Coffee, you like it or you’re a real tea drinker. I belong to the first group in the morning and in the afternoon I turn it around. Partly because otherwise I’m awake at night. But you don’t have to, read further for the ultimate tip.
A good cup of coffee, a caffeine booster, a wake up call, just a few names in our language that we use for this delicious drink. And when I received the invitation from Cafe Vergnano in my mailbox, my interest was immediately awakened. A brand first introduced in the Netherlands (it has been around since 1882), brewed with Italian passion. The invitation stated that, in addition to an introduction, we had a coffee workshop and ended with a delicious Italian picnic. You can’t say no to that, can you? Not me in any case.
On to the
And so on a drizzly morning (I think it was the worst bad weather day this week) I traveled in a relaxed way by train to Utrecht to get acquainted with this brand on an estate nearby (yes a real estate with driveway). We started with a delicious cappuccino (according to Italian standards you drink it in the morning) and were allowed to look around at the products.
In addition to the three blends that were present (three different types of coffee, something for every taste), there were also beautiful pink packaging that attracted attention. Cafe Vergnano not only makes coffee, but is also socially involved in a project for women: they have set up the Women in Coffee project, in collaboration with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, where they’re saving for a roasting machine that support the women in being able to earn their own income independently.
The passion with which this project was discussed indicated that this project is really dear to them. A special chain with a pink coffee cup has been chosen as the expression of the project. And all the ladies who were there today wore the jewelry around their necks.
Subsequently, after a brief introduction of the brand and why they come to the Netherlands, we were given an explanation about the different types of coffee, their characteristics and interesting facts. For example, did you know that each type of coffee bean has its own shape? That in some regions the coffee beans are fermented to get more flavors and thereby get a white line? And that there are different types of roast techniques?
A cappuccino in Italy is only drunk in the morning and certainly not for dinner (milk and pizza do not go together). And a cappuccino contains more caffeine, when compared to an espresso and an espresso gets more caffeine than a ristretto. Many people, including me, thought it was the other way around. So if you want coffee, but not the large amount of caffeine, then from now on you know what to drink.
Damian Burgess, head and master trainer of Caffe Vergnano who gave this demonstration, then introduced us to 2 different coffee specialties, a Bicerin and a Shakerato, which I will share with you in this blog. And off course I made them with the beans from Caffe Vergnano.
Picnic in the garden of the
Four beautifully laid garden tables were set up in the garden of the estate for our picnic. Covered by bad weather, but that certainly didn’t make the atmosphere any less. After a delicious lunch with vitello tonato, a stuffed pasta and a nut cake with Zabaglione and nice conversations with other food bloggers and editors, it was time to go home again. An inspiring day, where I learned a lot. I will certainly put that into practice more often.
In addition to a bag of coffee beans that came in handy with the recipes below, the goodie bag also had our own chain, so that we too can show the Women in Coffee project. A nice souvenir.
If you want to experience the Caffe Vergnano feeling yourself, this coffee will be available from Albert Heijn from this week. I hereby give you two signature drinks that Damian shared with us and that I can certainly recommend!
- 1 espresso
- ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon liqueur such as Frangelico or amaretto or sugar syrup
- Put some ice in your cocktail glass, so that it gets really cold.
- Scoop ice into your cocktail shaker until it is about ¾ full.
- Pour in the espresso and the liqueur and put the cap on the shaker.
- Hold the cap with two fingers (very good tip! To prevent spillag) and shake the coffee firmly up and down for 15 seconds.
- Hold the strainer on the shaker and pour the coffee cream into the glass.
- 1 espresso
- 100 ml chocolate milk thick
- 50 ml cream whipped to yogurt thickness
- Pour the chocolate milk at the bottom of your glass.
- Pour the espresso through the sphere side of your spoon (so the layers mix lesonto the chocolate milk.
- Finally, pour the whipped cream through the sphere side of your spoon onto the espresso.
I have been invited by Tot PR and Caffe Vergnano for a tour of the company and a workshop and picnic.The experience and opinion in this blog are mine. Also read the disclaimer for more information.I would like to thank Femke Scholtes and everyone present for the warm welcome and educational day.
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