Review: Ground & Bean – A new way to enjoy two varieties of coffee!

Sorry guys, I’ve been MIA for a while and really shouldn’t have. However i have an exciting offer for all coffee lovers out there!

I was sent two packets of coffee by Ground & Bean, a company that helps you discover the worlds freshest coffee with two different varieties of single origin coffee with each delivery.

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My coffee grounds delivered to my door

Their beans are selected and sourced from the most passionate coffee farmers from around the world and hand roasted with care in their award winning roastery in Devon.

Each packet of hand selected coffee arrives through your door in a resealable waxed paper packet within 7 days of roasting so you get the freshest coffee experience possible. Mmmm!

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Brewing the coffee is simple:
1. Scoop 25g (2 tablespoons) per cup of coffee grounds into a cafetier
2. Pour in 300ml of hot water per cup
3. Stir and replace plunger on top and wait for 3-5 minutes for the coffee to brew
4. Push down the plunger and serve

Coffee filtering
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Coffee: Entreverdes Risalda
Flavour: Fruity with a lively acidity. Look for a slight chocolate & creamy after taste.

Verdict: Nutty, chocolatey, sweet. This was a sweeter coffee on my palette and tasted chocolate after a while. I think it would make a lovely mocha coffee.

Coffee: Terruno Nayarita
Flavour: Sweet & full citrus notes. Raspberries, almond & spiced chocolate are there too.

Verdict: Hints of fruit and spice. I can really taste the spicy bitterness from the citrus notes.

Coffee Beans
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Now you can try the service for yourself! I have an amazing offer for you to share amongst your family and friends in the UK.

Offer & Terms
Bean & Ground are offering my readers £2 for two bags of fresh, hand roasted coffee, including P&P. To redeem the offer visit https://www.beanandground.co.uk/signup/aboutyou?utm_source=Kekidoll&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2for2 and use the exclusive code KEKIDOLLCOFFEE and two bags of the finest single origin coffee will be on their way to you.

Offer terms and conditions: offer available once to new customers only with UK addresses (channel islands included). Maximum of one coupon per household. Valid card details and payment of £2 required. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Normal price is £7.95 per delivery containing two bags, no minimum commitment required so buy regularly or just receive it when you need it.

Coffee Packets
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Hope you all enjoy special coffee sent to your door!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Pact Coffee | Brewing a Cup of Joe

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Coffee with a piece of cake. Mmm

A friend of mine introduced me to a company that sells coffee beans online called Pact. If you’re a coffee addict you’ll love this company. They pick some really interesting roasts that contain wonderful flavours induced in each bean.
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Pact Coffee

Ordering from their site was as simple as 1-2-3. Select how you prepare your coffee, how often you like to drink coffee and the flavour you would like to try!
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Yes i was cold, hence needed a hot drink

The beans shipped almost instantly, I got an email telling me exactly what was happening with my order giving me a warm feeling that real people are behind this business – a lot of this personal feeling is lost in big corporates. They arrived through the door and on my office desk within the next working day :)
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Stir, stir, stir

I have to confess, I’ve never made a cup of coffee with a cafetiere before. So this was a new experience for me! For those who don’t know how it’s done – scoop about 2 heaps of coffee powder into the cafetiere, add in sugar (cos I like it to dissolve in the hot coffee), then pour in hot water till the top of the glass and stir. When you place the lid back on, the metal sieve should just be sitting on surface of the water.
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Wait about 2-3 minutes for the coffee to brew and then pour it out into your favourite mug! Add a splash of milk or whatever takes your fancy and enjoy :)
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Ta Daaaah!

The flavour I chose was Passeio Natural. It had hints of chocolate, citrus sweetness and wasn’t bitter at all! I only needed a teaspoon of sugar rather than my usual two and a half.
There are currently 4 flavours of beans to try!
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A nice hello card with code

If you would like to try some pact coffee yourself, use the following code to get a packet for £1!
CODE: DAILAI

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Baking Mocha Brownies

Recipe Leaflet

My housemate brought home a recipe from Waitrose that showed you how to bake pecan mocha brownies in association with Starbucks. The ingredients used Starbucks’ VIA coffee sachets and Waitrose’s plain chocolate but I didn’t have both of these ingredients so I substituted them with Nescafé coffee and normal cooking milk chocolate. I also didn’t include pecan nuts in my recipe as some of my housemates didn’t like pecan nuts but if I were to include some I would have opted for macadamia nuts since these are softer and have a sweet flavour. Brownies

The brownies came out really moist and tasty with hints of coffee flavour balancing the chocolate so it’s not overpowering your taste buds. One batch can easily make 12 massive slabs or more depending on how you cut them. They taste best warm and with some vanilla ice cream.
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The recipe was really simple and easy to follow but I’ve altered it to my own ingredients and taste. To bake your own please read on, or follow the original Waitrose Pecan Mocha Brownies recipe.

Ingredients

  • 36g instant coffee granules
  • 200g plain or milk chocolate
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt together in a bowl set over a pan of simmer water or in a microwave. Leave to cool a little.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  4. Mix the coffee, cocoa, flour and baking powder together then pour into the chocolate mixture and gently stir together. Finally, mix in the pecans (optional) then pour into the tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until just set but still a little squidgy in the centre. Leave to cool completely in the tin then lift out and cut into squares. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or on its own.

Original Source: waitrose leaflet

Have Fun!

-Keki xoxo

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