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High Test BBQ

It’s August and we don’t know about you but we’ve just about exhausted our cache of exciting BBQ recipes. It’s time to rev the steaks and burgers up a notch and we know no better way to do that than to add some java to the Que.

Give these recipes a shot and let us know how they were. If you have any other ideas please post them in the comments- we’d love to hear how you’re doing your queing this summer!

Coffee Barbecue Sauce (adapted from Chef Micheal Lomonaco)

Use this delicious sauce as either a marinade or finishing sauce on pork, beef or chicken

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong, dark coffee
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 fresh hot chili peppers seeded
  • 2 Tbs hot dry mustard mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs ground cumin
  • 2 Tbs chili powder

Place all of the ingredients in a small pot and simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Allow the mixture to cool then puree in blender or food processor. The sauce can remain covered in the fridge for up to two weeks.

If dry rubs are more your style give this recipe a shot:
Coffee Dry Rub: Best used on pork shoulder, beef brisket or other large cuts. We are listing the ingredients in parts as it will vary depending on the size of the cuts you are preparing.

  • 3 parts coffee
  • 2 parts brown sugar
  • 1 part ground cumin
  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part ground coriander
  • 1 part cocoa (unsweetened)

Lightly oil the meat and cover with the rub. Allow the meat to stand for an hour or so to maximize the flavor.

In other HCT news, if you read this blog last week then you know that Tim and Donna’s daughters Katie (11) and Madison (8) competed in the SOS4KIDS triathlon this past Sunday. We are very proud to announce that both girls did wonderfully. Madison, who was competing for the first time, finished 2nd in her age class.

Katie, who has competed in the SOS several times before, was in the older division for the first year. Her swim portion was great and she ran a 7 minute mile however, the bike portion of her race was something out of a comedy of errors. Having trained the day before Katie arrived at the race on Sunday with a flat tire. How was it that not one of the other 115 other riders had a patch kit? Well, it may be a statistical anomaly but it’s true. And the bike shops in New Paltz are all closed on Sunday as well. Suffice to say that Katie did get on her bike but getting her there involved a whole slew of nail biting last minute maneuvers, a good dose of team work and a little divine intervention. We’re mighty proud of our Triathletes!

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Polly Law: Bricoleur and Mythologeinist in the Round Room

We are so very happy to welcome Polly Law to the Hudson Coffee Traders Round Room! Polly’s  beautiful, whimsical and erudite work combines odd, obscure but real words and images rife with visual/verbal puns, mythological references and some sheer leaps of fantasy. The pieces adorning the round room walls are all featured in her book, The Word Project which is happily also for sale here at the shop. Polly’s criteria for the inclusion of a word in the project is twofold: that they have to be new to her and the must stir her imagination. Oh what imagination! Polly developed her style after years of working in advertising and illustrating children’s books. She began to focus on shape, pattern and color and developed a technique using frisket and stencils. She began working on the dolls by chance with a portrait of Vita Sackville-West, an English poet, novelist and garden designer/writer of the first half of the 20th century. She applied the collage techniques and aesthetics she’d been using to the dolls but her next big leap came when she began thinking about how to articulate them.  Eschewing the usual brass brads her eyes lit upon a jar of buttons on her sewing table. She decided she would “sew” the figures together. While she does use buttons on occasion, for the smaller and more delicate pieces she hit on using wire and waxed line thread. After the first piece she was hooked and this “bricolage” style has been developing further since then. (Why call it bricolage? Bricolage is the artful use of what’s at hand and that was the perfect description of how she came to her technique.) The Word Project was born one spring day in 2002 when Polly was inspired to combine her life long love of odd, obscure and archaic words with her bricolage style. The natural evolution of this work was to publish the Word Project and lucky for us a second book is already in the works! Stop in, cool off an let your mind wander through the rich and vivid world of Polly Law!

10 Question for Gillian Harper

We could think of no better way to let our across the street neighbor Gillian Harper of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage know how much we love her than subjecting her to our 10 Questions.

What’s your HCT regular order?
Regular medium coffee with room for cream.

What age would you be if you didn’t know your age?

Time or money? Why?
Time….because I’m 45 years old and feel like I’ve only just gotten started.  

What would you do differently if you know no one would judge you?

Sing….in public….in front of lots of people…..often. 

If you could have coffee with anyone throughout history who would it be?
Shakespeare, and it would be tea, not coffee. That’s the non living choice. Still alive? I would pick Maya Angelou.

If you had a family crest what would be on it?

A heart, representing courage of the highest order.

What’s your favorite daily ritual?

Leaving the office at the end of the day…haha, just kidding. Taking my dog for a hike off leash in the morning…early.

How has your life been different than you imagined it would be when you were a teenager?

I never imagined when I was a teenager living in England that I would spend most of my adult life in America. I thought I would have children….I do not.

What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
Laugh at myself. Working on that one.  

Who was the most important person in your life? Why?
My Mum. Has to be my Mum. She gave me strength and always encouraged adventure.   

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? Least like?

Most like? Elvis in his younger days, in black leather…just sayin. Least like? Myself…stuck alone…scary.

Leventhal’s Furs and Fashions

An abiding sense of history and continuity was one of the many things that originally attracted us to the Uptown Kingston neighborhood. Wall Street is steeped in history and we felt honored to become a part of the area’s next chapter when we moved into the landmark Leventhal Building.

Built in 1888, 288 Wall Street was originally home to Leventhal’s Furs. A family owned business, Leventhal’s specialized in high end furs and custom design. Hyman and his son Reuben worked side by side providing the very best quality furs to their customers. Yet, as the times changed so did the shop. In time the inventory was expanded to include high end fashions and the name of the shop was changed to Leventhal’s Furs and Fashions. 

Reuben married Sylvia, a beautiful and sophisticated native New Yorker who brought her unique and timeless sense of fashion  with her to her new home up the Hudson. In the 1950’s, once their children were off to college, Sylvia became more involved with the family business.   She was the face and very embodiment of high fashion in Kingston. The shop quickly became an Uptown Kingston institution with Sylvia at the helm. Her love of and  dedication to the store was matched only by her customers allegiance to her and the fashions she brought in to the shop.The shop remained open up until the mid-1990’s when Sylvia finally retired in her mid-80’s.

We were so honored and thrilled to meet Sylvia one day two years ago when her daughter, Barbara Dubin, brought her by the shop to see what we had done with the place. As we walked through the shop Sylvia took us on a tour back through time explaining how her shop was laid out. It was wonderful to see the place through her eyes and to get a taste of what the space had once been.

Even though the cold storage vault in the back now shares space with the restroom and the windows no longer are home to fashionable mannequins modeling the latest designs we hope that Sylvia recognized that her undying spirit of dedication to the residents and visitors to Uptown Kingston has not changed under our stewardship.

Sylvia lived a long and wonderful life — we are honored to have met her and to carry on in the shop she nurtured so well.

* Want a shot at winning a bag of HCT coffee? All you have to do is leave a comment here, retweet or repost this blog to Facebook and you”ll be entered. Easy as pie!

Coffee: It Does A Body Good

You know that we here at HCT are always ahead of the bell curve and we like it that way. And, we rarely brag about it. Until today that is.

You may remember our blog post BACK TO IT waaaay back in January when we talked about the health benefits coffee has to offer. Well, it seems the mainstream media is just catching up to us now. There’s been a veritable rash of articles lately extolling the benefits of coffee. Okay, well truth be told those articles are being written because a rash of new studies have just been released but allow us our little fantasy on this won’t you?

A few weeks ago brought news of a Swedish study linking coffee consumption with a reduction in the risk of developing a certain type of breast cancer. The researchers found that post-menopausal women who consumed more than 5 cups of the mighty bean juice were 50% less likely to develop Er negative (non-hormone responsive) type breast cancer than non- coffee drinkers.

More recently a group of Harvard researches announced in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute  that coffee consumption actually reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. Add this to the studies linking your daily joe with a “decreased risk of gallstones, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as lower rates of disease progression in liver cancer and ” you’ve got enough ammo to keep the coffee haters at bay for a long, long time.

Now here’s a caveat: we’re not recommending that you start drinking five cups or more a day to keep disease at bay but just in case you’re like a lot of people and think of your coffee as a vice, keep these studies in mind and enjoy!

Want a shot at winning a bag of coffee of your very own? It’s as easy as leaving a comment, reposting this blog on facebook or retweeting us and we’ll enter your name into a drawing. Winner announced at the beginning of the next month!

photo credit: mattb4rd’s

Faces of the Valley

When we were searching for the perfect spot to call home for Hudson Coffee Traders we had a wish list of sorts. A beautiful gallery space to hang the work of local artists was right at the top of that list -we think we hit a home run with our Round Room. It never ceases to give us a thrill when a new show gets hung and we get to live with a new artists vision for four whole weeks. This month is certainly no different as we welcome photographer Yvonne Gunner’s work to our walls.

Yvonne’s work has hung in galleries as close to home as Woodstock and Phoenecia, all over Manhattan and Brooklyn and as far away as London.  Her eclectic portfolio includes mixed media pteroglyphs, polaroid dye transfers, landscapes and flower studies. However, it is perhaps  her portraiture that she is best known for. Her clean yet intimate style allows the viewer a peek into the more personal, less revealed side of those who sit before her camera. Micheal Bloomberg, Kofi Annan, John Negroponti, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton are just a few of the luminaries she has been hired to photograph.

“Faces of the Valley” is a collection of portraits Gunner shot when she first moved to the area- the works showcase the rich diversity of faces that call this area home. The show goes up May 1st and will run through June.

To find out more about  Yvonne or to see some of her other work visit her website:

P.S: Wanna be entered in to a chance to win a bag of HCT Coffee? All you have to do is share this blog with your coffee, art and food loving friends and you will be automatically entered into the monthly drawing. Retweet, post to Facebook or just leave a comment on this blog and that bag of coffee very well could be yours!

The HCT Reading List

  Beach season may still be a couple of months away but we think any time of year is a good time to sit down with a good book, especially if it’s about, centers around or is a history of COFFEE!!

So, with out much ado here are some of our favorite reads on our favorite topic.

Coffee Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate edited by Scott F. Parker.

A collection of 18 new essay all about our favorite brew covering everything from the history, ethics, metaphysics and philosphy. A great and varied read.

God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman. A journalist treks around the globe alongside of a few of the U.S’s leading coffee roasters (Stumptown, Intelligensia, Counter Culture) to deconstruct what it is that makes for the perfect cup of coffee.

The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen. A wild, raucus world tour of the history of the bean. “In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history?”

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast. From the Author of “For God, Counry and Coca-Cola” comes another highly caffeinated history but with a focus on economics and the social effects of the the worlds second most valuable commodity.

The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, David Liss’ second novel tells the story of a Portuguese Jew who sheds the confines of his culture to create a coffee dynasty with a Dutchwoman.

The Coffee Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide by Jon Thorn. A gorgeously illustrated guide to the finest coffee’s in the world, the best blends, beans and brewing methods.

Enjoy the books and let us know what you think of them! We’re inaugurating a special monthly drawing just for you, our beloved blog readers. Leave a comment, link back to or re-tweet our blog and you will automatically be entered in a monthly drawing for a bag of coffee. Any kind,  your choice. So comment, tweet, link, post away!

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