Jamaican Coffee Brownies with Pecans Recipe

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The famous coffee flavors both the brownies and their ganache topping.

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is prized for its bold, clean flavor, but good espresso beans and strong brewed espresso work well, too.

ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 15 tablespoons (2 sticks minus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons freshly brewed Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  • 30 thin strips crystallized ginger

preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch metal pan with nonstick spray. Combine sugar, butter, cocoa, ground coffee, and salt in large metal bowl. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water and whisk until butter melts and ingredients are blended (texture will be grainy). Remove bowl from over water; cool mixture to lukewarm if necessary. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour over and fold in. Mix in pecans.

Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool brownies in pan.

Place chocolate chips in small bowl. Bring brewed coffee to simmer in small saucepan; pour over chips and stir until melted and smooth. Let ganache stand until cool and beginning to thicken, about 1 hour; spread evenly over brownies. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature.) Cut brownies into 15 squares. Top each with 2 ginger strips.

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Why Illy will never sell fair trade coffee

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Originally posted on Quartz:

Illycaffè says its coffee doesn’t mix with fair trade.

Andrea Illy, the company’s chairman and CEO, told Quartz that while he endorses higher wages for growers, you won’t be seeing any “Fairtrade certified” Illy coffee. At the opening of the first Illy café in London yesterday, he offered two reasons why:

1. Fair trade products are interchangeable

People buy fair trade products as a way of showing “solidarity” with coffee bean farmers, Illy said—”to pay more for a product than it is worth on the market for the sake of fighting against poverty.”

Illy says that’s unsustainable: “They drink fair trade products occasionally for the sake of feeling right, not necessarily regularly.” And even if people continue to buy fair trade products, he said, they’re more apt to switch brands.

2. Fair trade doesn’t improve quality

“Once upon a time, we were buying one [coffee] lot out of ten,” Illy…

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Amical

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Amical Coffee

Star Street in Wan Chai is the raising star these years for delicate restaurants, behind this street, there is an alley called Sun Street, and there you will find a gem on the 1/F of an inconspicuous building. There it is, Amical Coffee.

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It was really quiet on a Friday afternoon, which I think I just found another workplace. There are quite a lot of choices on coffee and I ordered Mocha and Espresso Macchiato on that day, and I continued to explore the coffee shop. Besides espresso drinks, they also have all kind of filtered coffee including French Press and Siphon. When I finished looking at the menu, I noticed a huge unique painting on one of the walls, which seems like a old style coffee machine.

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There aren’t many seats but they have a lovely balcony, though you may not have a pleasant view but at least you’re not sitting next to busy streets smelling gas from cars.

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Espresso Macchiato

And here it comes the espresso macchiato. Bitter but rich, mouthful of aroma and after taste, I prefer just a tad more foam for it.

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The Mocha

Sweet, too sweet. What a great contrast after the espresso. I don’t drink mocha much but I can still tell mocha lover will love it, because it doesn’t taste like artificial cocoa syrup.

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I will definitely come back and try other kind of coffee. Note that they are closed on Thursday

ADDRESS:
1/F, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai
灣仔日街1號1樓
5489 5330

10 Uses for Used Coffee Grounds

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1. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

2. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

3. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. The little buggers will move on or stay away. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

4. Dye. By steeping grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, paper and even Easter eggs.

5. Furniture scratch cover-up. Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip.

6. Cleaning product. As they’re slightly abrasive, grounds can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant objects.

7. Kitty repellent. To keep kitty from using the garden as her personal powder room, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.

8. Boost your carrot harvest. Mixing fresh grounds with the tiny seeds makes them easier to sow and may repel root maggots and other wee beasties.

9. Dust inhibitor. Before you clean out the fireplace, toss wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the ash dust under control.

10. Cellulite reducer. I kid you not.  We’re supposed to mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then, while standing over an old towel or newspaper, we’re to apply the mixture to our “problem areas”. Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off our skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. A little weird to be sure, but as high priced cellulite creams actually have coffee in them, it just might work.

source: curbly.com