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How a Fateful Change of Heart Led Rohan Marley To Become an International Fair Trade Coffee Mogul via [Marley Coffee and Jamaica Observer]]

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Did you know we have a coffee farm??

posted by Rohan Marley via Hot In The Marley Coffee Blog

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“I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world” George Washington

All Marley Coffees are certified organic and shade-grown on bio-diverse land without pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or other additives. While some coffee producers slash and burn their fields, so the sun can fully penetrate their crop, and they can increase their coffee yield, Marley Coffee’s shade-grown farming method preserves the habitats of dozens of species.

In addition to being a model for sustainable agricultural practices, Marley Coffee takes exceptionally good care of its workers. Marley farm workers are paid twice the average wage. And, a percentage of Marley Coffee sales goes to the Kicks for Cause Foundation, which aims to provide the children of farm workers with playable soccer fields and camps.

The names of the gourmet coffee blends play off the names of Bob Marley songs:
•    One Love
•    Jammin Java
•    Lively Up!
•    Mystic Morning
•    Simmer Down (decaffeinated)

Our 52-acre Blue Mountain Coffee farm is located near Chepstowe, Portland in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica. Rohan Marley, chairman and founder of Marley Coffee, purchased the farm over ten years ago. Rohan was casually introduced to this magnificent piece of land by a good friend, and immediately fell in love, purchasing it on the spot.

Rohan cooling off in the river

It was the calm, clear river that initially drew Rohan to the property, as he would travel there nearly every day for an exhilarating dive off the 30 ft. cliff and a refreshing swim, but he soon became curious about what else the property had to offer.  It didn’t take long to realize that amidst all of the delicious fruits, grew the esteemed Blue Mountain Coffee.

From that day forward, Rohan has been focused on organically cultivating this land to produce the best possible organic Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee the world has to offer. Below are a few pictures from our beloved farm. Enjoy!!

Yep, that’s all coffee!!

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STAY TUNED!!

ONE LOVE!

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Marley Coffee set to stir it up

BY AL EDWARDS via Jamaiican Observer

THE venture into coffee production by Rohan Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, appears to be paying dividends as his company seeks to give the Marley Coffee brand a global presence.

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Speaking with Caribbean Business Report from the Bob Marley Museum where he has an operational base, Rohan Marley recounted the early years and how he broke into the coffee business.

Back in 1998 a Rastafarian friend of Marley’s called him in New Jersey where he was living at the time, and offered to show him a 52-acre property in Portland, Jamaica, that would prove a worthy investment. His interest piqued and valuing his friend’s judgement he jumped on a flight to Jamaica to check it out.

The breathtaking Blue Mountains

“Although my father started out as a farmer and talked about getting back into it, I had no inclination to follow in his footsteps. To be honest, I didn’t think I had any aptitude for it and it didn’t interest me but I must say my initial impression of the property was favourable,” said Marley.

“I remember hearing this rumbling sound and was told that it was a river that ran through it. That made it for me, but I was apprehensive. I thought this must be some bandooloo business because there is no way anyone would give up this beautiful piece of land. Anyway, I got my chequebook out and sealed the deal right there and then,” said Marley.

Beginnings

Most of Bob Marley’s progeny have gone into the entertainment business and have had some success there. Rohan chose instead to go into business ventures. He studied sociology at the University of Miami and was a linebacker for the university’s football team, Hurricanes.

He would later go on to play professionally for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders. Today, he still has an athletic physique and can still strut his stuff on the gridiron.

Marley realised that with his newly acquired title came a once-working coffee farm. After taking over the property he was told that the workers were not to be trusted and that praedial larceny was the order of the day. Marley quickly assessed that it would do him no good if he was viewed in the same way as the previous owner and set about discovering what “a gwaan.”


Delicious pineapple and coconuts on the farm

“They told me that they picked the fuit and vegetables and used them to feed the community and that was regarded as theft. I said if we are going to have a good relationship, things would have to change. I instructed them that from now on, what was on the trees was to be used to feed the community and that a new sheriff was in town. I would not have a problem with them eating what came from the farm. I had to motivate them and encourage them to become self-sufficient,” he said.

Rohan enjoying some fresh “jelly” (coconut water)

“With a farm came a community of workers but it was not profitable. I decided to try and turn it around. The first decision I took, and still stand by today, was to be go organic, — no pesticides. In 2000, we established a company and set up offices here on Hope Road at the Marley Museum,” he explained.

He contacted the Coffee Board in order to find out just how an organic coffee farm could become a viable business and what would be needed to satisfy regulations. It proved extremely difficult to get the required licence and he spent years just reaping coffee berries and being unable to process them. He solicited the assistance of his good friend, Balram Vaswani, who would prove instrumental in shaping and leading the company and setting it on a path for growth.

Marley had a fortuitous meeting with a coffee processor who told him to bring what he had reaped and that he could get him ready for the market. The young Marley was not prepared to send his coffee to the Coffee Board for a measly $2,405 a box. Why? Because the coffee is sold in the United States for US$50 per pound. The way Marley saw it, the powers that be are making money off the coffee farmers, hand over fist.

“Man, I’m not that smart but I’m not that dumb. The Coffee Board was not offering a worthwhile deal so I thought best to process it myself.

I bought the necessary machinery, humidifiers, the works. The guy who offered to process my coffee didn’t work out, and I was left with containers consisting of 132 pounds per bag of coffee sitting in my house waiting for somebody to take me to the next level. Hardly the right start for a fledgling business.”

He went back to the United States and then on to Ethiopia to find himself, spiritually. His hiatus there saw him encountering coffee on the African continent and that period would serve to deepen his knowledge of the crop. In 2009, he looked to Vaswani to turn the company around and come on board full-time as CEO. Vaswani saw the potential and dutifully obliged, setting his sights on acquiring that elusive licence and ramping up the company’s marketing arm, while at the same time identifying potential markets. Eleven years after Marley secured the farm in Portland and set out to be a coffee farmer, Vaswani successfully managed to land not only the Coffee Board licence but also a dealer’s licence, as well. Marley Coffee Limited was on its way.

Taking off

“What that meant was that we could register our trademark as a genuine Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee,” Vaswani explained. “The dealer’s licence means that we can buy coffee from other suppliers to meet demand. Today, we can meet any contract and can supply coffee at will. I looked at all the coffee brands and organisations, including Mavis Bank’s Jablum. What we wanted to establish was a distinct brand with the Marley vibe that would command respect. I think people would have to agree that today, respect is due.”

Vaswani was particularly impressed with the Sharp family’s coffee operation, moreso its marketing savvy. He saw an alliance there that could take Marley Coffee to the next level.

Rohan checking out the coffee during harvest season

“Balram came up with a fantastic business plan and took the time to acquaint himself with a number of coffee traders he introduced me to,” explained Marley. “From there our fortunes changed and we were on the crest of a wave. His business acumen has really made the difference. The Sharps came on board and both Jason and Richard (Sharp) brought so much to the table. They both were behind the idea of producing an exportable Blue Mountain coffee. The idea is to get Blue Mountain coffee into places it has never been before. To us, it is not just about exporting to Japan. The European and United States markets are still largely untapped and we see great potential there. Already, Marley Coffee can be found in 23 locations in Whole Foods stores throughout California and we have formed a great relationship with them. They have been very gracious in giving us fantastic exposure.”

Rohan making his way around the farm

The co-branding of the Marley name with Jamaica’s most notable premium agricultural product is a formidable mix, and selling it to export markets has gone down well, so far. Rohan and Vaswani have already come up with a number of different brands and price points that include “Buffalo Soldier”, “Mystic Morning”, “Lively Up!”, “Simmer Down”, “One Love”, and “Lion’s Blend Jammin Java”, which is a line they have created for bulk-buying by restaurants, hotels, educational institutions and corporations with a notable catering arm.

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There is even an Ethiopian coffee line. A 340 g/12-ounce bag of Jamaica Blue Mountain Marley Coffee will set you back about US$20.00, which is competitively priced compared to other offerings out there on the market.

The Marley brand

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Bob Marley, who died almost 30 years ago is challenging both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for the title of richest deceased celebrity. Toronto-based private equity firm Hilco Consumer Capital has struck a management deal with the Marley Estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of US$1 billion by 2012. This is all the more remarkable considering Jamaica’s total GDP is US$12 billion.

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According to Fortune Magazine, the Marley name has already generated US$650 million in pirated merchandise. Mickey Goodman, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, says: “Bob Marley is a strong global brand. He enjoys a high level of awareness and people feel positive about his music.”

Bob Marley’s children are intent on seeing that his legacy remains intact and that future generations will remain financially comfortable. Aware of the potency of the brand, The House of Marley has been formed for the purpose of operating all products and services bearing Jamaica’s most famous son’s name and image. Only last November, action sports label Billabong signed a deal with Marley & Co to collaborate on the Billabong X Bob Marley Collection. The line consists of boardshorts, T-shirts, tank tops and selected accessories. The Billabong X Bob Marley collection is made using premium recycled and organic materials, supporting environmentally safe products.

“Working with the Marley family to interpret their vision of their father onto our garments has been inspiring,” notes Billabong Design Director Rob McCaty. “Cedella and Ziggy (Marley) have provided great insight to make this collaboration a success.”

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The Marley Collection is prominently

featured in all Billabong

shop windows throughout the world.

Bob Marley may well be looking down with pride at the entrepreneurial savvy displayed by his children who have taken what he has created and managed to “Catch a Fire” in different arenas. They certainly haven’t sat on their laurels and relied solely on record royalties flowing in.

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Bringing in the Champ, Lennox Lewis

The Caribbean market has not escaped Marley Coffee’s attention and here they have elicited the help of Brew Brothers, which is run by the Dadlani family.

“The Dadlani family represent the Cartier brand in Jamaica,” said Vaswani. “They know how to represent and position a brand. We want our coffee to be presented in the same way as a luxury item is. To that end, we are not driven by price but rather by quality. We are now in the Caves, Tryall, Round Hill and Good Hope. We want to create a number of different price points while at the same time not sacrificing quality. We have plans for our bags to be stitched and made in Trench Town so people in that community can earn an income.

“Right now, 80 per cent of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is exported to Japan. We want to go the opposite direction and then look at the Japanese market, when it is ready for us. We want to enter that market properly and do so with experience in place of other substantial markets,” explained Vaswani.

Former boxing heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who has a residence in Jamaica, has come on board as a shareholder in Marley Coffee and is excited about its potential and the progress made thus far. He will serve as an ambassador of the brand.

“Lennox Lewis is one of the best heavyweight champions the world has ever seen,” said Vaswani. “He moved back to Jamaica and wanted to put his name and presence behind a Jamaican company. He chose Marley Coffee and he is wholeheartedly behind it and is an important shareholder. Marley Coffee is comprised of Rohan Marley and the Marley family, Lennox Lewis, myself, the Sharp family (Jason and Richard), and Shane Whittle.”

Listing on the OTC Stock Exchange

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Last year, Rohan Marley listed Jammin Java on the US OTC Stock Exchange, coming in at an initial share price of 15 cents. Today, the share price stands at US$1.54 and Jammin Java coffee boasts a market cap of US$104 million. There are now plans to open two coffee shops — one at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Kingston, the other in Austria. The shops should be open to the public sometime next year. The idea is to have one location per country rather than attempting to emulate the Starbucks model.

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“We want to create the entire coffee-making experience for our customers. We are working with the Scharf family (who have over 1,000 coffee shops across Europe) where they have created a simulator which will enable people to come into our shops and see the coffee being picked and the farm at work. We also want to introduce streaming and video conferencing. Bob Marley’s Facebook page has 23 million friends and so the power of social networking cannot be ignored.

“The next stage for Marley Coffee is to launch our distribution network in Jamaica. We will hit the streets with all our SKUs and look to build relationships. We have recently completed a distribution deal to take Marley Coffee into the UK and Ireland. Who knows, we may even list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange some time soon,” said Marley.

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Father’s Day is almost upon us, but there’s still time to make sure your Dad’s day is extra special. We’ve picked out the most luxurious of gifts that he’s sure to love, find something perfect for your pop now in our Father’s Day Shop. Or if he’s a true adventurer at heart, treat him with our ultimate travellers gifts…

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Kodak Playsport G2

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£149.99/$149.95/€179.99 – http://www.kodak.com

Otis Batterbee Luxury Travel Pillow

Sleep in comfort and style when on the go with these luxury travel pillow from Otis Batterbee.

Finished in three deluxe soft wool fabrics, patterns available include Prince of Wales Check, Grey Pinstripe and Mono Spot, with a burgundy velvet backing.

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BlackBerry Playbook

Available in the US since April, BlackBerry’s PlayBook makes its debut in Europe this month, launching in the UK June 16.

The 425 gram tablet is ideal for busy travelers and is available with a host of exclusive accessories, but make sure to preload it with the Blackberry Travel app.

From £399/$499 – http://www.blackberry.com

Bottega Veneta Nero Intecciato VN Credit Card Case

With six slots and an open compartment, this unisex luxury credit card case is perfect for traveling light and staying organized.

Available in black or brown – $240/£145 – http://www.bottegaveneta.com

Weber Q100

Enable Dad to take the BBQ anywhere with the Weber Q100 mobile grill.

With built-in carry-handles and thermometer, a fold-out table and push-button ignition, it’s perfect for chefs with a sense of adventure.

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Redfoot Men’s Shoes

Redfoot’s patented folding shoes have already proved a hit with women, but the brand’s split-sole Redfoot Man loafers are also ideal for the gent who likes to travel light.

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FitFolio iPad Case

Speck’s FitFolio adds rear-protection to the iPad2 while maintaining all of the smart cover functionality, making it perfect for toughening the ever-popular tablet.

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Bear Grylls Ultimate Tool

Good enough for the king of adventures himself, the Ultimate Tool features 12 components and a texturized rubber handle for comfort.

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Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe

An unusual but surprisingly satisfying gift, Rosetta Stone’s language courses allow students to learn a new language quickly and easily.

The latest version of the award-winning software is available in over 20 languages from Arabic to Turkish and comes with a free iPad app for learning on the move.

From £139/$179 – http://www.rosettastone.com

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Want to really spoil your dad on Father’s Day? Ready to shell out at least a grand to do it? Elite Traveler has a list of extravagant gifts that should wow even the worldliest of dads. Why would an ice pick cost $200,000? Why if it’s made of white gold, diamonds and sapphires, of course! This Belvedere’s Jagger Dagger is available at Harrod’s of London. (Elite Traveler)
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Dad doesn’t have to own a car to get a thrill from driving it. One sure-fire way to get his heart racing is to enroll him in World Class Driving. In the program, which is held across the country, students spend $1,495 for a day of learning how to rule the road in speed machines like this Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. (Elite Traveler)
corkscrew
If Dad likes to open wine bottles with style, consider a monogrammed, jewel-encrusted corkscrew from Gershon Ltd. Made with everything from warthog tusk to diamonds, these fancy wine openers start at about $2,000. (Elite Traveler)
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If your father likes card games, this present isn’t much of a gamble: This ebony Poke Box, by Ghiso, is lined with velvet calf leather and includes more than 200 chips made of various woods. But you might have to win big to afford this gift — it costs $4,250. (Elite Traveler)
tequila
Why take Dad out for drinks when you can stay in with some high-class tequila? Billed as the ultimate gift for tequila connoisseurs, The 1800 Coleccion Anejo comes from agaves aged at least 10 years and is served in a pewter decanter designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Colunga. It sells for $1,800. (Elite Traveler)
lighter
Even if Dad’s a macho guy, he might not mind a pink gift — especially if it’s this pink gold, palladium and brass lighter by S.T. Dupont. It sells for $870. (Elite Traveler)
flexjet
If Dad’s not a fan of commercial airliners and you’ve got more than $100,000 to burn, consider this Flexjet25 Card from Bombardier. It comes with 25, 30 or 35 hours of flight time onboard a fleet of Challengers and Learjets. Prices for the cards start at about $120,000. (Elite Traveler)
roadster
A father who wants to curb his carbon footprint while burning up the road might be fond of this battery-powered Tesla Roadster. The $100,000 luxury car goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. (Elite Traveler)
iwc
A father and son with matching tastes might desire matching timepieces, like these IWC Pilot’s Watches. A set of two watches, one platinum and one steel, sells for $49,000. (Elite Traveler)
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A partnership between Swiss watchmaker Jean Richard and Italian racing motorcycle company MV Agusta has produced the MV 75 World Champion Collection timepieces. The watches, which are made in gold, titanium or steel, sell for between $8,000 and $21,500. (Elite Traveler)

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Shining Stars 2010 via [InStyle]

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Christina Aguilera & World Food Programme

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Christina says: “After I became a mom, I felt passionate about the fact that no child should go hungry. Food is not a luxury. This year, I became an ambassador for the United Nations‘ World Food Programme, which helps feed people in need and supports their self-sustainability around the world.”

Learn More: Learn what $1 a day can buy for a hungry child at fromhungertohope.com.

Go Social: Follow World Food Programme on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Damon & Water.org

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Matt says: “We work with communities in developing countries to help them fund, design, and build their own water-supply systems. In the end it’s a really easy solution-but one that makes an incalculable amount of difference.”

Learn More: Visit water.org to donate, sign up for monthly updates, and learn how to spread the word about the global water crisis.

Go Social: Follow water.org on Twitter and Facebook

Ashton Kutcher & the DNA Foundation

Ashton says: “We formed DNA—which stands for Demi and Ashton—with the goal of eliminating sex slavery worldwide but first and foremost right here in the U.S. Our new Real Men awareness campaign takes aim at the people who support the slave trade: Because really, real men don’t buy girls.”

Learn More: Visit demiandashton.org to donate, write to your local elected officials, and volunteer to become a part of the DNA Advocacy Team.

Go Social: Follow the DNA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

Julianna Margulies & Project A.L.S.

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Juliana says: “My friend Jenifer Estess, a theater producer, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS when she was 35. Jenifer and her sisters began Project A.L.S. in order to help further the cause of stem-cell research, and I believe it’s vital to finding a cure. So far we’ve had great success.”

Learn More: Visit projectals.org to donate, volunteer, or to learn how to host a fundraiser in your area.

Go Social: Follow Project A.L.S. on Twitter and Facebook.

Hugh Jackman & World Vision

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Hugh says: “I’ve traveled with World Vision to Cambodia and Ethiopia. We encourage self-sufficiency by teaching people about microfinance and technology. When you give people the ability to help themselves, you make them feel like a worthy investment, and so they become one.”

Learn More: Visit worldvision.com to donate and sign up for updates on Hugh Jackman’s trips and the organization’s efforts around the world.

GO SOCIAL : Follow World Vision on Twitter
and Facebook

Taylor Swift & Musicares: Nashville Flood Relief Fund

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Taylor says: “Nashville is the town I love the most in the world, and when the floods hit in May, many people in my community experienced significant loss. [The city] has recovered in the most incredible way, but there are still people here who are struggling to put their lives back together. I know we’ll get there, but it’ll take time.”

Learn More: Visit grammy.com/musicares to donate or learn how to throw a fundraiser in your area.

John Legend & Harlem Village Academies

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John says: “I work to raise funds for Harlem Village and schools like it, and most important, I mentor kids. I tell people: Find a school in your community and decide that those kids are not just somebody else’s kids. They belong to all of us.” 

Learn More: Visit harlemvillageacademies.org for more information on teaching and volunteer opportunities and corporate matching programs.

TIRAMISU Pancakes via [steamykitchen]

Tiramisu Pancakes

A few days ago, I put a call out on Twitter for help.

Marscapone help, to be specific.

Tiramisu Many people came to the rescue, however
it was @Ivoryhut her
responded with a recipe idea that went beyond delectable.

Tiramisu Pancakes.

oh. hell yeah.

Why not have dessert for breakfast? Oh wait, this is getting
confusing. Tiramisu Is breakfast for dessert, because there’s coffee in
it right?


huh?! Never mind! Just….just…go make these pancakes!

And while you’re at it, come visit Ivory Hut food blog –  This woman can
make bread, the most beautiful striped bread
even! (and no, Ivory Hut is not her name, it’s her blogname!)

These photos and recipes are from Ivory Hut – enjoy!

~Jaden

These amazing Tiramisu Pancakes started out as a casual idea spurred
by a tweequest for things to do with half a cup of mascarpone, and the
fact that I had just posted a pancake recipe on my blog. Five batches
of pancakes later and more mascarpone cream ingested than I care to
reveal (more than half of which was simply the result of gluttony), I
now have what is proving to be the favorite breakfast item in my house.
The fact that it also easily works as a dessert gives it extra
versatility points.

The maple-butter glaze is optional, but it gives the pancakes a
nice boost of sweetness and extra maple flavor to remind you that these
are, in fact, pancakes. The mascarpone cream is what really pulls it
all together. If you’re serving this to kiddies, you can substitute
sweetened espresso or very strong coffee for the liqueur. That is, if
they’re allowed to have coffee.

I also maintain that, as decadent
as it sounds, it might be a tad healthier than regular pancakes
because you’re not drowning it in syrup. Really, there isn’t much sugar
in this recipe. For the entire batch, even if you make the glaze, you
only use about 4 tablespoons of maple syrup. That’s less than a
tablespoon per person. I think that more than makes up for the extra
mounds of cream.

~Ivory Hut

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Tiramisu Pancakes

recipe from Ivory Hut

(Serves about 5 reasonably hungry people)

For the pancakes:
2
cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
powder, slightly rounded, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
a generous pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2
cups sour cream
3 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2
teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons instant coffee

For the glaze
(optional):
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons softened butter
2
tablespoons coffee liqueur

For the cream:
4 oz. mascarpone
cheese
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
2
tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions:

Start by preparing the cream and the glaze. For the
cream, beat all ingredients together and whip until you have soft
peaks. Set aside in the refrigerator. (Tip: this cream tastes amazing,
and is what really makes these pancakes. If you like generous amounts
of cream on your pancakes, you might want to make a double portion.)
The glaze is optional, but very, very (and I mean very) good. Simply
combine the ingredients well. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa
powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make sure the cocoa
powder is well sifted, so that it will dissolve evenly.

In a separate bowl, combine the milk and sour cream
until smooth (it helps to slowly dilute the sour cream with the milk
while whisking, which reduces the chances of clumps). Add the instant
coffee powder and mix well until dissolved. Whisk in the eggs, melted
butter, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing
gently until you have a slightly lumpy batter but without any large
clumps of flour. If batter is a little runny, add a tablespoon or two
of flour.I like to transfer my batter to a measuring cup or something
else with a spout, for easier cooking.

Let the batter sit while
you preheat your griddle. When griddle is hot, drop batter in portions
desired (1/4 cup for regular-sized pancakes) onto the greased griddle.
When bubbles come up and edges look cooked, gently flip to cook the
other side. Once pancakes are cooked, transfer to a plate.

Spread a small amount of the maple glaze over the top
of the pancake so it soaks in while still hot. Continue with the
remaining batter until done.

To serve, dollop a generous amount of the cream in
between layers of pancakes. Top with more cream, and then top with
shaved chocolate, or a light dusting of sifted cocoa powder.

Serve
with extra cream and/or glaze on the side for dipping. A bonus: these
pancakes taste amazing even when cold.


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Money shines in the living room and surroundings of rich tribes. And why not when they have enough spare dough to burn! Take a peep into their lifestyle and the fact that how much cash they can afford to pay while thinking to ink deals for purchasing estates. Without pondering over so much, let’s consider the lately happened pricey deal of a Cotswold-based eco-house that got sold off for £7.2 million ($14.3 million). This ‘purely contemporary manor house’, modeled on a bee orchid established on the preserve got sold off last week to an unidentified buyer. The unknown buyer holding a profession in the entertainment business has plans to install a glass-sided badger set in the garden.

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Word is around that Brad Pitt wanted to purchase this Orchid House, while Kylie Minogue has had a good stay there. With no details available about its eco-friendly appeal and enigma, one is hopeful that it may consume less electricity and should be dependent upon subversive pump and geothermal heating.

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