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8 Excellent Summertime Smoothies

Summertime Smoothies

A few days ago, we blogged about how Sweetbird’s smoothies can really help you capture a lucrative corner of the summer drinks market. Well, by popular demand, today we are going to share with you a few of our best and most-loved recipes.

For the majority of these, all you need is a healthy amount of Sweetbird’s deliciously fruity smoothie mix, some ice, a dash or two of syrup, and a professional blender.

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Raf: Russia’s Favourite Coffee

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This is how one man’s love for a milky coffee spawned a thousand variations, giving Russia one of its most famous drinks.

Many countries and regions have long-standing histories with a signature coffee-based drink. Often, these associations are romanticised and are as much the result of great storytelling as they are fact. Take the origin of the Nordfriesland speciality Der Pharisaer as an example.

However, the tale surrounding the birth of Russia’s favoured coffee, the Raf, is far more mundane.

Yet despite being grounded in the monotony of everyday life, it is a romantic tale of personality and popularity.

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5 Of the Best Latin American Coffees

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Latin America is defined as a group of countries in the Americas where Romance (Spanish and Portuguese) languages are spoken. This broad collection of states, dependencies and territories encompass the majority of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

It is a region with a rich history that is as complex and as fascinating as any other part of the world. Importantly for us, it is where to find some of the best coffee-growing countries, plantations and fields on the planet.

When coffee cultures are discussed, the majority of column space is dedicated to the thriving lifestyles sectors of the United States of America, Great Britain, Australia, Scandinavia, and beyond.

Yet – for various reasons – we tend to see Latin American countries as exporters and producers rather than consumers and innovators.

Slowly, though, that is beginning to change.

So, instead of looking to our hip, often tattooed fellow English speakers for inspiration, why not shift your gaze westwards and see what is brewing in Latin America?

Here are five of the best Latin American coffees.

Cortadito (Cuba)

The Café Cubano has influenced Cuban, Floridian and American coffee cultures.

Traditionally made with dark roasted blends (those commonly referred to as ‘Italian roast’), this is a sweeter espresso that is made by adding sugar to the espresso pitcher.

The heat from the brewing process creates a syrupy shot.

A short milk-based variation of the Cubano is the Cortadito. Sitting between the macchiato and cappuccino in terms of quantity, this is a really popular coffee that is gaining a lot of traction stateside.

Ingredients (makes one)

  • (Dark roasted) espresso
  • Steamed milk

Method

  • Combine the espresso with an equal amount of steamed milk and serve

Café a Jengibre (Colombia)

A firm favourite in Colombia, Café a Jengibre mixes coffee with a little bit of sugar (honey) and spice (ginger) to create a unique and ultimately delicious drink.

You can prepare this South American speciality either by hand or by machine. For simplicity, we are going to list the version that utilises the espresso machine – just make sure to give the groups a good clean at the end of the day!

Ingredients (makes one)

  • 7g ground coffee (enough to create one espresso)
  • 1 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger
  • Steamed milk

Method

  • Mix the ground coffee and ginger
  • Brew an espresso
  • Pour the honey into a cup, and then add the ginger-infused espresso
  • Stir and then add the steamed milk to create a short drink, the size of a cappuccino

Café de Olla (Mexico)

Given the frequency of which Mexico’s sweet and spicy Café de Olla has frequented the blog over the years, you would be right to assuming it is one of our favourite speciality coffees.

Translated into English as a ‘little pot of coffee’, this delightful drink is easy to create.

And with all good recipes, there’s plenty of room for individuality!

Ingredients (makes six)

  • 6 scoops (or 42g) of freshly ground coffee
  • 6 teaspoons of dark brown sugar
  • 2 litres of boiling water
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Cloves
  • Orange peel

Method

  • Add the cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, sugar and boiling water to a saucepan
  • Allow the mixture to simmer on a low heat for five minutes.
  • By now, the sugar should have dissolved. Add the coffee, stir and leave to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the mixture steep.
  • Strain, pour and serve.

Café Pascado con Pisco (Peru)

Created by Spanish settlers in the 16th century to combat the prohibitive costs of importing traditional spirits, Pisco is Peru’s speciality.

This terrific tipple is a lightly coloured grape brandy that has wowed drinkers since the first caskets were opened in the 1500s.

The prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles event even named it the world’s best drink back in 2011!

Luckily, it is relatively easy to acquire a bottle of Pisco in the UK – so check with your local stockists and wow your customers with this perfect after-dinner (short) cocktail.

Ingredients (makes 1)

  • 1 espresso (preferably a fruity single-origin)
  • 1 shot of pisco

Method

  • Pour the espresso over the pisco
  • Serve

The espresso tonic was the drink of last summer, so why not turn the Café Pascado con Pisco into a longer cocktail that can be served over ice?

Get set for summer with Sweetbird

Get set for summer with sweetbird

Get ready for summer with the help of Sweetbird.

Everybody knows that the friendly little bird is a huge fan of birthdays, jelly and flavours (all at once, if possible), but we also know that he is partial to a spot of sunbathing.

In the summer months, when the sun is shining, you can often find Sweetbird humming along to Will Smith songs and relaxing with a long, refreshing and zesty beverage.

It is probably why he has created such an exciting and refreshing range of fruit smoothies for us all to enjoy!

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Students Prefer Craft Coffee to Bargain-Basement Beer

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Students in Britain are instigating something of a lifestyle revolution, a new report suggests.

According to the survey, conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) and the market research firm YouthSight, university goers are leaving union-run bars comparatively empty.

Instead of having a pint of Snakebite (or Diesel, depending where you are in the country) or a mother’s ruin and lemonade, students are opting to have a flat white instead.

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Some Egg-cellent Easter Drink Ideas

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Easter is upon us. 

For many of us, that means an extra couple of days off work and the chance to head in to town and city centres, catch up with old friends and relatives and do a little bit of shopping.

Bars and restaurants all see an upturn in trade during this weekend – not to mention confectioners and bakers – and, if done right, so too can your coffee shop.

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Astoria redesign the Treviso

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Astoria has recently redesigned both the Treviso and the Treviso Compact. These two new models – now known as the Treviso R and the Treviso R Compact respectively – are sure to turn heads and serve up some outstanding espressos.

The biggest change with these machines is the exterior.

Astoria has opted to change direction with these new models, forgoing the understated look that was the signature of the original Treviso machines.

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Capitalise on St Patrick’s Day with Irish Coffee

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On Thursday and well into the weekend, throngs of people will be donning green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

Officially recognised in the 17th Century, the traditional feast day started life as a simple celebration of Patrick’s work, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the country’s heritage and culture.

However, the event has taken on a life of its own. It is recognised as a public holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and is widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora in the United States, Australia, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

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