Clayton CA, Joe Medrano, PJ's Roasted Bean Coffee Company

Joe Medrano | Cooking with Coffee | Healthy Coffee Lifestyles | Antioxidants

Did you know that coffee is a great source for antioxidants? Americans get more PJs Logo 2-19 Croppedantioxidants from coffee than from any other source of food. And if you drink your coffee black with no cream or sugar, coffee can be a good can be a good way to help give your health a little guilt free boost.




Now even though there are over 400 billion cups of coffee consumed every year around the world, not everybody likes to drink black coffee.  So how can you get the benefits of the high antioxidants in coffee? By cooking with it. There have been many great recipes created over the years that utilize brewed black coffee, whole beans and/or ground coffee.

But why should you care about antioxidants? What do they do? Antioxidants, help cells in your body from being oxidized by toxins, chemicals and inflammation. They can help with the management or prevention of some medical conditions, such as some cancers, arthritis-related conditions, and may even help with slowing Alzheimer’s disease.

Most people think about the health benefits they get from drinking coffee, not eating the coffee bean. You can actually get more antioxidants from eating coffee grounds than drinking coffee. Now I am not suggesting you should start buying coffee and just eat the Healthy Coffee Lifestyles, Joe Medrano, Benefits of Coffee, antioxidantsgrounds instead of making coffee.

What I am suggesting is, if you haven’t already, you should consider trying to cook with coffee. While there are a lot of recipes out there using coffee in deserts, there are also plenty of recipes for savory and healthy foods as well.

I have been trying different coffee recipes out and making modifications to some and also trying them with different types of coffee beans. And yes, believe it or not, some recipes you can tell the difference in flavor depending on the bean.

Being a coffee lover, I do have a preference for AA Arabica beans. AA Arabica beans have a fragrant aroma and rich body. And at PJ’s Roasted Bean Coffee Company we infrared roast the beans so the beans are never bitter, never burnt, always smooth and have a fuller flavor.

I know I sound like I am talking about wine (which I am a big fan of as well), but if you haven’t noticed, coffee has come along way and their are more specialty coffee companies popping up all over. You will find many coffee shops have tasting notes on their various coffees just like a fine wine.

However, approximately only 2% of coffee is infrared roasted worldwide because the process to roast costs a little more for coffee companies. We infrared roast all of our coffee because we believe in providing better coffee to our clients so they can provide a better cup of coffee to their customers.

We also believe in a healthy lifestyle and the infrared roasting process helps the coffee have higher antioxidants.

Over the next few weeks some of my blog posts will start containing recipes utilizing coffee in them. Some will be healthy, some will be less healthy, but all will be really good, especially the ones for those of us with a sweet tooth.

I might even include some videos. I hope you will join me on my continued journey of discovery of coffee, its health benefits, and living a healthy lifestyle. You might even see a recipe or two that you like.

And remember:

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.”

Fran Drescher


Joe Medrano
PJ’s Roasted Bean Coffee Company
Infrared Roasted
AA Arabica 
Never Bitter
Never Burnt
Always Smooth
Fuller Flavor


Clayton CA

Joe Medrano Clayton CA | Volunteering as a former City of Clayton Councilman/Vice Mayor and Insurance Broker

As a former Clayton Councilman and Vice Mayor, I see the city of Clayton CA continues to evolve. I am proud to be an involved member of the community of Clayton CA. My time volunteering with the Clayton Business and Community Association (CBCA), Clayton Joe Medrano Clayton CA, Clayton Art & Wine FestivalValley Charter High School (CVCHS), and engaging with current Clayton Council Members, has allowed me to continue to help the community.

For the 2017 and 2018 Clayton Art & Wine Festival I continue to be the Chairman of the Beer and Wine Committee. Through these events, with my help, the CBCA has increased the net profits from this fundraising event.

Through relationships with wine industry leaders and insurance clients, I continue to be able to secure significant donations to maximize the profits of this charitable event. All of the proceeds are invested back into the local community, schools, college scholarships, and other worthy non-profits.

For the 2017 event we were proud to showcase Mionetto Proseccos, their Rocca Sveva wines, Bollicini wines, Esperto, 50 degree Reisling, Castello di Monsanto, and Capezzana wines.

We extend our sincere appreciation to Jason Fabrizio and Mionetto USA for their support Joe Medrano Clayton CA, Clayton Art & Wine Festivalof our event.

We are proud to be able to offer these wines again in 2018 along with a few other brands that will be announced closer to the event.

While the event is called the Clayton Art & Wine Festival, we will also have a large variety of specialty, local, and craft beers for you to enjoy.

I would also like to thank Markstein Sales Co. and their entire team for all of thelogo200 support they have provided to our event over the years as well. Their team is at the event all weekend helping to make sure the beer is always cold and flowing.

Make sure you save the date for this years event.


Free Admission for the whole family!

Come early for parking close to the event and wear cozy shoes to explore the talents of hundreds of unique vendors that will fill Clayton’s Historic Main Street with fine original artwork and unique handcrafted exhibits. The festival offers a wide selection of wines and popular brewed beers. Your youngsters will love Kiddieland full of lots of games and fun.  And we haven’t forgotten about your tweens & teens. Games & rides geared toward their liking will be found in our Teen Zone.

See if you can spot the KKDV van during their live remote broadcast on Saturday and Sunday. They will have a prize wheel and prize giveaways Maybe you’ll get a chance to speak on LIVE radio?!

There will be non-stop LIVE bands performing for your entertainment, while you enjoy a wide selection of tempting dishes from our Food Court. Take a few minutes to visit the fascinating Clayton Historical Society on Main Street and then maybe pop in to the historic Clayton Club Saloon or visit Moresi’s Chophouse and have a cocktail and appetizer on the deck. Or visit La Veranda Cafe for some Italian food, Ed’s Mudville Grill to watch sports and grab a burger, Skipolini’s Pizza, Cup O’ Joe Coffee or visit the Royal Rooster to pick up a Clayton Collectible.

Joe Medrano Clayton CA, Clayton Art & Wine Festival

The Bands Performing This Year Are:

On Saturday April 29th:
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Noisebar (Rock)
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Tone Pony (Country)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Jesters (Rock)
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – The Relyks (R&R / R&B)

On Sunday April 30th:
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – The Hats / Pastel Six (R&B / 50s-60s R’nR)
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Keta Bill & The Bay Area Allstars (Rock / Jazz)
3:00 – 5:00 pm – PHD’s (R&B / Rock & Roll)

The 2018 Clayton Art & Wine Festival will be:
Saturday April 29, 2018 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday April 30, 2018 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mark your calendar!


Joe Medrano Clayton CA
City of Clayton
Former Clayton CA Councilman
Former Clayton CA Vice Mayor
Clayton Art & Wine Festival
Clayton Business and Community Association (CBCA)
Mionetto Wines
Markstein Sales Co

About the CBCA:
The Clayton Business & Community Association (CBCA) was formed in 1984. We are a non-sectarian, non-partisan and non-profit community organization. Working together, our goal is to promote the general welfare, prosperity and common good of the entire Clayton community. Membership of more than 200 includes local professionals, businesses and passionate individuals who share interests.

About Mionetto USA:
Mionetto USA, the United States subsidiary of Henkell & Co. Gruppe, was founded in 1997. Mionetto USA began with the introduction of the Mionetto family’s portfolio of fine sparkling wines to the United States, with the mission of establishing the prosecco category. Mionetto USA has grown to become the importer for one of the leading prosecco brands and ranks among the fastest growing premier wine importing companies in the United States.

About Markstein Co:
We are built on a firm foundation of great people, great beer brands and more than 90 years of family ownership and heritage. My vision for our Company is to be recognized by our employees, suppliers, and customers as the most committed and professional beer and beverage distributor dedicated to providing excellent customer service, great beer and beverage brands while driving profitable company growth.

About Clayton:
Clayton is a very special place, with exceptional people who have a deep appreciation for the community’s history, tradition and volunteerism. In 2014, Clayton celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Incorporation (1964) yet Clayton still retains many of the time-honored characteristics treasured by its founding fathers in 1857. Nestled at the bucolic base of picturesque Mt. Diablo, Clayton is in close proximity to the greater San Francisco Bay Area with all the amenities, sports and cultural opportunities offered by that choice location.