Mocha Brownie Protein Bars Recipe

All recipe images via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Chocolate? Coffee? No Guilt? Um, yes please! This scrummy recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking will satisfy even the sweetest of tooths without a hint of regret, shame or loosening of belts. And to top it off, this is a super-easy recipe made with ingredients (mostly) that you’ll have already in your pantry. Just grab some of your favourite protein powder and get cooking!

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Coffee FAQ’s

You know those little niggly questions about coffee that have had you baffled for years? Don’t you wish you had a professional on hand to relieve your enquiring mind? Well now you do, for today’s blog post is all about answering the most frequent of coffee questions. And the best part is that if we haven’t included your burning question, then you can send it straight through to us and we’ll answer it pronto. Bonus!

Here are some of the more common questions we get asked and the handy professional answers…

Coffee FAQs


How should I store coffee?

The best way to store coffee is in a cool, dark place in an airtight container; your pantry cupboard is ideal. Never store your coffee in the fridge or freezer, this will allow moisture into your coffee and will dull the taste.

How long does coffee last?

Ideally you want to be drinking all your coffee within a month from roasting. Though, if stored correctly, coffee shouldn’t go off, though the flavours will fade over time.

When is the optimum time to drink coffee after it’s been roasted?

Depending on the brew method you use and the coffee that you’re buying, the optimal age for coffee can vary. We generally recommend that coffee is ready to drink 4 – 5 days after roasting.

Which grind do I use for which brewing method?

This is really important because grind size is a vital component when it comes to making a great coffee. So if you’re using a filter system like V60, AeroPress or Chemex etc, or  whipping up a Cold Brew and or getting stuck into the old Plunger then coarsely ground coffee is the go! But for your Espresso machine and Stove Top coffee maker you’ll want to go for finely ground coffee. 

Which Coffee should I use for which brewing method?

Coffee is subjective is there is no definitive right and wrong answer, though we definitely have our recommendations:

  • Filters (V60, AeroPress, Chemex etc.): Single Origin – Light or Medium Roasted beans
  • Plunger:  If you enjoy black coffee then a Single Origin, Medium Roast is best. And if you prefer your coffee with milk then we recommend a Blend or Medium Roast.
  • Coffee Machine or Stove Top:  For black coffee choose a Single Origin, Medium to Dark Roast but if you prefer a white coffee, then go for a Blend, Medium to Dark Roast.
  • Cold Brew: Choose Single Origin or a delicious Blend; Light to Medium Light roasted beans.

What is the difference between a Blend and a Single Origin?

A Single Origin refers to the coffee grown in a single geographic area, region; this can be an entire country or smaller region within. A Blend is where coffee beans from different countries are blended together.

A Blend is created to produce a consistent, well rounded flavour whereas a Single Origin contains the flavours of the natural environment and processing techniques of that particular region.

 Did we answer your question? If not, feel free to comment below & throw a curly coffee question at us!  

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Understanding the Coffee Menu

When you’re out and about, looking for that perfect coffee, what do you order? Is it always a cappuccino, long black, flat white? Or are you always up for trying something new? If you’re not behind the coffee machine, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re drinking so we’ve made it easy for you. Today we’re breaking down each coffee menu option so you can experiment or learn to order exactly what you need and of course, want!

The Coffee Menu

6-12 oz Coffees

1. Long Black 

If you’ve ditched all kinds of milk then the Long Black is for you. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s going to be one bitter, strong caffeinated ride. Oh no, a Long Black begins with 3/4 of hot water, finished with a lovely Ristretto or Espresso shot on top. Then ta-da, it’s ready to enjoy!

2. Flat White 

Invented in Australia, the Flat White is often confused with a Latte. So what’s the difference? It’s all in the milk but first comes the Espresso/ Ristretto. Then the milk is textured so that there is only a thin layer of foam.

3. Latte

Like the Flat White, our Lattes start with a beautiful Espresso/Ristretto. As mentioned above, the main difference between a Latte and the Flat White is how the milk is textured. For a Latte, your local Barista will froth the milk so that it has about double the froth of a Flat White.

4. Cappuccino

Froth is the cappuccino’s best friend, along with the firm foundation of an awesome Espresso/Ristretto, of course. Some may remember those awful Cappuccinos that had super-light froth bulging over the top of the cup with chocolate dusted on top. Nowadays cappuccino’s tend to look a lot more sophisticated. With Cappuccinos, baristas will start with the espresso/ristretto base, then dust the chocolate powder over the espresso shot. Finally, they’ll pour in the frothed milk causing the chocolate powder to lift and create a speckled pattern around the latte art. Of all coffees on the menu, Cappucino’s have the highest amount of froth.

5. Mocha

A close relative to the latte, Mocha is all about the chocolate! As with all our milky coffees, this one begins with an Espresso/Ristretto shot. Then simply add some quality Sacred Grounds Organic Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate (sneaky plug) and finish it all off with some Latte-style froth. Delish!

4 oz Coffees

1. Espresso 

If you’re a coffee purist then you’ll love the flavours oozing out of an Espresso Shot. Basically, it is what it says it is, one Espresso Shot of coffee served in a handy tiny cup. Tasty!

2. Ristretto

This beauty is a more intense version of the Espresso. In Italian, Ristretto means ‘narrow’ and the size of this beverage echoes that. It consists of only the first 15ml up to 20ml of the Espresso extracted in 15-20 seconds.

3. Macchiato 

This cutie-patootie consists of a single shot of Espresso with a spoonful of velvety smooth milk popped on top.

4. Piccolo 

Picture a mini-sized latte and you have a Piccolo! One shot of Espresso is finished off with Latte-style milk to give you a quick, beautifully milky coffee experience.

 

Inspired to order something new?

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The Sacred Grounds Fairtrade Story

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