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Homemade Easter Eggs with Mocha Truffles

Homemade Easter Egg with Mocha TrufflesMaking Easter Eggs at home is easier than you may think. Homemade gifts always add that extra special personal touch that can’t be bought in the shops. This recipe is the perfect Easter treat for any coffee lover, a rich dark chocolate egg hiding delicious homemade mocha truffles at its core. The Coffee & Chocolate truffles can be made in advance to save time, for recipe please click here.

Ingredients

For the Egg
200g high quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces (Green & Blacks 82% or equivalent)

Filling
Mocha Truffles – view recipe here

Decoration
Personal preference

To Wrap
Cellophane
Ribbon

You will need:
2 chocolate egg moulds
Flat pastry brush or small paintbrush

Preparation

  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and add chocolate pieces. Stir until smooth then remove from the heat. Set aside and leave until cool, but still runny.
  2. Add a quarter of the melted chocolate to one of the egg moulds and spread in a thick layer using the brush, taking care to completely cover the sides, as this will make it easier to join the two halves of the egg together later. Hold the mould up to the light to check the chocolate is even. Repeat this process in the other egg mould. Once complete, leave both moulds in a cool place to set and then chill for 5 minutes. Do not leave the moulds in the fridge for longer than necessary as the chocolate may discolour.
  3. Re-heat the remaining half of the chocolate and repeat the process above for each mould, keeping around a tablespoon of chocolate back for later. Run a knife around the edge of each mould to remove any residue and give a clean straight edge then turnout both halves onto greaseproof paper, taking care to pull the mould away gently until it releases itself.
  4. Scrunch a sheet of grease proof paper into a loose ball and place one half of the egg into it, this prevents it rolling around, and add the mocha truffles to the centre of the egg.
  5. Warm the reserved tablespoon of chocolate and brush it around the edge of the egg you’ve just filled with truffles.
  6. Place the other half of the egg on top and press together. For a tighter seal, brush melted chocolate around the join of the two halves. Leave in a cool place until set firm.
  7. To decorate: Be creative! Use a piping bag to pipe names and patterns on the egg, use melted chocolate to stick white chocolate buttons to the egg or simply wrap in coloured foil. When complete, wrap the egg in cellophane and finish with a bow.

Happy Easter!

Coffee makes a great addition to many recipes and is great for special occasions such as Easter, Valentines Day, Birthdays and Christmas gift ideas. Subscribe to our blog for more great recipes. rijo42 coffee beans are available to buy online with next day delivery.

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Keep Cool This Summer

rijo42 Cold Drinks Machines

At rijo42, we’re not only the nation’s leading supplier of commercial coffee machines, we also supply a great range of cold drinks machines too. From slush and smoothie machines to can, bottle and even water machines, there’s a cold drinks machine in our collection for every application. Below is a small selection of our cold drinks equipment, ideal for maximising profits over the forthcoming summer months!

The Ultimo
rijo42 Ultimo Multi-Purpose Cold Drinks DispenserAs the name suggests, the Ultimo is the ultimate cold drinks machine. This two bowl multi-purpose machine can be configured to dispense a number of products including chilled juices, slush drinks, granita and frozen cocktails, making it a great choice for hotels, restaurants, cafes, play centres and bars, to name but a few. The Ultimo is also popular for gyms and health clubs as it can be utilised to dispense protein shakes. Reliable, compact and easy to use, it offers 100% product visibility therefore maximizing impulse buys. The Ultimo has the capacity for 20 litres thanks to its two 10 litre containers, each of which is hermetically sealed ensuring maximum product freshness. The adjustable thermostats and churn speeds cater for a range of different products and the patented freezing system maintains product consistency. For further information on the rijo42 Ultimo, please click here.

rijo42 Blender
rijo42 High Performance Commercial BlenderA powerful commercial blender, this compact and versatile piece of equipment can blend, puree, chop or grind virtually anything. A truly multi-functional blender, you can offer smoothies, milkshakes, frappes, slush drinks, granita, frozen yoghurt and cocktails all from one compact machine. Simple to clean and maintain, the rijo42 Blender is perfect for busy cafes, restaurants, bars, gyms, play centres, leisure centres and outdoor catering outlets. Its one-touch pre-programmed cycles make it incredibly simple to operate and allow each button to be allocated to a specific drink type for speed and consistency. Click here for more information on the rijo42 Blender.

Europa II
rijo42 Europa II Glass Fronted Can and Bottle Vending MachineThe Europa II is a glass fronted can and bottle vending machine. Coin operated with change giving facility, this machine offers 36 selections and stocks up to 288 products. The main feature of the Europa II is its unique electronic product delivery technology. Make your selection using the number keypad and an electronic platform moves to the shelf of your chosen product and collects, it then transports your drink to the collection area, ensuring safe delivery of all products and a guaranteed vend every time.  To view the full specification of the Europa II please click here.

We have some great offers on cold drinks machines in the run up to summer, enquire today for further information. Call free on 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk.

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The Mona Latte?

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Only Coffee

The Mona Latte by Karen ElandWe’ve looked at coffee art previously and are fascinated with the way beautiful works of art can be created using simply espresso and water. This feature in particular looks at how some of the worlds most famous paintings have been recreated using the worlds favourite hot drink, coffee.

American artist and fellow coffee lover Karen Eland is one of our favourites, recreating some of the most famous paintings in history using only coffee, and bringing them into the 21st century by strategically placing cups of coffee within these famous portraits.

Originally painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500’s, the Mona Lisa is one of the most recognisable works of all time, and by far the most famous. This infamous painting is not only the best known, it’s the most written about, most visited and most parodied works of art in the world. The Mona Lisa was Leonardo da Vinci’s favourite creation and he was thought to have carried it everywhere with him until he died. Karen Eland created her own take on the Mona Lisa using only espresso and water to recreate da Vinci’s masterpiece, giving it a modern twist by placing a latte in those famous hands. Karen painted her version of the Mona Lisa in 2003 and has since gone out to recreate numerous other famous paintings including the Last Supper, Girl with a Pearl Earring, American Gothic and a coffee painting of the famous statue ‘the Thinker’, to which she adds a cup of coffee in hand and aptly names ‘the Drinker’.

Karen began painting with coffee in 1998 and has never looked back; she loves to paint in coffee shops with the aroma of freshly ground coffee surrounding her. She has tried several different methods, including painting with grounds but found that freshly brewed espresso straight from a commercial coffee machine works best. Karen’s paintings have sold for up to 15,000 dollars and usually includes a cup of coffee somewhere in the artwork. These fantastic coffee crafted pieces can be viewed online at www.coffee-art.com.

If this has set you thinking about experimenting in painting with coffee or you now just fancy a double espresso, rijo42 coffee beans are available to buy online with next day delivery from rijo42shop.co.uk.

 

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Flavour of the Month

Maximise Profits with rijo42 Flavoured Syrups

rijo42 Flavoured Syrups

Flavoured syrups are a great way to expand your drinks menu and increase profits whatever the weather. Our great range of syrups provide exceptional versatility as they are not only restricted to hot drinks. In addition to flavoured speciality coffees, our syrups can also be used for flavoured iced teas, frappes, milkshakes, smoothies and even cocktails.

To prove how versatile they are, we will be running a Flavour of the Month feature for each of the syrups in our range, highlighting some of the drinks that can be made along with instructions on how to make them.

Featured flavour of the month for April is Strawberry, a flavour which holds wonderful connotations of Summer.

rijo42 Strawberry Syrup

Let’s start with flavoured coffees. These recipes are based on using a traditional espresso machine and the frothed milk can be made following our tutorial how to froth milk.

 

Gingerberry Latte
2oml Gingerbread Syrup
10ml Strawberry Syrup
240ml Milk
1 Freshly Brewed Espresso

Add syrups and milk to a steaming pitcher and froth. Pour the freshly brewed espresso into 12oz serving glass and add the flavoured milk.

 

Strawberry Steamer
15ml White Chocolate Syrup
15ml Strawberry Syrup
180ml Milk
1 Freshly Brewed Espresso

Add syrups and milk to a steaming pitcher and froth. Pour the freshly brewed espresso into 12oz serving glass and add the flavoured milk.

 

Now for some cold drinks…

Strawberry Milkshake
15ml Strawberry Syrup
180ml Cold Milk
2 tsp Vanilla Ice Cream
Ice
Whipped Cream to garnish
Fresh Strawberry to garnish

Add the syrup, milk, ice cream and ice into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a 12oz serving glass and top with whipped cream and whole strawberry garnish.

 

Strawberry Velvet Smoothie
30ml Strawberry Syrup
250ml Greek Yoghurt
2 tbsp Honey
Crushed Ice
Whole Strawberry to garnish

Add the syrup and greek yoghurt to a blender with the crushed ice and blend on full power for 30 seconds. Pour into a 12oz serving glass over crushed ice and garnish with the whole strawberry.

 

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails…

Fruity Cocktail
20ml Strawberry Syrup
20ml Banana Syrup
100ml Apple Juice
75ml Pear Nectar

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass.

 

Strawberry Split
15ml Strawberry Syrup
30ml Apple Juice
30ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Fresh Lime Juice
60ml Lemonade
Whole Strawberry to garnish

Add all ingredients (except lemonade) and blend together with a handful of crushed ice. Serve in a cocktail glass, add lemonade and garnish with a whole strawberry.

 

Alcoholic Cocktails…

Sex on the Beach
10ml Strawberry Syrup
2oml Tequila
20ml Vodka
80ml Orange Juice

Pour the spirits into a mixing glass over ice, stir well and add the fruit juice. Serve in a cocktail glass and decorate with pineapple slices.

 

Island Cocktail
30ml Strawberry Syrup
40ml White Rum
30ml Malibu
80ml Pineapple Juice
Hope you’ve got enough recipes to be getting on with here! Subscribe to our blog for more great recipes.

Buy rijo42 flavoured coffee syrups online at www.rijo42shop.co.uk.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

10 Facts About Coffee You Possibly Didn’t Know

Coffee Trivia

Many of us drink coffee on a daily basis but how much do you know about your favourite brew? Here are 10 things you possibly didn’t know about your beloved caffeine hit.

  1. The world’s first energy bar? It’s thought that sometime after the first millennium, Ethopians made energy balls from a combination of ground coffee beans and animal fats.
  2. The world’s two oldest recorded cats drank coffee every day! Crème Puff and Grandpa Rex Allen are recorded as the World’s oldest felines by the Guinness Book of World Records, and lived to be 38 and 34 respectively. These cats belonged to the same owner, Jake Perry, who fed them on a diet of bacon, eggs, broccoli and coffee every morning.
  3. Hawaii is the only state in the USA that grows coffee. All coffee is grown in an area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn known as the Bean Belt.
  4. 70% of the world drinks Arabica coffee, which is smooth, mild and aromatic. The remaining 30% drinks Robusta, a more bitter-tasting coffee with 50% more caffeine than Arabica.
  5. Caffeine kicks in around 15-20 mins after it is consumed and its effects can last anywhere up to 14 hours depending on the person.
  6. Decaf coffee is NOT caffeine free. Scientists have confirmed that drinking 5 cups of decaf is equivalent to drinking 1-2 cups of regular coffee.
  7. Coffee prevents bad breath? A study by Tel Aviv University in 2009 discovered that certain components in coffee inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for halitosis.
  8. There’s more caffeine in a cup of coffee than in most energy drinks, 95-200mg in an 8oz cup of coffee compared with 76-80mg in an 8.46oz leading energy drink
  9. Coffee can help ease headaches! Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that a cup of coffee could help relieve migraine symptoms and even stop it if consumed at the very early stage of a headache. This is because substances that dilate blood vessels cause vascular headaches. While substances like caffeine constrict blood vessels and help counter the painful effects of blood vessel dilation in your head.
  10. Coffee is the No.1 source of antioxidants. New research has shown that coffee is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer and premature ageing.

Coffee is the world’s second largest commodity after oil and is also the world’s second most consumed beverage after water.

Buy rijo42 coffee beans online at www.rijo42shop.co.uk, click here.

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Hone your Barista skills with rijo42®

 rijo42 Barista Training Course

Freshly Brewed Espresso

As each day passes, we here in the UK are becoming more and more of a speciality coffee drinking nation. Visit any town or city centre and you are absolutely spoilt for choice with places to get your well earned, delicious caffeine fix.

That said, as there is so much competition out there, rijo42 believe in assisting our clients with serving the best coffee possible, setting your establishment apart from the rest. Having amazing coffee and a fantastic machine is only the beginning; it’s no use to you if you don’t know your way round a traditional espresso machine. The good news is that it really isn’t that difficult, just follow a few basic steps and you’ll be producing the best speciality coffees in your area in no time.

At rijo42 we offer all our clients the very best Barista Training. Big Dave Caple, the gentle giant, is an extremely patient instructor and will run you through all the processes entailed in producing the best speciality coffee, from the perfect espresso to the very theatrical and expertly presented Latte Macchiato. You will learn all about coffee blends, grinding the beans, tamping the coffee, extraction and milk frothing techniques, you’ll be pouring hearts and rosettas into your Lattes before you know it!

We want all our clients to have the same passion as we do for serving the finest quality coffee. When you’ve completed our Barista training and can truly see the difference between good coffee and mind-blowing coffee, you’ll be well on the way to sharing our passion and your customers will thank you for it.

To learn all the tricks of the Barista trade and start producing the finest coffee from your traditional espresso machine, book your Barista Training Course today. Call free on 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk.

Big Dave's Barista Course

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Coffee Dessert Recipes | Cappuccino Eclairs

Cappuccino Eclairs

Cappuccino Eclairs with Cappuccino Cream Filling and Espresso Topping

A coffee inspired twist on the classic chocolate éclair. These Cappuccino éclairs will be a hit with any coffee lover and are the perfect treat to enjoy alongside an afternoon latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Any of our commercial coffee machines will make the perfect espresso for this recipe.

Ingredients

Pastry
3 free-range eggs
75g/2 ½ oz unsalted butter
100g/4oz plain flour
110ml/4fl oz water
½ tsp ground ginger
Pinch salt
Plain flour for dusting

Filling
25ml/1fl oz strong coffee
300ml/10 ½ fl oz double cream
50g/2oz icing sugar
1 vanilla pod – split and deseeded

Topping
25ml/1fl oz espresso
125g/4oz soft brown sugar (dark)
60g/2oz unsalted butter
175g/6oz icing sugar
2 tbsp double cream

Equipment
Piping bag with large nozzle

Preparation Method
Begin by preheating over to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

To make the pastry, add butter and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. When butter has melted, remove pan from heat and add the flour and ginger. Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it comes away from the side of the pan. One at a time beat in the eggs until fully incorporated. Add the salt and stir. Pour into a piping bag and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Flour a baking sheet and pipe 6-8 lengths of dough onto it. As the pastry cooks it will double in size therefore leave plenty of space around them on the baking sheet to allow for expansion. Bake for 30 mins or until crispy and golden brown.

To make the filling, place the cream and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks. Add the coffee and icing sugar and whisk until completely combined. Pour mixture into piping bag with large nozzle. Slice the eclairs in half lengthways and pipe in the coffee cream.

To make the topping, add all ingredients excluding the icing sugar into a saucepan and heat on a low heat until all of the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat. Sift in the icing sugar and stir well. Allow the topping mixture to cool but remember to stir occasionally. Once the topping has cooled and thickened, spread on top of the eclairs and serve.

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rijo42 Coffee at Invictus Games 2014

rijo42 Commercial Coffee Machines At Prince Harry’s Invictus Games

Freshly Brewed Espresso

Earlier this month Prince Harry announced that he was to launch an event called the Invictus Games later this year. Following the news that Britain’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan is due to cease, Prince Harry was instrumental in bringing an event he’d seen in Colorado named the Warrior Games, over to the UK.

Prince Harry Press Conference

The Invictus Games is a Paralympic-style Championship for injured servicemen and women and will be held at Olympic Park from September 10-14. The Invictus Games are being organised not to support the conflict in Afghanistan nor to support the forces themselves, but to support the strong, inspirational servicemen and women and the journey they’ve been on. The games presents a wonderful opportunity to recognise the commitment of those who have served our country and pay tribute to those wounded or injured.

Organisers have said that so far there are over 300 sick, injured and wounded service men and women from thirteen different nations set to take part in eight adaptive sports at the home London 2012 Olympics later this year. There are both serving and veteran members of the forces due to compete and programme will include archery, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, driving challenges and athletics.

Events are being held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 10-14 September 2014 and Prince Harry is urging Britain to show our support. All track and field events for the Invictus Games will be taking place at rijo42 customer, Lee Valley Athletics Centre. We’re proud and privileged to be the official coffee supplier to some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the country, and Lee Valley Athletics Centre is most certainly one of them. A customer of ours since 2012, Lee Valley have Brasil commercial coffee machines on site, meaning spectators of this wonderful event can be assured of a great cup of coffee!

Lee Valley Athletics Centre

 

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rijo42 Raise Money For Sport Relief

rijo42 Staff Fundraise For Sport Relief

We have always been strong supporters of charity at rijo42, we like to do our bit to help others sadly less fortunate than ourselves and as such fundraise for many wonderful charities every year. Friday 21st March was no different, with it being the Sports Relief fundraising weekend we decided to hold our own little staff fundraiser at rijo42 HQ. We organised inter-departmental tournaments during breaks and lunchtimes in our staff games room.

We had a Table Tennis Doubles Tournament, for which teams donated £5 to Sports Relief to enter, with the winning team receiving a prize donated by rijo42. Several teams from all departments including Sales, Service, Marketing, Accounts and Management competed, however it was Service that reigned supreme with Dave Caple and Josh Bohannon taking the crown, thrashing their opponents 21-7 in the final round.

Running at the same time was an Air Hockey Tournament with staff donating £2.50 to Sports Relief to enter and again, a prize for the winner was donated by rijo42. Numerous rounds took place, with our HR Manager, Gail fighting off competition from other departments reign victorious.

We also had a Darts Competition, which required a £1 donation to Sports Relief to enter. Each competitor received three darts for their £1 donation and the highest accumulative was deemed the winner. One of our new recruits, Alek Dale from Machine Sales won with a total of 104.

All in all it was a really fun day and during the combined breaks, we raised a total of £150 for Sports Relief, not bad for an hours work!

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What’s New at rijo42

New for March

We’re constantly evolving at rijo42, so we thought we’d keep you up to date on what’s new for March.

New Commercial Coffee Machine Demonstration Kits
Our Business Development Consultants were very happy at the beginning of this month when we presented them with their brand new shiny demonstration kits. We have demonstrated with the rijo42 Brasil for quite some time, and it’s served us incredibly well, however we have now upgraded to the Brasil RSD as our standard demo model.  The RSD is still part of the Brasil family, and as such, provides the same exceptional performance and reliability, with the added benefit of a multimedia screen, or as we call it, Rijo Smart Display (RSD).

Brasil RSD Commercial Coffee Machine Demonstration

This high gloss commercial coffee machine has an integrated TFT screen to which videos and images can be uploaded by USB device. This RSD is an outstanding marketing tool, a great way for conveying company messages and promotions to a captive audience whilst drinks are dispensed. With the capacity for up to 8-14 videos and combination of still images, this machine is an advertisers dream. Since we began demonstrating with the RSD, we have seen a steep increase in sales of this particular model, with customers realising the advertising prowess this machine possesses.

To book your free commercial coffee machine demonstration call free on 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk.

New Big Cup Base Station
Our new Big Cup Base Station is perfect for environments that may not have enough space for a full coffee station concept. The Big Cup Base offers an alternative to a self service coffee station providing functionality and high impact, and can be utilised with any of our commercial coffee machines. Perfect for retail outlets this innovative style base cabinet features lockable storage and integrated condiments units to house sugar, stirrers, milk and such like. The large rijo42 branded coffee cup instantly draws attention to your coffee machine therefore maximising impulse buys.

New Big Cup Commercial Coffee Machine Base Station

For more information on the Big Cup Base Station, please call free on 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk.

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