Thank God it’s the weekend! We can finally rest from our workloads, relax and spend our time with our family and friends. So for this weekend coffee treat, we will have something to satisfy our sweet tooth by making a No-bake Raspberry Chocolate Cake.
This Chocolate Raspberry No-Bake Cake is an easy icebox cake made with just six ingredients! You can make this cake with the family your kids will surely have fun making it. Call out the gangs and let’s start baking!
3 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
3 oz powdered sugar (3/4 cup)
2 tsp vanilla extract
18 oz chocolate wafer cookies (2 boxes Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
36 oz fresh raspberries (can substitute other berries or mixed berries)
Chocolate curls (optional)
Combine the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip until medium peaks form and the cream is the texture of shaving cream.
Spread a thin layer of whipped cream on the bottom of your serving platter, in about an 8-inch circle. Arrange a layer of chocolate wafer cookies on top of the cream in a circle, overlapping them slightly to get them to fit (some blank spaces are okay too!). Approximately you need 15 cookies per layer: 10 cookies in the outer circle, 4 cookies in the inner circle, and a cookie in the middle, but your exact numbers will depend on the size of your serving platter.
Spread a thin layer of cream on top of the cookies, around ¼-inch thick. You can go all the way to the edge, or leave about ½-inch uncovered at the edge if you want the cookies to poke out. Press fresh berries into the whipped cream—if they’re large, cut them in half lengthwise so they don’t poke up too much. Spread another thin layer of whipped cream on top of the berries, just to make the surface smooth for the next layer of cookies.
Repeat with a second layer of cookies, and top with more cream and berries. Continue until you’ve used up all the cookies. Top with the remaining whipped cream. Cover the cake loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, to let the cookies absorb the moisture and soften—longer refrigeration is okay, too.
When the cookies are soft, top the cake with fresh raspberries, chocolate curls, and a light dusting of powdered sugar, if desired. Slice and serve!
The ingredients and instructions are an adaptation from Sugarhero, More info about this No-bake Raspberry Chocolate Cake visit here.
Most of the airports don’t have a decent coffee shop and a lot of times passengers who are waiting on their boarding time settle for a mediocre cup of pre-flight coffee. But not all airports served an ordinary coffee because there are seven airports in the world have the best cafes where you can get your java before going on board.
You might think that this is just an ordinary coffee shop stop, but the Guava & Java is a world-renowned La Colombe, known for its seven single-origin blends made with beans from Brazil, Colombia, and Ethiopia. And this coffee shop is where the actor Leonardo Di Caprio has charity collaborated their signature brew Lyon, which all proceeds go to his environmental foundation.
Caffe Pascucci – Seoul Incheon International Airport, Korea
We’ve heard a lot of news lately about the big coffee chains expanding in Asia, and Asian people now are slowly embracing the coffee culture. Seoul Incheon International Airport has a hidden coffee shop where you can grab a high-quality Joe before your flight. Caffe Pascucci had been specializing in cappuccinos since 1883; and with a vibe more evocative of a swanky bar than a cafe, you won’t even feel like you’re at the airport.
Paul — Dubai International Airport
You can see all the luxury in Dubai from buildings to sports cars and the rare animal pets they have. Paul is a fancy French cafe located in Dubai’s International Airport with a touch of sophistication, that only uses posh local beans, and bakes an assortment of tasty pastries and macaroons.
Dome — Perth Airport
Perth Airport got some of the best coffee beans in town that is why you will be surely satisfied with your pre-flight Java before going on board. Dome coffee shop, located inside Perth Airport served the best coffee and uses single-origin -coffee beans from Columbia and Costa Rica. Dome is a cozy shop where you can sit and relax while waiting for your flight. The coffee shop has a polished brass and varnished wood that feels more like a throwback European cafe than an airport coffee shop. Aussies and tourist say the coffee shop has the best hand-roasted dirt on the market.
Metropolis Coffee — Chicago O’Hare Airport
Chicago O’Hare is the third busiest airport in the US, and they also have the best pre-flight cuppa for there passengers. The Metropolis Schweik’s Blend is the brew to try; described as “cognac-like”, it’s a full-bodied beast with hints of orange, jasmine, and caramel.
Mojo Cafe — Wellington International Airport
A well-loved boutique roastery in Wellington, Mojo puts an emphasizes on “crop to cup” and brews a variety of single-origin Guatemalan, Ethiopian, and Peruvian blends. Their signature house java, though, is Dr. Mojo’s Medicine, which rocks ”
Joe and the Juice — Copenhagen Airport
We save the best for last! When it comes to the best airport coffee shop, the Copenhagen Airport is the winner in our list. Joe and the Juice were named the best airport coffee shop by the Airport Food and Beverage Awards. Joe & The Juice is a lively spot with a bustling vibe and live lunch-time tunes. They served some kick-ass juices, and brew up some seriously sexy coffee, including an eccentric signature ginger latte.
Over the decade the coffee industry is becoming more innovative making it timely and up on the trend. A lot of coffee shops are popping everywhere, but seems like as time goes by the coffee farm industry couldn’t keep up with the high demands.
Kenya is one of the major exporters of single origin coffee beans. The Kenyan brand is known for its flavor and pleasant aroma. Arabica and Robusta are grown in the region where the Arabica is high-quality coffee beans, mild coffee much favored for blending. However, despite the high-quality coffee beans produce in the region Kenya’s coffee farming is slowly declining because of the lack of education among farmers.
In 2009, after completing her education in Canada and Europe Vava Angwenyi returned to her hometown bringing her mission on changing the African coffee industry through helping the smallholder coffee farmers on educating them the value of coffee they produce.
“After I came home, I was amazed that nothing had been done to boost the awareness, locally, here of the Kenyan farmer and Kenyan coffee, which is revered abroad,” she says.
Vava started her coffee business Vava Coffee, a Nairobi-based enterprise focused on educating Kenyan farmers, getting more women into the coffee industry, and engaging the youth of East Africa to get them excited about one of their most prized agricultural products — coffee.
Coffee is the second most exported commodity next to oil. Approximately 2.25 billion cups are consumed daily around the world. Among the coffee exporters, Kenya’s Arabica coffee is considered one of the best in the market. Though they have the best coffee beans that are revere abroad, the dilemma is most of Kenya’s coffee farmers do not drink or get to drink it, the coffee they produce, says Angwenyi. 70% of the coffee crops are produced by the smallholder farmers, and about 93% of Kenya’s coffee crops are exported. Despite the numbers, the coffee farmers are still getting little profit from what they produce.” On average, smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya earn less than 35% of the international market value on their high-quality specialty coffees,” Angwenyi says.
One of the reasons why coffee farmers are earning less is the lack of knowledge and market access, Angwenyi said. Because of this Vava coffee aims to create direct links between smallholder coffee farmers and markets that are looking to buy ethically-sourced and traceable coffee.
“I see traders that are really lazy, and just keep doing things in the old ways. We should hold everyone we work with accountable, especially if you’re doing direct trade. A lot of people just swing in, visit a co-op, take a few photos, and then leave. But what about becoming a part of the community and actually helping producers out of the situation?”
Because of the situation, Angwenyi is empowering every farmer in Kenya by teaching producers agronomy, running workshops — where farmers tasted their own coffee for the first time and making sure farmers are aware of the opportunities that are available to them.
“Once Africans taste coffee their perception changes – even once you show them how to brew coffee,” she says.
Angwenyi spends a lot of her time and effort helping Keya’s coffee farmers to be more knowledgeable in the industry and empowering farmers to earn more per cup.
Most recently, she’s developed a direct-to-consumer arm to the business, enabling the sales of smaller amounts of coffee, and bring more elements of the supply chain in-house.
Despite much racial discrimination, and injustices Angwenyi stand firm and fight what is right for Kenya’s coffee farmers.
It’s frustrating, she says, to see her fellow Kenyans internalize the historical rhetoric that “help and success” comes only from white foreigners, a feeling perpetuated by the development community. As a result, she argues that farmers and youth don’t see opportunities for themselves in the industry.
“No one has told them about the opportunities within the coffee sector because they only see the white man doing these things,” she explains. “If you look at all the big multinationals, most of the employers in those positions are foreigners.
“The producers right now are not really players in the game. People will always try and put producers beneath them,” she says. “It’s a form of slavery and that’s what colonists did best; ‘you will grow this, but you will never consume it.’”
The problem, she says, starts with lack of education. Many of the farmers that Vava Coffee engaged within Kenya were not even aware that they could go and get a direct sale license, she recalls: “When they started talking to us, they were like ‘what is this license?’”
Thus, she transitioned from coffee shop entrepreneur to wholesale — to equip farmers with the knowledge on trading licenses, better farming practices, and eliminate the layers of middlemen in coffee trading as much as possible. Vava Coffee has worked with over 30,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya and Tanzania.
Using herself as an example, she’s keen to erase those misconceptions. She is now facilitating workshops for female ‘agripaneurs’ – think agriculture meets entrepreneurship – and is looking into how the industry might be able to sponsor youth at origin. This year, she launched the first line of Fairtrade-certified coffee owned by smallholder women coffee farmers in Kenya from two women-centric co-ops from the Rift Valley.
Iced coffees are one of our favorites during summer to beat the summer heat. So for our weekend coffee treat, we will make a different twist from the usual iced coffee and will do an Ube Horchata Iced Latte.
This playful beverage fuse with ube, a purple yam from the Philippines is full of antioxidants and looks yummy and dreamy that you will surely enjoy for the weekend.
Add almond, coconut, and rice milk into a large pitcher and whisk vigorously while slowly adding in the cinnamon and sugar. Be careful to keep mixing so no clumps form. Add in the ube extract and mix until combined. Keep the ube horchata in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the ube horchata into the glass until it’s almost full. Top the drink with a shot of espresso and serve immediately.
Note: De la Cruz suggests using a trio of almond, coconut, and rice milk, as the almond adds substance, the coconut pairs well with the ube flavor, and the rice flavors the horchata along with the cinnamon. If you have access to fresh ube, you can also make your own extract by cooking down mashed ube with sugar and coconut milk, blending it, and straining it into a bowl. However, ube extract is readily available and can also be used in place of other extracts (like vanilla) when baking.
Cold brew is an all year round beverage which you can wholly enjoy throughout the summer. And since we are enjoying the summer heat, it is nice to make cold brew at home with our own alteration. However, we cannot make a perfect cold brew without a cold brew maker.
Here are five of the most practical cold brew makers for your home kitchen.
Toddy Cold Brew System
Toddy Cold Brew System is a classic cold brew maker that started in 1964, and undoubtedly the father of modern cold brew. It is the first cold brewer system to commence the process for easy and convenient home use for cold brew making.
The system is built out of plastic, and reusable felt filter which is friendly for the environment rather than using felt paper options. Its glass decanter is one of the most durable out there, and pretty enough to use as a serving vessel.
The patented system uses regular coffee beans and water to create a smooth coffee concentrate that Toddy claims contains 67% less acid than your hot brew. The coffee concentrate should stay fresh in its glass decanter for two weeks without any change in flavor. You can also use this to make tea, served hot or cold.
Dash Rapid Cold Brew System
It’s a fact that cold brew requires long hours of preparation and because of that, the Dash Rapid Cold Brew System made a way to lessen the prep time. Dash claims that they finally found a way around that inconvenience, thanks to a patent-pending technology called ColdBoil.
Instead of adding heat, the Dash pump circulates water through the coffee matrix while the upper and lower filters keep the coffee grounds contained. This way, the Dash system forces the water to permeate the grounds, dissolve, and extract the coffee oils that give cold brew its flavor. The result is cold brew in as little as five minutes.
The only downside of this cold brew system is it’s more expensive than the other, and you’ll likely need to spend some time with the manual before making the perfect cup of cold brew.
Simple Life Cycle Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee Maker System
If you are looking for a budget-friendly cold brew system the Simple Life Cycle Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee Maker System is ideal for you. This cold brew kit is practical and does its job that can fit into quart and half-gallon size canning jars. You can brew multiple batches one after the other to fill your cans at home.
The kit includes a mason jar, a bamboo lid that is more aesthetically pleasing than a plastic lid cup, and the metal mesh filter that offers clarity in the coffee while also being reusable and easier to clean than cloth.
KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you always host a coffee party on weekends, you might want to consider to have the KitchenAid Cold Brew, Coffee Maker. This cold brew maker can make large batches of cold brew, which can hold up to 14 servings of coffee and has a convenient tap for pouring.
This cold brew system has a sleek design made of stainless steel and glass. It is also convenient to use where you simply put coffee and water in the machine, then place the whole thing in the fridge to steep. Once you’re ready to serve, you can press the tap to dispense the coffee into your cup.
“KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes great coffee and is perfect for when you’re having guests over. While this product is more expensive than many comparable cold brew machines, it’s worth the price if you drink a lot of coffee or frequently host parties.”
The kit is budget friendly, and it includes a glass carafe and stainless steel filter that will help you make great coffee every time. The steel filter is made of superfine mesh, and both pieces are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The Ovalware Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker can make up to four cups of coffee, and because it is an airtight seal it will keep your java fresh for up to two weeks!
According to users, the one downside of this product is that fine particles of coffee sometimes seep through the filter into the cold brew. However, most people say these particles sink to the bottom, so as long as you’re careful pouring, they won’t get into your cup.
There you go coffee lovers we hope you find this helpful in choosing your perfect cold brew system to make your cold brew this summer.
We always wanted a great cup of coffee every morning, but having a great cup of coffee starts with choosing your coffee beans, roasting, grinding and then brewing. One of the crucial steps in making the perfect cup is the grinding process, and many coffee professionals will agree, freshly ground beans are ideal for a great cup of coffee. But what if you don’t have a coffee grinder at home? Well, that is not a problem because you can use some kitchen utensils you have at home.
So, here are practical ways on how to grind coffee beans if you don’t have a coffee grinder at home.
Mortar and Pestle
No need for a fancy coffee grinder if you have a mortar and pestle at home. This mortar and pestle are widely used for years to grind herbs, spices, and medicines., and it is also ideal to use for grinding coffee beans. It combines a hammering and rolling motion to help create a consistent grind texture.
Mortar and pestle are ideal for a fine grind similar to what used for espresso.
How to do it:
Fill your mortar with a small amount of coffee.
Hold the pestle with your dominant hand and the mortar in place with the other.
Using the pestle, forcibly press down and crush the coffee beans.
Continue added beans and crushing till the desired amount is reached.
Once crushed, use the pestle to roll the coffee around the bowl grinding the coffee beans to a finer texture.
As the coffee becomes finer, continue to press down and roll the grounds till the desired texture is met.
Blenders are not only for smoothies, but they are also great for grinding coffee beans at home. The blades of the blender can chop coffee beans the same as coffee grinders do, and some blenders include a “grinder” setting that is ideal for coffee beans.
However, when using your blender to grind your coffee beans make sure to have it in small batches because as the blades move at high speeds and heat the cavity, they will start to cook the beans natural oils leading to a harsh and bitter tasting coffee.
Blenders are recommended to use to produce a relatively coarse grind. After using make sure to properly clean the ‘grinder’ so that your blender doesn’t taste and smell like stale coffee.
How to Do It:
Set your blender to “grinder” setting or a faster speed.
Throw in a small amount of coffee into the grinder and place lid on top.
Grind coffee to desired consistency.
Continue adding coffee and grind to same consistency until you reach the desired amount.
Rolling pins are not solely for baking, but it is also suitable for crushing and grinding coffee beans. Rolling pin will result in a more even texture, and it allows you to get a finer grind.
If done right, the rolling pin can help you achieve a medium fine to fine grind.
How to Do It
Place your measured amount of coffee beans into the plastic bag or between two sheets of parchment paper.
Lay the bag flat on the counter.
Using the rolling pin like a hammer, press down and smash the beans.
Once crushed, exert downward pressure and roll over the coffee beans.
Roll the pin back and forth over the grounds until desired consistency is met. Continue crushing if grounds are still too large.
Using a hammer is a bit of work that it can do its job when crushing and grinding your coffee beans.
As you break down the beans, you can get more refined in your technique and crush the beans down closer to a fine powder. But because of the jerky motion from using the hammer, don’t expect to be able to brew espresso with these grounds. Expect a coarse to a medium grind.
How to Do It
Fill the plastic bag with coffee beans or place your beans between two sheets of parchment paper
Using your hammer, exert a consistent downward motion on the beans crushing them until the desired consistency is met
Try to start on one side of the bag and move to the other side to better achieve a consistent grind.
There you go coffee lovers! You can use the tools shown above to grind your and coffee beans in case of emergency, or if you are looking for ways to grind coffee beans at home before buying a decent coffee grinder.
Coffee is a beverage that is hard to resist that is why even pregnant mamas still keep their love, devotion, and urgency to their morning, Joe. But this well-loved beverage is it safe to drink while you’re pregnant?
There’s a lot of speculation whether it is good or bad to drink coffee during pregnancy so before your next cuppa java let’s take a look on the researches about caffeine and coffee while pregnant.
According to the American College of obstetrician and Gynecologists, you can drink coffee but limit your caffeine consumption to fewer than 200 milligrams (mg) per day.
Going over to that required amount is dangerous for your baby. Some studies have linked drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine a day with an increased risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. And drinking large amounts of caffeine (eight cups of coffee or more a day) has been linked with stillbirth. However, it is not yet proven the effects of caffeine on pregnant women, and it needs further studies to confirm these links, but it’s better to be watchful on the side effects of caffeine when you’re pregnant.
Always keep in mind that caffeine is a drug that crosses the placenta, and can interfere with the blood circulation, and limits the blood flow to the placenta, as well as increase blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It also puts additional strain on the liver, which is already busy processing the increased hormonal demands related to pregnancy.
Also be aware that caffeine varies on your cup of coffee, and the type of coffee, and how it was brewed. “The coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop, for example, can range from about 100 mg for a small (8-ounce) cup to over 400 mg for a large (16-ounce) cup, depending on the brand and the brew.”
Same goes for decaffeinated coffee because it doesn’t mean it is caffeine-free. A 16-ounce cup of brewed decaffeinated coffee typically contains about 12 to 25 mg of caffeine.
Coffee while pregnant is a personal decision, based on your instinct, experience, and base on your discussion with your healthcare provider.
Of course, you really can’t live without your cuppa java. stick to the 200mg amount of caffeine intake per day, and instead of your regular americano or black coffee you might want to switch on a latte (about 75 mg of caffeine). From the milk in a latte you’ll get a little extra calcium and protein – nutrients you need during pregnancy anyway.
We say that coffee is life and, most of us were immobilize without having our daily jolt of coffee.
Drinking coffee has already become part of our every day where it helps us get through the day, fueling social interactions, and occasionally offering a quick break from daily pressures.
Different caffeinated drinks affect our health in different ways, and among these drinks, coffee is the most loved beverage associated with many health benefits, including reduced cancer risk, and lowering risk for cognitive diseases.
However, as much as we loved gulping coffee, we need to have it in mind the risk factors caffeine can do to our body.
Here are a few of the studies associated with caffeine that could be potentially dangerous to one’s health.
Yes, there is an overdose of caffeine intake. However, this is only a rare case dangerous enough that may lead to many adverse symptoms including death, especially in those with underlying medical conditions.
Worse Menopause Symptoms
A recent study published in The Journal of The North American Menopause Society showed that menopausal women who consumed caffeine had a greater degree of vasomotor symptoms.
More than four cups of coffee linked to early death
A Mayo Clinic partnered study found that men who drank more than four / 8 Fl.Oz. cups of coffee had a 21% increase in all-cause mortality. However, those that reported that they consumed excessive amounts of caffeine were also likely to smoke and have poor fitness. Dr. Nancy Snyderman from NBC said there were a few discrepancies with the study, but stresses that moderation is still key.
Caffeine linked to gout attacks
If you have a gout problem, you should refrain your self from drinking too much coffee and rink it in moderation. A study showed that people who binge on caffeinated beverages increase their risk of a gout flare-up.
Caffeine causes more forceful heart contractions
A recent study showed that immediately after energy drink consumption the heart produced more forceful contractions. It is unclear if this has any long-term health implications except for those with known health conditions.
Caffeine can cause headaches
While occasional doses of caffeine can relieve headache symptoms, the overuse of caffeine can cause headaches and lead to migraines.
As much as we loved our espresso and latte or black coffee, keep in mind that too much coffee is dangerous to health, that is why always drink your coffee in moderation for a healthier you.
One of the biggest names in the beverage industry is now paving its way into adding coffee products to their brand.
Coca-cola had released their new summer limited edition Coca-Cola Plus Coffee Zero Sugar drink in Australia.
“We know Australians love coffee, so we thought why not give them more of what they want,” brand manager Evgenia Papageorgiou said. “Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the country. We wanted to surprise them this summer with a new refreshing way to enjoy the taste of their favorite brew.”
It’s not the first time the big brand had made this coca-cola coffee product you might remember Coca-Cola BlaK, which we had the chance to try in the United States a few years ago. But the consumers are not happy with the beverage. The brand also released the Coca-Cola Plus in Japan that is better and a little tastier, according to Shin-Shouhin “the drink doesn’t really smell like coffee or Coke at all, which is a bit off-putting, as the two tastes compliment each other. Apparently, it has a cola-like taste, but a weird coffee aftertaste.”
And now the brand is expanding its territory launching their Coca-Cola Plus to several countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and now in Australia.
The version introduced in Australia has more caffeine than a regular Coke, but less than a cup of coffee, according to the company.
The combination of the two drinks sounded weird, but we think anything you can add to coffee will taste good.
Coca-Cola is trying to find ways to keep people interested in its namesake brand, even as it works to adapt its lineup of drinks to reflect changing tastes. The efforts come as the world’s largest soda maker faces growing concerns about sugar consumption, with the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Africa and several U.S. cities implementing special taxes on sugary drinks.
The idea for this new beverage combining coffee and coke is to address the health concerns regarding the brand itself by reformulating certain drinks to have less sugar.
Coral Colyer, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager at Coca-Cola South Pacific explained that getting the taste right was only part of the challenge for the technical team. They also needed to ensure that the drink was sugar-free.
“We know that consuming less sugar is important to a lot of Australians, so we challenged the technical team to come up with the right flavor combination in a sweet, but sugar-free, beverage,” Colyer said.
“The result still has Coke’s well-known taste with mild sweetness and a rich coffee aroma, creating a multi-sensory experience,” she added.
Just as important was ensuring that the coffee flavor was derived from original sources, in this instance 100% Brazilian coffee beans.
“We wanted to replicate as much of that joyful feeling of a cup of coffee as much as possible, but with the summer fun of serving Coca-Cola ice-cold,” Colyer said.