Coffee Lovers

We have compiled a list of 5 unique ideas to include little coffee pick-me-ups in your wedding.

One of our first ever weddings!

One of our first ever weddings!

 
  1. Morning after coffee surprise

Festival wedding

Festival wedding

For this wedding in rural Leicestershire we arrived before the guests had emerged from their tents after having partied the night away in a marquee. There was lots of love for our coffee that morning and we were a wonderful sight for some very sore eyes.

That time reminiscing about the night before is special. Do plan a low-key gathering the next morning with your mates where they can fill you in on all the wedding shenanigans that happened and carry on the love and laughs for another few hours.

 

2. Coffee Cocktails

Bar service

Bar service

Espresso martinis will keep your guests fuelled and dancing to the wee hours. This wedding in Yorkshire was blessed with gorgeous weather and the guests made the most of the warmth. Coffee and coffee cocktails are still on trend and including both gives your guests different options. Including barista coffee and coffee cocktails is wonderful way to make the transition from dinner to evening reception.

Unconventional dessert options at this stage can be another way of expressing your personality as a couple. Doughnuts, macarons, brownies, shortbread are all wonderful little sweets that go beautifully with a cup of good strong coffee.

 

3. Coffee Desserts

Affogato

Affogato

Affogato is vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured on top. I can not think of a better end to a meal…

 

4. A Coffee Station

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A beautifully decorated coffee station that can include professional baristas, personalised coffee blend from a local roasting house and cups to suit the style of your wedding giving your guests a unique coffee experience that maybe hints at your own love of coffee or the place you met.

 

5. Coffee Favours

Giving away reusable coffee cups or personalised mugs is a fantastic idea as wedding favours showing concern for the environment support for local small coffee businesses. 

We love KeepCupsbecause they have glass alternatives and wonderful selection of colours and sizes to suit most tastes. 

A customised coffee blend from your favourite local roasting house in packaging of your own design is also another wonderful idea that can add a personal touch to your special day. 

Unsure about Latte Art but sure about soup.

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My fight with Latte Art

I am having a dilemma when it comes to Latte Art.  There!  I’ve said it!  God it feels good to confess.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Latte Art is a wee bit silly but I am also worried that it may be a defence mechanism I have unconsciously put in place because I am just not that good at it.  The above image isn’t mine.  It is from the wonderfully humble Aaron Prittyfrom Stewarts of Trent Bridge, our lovely coffee supplier.

As part of a team building exercise we spent 2 hours at Stewarts learning more about the coffee we sell as well as trying to come to grips with the art of Latte Art because I have signed myself, and husband, up to Nottingham’s first every Latte Art Throwdown.

Under Aaron’s tutalage a few weeks ago all seemed to be going well.  I corrected some mistakes I’d been making in terms of heating the milk, the way I held the cup in my hand and the distance I held the jug from the cup.  Great!  My ability to mentally process what I needed to do and my body’s ability to perform the task were in alignment.  The following week continued along these lines of progression, my brain communicating in symmetry with my hands and all looking ok. Not greatmind you, not; I’m going to smash this competitionbut a more gentle self-confident; I’m not going to utterly embarrass myself and soil the name of my business I have worked so hard to create these past 3 years in one disastrous evening among Nottingham’s coffee elite, kind-of-feeling.

But things have now taken a turn for the worse.  With the competition now days away my Latte Art has deteriorate.  My hands are no longer playing ball and doing what I have mentally set them as a target.  I am putting this down to nerves.  To a natural reaction to not having competed personally in much in 20 years but there is a nagging feeling that I may be getting too old for learning these kinds of new skills.  It’s bloody annoying as I care much less about what others think of me now so will do crazy things, like sign myself up to Latte Art Throwdowns, but my ability to acquire new skills seems to have slowed.

So if you find yourself in Nottingham on Friday and feel sympathetic to my cause do support an ageing hippy (ster), it would be fab but please do come in the spirit of solidarity and humour.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Warming soup with a hint of ginger and hit of chilli to keep you toasty on cold markets.  We serve ours with crusty sourdough bread from our local bakery Tough Mary’s Bakehouse  during the Autumn months with a splash of cream but topping with pumpkin seeds, a good grind of pepper and rosemary makes a lovely vegan alternative.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
onionfinely chopped
salt and pepper
3 cloves of finely chopped (or grated) garlic
5 cm (2in) piece of root ginger, peeled and finely chopped (or grated)
chilli flakes(to your spice-level-liking)
cinnamon stick
900g (2lbs) of butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
900ml of vegetable stock

Method:
1. Preheat slow cooker on low setting. Heat oilin a large saucepan over a medium heat.  Once hot add onionswith a good grind of salt and cook till soft, approximately 4-5 mins.  Add garlic, ginger, chilli flakesand cinnamon stickand stir for 1 min before adding the butternut squashand giving it all a good stir to coat evenly.
2. Add hot stock to the squash pan and give everything a good stir.  Bring to the boil and then add carefully to the preheated slow cooker.  Cover with a lid and head out for the day while your butternut squash softens to autumn loveliness.
3. After 8 hours (or thereabouts) remove the cinnamon stickand blend until smooth using a hand held blender or liquidiser.
4. Top with a spot of cream, a good grind of pepper, roasted seeds or more chilli flakes and enjoy.  The soup freezes very well and a great one to make for a lazy Sunday lunch and bring to work later in the week.