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Coffee Recipes

Coffee & Food

One of the best things about coffee is its versatility. When I see coffee I don’t just see a little espresso, I don’t even just see a fancy barista vanilla double macchiato, I see a world of possibilities for this bean as an ingredient in some absolutely superb dishes. Be it breakfast dinner or tea there is a recipe with coffee at its heart that I adore and here are just a few of my very best.

Breakfast: I know it’s a little dated now but I’m still just a little bit addicted to my Nutribullet and absolutely love just being able to throw a quick smoothie together in the morning that gives me that much needed jolt of energy and nutrient fast. Of course, me being me, I’ve found a beaut smoothie recipe that give me by coffee buzz too. Simply throw in an espresso, oats, a banana, almond milk and almond butter, whizz it all up and you’re good to go for the day.

Lunch: BBQ Chicken Hoecakes with Coleslaw. BBQ chicken is one of my absolute favourites anyway but mix it up by using a delicious coffee barbeque sauce and I’m sold. A super quick (and a bit of a cheat) recipe for the coffee barbeque sauce is simply a mix of ketchup, sugar, onions, chilli, garlic and of course coffee! There’s affair few recipes out there you can use for the sauce but I find its just as good if you choose the easiest one.

Dinner: Bobby Flay provides one of the best Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye recipes I’ve ever followed. It produces a mouth-watering fall from the bone Rib Eye that just can’t be beaten in my eyes. Plus, it only takes about half an hour to cook. You can find a copy of the recipe at The Food Network, if you give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Desert: My default restaurant desert has to be Tiramisu. I’ll admit it is a little bit clichéd in its traditional Italian style and can be done outrageously badly. But done right, I just cannot think of a more perfect end to a meal. I am a little loathe to admit that my favourite Tiramisu is in fact a homemade one created to the tune of Nigella Lawson’s recipe and it isn’t very traditional, in fact its lathered with Baileys but I let myself have this as my guilty pleasure as it’s so easy to make at home and requires next to now ingredients. The handy Christmas baileys can finally be put to use alongside savoiardi biscuits, water, eggs, caster sugar, mascarpone cheese and a bit of cacao powder you’ll have everything you need for this stunner of a desert.

A Side Tipple: One of my absolute favourites, this can keep me going throughout a long evening with the girls, it is the stunning and elegant Espresso Martini. This martini has coffee at its heart, for me it must be made with a freshly ground and brewed espresso, a shot of Kahlua (Not essential, but serve me one without it and I can’t pretend I won’t be disappointed use a good quality sherry. Add ice and shake then add the all-important cream and a sprinkle of cocoa to the top.

Coffee Machines & Equipment

Five of My Favourite Coffee Machines

coffee machineThere’s an amazing variety of fantastic coffee machines and brewing equipment out there and it can be hard to choose what kind of tools are right for you. When thinking about coffee machines that make the best cup of coffee there’s an abundance of choice even just under the umbrellas of Bean to Cup, Filter and Espresso and it’s important to do your research, try consulting guides such as Which? and visiting coffee fairs to get a really good idea of the options available out there and don’t forget to sample as much as you can, whenever you can! I’ve got a fair few favourite machines all for different reasons and all produce a great cup of coffee but they all have their own unique elements. Here are just 5 of my faves…

Jura Giga X3: In my opinion this is one of the best coffee machines for commercial use, it offers a huge selection of pre-sets (around 30) and 12 of these can be customized. I love its ‘two heat process’ allowing two delicious cups of coffee in one go which is a real time saver. Whilst we are talking about time its grind process is also pretty swift thanks to its top quality ceramic disc grinder. You can get a business lease on one of these beauties for under £20 a week so its a great office coffee machine to consider.

Linje Espresso Maker: This machine by Øystein Helle Husby just oozes style, it’s a Norwegian approach to coffee with a touch of Italian inspiration, a machine made of wood! With its elegant stylish and modern exterior it would be my pick for the guest annexe to add a little bit of luxury. But alas, it is but yet a prototype.

Sanremo Verona SED: A beauty for the small business, this machine has all the pleasing aesthetics you would be happy to show off front of house in your business. More importantly to add to its pleasing exterior it is top of the range in the functionality department. It’s a great machine for the artistic barista, easy to use and ergonomical giving the user the time and means to perfect the art of a beautifully presented coffee.

The OTTO stove top espresso maker: My favourite for trips away, (along with a few lovely little extras) you get a great little travel case for the OTTO and it’s small/light enough to stash in your case so this is a great little machine for longer trips away in aparthotels or self-catering accommodation. The machine itself requires a hands on approach to your coffee making but OTTO provide a really useful instruction DVD for it so this shouldn’t be a problem for most users. It’s got a small, robust and elegant design that makes it a gem of a machine, you can get your hands on one for around £600 but there are very limited stockists in the UK.

Poppy Pour-Over Coffee Machine by Quirky: Now we are really talking tech with this stunningly designed one cup artisan machine. Science, design and technology are beautifully merged to create a machine that is not only incredibly pleasing to the eye, but also works alongside apps that make your life easier! For example, the app can automatically order your bean refills, the glass carafe is designed to hold the perfect drinking temperature and has a grinder that crushes the beans (rather than chops) to get the best taste from your favourite blend. It really is a little stunner of a machine and I’m desperately waiting for the email to come through from Poppy confirming when they will be on the market.