Showing posts with label Joe the Art of Coffee. Show all posts
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Cleo Coyle's Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops & Espresso Shot!

My recipe for you today is a decadent chocolate frosted brownie-like cookie kissed with the sultry note of coffee. But first...(drumroll please...) I am thrilled to announce the publication of my most recent Coffeehouse Mystery, Espresso Shot, in mass market paperback format! Huzzah!

For months now, I’ve had e-mails from readers asking when it was coming, and this week it’s finally here! In honor of its publication, I’m serving you up a little nibble today—a very special little excerpt!

To read a fun, free
excerpt from my latest
Espresso Shot
The excerpt will appear
in PDF format.

This is actually one of my favorite scenes in the book. ~ Cleo

So what is this book about? In a hazelnutshell, Espresso Shot is a murder mystery set during the week of an elaborate wedding. Clare Cosi, the main character and amateur sleuth of the series, gets roped into protecting the clueless bridezilla of this affair, who doesn’t believe her life is being threatened—which, off course, it is. Clare’s pulling double duty, too, because she was also hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for the grand reception to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When she’s not solving murders, Clare’s regular gig is manager and head barista of the Village Blend, a century-old landmark coffeehouse located in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, a charming neighborhood of welcoming cafes, cozy bistros, and lovingly preserved town houses.

Click here to visit Joe the Art of Coffee, the real Greenwich Village coffeehouse that inspired the creation of my fictional Village Blend and provided me with valuable insights and info.

Last fall Food and Wine magazine name Joe one of the best coffee bars in the country. Go Joe!

To get a little taste of what Clare Cosi's job is all about (and witness some world-class Latte Art being made right before your eyes!) play the little video below. It features Kyle Glanville, one of the top baristas working in the United States today. Kyle won last year's U.S. Barista Champtionship, which qualified him to advance to world competition...

In Espresso Shot, Clare's coffee was only half of the culinary story.

Coming up with an elaborate dessert menu (as well as a selection of exotic coffees) for the book's elegant wedding reception was great foodie fun for me. It also brought back some wonderful memories.

While I was growing up, bountiful trays of cookies, baked by the women of my family, were a beloved and expected addition to our Italian-American wedding feasts. Click here or on cookie tray to virtually visit a famous NY Italian bakery with an online shop! And, yes, they have cannoli!

Of course, in Italian culture, cookies aren’t just eaten at special occasions. Pizzelles, sesame cookies (see my recipe in Decaffeinated Corpse), pignolis, amaretti, biscotti (see my recipe in Latte Trouble), and many other kinds are enjoyed at all hours of the day: at breakfast with cappuccinos, in the afternoon with an espresso pick-me-up, or after dinner on an elegant dessert dish.

Two of my favorite Italian cookie recipes are included in the Recipes and Tips section Espresso Shot. The first is an anginetti, a satisfying treat to have with coffee. Light and buttery with a sweet lemon glaze, they often make their appearance during the holidays, and the (optional) sprinkle of nonpareils (confetti in Italian) over the glaze makes them an excellent wedding cookie, too.

Baci di Romeo or Romeo’s Kisses (isn’t that the greatest name for a wedding cookie?!) is another of my favorites: Rich chocolate ganache seals the kiss of two delicious, almond-flavor cookies. My recipe for Baci di Romeo is included in Espresso Shot, too. So for today, I'm bringing you another...

I created this cookie a few months ago for the "customers" of my own *virtual* coffeehouse.

My Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops (pictured above and below) may not be Italian, but they were invented by an Italian-American cook (me!) and they make use of an ingredient Italians love to put to use in sweet confections, like tiramisu—of course, I’m talking about coffee, java, bean juice, nectar of the godesss caffina! So click the link below to get my frosted mocha cookie recipe and Eat with Joy!

To get my recipe for
Cuppa Joe Mocha Drops,
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The recipe will appear in PDF format
You can print it out or save it to your computer.

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about the books in my culinary mystery series,
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~Cleo Coyle
author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries
"Where coffee and crime are always brewing..."

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