Press’d – Coffee in a Squeeze!

Press’d is the first 100% pure coffee concentrate offering a genuine coffee experience without the hassle of brewing it yourself. Press’d coffee is brewed using a low temperature method which helps preserve both the flavour and the aroma of the coffee beans. All you need is hot water and Press’d! That’s it, the coffee is ready for your enjoyment!

Press’d is the first 100% pure coffee concentrate offering a genuine coffee experience without the hassle of brewing it yourself. Press’d coffee is brewed using a low temperature method which helps preserve both the flavour and the aroma of the coffee beans. All you need is hot water and Press’d! That’s it, the coffee is ready for your enjoyment! Currently Press’d comes in three flavours:

  • Colombian
  • Carmel
  • Vanilla

All three of them contain 100% Arabica beans. The flavoured Press’d have an addition of a natural flavouring but that is all… nothing else was squeezed into the Press’d!

For someone who loves coffee, I found these little bottles very intriguing. With a healthy dose of scepticism I asked for some samples to be shipped to me… I truly wanted to give them a go but I wasn’t holding my breath or even having any great expectations. Well, it turns out I was wrong!

Press’d offers a truly enjoyable experience. I would even go so far as stating that I prefer it to my everyday instant coffee and I would put it in line with my more special filtered coffee. The difference is… to make my filtered coffee I need my coffee machine… I need a coffee pod (which actually costs more per cup than a Press’d) and I need more time as the water in my machine heats up much slower than it would take me to boil a kettle… so on balance Press’d wins!

Each 48ml pot holds enough coffee for 16 servings in a 200ml cup and it has a RRP of £2.99. At present you can find it via Wholefoods and Ocado but soon it will be available across the UK.

In addition to using it just as a coffee I believe it would be very useful in baking… no more fake coffee flavourings or spending precious time reducing coffee to make its flavour more concentrated… now I can simple add some Press’d. I have a few ideas floating around my head for some coffee based cakes so I am sure sooner or later mysteriously, a new coffee flavour cake recipe will be appearing on the blog.

I usually don’t share food reviews but I think that Press’d deserved it. It offers a lovely rich flavour, it’s super convenient and I just love the whole idea of it. Now, next time we travel home to Poland and find we have stopped on a German autobahn during the middle of the night when all the good coffee places are shut, instead of spending a small fortune on a cup of black liquid hardly resembling coffee, we can simply get some hot water and use Press’d creating a proper brew on the go! Not an everyday occurrence agreed but in principle the same thing could be true when driving to Chigwell, less the autobahn obviously.

Hmm thirsty, think I might just make myself a cup!

Have you had the good fortune to come across Press’d?

Do you like the idea?

Do you think it would be useful for you to have a squeezable coffee?

Citrus Infused Fresh Mint

Citrus Infused Fresh MintWhen it’s hot and sunny, there is nothing better than a glass of a cold, refreshing drink.

I love mint, I always have and I hope I always will. I remember one time whilst I was still at university my friends and I took a trip to Bulgaria during our summer break. It was unbelievably hot and stuffy despite the gentle breeze coming off from the sea. I spent the entire two weeks drinking frozen water with an added mint liqueur (honestly not due to the alcohol content but because of the taste); there was no such thing as a mint flavouring anywhere around at the time and the idea of making a fresh mint tea each and every morning wasn’t really an option either… I have a ton of great memorises connected to the mint flavour… anyways… instead of infusing just pure water, I decided to infuse a fresh brewed mint tea.

My Citrus Infused Fresh Mint.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • 1l water
  • ½ lemon (un-waxed)
  • ½ orange (un-waxed)
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • Crushed ice (optional)

My Citrus Infused Fresh MintMethod:

Carefully wash your lemon and orange; cut them in half and put one half aside for a moment, then slice the other half of each fruit. Peal your pineapple and cut out two thick slices.

Wash and roughly tear the mint and place it in a large pitcher.

Boil a litre of water and pour over mint.

Allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes, then add the sliced fruits (being lemon, orange and pineapple).

Put aside (or pop into the fridge) and allow to infuse for a few hours.

Serve over crushed ice with slice of lemon and orange on the side.

Depending on the type of mint you have used you will get a different colour in your final drink. Peppermint will produce a light green colour, whilst use of lemon mint (which I used here) will resolve in more yellow one.

I’ve never use chocolate mint before but I hope to find it in a store one day. I don’t suppose it will give me a chocolate coloured drink but I would hope for a slight hint of chocolate at least.

I hope you will like my creation it as much as I do.

Citrus Infused Fresh Mint.Enjoy, if you decide to try it.

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie

My Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieThis time I have for you a funky looking drink which should appeal to both kids and adults. All we have in the glasses are pure fruits, nothing else, nothing less… just fruit.

So what do we need?

Well, you will need some fruits, a blender, two empty 200ml glasses and a little bit of patience 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 200g strawberries
  • 2 ripe kiwi

Method:

Well, there isn’t a lot to it… you blend each type of fruit, one at the time and slowly add them into your glasses.

I started with bananas as they are the heaviest (I think), then the strawberries and finally kiwi on top.

The trick is to add your blended fruit into the glasses very slowly, otherwise the new fruit puree goes in the middle of the glass and all you can see from the outside is the bottom layer rising up… no funky looking layers at all.

So, just like I said before, be patient and take your time.

Second thing to remember is to wash or at least rinse your blender after each type of fruit, so there is no old colour or bits transferring into the new fruit layer.

I like to drink it without mixing it up. Using a straw I start with the sweet banana, going into fresh strawberries and finishing my drink on a slightly sourer note with the sharp kiwi. Mark, on the other hand prefers to stir it well and drink once all fruit flavours are well mixed.

I am going to experiment with some other fruits and maybe I can create an even better looking set of colourful layers.

I really wish I had a cold press juicer to play with but for this moment I only have a blender so I am a little bit restricted as to what I can do.

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieMy Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie.Top Tip: If you blend to many fruits and they simply do not fit into your glasses, pour them into an ice cream mould to create a pure fruit ice popsicle – they are truly an amazing refreshment on these long hot sunny days!

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieWhat do you think about my triple coloured fruit smoothie?

Do you like the idea?

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie

Fresh Strawberry Shake

Fresh Strawberry ShakeI love berries, especially strawberries. When I was a child my parents used to have a small field of them. I remember each year around mid-June spending hours out there helping them pick them up… hard back breaking work but it didn’t stop me loving them.

Anyhow, I find that now-a-days shop bought strawberries, or any other fruit for that matter, hardly ever tastes like the real deal, but better them than nothing, right?

One day, last month I was very lucky to return home from a bloggers meet-up with a brand new Philips blender in my bag thanks to Currys and Joe Blogs. Now, there is no stopping me. Most days I blend something in the hope of creating something special.

This strawberry drink is my latest invention and I really hope you will like it.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml vanilla yogurt
  • 250g fresh strawberries
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1tsp honey (optional)

Fresh Strawberry ShakeMethod:

Wash the strawberries and remove the green stalk.

Pop them into the blender and blend until smooth.

Add the yogurt, ground almonds and cinnamon and blend some more.

The final shake isn’t sweet, so if you prefer a sweet/er option, add a spoonful of honey and blend until smooth.

That’s it, you are all done.

Now drink and enjoy!

My Fresh Strawberry ShakeTop Tip: Ground almonds will add a bit more substance and tons of vitamin E into a drink but not a lot of flavour. If you prefer a stronger almond flavour and don’t want to use any artificial flavouring, you can use whole almonds and process them yourself. Take a good handful of whole, good quality almonds (the ones from Wonderful Almonds are perfect for this job), spread them on baking tray and roast them in an earlier preheated oven at 175C or 155C if fan assisted for about 5 minutes. Then remove them from the oven and stir well making sure that they are all turned over and pop back into the oven for 2-3 minutes… remove them and check if they are ready (there should be a wonderful powerful aroma filling your kitchen and they should be hot to the touch). If needed pop them back into the oven for another 2-3 minutes, after another invigorating stir. They shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to roast, normally it takes only 10. Ideally when finished you want your nuts to be shade or two darker than when you put them in the oven and the smell! The smell should be very nutty but be careful as you can’t let them get scorched and definitely not burnt. If you think that your nuts are ready remove them from the baking tray and cool in a different cool dish. You might think that this is a lot of messing around to roast some nuts and it is, but trust me it is worth it. Freshly roasted nuts have an amazing aroma and much more definite taste. Once cold pop them into food processor and pulse them until grounded. Don’t wiz to much or they will get hot and the oils will clog them together and you will end up with almond butter, so pulse and take your time, then finally add into your shake.

What’s your favourite fruit shake or smoothie?

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Fresh Mint Morning Booster

Fresh Mint Morning BoosterLately there has been a huge increase in the number of people talking about, making and of course drinking infused water. They are quick to make, tasty and much better for you than pure juices (at least calories wise). So today I would like to share with you my little twist on infused water… infused fresh mint.

Ingredients:

  • Large bunch of fresh mint
  • 1l water
  • 1 juicy lemon
  • 1tbsp pure honey
  • Crushed ice (optional)

Method:

Wash and roughly tear your mint. Place it in a pitcher jug.

Boil 1 litre of water and pour over your mint – just like you would to make a mint tea.

Allow it to cool a bit.

After 15 minutes or so, add one full table spoon of runny honey (and stir well) and the juice from half the lemon.

Slice the remaining half of the lemon into thick slices and pop into your jug (make sure that your lemon is un-waxed and well washed).

Put it aside and let it cool completely.

Serve once cold, ideally over crushed ice.

Fresh Mint Morning Booster.This is the perfect morning drink – very refreshing due to the mint and energising due to the honey and light on the pallet due to the lemon.

You can prepare it fresh on the day or prepare it in the evening to be ready for the next morning. If you decide to make it the night before there is few things to remember: once cold/-er pop it into the fridge, so it doesn’t spend the entire night at room temperature. In the morning, after retrieving it from the fridge, remove mint and sliced lemon from the jug – you can infuse your waters up to 12h but you shouldn’t leave any fruit / herbs in it for any longer. Once all the bits are removed you can enjoy your infused water for up to 3 days (if you keep it in the fridge).

My Fresh Mint Morning BoosterMy Fresh Mint Morning Booster.Have you ever tried an infused water?

If you have, I would love to know what your favourite flavour combinations are.

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