Coffee Goes Sweet and Savory: Bananas and Nutella in Coffee-Infused Crepes

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Bananas and Nutella in Coffee-Infused Crepes

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup cold, strong coffee

4 T sugar

1/3 cup flour

2 T melted, cooled butter plus 1 teaspoon butter for pan

2 T chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)

1/2 banana, sliced

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, coffee and sugar until well incorporated.
  2. Add the flour slowly, making sure no lumps are left.
  3. Stir in butter and coffee mixture to make batter.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a crepe pan or non-stick sauté pan. Pour in batter to form a light layer on the pan bottom. Cook crepe 30 seconds per side, then transfer it to a plate.
  5. Spread evenly with Nutella and top with banana slices. Fold crepe in four to serve. Makes 1 serving.
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Coffee Goes Sweet and Savory: Baked Beans & BBQ Sauce

Because of our love for coffee, we already know that it can bring a rich, nuanced flavor to foods when used in cooking.  We know it works for savory dishes like baked beans and with sweet dishes such as crepes.  Coffee is soothing and uplifting at the same time, which is why we see coffee becoming more and more popular in cooking.  We’ve found some great recipes for Coffee Baked Beans, Coffee BBQ Sauce and Bananas and Nutella in Coffee-Infused Crepes, which we have posted below.

Coffee Baked BeansRibs and Beans

1/4 cup strong coffee

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 1/2 T butter

1 T molasses

2 tsp powdered dry mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1/8 tsp dried thyme

1/8 tsp dried rosemary

1 oz. (2 T ) brandy

1 large can (about 14 ounces) red kidney beans, drained

1 large can (about 14 ounces) pinto beans, drained

1 sweet onion, sliced thin

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, combine coffee, vinegar, butter, molasses, dry mustard, garlic, salt, liquid smoke, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Bring to a slow boil and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Place beans in a glass casserole dish and top with sauce. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with sliced onions. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. Makes about 6 servings.

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Coffee Barbeque Sauce

1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong, dark coffee

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cloves garlic

3 fresh jalapeños

2 T hot dry mustard mixed with 1 T warm water

2 T Worcestershire sauce

2 T ground cumin

2 T chili powder

  1. In a small pot, stir together coffee, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic, jalapeños, dry mustard mixture, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Lower heat so the mixture is just simmering; let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, let the mixture cool, then puree mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Makes about 2 cups.

JAB Bids for D.E. Master Blenders

Douwe_Egberts_koffie_kopA couple months ago, we reported that JAB, a German investment firm, announced plans to buy Caribou Coffee as part of its plan to create a coffee powerhouse.  Just last week, JAB made a takeover bid for D.E. Master Blenders for about $10 billion.  JAB is already the largest investor in D.E. Master Blenders.  Talks are still at an early stage and there is no guarantee of a deal yet.  More as it happens….

Douwe Egberts On Sale Through Tomorrow!

Night Watch Rijksmuseum

This weekend marks “the reveal” of the completely renovated Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of The Netherlands, after 10 years of rebuilding and restoration.  A Spanish architecture firm worked to transform the 19th-century building into a museum for the 21st century with a bright and spacious entrance, a new Asian Pavilion and freshly restored galleries.  The original design has been fully reconstructed in several of the museum’s key spaces.  Now visitors will be able to journey chronologically through 80 galleries to view the collection of 8000 objects telling the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Queen Beatrix will perform the official opening ceremony in front of the Rijksmuseum, which will begin with 12 spectacular fanfares, one from each province of the Netherlands.   That day, attendees will be invited to visit the museum for free, getting a special tour of the museum to highlight the vast collection.  (We’ve put a link on our Facebook page if you want to know more.)

Join in the celebration of Dutch heritage by getting 10% off all Douwe Egberts products when you spend $30 or more. *

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New Coffee App

Smartphone

Global coffee app Find Me Coffee announced this week the launch of their Blackberry BB10 version of the app, joining their line of apps already available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle.  The app lists all of the best coffee shops and coffee deals near a user’s location.  Users can also read and submit ratings and reviews, see a map and directions to shops and find phone numbers for call-ahead orders.  The app even has a ‘coffee’ filter that allows searching by parking, food, WiFi and drive-through services.

Swedish Coffee Shop Bans Children (and Strollers)

A Stockholm coffee shop and bistro recently implemented a ban on children in their shop meeting a storm of criticism from outraged parents.  While the management was a little surprised by the backlash, they were delighted by the response of customers and colleagues, who supported them wholeheartedly.  There is talk of parents taking the ban to court, which the owner supports.  Experts watching think that if the owners can point to fire safety concerns, they could beat the discrimination charge.  (Apparently, many families in Sweden take their strollers and young children into the shops, which do make it difficult to move around.)

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