Cleanskin Coffee Roasters, Brisbane

 

Cleanskin Coffee Roasters, Brisbane

cleanskincoffeeco.com.au

This week for our Roaster Review we decided to give Cleanskin Coffee Roasters a go. Based in Brisbane this business has been roasting beans since 2008. At the heart of Cleanskin you’ll find award winning coffee roasters that has already won an impressive 15 Golden Bean awards in just 3 years.

Ships to: Australia Wide
Postage: Flat rate $10.00
Grind options: Whole bean/ Espresso/ Filter/ Plunger/ Stovetop

Cleanskin Coffee Roasters, Brisbane

What we ordered:
Ethiopian Kongo Espresso 250g $14.00 – Sweet and Silky with distinct floral aroma. Notes of jasmine, rose, lime and black tea.
Colombia – La Perla – Espresso 250g $14.00 – Silky body with black current, berry, cocoa and sweet almond finish.
Old School 250g $12.50 – Bold, round, full, savoury caramel earthy body with subtle spicy acidity and lingering raisin jammy sweetness.

Date we purchased coffee: 11th July 2015
Date we received our coffee: 21st July 2015
Roasted dates of coffee: 
Ethiopian Kongo – 9th June 2015
Colombia La Perla – 10th July 2015
Old School – 9th July 2015

Online Store: 
Mobile Phone Friendly
User friendly and easy navigation. Each blend/single origin has standard information about the coffee and where its sourced. You can purchase brewing equipment, barista tools, tea, syrups and as well as green beans for the budding home roaster!

Our favourite pick: 
Our favourite pick would have to be Old School 250g $12.50. Old school is made up of beans from Papua New Guinea Okapa, Guatemala Santa Rosa, Colombian Santa Isabel & Ethiopian Konga. We found it bold, syrupy, sweet & delicious!

Use this roaster again? 
Probably not. We ordered Ethiopian Kongo Espresso and received the filtered version instead. Also the roasting date on the filtered version was over a month old.

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Vanilla Porridge with a Blueberry Compote Recipe

Vanilla Porridge & Blueberry Compote Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rolled Oats
2 Cups Milk
½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ Tsp salt

Blueberry Compote:
½ Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
2 Tbsp Water
1 Tbsp Raw Sugar

Walnut Praline:
2 Tbsp Raw Sugar
¼ Cup Chopped Walnuts

Shredded Coconut (for garnish)

Method:
1. In a medium saucepan add rolled oats, milk, vanilla extract and salt and bring to a soft boil over a med – low heat. Then reduce the heat and cook until milk has been absorbed and oats are creamy, about 5 – 8 minutes.

2. In a separate saucepan add your blueberries, water and sugar and simmer over a med – low heat until the compote reduces and thickens. About 5 minutes.

3. To make the walnut praline, place a frying pan over a medium heat pour sugar in an even pile and let it melt. (Do not stir it) once melted sprinkle walnuts over top and take off heat. Once cooled and set scrap mixture into blender and blitz it for a few seconds.

4. Serve porridge in a bowl, sprinkle over Blueberry Compote and walnut Praline and top with a big pinch of shredded Coconut.

 

The Little Pantry, Subiaco

The Little Pantry, Subiaco
The first time we heard about the The Little Pantry was on Instagram. Someone had posted a stunning picture of their mouth watering Brioche French Toast. In the picture, there was delicious caramel sauce cascading down each layer of the crispy golden French toast and on top sat a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Both Anthony and I both agreed that this was one place we had to try!

The Little Pantry, Subiaco
Walking into the The Little Pantry I couldn’t help but notice this cafe had a stylish but cozy feel. It looked like the type of cafe you can spend a leisurely breakfast catching up with a loved one.


As usual we grabbed some menus, found a good spot to settle into and ordered a few coffees to start off with. This particular morning was a really cold one and you could see the people coming in were in need of a good hot beverage. Despite the high demand of coffee orders coming through, the barista was pumping out the coffees at a good steady pace. Not long after we placed our coffee order they arrived at our table. Anthony’s flat white was perfect but unfortunately my latte was a under extracted which made it too weak for my liking.

Brioche French Toast - Nutella, Salted Caramel, Rhubarb, Vanilla Ice cream & Pistachios

Brioche French Toast – Nutella, Salted Caramel, Rhubarb, Vanilla Ice cream & Pistachios

Crispy Fried Potato, Chorizo, Poached Eggs, Labna & So Frito

Crispy Fried Potato, Chorizo, Poached Eggs, Labna & So Frito

For our food we ordered ‘Crispy Fried Potato, Chorizo, Poached Eggs, Labna & So Frito’ $16.00 and of course the dish I have been waiting to sink my teeth into…’Brioche French Toast – Nutella, Salted Caramel, Rhubarb, Vanilla Ice cream & Pistachios’ $16.00. The french toast looked absolutely scrumptious and the presentation was so pretty! This dish did not disappoint. The french toast was crispy and golden on the outside and moist, soft and light inside. There was a lot of sweet elements on this dish for example the Nutella, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream but the cooked rhubarb, for me, cut through some of the sweetness. Anthony’s Crispy Fried Potato dish could only be describe as comfort food! How can you wrong with golden crispy fried potatoes? Each bite was like heaven in your mouth. There was a decent serving of good quality chorizo too and the poached egg was delightfully gooey inside.

Overall, we loved our breakfast at The Little Pantry. If you like your comfort food (and who doesn’t in this cold weather?) then definitely give Little Pantry a go. We will definitely be back again!

Chicken and Lentil Soup Recipe

Chicken and Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup green lentils
4 chicken thighs
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes 440g
1 onion diced
2 celery sticks chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 leek chopped
1 garlic glove grated
1 bay leaf
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp cumin
Salt n pepper to season
Flat leaf parsley to serve

Method:
1. In a small pot of water add lentils and bring to boil, remove from heat. Rinse under cold water and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil on a med low heat, add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add turmeric, cumin and bay leaf and cook until aromatic

3. Add chicken, stock, water, tomatoes, celery, carrot, leek and lentils and bring to boil. Reduce heat to med – low and cook for 35 – 45 minutes or until the lentils are soft and but a little firm to bite.

4. Remove chicken thighs from soup. Remove from bone and shred the chicken meat. Return chicken to pot and season with salt and pepper. Serve with torn flat leaf parsley

Pablo & Rusty’s, Sydney

Pablo & Rusty's Sydney

House Blend - $12.00 Brown sugar, Milk Chocolate & Red Berries

House Blend – $12.00 Brown sugar, Milk Chocolate & Red Berries

pabloandrustys.com.au

Established in 2004, Pablo and Rusty’s was created by Saxon Wright who thoughtfully dedicated his new business venture to his two brothers in-law, Pablo & Rusty. Since then P& R has grown into a thriving business that is managed by a team who are not only passionate about coffee but also the environment.

Ships to: Australia wide
Postage: Three bags to Perth metro area. Regular post: $16.00 Express post: $26.25
Grind options: No grind options available

La Union Guatemala - $20.00 Caramel, Apple/Grape Acidity and Balanced

La Union Guatemala – $20.00 Caramel, Apple/Grape Acidity and Balanced

What we bought:
Villa Galicia Salvador $16.00 Apricots, Honey Strawberry Jam, Buttery
La Union Guatemala – $20.00 Caramel, Apple/Grape Acidity and Balanced
House Blend – $12.00 Brown sugar, Milk Chocolate & Red Berries

Date we purchased coffee: 16th June 2015
Date we received our coffee: 24th June 2015
Roasted date of coffee:
Villa Galicia Salvador 16th June 2015
La Union Guatemala 16th June 2015
House Blend 15th June 2015

Online Store:

Villa Galicia Salvador $16.00 Apricots, Honey Strawberry Jam, Buttery

Villa Galicia Salvador $16.00 Apricots, Honey Strawberry Jam, Buttery

Mobile Phone Friendly
Beautifully designed layout that’s easy to use. Each blend/ single origin has detailed information including tasting notes. We had a little trouble at check out because the PayPal payment option was down. Emailed the customer service team and they got back to me that same day. I ended paying for my goods over the phone. Also, we originally wanted Mogola Honduras but they said they weren’t roasting that single origin for another week and offered us another origin to try instead.

Our favourite pick:
Villa Galicia Salvador $16.00 Apricots, Honey Strawberry Jam, Buttery. This single origin was hands my favourite of them all. It’s well balanced, deliciously sweet with hints of berry.

Use this roaster again?
Yes we would. We would like to try their other blends/single origins and also get some more of their delicious Villa Galicia Salvador!

Dukes Coffee Roasters, Melbourne

Dukes Coffee Roasters, Melbourne

dukescoffee.com.au

With a strong focus on environmental and social sustainability together with a tenacious passion for producing great quality coffee, Dukes Coffee Roasters has earned themselves an excellent reputation amongst Melbourne’s coffee scene. We’ve been big fans of Dukes since our trip to Melbourne earlier this year. We enjoyed the coffee so much that we picked up a few bags to take home. Below is quick review on our experience using Dukes Coffee Roasters.

Dukes at Ross House in Melbourne

Dukes at Ross House in Melbourne

Ships to: Australia wide
Postage: For the 3 bags of beans to Perth metro area $19.40
Grind Options: No grinding options available

Date we purchased our coffee: Friday 12th June 2015
Date we received our coffee: Wednesday 17th June 2015
Roasted date of coffee:  Samuel Calderon Espresso was roasted on 12th June, Ondas Da Mantiqueira Espress & Dukes Espresso Blend was roasted on 15th June.
What we bought: 
Samuel Calderon Espresso $20.00 300g – Bright, sweet, chocolatey
Ondas Da Mantiqueira Espress0 $20.00 300g – Sugar-sweet with almond, milk chocolate and shortbread notes. Soft, red apple acidity and a long finish
Dukes Espresso Blend $14.00 300g – Balanced, full bodied and complex, vibrant, red apple, caramel, milk chocolate and cherry

Ondas Da Mantiqueira Espress0 $20.00 300g

Ondas Da Mantiqueira Espress0 $20.00 300g

Online store: 
Mobile phone friendly
Clean minimal layout and easy to use. The online store provides info on each of the blends/single origins, tasting notes and technical details such as processing, harvest, region, they even included which roasting equipment their used!

Our favourite pick: Our favourite was their Dukes Espresso Blend $14.00 300g Balanced, full bodied and complex, vibrant, red apple, caramel, milk chocolate and cherry. This full bodied blend held up perfectly in milk coffee beverages such as lattes and flat whites. I thought this blend had a little richness to it as well which I absolutely loved.

Use this roaster again? Yes we would. The coffee that we got was delicious and we were really happy with how quick the shipping was (purchased on Friday and received our beans on Wednesday!)

You Plate It

You Plate It

A while back Anthony entered an Instagram competition and was lucky enough to win an opportunity to try ‘You Plate It’ for the first time! You Plate It is a food home delivery service that was created by Perth mates Mark & Paul. They wanted to offer an affordable food service that takes the time and hard work out of preparing good healthy meals for people that don’t have the time. The team at You Plate It creates the recipes, sources and measures out the produce, then nicely boxes it all up and delivers it straight to your door. Our prize, was the Couples box (Meals for two people for 4 nights per week) for a total of 4 weeks.

Having never used a service like this before, both Anthony and I didn’t know what to expect. Opening up our very first box we were excited to see beautiful fresh produce, ingredients with brand names we recognise and meat from a local gourmet butcher. Each recipes ingredients are bundled together in a biodegradable bag so you can easily pack it away in your fridge and pull it out when you need it.  We were supplied with easy to use recipes for the four days. Anthony and I were definitely impressed with the level of thought that went into these boxes.

You Plate It online

The good thing about You Plate It was that we got to choose our meals each week. We loved the variety of cuisines you can choose from. Anthony the resident cook also picked up a few tips along the way! During the four weeks we tried a LOT of delicious You Plate It meals. Below is our top 5 favourite dishes, in no particular order!

Overall our experience with You Plate It was excellent and we’d like to thank both Paul and Mark for the awesome instacomp! We would definitely use You Plate it again, not only because we know that You  Plate It provides good quality food but because it is really affordable too at $12.38 per meal, that seems good value for us!