Tampa Woman’s Coffee-Infused Dessert Company Raises Dementia Awareness

TAMPA, Fla. – There’s a woman from Tampa who is changing the way we drink coffee. Instead of pouring it into a glass, she infuses it into desserts.

“So we infuse all of our baked goods with espresso, whether it’s brownies, chocolate chip cookies, we even have espresso-infused snickerdoodles,” Lizette Rivera said.

Many of Lizette Rivera’s recipes date back to her mother and their Cuban family roots.

“She was like, ‘this needs to be a little stronger,’ in our culture we really want to taste that coffee in the brownie,” Rivera said of her mother, Rose.

Rose, who was living with dementia, always asked Rivera to put the treats in a box for her to take home.

“I didn’t realize she was putting it on steps of people who had COVID or didn’t really have family,” Rivera said.

Turns out the feedback was just as strong as the espresso itself, and Roasted Whisk was born, a company of coffee-inspired gift sets.

Each box contains a keepsake, like a sticker, mug, or candle, that lets the recipient know someone understands what they’re going through. An idea Rivera got from his mother.

“Making people feel like when they got it, they were sitting here in the kitchen with me talking about the coffee because it brings people together,” Rivera said.

In recognition of Dementia Awareness Month, Rivera presented a special box called “Forget Me Knot”, with proceeds going to The American Dementia Society.

” It’s really important. I can’t tell you how many people around me, friends, family, have a parent, grandparent, loved one, have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease,” Rivera said.

She said when she started cooking she hoped to do something tasty, but what she ended up with was something really heartfelt between her and her mother that will touch so many families struggling with this disease.

“It means so much to me that I can do this case in his honor,” Rivera said.

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