The Best Of Italy – It’s Closer Than You Think!

There are a handful of delicacies in the world that you immediately associate with its country of origin: Apple pie from America; white meat sausages from Germany; syrup waffle cookies from Holland; croissants from France…well, you get the idea. This week, we are looking at Italy, and its iconic foods, in particular coffee, of course, and the coffee-flavored dessert, Tiramisu.
Italian-coffee-and-Tiramisu-400pxTiramisu, literally translated as “pick me up” or “lift me up,” is a dessert made from cake dipped in coffee, layered with whipped mascarpone cheese, sugar, and eggs, sprinkled with cocoa. You might be surprised to know that the cake’s provenance has long been in question. One of the most popular beliefs has its invention during the 1960’s at a restaurant in Treviso. Another possible origin is a World War II dessert made for soldiers to pick them up with caffeine and alcohol. It may even date back to the 17th century in Tuscany, where layered desserts were popular. Regardless of where it started, traditional tiramisu is Italy’s dessert. We have included a recipe for tiramisu below – it’s really just a trifle, a layered dessert. So enjoy!


CBe sure to order coffee to enjoy with your dessert. This week choose from the specialty Italian roasters we are highlighting: Caffe Vergnano, Bristot, Hausbrandt, illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini and Sant Eustachio. All of these are 10% off when you order $30 or more at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: WELOVEIT

*Discount valid from 7/22/18 through 11:59PM ET on 724/18 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Hausbrandt, illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini and Sant Eustachio. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Check out our favorites from these great brands. Try one or more. You’ll thank us later.

CAFFE-VERGNANO-nl-iconWe have Caffe Vergnano 100% Arabica Espresso fine grind in regular and decaff, 100% Arabica Espresso in medium grind, plus 5 roasts in whole bean, five roasts in capsules for the Nespresso machine (all are compostable capsules), and espresso pods.

Hausbrandt-nl-iconWe have a wide selection of Hausbrandt whole bean and ground coffee. Try Hausbrandt Gourmet ground coffee, with spicy and citrus flavors from the delicately roasted 100% Arabica beans. We have these in whole beans too, along with Classic Espresso, Superbar and Trieste, the best examples of Italian espresso.

Illy-nl-icon-editThe third generation of the family is at the helm of illy’s, producing rich, full-bodied, velvety smooth coffee. We have a range of illy coffees, from Medium Roast and Dark Roast, available in fine grind and whole bean, to Moka and Decaffeinated ground coffee, all in the signature metal tin.

misceladoro-nl-iconWe have Miscela D’Oro Espresso Gusto Classico in whole beans. Miscela D’Oro also makes a chocolate cocoa drink mix with 44% minimum cocoa. Try any of the Nespresso-compatible capsules, from rich Intenso, to balanced Tradizione, to traditional, fruity Purezza (it’s organic too!). There are still more to tickle your taste buds, so go ahead and splurge!

Pellini-nl-iconPellini Top is the top of their coffee range, made with 100% Arabica beans specially roasted to deliver a smooth, full-bodied espresso, which we have in whole beans and in regular and decaff in ground. We also have 4 blends in Nespresso-compatible capsules, including BIO Organic made with 100% organic Arabica beans.

sant-eustachio-nl-iconSant Eustachio is based in the heart of Rome, just a few steps from the Pantheon. Because of their specialized wood fire roasting, Sant Eustachio is smooth coffee. We have Sant Eustachio in ground and whole beans, including espresso and Moka grinds, plus a Nespresso-compatible capsule.

bristot-nl-iconTry Bristot Tiziano whole beans for real Italian espresso, including notes of fruit and a chocolate finish, or Espresso whole beans that are rich and intense. Both roasts are on sale so take advantage of extra savings with the discount above.


Recipe: Tiramisu

This delightful, no-bake dessert is served chilled. You just may find yourself feeling a bit lifted.

Ingredients:

  • No-Bake-Tiramisu16 oz mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 24 ladyfingers
  • 1 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
  • Cocoa or grated bittersweet chocolate, for dusting

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, sugar, and liqueur.
  2. With a mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until well-combined.
  4. Lightly dip half of the ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in a single layer on the bottom of an 8×8-inch square pan.
  5. Spread half of the mascarpone filling over the ladyfingers.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the ladyfingers, arranging them on the top of the mascarpone filling.
  7. Spread the remaining mascarpone filling over the ladyfingers.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  9. Dust with cocoa powder or grated chocolate before serving.
  10. Enjoy!

As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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Clever Jar Hack Puts Douwe Egberts In News

Douwe Egberts Instant Coffee In The News

A woman in Australia posted a quick coffee-drinking “hack” (think: shortcut) on a Facebook group for new moms. She showed a Douwe Egberts jar of Pure Gold Instant coffee with sugar filled in the removable lid. That way she had her coffee and her sugar conveniently in one place – spoon one of each into a mug, then add hot water. She demonstrated in pictures how to remove the top, then take the plastic cover off of the lid. Fill the glass lid with sugar, pop the plastic cover back on, and put the lid on the jar. As the Dutch say: Alstublieft! (There you have it!)

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After posting the hack, the group was inspired! Other members posted their own ideas for the jars. They included:

–Hummus in the lid, with cut-up vegetables in the jar

–Yogurt in the lid, with chopped up fruit in the jar

–Use the lid alone for raisins or other small bites

The post also noted that the lid seals tight, so there’s no spillage with any ingredients.

We found some other great ideas for repurposing the jars too, and would love to hear your ideas too. (Tell us about your best one on our Facebook page!)

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We have Douwe Egberts Instant Coffee in the same type of jars available at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, along with an entire range of Douwe Egberts coffee in ground and whole bean too. And for a few special days this week, you can get 15% off your order of Douwe Egberts and Senseo products with no minimum purchase required.*

Please use coupon code: DEFUN15

*Discount valid from 6/10/18 through 11:59PM ET on 6/12/18 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com for Douwe Egberts and Senseoproducts with no minimum order. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale Douwe Egberts products.

But Wait, There’s More…

DE-WB-Cups-Advert-NL-150-CrWe have Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma Whole Bean coffee on sale, and you can still get an additional 15% off too. Whole bean coffee is a top seller, and one of the best ways to enjoy fresh coffee, especially if you grind the beans just before brewing.

If you’ve been thinking about indulging in a beautiful white ceramic cup, soon to be your favorite coffee cup (and we all have the *one*), now is the time. We have individual coffee cups, and espresso cups and saucers (single and sets of 6), with the Douwe Egberts bright red seal, and all are available with the discount above. Now you can have an authentic Douwe Egberts coffee experience, just as in the Netherlands.


It’s Iced Coffee Time – Enjoy!

Try these tasty drinks using instant coffee, a great way to make iced coffee.

Creamy Iced Coffee

Serves 1

  • 6 oz prepared Douwe Egberts Instant Coffee
  • 3 oz cream liqueur (RumChata, Bailey’s, for example)
  • 1 oz vodka

Fill a pint glass with ice. Pour over prepared coffee, then add the vodka. Gently add the cream liqueur and stir.

Coffee Summer

Serves 1

  • 4 blackberries
  • 1 oz prepared strong black coffee
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz orange juice

Muddle (crush) the berries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a muddler, or a large spoon. Add the remaining ingredients, then ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and/or a blackberry. Enjoy!

NOTE: Simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water heated in a pan until the sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator up to a couple of weeks.


As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!

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6 Current Coffee Trends + 1 Great Deal from Enjoy Better Coffee = Score!

For fun, this week we have gathered the scoop on 6 current coffee trends, including how you can recreate a few of them at home, should you feel so moved. Then, order coffee from us and we’ll give you $5 off your order of $30 or more.*

Here are the top 6 coffee trends for 2017, in no particular order:

1.  Gourmet Coffee varieties have made a big splash for coffee drinkers. Consumer consumption increased from 18 to 24 percent in just one year. More than half of all consumers, almost 60 percent, report they drank a cup of gourmet coffee in the last 24 hours.**

~At Enjoy Better Coffee, we have only premium and specialty coffees made in Europe for the European market.

2. Sparkling Coffee Soda is cold-brew coffee with lemon and tonic water, seltzer or flavored soda. Use the typical ratio of 1:1 coffee to water, replacing the water with something bubbly. Put a scoop of ice cream on top and you have a very special float.

3. Gin and Coffee Tonic, served in a glass, is made with 10ml (2 teaspoons) of cold-brew coffee added to a shot of gin. Add tonic, garnish with lemon.

4. Vietnamese Egg Coffee consists of one espresso and 3 tablespoons of condensed (not evaporated) milk that has been whisked with an egg yolk and a drop of vanilla into a meringue-like, creamy topping. Enjoy.

5. Coffee In A Cone probably won’t be available at your local café. But imagine this: A specially-made chocolate lined waffle cone that is leak-proof for 10 minutes, and is filled with a coffee latte.

6. More people than ever are drinking coffee daily, with all age groups showing an increase from last year. Up a mere 2 percent are the 18-24 year olds, while those aged 40-59 are up 11 percent from last year.**

Try one or more of our premium ground, whole bean and instant coffees. Find a great espresso roast. Bring home an assortment of pods or capsules. Whatever your choice, you’ll get $5 off your order of $30 or more at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please use coupon code: FIVEOFF

*Discount valid through 11:59 PM PDT on 8/22/17 with $30 minimum order before shipping costs at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
**Per the National Coffee Association’s 2017 National Coffee Drinking Trends report

Interested in trying one or more of these trends? You’ll need this easy recipe for making cold-brew coffee. And maybe you will just create your own coffee trend!

How to Cold Brew:

1. Use a medium to coarse grind of coffee. Place the grounds in the bottom of a non-reactive container. Add cold water, using a 1:4 parts coffee-to-water ratio. Stir gently to combine.

2. Cover, then allow mixture to steep for 18-24 hours, either in or out of the refrigerator.

3. Strain the brewed coffee into a container to remove the grounds; it may take a few passes using paper towels, muslin or even a coffee machine filter. (If it remains cloudy, try using a larger grind next time.)

4. To make a coffee drink, try 1:1 parts coffee to water. You may have to adjust the ratio, up to 1:8 parts coffee to water, to get the flavor you like.

5. The concentrate should be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container.

 

Iced Coffee Around Europe

Eiskaffee means “ice-cream coffee” and this recipe will deliver a creamy iced coffee in a snap. Of course, any of our coffees make delicious coffee – iced or hot! But use one of our great German brands of coffee for a true eiskaffee experience. Tchibo Instant coffee and Jacobs Instant coffee are two of the most popular brands on our site and in Germany and get you that much closer to a quick drink. Tchibo and Jacobs also make full-flavored ground and whole bean coffee if that’s how you roll.

Ingredients

1 quart strong instant or fresh-brewed coffee
2 scoops of ice cream (per drink)
Whipped cream
Chocolate chips OR nut brittle

Directions

1. Make the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill in fridge.

2. Into a tall glass, place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.

3. Pour the cooled coffee into the tall glass, leaving a little room below the rim.

4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate or brittle (or both for true decadence). Enjoy.
You’ll find a Caffé Freddo in most coffee bars in Italy. This drink is made of straight espresso that’s been stored in a freezer and is served as a coffee slush. Pour espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream and you have an Affogato, perfect for dessert. We have a wide range of Italian espresso, including Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Illy and Lavazza.

Party On!

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It’s Party Time! With the upcoming holidays, many of us will be planning or hosting or attending events with the family, friends and neighbors. This week, we are sharing some tips and suggestions to help you get through the holiday party season without added stress!

This week, we are offering you $5 off any order of $40 or more, giving you ample time to stock up on coffee and cookies.*

Please use coupon code EBCPARTY

*Discount valid through 11/25/2014 on www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with orders of $40 or more. Not valid with any other coupons or discounts. Not valid for discounted, special sale or case sale items.

For The Host

First of all, if you’re hosting, you must have coffee available, regular and decaf, at any holiday gathering. There are always guests who like coffee (or tea), whether they are drinking adult beverages or not.

We love the idea of a “Coffee Bar”. (We hear they are all the rage at weddings these days!) Have at least 2 urns or carafes of coffee (Regular and Decaf; more options could include French Press, Espresso or flavored coffees). Then, stock the table with cups, spoons and a variety of stir-in options. Any or all of these are great complements to coffee:

Chocolate shavings Ice cream Nutmeg
Whipped Cream Flavored creamers Cinnamon
Tiny chocolates Flavored syrups Orange peel
Kahlua Frangelico Chambord
Whiskey Cognac Raw Unrefined sugar/Sugar cubes

If You’re a Guest, Try This

So many open houses, so little time. In the spirit of giving, it is always appropriate to bring something for the hostess. We recommend coffee – either beans or ground or just a special roast – as a gift that is always appreciated.

It Is Still Summer…Try These Chillers

2014_Cold Brew Coffee image with logoDoes it seem as if suddenly summer is over? The kids are going back to school and everyone you knew on vacation has returned. Even the Emmy Awards are early this year (tomorrow night), since most years, they are held well into September.

Not ready for summer to end? We aren’t either – so we have selected some great European iced coffee drink recipes that should help you squeeze out that last bit of the summer. Even if it isn’t that warm where you are, iced coffee will take you back to the lazy days of summer!

At www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, we have the perfect European coffees for the iced drinks described below and for anytime you want a great cup of coffee. We have all the brands, great accessories, cocoa and even cookies like Italian biscotti and Dutch speculas (spiced cookies). We will take $5 off of all orders of $40 or more.*

Please use coupon code EBCAUG

*Discount valid through 8/27/2014 on www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with a $40 minimum order required. Not valid with other coupons. Not valid for special sale items.
 

German Eiskaffee

Ingredients

1 quart strong instant or fresh-brewed coffee
2 scoops of ice cream (per drink)
Whipped cream
Chocolate chips

Directions

1. Make the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill in fridge.
2. Into a tall glass, place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
3. Pour the cooled coffee into the tall glass, leaving a little room below the rim.
4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate. Enjoy.

Italian Iced Coffee – Think Icy Slush

You’ll find a Caffé Freddo in most coffee bars in Italy. Straight espresso is stored in a freezer and served as a coffee slush. Pour espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream and you have an Affogato, perfect for dessert. We have a wide range of Italian espresso, including Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Illy and Lavazza.

Greek Frappe

Ingredients

1 ½ – 3 teaspoons instant coffee
2/3 cup cold water
Sugar, Milk and ice cubes (optional)

Directions

1. Add coffee, sugar and a splash of water to a cocktail shaker or blender. Shake or blend until the mixture forms a thick and frothy foam.
2. Pour the foam into a tall glass, then stir in the remaining water, sugar, milk and ice if using. Enjoy with a straw.

NOTE: Variations on this drink include versions without sugar, medium sweetened, very sweet and without milk.

 

We’re Pinning!

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Are you following EnjoyBetterCoffee.com on Pinterest yet? You can find our boards at www.pinterest.com/ebc2006/. Pinterest launched less than 4 years ago and already has more than 70 million users, 80% being women. In the U.S., twenty percent of women who use the internet are on Pinterest while five percent of men using the internet pin. There are more than 500,000 business accounts on Pinterest with users pinning more than 5 million items a day.

Pinterest is a fun place to find out about all sorts of topics from boards created and curated by users. Our boards include Our Products, Our Brands, Coffee Recipes, quotes, Tea and others! We want to be the place for the best of European coffee and fine imported teas. If you have ideas for boards we should include, post a message on any of our social media sites. We look forward to hearing from and seeing you on Pinterest soon!