15 Dec 2015 10:29:06
Christmas has come around quicker than ever and at A1 Coffee we are feeling very festive! That’s why we have put together our list of the best festive drinks made using our vast range of cocktail syrups.....
It might be freezing outside, but warm yourself up with this festive cocktail. Simple shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice.
50ml of Monin blue curacao syrup
100ml chocolate liqueur
50ml crème de menthe
If you’re a fan of the chocolate orange, this cocktail perfect for you!
Grated dark chocolate (for decoration)
100ml crème de cacao
60ml Monin orange syrup
Wet the rims of 4 coupe glasses and dip in the dark chocolate. Add vodka, crème de cacao and Monin orange syrup to cocktail shake, shake, pour into decorated glasses and enjoy!
If you love candy canes, this little red and green layered shot is the one for you.
1 part Monin grenadine syrup
1 part crème de menthe
1 part peppermint schnapps
Pour grenadine to about 1/3 of your shot glass. Carefully layer equal parts of the creme de menthe, then the peppermint schnapps.
Don’t think we’ve forgotten about the kids and those of you who prefer a soft drink – this festively named mocktail is refreshing and so Christmassy.
100ml Monin orange curacao
150ml Monin cinnamon syrup
600ml cranberry juice
Heat the cranberry juice until warm (not too hot!) and pour over remaining ingredients – stir and enjoy your Red Rudolph!
With our huge range of flavoured syrups there’s no drink you can’t make! Get creative with your drinks this Christmas and explore our range of cocktail syrups – we have something everyone will love.
A1 Coffee wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
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9 Dec 2015 14:31:44
This year, A1 Coffee is striving to bring all of our favourite recipes, tips and tricks to you for Christmas. Stocking new products and more flavours than ever, we have some very big ideas to share with you!
Egg Nog Latte:
Starting off with a plain and simple Latte, add one shot of syrup (from our range of Egg Nog syrups) and stir into the Espresso until dissolved. Add the steamed milk, garnish with squirty cream, and select the topping of your choice from our massive range.
Not only does this recipe work with Egg Nog, but it also works wonders with many other flavours. Our top sellers this Christmas include Christmas Pudding, Tiramisu (Starbucks’ winter favourite), Gingerbread and many, many more!
Orange Hot Chocolate:
For this recipe you are going to need a rich Hot Chocolate (preferably dark, but milk works) and a shot of Monin Orange Curacao syrup. Add the shot of syrup and mix well. Just like the Egg Nog Latte, garnish with lots of whipped cream and toppings of your choice.
Other flavours that work magic in Hot Chocolates include Salted Caramel (very popular this year), Peppermint, Chocolate Cookie and more!
Zuma Gold Dust is an amazing new topping that will fast become one of your favourites. Ideal for adding to your frothy coffees and Hot Chocolate to create something truly special, it adds a regal touch that will really grab your attention. As well as adding a delicious layer of chocolate, the speckled gold colours shimmer on the top of your drink - try using a dusting of this with a coffee stencil for a seriously professional presentation. Or you can be adventurous by mixing it into your Hot Chocolate powder before you mix it with water, to give you a gold shimmer throughout your drink!
Spiced Christmas coffee:
180ml chilled whipping cream
235g freshly ground coffee
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
5 teaspoons ground cardamom
1.5 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon brandy
Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream into soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar and brandy and beat into the peaks. Place the ground coffee, sugar, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon into a coffee filter, then mix gently with a spoon. Add water to the coffee machine and brew according to manufacturer’s instructions. Divide the coffee amongst 8 cups. Finally, garnish with cream and serve immediately.
We also stock a massive range of stencils for both commercial and personal use. We stock stencils for occasions including Halloween and Christmas, as well as stencils with messages to be used all year round. Our Christmas range includes pictures such as Christmas Trees and Snowmen, and messages including “Happy Xmas” and many more!
Or if you are looking for a cheeky after dinner beverage, then why not try our coffee on the rocks recipe? (Warning! – strictly for adults!)
All you will need is a fresh jug of filter coffee that has been allowed to cool, a bottle of vanilla vodka and a bottle of Baileys. Freeze the coffee in ice cube trays overnight, then the next day when you are ready to serve, place 4 coffee ice cubes into a glass, along with 2 shots of vodka then top up the glass with Baileys!
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30 Oct 2015 16:54:42
Coffee Catering Supplies.
Where do I get them from?
We’ve got the whole range, and we’re proud to say we’ve been helping caterers with their coffee needs for many years, and we struggle to think of a time where we’ve had to turn around and say “why no, I don’t think we can supply that.” From sugar, syrups, disposable cups and vending machine products to simply coffee, we’ve got it all.
Catering can be hard at the best of times, whether you’re working in one location or moving around, you’ve never sure whose going to walk through the door next and ask if you have “amaretto flavoured Monin syrup” or “is that served in an insulated coffee cup” Customers like to be unpredictable!
Well we have all the coffee catering supplies you could possibly need right here.
Explore our entire range today, and start discovering why caterers love A1 Coffee!
27 Oct 2015 16:10:52
Cocktail syrups are a great way of giving your cocktails a refresh, and an exciting way to explore brand new flavours! We’ve put together some of our favourite cocktail syrups and what you can do with them to spice up your cocktails during the colder months.
Where can I buy cocktail syrups?
Here at A1 Coffee we have a whole range of cocktail syrups to suit all taste buds!
Something to spice up your Halloween night! Blood Orange syrup, sounds like it was made for that party you’re planning, or as a one of special in your restaurant. You can even take a best-selling cocktail and using the blood orange syrup make it a Halloween special! Just one of the ways to use our cocktail syrups
The perfect autumnal flavour, and what’s even better, is it works with so many other flavours too. Subtle and perfect for this time of year.
Toasting marshmallows requires fire, sticks and some preparation! However with this wonderful flavour, cocktails have never been more convenient or tastier!
The modern day Christmas tradition! Love your cocktails but want to get in the festive mood too? Well this eggnog syrup will help you get the best of both worlds!
27 Oct 2015 14:50:33
If there’s a Barista tool that most professionals will say they couldn’t live without it’s the Portafilter.
It often blends into the ever impressive espresso machine without making too much of a fuss, however this tool, is the secret to your perfect coffee, and has loads of elements. All of which make up the perfect barista tool.
This is why at A1 coffee we stock the full range of Portafilter parts, so you’ll never need to panic if you’re in search of one!
What is a Portafilter?
A Portafilter is a tool made of metal, with a rubber handle. This tool composes of a basket, spout and a handle. You place a puck of coffee in the basket, attach to a coffee machine to create a seal, then water is pumped through to create a wonderful coffee!
23 Oct 2015 16:50:39
Vending Machine Drinks
Here at A1 Coffee, we stock a whole range of vending machine drinks, from the energy boosting coffee, to the heart-warming hot chocolate, making sure offices and cafes are always in full supply of everyone’s favourite hot drinks!
The Unsung Hero of the Office!
Vending Machine Hot Chocolate
Vending Machine Coffee
Sitting quietly out of the way, it rarely makes a fuss and listens every single day to the office gossip too.
It probably knows more about the new HR team member than anyone else does & what Keith got up to at the weekend… Not only that, it’s provided you and your team with a Monday morning coffee boost, the mid-day caffeine cravings, the attack of the sweet tooth, and even helped you get through the cold winter mornings.
The drinks vending machine in the office gets a tough time, but we’re fans here at A1 Coffee.
Although we don’t like to brag, the drinks vending machine is very often filled with speciality vending machine hot chocolate and vending machine coffee direct from us! To the point, actually, maybe we take it all back, we’re the unsung hero of your office, or we’re at least going to take some credit for it.
The vending machine wouldn’t be as wonderful without our speciality vending machine hot chocolate or vending machine coffee, so, we may not know what Keith got up to at the weekend, but we’re the reason why you’ll never have to worry about where the team are going to get the next caffeine fix from. You can take a look at our speciality vending machine hot chocolate and vending machine coffee here…
We supply a whole range - From Galaxy Vending Machine Hot Chocolate to Nescafe Vending Machine Coffee
22 Oct 2015 15:39:11
3 Ways Coffee will improve your day...
The fitness fanatic: Coffee can (apparently) improve your workout! Meaning you can work out for longer and with a greater effect. Plus, if you’re brave enough to have simply black coffee, it’s a super low calorie energy boost too.
A1 Coffee recommendation: We supply Monin Sugar free syrups. So for those who are looking to buy coffee supplies with an extra kick, but are dealing with some super fitness fanatics, you can add in flavour without adding in sugar!
The non-morning person: Of course, we all know someone, or in fact you may have 100’s of customers that rely on a cup of coffee in the morning, and with it’s powerful energy boost what else can you ask for.
A1 Coffee Recommendation: Our Takeaway cups are perfect if you’re serving customers that are in a rush (a sleepy one) to get to the office!
The one with the sweet-tooth: Coffee has become an art! We love all the different recipes and ideas that come with being a coffee supplier, from wonderful Sweetbird syrups to supplying vending machines with a range of different hot drinks and coffees. We have a whole range of drink supplies that will help satisfy those with a sweet tooth!
A1 Coffee Recommendation: Have a read through our blog, to discover our syrups and vending machine coffees. Explore our range of syrups too!
25 Aug 2015 10:38:08
Summer isn't over yet, so it's time to make the most of the sun and enjoy a long, iced drink at the same time. We have noticed a big increase in the popularity of frappe drinks with our customers this year, so if you aren't already making them, here is our quick guide to get you started.
What is a frappe?
A frappe is an iced beverage that has been blended, shaken or beaten to create a foam consistency amongst the drink, which is then served cold, and often topped with whipped cream and toppings.
It’s up to you whether you add ice before or after beating the coffee, and additives such as sugar, syrups, sauces and flavourings can be used to customise your drink.
What’s the difference?
The difference between a frappe and any other iced drink is that frappes are blended for a lot longer, till the ice is blended properly and a substantial foam has been made. Sometimes frappes are made in a cocktail shaker, in which case crushed ice can be added into the shaker, or whole ice once you’ve finished shaking. Another difference is that smoothies or iced cappuccinos are only blended to the preferred ice consistency, regardless of the foam content. Since the blending process for iced and frappe cappuccinos is very similar, it is quite often very difficult to see or know the difference between them.
Do I need any equipment?
To make a frappe, you will ideally use a professional blender, as they will have a more powerful motor and larger, sharper blades. You will need a blender that is capable of shaving the ice, blenders such as those made by Blendtec. Blendtec blenders are very modern, professional and affordable, and can vary up to 42 different blend cycles from one blender. If you don't have such a blender, don't worry - so long as your machine can blend ice, then you're OK.
Our most popular blender is the Blendtec Q series smoother which features 30 pre-programmed blend cycles.
What products do I need to make one?
Here at A1 Coffee, we do everything we can think of to make life easy, so we stock frappe powders and liquids that are super quick to make. With the powders, all you have to do is put some ice, milk and some powder into the blender, then simply blend to your preferred consistency. We have recently started stocking pre-mixed liquid frappes in cartons, and these have proved to be a hit with customers who either don't want to make their own frappes, or who don't have a blender. You just pour these over a glass full of ice cubes!
How to serve it (what cup? what straw?)
Frappes can be served in a variety of ways, from long tall glasses, to clear plastic cups and even mugs. It’s all about personal preference and what aesthetic you are going for. Generally speaking, they are served in tall, heavy milkshake glasses, seeing as they are similar to milkshakes. If you are serving them with a straw, use a thick smoothie straw or similar, as there will still be small pieces of ice in the drink.
How do you actually make it?
The most popular DIY way of making a frappe at the moment simply consists of putting 1 cup of black coffee, 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of ice into a blender, then all you have to do is blend until nearly smooth and sweeten as desired.
However, if you are going to use a powder, such as Simply Coffee Frappe Powder then you will need to fill a cup with ice cubes, then pour milk into the same cup until the ice cubes are covered. Place the contents of that cup into a blender with 1 scoop of this powder and blend until crushed.
What flavours are available?
Frappes are just like milkshakes, they are whatever flavour you want them to be! At A1 Coffee we do stock a variety of flavours such as coffee, vanilla, chocolate etc. But if you want to be a little more adventurous, you can always have a look at our massive range of flavouring syrups, and simply choose the one you like the sound of. The most popular flavours of frappes currently are caramel, coffee and vanilla.
If you really want to stand out from the crowd, use the excellent Kool Kup Neutral Frappe Powder - this gives you the frappe blend but without a flavour, allowing you to use flavouring syrups to create whatever you like. We currently stock 350 different flavours of syrup, and as you can blend more than one flavour together (eg, vanilla and cherry), there really is no end to how creative you can be.
18 Aug 2015 12:44:28
New Range of Barista Equipment
We are pleased to say that A1 Coffee now stocks a new range of products. One of these products includes a variety of coffee tampers, one being the Luce tamper. The Luce is an inexpensive, alternative tamper that is making a name for itself on the current market. One of its main features includes it being extremely lightweight, weighing only 175 grams. Not only is it lightweight, but the handles are interchangeable, meaning you can match the colour of your tamper to the colour of the room you’re in, or just have a different colour for every day of the week!
Available colours include black, brown, red, green, blue and pink. The Luce tamper is available in 3 different base sizes, 53mm, 57mm and 58mm, and every size base has a very slight convex to it just to give that little extra when using it! This tamper is not only perfect for professional use, being inexpensive and classy, but it also makes a perfect gift for coffee lovers! Why not buy it for them in their favourite colour?
How to use a coffee tamper:
When using a tamper, keep a straight wrist. This will promote maximum tamping control. Turn your hip toward the counter and point your elbow up in the air to form a right angle. You will need to hold the tamper as if it was a doorknob. Still holding the tamper, use it to feel the height difference between the top edge of the tamper and the portafilter basket.
Feel all the way round to check the height is even on all sides. Bend down and have a look, making sure the tamper is resting evenly on the grounds. If the tamper is uneven then that means the coffee grounds are unevenly compacted, resulting in an inconsistent extraction. Extreme force isn’t required to pack your espresso, and repeatedly doing so may cause long term, repetitive stress injury (RSI). Baristas use to be trained to use between 30-50 psi, however recently, many baristas believe tamping pressure is overrated. Tamp lightly to ensure that the coffee grounds are level in the portafilter, then lift the tamper and go in for a firm and even tamp. Now comes time to polish. Some people do it, other don’t. It all comes down to personal preference. Polishing is where the tamper is twisted on top of the coffee. People do this to normalise a thin layer of coffee on the surface. Now you are ready to brew!
Other new products:
We also stock the Presso range, which like the Luce features interchangeable handles. But because it is priced higher, the quality of the product is better. Being made from higher class materials, the Presso tamper also weighs a little bit more.
Check our range of products now to make sure you don’t miss out on any great deals!
Even more new products?
We have also now expanded our range of frothing jugs – introducing bright new colours, etchings and different coatings.
In our range of etched jugs you can buy ones with either skinny, full fat, chocolate or soya etched down the side of the jug. This jug is made out of stainless steel and has a very professional look about it.
Our new Teflon coated jugs come in black, red, green and blue. These jugs are super easy to clean as they have a non stick coating. With the different coloured jugs you can easily colour them to suit your needs. Not only are they great for professional use but they also make the perfect jug for home use, as you can match it to the colour of your kitchen, coffee machine etc.
Take a look at our wide range online today.
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