Posted: December 08, 2021
You see rich, brown nectar with a white, foamy head kissing the rim of a glass. Bubbles rise through a gradient of deep amber. It’s cold, inviting, and you may be forgiven by thinking that the drink in question is a draft beer.
This is nitro coffee, a popular drink that has created a cult following in both massive coffee chains and independent specialty coffee houses.
Posted: November 17, 2021Categories: The Tools
With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start your festive shopping. Choosing the right gift doesn’t have to be stressful. Instead of focusing on the “perfect” present, an idea would be to start from what your recipient likes, then think of how your gift can add to that. If you have a coffee lover in mind who can’t get enough of coffee, here are 10 festive gift ideas for coffee lovers with a coffee machine that you can use to put a smile on their faces this Christmas. We’ve arranged our list in ascending order in terms of price. Get ready to spread a merry cheer, but with coffee!
1. Whole Beans from JJ Royal Coffee[caption id="attachment_20507" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Toraja Coffee is JJ Royal Coffee’s best-selling beans. Bold and full-bodied, Toraja coffee packs a punch of dark cocoa nibs and caramel notes with hints of muted grapefruit. Photo from JJ Coffee Royal.[/caption] Part of the joy of brewing homemade coffee is getting to try out different types of coffee beans. Our partner roaster, JJ Royal Coffee, sources high-quality coffee beans from all over Indonesia. They offer many exciting single-origin beans, starting from SGD 11.50 a pack. Grab your friend or loved one a bag (or more) to try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Shop all Roasted Coffee Beans from JJ Royal Coffee beans today.
Posted: November 10, 2021
Although they might sound similar, instant coffee and espresso powder, also known as instant espresso, are very different.
In Singapore and Malaysia, instant coffee is more common and can be found easily at most convenience and grocery stores.
Espresso powder, on the other hand, is less accessible and pricier than instant coffee.
In this article, we will find out the difference between espresso powder and instant coffee in terms of taste, how they are made, how much caffeine they have, and in what ways they are used.
This way, you will know how to use and substitute them if you see them in recipes in future!
How Are They Made
Coffee beans past their expiration will not make you sick; they will just lose their flavour and intensity. If you’ve got more coffee beans than you can brew or are about to throw away those that have expired, repurpose them instead. Old coffee beans can accomplish wonderful things around your house if you give them a chance. Whether you have excess coffee beans you can’t finish or old coffee beans lying around, here are 10 useful hacks to get more value out of your old coffee beans without tossing them. Besides the beans, you can also use old coffee grounds for these tricks to get some extra mileage out of your coffee, reduce waste and save money.
1. Ward Away PestsMosquitoes, lizards and cockroaches hate the smell of coffee, so old coffee beans can be ground and used to repel these pests. Place coffee grounds in uncovered bowls or if you’re targeting an outdoor area, sprinkle them around for a natural insect repellent.
2. Make Your Plants Happy with Natural Fertilisers[caption id="attachment_20288" align="alignnone" width="800"] Nutrient-dense coffee grounds also serve as a natural fertiliser for your plants. Photo from Bonnie Kittle.[/caption] Old coffee grounds contain nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and chromium—great minerals for plant growth. Simply sprinkle coffee grounds onto the soil in your garden or in their pots as a natural fertiliser to help your plants thrive.
3. Absorb Unwante
People often say the kitchen is the heart of a home. And if you love coffee, it’s essential to choose the right coffee machine to make your kitchen an even more agreeable living space. No matter the size or style of your kitchen, we have suggestions on which statement coffee machine to pick. Conveniently enjoy access to delicious, homemade coffee, which you can share with your family and friends whenever they come over. Check out our top recommendations below based on your kitchen type.
Small Kitchen, No Problem[caption id="attachment_20045" align="alignnone" width="1999"] Compact, stylish, and functional - the Dedica Style is perfect for small kitchens, saving space for other kitchen equipments. Photo from De’Longhi.[/caption] Got a small kitchen? It doesn’t mean having to write off having a coffee machine. Your kitchen real estate is precious, so you’ll want a compact but high-performance machine. Check out the Dedica Style—it’s a pump espresso machine that is only 15cm wide, yet it packs a punch. Pump espresso machines work by using an electronic pump to drive right-temperature water through the brew chamber and into a bed of coffee. With an electronic pump, you can expect consistent 15 bar pressure that gives you an espresso with a rich aroma and nut-coloured crema on top. Perfection.
Being on a ketogenic diet doesn’t mean having to give up coffee. By making careful choices on what you add into your coffee, you can continue enjoying your daily brew while keeping to your low-carb, high-fat keto diet.
The biggest tip for coffee lovers on a keto diet is to avoid high-carb additions such regular milk, sweetened creamers, sugar, honey, and standard flavouring syrups.
If it sounds like all is lost, don’t worry! Here are eight easy ways to prepare keto-friendly coffee.
Drink it Black
How much do you really know about your favourite beverage? There are many myths that surround coffee and you’ll be surprised to know that what you may believe as ‘truths’ may well be just ‘fake news’. Here are five common myths about coffee and the truths behind them.
Coffee is Dehydrating
There is no surprise why coffee is fast becoming one of the most popular beverages around the world. But have you ever wondered — how healthy is coffee? For avid coffee lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that coffee consumption and health are closely linked.
In fact, one cup of coffee per day can make you a better athlete. Moreover, studies have shown coffee to be associated with lowering the risks of several types of cancers, and even neurodegenerative conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s.
We’ve rounded up 6 easy ways to make your next coffee drinking experience a healthier one.
Avoid Artificial Creamer or Sweeteners
In celebration of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, let’s take small steps toward becoming a more sustainable coffee drinker to ensure our coffee cup stays full well into the future.
Here are 9 easy ways to get started:
Support Responsible Growers
Take a closer look at the label on your coffee beans as it tells you all you need to know about its origins.
If you want peace of mind knowing that your coffee beans were sustainably grown or ethically sourced, look for certifications such as Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, and Rainforest Alliance.
Purchasing coffee beans like these help enterprises dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and fair working conditions.
By choosing organic coffee, for instance, you are consuming chemical-free coffee that’s made by farmers who focus on the use of renewable resources.
Delicious artisan brews, a homely atmosphere, and an economic boost for the local community – there are plenty of great reasons to support your local independent coffee shop.
Think of the environmental impact of your regular coffee spot, too. After all, a small local business like a coffee shop is likely to have a smaller carbon footprint than larger chains.
Do you have a favourite local independent coffee shop? Perhaps it’s located near to where you live, close to your office, or handily placed near the school where you drop off your kids each morning.
You might use it as a quick early pitstop or treat it as a remote workspace for a leisurely afternoon session on your laptop. Some local coffee shops are so popular they attract customers miles out of their way to indulge in their quality brew.
As independent businesses, the local coffee shop doesn’t enjoy the large financial safety net of the big chains. These small operators can’t spend big amounts of money on advertising or marketing, so they tend to rely on word of mouth to attract new customers. With that in mind – and as fellow fans of the coffee bean – we think they deserve some special attention.
So let’s look at 3 great reasons why you should support your local coffee shop….
1. They make great coffee!