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Iced Coffee

Shahen Naidoo

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee has always been one of those drinks I used love getting on hot afternoon at a café. It's a perfect caffeine injection on a sunny summer afternoon. It used to feel like the greatest luxury on earth when the barista presented a cup of iced coffee on the counter, and I felt my fingers slide on the condensation on the cup before they retain their grip. Nothing beats that first chill as the liquid meets my throat... and then that involuntary tension release after the first sip. It's the opposite of the warm winter afternoon coffee. 

Here's how to make a really easy iced coffee. This one is deceptively easy to make, and it’s a perfect coffee thirst quencher on a hot summer afternoon.


Coffee – Chocolate’s Secret Sidekick

Shahen Naidoo

Coffee – Chocolate’s Secret Sidekick

I can't think of a better way to treat yourself than an espresso accompanied by a delectable chocolate brownie or a mid-day snack of fresh brewed coffee and a slice of moist chocolate cake. And now that we're entering the holiday season, chocolates and other festive treats are all around us... And that's where good quality coffee plays an even bigger role.  Usually I would consider a treat as a trip to my favourite bakery, or coffee shop where I would meet people to absorb the whole social vibe as an essential element of my treat day. But 2020 has not been any usual year. If the recipe...


Celebrate International Coffee Day

Shahen Naidoo

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Celebrate International Coffee Day

Today is International Coffee Day. International Coffee Day is a globally celebrated day, launched 5 years ago in Milan Italy by the International Coffee Organisation. It’s a day that we honour and celebrate all those that have had a role to play in getting our days off to a great start. The coffee farmers and workers, exporters, green bean buyers, the roasters, and the baristas all playing a part in ensuring that you enjoy a cup of coffee of the highest quality. But why Celebrate International Coffee Day? Coffee is not just a delicious beverage. It’s a way of life....


Decaf before Death

Shahen Naidoo

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Decaf before Death

You've quite likely seen memes with the "Death before Decaf" slogan. The mere mention of decaf has for a long time been considered sacrilege, with trending instagram hashtags like #caffeineaddict, #fueledbycaffeine, #mondaymood and my personal favourite #deathbeforedecaf. But the reality is that decaffeinated coffee has come a long way over the years, and you no longer need to sacrifice quality in a cup of decaf. In fact, worldwide trends have shown an increase in the consumption of decaffeinated coffee, and the specialty coffee culture has embraced this, with some very rare decaffeinated coffees becoming available. So if you've ever spurned the after-dinner coffee laced dessert, or...


The Ultimate Coffee Notes Gift List

Shahen Naidoo

The Ultimate Coffee Notes Gift List

Does your dad say that he's pretty easy going and not too fussed about the gift he gets for Father's day? And yet, you know that when it comes to getting him a gift, it must be a truly magnificent gift.After all he is the guy you've looked up to all your life. Remember the day he removed the training wheels off your bike, and taught you how to balance on your own? And the pride in his eyes when he taught you how to drive? Or how about that first time he took you to a cricket match? And those...