Creme Brulee

Coffee Creme Brulee Recipe

At its simplest, creme brulee is nothing more than a custard made of egg yolks, cream, sugar and vanilla with a hardened caramel crust cooked in a bain marie, or water bath. But a simple list of ingredients and technique cannot come close to describing the luscious adventure of cracking through the burnt sugar crust to the creamy bites of heaven nestled underneath. Creme Brulee

The origins of creme brulee are clouded and often disputed. The earliest recorded appearance dates back to 1691 in France, but egg custards were well known in medieval Europe. Trinity College used to brand their insignia into the hard caramel crust and the branding iron used to do so is still on display in the dining hall.

It would be understandable if creme brulee had fallen out of the gourmet imagination, given its longevity, but there is always a way to freshen the recipe by adding lavender, fruit or, in its most delectable permutation, coffee.

Coffee Creme Brulee Recipe

2 cups brewed coffee
Small saucepans
6 ramekins
Butter
2 1/4 cups whipping cream
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
5 eggs, chilled
Mesh strainer
Aluminum foil
Instant-read thermometer
Kitchen torch, optional

Place 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat until the coffee is gently simmering. Let it reduce, stirring occasionally, until you have about 1/4 cup of coffee. Remove the coffee syrup from the heat.

Butter six ramekins to keep the creme brulee from sticking.

Preheat your oven to 350 F if you do not have an automated bain marie.

Place the whipping cream and vanilla extract into a small saucepan and heat them gently over medium-low heat. Do not let them boil.

Separate the eggs while the cream mixture is heating. Save the whites for another recipe. Whip the yolks with the sugar until they are thoroughly mixed.

Whisk the hot cream into the eggs and sugar very slowly. The idea is to temper the eggs without allowing the heat of the cream to cook them.

Stir in the coffee syrup. If there are any visible lumps, strain the mixture to remove them. Pour the custard into the ramekins.

Place two inches or so of water into your bain marie and bring it to a simmer. Place the ramekins into the simmering water. Add enough hot water to bring the level up to the top edge of the custard. If you are using the oven, place a casserole lined with a clean dish towel onto your oven rack. Place the ramekins on the dish towel. Add simmering water until it is even with the level of the custard inside of the ramekins.

Cover the ramekins Kitchen Torch & Ramekins Setwith the bain marie lid or aluminum foil. Cook them for 30 to 45 minutes until the center is still loose and the internal temperature is 170 to 170 F. Let the custard come to room temperature in the water bath. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve them.

Just before serving, cover the top of each ramekin with sugar and either caramelize it with a kitchen torch or your broiler.

The java passionistas at Coffee Retreat recommend sincerely checking out the fine selection of quality bain marie and other kitchen essentials at CS Catering Equipment (in the U.K.) to ensure that everything you prepare comes out perfectly every time.

For those of you in the U.S.A you might be interested in this type of bain-marie.

Cafejo My French-Press Contest Winners

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who entered our “Cafejo My French-Press Contest”.  The contest has reached its conclusion and we have our winners.  Be sure to visit our site often so that you may enter our other contests as they are presented.

Now, these are the  Cafejo My French-Press Contest Winners; enjoy your prize as we are sure you will!

David Ravenski  &  Sonya Andrew 


Here’s a recap of what they have won:

  •  My French Press
  • K-Cup Holder
  • Ground Coffee Adaptor
  • Pod Adaptor
  • + Free K-Cup samples

Cafejo My French-Press Contest Winners

Coffee Storage Jars

Coffee storing in coffee storage jars

Ever had a great cup of Joe and wondered how it tastes so fresh, only to try another cup days later and not get that same exact freshness? It all has to do with how it`s being stored. Excess air, moisture, heat and light all conspire to take away your coffee`s fresh taste. For roasted coffee beans, that process begins immediately after the roasting process is complete. The best way to keep your coffee wonderfully fresh is by knowing how to store coffee, both for daily use and for long-term storage.

First, figure out how much you plan to use on a daily basis. Knowing how much coffee to buy can make as much of a difference as knowing how to store it, since you won`t have so much to worry about saving. It`s generally a good idea to use your coffee beans within one to two weeks of purchase, for maximum freshness. Divide your supply into several small portions for daily use and a larger portion for long-term storage. This way, you can better manage your supply and not have to worry about it losing its freshness so soon.

Coffee Storage JarsNext, you can figure out how to store your coffee. Your smaller portions should go into an airtight glass or ceramic jar, preferably one that`s designed specifically for storing coffee beans. Keeping your coffee in a sealed container will prevent air and moisture from breaking down its flavor. The original containers your coffee came in usually aren’t up to the task of long-term storage, since they tend to let air and moisture seep in over time.

That ornamental jar of coffee might make a wonderful decorative piece on your kitchen counter, but keeping it exposed to light and heat isn`t doing it any favors. Keep your coffee in dark, cool places away from excess heat and light. Keeping it in a kitchen cabinet is usually ideal, but there are several things you must consider. For starters, a cabinet located near a heat source such as an oven or near an outside wall that faces the afternoon or summer sun isn`t the ideal place to store coffee.

Freezing or refrigerating small daily portions of coffee is generally not a good idea. The resultant moisture from condensation can cause your coffee beans to lose their flavor faster. However, if you have a large quantity of coffee you aren`t planning to use immediately, you can store it in your freezer for up to a month. Just remember to store it in small portions and to seal those portions in airtight bags. Once you remove them from the freezer, simply transfer what you haven`t used into an airtight container and keep that container in a cool, dry place. Returning unused portions back to the freezer will simply cause it to deteriorate even further.

Freshness is always the key to great coffee and knowing how to properly store it will help to keep that great fresh taste you love. Fortunately, Wares of Knutsford and other suppliers offer a wide variety of jars and coffee storage jars that are excellent for storing coffee and just about any other foodstuff you can think of.


Coffee Storage Jars

Ella Fitzgerald Black Coffee

Ella Fitzgerald Black Coffee

Play the clip and have a sip -of Black Coffee


Ella Fitzgerald Black Coffee simply blew me away. I came across it while browsing the Internet. Talk about a nice song to just sit back and listen to while sipping coffee of any kind.

If you have good speakers on whatever type of device you’re reading this post on, you might find yourself leaving it open to play while working from another browser; it’s just that smooth and relaxing.

Coffee as a weapon

-Robbery on Camera-

I’ve heard of using coffee for health reasons, for cooking with and for drinking as a pleasure beverage; but coffee as a weapon?  Apparently this beverage can do it all.
Coffee as a weapon

A worker at Dunkin’ Donut in West Haven Connecticut who only gave her first name as Angelica, used hot coffee as a way to ward off a would be robber.

According to other news sources, Angelica was approached by a man at the drive-thru who wanted her to make change for a $100 bill.

Of course Angelica was not about to make change for $100 bill at the inside counter let-alone the drive-thru; her instincts had kicked in.

The man now proceeded to tell Angelica that he was there to rob her but Angelica would have none of that and took the coffee that he ordered and tossed it into his face.Coffee Face

Although most of the cup of coffee found the window and not the would be robber, Angelica had a couple of hot pots of coffee at her disposal; after all Dunkin’ Donut is known for their coffee as well as their donuts.

 Angelica proceeded to use coffee as a weapon and toss the pot of hot coffee on the would-be robber (I love saying “Would-Be”) and with the robbery on camera or rather attempted robbery on camera, he quickly sped away!

You can view the video below to see just what I am writing about.



I have heard that Dunkin’ Donut has some great “over-the-counter” coffee and has yet to try it.  I was tempted to purchase some online and make it myself but then I realized that I don’t know the measurement that they use to make their coffee, plus it was difficult to find Dunkin’ Donut Coffee online.  Therefore, I will just have to make a trek to one of their restaurants and try it first hand and then decide.

Coffee as a weapon

Coffee Drop Shipping

Hi guys,

I had an opportunity to sample some ground coffee beans from Cool Beans Coffee Roasters and they were absolutely fantastic.  Cool Beans Coffee Roasters has just added a coffee drop shipping segment to their business.  They have an impressive selection of coffees and such but I’ve only sampled four flavors to the point that I am having a difficult time naming a favorite.

Cool Beans Coffee RoastersAt one point I thought I was hooked on their Ethiopian blend; as Cool Beans describe it, it has an exotic flavor with wine-like character and a fragrant, flowery note that makes this a truly unique coffee.

However, after revisiting the Sumatra Mandheling I may have to flip.
Many consider Sumatra one of the most flavorful coffees on the planet. With a rich, full body and low acidity, the flavor is complex and full.”
I do think this one will become my favorite.

The Roast Blend is also a favorite and I did enjoy it but it didn’t jump out at me and actually I was expecting a rich bold taste but it was rather quiet.  I think I will try to shake it up a bit by roasting a few more beans than usual to embolden the taste; I prefer a fairly strong cup of coffee from a bean labeled “Roast Blend” but then that’s just one person’s taste.

Now, the House Blend which is also Cool Beans “signature House Blend which is comprised of Central American and Indonesian Coffees with a clean aftertaste and a nice balance of acidity and body.”

We are in the process of bringing you the four coffees listed above to CoffeeRetreat.com and will list it under our “Coffee Beans & Clubs” link.

For those of you who are looking for coffee drop shipping with “Private Labeling” coffee, look no further as Kevin Langill (a co-owner of Cool Beans Coffee Roasters) is able to accommodate your order and offer “Wholesale Prices”; try to find that anywhere else online or abroad.  Cool Beans Coffee Roasters is located in quaint Marietta Georgia and are doing rather well with a brisk amount of walk-in traffic daily on the days they are open.

Now, here at CoffeeRetreat.com we will only offer the whole beans for sell as we believe the best coffee tasting experience can only be enjoyed through freshly grounded coffee. Krups Coffee Grinder If you don’t own a coffee grinder, not to worry; you can get a Krups here for about twenty bucks.  I have a Krups and they really do a great job and clean up well.

Printable Coffee Coupons

OK group, here’s the latest batch of printable coffee coupons.  It appears a lot of people are looking for Maxwell coffee printable coupons; you will find some of those here as well.

The great news about our link is that the coupons will ALWAYS BE CURRENT!

Coffee Printable Coupons


You can see a larger version of this coupon list here.

The only thing cheap about your coffee should be the price and “NEVER” the taste!

 


Coffee Printable Coupons