How to make Coffee Tiramisu

In Italy, meals are usually finished, with a bite of fresh fruits rather than an indulgence in desserts. Desserts after meals are such a rarity, that they mark a special occasion. Maybe that’s the reason why, Italian desserts are always presented lavishly, with quite indulging ingredients and having unique flavor combinations, such that they pleasure the taste buds beyond words.Due to the attention to the fine details that the Italians pay, their desserts are getting a lot of attention. And among the all the popular Italian Desserts, Tiramisu is definitely the most favorite.

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Tiramisu, the masterpiece of Italian cooking, is an elegant and a rich dessert having a velvety and a soft texture which provides a luxurious treat to those connoisseurs of food.  This dessert literally translates to ‘Pick Me Up’ and there is a story as to why it means so. The dish is so named because of the two irresistible caffeinated ingredients present in the dessert, espresso and cocoa, which would simply swoon the taster of his feet, making him want more. Truth or not, the world is not complaining and people just love their tiramisu

How to make Tiramisu?

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Black coffee (Freshly powdered preferred)
  • Lady Fingers cookies
  • Whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder to dust

Directions:

1)      Making the Mascarpone Cream-

  • Mix the egg yolks with sugar (1 tbsp sugar per egg yolk).

Note: Tiramisu uses raw eggs and hence eggs need to be fresh

  • Whisk the eggs until a whitish mixture gets formed
  • Once the mixture looks fluffy, creamy and has a rich texture, add mascarpone cheese in small quantities, while continuing to whisk it, to make sure granular lumps don’t get formed.

2)      Preparation of the base-

  • Prepare a regular black coffee and allow it to cool down until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Finely chop the chocolate, such that it can be sprinkled on top of the Tiramisu

3)      Putting it together:

  • It is time to assemble this awesome dessert. And this assembly requires the use of lady fingers. Dip the lady fingers in the coffee, such that they get entirely covered and place them up in a glass baking pan.

Note: Dip the lady fingers and take them out quickly, as the cookies tend to break, if they are dipped in the coffee for too long.

  • Cover the lady fingers with a generous layer of freshly made mascarpone cream. Smooth it out with a spatula to make the mixture look voluminous.
  • Dust the cocoa powder on top of this layer of mascarpone cream. If one likes, one can add pieces of dark chocolate on top of the cocoa powder, just to give the layer that extra crunch.
  • Repeat the process of adding layer after layer, until you reach the top of the glass.
  • Whip the cream over the top of the final layer and finish it off by a generous dusting of sugar and chocolate.

4)      Serving Instruction:

Place the Tiramisu in the fridge for around 4-5 hours before serving. This makes the cookies soak up the coffee and the other flavors, just making this dessert taste so heavenly.

This is a simple way of preparing the Tiramisu. Though the Italians might be having the Tiramisu during festival celebrations, one may not have to wait that long to consume this dessert and they can make it, right in their homes using the above mentioned simple recipe.

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown

 

How To Make An Espresso

It is true that you do not have to be a rocket scientist to make a luscious espresso shot, but another truth is that having an expensive, fancy espresso machine is not enough to reach this goal. You will probably agree that espresso is the king of all coffee drinks, so if you are a huge fan of espresso, you need to learn how to prepare it. Get ready for a short, yet quite interesting journey when you will learn the basics of preparing the perfect morning caffeine shot.

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  1. Make sure you use quality coffee

The coffee. Yes, that is the main ingredient you cannot start your mission without. You need a decent coffee, which will ensure you brilliant espresso-drinking moments. Hence, go for quality. Pleasure does not come at an easy price tag. This does not mean that you have to spend a small fortune on roasted coffee, but let’s say that you should look for the highest quality coffee that meets your budget. Moreover, keep in mind that dark roasts are more complex, featuring caramel and chocolate flavours, while lighter roasts tend to be more floral and fruity.

 

  1. Water and temperature

For a nice, tasty espresso, it is of the utmost importance to use quality water that features no sediment nor unwelcome minerals, which can destroy the quality of your espresso shot. As for the water temperature, 90-96 °C will be perfectly fine for your espresso preparation. If you have a modern espresso machine, you will probably have the option to control the temperature by yourself.

 

  1. Start making your espresso

Fill the espresso machine’s reservoir with cold and filtered water. As previously mentioned, make sure you are not using distilled water, since it will not only produce a terrible-tasting espresso, but it can also seriously damage the espresso machine’s inner parts. Afterwards, turn on the machine and wait for a while, so that it can heat up. Normally, it takes no more than 15 minutes. Next step is to run the machine with a locked empty filter for a couple of seconds, to bring the fresh water to the front. To check the fineness level, grind few coffee beans. If the coffee appears powdery and feels gritty when you rub it between your fingers, it means that you have hit the perfect level of fineness.

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If everything seems alright, you can proceed by dosing 18-20 grams of fresh-ground coffee into the machine’s portafilter. As your coffee will be getting out of the chute, you need to rotate the portafilter to settle the grounds evenly into the basket. Next is tamping. Make sure you press evenly and to make this step easier, you can use your fingerprints as well. Before you start brewing, do not forget to return the portafilter to the grouphead. In case your espresso machine offers you the option named as “pre-infusion” stage, complete this stage first. This is important to release all the gases that have been stored before the full infusion. Pre-infusion will bring you the very first drops of espresso coming out of the portafilter. Wait for few more seconds and you will have your cup of beautiful, hot and tasty espresso ready to drink.

 

 

 

Choosing Your First Commercial Grinder

If you have already started making the list of must-haves for your soon-to-be-open coffee shop, then you must have put ‘grinder’ at the top of your priorities. And you have done it right. Working with a good and versatile grinder in your coffee shop is the key to delicious cup of coffee, so you need to make sure that you are making the very best decision when it comes to purchasing a commercial coffee grinder.

$_86No matter how easy it may seem, the truth is, finding the grinder that will ideally match all your coffee-grinding needs is not a piece of cake. Why? Because there are just so many things to think about, so many things to consider and even one wrong step can take you to the wrong grinder, which will certainly not contribute to the success of your coffee shop.

It is always easier to make a good selection when being given a hand by someone who already has the essential knowledge and experience. Since we do have it, here is a little help for you to choose your first commercial grinder.

 

  • Think of the type of coffee shop you have and its coffee-grinding needs.

When we say ‘type of coffee shop’, we refer to the size and the capacity of your coffee shop. Or, simply put – how many coffee drinks you are expecting to serve per day? Normally, a ‘busy’ coffee shop sells more than 200 coffee beverages on a daily basis, so if you already know your clientele and are sure about the quality of your coffee beans, you can freely go for a larger commercial grinder. If you are starting from zero, meaning that you do not have any expected customers, it is better to go for a smaller commercial grinder that can provide your coffee shop with 50-100 coffees per day. Of course, these numbers can also vary depending on two other important factors:  the size of your coffee shop and its location.

 

  • Choose the model of commercial grinder depending on the size of your café.

If you are opening a smaller coffee shop, or maybe a bakery or a donut shop, then you definitely need a grinder with smaller grinding capacities – not more than 50 coffee drinks a day. For this purpose, you need to look for a 58mm burr-set commercial grinder that you can find in both online and offline stores for coffee-shop equipment. But, it you are aiming big and you are quite sure that you will be selling more than 100 coffee beverages per day, you need to move to a bigger coffee-grinding machine. We suggest buying a two-group espresso machine that will be paired with a 64-65mm commercial grinder.

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  • Choose a grinder with bigger burrs.

Having a commercial grinder with bigger burs on the countertop of your café will give you the brilliant opportunity to have your espresso shot ready for only few seconds. For example, a burr-set of 58mm will need more than 10 seconds to make a double-shot espresso, while with a burr-set of 68mm, your double shot of espresso will be ready for approximately 6 seconds.

Was this article helpful for you? Do not hesitate to leave your comments. Happy grinding!

 

 

How To Select Quality Coffee Beans

When it comes to coffee, there is so much beyond than what we see in the cup. Coffee seems like the simplest drink in the world, but it is not actually. There are many important stages that need to be successfully completed before this dark, earthy-flavoured liquid that represents life and energy in one, enters its final destination – the human body.

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Obviously, you need the right tools to make a cup of amazingly fine coffee, but be informed that no coffee-making equipment will compensate for poor-quality coffee beans or even worse, stale coffee beans. Thus, to ensure an excellent coffee flavour and aroma, first and most important, you need to get a good-quality beans, since mediocre and bad coffee is absolutely everywhere around. And you absolutely do not need such an experience.

Although the taste of coffee offered by the coffee beans it is said to be a matter of personal preference, there are still few ‘unwritten’ rules about choosing quality coffee beans.

 

  • There have been some ‘new models’ of coffee beans that appeared on the market lately, but basics remain the same; there are two primary types of coffee beans – Arabica and Robusta. As an experienced roaster, brewer and coffee-maker, I suggest you to go for Arabica. Arabica coffee beans make a much better choice for fresh-roasted coffee than Robusta beans, which are commonly used in commercial (branded) coffees.

 

  • If you do not have any coffee-bean related background, in terms of: what are the best coffee-growing regions, or what are their characteristics, then you should get some knowledge. Why? Because pre-coffee knowledge is vital for making the right selection of coffee beans. Imagine being in front of an endless offer of different coffee-bean varieties and you have no idea where to start from. For example, it is always good to know that Brazil is world-renowned for exporting the highest quality coffee beans in the industry, while the Columbian coffee is the most popular among the commercial coffee companies.

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  • One great tip on boosting your coffee knowledge and ensuring a good coffee-bean selection is to try/taste an already roasted bean. Do not forget to ask the seller for how long the bean has been roasted. The reason why I am giving accent to this is because recently (fresh) roasted coffee beans have a huge impact on coffee’s overall aroma and of course, flavour.

 

  • Another ‘must-know’ is that you should never, ever buy coffee beans just because others are telling you what you MUST like. That is a big no-no. After all, drinking homemade coffee is a matter of deep, personal experience. Do not forget that there is the right coffee for each of us and that is the good news that you should stick to. Trust your instincts when it comes to your preferred coffee taste – whether you like a full-bodied, a mild, a winy, a nutty or a floral-tasting coffee. Be free to experiment with different coffee beans and make your own blend, if possible, as long as maximum pleasure is guaranteed.

 

 

 

5 Ways To Increase Coffee Sales Profits

Coffee has proven to be the priceless daily dose of morning freshness that no other drink can offer. No, we cannot buy happiness, but we can buy quality, earthy-flavoured coffee that will awake all our senses instantaneously; and that is close to happiness, don’t you think so?

Since forever, coffee has been considered the most popular drink in every corner of the globe, but as coffee industry has been moving forward progressively, competition on the global market has been also increasing with the same pace, making the coffee selection a complex and demanding task for passionate coffee drinkers. As a result, there is a countless number of coffee sellers/retailers today, so carving good reputation and profit among the massive global competition is definitely not a piece of cake.

Yes, it is absolutely true that you cannot aim toward success if you do not work with high-quality products that will meet customers’ personal taste and preferences. Same applies for coffee itself. Having a superior quality coffee in your product offer is the key feature to attract coffee fans to come to you. Remember that if you have achieved to make customers reach your shop among all your competitors, you are definitely on the right track, doing the right job.

Take a look at the 5 effective ways to increase the traffic and grow your coffee business by selling high-quality coffee.

  • Offer Your Customers High-Priced Drinks

First and foremost, start your mission by selling customers high-priced coffee drinks, like espresso drinks. Believe it or not, profit realizations on espresso drinks tend to be fascinating 5 times higher than the drip-coffee drinks. Hence, to start ‘pumping up’ your bank account, think of offering your customers free latte or cappuccino shots to get them to switch. Aim toward the following ratio: 70% in espresso sales and 30% in coffee sales.

  •  Put All Branded Espresso-Based Drinks At The Top Of Your Menu

At your cafe, another highly important thing to consider is placing your most expensive, branded coffee drinks at the top of your offer. Since espresso-based drinks hold the best price (especially branded ones) and they are commonly sought by regular coffee drinkers, make sure to put them on the very first page of your bountiful coffee menu. The truth is, most people never go through the entire menu, so why missing out the opportunity to sell your most expensive coffee drinks that will significantly boost the revenue.

  • Give Your Customers Free Coffee-Flavour Shots Every Time They Make An Order

By implementing this special novelty to your business, you will boost not only the customer’s overall price, but your profit as well. For example, it is always a good idea to think of a flavour that will correspond to the particular season or holiday, like pumpkin flavour at Thanksgiving and peppermint spice at Christmas holidays.

  • Give Your Coffee Drinks Unique Names

Originality and innovation is what brings success to the business, so another great idea to ensure the profit is to give your quality coffee drinks authentic names that cannot be found in your competitors’ menu. Be creative and raise the curiosity in customers. It is a win-win combination.

  • ‘Update’ Your Menu With New Coffee Drinks And Recipes Continuously

Once you have created your coffee menu, it does not mean that you have to stop there. Instead, be always in up-to-date with latest trends and novelties coming from the world of coffee and try to implement them in your business. Coffee enthusiasts are always curious and interested for new coffee experiences, so make sure you have such in your offer.

But most of all always use high quality coffee beans, such as can be found at www.hormozi.co.uk
Best coffee blends in the UK, at great prices.