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Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream recipe using milk and cream infused with whole coffee beans.

Perfect homemade coffee ice cream is a real treat on a sunny day. This recipe is really just as good as any shop bought alternative and worth the effort.

In six really easy to follow steps you will be tucking into your very own bowl of coffee ice cream. 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 cream, you can make it with decaffeinated beans also! No late night jitters and safe for the kids to try too.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 1 Litre approx

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole coffee beans (decaf unless you want the caffeine in your ice cream)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups double cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee (press grinds through a fine mesh sieve)

Method

1 Heat the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, salt, and 1/2 cup of the cream in a medium saucepan until it is quite warm but not boiling. Once the mixture is warm, cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

2 Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a medium size metal bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl. Set a mesh strainer on top of the bowls. Leave to one side for now.

3 Reheat the milk and coffee mixture, on medium heat, again until warm (not boiling!). In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the heated milk and coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk, but not cooked by it. Scrape the warmed egg yolks mixture back into the saucepan

4 Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof, flat-bottomed spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula so that you can run your finger across the coating and have the coating not run. This usually takes about 10 minutes.

5 Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavour as possible. Then discard the beans. Mix in the vanilla and finely ground coffee, and stir until cool.

6 Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Summer Time is Approaching Fast

Summer time is approaching fast and it’s about time too! It’s the perfect season for you to try something new and add a dash of adventure to your drinks menu!
We have a few drinks to try to celebrate new beginnings; Tahitian Long Black, Caramel Espresso Milkshake and a Coconut Mochaccino.
We’ve used our SHOTT syrup range to create these exciting and refreshing 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 a dash of adventure to your summer months and try one for yourself! Summer time is approaching fast and we can’t wait!

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Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. As you sit down to have a coffee and open a chocolate egg, or two,  here are some amazing and amusing facts about Easter you almost certainly didn’t know!

1.Irish children will eat their way through at least five million Easter eggs over the forthcoming holiday – lumping an extra 460 tonnes of sugar into their systems over a period of a few days, a survey for the Irish Heart Foundation has found.

2. The largest ever Easter egg hunt was in Florida, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs.

3. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.

4. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.

5. The poll of parents carried out by Empathy Research for the Irish Heart Foundation found that children in Ireland will polish off an average of four eggs each over the Easter period, with almost one in five receiving six eggs or more in 2018.

6. In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. At Easter, Americans also consume more than 16 million jellybeans used to fill the hollow centre of Easter eggs, and that’s enough to circle the globe three times over!!!

7. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

8. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the entire year.

9. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

10. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. However Portugal is the home of the largest decorated Easter egg, which reached almost 15m in height and 8m in diameter when it was made in 2008.

Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy the long weekend and don’t eat too much chocolate!

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Egg- cellent new drink options for Easter

Egg-cellent new drink options for Easter is 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 Cadbury Creme Eggs hit the shelves and our lives improve significantly.

We’re big fans of creme eggs in the Watermark Coffee HQ, all the chocolatey goodness sure what’s not to love. However this year we’re taking it to a whole new level and adding some egg-cellent Easter treat options with 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 treats 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 the egg-cellent new drink options for Easter!

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Why Drink Green Tea

Why drink green tea even though January is done and dusted? Well we’re sticking to our Tea Tox for the following reasons.  Firstly we love our organic Green Tea and and we all know that small changes to our habits and lifestyles can have a huge effect on our wellbeing. Increasingly there are studies being conducted on just how green tea can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

Green tea, the history and ‘taking a moment’

Green tea has been treasured in China by emperors and revolutionaries, monks and poets, not to mention the everyday unsung heroes of life. From its very beginnings around five thousand years ago, Green tea has been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, whether as a digestive aid to accompany meals, or even as a headache cure.

It has also been used by monks to help maintain a ‘relaxed alertness’ whilst meditating, using the simple steps of the tea ceremony to clear the mind of distractions and calmly focus on the preparation, sipping and appreciation of tea. We believe that this quality of ‘taking time’, of mindfully drinking tea and taking time out from our busy days can bring huge benefits to wellbeing, especially as our lives become so hectic.

Green tea and antioxidants – the health benefits of green tea.

Green tea does have more health benefits than black tea which can be attributed to its lack of processing. Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants.

Green tea and caffeine

Green tea does contain caffeine, and varieties and brands may differ. An equal quantity of green tea contains less caffeine than coffee (one cup of green tea contains approximately 35-80 mg compared to approximately 100-400 mg in the same size cup of coffee), but it can still act as a stimulant. As a result, some people find that drinking green tea increases energy levels, concentration and mood, but this effect may vary between individuals.

 

With all the benefits of green tea we’re definitely keeping the tea tox going for another while. If you’re looking to add a little flavour try our blueberry and green tea option out!  Sure sit back, drink green tea and enjoy all the benefits aswell as the great taste

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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!

Along with the Christmas cup, we have also added a dash of all things festive to our menu just in time for the holidays. Our Christmas menu includes a Gingerbread Latte, 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 Pumpkin Spiced Latte

We’re adding a dash of spice to our coffee this autumn as we’re all about the pumpkin spiced latte. So much so we’ve come up with a recipe that allows you make and enjoy this delicious coffee in the comfort of your own home. This pumpkin spiced latte is really easy to make and tastes amazing.

 

This coffee recipe is for sharing and makes two delicious cups

You will need for the pumpkin spiced latte

2 cups milk (Dairy or non-Dairy)
15ml SHOTT pumpkin spiced syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Double Shot Espresso
Whipped cream and pumpkin pie/cinnamon spice for garnishing (optional)

Method

Add milk and pumpkin spiced puree to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot but do not boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and the coffee.

Pour the mixture between the two warmed mugs. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie or cinnamon spice. Sit back and enjoy the pumpkin spiced latte.

Useful Tips for making the pumpkin spiced latte

  • Milk: This recipe works best with whole milk but you can substitute with low fat or skimmed milk. Non-dairy milk like soy, almond, or coconut milk will also work.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend: You can make the pumpkin pie spice mix at home. All you need to do is mix the following spices in a spice jar: 1 ½ tablespoons of ground cinnamon plus 2 teaspoons of ground ginger plus 1/2 a teaspoon of ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves.
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The Great Taste Awards 2017

The Great Taste Awards 2017 were announced last month and we were thrilled that our Celeste blend had been awarded 2 Gold Stars! Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for food and drink and recognised as the most trusted of the food and drink awards. The awards are commonly referred to as the Oscars of food and drink, revered as a stamp of excellence among retailers and consumers alike.

The awards consists of blind tasting and has several processes and levels, ensuring each product goes through vigorous testing by the judges. With over 500 chefs, critics, restaurateurs and producers on the judging panel, the Great Taste Awards are the most respected food accreditations. Restaurant and food critic Charles Campion says, “Great Taste is the only food award worth having”.

The Celeste blend from the Constellation Collection was awarded 2 gold stars, by the organisers of the Great Taste Awards, The Guild of Fine Foods in London, for its buttery texture with a sweetness that worked well with the acidity. Fore more information on the Celeste blend take a look at our speciality coffee section.

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Cool down this Summer with an Iced Tea

This non-alcoholic iced tea is made with our beautifully fragrant Dragonlfy Earl Grey Tea and is one that the entire family can enjoy. We suggest sipping this refreshing tea on a sunny summers day while sitting back and reading a good book. So what are you waiting for cool down this Summer with an Iced Tea.

Ingredients

The quantities below make one 12oz iced tea – multiply as necessary

  • 1 Dragonfly Earl Grey organic tea bag
  • 1 Tsp mild liquid honey
  • 1 Tbsp freshly pressed orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 Orange slice
  • Mint leaves

Method

Brew one tea bag of Dragonfly organic Earl Grey Tea in a mug for 3-4 minutes. Remove the bag then let the tea cool at room temperature before placing in the fridge to chill (where it will keep for up to 24 hours).

Pour the honey into a glass, then add the fresh orange juice and stir well until the honey is dissolved. Add 2-3 ice cubes then fill with the chilled tea. Add a sprig of mint and a slice of orange, then mix and serve. Cool down this summer with an iced tea

Benefits

1. Keeps you hydrated
Cool down this Summer with an iced tea and keep yourself hydrated at the same time.  The Harvard School of Public Health lists tea as one of the best sources of hydration, second only to water. Good news all round for tea lovers

2. Boosts your intake of antioxidants
Everybody is all about the antioxidants these days. These plant compounds that fight cell-damaging free radicals in the body. However if they really prove to be as beneficial as science seems to think they are, then we should be scarfing them down as frequently as possible! And on that note, according to WebMD, tea has about eight to 10 times the polyphenol antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables.

3. Decrease your sugar intake
A 12-ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 140 calories. Twelve ounces of unsweetened iced tea has 0 teaspoons of sugar.

4. May reduce the number of trips to the dentist
Some research has shown that drinking tea may help prevent tooth loss. Tea changes the pH in your mouth which in turn may prevent cavities. At the very least, it appears not to harm tooth enamel like some other drinks.

5. Helps your heart
According to the Harvard Health Publications plant chemicals known as flavonoids may explain why tea drinkers seem less likely to have cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that flavonoids help quell inflammation, and that in turn may reduce plaque buildup inside arteries.

 

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Perfect homemade iced coffee

Perfect homemade iced coffee is a real treat on a sunny day. This recipe is simple and really just as good as any cold brew you would buy.

In six really easy to follow steps you will be sipping on your very own cold brew. Homemade iced coffee is so simple however it is much more than pouring hot coffee over ice. Please, please, please do not try that method as it just dilutes the pure, coffee flavor and also gives you luke warm iced coffee, which no one wants to drink!

The process of soaking your chosen coffee beans overnight, rather than brewing coffee and chilling has many other benefits. One of the main benefits being that it reduces the acidity by up to 70%; so if you are a person who thinks coffee is too bitter then cold brewing is for you! Soaking also enhances the flavor of the coffee beans; so your caramel drizzle will taste more like caramel than just a regular cup of coffee.

Tips & Tricks:

Homemade iced coffee is one of the easiest things to prepare in advance. For best results prepare it the day before and it will last all week long in a sealed container refrigerated.

Also if you’re looking to change it up you can use different flavoured beans, add vanilla extract, cinnamon and cocoa powder to put your own personal twist on it

Ingredients

  • 6 oz coarse ground coffee beans
  • 6 cups cold water
  • For Serving, Milk, Sweetener or flavours of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine both the coffee beans and water. Ensure that all the coffee beans are covered and saturated.
  2. Cover the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature overnight, 24 hours is ideal.
  3. Set a fine mesh strainer, (optional: line with cheesecloth), over a pitcher or another bowl. Slowly pour coffee mixture through strainer, allowing all the liquid to trickle through. You may need to help push the liquid through the strainer. Pour the mixture through the strainer one to two more times to ensure all the grounds have been caught. (This is where a cheesecloth comes in handy.)Discard the grounds after filtering.
  4. Place coffee in the fridge, in a sealed container and allow chilling to take place until ready to use.
  5. To make an iced coffee, add 1 cup ice cubes to glass. Add a 1:1 ratio of coffee to water in class and mix well. Add sweetener and milk to taste, stir well. Taste and adjust milk and sweetener if needed.
  6. Sit back and enjoy the most perfect homemade iced coffee