Morning! As I made clear yesterday, we’re now full steam ahead with the low key Christmas content. I’m not bringing out the tinsel and the glitter yet, we’ll keep the aggressive festivities to December, I have some respect.
However, you can bet that all the high street coffee chains are about to launch their syrup-laden Christmas coffees for which you’ll get little change from a fiver and a bigger caffiene/sugar hit than your nerves could possibly handle. So it’s only fair that I should pipe up with an alternative.
I also want to throw the spotlight onto a few brands that I’ve been trying and testing over the last couple of months, because it’s been a long while since we’ve done that on the blog and I kind of miss it. First up is CoffeeGator. CoffeeGator was launched by a guy called Phil after he visited Colombia and was inspired by how high the standard of coffee was out there. He’s since made it his mission to help us drink better coffee over here, and sells alllll the goods to make that happen. The coffee canister that I’ve been trialling (above) keeps coffee fresher for longer and has a cool little contraption on the top that lets you set the date you put it in there, so you don’t forget when to drink it by.
This Christmassy coffee is made by mixing coffee grounds with a spice mix. The specific spice mix that I’m using here is this one. It’s an old Dutch recipe, a mix of 9 spices (kept closely under wraps, of course) that works anywhere you might put cinnamon. It’s perfect for this time of year, I’ve been loving it in my cakes and biscuits too..
If you can’t get your hands on a spice mix like Speculaas, you can play around with making your own. A pinch of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, you know the drill. Just bung a few festive spices in there and play around ’til you find the sweet spot.
Lastly, on to the coffee. Obviously, I recommend that you use decent coffee. It makes all the difference, trust me. That doesn’t mean you have to spend the big bucks. I love the French or Colombian ground coffee in ALDI (less than £2) when on a budget. However, I’ve recently tried out a new (to me) brand called Spiller & Tait and I am picking up what they’re putting down. They deliver delicious, fresh (delivered within a week of roasting) ground coffee straight to your door and have a whole host of coffee advice if you’re not sure where to start. My current obsession is their signature blend: a rich and smoky flavour with roasted almonds and caramelised demerara sugar. It goes real nice with spices.
Makes 1 serving
1 scoop ground coffee
1/4 tsp speculaas spice mix (see above)
milk and sugar optional
- Put the coffee and spice mix into a cafetierre and mix gently. Pour over boiling water, stir and leave for 5 minutes.
- Press the cafetierre and serve the spiced coffee.
Note on sweetness: adding a little sugar to this is gonna bring out that gently spiced flavour even more, so do that at your discretion. I’ve been adding the new Pip and Nut honey almond milk to just really gently sweeten it and that’s been low key setting my world on fire.