Selasa, 31 Juli 2012

Top Ten Tips for Coffee Lovers

Anyone who loves their coffee knows that if you simply grab a mug, fill it with instant and quickly drink it before rushing off, that you are not fully appreciating or enjoying the wonder that is a properly made coffee drink. Take your time, get to know your coffee and follow these top ten tips for getting the most out of your drinking time.

1. Don't grab the first packet off the shelf in the supermarket and stick with it. Remember that there are a wealth of quality coffee types available and you will need to experiment with different types such as Colombia coffee or flavoured varieties, and strength before you find the ones that work best for you.

2. When first made coffee is at its best so ensure that you drink it within twenty minutes at the most, otherwise the flavour with start to diminish.

3. In line with number 2, don't ever reheat your coffee. Microwave cooked coffee is a poor imitation. Similarly leaving your pot simmering on the coffee machine will have the same diluting effect.

4. Maintain your coffee machine properly. It doesn't matter what type of machine you have and whether it is a "pod" machine or a filter coffee piece of equipment, an unclean machine will not produce the luxury coffee effect that you are looking for. All parts of the machine should be thoroughly cleaned.

5. Use the right level of ground coffee. It is easy to waste coffee and not really get to enjoy the full flavour due to your own brew being too weak or too strong. Follow the amount instructions on each packet then carefully adjust afterwards to achieve your optimum cup level.

6. Have a good sniff. Part of the enjoyment that comes with enjoy a quality cup of coffee is the aroma, that heady scent that hits you when you walk into your favourite coffee shop. Take a moment before taking that first sip to fully appreciate the scented steam from your favourite blend.

7. Use nice water when making a pot or cup of coffee. The majority of what makes up your coffee is water. Use filtered water for the perfect tasty cup and you can enjoy the full flavour of your coffee without the artificial taste that comes from using some tap waters.

8. Have a favourite cup or mug. For some people the only way to drink a coffee is from a cup and saucer. For others being able to wrap their arms around a cup or mug is the only way to comfortably enjoy their drink.

9. Why not decorate your own lattes? Fancy coffee shop baristas will hand you a coffee with beautifully decorated froth which depict hearts, flowers and all sorts. Why not do a little internet research and see if you can recreate this skill yourself? It makes enjoying your coffee all the more special.

10. Take your time. In order to properly enjoy a cup of coffee you need to take your time. Make yourself comfortable, reduce the noise and distractions and just enjoy the aroma and taste of your favourite luxury coffee.

Montes de Oro are producers of premium high altitude coffee, grown in the Gold Mountain of Honduras. Through this coffee they ensure better living and working conditions for the people of Honduras and offer their chocolate tasting supreme slowly matured ground coffee to the world.

Kamis, 12 Juli 2012

The Best Accompaniments for Your Cup of Coffee

Sometimes all that you need is a steaming cup of your favourite quality coffee and five minutes of peace and quiet. There are other times however that you find that you need something else, an accompaniment to your favourite beverage, and these are great examples to choose from.

The Muffin 
There is a reason that coffee shops sell so many muffins these days. Clearly customers have recognised that a muffin goes really well with their latte, Americano, Colombian coffee or flat white. Whether you are a chocolate muffin person or crave a blueberry muffin, either will work well with your favourite blend. Of course the hardest decision here is whether you should go for the small bite sized ones or throw calorie caution to the wind and indulge in a "Grande" muffin.

There are few cakes that don't work well with coffee; the two even sound great together, "Coffee and Cake". Two types of cake that go particularly well with a steaming hot mug-full of aromatic coffee is the carrot cake (moist but still firm) or a walnut cake, with or without cream. A slice of either if in a coffee shop or in company is perfectly acceptable. A wedge does the job just as well should you be home alone.

This is a difficult one. Usually biscuits are associated with tea, and with dunking. While many assume that dunking in coffee is OK, it really isn't. Soggy crumbs floating on the top of a cup, or worse still, a broken off chunk which has sunk to the bottom are both ways to ruin a perfect fantastic luxury coffee. Italian biscuits, fig rolls and even a bourbon biscuit will make a suitable accompaniment here, no rich teas or digestive should ever be considered.

Cookies are different to biscuits, they are indeed in a class of their own. Whether your cookie of choice is a white chocolate, chocolate, double chocolate or some other combination of soft crumbly goodness, it is safe to say that any of these treats will work well.

Fruits, provided they aren't too sour work fantastically with coffee drinks. Whether they are dipped in chocolate or form some part of a fruit tart, with or without cream, they certainly look healthier than a biscuit or slab of cake. One could argue of course that such a treat could even form part of your five a day.

Coffee and chocolate are both said to contain antioxidants and no-one could ever have too many antioxidants surely? The type of chocolate that you indulge with depends on the type and blend of coffee that you are enjoying as some combinations work better than others. Many enjoy a piece or two of an almost bitter dark chocolate alongside their favourite ground coffee.

Should you be looking for a different type of accompaniment one of the most highly recommended includes a good book, a comfortable sofa and a roaring fire. These coupled with a fabulously aromatic mug of coffee is just perfect.

Montes de Oro are producers of premium high altitude coffee, grown in the Gold Mountain of Honduras. Through this coffee they ensure better living and working conditions for the people of Honduras and offer their chocolate tasting supreme slowly matured ground coffee to the world.