GIVEAWAY CLOSED : Winner = Debbie
I love coffee. The aroma of the freshly ground beans. The process of making a cup of coffee. The flavour of my delicious, hot beverage.
I try to limit myself to 3 cups of coffee per day. My first cup is first thing in the morning. I rush around getting the kids ready for school, breakfast and lunches made, bags packed. Once everyone is sorted and ready to go, I let them sit in front of the cartoons - while I enjoy the quiet in the kitchen with my coffee and my iPad.
My second coffee is mid morning after I’ve dropped the kids at school and been to the store or post office etc. My last coffee of the day is at around 3pm (if I’m home). If we have afterschool activities, I sometimes don’t get my coffee until 5pm or 6pm and by that time I’m really, REALLY looking forward to it.
Coffee has now become entrenched in Australian culture and a recent Harris Rise & Grind Survey reveals just how obsessed we are as a nation. Did you know that Australians drink over 86.9 million coffees each week? Considering the size of our population, that is a huge amount of coffee.
Harris Coffee is celebrating its 130th birthday and everyone has the opportunity to share their own coffee obsession. Harris is rewarding 130 of the most coffee obsessed tales with a personalised 130th anniversary prize pack. To tell your story, visit the Harris Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisCoffee.
This past weekend, I took my coffee obsession a little further than my usual 3 cups per day and came up with a new cake recipe. This is one cake that I knew would be tasty from the get-go and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t you love it when a moment of inspiration hits you and you just go with it?
1 cup brown sugar (loosely packed)
2 cups SR flour (or plain flour with added baking powder)
2 shots espresso coffee (I used Harris brand which is strong and delicious)
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add 1 egg. Beat until combined. And the 2nd egg and beat.
Add 1 cup of flour and beat. Add the espresso and 2nd cup of flour. Beat
Add the golden syrup and vanilla extract.
* If mixture is too thick (dry), add a little of the milk until you are pleased with the consistency. I add approximately 1/8th of a cup of milk to my mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. It’s cooked when it springs back at a touch.
Cool completely before icing the cake.
1 cup of icing sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp warm water (or espresso coffee)
Combine these ingredients until they’re a smooth and slightly runny consistency. Spread over the cooled cake and allow the icing to set a little before cutting.
Enjoy with a hot cup of Harris coffee or as a yummy dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Keep reading as I have a fantastic GIVEAWAY, courtesy of Harris Coffee, but before I get to there, I thought I'd share some fun facts about coffee consumption in Australia.
• On average Australian coffee drinkers have 14.6 coffees in a week
• 86.9 million coffees are drunk in Australia each week. 3.4 million Australians make their coffees themselves using freshly ground coffee
• More than 3.4 million coffee drinkers (58%) enjoy drinking freshly ground coffee made at home or work, showing coffee knowledge and culture is strong in Australia and we feel confident taking on the espresso machine ourselves!
• 86% (5 million) of coffee fans claim to have an emotional relationship with their daily brew. Australia boasts some 1.5 million self-professed devotees who have a serious passion for coffee
• 3.5 million (60%) of Australian coffee drinkers start their day disgruntled if they don’t get a coffee and 2.3 million (40%) say they feel agitated that their routine has been upset. 2.5 million (42%) admit that they don’t function properly without caffeine and lack concentration and alertness
And this fact just blew me away:
• The average barista coffee drinker spends $597 each year on average on coffee. If Aussies made the switch to ground coffee or coffee made from freshly ground beans at home, they could save $531 of this, with the average ground coffee drinker only spending $66 each year on their coffee – that’s a saving of $40 each month!
Harris’ roast and ground coffee range consists of six products – Espresso, Premium, Black Label, Harris Reserve Colombian, Harris Reserve Brazilian and Decaffeinated. For more information about Harris’ range, visit www.harriscoffee.com.au
With thanks to Harris Coffee, I have this pack of coffee to give away to a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader.
Entering this giveaway is simple. Just tell me:
What is your COFFEE OBSESSION?
Leave a comment below.
Some ideas to consider:
Do you have a specific time of the day you like to drink your coffee? How do you like your coffee? What do you like to have with your coffee? What is your coffee routine?
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2. Giveaway will close at 5pm on Thursday 8 August 2013 (AEST).
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