I recently committed via our facebook page to take a hiatus from eating out in order to try my hand at cooking more. I plan to cook up a caffeinated storm in my tiny Highlands kitchen this winter- as long as the recipe involves coffee. Above you can see my first tasty attempt, a Chicken Mole made with Heine Brothers’ own Guatemala San Marcos. Mole is a term that is used in Mexico to refer to any number of sauces or concoctions, like guacamole. The mole that we are familiar with in the U.S. normally involves poblano chiles and chocolate, most notably. The sweetness of the chocolate is a perfect match for the bold, tangy flavor of the coffee included in this dish. In an effort to deviate from the norm, I tried boneless chicken thighs in this recipe instead of the very usual (and somewhat bland) boneless chicken breast. They were ultra convenient, well worth the extra few cents per pound, and gave an added richness to the flavor of the mole.
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Chicken Mole with Coffee Extract
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse
- 2 (5 to 6-ounce) chicken breasts
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon coffee syrup, recipe follows
- 1 cup pistachios, shelled and toasted, plus extra for garnish
- 1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish
- 1 tablespoon finely-chopped bittersweet chocolate
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 3 cups stock
- 2 tablespoons cream
Marinate chicken breasts in 1 cup of coffee syrup for several hours or overnight. Preheat a grill or broiler. In a saucepan combine remaining 1 tablespoon coffee syrup with remaining ingredients, except cream, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender and pass sauce through a strainer into a clean saucepan. Or pour sauce into a blender or food processor and puree; strain for a very smooth sauce. Whisk in cream and adjust seasonings to taste. Meanwhile, grill or broil chicken, turning once, until well-browned, about 8 minutes in all. To serve, top each chicken breast with sauce and garnish with pistachios and cilantro leaves.
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a small saucepan heat coffee just to simmering. Stir in sugar and vanilla and simmer 8 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves; cool before using. Yield: 1 to 1 1/2 cups
According to the Courier-Journal article at the link below, new studies have found that coffee has many more health benefits than were previously attributed to the beverage. Among other benefits, coffee may be helpful in fighting Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. See the full article at Courier-Journal.com
Our partnership with the Center for Women and Families is one that began shortly after we opened our first store in 1994. Since then, our staff members have donated thousands of dollars each year from the tips they receive while working in our cafes. In additioCenter for Women and Families Logon to staff donations, 50 cents from each bag of Ronda’s Blend we sell is donated to the CFWF. This amounts to hundreds of dollars each year- a donation that would not be possible without your help.
The Center for Women and Families has been serving the Louisville area since 1912. Originally a YWCA, The Center is now a private non-profit agency serving fourteen counties in Kentucky and Indiana. This amazing organization engages individuals and community in the elimination of domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education and advocacy.
Ronda’s Blend was created to celebrate the life of Ronda Mahaffey, our former co-worker, friend and family member. This full-bodied brew is a blend of three of our favorite coffees: Mexico Chiapas, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia Sidamo. We think you’ll find this blend to be as vibrant and unforgettable as we do. With each cup of Ronda’s Blend that you brew at home, you are helping to make our community safer for women, children and families alike. Now that’s a purchase that you can feel good about! Thank you.
To find out more about the Center for Women and Families, check out their website: TheCenterOnline.org
What is so special about Mountain Dream?
Our award-winning house blend is spicy, packed with a stout dose of body, and a bright medium acidity. This blend of coffees from Nicaragua and Sumatra is a perfectly rich melding of two of the world’s finest brews. In addition to being one of the tastiest coffees you’ve ever tried, you can feel extra good about buying this blend because 50 cents from the sale of each bag is donated to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth to further their efforts to end mountaintop removal in our state.
What is Kentuckians For The Commonwealth?
KFTC is a statewide citizens organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. As we work together we build our strength, individually and as a group, and we find solutions to real life problems. We use direct action to challenge—and change—unfair political, economic and social systems. Our membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy and non-violent change. Find out more at www.kftc.org
Your Role is Vital
At Heine Brothers’ Coffee, we’ve learned that when we work together, positive things can happen. We’d love for you to partner with us and KFTC to make the state of Kentucky a healthier place to live. Next time you have the need to buy coffee, pick up a bag of Mountain Dream and be assured that your purchase is making a world of difference, right here in our home state.