Bold Roast
  • MOKK-A IS FIVE YEARS OLD now…so let’s take a moment to look back to the beginning. (As told to Margot Dockrell)   I’d been toying with the idea of starting my own business for years, and after a life-changing cup of what became Café Svenska, the idea of coffee suddenly sounded like an interesting new project! Introduce a collection of European coffees to the U.S, where I was born. But as I drove (and drove and drove) from my current home in Rotterdam to meet a friend in Puligny-Montrachet for a few days, I worried…. I had the recipe for one amazing coffee blend, ...Read More »

  • North America's Largest Specialty Food & Beverage Event will be in New York City from June 29 - July 1, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center. Come experience Mokk-a at booth #4447! Click here for more information.Read More »

  • “Coffee Improves Test Scores” read the headline of a short article in the New York Times Science section a few Tuesdays ago.  The study was not repeated every month for ten years the way scientists like to, but the results still seemed significant.  Two groups of adults were gathered together to take a battery of intelligence tests.  One group was given a mug of coffee one half hour before the tests, the other had bottled water.  Unsurprisingly, the group that enjoyed the coffee performed much better than the group given water.  Well that’s something to celebrate, I thought, much preferable ...Read More »

  • Reputedly produced to great acclaim at the Union Hotel in Benicia, California, this is a dark rich moist cake, requiring no icing - just a hearty dollop of unsweetened whipped cream. Ingredients: • 7 ounces (7squares in U.S.) unsweetened chocolate • 12 tablespoons butter (1 ½ sticks or ¾ cup) • 1 ½ cups strong coffee - Mokk-a Café France • ¼ cup bourbon • 2 large eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups cake flour • 1 ½ cups sugar • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ¼ teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 275 F Grease and flour two 8 ½ inch X 4 ½ X 2 ½ inch loaf pans ...Read More »

  • Our Christmas tree is not perfect this year.  It’s too short for one thing, and even though it wants to be watered constantly, which may or may not be a result of the cat drinking out of the stand; it has been dropping needles at an alarming rate, producing a thick carpet of green around its ankles every few days. The size of the Christmas tree was one of the things that my first husband and I used to argue about.  I always wanted an enormous tree, one that would transform our lives forever with the magic of the holiday.  I ...Read More »

  • In an exciting collaboration between the New York Film Academy, Dutch Blue and Mokk-a European Coffees, the New Amsterdam Dutch Pavilion in Peter Minuit Plaza adjacent to Battery Park in New York City, is scheduled to reopen in January.  A gift from the Dutch to New York City in 2009, the sculptural structure symbolizes the long relationship between Holland and America, and specifically Minuit, the man who originally purchased Manhattan from the Canarsee tribe. Serving beverages exclusively by Mokk-a, including newly developed Espresso and Decaf as well as the original Café ...Read More »

  • HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands & Consort Professor Pieter Van Vollenhoven | Photo Courtesy of Leigh Beckett HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and consort Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, patrons of the Netherland America Foundation (NAF), each received a full complement of Mokk-a blends in their gift bag at the 32nd Peter Stuyvesant Ball held recently at New York City’s Pierre Hotel.   A beloved annual event and the sparkling pinnacle of NAF’s social activities each year, the ball celebrates Dutch American heritage and the long ...Read More »

  • In January 2014, Mokk-a will be an exhibitor at the Specialty Food Association's show, the west Coast's largest specialty food & beverage trade show. The show will be held in San Francisco, from January 19 - January 21, 2014.Read More »

  • Oct 25 10am-1pm – Aj's 23251 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 2pm-5pm – Aj's N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale Oct 26 10am-5pm – Aj's N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Oct 27 10am-1pm – Aj's Val Vista Drive, Mesa 2pm-5pm – Aj's W. Ray Rd., Ste.37, Chandler Oct 28 10am-5pm – Aj's E. Skyline Drive, Tucson Nov 1 10am-1pm – Aj's Central Avenue, Phoenix 2pm-5pm – Aj's N. 67th Avenue, Glendale Nov2 10am-5pm – Aj's Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale Nov 3 10am-5pm – Read More »

  • As soon as we wake up every morning, I take my rickety old dog for a leisurely amble not on a lead but letting her choose the route.  This morning she took me through the field beyond the house and down the wooded embankment to a little brook that runs along the edge of our property.  It is a perfect clear autumn day, bright already at seven; but its dark here under the trees and the grass is still a rich green near the brook.  It feels like a separate room – or as I used to say as a ...Read More »