My cappuccino cupcake creation will give you a triple dose of caffeine to help you celebrate UK Coffee week, a nationwide celebration of coffee to raise funds for coffee growing communities. Hidden inside these espresso flavoured cupcakes is a white chocolate and coffee ganache surprise that keeps these treats moist and decadent.
There are two main stereotypes which adhere to the British persona; the china cup toting tea drinker, and the rowdy lager lout. These are the guises other nationalities would have us take and we've worn them pretty well throughout the decades, but little by little a change has taken place and in recent years an interloper has appeared on the high street...
Kopi, the local coffee of Singapore and Malaysia, is probably the best-kept secret outside its home region. But it deserves a much wider fan base. Those of you who, like us, have had the pleasure of travelling in Southeast Asia may also have had the unique experience of visiting a kopitiam, the place where kopi is served.
It's estimated that 2.5billion coffee cups end up in landfill every year. It's sadly undeniable that we have a cultural problem with litter blighting our beautiful countryside: a leaf-denuded autumnal hedge pockmarked with flapping supermarket plastic bags is viscerally awful, and what a miserable scene a litter-strewn high street is at any time of the year.
The French government has made a bold decision this week in the name of reducing waste and tackling climate change - good on them! By committing to ban disposable cups and plates by 2020 - except those that are completely compostable - France is taking a huge step towards tackling the one million coffee cups that reach landfill every minute. Perhaps it's time that Britain took the leap?