Coffee Combinations - The Weird and Wonderful

  • 20th February 2015
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Following on from the bulletproof phenomenon it turns out that adding things to coffee is nothing new, in fact, it has been done for centuries! Although some coffee connoisseurs may be of the opinion that adding anything to black coffee is sacrilege, others believe that certain ingredients combined with coffee can be good for your health.

Here are some of the most weird, wonderful and delicious additions to coffee and the health benefits they are believed to bring about.

Cardamom - used originally in Ayurvedic medicine, cardamon combined with coffee beans, is believed to neutralise the effects of caffeine, reducing its stimulating effects.

Salt -  a common flavour enhancer in both food and drink, adding salt to coffee can apparently neutralise its bitterness.

Cinnamon - there’s nothing nicer than the warming and homely scent of cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to coffee can naturally sweeten its flavour and negate the need for milk or sugar - which will save calories too. Cinnamon was also traditionally believed to boost people’s immune systems.

Vanilla Extract - another sugar free alternative to sweeten your daily cup of joe is through the use of flavour extracts, such as vanilla or almond. However, with their highly concentrated flavour and hefty price tag it’s probably best to us them sparingly!

Egg - egg is known to clarify coffee and get rid of any sediment, resulting in a quality cup of coffee. This idea originated from Scandanavia, where raw eggs are mixed with coffee grounds and drunk at breakfast.

Coconut Milk - coconut milk is sometimes used as an alternative to cow’s milk. The creamy texture and exotic flavour can make for a delicious flavour combination for lactose intolerant coffee lovers.

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What do you like with your coffee in the morning?

  • 30th January 2015
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The debate over the age old question of what to have with your morning coffee is still very much ripe today.

Although we wouldn’t go as far to say that the accompaniment to your coffee defines your personality, we’d love to think that this would give us an idea of what sort of person you are.

So, would you prefer to go A: continental with a croissant, B: American with a muffin, C: terribly British with biscuits, D: classic with cake?

We’ll be gathering the results to find out the most popular choices next week.

Coffee Culture Worldwide - Durgol (Part 1)

  • 14th January 2015
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Coffee habits and traditions are ingrained in every country’s identity. Blends, rituals for
drinking and methods of serving, all range dramatically depending on where you are in the
world. We’ve delved a little deeper into coffee culture from 10 different countries
worldwide. Here’s our first instalment which ranges from Austria and Mexico, to Ethopia,
Japan and of course Italy.

Austria

Cafes with an elaborate and elegant twist are a huge part of Austria’s cultural heritage and some of the plush coffee houses in Vienna are sure to make you feel like royalty.
Locals order a ‘wiener mélange’, which is a fresh coffee served with steamed milk and topped with frothy milk foam. As coffee houses stay open late here, they make a perfect spot to unwind with friends.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is historically where coffee was first discovered, and it still forms an important part of their culture today. Drinking coffee in Ethiopia is a sort of spiritual ceremony which involves everything from roasting the beans to the eventual serving of the drink and it
can take up to several hours! Often brewed with an array of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves or honey, which gives it a rich and unique flavour, making it worth the wait.

Italy

Considering Italy is the birthplace of espresso, it's almost a sin to visit Italy without having the signature caffeinated beverage - one of the most popular drinks here. If this isn’t your style, treat yourself and your taste buds to a café con panna - which is an espresso topped with fresh sweet whipped cream.

Japan

The fast-paced culture of Japan demands convenience when it comes to coffee and that’s why they are often found in vending machines. For a few Yen you can enjoy a canned coffee (served hot or cold) in true Japanese style - available from most street corners.

Mexico

‘Café de olla’ is the official caffeinated drink of Mexico. Traditionally served from a clay pot, this dark roasted coffee is filtered with a fine strainer or cheesecloth, then served with piloncillo, an unrefined brown sugar that's got a smoky and caramelly flavour. It's also common to enjoy your ‘café de olla' with a cinnamon stick for added flavour.


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Coffee Inspired Festive Spirit

  • 23rd December 2014
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There’s no doubt that many of us will be celebrating the festive season in a big way and as such we thought it was only right to put forward three of our favourite coffee related drinks - suitable for those who enjoy a festive tipple as well as tea-totallers.

Espresso Martini

Extremely easy to drink, an espresso martini is sure to get any party started!

TOTAL TIME: LESS THAN 5 MINS
MAKES: ONE GLASS

Ingredients

25ml (1fl oz) Kahlúa or Caffé Lolita liqueur
25ml (1fl oz) espresso
50ml (2fl oz) vodka
Coffee beans to garnish (naturally!)

Directions: Simply pour the three ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a few coffee beans and serve!

TIP: Freshly brewed espresso is vital when making an espresso martini – it won't taste nearly as good without it! For a taste sensation, why not consider using Fairtrade or organic coffee beans.

Peanut-Banana Espresso Smoothie

A delicious milky coffee drink that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS
MAKES: 2

Ingredients
• 1 cup low-fat milk
• 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
• 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
• 1 ripe banana, cut into thirds
• 1 cup ice

Directions: Suitable Blend milk, espresso powder, peanut butter, banana, and ice - easy peasy!

TIP: Why not try crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth for a smoothie with more of a bite.

Piccolo Affogato al Caffe

Drink coffee the Italian way with the Piccolo Affogato al Caffe. This nifty coffee treat works as both a drink and a dessert - genius!

PREP: 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINS
MAKES: 12

Ingredients
• 3 cups vanilla gelato or ice cream
• 2 cups strongly brewed espresso
• Garnish: espresso beans

Directions: Arrange 12 small glasses on a rimmed baking sheet. Fill each with 1/4 cup gelato. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Pour 3 tablespoons espresso over each. Garnish with espresso beans. Serve immediately.

TIP: Why not mix up the flavours even more by swapping vanilla ice cream with hazelnut or using a combination of the two.

We Love Coffee Community Reaches 10,000 likes - thanks to all you lovely people!

  • 11th December 2014
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To say thank you for getting us to 10,000 likes we’re giving 10 people the chance to win some festive treats which include a bottle of Durgol, a festive mug and some coffee beans. Simply visit our Facebook page to find out more. https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity

Good Luck!

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS – OVERVIEW
- The Competition is open to any mainland UK resident aged 18 years old and older (each an “Entrant” and together the “Entrants”)
- The Competition will start on Friday 12th November (the “Opening Date”)
- The Competition will end at 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday 19th December 2014 (the “Closing Date”).
- The winner will be notified by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 31st December 2014 (the “Notification Date”) via telephone or email.
FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Competition is run by Durgol

C/O Martin Global
34 Marlborough Road
Flixton
Manchester
M41 5GQ
2. The Competition is open to any mainland UK resident aged 18 years old and older, except the Promoter’s and its affiliates’ employees and immediate families, their agencies or anyone professionally connected to the Competition and/or the Promoter. Only one entry per person is allowed.
3. By entering this Competition, Entrants’ must be aware of and agree to be bound to these terms and conditions and any other terms of entry, rules or instructions as published on facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity
4. There will be 10 winners of the Competition prize who will be selected at random by the promoter under the supervision of an independent person from all entries.
5. The Competition Prize consists of durgol universal decalcifier, some coffee beans and a festive mug
6. The Competition Prize is as stated and no part of it can be sold or exchanged for cash, goods or services. Unless specifically agreed in writing by the Promoter, the Competition Prize is not transferable and must be taken by the winner in person.

7. The Promoter, its agents and/or affiliates reserve the right to substitute the Competition Prize for a prize or prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if this is necessary for reasons beyond their control, without prior notification.
8. No purchase is necessary.
KEY DATES
9. The Competition will start on Friday 12th 2014.
10. All entries must be received by 11:59pm Friday 19th November 2014.
11. The winner of the Competition will be notified by email or telephone by the Notification Date.
GENERAL RULES
12. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner of the Competition Prize but if they are declined or unclaimed by the winner, or if the winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied on their entry form within 28 days of the Notification Date, a replacement winner will be selected at random at the Promoter’s discretion and will be notified by the Promoter by phone or email. The original entry/nomination will then be forfeited.
13. The first name and country of the Competition Prize winner will be available for three months from the Notification Date and can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Smoking Gun PR, 3rd Floor, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BN, United Kingdom. The details of the Competition winner will also be made available on the https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity Facebook page and be available for public viewing for three months following the Notification Date.
14. All Entrants agree not to discredit, denigrate or bring into disrepute the Promoter, its products and services or its business partners and confirm that they have no reason to believe that their participation in the Competition will have such an effect.
15. The Promoter will use Entrants’ and nominees’ personal details only for the purpose of administering the Competition.
16. Entrants acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Entrants will be providing information to the Promoter and not to Facebook. Entrants acknowledge that Facebook is not responsible for the Competition and shall have no liability towards any Entrant or nominee in relation to the Competition.
17. The Promoter reserves the right to extend, amend or withdraw the Competition or any part of it without prior notice or compensation, where this is due to circumstances beyond its control.
18. The Promoter’s decision shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
19. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, the Promoter and its associated companies, agents and affiliates exclude responsibility and all liabilities for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or the Competition Prize.
20. These terms and conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of, or in connection with them, shall be governed by or construed in accordance with English law. Entrants irrevocably agree that the courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.
21. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent in through agents or third parties. Incomplete or illegible entries, bulk entries, entries from third parties and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any failure to submit a valid entry by the Closing Date.
22. Any Entrant found not to comply with these terms and conditions or any other Competition rules, instructions or requirements will be disqualified.

What kind of coffee are you? An energy loving Expresso or a lovable Latte?

  • 05th December 2014
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Have you ever considered which kind of coffee you would most resemble?

Are you the strong and silent type who needs that extra boost in the morning to get you through?

Or maybe the smooth, bubbly type who enjoys taking things at a more relaxed pace?

Espresso or latte is probably a debate had amongst coffee connoisseurs across the world. What do you think - do you enjoy a long tall and milky latte or do you prefer to savour the untouched flavour of the coffee itself?

Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity and tell us whether you are A) An energy loving Espresso or B) Lovable Latte or C) Something completely different.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

WIN a Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker!

  • 28th November 2014
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The Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker is pefect for coffee conissieurs who love to take the time to savour their coffee. To be in with the chance of winning one simply visit our Facebook page and take our Coffee Conssieurs quiz. 

https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity

Good Luck!

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS – OVERVIEW

- The Competition is open to any mainland UK resident aged 18 years old and older (each an “Entrant” and together the “Entrants”)

- The Competition will start on Friday 28th November (the “Opening Date”)

- The Competition will end at 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday 5th December 2014 (the “Closing Date”).

- The winner will be notified by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 12th December 2014 (the “Notification Date”) via telephone or email.

FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Competition is run by Durgol

C/O Martin Global
34 Marlborough Road
Flixton
Manchester
M41 5GQ

2. The Competition is open to any mainland UK resident aged 18 years old and older, except the Promoter’s and its affiliates’ employees and immediate families, their agencies or anyone professionally connected to the Competition and/or the Promoter. Only one entry per person is allowed.

3. By entering this Competition, Entrants’ must be aware of and agree to be bound to these terms and conditions and any other terms of entry, rules or instructions as published on facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity

4. There will be one winner of the Competition prize who will be selected at random by the promoter under the supervision of an independent person from all entries.

5. The Competition Prize consists of a bodum pour over coffee maker

6. The Competition Prize is as stated and no part of it can be sold or exchanged for cash, goods or services. Unless specifically agreed in writing by the Promoter, the Competition Prize is not transferable and must be taken by the winner in person.
 
7. The Promoter, its agents and/or affiliates reserve the right to substitute the Competition Prize for a prize or prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if this is necessary for reasons beyond their control, without prior notification.

8. No purchase is necessary.

KEY DATES

9. The Competition will start on Friday 28th 2014.

10. All entries must be received by 11:59pm Friday 5th November 2014.

11. The winner of the Competition will be notified by email or telephone by the Notification Date.

GENERAL RULES

12. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner of the Competition Prize but if they are declined or unclaimed by the winner, or if the winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied on their entry form within 28 days of the Notification Date, a replacement winner will be selected at random at the Promoter’s discretion and will be notified by the Promoter by phone or email. The original entry/nomination will then be forfeited.

13. The first name and country of the Competition Prize winner will be available for three months from the Notification Date and can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Smoking Gun PR, 3rd Floor, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BN, United Kingdom. The details of the Competition winner will also be made available on the https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveCoffeeCommunity Facebook page and be available for public viewing for three months following the Notification Date.

14. All Entrants agree not to discredit, denigrate or bring into disrepute the Promoter, its products and services or its business partners and confirm that they have no reason to believe that their participation in the Competition will have such an effect.

15. The Promoter will use Entrants’ and nominees’ personal details only for the purpose of administering the Competition.

16. Entrants acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Entrants will be providing information to the Promoter and not to Facebook. Entrants acknowledge that Facebook is not responsible for the Competition and shall have no liability towards any Entrant or nominee in relation to the Competition.

17. The Promoter reserves the right to extend, amend or withdraw the Competition or any part of it without prior notice or compensation, where this is due to circumstances beyond its control.

18. The Promoter’s decision shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

19. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, the Promoter and its associated companies, agents and affiliates exclude responsibility and all liabilities for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or the Competition Prize.

20. These terms and conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of, or in connection with them, shall be governed by or construed in accordance with English law. Entrants irrevocably agree that the courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.

21. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent in through agents or third parties. Incomplete or illegible entries, bulk entries, entries from third parties and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any failure to submit a valid entry by the Closing Date.

22. Any Entrant found not to comply with these terms and conditions or any other Competition rules, instructions or requirements will be disqualified.

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