Chiasso Coffee Roasters review

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Chiasso Coffee Roasters is named after a small town on the Swiss-Italian border. It is Italian for ‘create an uproar’.

We tasted two different types of single origin beans from Chiasso Coffee Roasters.

The first single-origin bean was Colombian Pitalito, which had a heavy body, rich flavour, and finely balanced acidity. Pitalito is a southern region of Colombia.

The second single-origin was Ethiopian Yirgecheffe, which had light, fragrant and fruity flavours. It is a handmade coffee processed carefully by the traditional drying method. It’s an excellent choice for those who want a traditional organically grown coffee.

Andrew from Chiasso Coffee Roasters says “We offer the left-over grounds and ex-roasting chaff to a local nursery and my mother-in-law but we still have some left over which goes on our garden at home. We also re-use cardboard boxes from a couple of local businesses to send our coffee to our wholesale customers.”

Chiasso Coffee roast fresh in Capalaba, Brisbane following the Italian tradition.

Chiasso Coffee is available to buy online.

Guest post written by Bean Brewding

Design your own chocolate with Chocolab

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Who doesn’t love chocolate?

Well imagine being able to create the chocolate bar of your dreams. It’s true, you can do it with Chocolab! You really can be just like Willy Wonka.

To start with you select the type of Belguim chocolate base you want to use – milk, white or dark. Then you can select from hundreds of ingredients to create your own unique personalised bar. You can create your decadent chocolate bar with up to five ingredients like spices, fruit, biscuits, nuts and all your favourite sweets from childhood.

I went with a dark chocolate base, and added cinnamon, passionfruit powder, Ovalteenies, raspberries, and candied orange peel.

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My customised chocolate bar arrived in the post and I couldn’t wait to try it.

It was super delicious. The chocolate was first class and smooth. I was happy with my selection – the flavours married together well.

You could create a chocolate bar for Mother’s day, give them out as Wedding favours, or simply buy one for yourself.

Design your own chocolate and have it delivered direct to your door by express post. Head over to  www.chocolab.com.au and create the bar of your dreams.

Well and Good Muffins: Product review

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Well and Good are an allergy aware company which makes a number of products which are free from gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. I decided to road test their muffin mix.

It was easy to use and all you needed to add was some water, two eggs and some oil of your choice. I added some frozen blueberries for flavour, but you could use raisins, chocolate chips or another chopped fruit.

The muffins were easy to mix up and put into a medium muffin tray with liners. The muffins tasted divine just out of the oven and were still good a few days afterwards. There is an option on the box to make gluten free waffles.

Highly recommended.

 

 

Product review: Spiral’s sugo

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Spiral Foods has an exciting range of Mediterranean-inspired sugos. They come in three flavours: Basil and garlic, Primavera Sugo and Arrabbiata Sugo.

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We tried the sugo successfully tossed through pasta, and added to a lamb casserole and also in a chicken caccitatore. You could also use the sugo instead of tin of tomatoes in a recipe.

The best thing about these sugos are that they are certified gluten-free and sugar-free. What I really like about these products is there are only natural real ingredients listed on the bottle, and there are no strange unpronounceable nasties.

All three sugos are a delicious combination of flavours and would be a handy addition to your kitchen.

Available from the Spiral Foods website.

Thank you, Spiral Foods for allowing me to trial these products. 

Taste test: Spiral’s dip and toss oils

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Spiral Foods has an exciting range of Mediterranean inspired dip and toss oils, made from 100% extra virgin olive oil. They come in three flavours:

  • sundried tomato and basil which was great in a greek salad (below)
  • rosemary and roasted garlic which was a perfect match for cold lamb and roasted vegetables salad
  • and basil and Parmesan which turned a simple potato salad into something special.

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You could also use the oils for dipping bread in, or tossing through pasta for a quick and easy dinner. The best thing about these oils are that they are certified gluten-free and sugar free. What I really like about these products is there’s only natural real ingredients listed on the bottle, and there are no strange unpronounceable nasties.

All three flavours are balanced well and would make a delicious addition to your kitchen. They come in an attractive slim bottle, and would make a nice gift idea paired with packet of fancy pasta.

Available from the Spiral Foods website.

Thank you Spiral Foods for allowing me to trial these products. 

Just Fair Coffee and Mundial Coffee review

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I was keen to try Griffiths Coffee after I found out that not only was it organic but fair trade as well. You can trace the journey of the beans by typing in the code found on every Just Fair Coffee can.

Just Fair Coffee is a smooth and dark coffee made from 100% Arabica coffee beans from Honduras and Peru. The coffee is rich and full-bodied with a smooth nutty cocoa taste and sweet honey undertone. It is best for espresso, if you like dark Italian coffee and has a nice crema.

We tried the whole beans, but it also comes pre-ground. There is also a decaffeinated blend available that comes from Peru, and has a nutty flavour with a clear citrus aftertaste.

For a limited time, Griffiths Coffee has created the Mundial 14 blend using coffee beans from countries in the 2014 World Cup including Brazil. I enjoyed my cuppa while watching the football early in the morning.

Just Fair Coffee is the only Fairtrade organic coffee on the Australian market that comes in a reusable and fully recyclable can.

Available from independent supermarkets and delis and direct from Griffiths Coffee.

Thank you to Griffiths Coffee for providing samples.

Willie Smiths, dcider and Batlow cider review

Despite the drizzly rain, we decided to spend our Saturday at the Pig and Whistle’s Fluid Festival. I tried three new exciting ciders I’d like to share with you:

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Willie Smiths Organic apple cider is made from 100% organic apples grown on the farm at Grove in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. It is Australian’s first certified organic Cidery. It had a nice cloudy and pronounced apple taste. I liked it!

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Next I tried the dcider with its distinctive pink labelling. The company is barely a year old and is already winning fans. It’s made with no added sugar and not from concentrate. It has a clean apple taste and is not overly sweet.

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Batlow Premium Cider is the all round good guy of ciders, with 3 and half freshly crushed batlow apples in each bottle and no added sugar. It was very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall three great new ciders to add to my favourites list.

Goat Pie Guy Review

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We have tried Goat Pie Guy pies once before, but we demolished them for breakfast one day at the Mitchelton Farmers markets. I didn’t realise how good they would be. When we spotted them today at the Eagle Farm Markets we knew we had to get some cold to have later for lunch.

Deluxe goat pie review

I choose the Deluxe Goat Pie, which is their signature pie – rich, tender slow-cooked goat meat, infused with honey and thyme, topped with a port & redcurrant jus. The chunks of meat were delicious and sauce just right. The crust nice and short.

Himalayan goat pie review

George selects the Himalayan Goat Pie, which has tender slow cooked goat meat in a rich Nepalese curry with ginger, tomatoes and fragrant spices. He said there were generous chucks of meat and a perfect balance of chilli. A convenient way to eat a really good dry-spiced curry.

The Goat Pie Guy uses Boer goat meat and there’s a talent to cooking goat so it stays nice and tender. Look out for Goat Pie Guy at your local markets.

Highly recommended.

Top ten food experiences to have in Brisbane

After much debate with my husband, we have come up with this list of our top ten food experiences to have in Brisbane:

  1. Award winning Very chocolate gelato from Sugo Mi Gelateria.
  2. Fat Pho Noodles at Fat Noodle
  3. Sustainable fish and chips from Swampdog.
  4. Coffee at Cup Cafe
  5. Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from Vespa Pizza
  6. Romantic dinner for two at Montrachet
  7. A slice of cake from the Welsh Lady
  8. Three course celebration lunch at Aria Restaurant
  9. A takeaway wrap from Cafe Wrapture
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  10. A selection of chocolates from Mayfield Chocolates

What are your favourite eating experiences in Brisbane? 

The Ultimate List of Top Chocolatiers in the World

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Here’s a list of some of the most famous producers of the world’s finest chocolate. MC means that they have been given the title master chocolatier.

My favourite chocolate is Camille Bloch. We had little squares of the Swiss chocolate as favours at our wedding.

Who is your favourite chocolate producer?

Austria

Belgium

Canada

France

Germany

Italy

Luxembourg

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

The United States of America