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Wholewheat & Oat Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Here’s a chocolate chip cookie recipe gone healthier, yet still deeply satisfying. This is not your everyday quintessential chocolate chip cookie. This one is better. Deep dark chocolaty + chewy + fudgy = comfort food! Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 125g dark couverture chocolate {I used 72%} 50g unsalted butter 30g good quality cocoa powder 1 egg 100g brown vanilla sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 15ml yogurt {1tbsp} 80g oats 75g wholewheat flour 50g dark chocolate chips Method Line two cookie trays with parchment paper and preheat your oven at 180C. In a heatproof bowl or in microwave or using double boiler method melt chocolate and butter and whisk until smooth. Stir in cocoa powder. Combine egg, yogurt and brown sugar in a large bowl and whisk till fluffy. Beat by adding vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Mix in melted chocolate. Into this, fold in the oats, whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes for oats to absorb moisture. If the …

Humans of coffee: Adam Goldberg

Who is Adam Goldberg? I’m the editor in chief of Drift, a new coffee magazine you probably haven’t heard of. I’m from and currently live in New York with my girlfriend and Drift’s creative director, Daniela. My sister Elyssa, Drift’s Executive editor, also lives in the same building, so it’s a blast working together on a project we’re passionate about: Drift, a magazine about cities — their culture, architecture, and people — as seen through the lens of coffee. I love to travel and learn new languages. That’s been the inspiration for Drift’s city-by-city focus. In my spare time I box and write home automation software for my apartment.. right now my coffee brews automatically when I wake up, lights dim when I watch TV, and turn off when I fall sleep. Although admittedly, sometimes lights still turn on in the middle of the night. What is your best childhood memory? When I was 13, I lived in Sichuan, China for a summer. My best friend from elementary school was from Chengdu and invited me back …

The 5 best flat whites in Buenos Aires (Palermo edition)

Buenos Aires was a late bloomer when it comes to specialty coffee shops. Like in every big city, coffee plays a big role in the porteños’ day to day life. There are coffee shops everywhere, and they range from very traditional cafés to the new wave of more alternative and cozy coffee spots. The flat white was recently introduced into the local coffee market by some very specific places, most of them new, opened in the last couple years. I honestly spend most of my afternoons looking for new places to try, and everytime I find one, I always get a flat white. I have a theory that if a place makes a nice flat white, then it’s good. If you’re a fan of the legendary flat white, like me, then you must go to these five places if you visit this culturally fascinating South American city. Ninina Bakery Perhaps the place that feels the most like New York City in the neighborhood of Palermo Soho. Actually, many of this new cafés find their home …

How one man went from instant to grinding beans at home

Just over a year ago I was talking to a friend of mine about coffee. At this point in my life I enjoyed a coffee from @homecoffeesouth. The coffee is always of great quality and the staff are always on hand to talk about the one thing they love the most… COFFEE !! As my friend and I continued to talk, we agreed on one thing… how difficult it can be to enjoy quality coffee at home. We all have a jar of instant coffee at home but I wanted something better, something special, made with love and on a daily basis. This is where my coffee journey began. My friend recommended an online coffee company called @pactcoffee. Now, they are one of many companies offering coffee delivered to your door but I can only talk about these guys. They trade directly with farmers all over the world. That means they source the best coffee in the world while ensuring unbeatable pay for their farmers. I started with a different bag of ground coffee being …

Banana bread

One of my favourite childhood memories is my mom’s banana bread. Let’s bake some of my childhood, shall we? Love you mom. Ingredients: For the bread: 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted 3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar (I use dark here; either light or dark work) 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup (about 180 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For the rum caramel sauce: 1 1/2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons milk 3 ½ tablespoons heavy cream 1/3 cup (75 g) granulated sugar 25 g butter pinch of salt For the mascarpone frosting:  250 g mascarpone 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar (or to taste) ½ cup heavy cream Instructions:  For the bread: Heat your oven to 180°C. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan (23 x 13 x 6 cm), or spray it with a nonstick baking spray. Mash bananas in the bottom of a …

Humans of coffee: Charlie Wade

Who is Charlie Wade? A guy pretty much obsessed with all things coffee. It started at a young age, copying my father’s morning routine of a strong black coffee with one sugar. Little did I know that many years later, while studying music, my part time barista job would pull my life in a different direction as coffee took over my world. Born Wade Ruiters in Kokstad South Africa, my family moved to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 11 and towards the end of 2017 I decided to move to Melbourne, Australia, planting my roots in Brunswick, a suburb in Melbourne’s North. Charlie become a workplace nickname at my first barista job and has stuck for the subsequent five years. Charlie, Charlie Wade or Wade: take your pick! What is your favourite childhood memory? Family trips to East London’s Orient Beach swimming pools feel crystal clear in my mind. We would spend hours there on hot summer days, and then head up the road to the Windmill Roadhouse for hotdogs and a strawberry …

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Espressofabriek

Housed inside a 19th century gas works is Espressofabriek. It was one of the first venues to open inside what is now a culture park. And is the first speciality coffee shop to open in the Netherlands. I made my way past the roasting machine at the entrance and the big open bar to find a seat in the back. And settled in to review my less then exceptional photographs while sipping a more than exceptional flat white. Add it to your list.    

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Lot Sixty One

When I arrived at Lot Sixty One both the outside benches were occupied. By locals. Always a good sign. Two of them had dogs. An even better sign. I walked inside and perched myself at the bar. The heat outside inspired an iced coffee. Which tasted like friendship. It had me at hello. Which is how Claye introduced himself. He told me about the shop, the coffee and himself. I liked all three. And you will too.  

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Sweet Cup

It’s the driftwood, the succulents and the adorable basset hound that make you feel like you’re in Lisa Rooimans and Paul van Duuren’s living room. And that’s exactly what they were going for. A warm inviting space where customers would receive personal attention. It’s not often you find a speciality coffee shop (and microroastery) that promotes pourovers over espresso-based drinks. Sweet Cup is that shop. And after I tasted my V60, which Lisa recommended I let cool before my first sip, I understood why. If you’re in a rush, head buried in your phone, you’ll easily miss Sweet Cup’s discreet but beautiful storefront on Lange Leidsedwarsstraat. And you’ll completely miss one of the best coffee experiences in Amsterdam. There’s a lesson in that.