G’day Beach Cottage ladies, well have I got a goodie for you today!
If you love a coffee, a giveaway and a recipe, you are so in the right place.
Now I love me a cup of coffee, I am a simple full fat, don’t mess around Cappuccino girl all the way, just don’t give me a skinny, ever , I don’t do skinny anything.
That’s my morning go-to coffee but anything after mid-day will be an Espresso, knocked back quickly after a meal or a double whammy to beat-the-afternoon slump.
And at home too, I love that pot of coffee on the stove kinda Saturday morning feeling…where one forgets about one’s taxi driving sport duties, hangs around in pj’s all day, sips coffee, reading a book while sitting on the front deck, eating crepes and continually topping up the coffee.
I must say I have dabbled with a few ways to make my coffee at home, from dripolator to cafetiere and really had settled on the stove top Continental Percolator. Plus there has been much lusting in this old cottage after the styling of those Italian professional coffee machines, but I have never taken the plunge, because, after having countless cups of coffee from various machines at various houses of friends, those machines have never ever cut the mustard and I have always had the view that a café style coffee will always be just that, in a café.
That was until Woolworths sent me one of their new coffee capsule systems, Caffitaly, to have a little foof with and my at-home coffee drinking, stay in my pj’s all day experience changed forever.
This thing is just fabulous…the coffee is good, it’s quick, you can buy Gloria Jean’s coffee for it too, but most of all it’s fuss free, no dabbling around with different levers pretending that you are a barista but without the qualification, no foofing and fussing and grinding. No, you turn this little baby on, fill her up with water, slot in a capsule and all systems are go.
There’s even a frothing machine thingy. Now I thought that this might be a bit tricky for my forty-is-the-new-thirty brain, but no, want froth, pop in machine, will happen.
But you know what, as well as that just been to the café but all I really did was hit a switch on a machine feeling, I wanted to try this little angel that now sits on my counter with my fave way of indulging in a coffee treat – an iced coffee.
Now I must say that back in Old Blighty an iced coffee seemed nearly as bizarre to me as Iced Tea did, I mean, hello why the heck would you want to take a perfectly good and warming beverage and turn it into something icy?
And then I moved to Australia.
It was hot.
And I realised quite quickly the attraction of iced beverages.
The first time I tried an iced coffee it was forty-four degrees centigrade in the shade in Sydney, that’s over 110F in old speak. Errrm we were fresh off the boat from England, we had only been here on this fair soil for about a month and when we opened the front door it felt like a hot hairdryer was blowing in our faces.
So, without any air conditioning in the rental house we decided to go out for a drive in the car with air-conditioning on full blast, to stop off at the beach for a swim to cool down and to get this girl a coffee before Mr BC or a small person had a rather unfortunate turn of events with a whitewashed oar.
When we arrived, after running from the car to the coffee shop to avoid the scorching heat, the thought of a hot drink seemed ridiculous, the kiddos had lemonade, one of them tried Iced Tea and after a bit of deliberation the barista said why didn’t he make me a lovely iced coffee? Hmmm, well thought I, I’ve just upped sticks and moved to the other side of the world, and taken on a few changes, why not the coffee too?
It was lovely, icy creamy, coffee and cool in one long delicious caffeine hit.
And so, as Sydney’s summer rolls in, I make these every year…not every day but whenever I fancy a nice long sip, from a Mason Jar, no less, and a little sit down and watch the world go by.
I thought this Caffitaly System machine would make this whole Iced Coffee making scenario a whole lot sweeter, turns out I was right, with this little baby in the equation, the whole thing is easier than it’s ever been.
I have meddled around and fussed with iced coffee until finally hitting on this recipe, it does require you to think about it the night before but the cooling and freezing of the coffee means that your iced coffee, is errrm very iced the next day. I have read other recipes that require you to ‘cold brew’ the coffee bit, I have tried that but really ended up with a big old mess – I find it much easier to use a coffee machine to get the coffee bit and then chill it overnight.
Easy Iced Coffee Recipe
2 cups coffee in a jug
1 cup full fat milk or 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup cream
You will need to start this the night before or a few hours before for a super icy, brain freezing coffee – see those little nuggets of pure caffeine heaven right there – floats a beach cottage boat or six.
1. brew up 2 cups of coffee (this was super easy in the Caffitaly System)
2. pour about half of this brewed coffee in ice cube trays & freeze these little cubes of caffeine and pop the jug of coffee into the fridge overnight
3. to make the coffee, add ice cubes to your mason jar & then pour over the cream or milk/cream now add your coffee ice cubes, yum.
4. pour over the iced coffee
5. I prefer not to stir mine and if it lasts long enough to start to melt, pop in a few more coffee cubes as I go along…
If you have had your eye on a coffee machine that makes café style coffee in your home but wasn’t sure whether to invest, or perhaps you would like a little something special on your Christmas List, take it from me, one of these will certainly tickle your fancy.
But, not only is it good for your budget, easy and churns out good results every time, it’s styled well – which is important to me too.
C’mon you know I wouldn’t have a coffee machine sitting on my counter that didn’t, you know, pass the BC looks test. Not that I am obsessed with this old cottage or anything.
While it isn’t white, it’s nicely black, if you know what I mean, and sleek enough to slot into the tiny amount of counter space allocated for coffee in the tiniest kitchen in the Southern Hemisphere.
And as it whirs, purrs and works those little capsule pods to within an inch of their lives it has the air of Italy and an ever so faint hint of the vintage about it..
And that I very much like.
If you would like to win one of these coffee machines, a frother and a hamper full of goodies to go in it then all you have to do is answer this question.
Where would you sit and enjoy a lovely café style coffee in your home? On the deck as the sun goes down, curled up on the sofa with a book, in bed tucked up in white?
Just let me know, I’d take all of the above!
See you next time Beach Cottage girls.