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Cold Brew Coffee

Summer is finally here and that means bring on the cold brew coffee drinks! With so many different cold brew coffee recipes out there, we tried the most interesting and tweaked them to perfection.

Basic Technique for Brewing Iced Coffee

Cold brewed coffee is coffee that is brewed without hot water, i.e. with cold water. Hot water extracts more acidic flavor compounds and bitterness so using a cold brewing technique produces a drink that is more smooth and less bitter. Currently, cold brew is all the rage and you can buy it in so many different forms. Making cold brew coffee is no great secret, nor does it require the ninja-level skills of a trained barista in order to master. You don’t even need much special equipment beyond a large container for making the coffee and a strainer.

Here’s how it works:

Grind the coffee coarsely, which you can do yourself at home or wherever you buy the beans. Combine the grounds with water. Start with one cup of beans steeped in four cups of water. Give it a good shake and let it sit for a few minutes. Give it a good shake again and put it in your fridge then let it steep overnight, 12-18 hours. When you’re ready to strain it, first pour it through a fine mesh strainer and then run it through a coffee filter. You now have a cold brew concentrate! Use 2 tablespoons per 12 ounces. You can mix it with hot water, cold water, or milk.

The Process – During this time, the coffee slowly infuses into the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain the next morning, and you’re ready to go.

The benefit of cold brew coffee. The slow infusion pulls all the great coffee flavor from the beans (and, yes, the caffeine – not to worry!), but leaves behind most of the compounds that can make coffee taste bitter and sour. Cold brewed coffee is incredibly smooth and almost sweet-tasting. Perfect for iced coffee.

You can also adjust the concentration of your cold brew coffee, making it stronger or less strong to suit your taste. Start with one cup of beans steeped in four cups of water. This will make a fairly concentrated coffee on its own, but it’s perfect for pouring over ice or mixing with milk – or both. If that ratio of beans to water isn’t quite to your taste, adjust it up or down until you hit the perfect balance for you.

Storage. You can make a big batch over the weekend, starting it on Saturday or Sunday night and straining it the next morning, and then stash it in the fridge for an easy coffee fix all week long. Simply pour the cold brew coffee into a glass and enjoy!

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Easter has Landed

Easter has landed at Watermark HQ and we’re delighted! Some of our favourite Easter drink options for you to try are as follows:  We’ve got the Hot Cross Bun Latte, Flamed Orange Hot Chocolate and the Nutty Latte.

Hot Cross Bun Latte 

Our award winning Celeste coffee blend and milk are enhanced with a dash of SHOTT flamed orange and cinnamon to create this incredible beverage.

 

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.

Nutty Latte 

Our award winning Orion coffee blend and steamed milk are enhanced with a dash of SHOTT macadamia to create this nutty delight.

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 enjoy the Easter delights!

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Creme Egg Delights

Our in house Barista has been whipping up some Creme Egg delights and it’s causing quite a stir in the office this week!

There are certain things that mark the start of the Easter season, the daffodils come out, the evenings get longer and of course the Easter Eggs hit the shelves and our moods improve significantly.

We’re massive fans of creme eggs in the Watermark Coffee HQ, all the chocolatey goodness sure what’s not to love. However this year again we’re taking it to a whole new level and adding some Creme Egg delights to our Easter drinks menu options. We’ve got the Creme Egg Hot Chocolate and the Creme Egg Latte.

These decadant, creamy chocolatey drinks options have gone down a real treat and will be a firm favourite with everyone this Easter! What’s even better again is the fact that we use the completely natural SHOTT product range to create these Easter Creme Egg delights which contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweetners. In our eyes that means they’re practically good for you!

All that’s left for you to do is to try one of our creme egg delights drink options for Easter!

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Irish Coffee

An Irish Coffee is the perfect hot beverage for the St Patrick’s weekend. Our version is the non alcoholic variety making this quick and easy drink the perfect treat for all the family to enjoy. Coffee and brown sugar are topped with whipped cream to make this fancy mocktail.  Stay warm with this fun Irish coffee drink!

INGREDIENTS – Makes Two Cups
  • 1 1/3 cups strong black coffee (314 ml)
  • 4 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (120 ml)
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a glass mug with 2/3 cup of hot coffee.  Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.  Let the cups stand still until the coffee has completely stopped swirling.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the cream in a medium bowl until it’s thick but still pour able.  Transfer the cream to a pouring jug.
  3. Pour the cream over the back of a spoon right in the center of each mug.  There should be a sharp distinct line between the coffee and floating cream.
  4. If desired, dust the cream with cocoa powder using a stencil or freehand, and serve immediately
  5. Enjoy your Irish Coffee

Top Tips

  • Use a strong, freshly brewed coffee for the best flavor. We recommend our Aurora blend. You can use a caffeinated or decaf coffee, whichever option you prefer.
  • Be sure to use real heavy whipping cream that you’ve whipped yourself.  Pre-whipped coffee won’t work as it still needs to be pour able.
  • Pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon.  Make sure to use the spoon as this keeps the cream floating on top of the coffee and creates the two distinct layers.
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Go wild this St Patrick’s

Go wild this St Patrick’s Day with a difference. With the celebrations in full swing treat your friends and family to a delicious wild peppermint hot chocolate. It’s simple to make and the perfect combination.

INGREDIENTS

  • 15ml SHOTT wild peppermint syrup
  • 30g single origin Barista hot chocolate – we recommend our organic Tanzanian option
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the milk using the steam arm on a coffee machine.
  2. Add the 30g single origin hot chocolate and stir to combine.
  3. Add the SHOTT Wild Peppermint.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug or heatproof glass.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream & chocolate shavings.
  7. Serve & enjoy

Go wild this St Patrick’s!

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Coffee Cake Delight

This coffee cake delight is the perfect afternoon treat or celebratory cake. This recipe is a gorgeous, light sponge topped with a creamy, buttery, coffee-flavoured icing. We love to use our award winning Celeste blend for this recipe. The vanilla milk chocolate tones in this coffee blend work so well with the cake.

Ingredients

For the Cake

      • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter
      • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
      • 3 eggs, beaten
      • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 2 tsp Celeste ground coffee
      • 60g (2oz) hazelnuts, toasted, cooled and chopped

For the Icing

    • 150g (5oz) unsalted butter
    • 250g icing sugar, sifted
    • 2 tsp Celeste coffee, extracted and cooled down
    • 40g (1 1/2oz) hazelnuts/walnuts, halved, to decorate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Butter 2 x 20cm loose-bottomed tins and line with nonstick baking paper.
  2. Toast the hazelnuts on a baking tray for 5-6 minutes or until just golden, remove and set aside to cool. Once cooled, rub the hazelnuts lightly with a tea towel to remove the brown skin.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric hand whisk for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time and beat well between each addition. Then fold in the flour and baking powder using a large metal spoon. Mix the coffee powder with 1 tbsp of warm water and fold into the cake mix with the chopped hazelnuts.
  4. Divide the cake mix between the two prepared tins and smooth the surface flat. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean and the surface of the cake is slightly springy to touch.
  5. Remove from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely, about 10-15 more minutes.
  6. To make the icing, beat the butter together with the icing sugar and cold coffee until smooth. Sandwich the cooled cakes with half of the filling and then cover the top with the rest of the filling and decorate with the chopped hazelnuts and walnuts.
  7. Serve and enjoy this coffee cake delight!
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How to Store Coffee Beans

This week’s conversation is all based around how to store coffee beans. If you store coffee beans correctly, you will maximise the longevity of coffee’s flavour which is what we all want! Follow these simple tips and tricks and you should never have an issue!

The fundamentals of storing your coffee beans are ordinarily straight forward. The following are the basic principles to adhere to:

Coffee is naturally porous and it has the ability to absorb traits from the environment surrounding it. That would include traits such as moisture and smells, all of which has an effect on the coffee taste and quality.

Coffee Storage

Firstly, once you open a bag of coffee beans store the coffee in an airtight container. Ideally the container should be placed in a cupboard. The cupboard should be one that is far from any external walls or heat sources such as radiator, boiler, cooker and oven.

Alternatively if you wish to keep the coffee beans in their original packaging then make sure that the top of the coffee bag is rolled down as far as possible and sealed shut with a sealing clip, elastic band or adhesive tape.

The main aim when it comes to storing coffee beans is to keep as much air out of the bag as possible. Also you want to avoid storing the beans in direct sunlight.

If you follow these few simple steps it ensures that the coffee’s taste and aroma remains intact right up to the point of consumption, ensuring you to make more flavoursome coffees all round!

Where to Store Coffee Beans

We often get asked is it ok to store coffee in the freezer? We would say that the general rule of thumb here is no. However, if you have bought too much or were gifted a lot of coffee over the Christmas then exceptions can be made.

If you are planning on freezing your coffee beans then you should follow these simple steps:

  • Separate the coffee into portions – This will allow you to only take out the quantity of coffee that you require. The thawing process will see the beans lose some of their traits, so it is crucial to only subject them to this process once.
  • Bag the beans – Freezers are renowned for their moisture so if you could double or triple bag the beans this will help protect your coffee from being damaged.

All that’s left for you to do is avoid the fridge and learn to store coffee beans in the correct way to ensure a better tasting coffee every time!

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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!