Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lanna Cafe Coffee and Tiramisu Cupcakes

If you love coffee so much, what's the best way to share with the world how much you love it? You could do what our friend Bryan Acosta recently did, and that means starting up your own coffee roasting company. Better yet, Bryan combined his love for coffee with his passion for the villages of Thailand and came up with Lanna Cafe.

Lanna Cafe is a non-profit company dedicated to...

"...raising awareness for the needs of those living in the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand. Lanna Cafe uses proceeds from coffee sales and donations to sponsor a wide variety of holistic and sustainable community development projects. Our goal is to assist resource-poor hill tribes by increasing their social and economic opportunities through the funding and facilitation of culturally appropriate activities."

Justin thinks this is {literally} the best coffee he has ever had, so I decided to marry together Lanna Cafe coffee with cupcake into a delectable Tiramisu treat! Last night we met up with Bryan and his wife Carly at Lanna Cafe's booth at the River Park farmer's market. They each got to try their own Tiramisu cupcake and the census was pretty positive!

I was joking around with Carly, telling her that this was going to be the picture that comes up on my phone whenever she calls me from now on!

How to make these yummy little things...

{Step 1}: Make vanilla cupcakes. After cupcakes have cooled, use a butter knife to cut out a cone from the top.

{Step 2}: Mix 1/3 cup of Lanna Coffee with 1/3 cup Kalua. Pour 2 teaspoons {or more!} of this mixture into each cupcake. Dip the cut-out cone into this mixture too and then set aside.

{Step 3}: Fill and top each cupcake with vanilla buttercream.

{Step 4}: Top with the coffee/Kalua-soaked cut-out cone.

{Step 5}: Add more vanilla buttercream and a Lanna Cafe coffee bean or chocolate chip on top.

{Step 6}: Dust with cocoa powder and cinnamon. Enjoy with your favorite cup of Lanna Cafe coffee!

Want to get your hands on your own bag of delicious Lanna Cafe coffee? Of course you do! Choose from light and smooth Classic Roast, medium-bodied Lanna Roast, or rich and full Premium Roast.
~ Visit Lanna Cafe's website at to order
- OR -
~ Visit the Lanna Cafe booth Tuesdays 5-9 pm at the River Park farmer's market

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