New Year New Fads

2018 was a great year for the coffee industry, introducing some pretty interesting trends. Just as I was getting over the Butter Coffee fad, 2019 came in strong with some up and coming concoctions.

Nitro Coffee

One of the most fascinating trends I’ve come across is Nitro Coffee. Like the name implies, it is coffee that has been infused with nitrogen gas. Just like your favourite ale, the aerated coffee is kept in a pressurized keg and is poured from a tap, producing a great infusion of texture and taste. This method makes it a more velvety and sweeter tasting coffee when compared to regular iced coffee.

Nitro VS Hot Coffee

Besides the obvious differences between a glass of frothy nitrogen coffee and a warm mug of regular coffee, there are a lot of things lying under the surface that may influence your decision to try it. For starters, nitro coffee actually contains about 30% more caffeine than a regular coffee does, which can lead to an increase in anxiety levels. Nitro coffee doesn’t require any milk and sugar after pouring which could be a huge benefit if you’re trying to enjoy a flavourful caffeinated beverage without the additional calories. Both beverages contain antioxidants that fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation as well as providing a boost in mental and physical performance.

Mushroom Coffee

My initial portrayal of this in my mind was a hot cup of coffee ruined by some random spongy bits of mushrooms. After further research, I was relieved this was not the case. Making its introduction in 2018, Mushroom coffee is expected to hit peak popularity in 2019. Using a variety of different kinds of medicinal mushrooms, they are able to isolate and spray-dry different key components of the ‘shrooms to create a powder which is then infused with the coffee. This take on coffee is actually lower in caffeine than regular coffee, which could be beneficial for those who tend to avoid coffee for its high caffeine content. Mushroom coffee could also potentially help you with your New Year’s resolution with studies claiming it can help boost energy, improve brain power, help with indigestion and possibly also aid in weight loss.

Most Common ‘Shrooms Used

  • cordyceps
  • chaga
  • lion’s mane
  • turkey tail
  • reishi

So whether you’re looking for a new trendy caffeinated beverage for your Instagram page, or trying to find something to help keep you on track for your New Year goals, 2019 has something for you.

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#NationalLiqueurDay

To celebrate two of our favourite things: espresso and cocktails, we have three espresso-based drinks for you to try. Oh, and just a hint: for each cocktail you’ll need only the finest espresso.

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This is probably the most basic of the three, but also the most well-known. You can use this recipe as a base for any other flavours and garnishes.

Espresso Martini Rec

Start by adding the vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and syrup to your shaker. Once you’ve added your ice, shake, shake, shake! The key to a beautiful, frothy Espresso Martini is shaking it until you feel the texture in your shaker change. After rimming your martini glass with caramel (or your sauce of choice) pour your delicious martini and enjoy!

 

Siciliano

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This espresso cocktail is for those that can’t decide if they want a sweet treat or an amaro after dinner. (An amaro is an Italian herbal liqueur typically enjoyed as an after-dinner digestif). This cocktail combines the syrupy, bitter-sweet flavours of the liqueur with rich espresso and sweet vermouth.

Siciliano RecStart by adding your liqueurs, espresso, and syrup to your shaker. Once you’ve added your ice, give your cocktail a few shakes. Pour the contents into a glass and fill with club soda. You can garnish with any fruit you’d like, but with our espresso, cherries pair perfectly!

 

Cafe Don Juan

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The Cafe Don Juan is the perfect espresso cocktail for those with a sweet tooth. It combines spicy rum with sweet Kahlua and of course we top it with whipped cream! This beverage is so good you can almost call it dessert in a cup!

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The directions are quite simple: just add your espresso and liqueurs to your glass and top with fresh whipping cream! To keep things classy, add some cocoa powder on top as well!

 

 

We hope you took some time to celebrate #NationalLiqueurDay! Have fun with these recipes and make them your own!

 

Please drink responsibly.