What a wonderful gift of coffee Ethiopia has bestowed upon us during the past month. From Kemgin to Nekisse and now onto the so-smooth Tchembe, we’ve definitely been enjoying the best coffees on the planet right here at the DoubleShot.
As promised, I want to publish a couple of recipes for the suggested food pairings with Tchembe. The apricot-strawberry crisp is just a huge compliment to the natural flavors present in the Tchembe, and all of that combines to make for a harmonious duet. Great choice for dessert, when coffee is a must, but I also love to eat fruit crisp for breakfast. The second pairing is my girlfriend, Julie’s french toast. I’ve never been very good at making french toast, but it’s my favorite breakfast. Pair it with my favorite coffee, and I’m set. Check it out.
Strawberry Apricot Crisp
½ c. hazelnuts
½ c. rolled oats
1/8 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. cold, salted butter, cut into chunks (cold coconut oil works well, too)
1/3 c. honey (or maple syrup)
6 apricots, pitted and quartered
8 oz. strawberries, hulled and quartered
Preheat oven to 400°. To make the crisp topping, combine the hazelnuts with 1-2 tbsp. of the oats in a food processor and process until they reach the consistency of coarse flour. Keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t process it into a paste. Add the remaining oats, salt, cold butter, and honey, and pulse just until a chunky mixture forms. Combine the quartered apricots and strawberries in a baking dish large enough to hold them in a thick layer. Drop spoonfuls of the topping evenly over the fruit. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping has browned, about 30 minutes. (Recipe from food52.com)
Julie’s French Toast
Preheat the skillet with tons of butter. If you have a cast iron skillet, that’s the way to go. If you don’t have one, you should go buy one. Use one egg per slice of bread. Julie insists on challah, which is an egg bread, and we also love Whole Foods Birdland multi-seed bread. Add a splash of milk to the eggs. Beat the eggs and milk together for about one minute. Soak the bread until saturated. Flip it over and soak it on the other side until saturated also. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Use real maple syrup, heated for just a few seconds in the microwave.
With Christmas less than one week away, we’re making sure to keep our supplies up so you don’t get stuck without coffee or some other important coffee supply you need. If you’re scrambling to figure out what gifts to buy for the people on your list, I’m here to help. This is my annual list of top coffee gifts. This year I’m breaking it down into top 5 gifts for local patrons and top 5 gifts for online customers.
Top 5 Coffee Gifts for Local DoubleShot Customers
5. DoubleShot Gift Card. Have you seen the new gift cards? Stylish. Do you want to look cool? Then you should probably give a stylish gift card for the tastiest coffee place in town.
4. Thermos Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler. Sometimes you just don’t know if people drink coffee (what kind of friends do you have?!) or tea or maybe just sip on some hot water with a little lemon squeezed into it because it makes their voice sound real nice. With this gift, it doesn’t matter. They can put whatever they want in it. They’d be smart to put DoubleShot Coffee in it, but hey, you’re the one who chose these “friends.” Anyway, once they start using the cup and see how amazing it works to keep the hot beverage hot and sealed up, they’ll think you’re a genius. And you basically are.
3. Baratza Virtuoso Grinder. This is what I would like to have. I’m still using the Baratza Maestro Plus, which is a great grinder, don’t get me wrong, But the Virtuoso has a nice brushed zinc exterior and a heavy duty motor and burrs that grind coffee twice as fast as mine. So if I were married, and I wasn’t sure what to get for my wife, I’d probably buy her a new Virtuoso. Know what I mean?
2. A Bottle of DoubleShot Cold Brew Concentrate (not available online). People keep telling me they were out in blah blah blah on the such and such coast and so and so coffee place had some way cool cold coffee in a bottle and they thought it was awesome and whatever. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing those people go on and on just as much as I am, so you should come down here and get them a bottle of our cold brew coffee concentrate and give it to them and they’ll realize that the greatest cold coffee on the planet is right here in Tulsa, under their nose and they just didn’t look for it. Take that!
1. Tchembe. You knew I was going to say that. All of that other stuff is great, but Tchembe is only here for a short time and when it’s gone we’ll miss it so much and remember how smooth and delicious it was. So you should definitely get this for yourself, but while you’re at it, get some for a person who has refined tastes, a foodie, someone you like a lot. Someone who doesn’t know that coffee can be this good. Or someone who knows it and appreciates it a lot.
Top 5 Coffee Gifts for Online DoubleShot Customers
5. DoubleShot Proprietary Coffee Travel Kit. I came up with this setup after traveling to Tanzania, because it’s always hard to pack the necessary gear for making great coffee. I’ve taken this with me all over the place and I really like it. The kicker with this whole kit, and what makes it uniquely ours, is that I hand-pour every single plastic connector ring right here at the DoubleShot in the basement where we have the whiskey. The ring makes the glass jar for the grinder unnecessary because it allows you to screw the grinder onto the bottle, where you brew the coffee. This kit was recently featured on a website called itstactical.com, where it made the list for 55 gifts fort the adventurer in your life. Awesome.
4. Coffee Subscription. 6 or 12 shipments of a pound of our freshest coffee either monthly, weekly or bi-weekly. People don’t want a fruit basket. They want coffee!
3. Thermos Work Thermos. Or whatever the heck it’s called. My dad used to carry one of these bad boys with him to the job every day, and it would roll around on the floor of his van getting beat to hell and I still have it, and it’s awesome. But the new Thermos that just came in is like the dang stealth bomber of thermoses. The new color is awesome. And the DoubleShot logo sits on it just right where you kind of feel like you’re a covert DoubleShot Coffee drinker. So if you know someone who doesn’t want everyone to know how cool they are, this would be a great gift.
2. Bonavita Stainless Steel Coffeemaker. It seems like everyone has an auto-drip coffeemaker at home and most of them suck. Seriously. If you bought someone a coffeemaker that actually works right and looks cool, they will probably feel obligated to buy you a bottle of 1978 Glenrothes or something. And that would be really great.
1. Tchembe. Just in case you missed it, we’re really all about the coffee. Super coffee. Fresh coffee. And this is the king of coffee. Buy it, drink it, gift it… buy it intending to gift it and then drink it instead.
One last thing. We usually only offer USPS Priority Mail as a shipping option, because we like to keep it simple. But starting right now, up until I leave the store at noon on December 24, you can have your DoubleShot order shipped Express Mail. Get it there fast so you don’t panic. Merry Christmas.