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December 2015

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38 | DECEMBER 2015 When Ann Brainard wrangled parent volunteers for her kids' school events, she always brought along a secret weapon—a buzzy elixir that was a staple in her native New Orleans but relatively un- known in New England, where she has lived for 17 years. "I called it happy juice, because it really makes you happy," Brainard says. Just a few shots of her special cold-brewed coffee, with a touch of milk and lightly sweetened, would keep the team running (and run- ning to her to find out exactly what it was that she'd given them). The deep, rich flavor is a bit like melted coffee ice cream, though darker and not nearly as sweet. In New Orleans, Brainard says, everyone has potent cold-brewed coffee extract in the fridge, ready to be diluted with hot water for a warm beverage or mixed with milk and served over ice. "I thought that was how everyone made coffee," she recalls. Eventually, the influence of her family's background in running New Orleans restaurants combined with the demands of friends who suggested that she bottle and sell her "happy juice," and Brainard launched Mojo, a ready-to-drink coffee concoction based on a recipe she recalls from her childhood. photographs by Pete Tschudy BY JEANNE O'BRIEN COFFEY Mojo Coffee offers a locally made alternative to big-chain drinks. Queen of Caffeine Ann Brainard makes and sells a cold-brew coffee that is lightly sweetened and has a touch of milk.

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