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.

Welcome to another week commencing.

This week has been a good one. Before Christmas I felt ready and raring to go. January it just disappeared. That get up and go fell between my fingers. I blamed the weather and the dark mornings and nights but it was a combo. Work has been a little tough recently and my weight plateaued. But recently I’ve felt the fog clearing. I even managed to go to the gym three days in a row this week. Hasn’t happened in months. But here’s a look at my week commencing Mar 20. (Plus there is a cheeky cover reveal at the bottom so keep reading!)

Dressing for my size.

If you’ve followed me on Twitter/Instagram you might have picked up that I recently lost quite a bit of weight. Almost 28 lbs. When you’ve spent the last 12 months attempting to hide your body in over-sized jumpers, sweatshirts and leggings it takes a while to re-group. As I lost weight, and my body slimmed my wardrobe didn’t. This Monday I pulled open several drawers and snatched out three dresses I had once loved. They all fitted. Two better than they had when they were bought. It’s been a week of re-discovery, and happiness. Every time I look in the mirror I feel just so much bladdy better. Before anyone tells me, your size shouldn’t re-define you. I KNOW. But, the Lizzy I saw for 12 months didn’t define me. The Lizzy I see staring back is the one I want to define.

Nice to have you back babe.

Week Commencing Mar 20: My Trainers

Yorkshire Provender Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This stuff is honestly LIT. I saw it on offer in Waitrose when I was VV hungover. I wanted a soup that felt like a hug and this just hit the spot. Creamy, not too high in calories and with the addition of kale it was honestly fantastic and just what I needed. I want to re-create this when I have a spare minute.#

Week Commencing Mar 20: Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Zyliss Hot Mug Cafetiere

T bought me one of these a couple of weeks ago but I hadn’t got round to using it. It is really fab. If you’re the kind of person that likes nice coffee but doesn’t want to spend a fortune a week forking out on Starbucks spend £6. Pick up this gorgeous cafetiere style mug and sip away. FULL post to come soon.

Week Commencing Mar 20: Coffee Mug

Do something that scares you

I bloody hate that phrase. Who really wants to do something that scares them? This week saying that I’ve been completely out of my comfort zone. Filming, photographing and interview ing students it’s been intense. Two days full of multiple shoots it was a lot of fun but mentally exhausting. Sayin’ that, can’t wait to do it again.

Week Commencing Mar 20: My Feet

But keep to you

I was invited out to food a number of times this week and although I don’t want to say I missed out – I didn’t want to mess up all the progress I had made. I want to press the point that I don’t stop myself from having fun because of food. Sometimes you just have to align it with your goals. Been to the gym four times in a row, don’t feel like chomping down on 2,000 cals worth of burgers. Then don’t.

Week Commencing Mar 20: Brekkie Crumpets

A Time to Die (Cover Reveal!)

Jonas Lee has a new cover reveal! (And it is G O R G E O U S.)

Jonas is a fantastic author and I have had the chance to read/review a number of his books and they are wonderful. Full of action, mystery all set in a fantastical setting. Well worth a look. I’ve included a blurb, author bio and links so go check it out. (Please.)

AMAZON

GOODREADS 

Carter Gabel saved his own life, and rescued his city from destruction. But, after the Pirates forced him into hiding, he spent years holed up in Crighton, city of ghosts.  Just as he thinks the world has forgotten him, a knock on the door interrupts his life and as he opens it, his next journey begins. An unexpected foe waits for him at the end to challenge everything he knows and all that his future holds. What must Carter do to survive? And what does he sacrifice to become a legend?

Author Bio:

Writing out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jonas likes coming up with new and creative worlds that speak to the plausible while remaining believable. With a fist-full of peanut M&Ms and a cup of coffee, he has written three novels about a snarky, supernatural teen able to time travel and more.

Beyond writing, Jonas has a gift for useless knowledge through watching trivia shows and a love for cinematic adventures. Music fuels his writing and you can see him with at least one earbud in every day.

That’s been my week – how was yours? 

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.