Homemade Espresso Powder

Used in a lot of baking recipes (cakes, brownies and frosting) as well as sauces, espresso powder is incredibly easy to make. We even use it for a delicious Espresso Custard to fill donuts.

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1 cup dark roasted whole coffee/espresso beans

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F

Place whole beans* on an unlined baking sheet, spread evenly

Bake in oven for about 1 hour, until they are lightly toasted and dried.

Remove from oven and allow to cool

Grind into a fine powder using espresso (fine) grind setting on your Grind Select.

 

*Alternately, you can grind beans prior to placing in the oven, then regrind again for a finer, powder consistency. Just be careful the grinds do not burn during the baking process.

A Classic Breakfast: Coffee and Donuts

Coffee and donuts are a classic morning breakfast that so many of us crave. In fact, that craving is universal, and based in science. Researchers have found that the combination of the caffeine and glucose help rev up the brain, increasing attention and memory.

These sweet, Espresso Custard-Filled Donuts, paired with a rich White Chocolate Hazelnut Café au lait, using oat milk, make for a simple, yet satisfying, breakfast combination, perfect to get you started in the morning.

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Espresso Custard-Filled Donuts

Donuts:

2-1/2 tsp active dry yeast

2/3 cup whole milk

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp salt

3 eggs

7 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

For the coating, 1 cup granulated sugar

For frying, canola oil

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the dough hook (you can also prepare by mixing by hand), combine yeast and milk, and allow yeast to dissolve. Add flour, sugar, salt and eggs to yeast/milk mixture, and mix on low speed until the dough begins to come together, approximately 3 minutes.

Add butter, 1-2 Tbsp at a time, mixing after each addition, until butter is incorporated into dough. Once combined, and dough is soft, wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. You can leave it in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Once chilled, remove from refrigerator. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper lightly oiled with cooking spray, or butter, the set aside. Place the dough on a floured work surface and gently roll the dough into a 12” square, about ½” thick. Cut the dough into 9 pieces using a 3-1/2” round cutter. Transfer dough to baking sheet and cover with a lightly oiled piece of plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place until they have doubled in height, about 2-3 hours.

When ready, over medium-high heat, heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan with oil, around 3” deep, until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with paper towels, or place a wire rack on the sheet, for draining.

Working with 2-3 donuts at a time, place them in hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Carefully turn donuts over and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Use a slotted spoon to remove, place donuts on the lined baking sheet. Continue with the remaining dough.

Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dredge them in the sugar and evenly coat. Return donuts to baking sheet to allow to cool for 30 minutes before filling.

While donuts are cooling, prepare the Espresso Custard filling.

To fill the donuts, poke a hole in the side of each donut, and fill with pastry cream.

Donuts are best the day they are made.

Espresso Custard

2 cups whole milk

¼ cup, plus 1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp freshly ground espresso powder (Get recipe here)

2 large eggs yolks

1 large egg

¼ cup cornstarch

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla

Combine milk, ¼ cup sugar and homemade espresso powder in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together eggs yolks, whole egg, 1/3 cup sugar, and cornstarch.

Once milk begins to boil, remove pot from heat, and ladle a small stream of milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking vigorously to prevent the eggs from curdling. Continue to add more of the milk mixture, whisking, until about half of the milk mixture is incorporated into the eggs. Pour mixture back into sauce pan. Continue to cook whisking constantly, until it begins to thicken and have pudding consistency.

Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla, stirring to incorporate. Place in a heat-safe bowl and cover with plastic (directly on the custard) and refrigerate until mixture has cooled to at least room temperature.

 

 

Capresso EC Select: The One to Select in Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Machines

Capresso_Summer2020-16Compact and stylish, the new Capresso EC Select Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Machine was designed with attention to detail that coffee lovers will appreciate.

It features a 15-bar pump for optimal pressure for rich crema, the thin layer of foam that is the mark of a perfectly brewed espresso.  The portafilter can produce one or two rich, thick crema espressos at a time.

With its unlimited steam output, the EC Select can produce hot frothed milk for cappuccinos and lattes.  The easy-to-use swivel frother allows you to froth directly in a tall glass or a frothing pitcher.

This sophisticated model features a stainless steel lined ThermoBlock heating system and a built-in cup warming platform that keeps cups at the ideal temperature for serving.  The EC Select features a self-locking filter holder with thumb guard for easy cleaning.  The 40-oz. removable water tank comes with an integrated handle on the water tank cover that allows you to remove and carry the tank with ease.  The removable stainless steel drip tray is easy to clean.

With a contemporary design in black with stainless steel accents, the EC Select features indicator lights for “on/off” and “coffee/steam.”  A coffee scoop/tamper is included.

For more information, visit Capresso.com

Sip & Save with Refreshing Iced Tea

A simple idea that can save you more than $1,000 per year – custom brewing your own iced tea at home versus buying it ready-made or at a café.

The Capresso Iced Tea Maker makes it easy to brew a refreshing pitcher of iced tea at the touch of a button, into a beautiful glass pitcher for serving and storing in the fridge.  Flavor enhancer adjusts brew strength from mild to strong, and removable permanent filter accommodates loose tea or tea bags.

How much can you save?  Check out this chart based on the average iced tea drinker who enjoys 2 servings per day:

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Green Plum Iced Tea

We love experimenting with different flavors, and we recently discovered Korean green plum syrup, which adds a mildly sweet and sour tang to our Iced Tea.

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Ingredients:

8-10 tea bags

¼ cup syrup, we like Ottogi-Cooking-Plum-Extract (found in Asian markets or Amazon)

Fill the pitcher with ice. Add a ¼ cup of plum syrup to the pitcher.  Fill the water tank with fresh cold water, and place 8-10 tea bags (or your desired portion of loose tea) to the filter basket. Push the brew button, and allow the tea to brew.

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea goes by many other names including pearl milk tea, or tapioca tea. This sweet tea-based beverage, featuring the distinctive tapioca balls and a foamy layer on top, became a worldwide sensation after emerging as a beverage in Taiwan in the ‘80s. Since then, it has inspired the creation of many different varieties of bubble tea, including those made with Matcha, fresh fruit or jelly, then served, chilled, frothed, blended into smoothies and even hot.

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Here’s our version made in the Capresso Iced Tea Maker:

Ingredients

4 tbsp of loose tea leaves (or 8-10 tea bags)

¼ cup of boba tapioca pearls

Sweetener, to taste (honey, agave, etc.)

Milk, to taste (can use your choice of dairy or non-dairy milk)

Fill the water reservoir of the Ice Tea Maker.  Place tea in the filter basket.  Fill pitcher with ice and insert the pitcher to start brewing.

While the tea is brewing, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop.  Once the water is at a rolling boil, pour in ¼ cup of boba tapioca pearls and cook for five minutes.  Then, drain and rinse the pearls.

 

Now, we’re ready to make the tea:

Place pearls in the bottom of a glass

Add sweetener of choice

Add ice cubes

Pour ice tea, leaving room on top for milk

Add milk

Stir and enjoy!

 

Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon is enjoying a delicious revival.  With its varied flavors and American heritage, it can add something special to a celebration, a party, or a quiet evening at home.  Join in on the revival and start exploring this flavorful whiskey that can be enjoyed straight or on the rocks, or mixed into a flavorful cocktail.

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8 oz Milk

2 tsp Powdered sugar (for a sweeter drink add to taste)

1.5 oz Bourbon (we like Maker’s Mark)

Fresh nutmeg

Firmly snap the frothing disk into the bottom of the froth Select stainless steel pitcher.  Pour milk into pitcher and set the dial to “COLD” froth.  Press the button.  Add powdered sugar and then bourbon.  While frothing, grate in a little fresh nutmeg.   Frother will automatically stop when finished. Pour beverage into chilled glass with an oversized ice cube.

Creative Cocktails with Coffee & Tea

Unleash your creativity by creating cocktails with coffee, tea and more.  Here are some of our favorite tasty drinks to celebrate World Cocktail Day (May 13th) or any day.  Cheers!

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Iced Kahlúa Cappuccino

Frozen Coffee

Frothy Hot Butterscotch Cocktail with Oat Milk

Brazilian Hot Chocolate

Mocha Almond Joy Milkshake

Creamsicle Frothed Cocktail

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Pom Tea Martini

Green Tea Sangria

Green Tea Mojito

Green Tea & Champagne Cocktail

 

Easy Whipped Coffee

Easy Whipped Coffee

Dalgona, or whipped coffee, has quickly become an internet sensation.  Here we share our version of this intoxicatingly sweet coffee foam with the froth Select or any Capresso automatic milk frother. Using your favorite milk or non-dairy milk as a base, you’ll create a beautifully prepared whipped coffee beverage that is definitely social media worthy!

Ingredients

Serves 1

2 oz. espresso

2 tsp sugar

1 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy

Place the brewed espresso and sugar in the froth Select with the frothing disk placed in the bottom of pitcher.  Turn the selector dial to Cold Froth.  Press the selector dial and the frothing will start automatically and illuminate in blue.  When finished, it will stop automatically. Pour on top of your favorite milk or non-dairy milk.