5 Savoury Recipes Made with Coffee

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We all know how great coffee is – that’s why we’re here! And we’ve all probably got our favourite sweet coffee-flavoured recipe but have you ever thought of using coffee in a savoury dish? Coffee is being used more and more in gourmet dinner dishes and why not! It’s an earthy, delish ingredient that is pretty hard to beat. So, we’ve gathered five of the best savoury coffee recipes to start you on your way! Enjoy.

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Meet Our Sumatran Producers

Sumatra is a tropical island situated in Western Indonesia and right next door to Malaysia. This island is a whopper; in fact it’s actually the sixth largest island in the world. Thanks to its tropical climate, Sumatra has been a haven for coffee crops since the Dutch imported, planted and started production in the mid 1870s.

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Sacred Blend – Sweet & Rich

Our Sacred Blend is like a party person – a crowd pleaser; yep this blend lights up a room (make that a coffee machine, work meeting, yawning morning or whatever coffee situation you find yourself in). Sweet and delicious, this blend combines the best coffee beans from around the world, honed by our Master Roaster and former French chef – so it’s got to be good, right!

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Shade vs Sun Grown Coffee

We’re following on from last week’s blog, digging into the differences between shade and sun grown coffee. Why does it matter? What are the real differences and implications for taste, quality and sustainability?

Keep on the Shady Side

Since the discovery of coffee in the 11th century, crops have generally been grown under a wide variety of shady trees and plants. Canopies protect plants from the sun and create a haven for plants to thrive side-by-side with native plants and animals. Birds are particularly important in this process as they act as pest controllers; in fact research has suggested that without our feathery friends there would be a 70% increase in Coffee Berry Borer beetle and another study found that there would be 30-64% more caterpillars.

Fun fact, there are actually three ways to grow shade-grown coffee:

Rustic: where crops are planted in established habitats with natural plants
Traditional Polyculture: plants are integrated into existing forests along with fruit/vegetable crops to supplement farmers’ incomes
Commercial Polyculture: Native plants are replaced with coffee plants, often growing under taller trees to provide shade.

Environmental Hero

Diverse shade grown coffee makes up 25% of the world’s coffee crops with 35% in part shade/sun and 40% in full sun. The environmental benefits for shade grown coffee is crucial when we think about the future of coffee. How?

1. Less pesticides leaching into soil and waterways
2. Erosion is reduced, protecting the quality of soil
3. Foliage from surrounding trees and plants act as a natural fertiliser
4. Remove carbon from the atmosphere
5. Reduce temperatures by retaining rainfall, ensuring the longevity & health of plants.

Sun-Drenched Plantations

Coffee was never meant to be grown in full sun, however 20% of the world’s coffee beans use this method creating the good old Robusta bean. Thanks to an increase in demand, some farmers have embraced this way of farming as sun-grown crops have a greater yield, although the lifespan of crops is usually a lot less than their shady cousins.

The environmental impact of sun-grown coffee is considerable, leading to…

  • deforestation – clearing native plants/trees to make room for high yield, fast growing coffee plants
  • an increase in fertilisers – with no natural leaves etc to provide nutrients, farmers must resort to nitrogen fuelled fertilisers
  • more herbicides – more weeds mean more chemicals to keep them at bay
  • poor soil conditions – exposed to sun, heat, chemicals and erosion from downpours, this soil also leaches chemicals into nearby waterways causing pollution
  • an increase in plant turnover – sun grown crops only last 15 years, while shade grown survive for 30 years

The only real benefit of sun-grown coffee plants is their higher yield. More coffee to meet the growing global demand. But this has resulted in a lower quality bean, more bitterness, less flavour varieties. This is why we use Arabica, shade-grown coffee at Sacred Grounds.

Taste & See

To taste the difference, why not try one of our Fairtrade Organic Single Origins:

  • Australia – displays characters of spiced berry, sweet caramel and chocolate.
  • East Timor –  A sweet spicy cup with notes of cloves, leather, tobacco and pepper; a bright orange acidity and a silky body leading a long malt, burnt toffee and walnut finish.
  • Ethiopia Limu – Citrus lime acidity, notes of stone fruit with a hint of spice
  • Ethiopia Yirgaheffe – Very clean, sweet, delicate floral notes, light lemony aromatics
  • Nicaragua – Chocolate, sweet aroma, citrus tones, honeyed, bright medium acidity, well rounded cup.
  • Papua New Guinea – Chocolate, nutty flavour with a slightly fruity finish of cherry undertones and hints of vanilla. Balanced and smooth aftertaste.
  • Peru – Displays herbaceous overtones with a soft chocolate finish
  • Sumatra Gayo – Delicate aroma of blackcurrant, followed by hints of dark cocoa and soft spice. Bright tangy acidity.

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5 Espresso Cocktail Recipes

Quality coffee is great any time of day so why not serve it at your next dinner party or general shindig in a deliciously refreshing cocktail. Now you’ve probably heard of our first cocktail but we’ve done some digging and have discovered some fabbo coffee cocktails using real espresso that will get those tastebuds dancing!

5 Espresso Cocktail Recipes

1. Espresso Martini

This one is a classic – it screams elegance – if there’s such a thing! And the best thing is that it’s incredibly easy to whip up a batch so your guests are guarranteed to be impressed. Here’s the recipe from The Urban List:

30ml Kahlua
30ml vodka
30ml Sacred Grounds espresso 

* Coffee beans to garnish

Pop all ingredients in your cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and start dancing (shaking). Then, voila, you’re done. Serve with a few Sacred Grounds Coffee beans and you’re done.

2. Cafe Amore Cocktail Recipe

Image: The Spruce

Image: The Spruce

A twist on the French Connection cocktail (for all you avid ‘cocktailiers’ out there!), The Cafe Amore recipe uses hot espresso coffee, whipped cream and almonds! A perfect wintery, tummy warmer, that’s for sure. Here’s the recipe from The Spruce:

  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • 8 ounces coffee (black; more or less to fill glass)

whipped cream
shaved almonds

  1. Pour the Cognac and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Garnish with shaved almonds.

3. Stumpdown Vanilla Flip

This cocktail sounds like a mix of a country jig and and death defying circus act! Either way, it sounds super-fun. Combining egg whites, coffee and some delish orange liqueur, this cocktail is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Recipe from Imbibe Magazine

2 oz. Navan vanilla liqueur
½ oz. espresso
¾ oz. orange liqueur
1 fresh egg white

Glass: cocktail
Garnish: orange twist

In a mixing glass and tin, add the spring from a Hawthorn strainer and the egg whites, and shake until a light meringue forms; set this aside. In another mixing glass, add the other ingredients with ice and shake. Add this mix to the egg whites, quickly shake, pour into a glass and garnish.

4. Alive and Kicking

Image: Bon Appetit

Image: Bon Appetit

Coffee and orange flavours are once again a winning combo with this recipe. Simply whip up your fave Sacred Grounds cold brew coffee recipe using one of our amazing Single Origin coffees and follow this recipe from Bon Appetit:

Demerara simple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar


  • 4 oz. strong cold-brew coffee
  • 4 oz. fernet (preferably Contratto)
  • 3 oz. amaro (preferably Barolo Chinato)
  • 3 oz. Compass Box Whisky Co. Orangerie or Grand Marnier
  • 4 orange twists (for serving)

Demerara simple syrup

  • Combine sugar and 1 Tbsp. hot water in a jar, cover, and shake until sugar is dissolved. Chill until cold.


  • For each cocktail, combine 1 oz. coffee, 1 oz. fernet, ¾ oz. amaro, ¾ oz. Scotch, and ¼ oz. demerara simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

5. Stout Beer & Coffee Cocktail

Image: Food For Net

Image: Food For Net

Beer, liqueur and coffee? Righteo, let’s see how this goes for a bit of fun. You could also use Sacred Grounds Drinking Chocolate instead of the cocoa powder and we recommend that you brew up an espresso shot using one of our delish coffee blends.

  • 3.5 ounces stout (Oatmeal Stout is great. A heavier imperial stout works well too.)
  • 2 ounces cooled Sacred Grounds espresso coffee
  • 1.5 ounces Averna amaro
  • Cocoa powder
  • Coarsely ground sea salt
  • Ice for shaking
  • 1 oversized ice cube for serving
  • 1 old fashioned glass
  • 1 straw (cut down to the size of your glass if necessary)
  1. In a shaker with ice, pour iced coffee and Averna and stir
  2. Place 1 large ice cube into old fashioned glass
  3. Pour mixture from shaker into glass slowly
  4. Pour stout slowly over mixture. Stir to combine gently so as to not disturb beer’s mild carbonation
  5. Sift cocoa powder over large ice cube (or several small cubes if you don’t have a large ice mold)
  6. Sprinkle sea salt over ice cube.

Although these bevvies look fun and festive, we all know how great pure organic, Fairtrade coffee really is. So pop over to our store and check out the wide variety with the most incredible flavour combinations you’ll ever try! Shop here now… 

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There’s something a little fun about fads, even though we all know they’re not often here to stay. But is a ‘fad’ coffee everything it’s cracked up to be? Most of us simply want a great coffee (which is what we pride ourselves on) rather than something a little left of field. But, just for fun, let’s look at some trends you might encounter in 2018.

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The quaint town of Cooma is situated 114km south of Canberra and just over 62km from the snowy ranges of Jindabyne in New South Wales. Thanks to the nearby snow fields, this town has recently experienced a rise in tourism as it’s the perfect place to stop, rest and refuel before hitting the slopes. This is where one of the newest cafes in town, Rawsome Earth comes in. Catering for everyone from locals, families and tourists, this cafe has really helped to put Cooma on the map.

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