Potion / Cold-brewed Goodness

As a person who doesnโ€™t drink any hot drinks (more about that here), Iโ€™m used to making coffee, adding milk and then throwing in a ton of ice blocks so that it isnโ€™t warm. So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across Potion Coffee, a Cape Town- based brand that produces cold-brewed coffee. It is naturally sweeter and less acidic โ€“ a truly unique flavour suited to sophisticated taste buds. It can be drunk black, or if youโ€™re like me, you can add a little sugar and milk.

Being a visual person, and a self-confessed packaging lover, another thing that drew my attention towards Potion is their beautiful packaging. The bottles are inspired by old-school medicine bottles, combined with the idea of alchemy, all which make for a very aesthetically pleasing product. (Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll agree!)

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Being passionate coffee lovers themselves stops them from producing anything that is less than excellent.

So next time youโ€™re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for this delightful beverage and be sure to try to out!

Nabeela x

[Disclaimer: All images belong to Potion Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t love.]

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Iced Coffee Things

I donโ€™t drink hot beverages. They make me feel yucky and after many times of thinking Iโ€™ll just try it one more time (which ended in me feeling sick. Every time), I decided once and for all that hot drinks are just not my cup of tea (no pun intended. Alright, fine. Pun intended). On school camps in primary school, I was the only kid who didnโ€™t want hot chocolate and marshmallows. I donโ€™t drink tea (which apparently makes me a very strange Indian), and I donโ€™t like coffee (well, hot coffee. Why would I be writing this if I didnโ€™t like coffee?)

After many years of drinking juice at and restaurants when our family went out for afternoon tea (read: everyone drinks tea โ€“ except me), I decided it was time to venture out of beverage-comfort zone and try something a tad more sophisticated than fruit juice. Enter iced-coffee (please, please, please not to be confused with coffee milkshake). I was pleasantly surprised when I had an iced-latte for the first time. It was the perfect thing for me โ€“ the taste of coffee, but in its icier form. (Side-note: anyone else feel their hearts sink when coffee shops and cafรฉs donโ€™t do iced versions of coffee? 21st century, people!)

A few years and many iced lattes later, and I still love them. Iโ€™ve had all kinds from different little cafรฉs and restaurants around the city, and so, I thought Iโ€™d share a few of my favourite spots to grab a really good iced-coffee. (Iced coffees take many names: iced frappes, frosted lattes, iced lattesโ€ฆ)

  1. Vida e Caffe
  2. Yours Truly
  3. Seattle Coffee Co
  4. Lavazza Coffee Co
  5. Woolworths Cafรฉ

After many attempts to make my own, Iโ€™ve also finally found a recipe that I can make at home and I LOVE it. The perfect start to any day.

So there goes my little ramble about iced coffee (which may or may not have been fueled by caffeine. Iced caffeine).

What are your favourite coffee spots?

Nabeela x

Zen / Morning Rituals

I’ve never really been a person who intentionally followed a morning ritual. When I started doing some reading about minimalism and slow living, the ‘morning ritual’ seemed to pop up.

When I thought of a morning ritual, I didn’t just want it to be things like ‘make lunch’ and ‘brush teeth’.ย  I wanted to be more intentional with my time in the morning. It’s the time of day where you are at your freshest. It can be quite blissful and calm. It leaves me feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

I don’t really have a fixed ‘ritual’ as such. However, I do enjoy having a relaxed breakfast, watching the birds play in the garden and sipping iced coffee (I don’t drink hot beverages).

The few things I do consistently seem very ordinary, but I guess that’s what makes it a ritual. You do it repeatedly.

Something I thoroughly enjoy is listening to a good podcast whilst I get dressed in the morning. I love using those ten or fifteen minutes to listen to something thought-provoking or just interesting.

I thought I’d add my quick iced-frappe recipe:

  1. Add one teaspoon of coffee and sugar to have a cup of boiling water
  2. Stir well and top the cup up with milk
  3. Add 4 ice blocks
  4. Blend

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Do you have a morning ritual?

Nabeela x

 

Choc-Coffee Loaf Cake with Pistachios

Hello

Over this weekend, I was really feeling for chocolate cake. So out came the Kenwood mixer and on went the oven, but I decided that I wanted to try something different. And so, I decided to make this cake!

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2/3 cup of self raising flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/4 cup boiling water (with a teaspoon of coffee)
  • A handful of pistachios for the top

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ยบ/C
  • Beat the eggs and sugar
  • In a different bowl, sift the dry ingredients
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar
  • Add the oil and mix well
  • Add the coffee
  • Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until baked through
  • Top with icing and pistachios

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This cake is so yummy and it’s perfect for a weekend treat as its just enough to eat before the week starts again. Lately, I’ve been so inspired, but not in a way that I just want to make stuff. I want to explore! There’s SO much creativity here in Cape Town and its so exciting to discover! The Design Indaba is coming up soon and I’m really hoping to pop in there.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx