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French Press: Brew With The Best

French Press: Brew With The Best

Keep Calm & Press On

French press is beloved because it can make a delicious, rich, full-bodied, wonderful coffee.

It can also be bitter, full of sediment or sour, if not done well. But with these tips, every pot you press will be delicious! Read on, coffee lover…

Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Rules of Thumb for an Amazing Pour Over

Why do we love the pour over coffee method?

1. it's really easy and quick

2. you can pretty much guarantee a good cup of coffee every time

IF you're looking to brew with the best, we have a few rules of thumb to share. Not only will your coffee breaks be better, but you can show these tips to your friends and prove your coffee cred. 😉

Check out this video and make sure you have your tools ready so you can brew-it-yourself along with Christina!

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

coffee + water + time = magic

One of my hot weather treats is a nice cold coffee.

Different than iced coffee where hot coffee is poured over ice, cold brew coffee is made with room temperature or cool water and time. It is super easy to make and is extremely smooth, rich, flavourful and with zero acidity or bitterness. Another benefit - unlike hot brewed coffee, it stores for a week or more without losing its delicious flavour!

Now that I know how easy it is to mix up a batch, I love that I can make it at home instead of paying $4 a cup in a coffee shop!  Here is the Sparkplug Coffee guide to great-every-time cold brew coffee...

Coffee pairing - double chocolate banana bread

Coffee pairing - double chocolate banana bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate. Bananas. Cocoa. Easy. Delicious.

Pair up this recipe with a mug of our Fuss Studio Blend coffee for a wonderful treat.

We found this recipe at Smitten Kitchen, a great source for recipes that always turn out well. Read on for our version of the recipe (and a link to the original). 

Reboot with a Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Reboot with a Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

Tim’s Reboot

Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Tim Everett: musician, coffee lover, foodie, bon vivant & all-round good guy created the Reboot for Sparkplug Coffee.  One of these will cool you down, perk you up and reboot your spirits. Read on for the recipe. (Hint - it involves Sparkplug Coffee cold brew plus booze. Yum!)

Steel Cut Granola

Most mornings, I start the day with a big mug of coffee (Sparkplug, of course) and a bowl of homemade granola mixed with yogurt and fruit (fresh or dried, depending on my mood and laziness level. Dried is easier and faster.)

I recently bought a giant bag of organic, quick-cooking steel cut oats which led me to wonder how they would work in granola. Some googling and experimenting with a favourite base granola recipe led to this recipe. It's a teeny bit sweeter than my usual recipe but WAY less sweet than grocery store granolas. And is crazy high in fiber, protein and deliciousness.