Cold Process Coffee along the Hudson

Earlier this year I wrote about a coffee tasting that one of our friends hosted with a new line of gourmet coffee beans, Lamill. Well, I’m not going to say that my blog post gave our friend, Eric, the “press” and start he needed to take Lamill to a wider audience, but I will definitely let you think that if you want.

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Eric recently opened Cold Process Coffee & Tea as part of the redevelopment of Pier 57. Pier 57 is a 170,000 square-foot covered, open-air public market. Business are housed  in recycled and creatively refitted shipping containers. The market is New York’s first large-scale concentration of year-round, affordable work/sell space for artisans and other small businesses. Cold Process Coffee & Tea made their debut last month and have plans to be there through October. There are currently 4-5 other booths in the space with room to add more.

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Cold Process Coffee is a unique way of steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period. This lends well to an espresso based iced coffee with more flavor and certainly more caffeine than regular iced coffee.

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On Saturday, Matt and I decided to run down along the Hudson River to Eric’s new “office.” As you can see from the pictures, it is an incredible space (much too hip for Matt and me). The only suggestion I would make would be to add some delicious treats to the menu.  The counter space looked a little lonely and I bet a homemade chocolate chip cookie and would go great with the iced coffee… now I wonder who you could ask to make you some (wink, wink).

It was very inspirational to see our friend taking a passion and turning it into a business. We were psyched to support Eric and definitely encourage anyone to stop by and get your daily caffeine fix. And who know’s — you just might wait in line behind a celebrity!

DIY – Pencil Container

When I originally started my blog, I thought that the majority of posts would resemble Martha Stewart’s blog, detailing all of the wonderful things I had made using a hot glue gun. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time, or the motivation, to come up with too many creative projects. But that is about to change!

My craft nook is just about complete. Last night, after pathetically whining to Matt, he hung up some homemade bulletin boards and shelving that just about completed my craft area. The last thing I need to do is exchange the chair I bought at Ikea for one that actually fits under the desk. When I purchased all of the materials a while back to build my craft desk, I bought the wrong height chair and haven’t been able to make it back to Ikea to exchange it. Once that is done, I will post pictures of my new arts and craft home. I am confident that with the right space, my inspiration will start flowing!

Last night, as I started to organize my desk, I realized that I needed somewhere to store my markers and pencils. Instead of buying something that was much more expensive than it needed to be, I decided that I would make something, saving money and giving me ammo for today’s post (god I love to multi-task!)

Since being “green” is the new thing and Earth Day was celebrated last week, I decided to create my pencil container out of an old soup can. I took some decorative paper (you can find at any craft store – I got my from Michaels), cut it to the appropriate height and length of the can, and used Mod Podge to glue it to the can. Pretty simple, right?

Mod Podge was first introduced into my crafting “tool box” during an evening of volunteering at the hospital. The Child Life Specialists and Art Therapists who work with the children and run the activities use this stuff on a daily basis. I swear, it is prescribed as a treatment more often that any other medicine in the hospital! 

Mod Podge is a type of glue that has a consistancy of paint and the strength of super glue. After painting it on both the can and the top of the paper, you are left with a smooth, hard and set product. You can use this on a variety of materials and the result is nearly always flawless, and more importantly, permanent. I have used it with tissue paper collages, wooden picture frames and tiles (much easier than grouting). Mod Podge comes in various finishes from matte to shiny to glitter.

You can do this project with various sized containers made out of pretty much any material. With a bottle of mod podge, the possibilities are endless.