Thank you so much La Terza Coffee for sponsoring this post! I hope that you grow to love this company as much as I do!
If you weren’t around for my first round of Coffee Talk, a series I have partnered up with a local coffee roasterie in town, La Terza Roasterie, then you already have learned a lot. If you were not, check it out here.
Today I am bringing the next installment, Coffee Talk: Part II: The Golden Rule.Is it a coincidence that La Terza’s coffee roaster is the bright golden color I speak of today in the golden rule? Well, probably not at all. But I think it is the perfect segue into our topic today.
During my visit to the roasterie–which is a MUST if you are in Cincinnati–I had lots of interaction, conversation and more than anything, I was a learner. And my takeaways went beyond the coffee. And that brings me to what is more important, and more powerful than anything we sipped on that day, and trust me, the coffee was perfectly strong!
Throughout much of our conversation, David would bottom line it to one main thing, and that one thing was essentially that at the end of everything, there is nothing more than treating others the way you want to be treated. Whether in business, or family, or in any aspect of life, it is the rule that makes the world go round. And in business more than anything, it is ideal and it is what can make some of the best companies who they are down to the core.
He broke it down to every piece of his own chain of impact from the coffee tree, to the farmers, to everyone who comes in contact with the beans before they make it to the roasterie and as far as everyone the coffee beans will reach beyond this. And that is the driving force of what happens in and beyond the four walls of La Terza.
Can it be that simple? You bet it can.
Two weeks ago, we talked about the stories and all the storytelling that can come from just one coffee bean. It was big stuff. And now we go a bit deeper but realize, we knew it all along. We always have known it to be. But somewhere in there, we were humans and made things complicated. It’s what we do, right?
Somewhere down the line, we get bombarded with ‘adulting’ or we get tired, or lazy, perhaps even a little bit selfish and this concept takes the back burner. Because we are just trying to get by, trying to survive. Or in our work, we take the survival of the fittest approach and forget about the low man on the totem pole. Whatever it may be, if we apply this to every aspect, if we bottom line it just to that each and every day, maybe things will run a bit smoother, or our lives will be a bit calmer, and maybe just a touch happier.
Hope that didn’t get too much on the pulpit for you, but that’s just the way I left the roasterie that day. And I promise it wasn’t from a caffeine high! It was a pretty cool feeling, I won’t lie. And all from some good quality coffee talk.
Sigh. Chocolate and coffee. Coffee and chocolate. The two were just made to be together in my mind. While my daily sip is not so sweet, when I have something edible with coffee, the chocolate brings out the flavor so much more. And so that is why these cheesecake cups started as Maple Almond Latte Cups and ended as Maple Almond Mocha Cups. The first round was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but the addition of the chocolate brought these up on the wow factor scale, so there was no arguing with this one. Chocolate, it is.
These little cheesecake cups offer a little more bang for your buck, aside from just the coffee. They have a combination of Greek yogurt and cream cheese for an extra protein boost. Extra protein in my cheesecake? Yes, please and THANK YOU! Can’t go wrong with that. And I love to sweeten with maple, so the maple flavor really rounds everything out as well. You can use another sweetener if you prefer. Use really strong brewed coffee that has been chilled or you will not get the consistency that you want. For a little less tang, try a vanilla Greek yogurt versus plain. It may not thicken as well but the flavor is great.
What is the very best part of these little gems? They are SO easy to make! Get out the mixer and mix everything together, toss the crust ingredients together and then put it all together. What more could you ask for ? Oh wait, I know: seconds!
- 1 c graham cracker crumbs
- 4 T melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
- 1/2 c Greek yogurt plain or vanilla
- 1/4 -1/3 c pure maple syrup
- 1/3 c strong brewed coffee room temperature
- 1/3 c cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp almond extract it's strong so start light
In a small bowl, combine ingredients for graham cracker crust. Divide into 4 jars or dessert dishes and gently press to flatten.
In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt and cream cheese. Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, mix until smooth and creamy. Add all other ingredients for the filling and mix well until smooth.
Divide evenly into the four serving containers and chill for about 1 hour.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or extra crumbled graham crackers.