How to make Snow Cream (Soy Mocha)

•February 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Snow days are the best if you use them to your fullest advantage.  Here’s a simple, quick recipe for soy mocha latte snow cream we know you’ll love.

Ingredients:
-About 1 gallon of clean snow
-1/2 cup raw sugar
-1/2 cup soy chocolate milk
-4 oz cooled espresso

Putting it all together…

Start by making 2 double shots of espresso and setting them aside to cool with the soy chocolate milk.

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Next, grab a bowl of freshly fallen snow.

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Now, sprinkle the raw sugar on the top of the snow.

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Pour the cooled espresso and soy milk into the sugar and snow mixture and mix with a spatula.

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Once the ingredients have mixed together thoroughly, enjoy at once with friends and family…especially useful after the snowball fight you’ve probably just had!

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And don’t skimp on the choices you have to liven up the delicious mocha latte soy cream you’ve just made.  Any espresso flavoring syrup or quality sauce can easily dress up this delicious dessert.

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Enjoy, and pass along this recipe to all your friends!

And if it’s quality coffee you’re in search of for this or other recipes, come see us at Lucas Roasting Company at http://www.lucasroasting.com and we’ll take care of you.

Our Pride Demise…

•April 19, 2011 • 1 Comment

Another coffee industry friend and I recently bantered back and forth on Twitter on just how easy it is to be hypocritical these days.  His statement was one identifying that we cannot call to attention something that someone else may be doing if by calling attention to it we are doing the same thing.  Great point!

I know…that statement is a little confusing without knowing the entire context of what was being said.  However, by the time we’d ended our brief banter, the word PRIDE had been used…and it has really kept me thinking, since, about our world today and the competitive spirit that’s portrayed, seemingly now more than ever before.

As I look around, I see not a recovery from the recent financial collapse, but much despair as people continue to struggle rebuilding to a level at which they may have once lived.  What I see, instead of contentment, is a sense of almost-panic as people continue to seek jobs to pay for bills and keep their homes, feed their families and plan for the future.  This is where the “pride” ties in.

So much of what I see is focusing on being the “BEST” and promoting oneself as such simply as a competitive edge.  And what I see are friends struggling for the same dollar from a client like never before in their respective industries.  Could it be that our consumerist way of life is drawing to a close?  Could it be that the time is approaching to focus on others and community sustainability more than self?

What if we are the generation to end the division between “haves and have nots” and simply begin viewing one another as “equals”, putting the prideful separation between one another on a shelf…to be looked at only from a distance?!?

Will it happen…can it happen…you tell me.

Sustainability or Profitability…or BOTH?

•March 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

One of the largest issues facing our world today is the growing population and how we provide “more” of everything to meet the needs and wants of every individual.  Needs vs. Wants…let’s start there!

When I think about needs for basic survival it usually comes back to several basic things:

  1. Clean, drinkable water
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Clothing

Given those 4 things, the world certainly seems to be evolving towards different basic items for survival.  Namely, cell phones, mobile devices, gadgetry of all shapes and size seem to occupy the thoughts of many of us…how to stay connected is constantly on our minds.

I would be a hypocrite to say I don’t think of my own connection(as I sit here writing this blog entry), but, I add, how is our shifting mind-set on “necessities” moving us forward?  My thoughts are that we are only moving forward if we can use our tools of connection to look back to earlier days, and more agrarian ways, where more people focus on their own self-sustaining survival versus dependence upon everyone else’s supply of needs.

The Buy Fresh, Buy Local movement is rapidly sweeping across the US, and Farmer’s Markets like the one in Broadway, VA, are growing with enormous energy.  The BFM board estimated that my local farmer’s market traffic and number of vendors, of which Lucas Roasting Company is a member, grew 300% in 2010 alone.  Could it be that people are starting to realize our communities must shift to thinking at the local vs. national level for the 4 necessities listed above?  I think so!  So, how do we involve more people in our communities to help make the shift from buying all their cheaper products from large corporations versus keeping their buying power connected to local growers and producers?  And how do we educate on the advantages of sustainable practices in all we do?

Sustainability on a smaller, local, level…or Profitability by the biggest corporations on the planet?  What if both, sustainability and profitability, can be accomplished, but what if it can benefit us most to be begin locally and get as many of our friends and neighbors involved in the movement as we can?

What are your thoughts?