It’s national chocolate week!

And we’ve  got aaaaaall the chocolate!!!! All the flavours, healthy and gluten free!

It’s being a sweet sweet week…

Happy chocolate week everyone!

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Top Made in Italy Coffee Equipment

 

Below is the best grinder around, in our opinion.

The new  features make it unique. It could seem complex to some but they made it perfect and simple for you.

-> Coffee doses are calibrated and weighted in the grinder

-> A radio waves based system (ever heard of RFID?) will automatically recognise if you need a single or the double espresso dose. When technology improves our work and saves us time and effort, ah!

 

The best coffee would be ruined by poor grinding. Fiorenzato grinders have micrometric precision and all the sensors you need to focus on the most important thing:  your cup of coffee.

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Proud distributors of Fiorenzato grinders in the UK.

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GOOD FOOD ETC, Glasgow

There are different opinions on what well-being is and what it is healthy.

For us the main contributor to health is food. Good food means good health.

Eating well has also different meanings to different people. In our opinion, it doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding certain kinds of food like pasta or meat. Good food is genuine, artisanal, with no artificial ingredients. Eating well to us is varying the good food you eat everyday.

The key here though is finding the good food. There is the place in Glasgow where you will find the good food everyday, and everyday different and varied, not only in terms of nutrient but also cuisine. East meets West in ETC. One day lunch special could be Italian meatball panini, the next day an authentic Thai dish.

Autentic Thai Green curry in E.T.C. Cafe

Autentic Thai Green curry in E.T.C. Cafe

You will find food that you might have not tasted before (have you tried their Sicilian arancini? Yum), and enjoy some familiar food: everything made with selected ingredients, fresh every day.

They even make their sausages! From the oil to the flour to the butter to the cheese; from A to Z, everything is the best quality and expressed at its best with great cooking.

The variety of cakes is superb, with some fixed choices like brownies, caramel shortcake or almond and blueberry cake, and some maybe especially baked for the day.

For those looking for gluten free treats, they often make gluten free or vegan cakes, and their hot chocolate is also gluten free in a classic, chilli or amaretto flavour.

Whatever good food means to you, We are pretty sure you will find it in E.T.C. Cafe.

Superb variety of cakes in E.T.C. cafe.

Superb variety of cakes in E.T.C. cafe. Homemade, fresh, everyday.

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Almond and blueberry cake in E.T.C. Cafe

No tricks no frills, just GOOD FOOD.

Thank you.

To make it even better, you can get some of that for home. Handmade croissants and bread (like you’ve never had before *.*), Danish pastries, donuts, ETC!

 

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You can also have a great cake made for your celebrations. Check out E.T.C. Cafe facebook page for some photos, they look amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Italian Aperitivo lands in Edinburgh!

Aperitivo is not just having a drink before dinner.

Actually the real Italian aperitivo includes a generous buffet table and a good amount of chatting with friends and new people.

Aperitivo is having a drink and food before having more food and maybe a glass of wine- ah, the Italians! – but in a casual way, sometimes just after work before we go home for dinner, to catch up with friends and meet new ones.

For us – coming from Lombardy, region of Italy, where aperitivo is a big thing, to end (or start, or break) the week in a relaxed hence buzzy athmosphere, with a choice of food and a good drink – this is great news!

We miss aperitivo and are excited that Ristorante Isola (check out their Facebook page) is bringing Italian Aperitivo in Scotland.

Ristorante Isola–   85-87 Newington Road, EH91QW Edinburgh

We have already been delighted by the sublime dishes served in this Edinburgh little gem, with Sardinian specialities (unique in Edinburgh) using the freshest ingredients, everything prepared fresh. We would recommend this place every day and for any occasion.

If you haven’t been yet then don’t miss this wonderful deal and have a taste and feel of Ristorante Isola tomorrow night – Sunday 1st of May 2016 –  at 6.30 pm

More details here !!!

See you there

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Are you drinking coffee that is “TOO FRESH”?

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There seems to be a urge now to get the freshest coffee, and a general belief that coffee roasted in the UK is going to be fresher than coffee roasted abroad.

 

Truth is that coffee beans need to rest for a few days after being roasted. The number of days will change depending on a number of factors, but at least 2-3 days are a must.

Espresso roasts then tends to need a few more days to develop aromas at their best.

Grinding coffee beans straight after roasting is a no-no. Besides the fact that they are soft so not the best to grind, beans need to release CO2, which gives coffee a very acidic taste.

That is why coffee should be packed in bag with one-way valve, to let Carbon Dioxide escape. Exactly like the ones we supply.

 

Maybe next time you taste coffee that is rather acidic, ask yourself if you are drinking coffee that is “too fresh”.

Of course, storage is also a very important factor. If stored correctly coffee beans will retain aromas for a good amount of time.

We hear that some people in the UK store their coffee in the fridge, thinking it will maintain it fresh for longer. That is the worst place you could store your coffee in! Humidity and changes in temperature allows condensation to develop, which in turn deteriorates coffee, spoiling the taste. Not only that, coffee will absorb all the smells coming from the rest of the food in your fridge. Coffee in fact works as a deodoriser (You can have a nice wee pack of ground coffee in your car!).

Can you imagine drinking coffee that actually tastes of blue cheese or seafood???

 

These are just a couple of guidelines to ensuring you have the best cup of coffee.

If having coffee with milk, follow the milk temperature rule. Over 70 degrees centigrade milk proteins coagulate, making the milk taste sour and burnt. The ideal temperature is 55-60 degrees. The combination of acidic coffee and sour milk is tragedy. Next time you order a cappuccino (ideally 25ml of coffee, 100ml of steamed milk), remember the 60 degrees rule. Taste the difference, taste the coffee! (Hopefully one that is not too fresh).

 

Glasgow just got smoky hot

DSC_1006-01In a city full of burger places like Glasgow, we are delighted that this new place has just given us our favourite yet.

Yes. Roaster’s Deli. And that’s not all.

Roaster’s Deli serves delicious burgers, but wait till you try one of their sandwiches, filled with in-house smoked meat. The Beef Dip is surely one you should do yourself the favour to taste.

To complete the picture, friendly smiling staff.

Have we made you curious enough?

For us it’s the perfect combination of wonderful food served with a smile. And it’s easily reachable!
I mean you can get there by train, by subway or by car, there is parking.

You have no excuse.

There’s a photograph of our Louisiana Bayou. Check out their Facebook page

Oh, and try the coffee!!!

Let us know what you think.

We thought “Yum”.

Unique Italian Flavours

Get in touch today to try our unique selection of Venetian Artisan Coffee Caffe’ del Doge and exclusive Italian hot chocolate in a range of flavours and as thick or light as you want it. Looking real good served in our set of cups and glasses…

As we say in Italy, class is no water. 
Need or want to change your coffee machine but don’t have much money to invest? Just one more reason to contact us and find out what we can do for you!