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BY : Alan Hawkins | Chief Roaster at the East London Coffee CO.

Placed alongside a slice of lovely home-made lemon torte, an Affogato al Caffè is simply lovely. Either as a standalone dessert or paired with another, Affogato will certainly add pizzazz to your desserts. Simply drizzle a warm espresso over a ball or two of good quality vanilla ice cream. This is but one of the many ways that you can expand your relationship with coffee.

Winter presents us with an ideal time for both chocolate and coffee. Combine the two delights into one by adding a spoon of cocoa or chocolate powder to your brew. Whilst it can be a little sweet, this drink is often enjoyed by the whole family. To jazz this up a little, spread some thick chocolate sauce in a rising whirl on the inside of a tall glass, pour in your choccachino and enjoy this either as a warm drink or with ice as a dessert.

Coffee combines well with many flavours, in particular berry, mint and citrus fruit. Add something different to your baking buy including an espresso in your icing mix and even in the cake-mix itself.

This one might surprise you but as coffee cooks down, it sweetens. Try adding a shot of espresso into your meat marinade or into a glaze for a barbecue. Coffee adds depth to your flavours and will contribute to that sought-after smoky-sweet hint which we all enjoy.

“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” – Earl Wilson