Moja Gift Baskets Holidays 2013

To celebrate the holidays, we have put together some beautiful gift box options that make perfect gifts for friends, corporate events, or as raffle prizes.

photoThe boxes allow for mix and match customizations of both the coffee and the mug – we suggest adding in the Roaster Series 2013 while it’s still in stock!

Small Moja Gift Boxes go for $45
Large Moja Gift Boxes go for $90

Please order your gift box in the cafe and allow for 48 hours for us to put it together. We will happily wrap boxes in cellophane – just ask!

Happy holidays!

 

 

Moja Coffee Roaster Series 2013

moja-holiday-2013For the first time ever, we are releasing the Moja Coffee Roaster Series 2013, our annual Moja Coffee Christmas Roast, for the full month of December. We spend November sourcing beans and testing roasts to find just the perfect coffee each year. There are just 1,000 bags of Moja Coffee Roaster Series 2013 for sale – once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Moja Coffee Roaster Series 2013

Coffee: East Timor
Cooperative: Cooperativa Café Timor
Certifications: Certified Organic and Fair Trade
Coffee grown in: Maubesse
Soil: Porous, well-drained soil
Altitude: 800 – 1,600 meters
Varietals: Híbrido de Timor and Bourbon
Harvest: Late April – September
Process: Wet processed and sun dried
Notes: Full bodied and sweet with a low toned acidity. Roasted nuts, sweet malt, almonds in the finish.

Come grab your bag now, or grab several at the Moja Coffee Open House Sale on December 21st, 2013. Come early, so you don’t miss out!

Moja Holiday Open House 2013

photo-2It will be your last chance to stock up for Holiday festivities and gifts!! Fresh from our roaster to your gift wrap! The famous Moja Coffee Open House sale will be on Saturday December 21st 2013 this year, 7:30am-5pm.

Our big sale only happens twice a year and it’s a great time to stock up for the holidays. You can’t go wrong with a good deal at this time of year! Here’s what you can expect:

  • $10/bag 400g coffee
  • Purchase any $25 dollar gift card for just $20 – that’s a $5 gift from us!
  • Cappuccinos are $2
  • Drip coffee is $1
  • Great holiday baskets to be won.  Tons of samples and other cool things.

To avoid line-ups at the bar, we will be opening the back of the shop for cash only sales of coffee beans AND gift cards. Head to the warehouse door on the North side of the building.

Happy holidays from everyone at Moja!

Moja Celebrates Halloween

imagesWe’re getting into the spirit of Halloween. First up, a limited-time homemade pumpkin spice latte. By demand, we’ve whipped up a recipe, tested it, refined it, and run it by a super secret panel of judges – and it’s now ready for you! Come on by while you can.

Next up, Halloween!

Dress to Impress

Stop by the Moja Cafe Haunted House on Hallowe’en this Thursday – customers wearing their costumes will get 10% off their drink purchase.

Any guesses what costumes we’ll be sporting?

Moja’s Roaster Series 2012

Every year, we roast a signature blend for our Holiday Open House (happening on December 22nd – details here).

Moja’s Roaster Series 2012 is a special blend of Sulawesi and Guatemala coffees featuring a smooth start with slightly spicy undertones and a delicate caramel flavour at the finish. It pairs well with savoury foods such as butter tarts and scones.

Moja’s Roaster Series 2012 is available now, but only for a limited time! We’ll be roasting the last batch for the Holiday Open House – we roast a maximum of 1000 bags, but it sells out quickly during our sale. Get yours while you can!

Orange Spice, a Blast from Moja’s past…

Orange Spice the Way you Remember...

Whirrrrrrrrrr…

Clickaclickaclickaclickaclicka…

Tap-Tap…

Hisssssss…sssss…

Shunck…

Ding!

…Well, everything but that last bit. These are the sounds that have summed up my mornings for the last couple of years.

Hi, I’m Tristan, and I’m a barista.

Not only do we have this snazzy new site up and running, but it means the cafe staff gets to try their hand at blogging about coffee and cafe culture, the industry in general, and basically waste time at work between lattes.

…You know as soon as all the tables are clean.

Those of you loyal to Moja over the last year or so may or may not recall the signature drink we offered to the general public at Christmas in 2009. I did up a really cool syrup that we called Orange Spice and then made it into Orange Spice Lattes. Little 8oz cups of Christmas to be enjoyed by everyone. The not-so-advertised part of the ol’ Spice syrup was that it was good on EVERYTHING. I had to make double batches so that staff could put it on croissants, danishes, cookies, etc. Pretty brutal. I’m pretty sure I caught Dave drizzling it on double-baked almond croissants and then making me swear I’d take it to the grave.

But nobody reads this blog, right?

In any case, I’m not generally in the habit of offering the same specialty drink twice, and this philosophy had more than a few customers choked up after a long, hard year went by and no Orange Spice showed up at the end to console them. Feelings of betrayal, hurt, anger and deep depression were not uncommon as the word spread that Tristan would not be offering his treasured Orange Spice to the world.

UNTIL NOW.

It’s true, I won’t be making this syrup again for use in the cafe (unless we start bottling my stuff and selling it… hmmmm….) but I will toss the recipe on here for any of you keeners to try. It’s actually super simple, and you can make great big batches of it and it keeps for ages. Then put it on everything.

ORANGE SPICE SYRUP

Ingredients:

2 cups Turbinado sugar

2 cups water

1 small handful Allspice

1 small handful Cloves

3 large cinnamon sticks, broken in half

4 tbsp ground nutmeg (This is what I used, because at the time I couldn’t for the life of me find whole nutmeg… but that would be better)

Zest of 2 large Navel oranges

Method:

Combine sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. the liquid should be a deep amber color with no sugar crystals visible. Congratulations, you’ve made simple syrup!

Reduce heat to low, and add all the ingredients except the orange zest. Simmer for 5 minutes, then freshly zest the orange directly into the saucepan. The idea here is to preserve some of the bright citrus-y orange flavor and not cook it all out. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, stirring and tasting constantly to achieve desired balance of flavour.

IMPORTANT: After you’ve made your simple syrup, it’s important not to let it boil again. If you do, the sugar syrup will crystallize and harden up when you remove it from the heat and leave it in the fridge.

Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool. Strain into squeeze bottles. Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

And that’s it! Super easy and it really does go on anything. I gave it to all my friends for Christmas and heard rave reviews for everything from ice cream to tea to pancakes. We can’t serve these in the cafe, but here’s my buddy Scott’s recipe for a Orange Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail:

2oz Canadian Whiskey (We used Alberta Premium)

1/3oz Orange Spice (or to taste)

2 dashes Angostura Bitters (But I bet cherry bitters or Peychaud’s Orange Bitters would be rad too…)

2 large ice cubes

Orange and lemon cheeks for garnish

Combine whiskey, syrup and bitters in a rocks glass, stir slowly until combined. Pinch citrus over the glass to release the oil, and run around the rim. Add ice, garnish and serve.

So give it a try at home, if you’re so inclined. If you have any problems, drop by the cafe and ask me about it. I made a lot of this stuff, so if you run into a speed bump, chances are so did I and I figured it out.

See you at the cafe!

-Tristan

Happy Holidays from Moja!

This Saturday we held our bi-annual Open House to celebrate the holidays. And what a turnout! Thanks to everyone who came!! We were surprised by a line up around the block before we even opened and our cafe had a zig-zagged line non-stop all day. We sold so much coffee in our 1lb bags – more than double or previous years’ totals for a single day – that we had to roast and bag coffee throughout the day. If you can believe it, more than 300lbs of coffee walked out the door in just 1.5 hours!

Our prize pack, filled with Thomaas Haas treats, coffee and tea, was a big hit – we had hundreds of entries before mid-day! Also a hit was our special Christmas Espresso, roasted just once a year in celebration of our open house… we were sold out by noon!!


It was fantastic to see so many new and old faces in the cafe and we hope you all have fantastic and safe holiday celebrations for the year. Just a reminder that the cafe will be closed from December 24 – January 3 so we too can celebrate with our families!

Moja Holiday Open House 2010

It’s that time of year again, folks! Aside from delicious drinks a brewin’, we are getting ready for our bi-annual open house sale! Homemade eggnog & apple cider! $10/lb for whole bean coffee. $1 drip and espresso shots. Prizes!

WHO?: Your Friendly Neighborhood Roaster-Cafe
WHAT?: A Coffee Sale and Event the likes of which you’ve never seen!
WHEN?: December 18th from 9am to 5pm
WHERE?: Moja Coffee @ 1412 Rupert St. North Vancouver
WHY?: Because we love you too much! It’s our only flaw!

Check out the event page on Facebook – and see you there!!

UPDATE: THANKS FOR COMING TO THE 2012 OPEN HOUSE!!