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Whole Bean vs Ground Coffee: Is the Debate Over?

Ahh, coffee. It's one of life's simplest pleasures and a morning ritual for many. But what kind of coffee should you be using? Should you go with pre-ground or whole beans? Let’s take a look at the debate between ground and whole beans and figure out which one is best for you. What is the Difference? Let's start by breaking down what the differences are between whole beans and ground coffee. Whole beans are roasted and processed coffee cherry seeds. In the roasting process, the raw green bean is transformed into a delicious, aromatic delight that can be enjoyed in its purest form. On the other hand, pre-ground coffee is convenient and less expensive but lacks some of the freshness...

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4 Quick Tips for Better Home Brew - V60

Whether you're new to pour over coffee or a seasoned pro, you should have figured out the many aspects of the brewing process can affect the taste of your V60 home brew.   We're here to help break down some key points to help you get the most from your specialty coffee.     1. Never use boiling Water.  Water that is too hot will affect the intensity and flavour of your coffee. Although boiling water will not 'burn' the coffee, as some claim, it could mean you miss some of the subtle flavours you should be experiencing from your brew.    Aim for around 93-94 °C.   Don't worry if you don't have a temperature-controlled kettle. Simply let your water cool for...

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A Trio of Christmas Drinks

1. ‘O, Holy Chocolate Night!’ Ingredients: 250ml milk150ml double cream50gs of high-quality milk chocolate (chopped)80gs of 60% dark chocolate (chopped)2tsps of honeyLarge white marshmallowsPinch of cinnamonAdditional cocoa powder/grated chocolate/brown sugar Method: In a medium sized saucepan, bring together all ingredients except for the dark chocolate. Stir constantly, bring to a shimmer. Turn off the heat and slowly combine the dark chocolate, continue stirring until fully combined. Whisk until smooth Add additional (low) heat, if dark chocolate needs some extra help Serve in a Martini glass Grate chocolate on top of liquor Toast marshmallows on a cocktail pick with a blow torch (optional) Sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar and cinnamon for crunch.   2. ‘Cherry Cheeked Geisha’ Ingredients: 35ml Hennessy37ml of...

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Autumnal Drinks & Cocktail Recipes

The Trick - Cold Old Fashion Ingredients 35ml – Hennessy (or works well with dark rum also)10ml – Spiced syrup *70ml of Flash iced French press *(Sarah used El Comedor, Mircolot, our latest release!) *Spice syrup method: Equal amounts of; Black peppercorn Cardamon pods Clove Cinnamon 2 Star anise and slice of dried orange, Shimmer gently in 200ml of water for 10 mins and then allowing the mixture to immerse and cool for 24hrs. Drain mixture. Return to heat source and add 200gs of honey caster sugar, stir until dissolved and allow to cool. This beautiful homemade syrup is amazing for hot chocolate and all milk beverages.  *French press method: Create the French press by creating a concentrate dilute. Ratio of 1:11. with...

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Our 2022 World Barista Championship - Sarah's Schedule in Melbourne

We are very excited about our superstar Sarah, competing in the upcoming World Barista Championships.  Sarah Competing at the Irish Barista Championships Day 2 - Round 1  Wednesday 28th September (GMT) 3.00 AM Set-Up Starts 3.30 AM Performance 8.00 AM Results   Keep an eye on our socials for a link to the live stream to watch Sarah's performance. The following schedule is local time in Melbourne Wednesday 28th September (GMT+9) Sarah J Hannaway – Ireland   11:58 AM Be on stage 12:08 PM Table set (7min) 12:15 PM Set-up (15min) 12:30 PM Performance (15min) She/Her - 12:45 PM Clean-up (7min)   5.00 PM Results Road to Melbourne  Sarah was crowned Irish Barista Champion in 2020. With over seven years...

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