Turn this holiday into a celebration by bringing on the Caffè Borghetti. With a history as rich as its flavor, Caffè Borghetti’s espresso liqueur incorporates a vintage flair, keeping true to its original recipe from 1860. Made from a blend of Robusto and Arabica beans, Caffè Borghetti is the perfect liqueur for coffee connoisseurs looking to make their favorite java more spirited.
Famous Smoke Shop is hosting their annual cigar festival, featuring leader cigar makers meeting with guests and distributing a wide variety of their premium cigars. Attendees will also enjoy gourmet food, live music, craft beer, wine, spirits, raffles, and a casino with prizes sponsored by Drew Estate.
Smoking premium cigars has become more popular than ever. It’s also one of ways men (and women) of all stripes can bond and share their affinity for, as cigar smokers call it, “the leaf.” For this reason alone, the Cigar Expo “Cigarnival,” held annually at Leaf Cigar Bar & Restaurant on the premises of Famous Smoke Shop in Easton, PA, is one of the most highly-anticipated cigar events of the year for cigar smokers near and far. This year’s event will begin Friday, June 28th at 12:00 PM with a pre-vent party sponsored by Gurkha Cigars, and continue through Saturday, June 29th.
Most of the biggest names in the cigar industry will be represented including Alec Bradley, Altadis U.S.A., Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, Drew Estate, General Cigar, Oliva, Perdomo, Rocky Patel, Tatuaje, Carlos Toraño, Xikar, and over 25 more vendors. Cigarnival guests will get to meet their makers up-close and personal while rubbing elbows with 400 other cigar enthusiasts. Shuttle service will also be provided to take guests to and from their hotels to the event.
“This year’s theme is music,” said Leaf COO, Jeff Brown. “Performances by a variety of bands will run continuously throughout the day and night. Plus, our award-winning restaurant staff will be preparing gourmet dinners for each night, including a grandiose lunch buffet for Saturday afternoon. People can see the entire menu on the Cigarnival website.”
Guests will also have a wide choice of libations, which include a number of craft brews from Founders, Troegs, Goose-Island, Yuengling, and others, as well as plenty of water and soft drinks. Additionally, Miami Cigar & Co. will be sponsoring the “Hooch Hut” where guests can sample a special selection of wines, spirits, and more.
Friday morning, registered guests will play in the 6th Annual Camacho Golf Outing at Whitetail Golf Club in Bath, PA. Golf carts, drinks, a buffet, and Camacho cigars are all included. Prizes for closest to the pin and the longest drive will be awarded, and anyone scoring a hole-in-one will win a trip for two to Camp Camacho in Honduras.
Friday night, Alec Bradley Cigars will host the after party, while Saturday night Perdomo Cigars will close the show with a 20th Anniversary party. Also returning to the main event will be The Drew Estate Casino. Depending on the number of chips they’ve accumulated, players can claim any number of prizes from Drew Estate swag to cigars, including a year’s worth of cigars, or Drew Estate’s Cigar Safari in Nicaragua. Thousands of dollars in raffle prizes will be also given away, plus deals on just about every brand in The Humidor at Leaf Retail Store, and much, much more. For a complete listing of event festivities, visit http://www.cigarnival.com/festivities.cfm.
“We’ve been putting on this event for a while now, and I always look forward to the thank you emails we get every year from so many of our attendees,” said Brown. “For some reason, I have a good feeling that this year my inbox is going to be overflowing.”
For more information call 610-559-8800 or visit Cigarnival.com
Friday, June 28 & Saturday June 29, 2013
Leaf Cigar Bar & Restaurant at Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive, Easton, PA 18040
|Now You Can Act Like A Member of Congress And CoSponsor HR 792!|
Help Send Majority leader Eric Cantor and the Entire U.S. House of Representatives a Message About Premium Cigars – That the FDA Has No Business, In America’s Humidors!
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Announces Launch of CoSponsor.Gov
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a blog entry posted this morning, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the launch of Cosponsor.Gov, a major expansion of the Citizen Cosponsor Project:
“We live in a digital world. As House Majority Leader, I am committed to exploring new and innovative ways to foster a national conversation and improve communication between the American people and their elected officials.
“The launch of Cosponsor.Gov is a sweeping expansion of our Citizen Cosponsor Project. The new website will now feature every bill and resolution introduced in the House, from Republicans and Democrats. I’m excited that any engaged citizen can voice their support, and track the status of legislation in the House.
“The best part of this new website is it’s accessibility and simplicity. You can search by title, sponsor or bill number or browse issue areas and the tracker shows you exactly where the bill stands.
“Whether you want to support new legislation like the Kids First Research Act or show support for legislation that has already passed the House, like the Working Families Flexibility Act, you can do so here.
“Transparency, open government and engagement should be a key goal of all elected leaders in Washington, and Cosponsor.Gov is one step in that direction. Please visit Cosponsor.Gov and tell us what you care about. We are listening.”
More Information About the Citizen Cosponsor Project:
The Citizen Cosponsor Project is an innovative communications platform that brings the legislative process online to the American people. Users can show their support for and track issues and ideas they care about by becoming a Citizen Cosponsor of legislation that has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Users log in via Facebook, and when they cosponsor a bill, they can choose to share that status with their friends. Citizen Cosponsors are updated on the status of their bills through the Facebook app as they move through the various stages of the legislative process. The Citizen Cosponsor Project was developed by the Office of the House Majority Leader and is built on Facebook’s Open Graph platform. It uses House #OpenData sets released through the House Majority’s #OpenGov initiative.
So let’s send a message to the United States Congress, and specifically to the Leadership of the House – That the U.S. Food & Drug Administration should not be allowed to regulate our passion for great premium cigars; That the Leadership of the U.S. House should stand for less government intrusion into small businesses, and in this case, the community tobacconist on Main Street America; And that federal bureaucrats should not be allowed to jeopardize thousands of jobs in the United States and Latin America, chasing their tobacco prohibitionist agenda. Let’s use CoSponsor.Gov as another voice in our chorus of “Leave My Cigars – Alone!
The Irish Coffee was created in the 1940’s by Joe Sheridan, Head Chef at Foynes in Shannon, Ireland.
The cocktail became popular in the early 1950’s when it was brought to The Buena Vista Club in San Francisco. It is their signature drink to this day.
I made the cocktail with Concannon Irish whiskey and fresh roasted Sumatran Mandheling coffee beans.
Check out the video below to see The Buena Vista Club in action making a assembly line full of Irish Coffee. I’m just glad I don’t have to clean that bar!
Recently, I was given a sampler package containing several varieties of Folgers products.
It’s been quite some time since I have had any coffee other than my home roasted beans so I thought the Folgers sampler would make a good review article.
The sampler pack included some of Folgers “instant” coffee products, some gourmet coffee blends and a box of “K” cups. I tried all of the products except for the “K” cups since I did not have the proper brewer for them. I gave that box to a friend.
The first product I tried out were the “Fresh Breaks” single serve packets. These coffee packets are marketed for “on the go” people who don’t have time to brew a cup of coffee.
There are 8 single serve packets per package. The coffee is very easy to make; just boil 8 oz. of water, open a packet into your coffee mug, pour in the water and stir. The “instant” coffee cuts out the brewing time of other coffee making methods.
I tried two different blends of the Fresh Breaks. The first, called Black Silk is a dark roast. It had some bitterness in the flavor, thin body and I found many grounds in the cup. There were as many grounds (if not more) as a cup of coffee brewed in a french press.
The Breakfast Blend is a mild roast. I found it to be definitely milder than the Black Silk with a better mouth feel, but still lots of grounds in the cup.
I really didn’t care for either of these products. If you really have zero time in the morning to make coffee then, I guess this may be the answer for you. Otherwise, I suggest you find a way to fit in six or seven minutes to brew a real cup of coffee.
The second product I tried was the Folgers Classic Roast Instant coffee. This product comes in a jar and has larger “crystals” than the Fresh Breaks. I made a cup of this coffee by using 1 rounded teaspoon of crystals to 6 oz of water.
After I pour the water into the cup, I was surprised to see a large amount of foam that stayed even after stirring.
The instant coffee makes a thin cup with very little body. The classic roast instant coffee had more coffee flavor than the Fresh Breaks but still not as much flavor as a “normal’ cup of coffee would have.
Finally, I check out the two Folgers Gourmet blends. The first thing I notice is that the packaging for these gourmet blends consists of a one way air valve that helps keep the coffee fresher, longer. That’s a definite plus in my book, especially with pre-ground coffee.
I brewed both gourmet flavors in an auto drip machine with a gold basket to give them the best possible chance for full flavor and body.
First up is the Mocha Swirl. I made a couple cups of this blend and shared it with my daughter. The Mocha Swirl had a good room aroma while brewing but, I could detect a chemical aroma when I had the cup up close to my nose. I could see some coffee oils floating on top, thanks to the gold filter basket. At first, the blend had a bitter chocolate flavor and fuller body and flavor than the instant samples. Unfortunately, as the cup cools, the flavor just breaks down into more chemical than coffee and becomes undrinkable. Neither my daughter or myself could finish it.
The second round of coffee was the Folgers Gourmet Toasted Hazelnut. Again, I made a couple cups and my daughter and I gave this coffee a try. By far, the Toasted Hazelnut had the best aroma, both while brewing and in the cup. The flavor was better than the Mocha Swirl, even as the cup cooled. Thanks to the gold filter basket, the coffee had some good body and I found coffee oils floating on the surface.
The Folgers Gourmet Toasted Hazelnut was the best of all the products I tried. For a commercial roasted, pre-ground bean, it created a passable cup of coffee.
In summary, if you are in a rush, need a cup of coffee and barely have enough time to boil water, the instant coffee products may be a viable option for you. Otherwise, if you have the time and the equipment to brew a cup of coffee, take a look at the Folgers Gourmet series for a cup of coffee that will have more body and flavor.