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The Perfect Cup of Green Tea

Hands down green tea is the best beverage to drink after water. This traditional Chinese medicine has numerable health benefits however the problem is, most of us do not know the correct way to prepare green tea. It goes without say that if you don’t prepare it correctly, it will not provide all the health benefits and could end up tasting bitter and grassy. So, it is important that you understand and master the method of preparing green tea. Below we have outlined how to make the perfect cup of green tea in just a few simple steps.

You can prepare green tea in mainly two different ways but can add many other useful ingredients along with the green tea. Let’s start with the basic recipe

What You Need

  • 1 organic dragonfly pure green mountain tea bag
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 stainless steel/clay cup
  • A lid to cover the cup

Method

Step 1

Heat the water in a stainless steel pot. Make sure it doesn’t come to a boiling point, which is 100 degrees C. The ideal temperature for green tea is 80°C to 85°C, so keep an eye on the water to make sure it’s not boiling. If it starts boiling anyway, just switch off the heat and let it cool for approximately 45 seconds.

Step 2

Put the green tea bag into the clay or stainless steel cup.

Step 3

Pour the hot water into the cup and cover it with a small lid. Let it steep for 3 minutes.

Step 4

After 3 minutes is over, remove the lid and remove the tea bag.

Step 5

Stir with a spoon and take a rejuvenating sip!

Top Tips to remember for the perfect cup of green tea

Water Quality

The quality of the water is crucial to achieving the perfect cup of green tea! The water that you use must be filtered. You can also use tap water if you trust the source. However do not use distilled water.

Tea to Water Ratio

When it comes to preparing green tea, you must maintain 3:5 green tea to water ratio. This means if you take 3 grams of green tea, you must take 5 oz. water to prepare it.

Water Temperature

Water temperature is highly important when it comes to preparing green tea. Do not boil the water as too hot water can reduce the healthy properties of green tea. Always maintain a temperature of 85 degrees C

The Cup

Choose a small brewing vessel, about 100-200 ml, for a single serving. You can use traditional Chinese or Japanese tea brewing vessels. They are known as gaiwan or shiboridashi.

Steep Time

You do not need to steep it for too long. A good 2-3 minutes will do the trick. Moreover, if you steep green tea beyond the limit of 3 minutes, the green tea will turn bitter and have a grassy taste.

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Happy ho-ho Holidays

Happy ho-ho holidays to all of our customers. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have… like our partnership with all of our customers.

It’s been quite a year for us all! We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you all in the year to come. From all the team at Watermark we hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you all happiness and success.

Our office will be closed from Friday 21st December 2018 and will return to normal on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

This does NOT include our office breakdown and emergency helpline, 01 4666304, which is fully operational as per usual right throughout the festive period in case there’s any issues with your machine.

Merry Christmas and happy ho-ho holidays!

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Christmas Coffee Time

It’s Christmas coffee time with a difference. With the holiday season in full swing treat your guests to a delicious Bailey’s coffee after dinner. It’s simple to make and the perfect combination.

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Warm an Irish coffee or a medium sized wine glass with hot water. Discard the water.
  2. Using a jigger, measure 35.5ml Baileys Original Irish cream and add along with the sugar to the glass. Add the coffee and stir well with a teaspoon to dissolve the sugar. We recommend our award winning Celeste blend.
  3. Carefully spoon the whipped cream on to the top of the coffee. The cream should float on top of the coffee so do not attempt to stir.
  4. Garnish with the chocolate servings. Relax & enjoy!

Christmas coffee time is always one to savour and enjoy!

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The Christmas Cup has landed

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year. There’s nothing better than that first cup of coffee in the morning however let’s be honest, that coffee tastes all the more better when it comes out of a Christmas cup.

We have launched our festive Christmas Cup and we want to drink out of them all day long. Our cups are not only festive and stylish but they also feature our favourite Watermark Christmas reindeer again!

Along with the Christmas cup, we have also added a host of all things festive to our drinks menu just in time for the holiday season. Our Christmas menu includes a Gingerbread Latte, a Cinnamon Cappuccino, a Blackcurrant & Honey Winter Tea and a White Hot Chocolate.

All that’s left for you to do is decide which cup of magic you want to try.

Watermark Coffee Technology……..guaranteeing the ultimate coffee experience

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The New Necta Kalea

We’re delighted to introduce into our machine range the new Necta Kalea. The Kalea is a fully automatic coffee machine: from coffee grinding to delivering water or steam, it’s all done at the touch of a button. The Kalea can deliver a delicious menu of coffee drinks, all of them perfectly made, from the authentic Italian espresso to frothy cappuccino and latte macchiato, just to name a few. Kalea, from Necta: it’s Italian quality coffee at your fingertips.

This coffee machine is suitable for locations serving an average of 200 plus cups a day. The fully automatic, bean-to-cup Necta Kalea coffee machine is very easy to use and makes superb coffee, cappuccino and latte. It delivers all the coffee-shop favourites at the touch of a button.

The Kalea is smart, functional and practical in every detail. It has movable nozzles to accommodate a wide range of cup sizes: espresso and cappuccino cup, latte macchiato glass and paper cup up to 150 mm.

Automatic and programmable cleaning cycles comply with the world’s most stringent health and safety requirements. Daily maintenance is straightforward.

The Kalea has the Necta patented espresso brewer inside. The Z4000 espresso brewer was specifically developed to deliver authentic Italian espressos to the Ho.Re.Ca. market. It has a variable chamber: from 7 to 14 coffee grams capacity with self-adjusting blades and simple maintenance.
Fresh Milk –  Yes. Kalea uses Necta’s brand new cappuccinatore MPF
(Milk Per Foamer), to create high quality drinks using fresh milk combined with espresso. It’s versatile:

• Kalea offers high consistency of doses
• Kalea enables the creation of a personal customized coffee menu, thanks to predefined selections

MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS

Version: Espresso

  • Size (H x W x D): 783 mm x 368 mm x 586 mm
  • Weight:47 kg
  • Hourly output – 200 cups/h
  • Installed power:3300 w

The Necta Kalea is available to lease from €203 plus VAT per month* This price is based on a lease contract over 5 years and includes installation and training. *Terms and conditions apply.

For more detailed specifications about the new Necta Kalea have a look here.

For the ultimate coffee experience book an appointment today to see the Necta Kalea in action in our Showroom in Citywest.

p: 01 4666304

e: info@watermark.ie

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Halloween has Arrived

Halloween has arrived at Watermark and we’re delighted! With the colder weather comes lots of good things like cosy evenings in front of the fire, pumpkin spiced lattes and hot chocolate! Add some spice to your autumn with a few of our drinks options!

Some of our favourite Halloween options for you to try are as follows:  We’ve got the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, Crème Brulée Cappuccino, Ghostly Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Flamed Orange Hot Chocolate.

Halloween has arrived

Ghostly Hot Chocolate

Using our single origin organic Tanzanian Hot Chocolate enhanced with a dash of SHOTT coconut and white chocolate we have created this delightful hot cocoa drink. Enjoy it topped with marshmallows and chocolate flakes for the ultimate treat.

Flamed Orange Hot Chocolate

We’ve teamed our single origin organic Tanzanian hot chocolate with a dash of SHOTT flamed orange syrup and the results are delightful. Enjoy it topped with whipped cream and chocolate flakes.

White Hot Chocolate

Add a dash of the SHOTT white chocolate syrup to steamed milk to create this spooktacular Halloween hot chocolate drink. Enjoy it topped with marshmallows and chocolate flakes.

We’ve used our SHOTT syrup range to create all of these exciting and delicious drinks. All SHOTT products are natural and full of real flavour; making Mother Nature proud!

All that’s left for you to do is celebrate the fact that Halloween has arrived and it’s hot chocolate season!

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The New Necta Karisma

We’re delighted to introduce into our machine range the new Necta Karisma. The Karisma is a fully automatic coffee machine: from coffee grinding to delivering water or steam, it’s all done at the touch of a button. The Karisma can deliver all the coffee-shop favourites. The new Necta Karisma is graceful and sleek, yet robust and reliable.

This coffee machine is suitable for locations serving an average of 200 plus cups a day. The fully automatic, bean-to-cup Necta Karisma coffee machine is very easy to use and makes superb coffee, cappuccino and latte. Get used to being able to offer a delicious menu of coffee drinks, all of them perfectly made, from the authentic Italian espresso to frothy cappuccino and latte macchiato, just to name a few.

The Karisma is smart, functional and practical in every detail. It has movable nozzles to accommodate a wide range of cup sizes: espresso and cappuccino cup, latte macchiato glass and paper cup up to 150 mm.

A steam wand which stops automatically when optimum temperature is reached, thanks to an in-built temperature probe. Dense, frothy, creamy drinks, time after time. It can also work with manual intervention.

Automatic and programmable cleaning cycles comply with the world’s most stringent health and safety requirements. Daily maintenance is straightforward.

The Karisma has the Necta patented espresso brewer inside. The Z4000 espresso brewer was specifically developed to deliver authentic Italian espressos to the Ho.Re.Ca. market. It has a variable chamber: from 7 to 14 coffee grams capacity with self-adjusting blades and simple maintenance.
Fresh Milk –  Yes. Karisma uses Necta’s brand new cappuccinatore MPF
(Milk Per Foamer), to create high quality drinks using fresh milk combined with espresso. It’s versatile:
• Karisma can dispense hot or cold milk
• Karisma can dispense foamed milk or simply hot milk
• Karisma offers high consistency of doses
• Karisma enables the creation of a personal customized coffee menu, thanks to predefined selections
• Karisma has the option of space-saving milk storage under the counter

MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS

Version: Espresso

  • Size (H x W x D) (2 Group): 75 cm x 40 cm x 85.5 cm
  • Weight:65 kg
  • Hourly output – 200 cups/h
  • Installed power:3150 w

The Necta Karisma is available to lease from €246 plus VAT per month* This price is based on a lease contract over 5 years and includes installation and training. *Terms and conditions apply.

For more detailed specifications about the new Necta Karisma have a look here.

For the ultimate coffee experience book an appointment today to see the Necta Karisma in action in our Showroom in Citywest.

p: 01 4666304

e: info@watermark.ie

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Add some Spice to your Autumn

The summer is coming to an end but it’s not all bad news! Autumn brings with it its own charm. With the colder weather comes lots of good things like Halloween, cosy evenings in front of the fire, pumpkin spiced lattes and hot chocolate! Add some spice to your Autumn with a few of our drinks options!

Here are a few of our favourites for you to try. We’ve got the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, Crème Brulée Cappuccino, Ghostly Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Flamed Orange Hot Chocolate.

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Our signature 1938 coffee blend and milk are highlighted by flavour notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to create this incredible beverage that’s a firm favourite. Enjoy it topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon spice

Salted Caramel Latte

Our award winning Celeste coffee blend and milk are enhanced with a dash of SHOTT salted caramel to create this incredible beverage. Enjoy it topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and small fudge cubes

Crème Brulée Cappuccino

Our award winning Orion coffee blend and milk are enhanced with a dash of SHOTT butterscotch to create this delicious beverage. Sprinkle a spoonful of caster sugar over the top and caramelise it.

We’ve used our SHOTT syrup range to create all of these exciting and delicious drinks. All SHOTT products are natural and full of real flavour; making Mother Nature proud!

All that’s left for you to do is add some spice to your autumn months and try one for yourself!

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Brew Coffee for a Crowd

Follow the below steps and you’ll brew coffee for a crowd like a pro.Hosting a brunch is a balancing act. You want guests to feel taken care of, but you also want to spend plenty of time with your guests. It seems that just when you’re ready to sit down and join the chats, it’s time to serve the coffee again. We’re all capable of making one coffee at a time however here’s a few tips for the occasions where you need to make great coffee for all the gang!

Whether you’re making an eight cup chemex or an eight cup French press, we have a few tips to ease the process.

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Consider Grind Size

The main worry when it comes to brewing coffee in larger quantities is that more grounds lead to over-extracted coffee. This can occur due to the fact that the larger amount of ground coffee slows the flow of water, thereby “steeping” the coffee for too long.

To avoid this concern regardless of whether you’re using a chemex or French press, make the grind just slightly coarser than you would for your smaller servings. We’re only talking about a minute adjustment, not a major adjustment on your grinder though.

Coffee-to-Water Ratio

The next phase is to adjust the water to coffee ratio based on the coffee you are using and your preferred brew strength.

For your chemex, when you’re brewing darker roasts aim for a one unit of coffee per twelve units of water ratio. To brew a single origin blend, which you will want to make slightly “lighter” in order to let the flavour profile come through, add more water, aiming for a ratio of 1:15.

For French press, the same rules apply. We suggest that you chose a ratio somewhere between 1:12 to 1:14. For a single origin, 1:15 is again the desired option.

Coffee-to-Water Ratio

Extraction Time

An eight-cup Chemex will take slightly longer than the typical three to four minutes, because the water has to work through more coffee grounds. Try to hit somewhere between four and five minutes, and you should be safe from over-extraction. If the process is too lengthy, try grinding your coffee a little coarser next time.

For French press, stick to a four-minute brew time!

Extraction Time

Warm Your Vessel

Maintaining as constant a temperature as possible during the brewing process is best for optimum extraction. Pre-warm your vessel, whether it’s the chemex or French press. Don’t forget to pour out the hot water just before starting to brew.

Serve & Enjoy

Once you’ve cracked the code and can brew coffee for a crowd you’ll be able to sit back, sip and let the coffee and chats flow!

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Great Taste Awards 2018

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Watermark Coffee are among the winners for The Great Taste Awards 2018

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2018. Out of over 12,600 products that were judged, we are thrilled to announce that Watermark Coffee now has three award winning blends in our collection. The Celeste, Orion and Aurora blends were all awarded the prestigious gold stars.  The Orion and Aurora blends were both conferred a 1-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a coffee that delivers fantastic flavour.

The Celeste blend was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award in 2017, which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious and this blend was also a winner again this year.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.

Kristine Byrne, Marketing Manager, explains: “We are thrilled with the Great Taste results that were released yesterday. This is only our second year to enter and the second year that Watermark coffees have been recognised by the Guild of Fine Food at the Great Taste Awards. We continuley strive to achieve the ultimate accolades and this is a testament to the outstanding quality of our products and the desire to deliver the ultimate coffee experience. It’s an honour that our coffee blends have once again been acknowledged by the Great Taste judging committee.”

The panel of judges this year included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is coffee, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.