Gimoka Coffee

I love coffee. A lot of readers do.

Gimoka recently got in touch and asked whether I wanted to try their compatible Nespresso Capsules. I couldn’t say no.

Gimoka offer coffee lovers the chance to explore a range of compatible Nespresso Capsules obtained from a careful selection of the best coffee around the world. The capsules are blended according to the best italina tradition by Gimoka coffee artisans. Gimoka just want to offer you the best blends for a fraction of the cost without any compromise on quality.

Also it’s good to note; historically  coffee has not always been considered healthy. Due to the improvement in food science analysis, the situation today is very different. The majority of coffee constituents are in fact bio-active: they have a positive effect on the metabolism of our cells. Furthermore, coffee contains several vitamins and minerals and it is a good source of antioxidants. So get pouring.

Blend?

I have tried number 10, 5 and 7 (Deciso, Lungo and Cremoso) from the Gimoka range. The Cremoso has an intense aroma but is sweet to taste. It’s a blend obtained from the best Robusta coffee beans from Central and South America and India with an intense and envelopment aroma for a full and lasting taste. The Lungo is less strong with a slightly more bitter taste but equally delicious.  In terms of usability they work brilliantly in my machine. No overflow, no water issues; which is all good.

Favourite?

Number 10 however is my favourite.

The Deciso Nespresso Compatible coffee capsule gives a strong, intense and rich taste. This espresso has a lot of body, warmth and gives off scents of both cocoa and dried fruits. There’s a froth on the top that tastes delicious and the roasting leaves a rounded after-taste. I like my coffee strong and this tastes delicious.

Overall thoughts?

It’s also a great way to have a true espresso at home. Or in the office with your Nespresso coffee machines using the Gimoka Nespresso compatible capsules. I’m a big fan.

Gimoka Coffee Pods

Gimoka Coffee Pods

T and I love a wonderfully brewed coffee. This year we invested in a new caffietere, espresso cups and saucers, and filled a cupboard full of flavoured beans. It’s been a long time coming. The only wobble we’ve had is how to have nice coffee at work. Despite being a morning person I’m never up quite early enough to go to the gym/make breakfast/sort lunch and sit down and have a cup. T came up with the perfect present. Ordered from Amazon, two Zyliss Hot Mug Cafetiere’s appeared on our doorstep.

Enjoy freshly brewed filter coffee on the go with the Zyliss Hot Mug Cafetiere. All you have to do is put in the ground coffee, add hot water and press the fine mesh filter down to brew lovely fresh coffee. The double walled container will keep your drink hotter for longer, and a useful lid allows you to lock in the heat and carry your drink without spilling it.

Zyliss Hot Mug

Features and Benefits

Fresh coffee wherever you go – Brew your favourite coffee anywhere, anywhere.

Any hot drink – Suitable for all kinds of drinks as well as hot chocolate and tea.

Specifications

  • Double wall container
  • Filter mechanism
  • Dimensions: H12.1 x W8.9 x D11.4cm

Thoughts?

The main reason for investing, (does £6 count as investing?) Was to save pennies on terrible instant coffees. A pound a go I wanted something that would give me caffeine, live with the constraints of my desk without constantly breaking the bank. This is a life-saver. It works just as a regular caffetiere does. Add a spoon of coffee, fill to the brim with not quite boiling water. Let the coffee infuse by waiting a couple of minutes, then pushing down the plunger. Perfect?

Well – pretty much. The size is wonderful. It makes a large enough cup to leave you buzzing and keeps the coffee warm for much longer than a regular china/ceramic mug. Yes it’s a plastic mug but the high quality doesn’t make it seem so bad (promise.) It also comes with a lid, although I will probably lose it quite quickly. It’s good for keeping your coffee V V hot. It’s not so great for the car, the mug is a little too fat. It comes in three colours; blue, read and black. It looks high quality and feels it. Oh, and the price point is incredible.

There are LOTS of reviews that complain about having a mouthful of coffee grains towards the end of the mug. This can be very simply avoided. Before you begin make sure the cup is really dry then add a spoonful of coffee. Then gently fill with hot water but do not fill above the fill line. (Keep a cm below.) Stir gently then wait 30 seconds for the coffee to sink. THEN, put the plunger into the cup so the filter is just in the liquid. It should seal against the side of the cup. Then you can add more water (if needs be.) Brew for however long you want then push down gently. PERFECT.

Would I recommend? Yes – it’s a wonderful little present that will keep your coffee hot and your wallet heavy.

Perhaps you are already aware of the healthy benefits of coffee. From lifestyle diseases such as diabetes to complicated cardiovascular conditions, coffee has been scientifically proven to contain antioxidants that keep such diseases at bay. Unfortunately, you can still brew your perfect cup from fresh roasts but ruin it by using unhealthy additives. Here are some of the things you should avoid adding to your java.

Sugar, Milk, And 5 Other Things That Can Ruin Your Coffee Brew

Sugar

While sugar makes your drink sweet, it is not the best sweetener you need for your java. In fact, coffee is at its best when served without any additive. What sugar can undo the benefits of coffee. It is associated with all manner of health complications such as type 2 Diabetes, weight gain, cancer, and heart diseases. So, if you make your java as sweet as candies, then you are doing more harm to your body. Use healthier options such as natural honey and stevia extracts to sweeten your drink.

Skim Milk

This highly processed milk is fat-free. Compared to full-fat milk, skim milk has been found to increase the risk of getting type two diabetes. On the other hand, full-fat milk contains healthy fatty acids that can protect from the disease. So, there you have it. If you have to add milk to your java, then using full-fat milk is your best option.

Artificial Creamers

Non-dairy creamers used as coffee additives are synthesized to look like dairy creamer. One of the downsides of using these creamers is that they have trans fats which trigger the increase of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in your body. They also suppress the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol which offers protection against heart ailments. This increases the risk of contracting diabetes and cardiovascular complications, including stroke. This is clearly not what you want to consume on a daily basis as it can end up by damaging your health.

Artificial Sweeteners

While artificial sweeteners do not cause blood sugar spikes, they are associated with impaired glucose breakdown. This can lead to skewed cravings which can adversely affect your eating habits. In essence, these sweeteners eventually alter the way your body reacts to sugar’s taste.

Synthetic Coffee Flavors

There are several flavoring syrups in the market today. While it is fun to flavor your java, it pays to do so in a healthy way. Most of the synthetic flavors are laden with chemicals such as propylene glycol and potassium sorbate.  Propylene glycol is widely applied in the cosmetics industry as an antifreeze. It is highly linked to cancer, stunted growth, and reproductive complications. On the other hand, Potassium sorbate is commonly used as a food preservative. Some of the known side effects of this chemical compound include nausea and stomach upsets. To protect yourself from such, it is wise to use natural unprocessed extracts to flavor your coffee.

Butter

You may be familiar with this common practice of adding butter to coffee. While it is arguably health to do so, it is important to choose your butter wisely. It comes in two forms: salted or unsalted. Also, it can be organic or grass-fed. These variations differ significantly in flavor and nutritional value. Salt is used to keep butter fresh for longer. Also, the fresher the butter, the better it will taste. So make your choice wisely to make sure you maintain a great taste of your java.

Canned Whipped Cream

Whipped cream comes in many versions. In most cases, they contain artificial creamers and harmful chemicals such as nitrous oxide. Unknown to many, nitrous oxide can cause serious cognitive impairment and also affect your vision. To protect yourself from such chemicals, avoid these creams and rather stick to healthy habits of preparing your brew.

Taking too long to drink your coffee

Coffee is best taken while fresh. If you let your brew settle for long, agents of nature such as oxidation start working on it.  In no time the acid levels in your coffee start to rise. If you drink that brew, you ingest more acid to your body and with that you are increasing the risk of getting heartburns. The bottom line is to brew your java when you need it and in small quantities.

Are you ruining the best coffee of your life?

Sugar, Milk, And 5 Other Things That Can Ruin Your Coffee Brew

Sugar, Milk, And 5 Other Things That Can Ruin Your Coffee Brew

Sugar, Milk, And 5 Other Things That Can Ruin Your Coffee Brew

Rudy Caretti has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.

Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many different distinctive flavors we all love.
As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role played by coffee in most people’s social life and he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog

He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

It’s 2017. Already it feels better than the year before but this week has been an odd one. After the Christmas break T persuaded me to take another week off. A health scare, the death of a dear friend and money wobbles all prompted me that I needed to sit down. To take a nap, to take a bath, to pound the pavements and watch hours of Drag Race. January is the perfect time for SAD to arise. The cold, dark mornings and evenings can easily make even the most cheerful feel like a mouldy sack of spuds. This week though I’ve been looking for the good in everything. This is what I found.

Ruby Murray

T and I rarely order takeaway. London might be one of my favourite places on earth but it’s damn expensive. Rent, council tax, bills it’s all made me feel like I’m constantly surging towards a meltdown. Once NY was over and everyone had left at 10pm T and I ordered a curry. It was fantastic. I went with the Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi and T as always order a number of side dishes and the biggest naan I’ve ever seen. We watched Olympus has Fallen (that film is awful) and ate a hella load of curry. It felt wonderful.

The best takeaway curry

Knitting (attempting to knit.)

I’ve had a couple of mini meltdowns over the holidays. Not emotionally, but anxiety wise maybe. I don’t feel like I’m very good at any useful or enjoyable skills.  Yes it’s probably a bit of an exaggeration but it’s made me feel shoddy. Really shoddy. Over Christmas, in-between the 657 meals I asked my Grandmother if she fancied teaching me to knit. A trip to hobby craft later I was attempting to knit away. I can now cast on, do a knit stitch and kinda pearl and I’ve started knitting a scarf. It’s very bobbly and very yellow but I adore it.

Learning to knit. Slowly. Very slowly.

Camden Market

Gah I love Camden. It’s a bustling treasure chest of eclectic stores, food stalls and steaming cups of aromatic coffee. T and I caught the tube there during our time off over Christmas and I ate maybe the best hot-dog I’ve ever had. Juicy sausage, crispy fried onions, mustard, pickles and I think mayonnaise. There’s something perfect about noshing on food you haven’t made, covered in hats and scarves with mustard dripping down your sleeve. It was delicious. Happy days.

The Best Hotdog ever. Like ever. At Camden Market.

Whittard’s Amaretto Coffee

The smell of this alone makes me feel tip-top hooray. This Christmas was the year of adult presents and one of the only things I asked for was a Cafetiere. Mumma B bought us one from Boden and a bunch of different coffees. This one, however, is my favourite. It tastes of Christmas, happiness and makes the flat smell incredible. I’m now rationing it because we live nowhere near a Whittards but when I find one – well, we might just need a cupboard solely for coffee.

Coffee from Whittard. Amaretto is the best.

Tales from Alice in Wonderland

I discovered this tiny book tucked away on my bookshelf when I was home and I devoured it in under an hour. There are lots of books that I only really read (when I was a lot younger) because I read shorter versions, or snippets. Later in life I went back and re-read these books in full.  Probably loved them even more. I thought the cover of this one was impossibly perfect.

Tales from Alice in Wonderland

There was my week. It’s been a lovely week but once again pilfered by random wobbles and doubts. January seems to be bitterly cold this year so I’m off to finish my knitted scarf. Wish me luck.

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*Sighs* this might be my favourite Top Ten Tuesday post so far. The actually topic is Ten books that would be on your syllabus X 101. Examples include YA, fantasy, classic literature, feminist literature, you get the idea. I’ve picked ‘life 101’ and I mean it, not in a literal way, but more of the way in which books teach you something. These books include teaching you how to pick yourself up, get over heart-break, family strains. These are the books that have given me something back.

1)       The Last Lecture by Randy Pauch

This book, honest to the word, has helped in ways that I could have never expected it to. It talks of life in such an honest, wonderfully light and subtle way, but it talks of death, love and family too. The fact that author is dying as we read along makes it feel all the more destructive but it has a calming presence. It talks of never wasting time, living every day the way we want to and to take control. I haven’t really looked back since finishing this book.

2)       Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

I’ve never reviewed this book for mylittlebookblog, but I think I might soon. The book follows the main character as he comes to terms with his sister’s death from anorexia. It highlights the struggle of family life, the tough decisions we have to make, and the loss of people close to us. It’s a tale that I always dip into now and again and it’s written in a wonderfully lyrical style. My and sister and I rarely got on a couple of years back but now we’re a solid pair of besties. She’s one in a million.

3)       ‘Giovanni’s Lover by James Baldwin

When I first started this book I didn’t think I would finish it let alone make its way onto this list, but this book taught me that there are some things, we cannot take back. I went through a lot of time not caring how I made other people feel because I barely cared about myself, at all. This book taught me that our decisions, our words, our actions towards others can be detrimental to people that we love. I know it seems trivial but I needed this to speak to me and tell me I needed to stop being an ass.

4)       Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Maybe a controversial choice, but this book helped to change the perception that I needed to plan out, almost exactly, how my life was going to pan out. I panicked about too many different elements in my life; relationships, career, where I was going to live etc. The mother bought this and told me to read it, get some perspective and calm the hell down. This was the starting blocks to letting go a little more and trusting me more.

5)       Remember to breathe by Simon Pont

I have written about this book many, many a time but reading this really helped to break through my wailing and make me think that the collapse of my relationship was merely a blip in the road. I’ve met someone who is miles better for me, and just gets me and this book helped to smooth over all the feelings that were raging at the time.

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6)       Factotum by Charles Bukowski

Another maybe, odd choice? I’ve always worried a lot about where I’m going to be, in terms of career and this book made me think. I know that what I’m doing right isn’t right for me, it’s not challenging me but the main character in this book is all over the place. He’s changing jobs every second, turning up late, drunk, forgetting things falling asleep. Although quite obviously isn’t the way to do it, the way that you can change your life and do something else, even something polar opposite,  made me positive that I’m never stuck. I can always go a different way.

7)       The Fault in our stars by John Green

This also wasn’t going to make the list but I thought, fuck it. It’s a book about adoration, love, belief and pain. But it’s a tale that teaches us that pain and hurt exist, but to live in the present, in the moment you might say if you’re feeling all gushy. This book is worth a bloody read.

8)       The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson

I know this appears in all my lists but I couldn’t help myself once again. As I’ve come to terms with my anxiety many things I thought were ‘control-freak,’ tendencies were in fact my anxiety. I’ve struggled with losing friends in the past, holding on despite deceit, awkward silences and their brush-off manner. This book taught me it is okay to lose people, not because you want to but because it’s better, often for both of you.

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9) Pearshaped by Stella Newman 

Another tale about relationships but taken from the other side this book looks at the problems of unhealthy, manipulating and downright awful relationships. We are allowed to say when something is not up and stand up for ourselves. This books says that, loud and clear.

10)       Finally, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

I picked this because, some of the quotes features are so profound and special. I often like to ask people if they would like to be friends with Alice or be Alice, because her sudden change in perception is mind-blowingly beautiful. There are so many twisted bits of knowledge woven in and we see Alice grow as a person. It’s a classic book that means a lot to me and many readers and I’m glad it’s made the list.

I wrote a lot more here than I thought I would surprisingly but I thought this was a list where you really needed to explain why they made the list. This isn’t an extensive list (obviously) and when I read Wild, which I will do, I might have to include that as a bonus book because I think it might just change my outlook on everything but we’ll see. Another day another book.

I do love it when people comment and ask me and the choices, the reasons, and just hearing what you would add so if you have anything pop in down in the comments below. Lots of love and hugs, lizzy. X