Grab a bag of fresh roasted coffee now and maybe an extra bag as a gift.
Great news for coffee lovers in Australia! Coffee Bean Shop remains open every day this Christmas and New year, except for public holidays. It would be a good idea to add an extra day to your delivery estimate to allow Australia Post a bit of extra time during this peak period - Santa's helpers are working hard!
Grab a bag of fresh roasted coffee now and maybe an extra bag as a gift.
Its hard to find a high quality drinking chocolate that is perfect for Hot Chocolate and also great as a sprinkle on Cappuccino. Cadbury'sand a few other Australian companies supply drinking chocolate, but its expensive and when it comes to your cafe or business, its just not good enough.
We've been providing our cafe customers with this 2kg pack of dark drinking chocolate for around ten years and have recently added it to the online store, so you can grab a bag anytime. This creamy drinking chocolate, which is actually better known as Milk Chocolate, but in the world of drinking chocolate, the name Milk Chocolate is reserved for white chocolate - confused? I certainly was. To make it easier, this dark chocolate is the one you'll use when making a hot chocolate, its also the chocolate you'd use for sprinkling on cappuccino.
If you're buying this for home, and you've got kids in the house - 2kg will last you about a week... well, it feels like that in my house! Its going to last you a while, so you wont have to worry about running out in a hurry. It comes packaed in a zip lock resealable bag too. I sometimes share my bag with a family friend, but mostly keep it all to ourselves. If you're running a cafe, this is absolutely what you need to go with your coffee.
Sunday is the day of the week where I can sit down with a coffee and reflect on the days gone by. No distractions, no disruptions, just me and a coffee and my mind.
I think of my Sunday morning coffee as 15 minutes of me time.Without it, I think my weekend would be very different!
A2 milk just costs more - that's a fact. But, is there a benefit?
The answer is yes, well, kind of yes. Let me explain. A2 milk benefits from a more consistent feed, and usually a higher quality feed, which results in a higher quality milk that also contains more proteins. All this goes for producing a better quality steamed milk - with a bit of technique, a velvet smooth and creamy milk for your flat white or cappuccino.
If you don't want to pay the premium for a2 milk, there is an alternative in regular milk - reach for the full fat variety instead of the low fat alternative - the sugars in regular full fat milk will allow for a fuller and more creamy result compared to low fat milk or skim milk
if your like me you enjoy the sweetness of sugar in your coffee and trying a coffee without sugar is confronting!
It’s just the way you’ve always ordered coffee, “two sugars and milk”. Before coffee became right it was the only way you could drink coffee, and that’s what everybody ordered.
But times have changed and the quality of coffee for most people has improved dramatically. We now have access to fresh roasted coffee beans and proper coffee machines in almost every suburban cafe and a lot of homes and offices.
One way to enjoy a naturally sweet coffee is with the technique that the italians call Ristretto, that means to cut the coffee extraction process in half which results in the sweetest part of the coffee landing in your cup, and the second half of the coffee is discarded.
The next time you order a coffee give it a try, order a Ristretto if you usually enjoy an espresso, or a flat white made from a Doubleshot Ristretto If you usually enjoy milk based coffees.
Ordering ristretto will halve the amount of coffee in your cup since you are discarding the second half of the extraction, however, that first half of the extraction is the sweetest part of the coffee. So where you may have previously ordered a single shot, now you will be ordering a double shot but with the same volume as a single shot.
If you’d like to reduce the ammout of sugar in your daily coffee, try ordering a ristretto with one sugar and then cut down to a ristretto with no sugars.
I found myself a little short of time come mothers day, and a young 10 year old daughter that was yearning to express her creative flair - both important priorities, and it was at that moment I realised how cost effective, simple to prepare and rewarding this idea could be.
I popped into our local supermarket and handed my daughter a shopping basket - that was perfect, because I really didn't want to have to shove an entire shopping trolley's worth of groceries into the resulting gift basket, because we all know that a girl will definitely shop until no more shopping can be physically done!
We filled the basket with all sorts of treats, biscuits, crackers, chocolate, grapes, cheese and a couple of bottles of wine - mostly for the appearance of the bottle, rather than the quality of the wine - I'm not that good at selecting great wines, so I just look for a nice looking label (typical guy huh!)
Armed with our goodies, we headed down to the dollar store and selected a suitable size basket to pop it all in. lined the basket with gift paper, placed everything in, and job done! we had enough change from $50 to grab a chocolate milkshake, a coffee and a muffin, each ;-)
This idea is so simple that I wont be waiting for mothers day in the future, its going to be an any-time gift. Just don't think less of me when one of the baskets contains a few more of the essentials, like apples, kraft cheese slices and a couple of bottles of milk - its the thought that counts, right?
If there is one thing in my life I will always make time for, it is coffee. And when that coffee can be enjoyed in a different way, I will push every other non-essential task on my plate right out of the way!
Coffee and Tonic Water are a match made in heaven, and by heaven, I mean that cosy place you dream of where there is not a trouble in the world, ever. You have just one job this week, and that is to try Tonic Water mixed with Coffee Espresso.
Its so easy to prepare; grab a glass, extract a shot of coffee into the glass, add a couple of cubes of ice from the freezer and top it all off with cold Tonic Water - add a wedge of lemon or lime and call it 'knock off time'.
Grab a comfy chair, sit back and enjoy your moment of sunshine in a glass.
So, should we avoid coffee at night before bed? Does coffee affect our sleep?
The question was asked in one scientific study recently and they provided an answer, one that I wasn't expecting. For as long as I can remember, I've always though coffee will 'keep me up at night', and while it does affect your alertness, it wont keep you up all night.
It was discovered that if you were to consume two single shot espresso's, upto three hours from when you would go to bed, your sleep hormones van be delayed by up to 40 minutes.
I am fortunate in that I can enjoy a coffee right before bed and I have never felt an effect.
What about you?
is it just me, or are Monday’s getting harder and harder to face each week? I’m thinking the real cause is that our work weeks are becoming more involved and a little more intense that come the weekend, we are cramming as much as we can into those two days - be it recreation, working around the house or tending to family duties, that when Monday rolls around, it’s a case of “hang on, here we go again”!
I’m certain it was easier for our parents and their parents. Not in a physical way - we’ve got more comfortable cars, better safety equipment, air conditioning, socially aware everything - but they didn’t have mobile phones that ring on a Saturday morning, work emails that bing at 8pm, mortgages that really do take 30 years to payoff, internet bills, it goes on and on.
What do you think?
Science and coffee are life long partners!
It’s also ist like a laboratory experiment, the way we weigh, measure and test every aspect of the coffee making process. It takes exactly 14grams of coffee prepares in a double basket portafilter, the coffee is ground to a precise and repeatable grind, and extracted under a perfect 9 bars of water pressure at the predetermined 91 degrees Celsius.
Only them do we achieve the magic 60mls of deliciously smooth espresso base.
It goes without saying that we are a little obsessive and like to control the outcome of our coffee making experience, for the benefit of the perfect coffee shot.
It is for that reason a preheated cup is important. Without it, we are relying on a cup that is colder than the. Coffee it will be coming into contact with and therefore affecting the temperature of the coffee in the cup. That temperature change will affect the flavour of your coffee.
I store my ceramic coffee cups on top of my espresso machine, but for the times that I forget, I’ll just rinse the cup with some warm or hot water and that will do pretty much the same job.
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