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Aurora Protein Shake

No pain, serious gain. The Aurora protein shake is created with our very own award winning Aurora blend It’s perfect for an on the go lifestyle. It’s the one stop drink that fills both your protein and caffeine fix. Plus, it can be made in a matter of seconds!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup cold black coffee – Aurora Blend was our choice
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1-2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder of your choice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Nibs

Directions

  1. Add the Aurora coffee, milk, and chocolate protein powder into a blender and blend until creamy
  2. Pour into a glass and top with cocoa nibs
  3. Enjoy

Easy as 1-2-3! All that’s left for you to do is enjoy your Aurora protein shake. 

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Non Dairy Milks

There are many reasons to choose non-dairy milks and almost as many types to pick from. But which plant milk works best with speciality coffee? Can you make a vegan cappuccino that tastes good?

It can be difficult to know whether to choose soy, almond, or oat milk. Some non-dairy options have overpowering flavours and others are difficult to foam. Milk can impact upon many aspects of a coffee’s final flavour and aesthetic. As we know, these factors are essential elements for any coffee lover (unless you drink it black, of course). Modern coffees use steamed milk, in an attempt to produce a foam by ‘stretching’ the milk. Many coffees, such as the latte, cappuccino and flat white, all depend on this style of the milk to fulfil their criteria.

The Best Plant Milk For Coffee

In recent years, the use of plant milks has exploded. Many people are trying to reduce their intake of animal products and the speciality coffee market is no exception. Whether you choose non-dairy milk for ethical, health, or other reasons, it’s important to find one that doesn’t overwhelm the subtleties of your coffee.

Why does the milk matter? 

Traditionally, the majority of all milk is made up of protein molecules. The level of proteins do vary, dependent on the milk you’re using, however, once heated, they ‘melt’, trapping the air and ‘stretching’ the milk to a foam.

Given the vast differences between dairy and non-dairy milks, the performance of each does differ. The outcomes all contribute to the overall flavour and texture of the coffee, meaning connoisseurs are often experimenting, to discover the perfect cup.

Having a non-dairy latte doesn’t have to mean losing speciality quality. Why invest in great beans and learn how to make an espresso-based drink only to have it taste bad?

According to a recent survey the following milks are the most common alternatives to dairy milk. As you can see there are some clear preferences, but for what reasoning?

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Soy Milk

This is probably the best-known plant milk around the world. People have been using soy alternatives to animal products for generations. It is great not just for those who want to avoid dairy, but also for people with nut allergies. It is also widely available. Most coffee shops will be more than experienced with using it.

Soy milk is a popular alternative to dairy milk, thanks to its similar protein levels and performance when heated; making it easy to replicate the smooth foamy textures of a dairy milk. However, it can curdle as a reaction to the coffee’s acidity or temperature, so be cautious.

And how does it taste? Some say soy is a great neutral-flavoured milk that can work well with speciality coffee. Others report it as tasting like cardboard.

Ceiran Trigg is the director of Ancestors Coffee in Norwich, UK and he  says that “it varies, but can be quite overpowering.” He feels that the nutty flavour means that soy can complement coffee from South American origins but distort the qualities of African beans, which tend to have fruity notes.

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Almond Milk

This dairy alternative milk’s popularity has steadily been on the rise. A nut milk that comes in varieties of sweetened and unsweetened, diversifies its contribution to the final flavour of a coffee.

However one should be cautions because it often splits in the cup. This is when the milk curdles and separates. It is more likely to happen with an acidic coffee and can also be caused by a large difference in temperature between the coffee and milk.

Without saying almonds, it tastes nutty with a slightly bitter aftertaste, hence why some opt for the sweetened version of almond milk, depending on the roast used for the coffee itself. It can definitely complement a few light roasts, but higher acidity cups will distort and get a weird sourness. Latte art is easily manageable, and texture can be great

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Coconut Milk

Talk about texture. Coconut milk’s properties are creamy and naturally dense, making it a firm favourite.

The natural sweetness of a coconut’s flavour is prominent. Some may argue that it distracts from the flavours of the coffee but that would depend on the coffee, of course.

It certainly adds flavour by welcoming an exotic-like experience without the need for any artificial flavourings or sweeteners. Moreover, its foam is also more bubbly than dairy milk, giving it a livelier appeal but a quicker disintegration rate.

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Oat Milk

This plant milk is quickly gaining popularity, and for good reason. Oat milk boasts many beneficial components, as it’s void of saturated fat but loaded with protein, fibre and natural sweetness. Oats also contain beta-glucans which help with aiding heart health and lowering cholesterol.

It is also believed to be one of the most neutral flavoured of all alternatives to dairy and doesn’t overpower the coffee. “If you’re having a Brazilian bean, you’ll taste Brazil. If you’re having an Ethiopian, you’ll taste Ethiopia,” he says.

Manufacturers have put the coffee first and made plant-based milks to suit light coffee. “Their fat content is less, with not as much oil. Therefore, the coffee remains the focus of the drink.

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Rice Milk

A dairy-free milk, void of both nut and soy, makes rice milk a popular option for coffee drinkers with nut allergies and those who are lactose intolerant. In comparison to other plant-based milks, it is light and refreshing!

As you may well imagine, rice milk does not have a lot of flavour and brings quite a neutral taste, allowing the flavour of the coffee to triumph. On top of that, it is rather watery, which can dilute your coffee somewhat.

It’s not ideal for the speciality coffees we are used to. It’s distinct lack of protein means it does not generate the foam-like texture you may be looking for.

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Hemp, Hazelnut, Cashew & Others

Hemp, hazelnut, and cashew milks are widely disregarded for speciality coffee drinks. Hazelnut has a distinctive flavour that can mask or distort the nuances of the beans. And hemp is too watery to work with.

Cashew milk has a milder flavour than almond milk but is also naturally sweeter, which can be overwhelming in coffee. It also doesn’t foam well. These types of milks are less commercially available and can be more expensive than soy, almond, and oat products.

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How Plant Milks Behave Differently To Dairy

How milk reacts to heat and foaming depends on its proteins. Vegan milks obviously contain different proteins than the lactose and whey proteins in cow milk, so they behave differently under stress.

Temperature changes, the acidity of coffee, and the impact of frothing cause plant milks to curdle more easily. Some baristas advise steaming dairy-free milks to a slightly lower temperature than cow’s milk to prevent this happening.

Obviously, there are many health benefits to choosing a non-dairy milk, as well as the clear environmental successes of it, making the big coffee chains include it on their menus.

Dairy-free living is becoming more common, whether it’s a lifestyle choice or something you have to adapt to due to allergies.

There is increasingly large choice in the non-dairy milk market and many products are created for baristas. With this variety, it is likely you can find a plant milk that works with your choice of speciality coffee and lifestyle

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Moonlight Jasmine Tea Biscotti

These Moonlight Jasmine Tea Biscotti will go down a real treat! Easy to make, the delicate jasmine notes of these heavenly biscotti will elevate your afternoon tea and transport you away from the everyday.

Ingredients

Makes 6 biscotti biscuits

Method

Empty the sachets and carefully grind the tea in a pestle and mortar – try for a mixture of powder and little leaf pieces. The powder infuses the dough, and the leaf pieces release flavour when you bite into them.

Whisk together the sugar, eggs and oil until pale yellow and foamy, and stir in the tea.

Add flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt and stir carefully until the mixture forms a solid dough.

Spread the dough onto a baking sheet to form a log about 10cm wide and 2.5cm thick. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180C.

Take it out from the oven and cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing into 2.5cm slices. If you begin slicing too soon, the pieces may crumble but if you wait too long, the dough will harden and become tougher to slice cleanly. Slice biscotti into 2.5cm slices

Lay the biscotti slices on a baking sheet, flat side down and bake for 10 minutes. Turn over and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Serving

Delicious with a cup of tea or coffee. You can keep the moonlight jasmine tea biscotti in an airtight container for up to a week, if they last that long that is!

 

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Summer Cooler Recipe Collection

Summer has arrived in Ireland at long last and that can only mean one thing…time to break out the summer cooler collection! We have some real delights that are guaranteed to cool you down while ensuring you get your caffeine fix.

FRUIT COOLERS

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If you’re in need of something refreshing, fruity and full of flavour look no further than the Summer cooler collection.  Why not try our new Strawberry Soda, Blueberry and Green Tea Fizz or Lemon, honey and ginger soda. They’re light and natural with no added sugar, artificial flavours or colours.

Other flavours include Pomegranate, Three Berry and Blackcurrant and Honey.

ICED LATTES

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Perk up your senses with one of our flavourful iced coffee drinks. Our iced latte collection is a perfect alternative if you’re looking for a refreshing drink choice on these hot summer days. Two of our favourite flavours are the Iced Orange Latte and the Hazelnut Ice Latte.

We’ve paired our award winning Celeste blend with our natural SHOTT flavoured syrups to create an refreshing iced latte.

Hazelnut Iced Latte Recipe

For a 12oz you will need…
2 x Pump SHOTT Hazelnut (20ml)
200ML Full Cream Milk
Double Shot espresso

To Make…

1.Fill a glass with ice
2.Press the espresso coffee and pour over the ice
3.Top with the milk
4.Add the SHOTT Hazelnut to the iced coffee and stir to combine
5.Serve and enjoy

Iced Orange Latte Recipe 

For a 12oz you will need…
2 x Pump SHOTT Flamed Orange (30ml)
240ML Full Cream Milk
Double Shot espresso
Ice
Fresh Orange Slices to Garnish (optional)

To Make…

1.Fill a glass with ice
2.Pour the SHOTT Flamed Orange over the ice
3.Top with the milk and add the espresso coffee
4 Garnish,.serve and enjoy

FABULOUS FRAPPE

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Our White Chocolate Macadamia Frappe is a yummy non-coffee drink that’s perfect for anyone wanting a refreshing and great tasting drink this summer.

The White Choc Macadamia frappe is made from mixing whole milk with our natural SHOTT flavoured syrups together to form a frothy, light drink. These milky and natural drinks are a real treat.

White Chocolate Macadamia Frappe Recipe 

For 12oz you will need…
20ml SHOTT White Chocolate
10ml SHOTT Macadamia
200ml Full Cream Milk
1 Cup Ice
Whipped Cream and Chocolate Flakes to garnish (optional)

To Make…

1.Add all ingredients into a blender
2.Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth
3.Pour into a tall glass
4.Garnish & serve

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Homemade Coffee Ice Pops

Homemade Coffee Ice Pop recipe using milk and your favourite coffee blend.

When it’s hot outside and you need a caffeine boost to cool down, keep these 3 ingredient Coffee Ice Pops in your freezer to get you through the day. This recipe is really just as good as any shop bought alternative and worth the effort.

In a few really easy to follow steps you will be tucking into your very own homemade coffee ice pops. For this batch we used our award winning Celeste coffee beans. These have vanilla and milk chocolate tones and work great.

Tips and Tricks

If you make your own coffee ice pops, you can make it with decaffeinated beans also! No late night jitters and safe for the kids to try too.

Coffee Ice Pops Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 4 Ice Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold coffee (decaf unless you want the caffeine in your ice pops)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 – 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Popsicle Moulds
  • Wooden Sticks

Method

  1. Make your cup of coffee and set aside to cool down.
  2. Once completely cooled you can then whisk together the cold coffee, milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Taste and adjust to your liking. Some people may prefer a more sweeter option and you can adjust the quantities accordingly.
  3. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds or paper cups then insert wooden sticks.
  4. Freeze the moulds in the freezer until firm, preferably overnight.

More Tips & Tricks

**It’s important the coffee and milk are cold because that will help reduce the amount of ice crystals formed after freezing. The colder the mixture is, the quicker it’ll freeze. If you use room temperature ingredients, refrigerate 1 hour before freezing.

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Field Service Engineer Needed

Opportunity is a brewing………Field Service Engineer needed! We’ve an excellent opportunity for a Field Service Engineer to join our busy and growing team!

Required Qualifications:

  • Technical knowledge of electrics and/or plumbing required.
  • Some experience in either domestic appliances or some type of electro/mechanical work would be advantageous
  • Full clean B driver’s licence essential

Key Roles:

  • Will have to carry out a wide range of equipment repair and preventative maintenance tasks from fault finding to diagnosis, ensuring all coffee equipment is left in a good working order.
  • Customer focused outlook and approach to deliver key objectives
  • A strong sense of team spirit and co-operation
  • Customer facing role with good interpersonal skills

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • A confident individual with a passion for customer service
  • Excellent understanding of electrical or plumbing equipment maintenance
  • Demonstrates strong problem solving skills
  • Computer literate with a clean B driving licence
  • Self-motivated with a flexible approach to work, location and hours.

Salary Guidelines:

  • Salary – Basic starting from €30,000 plus
  • Company vehicle and phone provided
  • Permanent and full time position
  • Training Provided

 

Apply now by sending your CV to either mary.doyle@watermark.ie or pamela.white@watermark.ie

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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.