Monday, September 15, 2014

Delonghi Magnifica S 23.210b Espresso Machine

Delonghi Magnifica S 23.210b

We're big fans of espresso machines here, with a built in grinder and more varieties of drinks than are available with a typical coffee machine, they're by far a better choice for home and office use. Not only can you imitate cafe-style drinks using espresso and the steaming wand, but most machines come with a built-in grinder ensuring your coffee stays fresh until you're ready to drink it. By far, freshly ground beans is the biggest difference we've had customers tell us. We'll take a look at the Delonghi Magnifica S 23.210b Espresso Machine from and what it has to offer.

It's obvious right off the bat that this is a gorgeous machine that looks at home on any kitchen counter. The compact size is great for saving counterspace - it's very narrow and long instead of wide. The bean hopper holds up to 150 grams of beans and uses a rubber gasket to prevent air from oxidizing the beans while they're held in the hopper. Next to the hopper is a cup warmer, designed to pre-warm your cups or mugs before use to avoid pre-maturely cooling the espresso as it's extracted into your cup, and preserving the flavour.

A 60-oz water tank holds plenty of water for running espresso shots back-to-back as well as using the steaming wand. Keeping the counter clean is simple with the drip-tray placed conveniently below the brewing spout, it can be removed and very easily rinsed. The brew unit is removable and can be washed in the washing machine.
Delonghi Magnifica S 23.210b Specifications

The beautiful display and dial allows the selection of espresso or americanos ranging from 1 ounce to 6 ounces of water volume. A custom setting allows the programming of personal settings, allowing you to alter the amount of water for your espresso. Finally, the dosage is adjustable so that you can enjoy a mild espresso or a very strong espresso.

Delonghi's machines will also track your usage versus cleaning and descaling so that you can monitor the machine's statistics and figure out if more regular cleaning is required, and how far along the expected lifespan you are. Other customizable settings include the water hardness and thermometer adjustments for tweaking your drinks.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Premium Arabica Coffee Beans

New harvest means new coffees! We've brought in some brand new beans for our coffee-loving Canadians to try and obsess over. Our recent additions are focused around Fair Trade and Organic certified coffees by popular request.

Brazil Fair Trade Organic Coffee Beans

Costa Rica Fair Trade Organic Coffee Beans

Cuba Turquino Coffee Beans

 Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee Beans

Wholesale discounts are also available for cafes, restaurants and hotels. Whether you need whole beans, ground coffee or coffee packets, we're happy to supply a quote.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coconut Flour Recipes

With more and more Canadians discovering gluten  and wheat intolerance, alternatives like coconut flour are becoming increasing popular. It takes some time and finessing to get the substitution just right, but coconut flour is light, flavourful and textured, making it a viable alternative to wheat flour.

Here's a couple recipes to try using Coconut Flour:

Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

Particularly popular towards the end of summer, zucchini is also gluten-free, palo-friendly and GAPS-friendly. Have excess zucchini? No problem! Freeze this bread and enjoy it later.

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-3 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup (small or medium) zucchini, shredded finely
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper, set aside
  3. Shred your zucchini finely, and then use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to squeeze all the moisture out of it.
  4. Mix the egg, honey or syrup, and banana together in a large bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and zucchini, and stir until the batter is smooth.
  6. Stir in the nuts, if using.
  7. Pour batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Probably the simplest recipe. this is also a go-to staple when you're just sick of eggs.

  • 4 eggs, beaten and set aside
  • 1 cup cream or coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ghee, coconut oil or butter for cooking
  1. Mix eggs, cream, vanilla together. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and sea salt. Slowly mix wet mixture into dry mix.
  3. Heat griddle or frying pan to medium heat.  Add ghee, coconut oil or butter. 
  4. Make pancakes using 2 tablespoons-1/4 cup of batter at a time (smaller pancakes are easier and will be less likely to fall apart when removing). Cook for a few minutes on each side. The pancakes should be slightly brown and dry on both sides.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Price on Coffee Beans Set to Increase Over Next Year

News out of Brazil that a drought might be impeding coffee crops has analysts predicting that coffee commodities will increase over the next year. Brazil, being the largest grower and exporter of coffee beans, affects the market as a whole. Exactly how much coffee bean prices will rise in Canada isn't yet known, but there is sure to be some change with an upward-trend.

While the price isn't expected to immediately the consumer/retail market, some predictions indicate that prices will rise as much as 25% over the course of the year. While the cost for a shot of espresso at home will only change $0.03-$0.04, peoples' daily habit will get a little more expensive.

One thing to watch for is companies substituting the lower quality robusta beans in lieu of higher quality arabica beans in their blends. While companies can't sell robusta as arabica beans, blends are mixes of different types of beans and seedy companies may attempt to make substitutions in order to save on costs.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Latte Syrups in Canada

Buying overpriced flavoured lattes from national coffee chains can get expensive real fast, real quick. Fortunately, you can make the same drinks right at home with flavoured latte syrups. Torani syrups can be added straight to a latte, mixed in, and achieves the same flavour that high-end coffee shops use for their drinks - at a fraction of the price. Simply combine the latte syrup with steamed milk and espresso (or a strong coffee) and mix!