cocktails
  • 6 ounces vodka, such as Russian Standard
  • 4 ounces coffee liqueur 
  • 4 ounces brewed Nanland Coffee-chilled
  • 2 ounces creme de cacao white 
  • 6 coffee beans  
  1. Chill 2 martini glasses.
  2. Combine the vodka, coffee liqueur, coffee and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled and frothy.
  3. Strain into the chilled glasses and garnish with 3 coffee beans per drink.

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Monkey Bread - Monkey Bread        
This is a great and fun recipe to make with your kids or grandkids.  Pull the bread off in pieces and enjoy with your favorite nanland coffee!
2 loaves frozen white bread
1 cup cinnamon sugar
1 stick butter – melted
Angel food cake pan
Thaw the bread according to the instructions.  Knead the dough and roll into large marble size balls.  Roll the balls in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar.  Place the balls in a greased angel food cake pan and let rise until double in bulk.  Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. 
Invert the cake pan and empty the baked bread onto a large plate.  Scoop out any cinnamon sugar in the pan and put on the bread.  Enjoy while it's warm!
nanland Coffee Steak Rub - INGREDIENTS:
  • Four 10 oz. New York Strip Steaks
  • 3 Single serve cups of Nicaraguan nanland organic coffee
  • 3 tablespoons Mild Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 3 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk Spice
  • 6 strips Bacon, cut into pieces
  • Caramelized Onion Balsamic Vinegar Jam
  1. Remove the tops of 3 single serve cups and pour the ground coffee into a mixing bowl. Add the chili powder, brown sugar, black pepper, Kosher salt, paprika and jerk spice. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon and add the onion jam. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Generously rub the coffee spice into the steaks. Let sit for 10 minutes. Grill or sear in a heavy skillet on both sides to desired doneness.
  4. Top with warm jam, serve and enjoy!
Punta Islita Coffee Sauce - INGREDIENTS:
  • 8 brewed ounces of your favorite nanland coffee
  • 8 brewed ounces of espresso roast coffee
  • 2 cup port or red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 T cornstarch
  1. Mix 1 cup nanland coffee and 1 cup espresso coffee in a sauce pan and reduce by half over medium heat.
  2. In a separate pan, reduce 2 cups port or red wine by half.
  3. Mix the coffee and wine together and add 1 cup of sugar.
  4. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in cold water to dissolve.
  6. Add cornstarch to the sauce and heat to boiling for one minute.
  7. Use more or less cornstarch to make the sauce as thick as you like it.