Whether you’re a budding Bake Off star or more of a cake-eating enthusiast, this September we are asking you to get involved with Coffee Morning for Hospiscare!
With thousands of cups of tea and coffee made each year in our hospice, providing great comfort for our patients and their families, we know just how much a warm cuppa can make a difference.
Coffee Morning partner, Little’s Coffee Co, are here to help you kick-start your fundraising by providing the perfect tips and tricks for brewing instant coffee like a boss!
Before you begin to craft your delicious brew, make sure you have the following ingredients and equipment:
- Your choice of a We Are Little’s flavoured instant coffee
- Your favourite mug
- A teaspoon
- A kettle
- Milk or cream (optional)
- Sugar (optional)
Once you have your ingredients to hand, follow this easy method and learn how to get that perfect brew:
- Boil the kettle (remember to boil a little more than you need)
- Pre-heat your mug by filling it with hot water from the kettle. When the cup feels warm, discard the water
- Add two grams of Little’s flavoured instant coffee to the mug (approx. one heaped teaspoon)
- One minute after the kettle has boiled, pour 200ml of hot water over the coffee granules
- Stir until the granules dissolve
- Add milk, cream or sugar to taste
- Serve and enjoy fundraising!
Whether you’re gathering with friends, setting up a stall or hosting a coffee themed quiz, there are a few small things you can do to make your coffee even more delicious!
First thing’s first, fill up the kettle with freshly drawn water and pop it on. Freshly drawn water will have more oxygen than water that has already been boiled. You’ll need to boil more than you need, as we suggest pre-heating the cups with boiling water to ensure your coffee stays warmer for longer.
- Coffee to water ratio
The amount of coffee you’ll need really depends on your desired strength of coffee. For the optimum flavour from Little’s flavoured instant coffees, we suggest a ratio of two grams (roughly one heaped teaspoon) of instant coffee granules for every 200ml of hot water. We know it sounds geeky, but it might be worth finding out the capacity of your favourite mug so you can work out exactly how much coffee you should be using. If you prefer your coffee a little stronger or a little weaker, you can just add more or less instant coffee to taste.
- Water temperature
Water temperature is always important however you chose to brew coffee. Ideally, water needs to be at 94 degrees Celsius to ensure it doesn’t burn the coffee and makes the most flavoursome cup of Joe. We suggest boiling the kettle and waiting a minute for it to cool slightly before pouring. Alternatively, you can cut the boil short by turning the kettle off just before it starts bubbling.
- And to finish…
Milk is optional but, if you’re a latte lover, we’ve got a little secret. We love to mix whole milk with some single cream to make a super creamy and silky, smooth coffee. This method tastes great with Little’s entire flavoured instant coffee range. Sugar is optional but, because we don’t add sugar to any of our flavoured coffees, some flavours are brought out more with a touch of Demerara sugar. We’ll leave that one up to you!