I admit it. In Finland it’s not always easy to find good coffee. Try to understand me. I grew up were you are not allowed to go in a cafeteria and ask for “a coffee”, because it’s too vague. And then I come to Finland, where the majority of people drink American style coffee, that is quite bitter, with a lot of milk. I still remember the first time I tasted it, Finnish coffee. The first impression was like I would be drinking a something made out of burned beans.
Anyway, I’m sure that are many Finns that don’t like Italian coffee. In the end, it’s just a matter of taste and what you are used to.
It is renowned that Finland is the largest consumer of coffee, with its almost 3 mugs per day or almost 10 kg per year per capita. But, as we know, quantity and quality are not synonyms, right?
But let’s continue to talk about good coffee, this time not from Italy, but from London. I found these guys on Instragram and I was immediately struck by them.
CRU Kafe is a young and vibrant Londoner company that sells eco-friendly coffee in grain, in beans and in Nespresso capsules. The idea came up when one of the founder caught her friend filling an old capsule of Nespresso with some quality ground coffee. So that’s how they realized that there was no one yet producing high quality organic coffee Nepresso capsules.
So, if you have a Nepresso coffee machine, this is something you absolutely have to try.
The pods are made with recycled materials, so you can directly throw them into your recycle bin. But that’s not all! The company is actively working toward biodegradable pods, further reducing the environmental impact.
“We’re not interested in burnt, bitter coffee”, is clearly stated in their website. Their philosophy is to follow the entire process, from the bean harvest to the coffee in the cup.
CRU Kafe offers different kind of blends, each one with a unique aroma, depending on the beans’ origin and the roasting.
The blend Klaus and I tasted was San Antonio, available both ground and in beans. We found this coffee really enjoyable, not at all bitter and with a delicate flavor, perfect both for espresso and for cappuccino. Klaus even brought it to his students (all Finns!) and they also liked it very much.
I developed for you a recipe where the coffee taste rules: a coffee ice cream!
Don’t ask me or try to understand why do I always make up summery recipes just when it start to get colder because I’ve been wondering the same and could not get to a conclusion! Anyway, I think a good ice cream is a perfect way to conclude a meal lightly and nicely all year round.
Note. Read the post till its very end if you’d like to know what surprise CRU Kafe and we, Two blades of grass, have prepared for you!
- 3 egg yolks
- 100 g of caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
- 100 ml of milk
- 200 ml of heavy cream
- 3 coffee cups of espresso
- Make the espressos.
- Whip the egg yolks, the sugar and the vanilla sugar till they will be a foamy whitish cream.
- Warm the milk and 50 ml of heavy cream.
- Pour in very slowly the milk and cream into the egg mixture.
- Add the coffee and boil the mixture for two minutes.
- Whip the rest of the cream till firm.
- Mix together the egg mixture with the whipped cream (do not worry if the compound will be quite liquid).
- Case a plum-cake form with some baking paper and pour the ice cream into the form.
- Leave in freezer mixing once every hour for 4 hours, so that the ice cream will freeze evenly and to avoid any stratifications.
Are you curios to try the tastiest and most organic coffee London knows? Through Two blades of grass, you can do it saving! Go to the official website of CRU Kafe and you’ll get 20% off if you will add the code “BOOKCRU” to your order. All you’ll have to do after that is to wait for the coffee to reach you home!