Although it’s almost entirely synonymous with a simple early morning drink, coffee is an unbelievably versatile ingredient.
Its rich, aromatic flavour profile lends itself remarkably well to a huge range of bakes, cakes and drinks.
To help you get a sense of coffee’s full flavour-punching ability, we’ve spoken to Kirsty from exhale healthy coffee. She provided us with five fabulous coffee recipes, which take you through the full tour of exhale coffee’s unique flavour profile.
When we asked Kirsty why they were so interested in coffee’s potential as an ingredient, she said that:
“We could stop at just roasting healthy coffee, but then we wouldn’t have the excuse to drink and eat the fun coffee inspired things we create! We are really keen to find the best ways of using our coffee in cooking and drinks.
And her top recipe tip?
“It has a smoother taste than some coffees, so it tends to need a slightly stronger brew time, if you are adding lots of ingredients with it.”
These recipes are super varied – food and drink, sweet and sharp, and a great range of easy ideas, all of which are designed to enhance the coffee, and showcase its magnificent flavour.
Read on to check out some of exhale’s favourite caffeinated recipes.
Exhale espresso martini:
- Vodka, 100ml
- Freshly brewed exhale espresso, 50-100ml (depending on how strong you like it!)
- Coffee liquor, 50ml (we’d recommend Kahlua)
- Exhale coffee beans, 3 (to make it look pretty)
- Pour the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker. Then add in a handful of ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
- Strain the mixture into two chilled glasses. Top with the coffee beans.
Exhale coffee gelato:
- A strong batch of exhale coffee, 30ml
- Coconut milk, 764ml (or two standard tins)
- Sugar, 150g
- Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
- Add all the ingredients into a saucepan. Gently warm the mixture on a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, leave the mixture to cool.
- Once cooled, pour the mixture into a container, then place in the freezer. Remove the mixture once every 30 minutes, then whisk well.
- Repeat the whisking process until the gelato has completely frozen.
Alex’s cold brew coffee G&T:
- Gin, 100ml
- Coarse ground exhale coffee, 20g
- Tonic water (to taste)
- Exhale coffee beans, to garnish
- Cold brew the coffee in the gin. Simply add the ground coffee to the gin, then store in a small cafetière (or any jar).
- Leave to infuse overnight, ideally for 12 hours.
- Once the coffee has infused into the gin, gently plunge the cafetière down. Try to do this without agitating the grounds. Alternatively, you could filter the coffee through a V60 or another type of dripper.
- Pour the cold brew coffee flavoured gin over ice. Add a dash of tonic, and garnish with a few coffee beans.
@chubbyfellowsuk’s exhale tiramisu:
- Mascarpone, 1 tub
- Double cream, 250ml
- Sugar, 60g
- Cognac, to taste
- Coffee liquor, to taste (we’d recommend Kahlua)
- Strong filter coffee made with exhale coffee, 100ml
- Sponge fingers
- Cocoa powder, to decorate
- Coffee beans, 6, to decorate
- Whip together the cream and sugar, until very soft peaks just begin to form.
- Gently fold in the mascarpone, cognac and coffee liquor.
- Dip the sponge fingers into the coffee.
- In two large gin glasses, create alternating layers with the sponge and cream.
- Once filled, dust the top layer with cocoa powder. Decorate with a few coffee beans.
- A strong batch of exhale coffee, 80ml
- Milk (this could be either a dairy or non-dairy milk), 80ml
- Large ice cubes, one handful
- Sugar, to taste
- Chocolate sauce, to taste
- Add the sugar to the coffee while it is still hot.
- Leave the coffee to the cool. Once cooled, add the coffee, milk and the ice to a blender.
- Blitz until smooth, then serve in a glass with extra chocolate sauce.
Sounds divine, right? If you try your hand at any of the above recipes, be sure to share your successes with us on our social. Or, show the exhale healthy coffee team what you’ve been up to by tagging @yourexhale.
You can find out more about exhale coffee (and even secure yourself a few bags of their brilliant beans) via their page on the Roe River website.