Turn Coffee Into A Summer Treat With These DIY Recipes

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No one really gets sick of coffee but if you're making your own at home, it's not always the most exciting cup you'll taste. Thankfully, Nespresso linked us up with funky coffee recipes, courtesy of Masterchef contestant Poh Ling-Yeow, to give your home coffee the kick it really needs.

How To Brew The Perfect Coffee: The Complete Expert Guide

Today is International Coffee Day. To mark the occasion, we spoke with our friends from coffe subscription service Tonx, about creating the perfect brew. We covered everything from why you should care about quality coffee and how to pick the best beans to the nitty gritty of gear selection and the best resources to feed a coffee hobby-cum-addiction head on. Here's the complete guide in all its glory.

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Iced Persian Delight

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Recommended coffee pod: Starbucks Single Origin Colombia

  • Place 2-3 saffron threads and 1 split cardamom pod, in an infusing basket, in your glass.
  • Extract coffee as an espresso over the top.
  • Add brown sugar to taste then stir well and infuse for 2 minutes.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes and milk (or soda if you prefer).
  • Add rosewater few drops at a time to taste.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Szechuan Summer Soda

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Recommended coffee pod: Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast

  • Place ¼ tsp of crushed peppercorns, in an infusing basket.
  • Place in your glass with 1 tsp of honey.
  • Extract coffee as a lungo over the top and infuse for 2 minutes.
  • Stir until honey is dissolved then top with ice cubes and soda water.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Jaffa Hazelccino

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Recommended coffee pod: Starbucks Caffé Verona

  • Extract coffee as an espresso into your cup.
  • Stir in ½ tsp hazelnut oil and a pinch of orange zest.
  • Top with hot, frothy milk of your choice.
  • Garnish with hot choc powder.

With these options on offer, you'll never need to resort back to a Moccona and powdered milk again.

How To Drink Coffee Without Any Sweetener

There are many reasons someone might want to make the switch from sweetened to unsweetened coffee. Some of them are health related, some of them are not. How one takes one’s coffee is a very personal matter which should not be subjected to snobbery or judgmental comments. I’m not here to make judgements regarding motivations, but if someone wants to quit sweetening their coffee, I have some tips.

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