Rock Isn’t Dead – Part 1 of Our Interview With Ryan Roxie

Rock Isn’t Dead – Part 1 Of Our Interview with Ryan Roxie of Roxie 77, Alice Cooper & Casablanca
“It Makes Me Believe That Rock N Roll Isn’t Gonna Die”

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It’s still surreal to me that just over a week ago I was sitting at my computer talking to the very guy that I just saw play live just over a month ago at the best, most inspiring, jaw dropping concert I’ve ever been to.

I’m talking about Ryan Roxie, who has many titles to his name – Guitarist , Philanthropist, Singer and Guitar Teacher.

Roxie, who has been in bands with some of the most recognizable names in rock, such as Slash and Gilby Clarke came back to ‘Raise The Dead’ with Alice Cooper in 2012 after being away from the band since 2006. Ryan is also currently promoting his own bands, Casablanca (which has a new album “Riding A Black Swan” ready to drop September 25th) and Roxie 77 (which he fronts) in Sweden.

One of the first things you will notice about Ryan Roxie if you have the opportunity to talk to him is that he is a ‘real person’. He hasn’t let the fame get to his head. He does it for the music and raw emotion which is essentially what Rock N Roll is all about. You pour yourself  into the music with the hopes of touching someone else’s life. That is exactly what Ryan does.

He has also turned to other method’s of touching lives by working closely with several charities and foundations over the years and is currently working closely with the Pay It Forward Foundation. You can check out their mission to spread kindness , one bracelet at a time by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Fresh off of the first leg of this year’s Alice Cooper’s Raise The Dead tour, an enthusiastic Ryan took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about everything from having Alice Cooper as his boss,why he believes rock n roll isn’t going to die and touring with Marilyn Manson to his best and worst onstage experiences.

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Jessica: So, how was the first leg of the tour?

Ryan: The first leg of this tour has gone extremely well, especially being that no one knew what to expect from the Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper teaming. No one knew what the combination was going to result in. They thought there would be maybe very volatile, maybe there would be a lot of aggression and it ended up being actually very, very peaceful but rocking every night and the bands all got along. Marilyn had nothing but respect for Alice and Alice has nothing but respect for Marilyn and the shows and the crowds and everybody was better and more into it than I think anybody expected.

Jessica: Awesome, so what’s it like working for Alice?

Ryan: I always say that Alice Cooper, if you can find a guy that is that funny, performs that way every single night, gives it his all and has long, black hair and pays you a pretty good paycheck , take that guy as your boss. *laughs* He’s like I always say, one of the coolest bosses I’ve ever had and the coolest boss I’ve ever had. Sometimes I forget that he’s my boss because he’s the singer. You know? He’s the singer of the band. He’s the leader of the band and he’s just one iconic name and he proves it every night up onstage why he has such a legacy.

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To Listen To Part 1 of Our Three Part Interview With Ryan Roxie, Click Here:

 

For more information on Ryan, the upcoming Alice Cooper tour or the Pay It Forward Foundation Check out:

www.roxie77.com

http://ryanroxie.com

http://alicecooper.com/tour-terror

http://payitforwardexperience.com/

*Photos Courtesy of Ryan Roxie and Russ Howell*

*A special Thanks to Ryan for taking the time to talk to us.*

*Stay tuned for part 2 of our interview with Ryan Roxie, coming soon.*

Ripped Rockin’ Shake

 

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Ingredients:

2 cups of coffee ice cream ( We used Haagen – Dasz coffee ice cream)

1 & 1/2 tbs. of cocoa powder

2 tbs. of Ripped Cream Chizzled Chocolate Protein Coffee Creamer

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. of vanilla

1/4 cup of milk

1/3 cup of cold coffee (We used Guatemalan Rockin’ and Roastin’  coffee)

 

Garnish:

Whipped Cream (optional)

Shaved Chocolate (optional)

 

Directions:

Blend the milk, coffee ice cream, coffee, cocoa powder, Ripped Cream, cinnamon and vanilla in a blender until smooth.

Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream.

Enjoy your Ripped Rockin’ Shake!

 

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Rogers Family Coffee Co. Cafe Jerusalem Breakfast blend.

We were recently sent samples of Rogers Family Coffee Companies  Cafe Jerusalem  coffee’s. There are four distinct coffee’s included but the first to make it to the drip machine was the Cafe Jerusalem whole bean breakfast blend.

 

A word of warning, whatever adhesive  is used on these bags is likely the same as what holds the wings on fighter planes. This bag was literally un-openable by hand ( or as the Mrs. said “Child Proof”) and upon application of a sharp knife to start it, resulted in a sudden loss of adhesion and a geyser of beans everywhere. Upside: The kitchen smells really good. Downside: I am still finding beans.

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The coffee: There is nothing on the bag to indicate the origin of the coffee beans, but I would hazard a guess at mostly Colombian. This coffee is labeled as a light roast but in comparison to other recent cuppings, it compares more to a medium roast in our view. Beans are medium brown, and lighter beans mixed in, oils are readily apparent and the aroma was strong. There was no evidence of burned beans or under-roasted greenies  in the bag.

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We had two of the BitoJava.com crew review this coffee with the following result.

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Color: Beans seem to be a mixed medium roast, evenly done with  oils apparent .

Aroma: 4.8/5    Strong house filling aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  2/ 5    some bitter finish but not harsh, much tamer with a shot of creme.

Taste:    4/5    Some heavy flavors of walnut and earth.

   Drinkability: 4.1/5  Slightly strong on the finish, slightly heavy .

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Joy at seeing Jerusalem or for coffee?

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Color: Color is on the dark side for a light roast.

Aroma: 4.6/5    Good !

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  2/ 5  Just the right amount of bite!

Taste:    4.3/5    Smoky  and heavy flavors

Drinkability: 4/5  A good cup of Joe.

In total this is pretty good coffee and would make an excellent offering not only for Hebrew Specific functions where kosher is the rule, but for any group setting where there are those who like a strong solid cup of coffee. All four of these coffees are certified Kosher and available from Rogers Family Coffee Company separately or as a basket set.

Iced Mocha Recipe

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Ingredients:

* 1 ounce chocolate syrup

* 1-2 shots of cold brewed coffee ( We used Rockin’ and Roastin’)

*ice

*milk

* whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

Pour your chocolate syrup into the bottom of your glass.

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Add your coffee and stir well.

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Pour enough milk into the glass to fill it 3/4 of the way full.

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Stir.

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Add ice.

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Garnish with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate syrup.

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Enjoy!

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Sumatran from Rockin’ and Roastin’

It’s not often one gets to feel like Moses, leading people to the promised land, but when I walked into the lunchroom at Oral and Facial Surgery for Adults and Children, I knew it was going to be one of those days.

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You see there was already a pot of coffee brewed, and lurking in the cupboard was that dreaded plastic can, of what some consider good coffee. Now don’t think me a total snob, I have drunk many a cup from the plastic can, and it is fine for what it is, but needless to say the brewed pot was quietly sent down the drain. Without delay I started grinding up some Rockin’ and Roastin’ Sumatran for these poor deprived souls.

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Soon I had a pot going and the staff started lining up for a taste. Everyone was amazed at the lack of bitterness for such a strong flavored and dark roasted brew. Questions followed,  primarily “Where can we get some for home?”

The day just got better!

The day just got better!

As the pot dwindled a new request came for “Can I take some home for my husband to try?”. So out came the trusty grinder and several zip-lock bags later the Sumatran was no more ! I must confess I felt a bit like Walter White as I ground and bagged  product for distribution.

"Psst.. hey buddy I got some good stuff."

“Psst.. hey buddy I got some good stuff.”

As usual we provided comment cards for tasters and as it has been with all of the Rockin and Roastin product it was a solid  5/5 rated coffee. Comments included :

“Pleasantly surprised! Smooth Tasting and absolutely no bitter taste, love it”

“I am not a coffee drinker and this was GOOD!”

The sure sign of a successful review/cupping.

The sure sign of a successful review/cupping.

As usual, I will provide the Bitojava crew’s reflections on this coffee. It is a very dark roast and does fill the house with a wonderful morning aroma that makes you want to get moving. Joey Kramer and the guys at Comfort Foods did something pretty cool with this roast in that you get all of that baseball bat to the face flavor with no bitter aftertaste.

I mean, its like you know that bitter monster is there somewhere lurking in that inky darkness, but somehow he never quite gets to rip out your taste buds . You really have to try it to understand what I am talking  about as you wait for that bite that never materalizes.

 

Color: Beans are dark, evenly roasted with  oils apparent .

Aroma: 4.8/5    WAKE UP! aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  2.8/ 5    well balanced.

Taste:    4.7/5    Dark and heavy flavors of cinammon, chocolate and nuts, strong finish.

Drinkability: 4.7/5  Of the heavy dark roasts it competes well with more expensive beans.

This was the last of the current offerings avalable from Rockin’ and Roastin’, we hope there will be more to come. For me, I was happy to set my people free from that plastic can in the cupboard, I suspect it will gather dust now.

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Grounded Coffee Co. Papau New Guinea review

 

 As a young boy, I went to school with a girl whose parents were missionaries. Prior to fourth grade class, she had lived in Papua New Guinea, and she told stories of cannibals with poison darts and shrunken heads.

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 Now to a bunch of grade school boys it sounded like high adventure and a grand old time, but growing older and seeing that at least some of the stories were true, I had no desire to visit the place! Recently that may have changed! As we were provided some Papua New Guinea beans from the Grounded Coffee Company.

 New Guinea coffee’s account for 1% or a little less of the world production and are at this point just catching the eye of coffee drinkers. The plantations and farms are tiny and in some cases just a few trees. The quality can vary widely as can the taste due to climate variances. Grounded’s Papua New Guinea is Grade A Certified NASAA Organic and is wet processed in the Okapa valley. It is a blend of Arabica’s from Jamaica and Kenya origins. These beans are grown in the rich volcanic soils above 5000 feet.

 These beans arrived in a novel zip open and resalable bag. As usual the first thing I did was stick my nose in the bag and inhale….God I love doing that.  And my very first response was, Indian Monsooned Malabar….. almost. The aroma was very similar to the Monsooned Malabar we cupped earlier this year, nutty and earthy.

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 Bean color was very light brown/khaki with no visible oils. This is a nice light roasted coffee. Color and roast was very even and no variation was seen, beans were of intermediate size and all were uniform.

 My first cup was downed in some haste as I was late for an appointment, so a second pot was brewed today for a more leisurely try. Aroma during brew is very mild, not house filling like some of the Sumatran and Ethiopians. Color of the brewed product is a light golden brown/dark honey.

 Taste reminds one of the Indian Monsooned Malabar, nutty and earthy with aftertaste hints of chocolates and fruits. Missing from this is the Malabar’s “Gandhi’s Sandals” deep musty bite which makes this coffee superior. There is no single overriding flavor here, each sip is a bit different! It is quite good indeed.

This will be a staple, added to my personal coffee stash, perfect for a light breakfast brew and excellent after dinner as it is not heavily bitter and its acidity is balanced towards sweet rather than being sour.

Color: Beans are light brown, evenly roasted with no oils apparent on the beans

Aroma: 3.5/5    Light aroma when brewing.

Bitterness (1=very bitter 5=Sour):  3.9/ 5    well balanced.

Taste:    4.9/5    Delightfully light with multiple flavors and aftertastes.

Drinkability: 4.9/5  Best lighter roast this year for me.

This coffee is not only excellent, but is evidence of how far human civilization has come in the past few decades, a nation once known for it’s brutal native tribes, now becoming known for it’s brutally good beans!

Check back soon as we take a different Grounded Coffee Co. Selection to some friends for a group tasting! And click below to get your own Papua New Guinea coffee without risking your head!

Source: http://www.groundedcoffeecompany.com/

Mocha Milkshake Recipe

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Mocha Milkshake

 

Ingredients:

*2 cups of ice cream ( we used 1 1/2 cups of coffee ice cream and 1/2 cup vanilla bean ice cream)

*1 Tbs. cocoa powder

*1 tsp. cinnamon

*1 tsp. vanilla

*1/4 cup milk

*1/3 cup of cold coffee ( We used Sumatran Rockin’ and Roastin’ coffee)

 

For Garnish:

*Melted Chocolate

*Whipped Cream

*Chocolate chips or shaved chocolate

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Directions:

Blend the ice cream, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla , milk and cocoa powder in a blender until smooth.

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Put some of your melted chocolate around the sides of the bottom of your glass.

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Pour the mocha milkshakes into your glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, swirls of melted chocolate and chocolate chips/shaved chocolate.

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Enjoy!

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Mocha Brownie Recipe

Mocha Brownies

Brownie Ingredients:

* 4 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate

* 2 cups white sugar

* 2 sticks of butter

* 4 eggs

* 4 tsp. Vanilla

 

Icing Ingredients:

* 2 sticks of softened butter

* 1/4 cup of Cocoa Powder

* 5 – 6 cups of Confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

* 4 tsp. Vanilla

* 1/4 tsp. salt

* 1/2 to 3/4 cups Cold Brewed Coffee ( we used Guatemalan Rockin’ and Roastin’ Coffee)

Instructions For Brownies:

With your oven preheating at 325 degrees F. , spray an square 8 in. pan with nonstick spray and lightly flour.

Put your chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds . Set aside.

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In a medium bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs. With your mixer on low, slowly add in the chocolate. Add vanilla and stir. Add the All- purpose flour and mix until combined.

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Pour your batter into the pan. Spread out so that you have an even surface. Bake 40- 50 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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Instructions For Icing:

Combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt , powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix and add 1/2 cup of coffee. Stir until the icing is fluffy. If your icing is too thick, add more coffee. If it is too thin , add more powdered sugar.

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Ice your cooled brownies . Chill brownies. Top with shaved chocolate or chocolate chips. Cut into small pieces. Best served with vanilla bean or coffee ice cream.

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