Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts

Review - Coffee Gator French Press Keeps Coffee Hotter for Longer

Oh now, this French Press from Coffee Gator is quite marvelous - Why? Well, not only does it look good but the main thing is it really does keep coffee hotter for longer than the usual glass jug of a French Press.

If tea is your thing (as it is with me) you can also use it for tea. The manufactures say this French Press keeps coffee piping hot for up to 32 minutes longer so I tested it ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I can confirm that this is pretty much true.

Tried and Tested:
I filled a regular Glass Jar type French press (from a big top brand name) with just off boiling water and at the same time I filled the Stainless Steel Coffee Gator French press.

Stainless Steel French Press

To keep it fair both were filled to the max and both left for 30 minutes and then I checked the temperature with my Thermapen here's what it read:
Coffee Gator Stainless Steel French Press 77.7°C Pretty impressive ah?
Regular Glass French Press 59.6°C

So I say it's true; the Coffee Gator really does keep coffee hotter for longer!

45 minutes later: 
Coffee Gator Stainless Steel French Press 74.5°C
Regular Glass French Press 53.0°C


Blue Coffee Box Subscription Club - Review and Reader Discount

Blue Coffee Box is a UK subscription club for speciality coffee lovers. Each month, they send a letterbox-friendly blue (unsurprisingly) box containing three bags of freshly roasted coffee with tasting notes and information of the origin and farm where it is produced.

Three new roasters are introduced every month from the top of the UK’s 300 or so craft roasters to hand-roast the beans. These are fresh roasted every week and members can select how they are prepared; whole beans or ground for cafetiere, dripper or espresso.

Blue Coffee Box Club Contents

I love that the boxes are letterbox-friendly meaning you don't have to be home to receive your box.

I'm not a coffee drinker but Paul (the husband) tells me this is really good coffee. He says the coffee tastes fresh and that's because it is; all Blue Coffee Box coffees are freshly roasted each week. I also think the price isn't too bad at all when you consider how expensive big brands of roasted coffee is in the supermarket and let's face it they are probably roasted and packages weeks if not months ago!

Costs £17.99 per month (or less for 3, 6 or 12-month advanced payment). Members can cancel, pause, skip or upgrade any time.

Discount coupon:
The lovely people over at Blue Coffee Box have set up a discount for readers of this blog ๐Ÿ˜Š

Just enter AG912 at checkout and that will give you £9 off your first box making it only £8.99
The code can also be applied to gift boxes or the longer subscriptions, too.

For more information and to order pop over to Blue Coffee Box.
Twitter @bluecoffeebox 

Disclosure: I was sent a Blue Coffee Box to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

Stellar Hob Top Espresso Maker - Review

If you like Espresso Coffee then chances are you'll love this rather stylish Hob Top Espresso Pot by Stellar Cookware. It makes a perfect cup, in fact it holds 400ml so 6 cups of Espresso plus it's easy to use too.

Hob Top Espresso Maker

The shiny polished stainless steel may well look lovely but I might tell you it took me an age to photograph without seeing me in it!

How does it work?
Once the water in the base chamber boils, it creates pressure which in turn forces water up through the coffee and creates the perfect cup in a matter of minutes.


Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Poke cake is so called because once it's baked you simply poke holes in it!  Then you pour a delicious runny topping into the holes; and when the cake is fully finished you can't see the holes as they are covered with more topping.  Then when you cut it, everyone gets to see the scrummy gooey filling in every slice.    

Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

See what I mean - sticky, gooey caramel oozing from the cake and of course the more holes you make the more filling there will be; but with that said don't go too mad or the cake might fall apart!

Inside a Coffee Caramel and Hazelnut Poke Cake

Just recently the lovely people over at Spiller and Tait sent me some of their freshly roasted coffee to try.  When the delivery guy arrived at the door you could really smell the lovely aroma of coffee; he even said, no guessing what's in this parcel!

On opening the lovely smelling parcel I was amazed to see on the packets the day of roasting (might be just me but I've never seen this before), anyway this coffee was fresh, it was roasted no more than 7 days ago. The secret to good coffee is it should be fresh and apparently Spiller and Tait only roast weekly in small batches so every packet you buy from their website arrives to you with full flavour and aroma.


Filter Coffee Machine Review - Aldi's Brunch Week Range

This week I've been trying out this Filter Coffee Maker from Aldi.  Whilst it's not all singing and dancing it does a great job of making coffee and at a good temperature too which of course is the main thing.  Perfect for a lazy bank holiday weekend as it has an automatic 'keep warm' function which ensures your coffee is nice and hot and the hotplate stays on to keep the coffee hot until the machine is switched off.

For safety the machine turns off automatically after a while.  The instructions don't say how long it is before it turns off but I've found it to be after an hour. I tested it and found the coffee to be (82.5°C) so it's just right.  I've had a more expensive coffee machine in the past which at best only produced lukewarm coffee which of course isn't a good thing.

Aldi Filter Coffee Machine

It's really easy to use; just fill the water tank with the desired amount of water- the number of cups is clearly displayed.

Add ground coffee to the filter holder and make sure the glass jug is on the hotplate. Switch on and your coffee drips through into the glass jug.

Review of Lyons Coffee Bags - Fresh Ground Coffee in a Bag

Lyons coffee bags are just like tea bags but with coffee, so you can have a nice cup of roasted coffee pretty much anytime and anywhere.  Just add freshly boiled water, stir, and allow to brew for three to four minutes until the coffee is as strong as you like it to be.

Having given these a go I say they're great for everyday convenience and for taking to work.  Also I'm thinking if you like to enjoy a cuppa of your favourite coffee brand whilst away on holiday, coffee bags are brilliant since they take up hardly any space as apposed to a bulky jar of coffee.

Lyons Coffee Bag in a Cup

We both like that each coffee bag is individually wrapped in foil so each cup you make is nice and fresh.  Now although I'm not a coffee drinker but Paul (the husband) is, so it was over to him to taste test.

The verdict?  Yep he says they really do taste good and he particularly likes the No. 3 - Rich and Full Bodied.

So will we buy these in the future?  Yes we will, very convenient and most of all the coffee tastes good.

Perfect Partners - Coffee Grinder and Cafetiere from Judge Cookware

Forget 'instant' coffee and instead grind your own beans with this Stainless Steel Coffee Bean Grinder from Judge Cookware.

I'd never used a manual coffee grinder before but it's really simple to use.  All you do is pour in your coffee beans, turn the handle and you have your very own freshly ground coffee.  It does take a good few turns but the smell is amazing which makes it so worth the relatively small amount of effort.


Depending on the way you are going to brew your coffee you can easily adjust the grind setting from coarse to fine - I had the grinder set to fine.

Coffee Grinder

The ceramic burr mechanism means that coffee beans are ground rather than cut which gives maximum aroma and maintains nutrients.

The perfect partner for your Coffee Bean Grinder is this Judge Glass Cafetiere.


The Cafetiere is made from Borosilicate Glass which is scratch and thermal shock resistant (0 to
180°C).  It has a stainless steel filter so it will last longer and has a stylish polished lid and plunger and the whole thing is dishwasher safe too.

With Christmas just around the corner either one of these (or both) would make a great present for any coffee lovers; or of course you could just treat yourself!

JA85 Judge Steel Coffee Bean Grinder
JA65 Judge 3 Cup (350ml) Glass Cafetiere

To find your nearest stockist pop over to Judge Cookware.

Disclosure:  Many thanks to Pam PBM Marketing and Public Relations and Judge for sending me these to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, I was not required to write anything positive.

How to Make the Perfect Liqueur Coffee

Hands up who doesn't like a nice liqueur coffee at the end of a special dinner - not many I people expect!  The perfect after dinner drink at Christmas, Thanksgiving or of course New Year.

But how do you make the cream float on top?  Well it's actually really easy; follow my recipe for success.

Aldi have some seriously good priced Wines, Beers and Spirits.  Exclusive to Aldi this Chevalier Cognac is a great price at just £15.99 for a 70cl bottle.

Of course if you don't like Cognac you can make liqueur coffee with Whisky, Grand Marnier, Tia Maria,  Cointreau, Bourbon, Drambuie, the list is endless.

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine - Review

Tassimo hot drinks machines have intelligent barcode technology which means the barcode on Tassimo T DISCs are scanned by the machine and register the correct brewing time, temperature and the amount of water required for each beverage.  It's all completely automatic, all you have to do is pop in a disc, press the button and your drink is prepared and dispensed into your cup.

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine

Having been asked to review the Tassimo Vivy machine here's how I got on.  The instructions that are supplied with the machine are a series of pictures which are really easy to follow.


How To Make An Authentic Italian Coffee Tiramisu

 Most of us regard tiramisu as the quintessential Italian dessert. And yet it only appears in cookbooks as an official recipe from the 1960s onwards, so it seems to be a relatively recent creation. Still, the classic tiramisu, meaning 'pick-me-up' or 'lift-me-up', is something that's rarely messed with apart from a few subtle changes. And with good reason. It's sponge ladyfingers, dipped in coffee and layered with egg yolks, egg whites, cream and mascarpone cheese, is a delicious concoction.

What you'll need
Most of us will probably have sugar, eggs and cocoa hanging around in the cupboard, and if you've got these ingredients handy, you're not far off having everything you need. Get a couple of packets of long, sponge ladyfingers or Pavesini cookies, which make sponge nice and springy when dipped in the right amount of liquid. Make sure you have some mascarpone (you can also use ricotta if you like a slightly lighter tasting cream), and some strong coffee. And then you'll just need a bit of chocolate. Try bitter-sweet cocoa powder or grated chocolate.

GAT Winner Collection Stove Top Espresso Coffee Pot - Review

Just look at this wonderfully curvy and cute 2 person Stove Top Espresso Coffee Pot from the Italian maestros G.A.T.

This is a must have for any Espresso coffee lover.  You can enjoy Espresso in just a few minutes and in the comfort of your own home.  

Available in eye-catching colours Orange, Purple, Green and Blue.

Attention all Coffee Lovers - Puro Brand Fairtrade Coffee

Not all coffee drinkers readers will have probably heard of Puro before as they don't have their own cafes and their products can't be found in supermarkets.  However if you are a coffee drinker, chances are you will have enjoyed Puro Coffee without even realising it. 

Puro Fairtrade Coffee

Every National Trust site uses Puro coffee and restaurants such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen and The Real Greek, large offices such as Innocent Drinks (the smoothie company), opticians like Vision Express, hairdressers such as Headmasters and golf clubs like Wentworth all serve Puro coffee.

Aromo - Coffee Delivered to your Door

Aromo is a UK based coffee site that can deliver ESE pods, Ground Coffee and Coffee Beans to the doors of UK customers.  It's easy to order too, which is great news for coffee lovers.
 Since we don't have a machine that takes ESE pods we were sent the ground coffee to try.  The ground coffee only comes in Espresso, which I think you either love or hate - it was strong!  Of course if you like Espresso, as many people do, then this is the one for you.

Aromo Coffee

That said, Bounce Ground Coffee makes the perfect Espresso and is perfect for Americano, Cappuccinos & Lattes.  It can be used in most espresso coffee machines. 100% Arabica comes in 250g bags and is priced at £4.00 - which I think is actually very good.

Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant Caffeine Free - Review

New Kenco Millicano Caff Free has the same clever combination of instant coffee and finely-milled beans as the Kenco Millicano.
       Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant Caffeine Free

The difference?
None - it's just decaffeinated. 
So, whilst it retains the same rich and full-bodied flavour that coffee lovers adore, it allows the freedom to enjoy a deliciously relaxing cup of coffee, whether it be first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

And now for the taste test:
Paul (the husband and big coffee drinker) says it really is the best decaffeinated coffee he's ever tasted.  Having tried a few big brand names, this is the best one by far.  A nice smooth, rich cup of coffee every time.

You can find out more about the Kenco Caff Free and the rest of their coffee range over at the Kenco website.

Thank you to Jen, Anya and Kenco for sending me a sample to review.


Carte Noire Instinct Wholebean Instant Coffee - Review

Carte Noire have just added Instinct - a Wholebean Instant coffee to their range.  Recently I was sent some to try but as I'm more of a tea drinker the official tasting was handed over to Paul the husband..... 

Here's what he said:
I can really taste the difference to the instant coffee I usually drink - this has a lovely smooth taste.  

It isn't bitter at all like some coffee I've had in the past.....(is he suggesting my choice of shopping is sometimes quite poor)?!  

The instructions suggest you add one to two spoonfuls to your cup and mix with hot water that's just off the boil.  Paul thought one spoonful was enough and he's not a one for weak coffee.

 And now for my two penneth:
The packaging is fancy looking and I am a one for nice packaging!
The tub has a plastic clip on lid with a foil and a ring pull underneath that you pull off at first use, and then use the plastic lid to keep your coffee fresh and dry.

Carte Noire is a premium coffee a blend of 100% Arabica beans and is available in all major supermarkets in a 100g tin RRP of £4.99 and an 80g refill pack RRP £3.49
You can find out more and request a sample over at the Carte Noire FaceBook Page.
Thank you to Alex for sending us some to try.
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