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We’re all used to coffee as a routine part of the day.  But while OVC is fantastic in a cup, beans and grounds can do all sorts of great things in desserts, shakes, and snacks! Here are some ideas, so easy an undergrad could do it. I hope you’ll give them a try.

  1. Having company?  Instead of the obligatory bowl of candy or peanuts, drizzle white and dark chocolate over coffee beans.  Be generous with the chocolate!  When the chocolate re-solidifies, you’ll have a  pretty homemade snack to set out for your guests, and the leftovers make an unexpected addition to trail mix.
  2. Put some kick in milkshakes and smoothies by throwing in a handful of beans.  They’ll add texture and put another layer of flavor behind the fruit and dairy.
  3. Espresso brownies.  You can throw a handful of grounds in the batter, or do a tiramisu-style treat by pouring brewed coffee on the finished baked good until the bottom layer is fully saturated.
  4. Okay, this one really isn’t a kitchen thing…but if you fill a wine glass 3/4 way full with coffee beans, it makes a tasteful pencil holder for the home or office.  You can even put a candle in a dish and surround it with coffee beans.  Looks classically stylish and smells great, too!
  5. Cake frosting is the bane of any baker’s existence.  You envision swirly borders and smooth sides, and end up with a gloppy mess.  The next time you feel like the Pillsbury Doughboy is laughing at you on the side of the frosting can, line coffee beans along the edges of the cake or sprinkle grounds along the sides.  Three beans arranged in the center of a circular cake add instant charm, too.  A dusting of grounds is an easy update for bundt cakes- not to mention a subtle boost of flavor.

Today, I’m ending the blog on a “sweet” note with these coffee hints. This is my last post as an OVC intern, and a very big thank you to those who have followed my journey!  I have learned so much- about coffee, about business, about people- and I am thankful to the whole village for this experience.

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Three years ago, I traveled to Japan with a student group.  We marveled at the fashion, the temples, the hotels (every room has a doorbell!  We wore those things out!), and even the vending machines.  These shining beacons of caffeine and carbonation patiently waited for us to count our Yen - quite a task, without any Arabic numerals- soothed our stomachs after too much sushi, and gave us the necessary pep to walk miles though massive and ancient temple complexes.

The coffee we saw in each of these machines was Georgia brand, manufactured by Coca-Cola (hence the name- Coke is based in Atlanta).  At the time, I was also based in Atlanta- living in Marietta, a nearby suburb.  I spoke no Japanese, and when people spoke no English, they often remarked “Georgia!  Like coffee!”  Though many Japanese were disappointed to learn that I wasn’t from where the coffee grows, they seemed to think it was pretty cool that my home shared a name with one of their favorite beverages.  To a young girl overseas for the first time, Georgia Coffee made me feel at home- suddenly I had something to talk about with the people who had so graciously welcomed my tour group into their country!

You’re probably wondering why I called this post “Coffee and Health.”  I almost gave you a rundown of antioxidants and phytonutrients.  But that wouldn’t have been fun for anybody!  Hence, I switched to emotional health.  It is just SO important for each of us to connect with others- and coffee helps us do that in a healthy, positive way.  (Bonus points to OVC for doing it in a way that helps individuals around the world!)  The best thing nature has given us is one another- but since coffee is probably a close second, I encourage you to get together over a warm mug and celebrate everything our Village stands for.  Cheers!

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Legend has it that coffee was discovered by Ethiopian goats who wandered off and started munching on the beans one day.  Their shepherd noticed their new vitality, took his finding to some monks, who took coffee to Europe, and the rest is history.  Ever since those goats introduced humans to coffee (thanks, goats!), we’ve been looking for ways to carry our beverage of choice.  Most people keep a mug with them for several hours a day.  To me, that means it’s worth having a fun mug!  Plus, if you’re in this Village, you understand the importance of quality coffee.  You wouldn’t put it in any old thing, would you?  Well, if you do, here are some suggestions.
The Tank Up Mug from NeatoShop:  This one has a built-in thermometer that displays on the outside- perfect for serial tongue-burners!  And I love that the thermometer is disguised to look like a gas tank- time to fuel up!
The Santa Claus Diner Mug from RetroPlanet:  Everybody needs at least one tacky Christmas mug in their collection.  
The Moustache Mug from Urban Outfitters:  Minimalist?  Ironic?  Funky?  This mug is guilty on all charges.  If you’re a hipster, or maybe just a fan of the ‘stache, here’s your coffee’s new home.
Do you have a mug that’s more than a container, but an accessory?  Write to us- we’d love to hear from you.  Happy brewing, everybody!

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Don’t worry coffee you’re next (Taken with Instagram at One Village Coffee)

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Chyya Friday afternoon after lunch in the snow, if you havent been here yet you should go the food and drinks are amazing.

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Some coffee bags waiting for their coffee to be roasted.

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Hello One Villagers!
My name is Angela Morabito and I have been fortunate to join the OVC team as an intern during the Spring of 2011.  I’m a Junior in the SFS at Georgetown University, and I am honored to be a part of this village of socially-minded, thoughtful, and fun people! Coffee is nothing short of an obsession among college students like myself.  We know every coffee shop in a five-mile radius of our dorms, have had our friends’ drink orders memorized since first semester freshman year, and cling to our coffee makers like there’s no tomorrow, especially when finals roll around. Campus baristas are local celebrities.  But I think young people are in need of a caffeine intervention:  Too often, people drink coffee for quantity and not for quality.  The guy who orders a triple-espresso-mocha-rocketfuel-sugarbomb probably won’t feel any better when he’s staring into an empty cup.  The coffee used to make his drink came from who-knows-where, and he’s okay with that. You’re reading this because you’re not That Guy or That Gal.   OVC proves that coffee can be infinitely more rewarding than the situation I just described:  You can do something good for yourself and for the world, and it’s easy.  A warm cup is no substitute for a warm spirit.  OVC takes care of both! DC is a city that runs on coffee- “power breakfast” is part of the vernacular.  I hope you’ll check back throughout the semester to see how our Village makes its entrance into our nation’s capital.
Drink up!
-Angela Morabito
 

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My new roasting hat (Thanks Adam) but why so serious?

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Gaelyn checking the beans, quality it’s all of our jobs!

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We had mad fun at the MANE Barista jam this weekend