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Father's Day Gifts For Coffee Lovers

Uh-oh, Father's Day is fast approaching, and all over the nation families are wondering what on earth to get the man who seemingly has everything. Well, if the big man in your life loves coffee, you're in luck – our Father's Day Gift Guide is brimming with suggestions that are guaranteed to put a smile on his dial and a spring in his step.

A coffee roasting course

Australians are a bit obsessed with coffee nothing new there. What's new, is our interest in where our coffee came from and the craft that goes into preparing it. Real enthusiasts are even roasting their own beans at home – and what dad doesn't love a bit of DIY? With these courses, dad can learn how to take green beans and turn them into his very own boutique roast.

WA – Barista School Perth
QLD – Wolff
VIC  – Market Lane
NSW – Peaberrys
SA – Australian Coffee Academy

Coffee Roasting Course, from $99

Three Thousand Thieves Coffee Subscription

Imagine giving dad access to boutique, artisan roasts that his mates can't get their hands on. Three Thousand Thieves is on a mission to uncover Melbourne's most passionate, talented coffee roasters and let you sample them all. When you buy dad a gift subscription, he'll get regular packages, containing whichever new and different beans the clever coffee boffins at Three Thousand Thieves have discovered that month. You choose the size of the package and the length of the subscription.

Three Thousand Thieves coffee subscription, from $75  

Bean Body Man Scrub

Why limit his love of coffee to the kitchen? With Bean Body Man Scrub, dad can enjoy his coffee in the shower – well, sort of. This exfoliant scrubs away rough skin using real coffee grounds, then leaves your skin baby soft, with the deep moisturising power of coconut oil. Dad will feel like a new man.

Bean Body Man Scrub, RRP $17.95
 


Keep Cup

Did you know that disposable coffee cups have a plastic lining that doesn't biodegrade? This adds up to an estimated additional 60,000 kilograms of plastic waste in Australia every year. Ouch! Be part of the solution – buy dad a stylish Keep Cup. They come in a variety of sizes and designs there's even a Star Wars range (we're just sayin').

 Keep Cup, from $11 RRP

The Specialty Coffee Book

This beautifully-designed book takes the reader on a journey from farm to cup, provides tips on what makes a great coffee, and uncovers tucked-away coffee haunts and brilliant baristas. Currently available in a New South Wales edition and a Victoria edition – if you don't happen to live in either region, might we suggest a weekend away as the perfect companion gift?

The Specialty Coffee Book, $38.50 from Booktopia

De'Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

If he's been thinking of getting a coffee machine for a while, now's the time to treat him. Our Dedica Pump Espresso Machine is ideal for the home barista, with a heating system that makes sure every coffee is the perfect temperature in double-quick time. It's self-priming system means it's always ready for use, and it comes in a range of beautiful colours that will look great on your benchtop.

De'Longhi Dedica Pump Espresso, RRP $429

De'Longhi Dedica Grinder

Every coffee aficionado knows that a great coffee has a lot to do with the grind of the beans. Too fine, and your coffee will be bitter and over-extracted; too coarse and your coffee will be weak and under-extracted. Get it just right and you're in coffee heaven. The Dedica Grinder helps you achieve the perfect grind, and it makes the ideal companion to the Dedica Pump Espresso Machine.  When you buy both together you'll spend just $629, saving $99.

De'Longhi Dedica Grinder, RRP $299 (save $99 when purchased together with the Dedica Pump Espresso Machine)

We hope our little guide helps you find the perfect gift for your coffee-loving dad. What are your suggestions for perfect Father's Day gifts? Hop onto our Facebook page to let us know.

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Health benefits of coffee

If you're a caffeine addict, you'll be happy to know that there is a healthy amount of evidence to suggest that your daily brew is good for you so you can fire up your espresso machine with confidence.

Coffee can make you smarter

We know caffeine is a stimulant, but did you know that it also acts as a blocker for a neurotransmitter called Adenosine? That sharper focus and extra ability to function just after your morning coffee could have a lot to do with this chemical reaction in motion.

It can help burn fat

What's the common ingredient in almost every fat loss supplement on the market? Caffeine! Studies show that caffeine boosts the body's metabolism, which may help you to burn fat faster. A word of warning for the coffee obsessed however, these benefits can diminish over time and over consumption, so drink in moderation!

It’s packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants

That mysteriously dark brew has a lot going on aside from smelling amazing in the morning. A single cup of coffee contains essential nutrients and antioxidants such as Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin, which are believed to protect the body from free radical damage and keeping us healthy.

Drinking coffee before exercise may help you burn more fat

According to some studies, drinking coffee (and we're talking an espresso here, not a cream and sugar-laden mocha latte frappucino), can help the body burn fat instead of glycogen when working out.

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Dry July Survival Guide: Part One – How to stay motivated

Welcome to the first part of our two-part Dry July Survival Guide. To kick off, we’re exploring ways to stay motivated during your alcohol-free month. Next time, we’ll look at ways to boost the health effects of your detox. So, without further ado, here’s the low-down on beating the boredom and staying on track.

Don't be a hermit

Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean you have to give up on your social life. It can feel tempting when everyone around you is drinking, but these simple tricks make it easier:

1. Team up with an alcohol-free buddy. There’s sure to be someone in your circle who’s already committed to Dry July, or is thinking about it. Enlisting support is a great way to stay on track; you can encourage each other when you start to waiver.

2. Know your mocktails. Nowadays, you don’t need to stick to lemon, lime and bitters. From lychee martinis to virgin negronis, there’s a myriad of alcohol-free tipples to tantalise your taste buds. The only ingredient missing is the hangover.

3. Bow out before it gets boring. You know that stage of the evening when everyone’s had a little too much and the conversation goes from entertaining to silly? Well, now you have the perfect excuse to disappear quietly.

Treat yourself

Instead of seeing Dry July as a month of deprivation, try thinking of it as a time to focus on your wellbeing. Here are some great ways to pamper yourself – after all, you deserve it:

1. Get a massage. Funnel some of that cash you’re not spending on alcohol, into a relaxing treatment at your local spa. You’ll walk out on cloud nine, giving yourself a big pat on the back for being so virtuous!

2. Make the most of your mornings. Linger over your morning coffee, read the newspaper, take a long walk. Being hangover-free has its advantages.

3. Alcohol is high in calories. So, when you’re alcohol-free you can flex a bit on your food. Visit a dessert bar, indulge in a creamy hot chocolate, or try chocolate tasting in lieu of wine tasting (you can find chocolate tasting tours in most capital cities).

Become a coffee connoisseur

Wine buffs, take heart. We know of another drink that’s rich, complex and worth exploring. And as an added bonus, it’s also rich in antioxidants. We’re talking about coffee of course. Here are our ideas to have some fun with coffee during Dry July:

1. Take part in a coffee tasting. Australia has an amazing coffee culture, and you can find excellent coffee experiences in every region. Our top picks are Wolff College of Coffee in Brisbane; and The Coffee Academy at The Grounds in Sydney.

2. Experiment with your coffee machine. It can be easy to fall into a coffee rut, so why not try something different? With the wealth of coffee recipes on our website, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds. You could even try making an espresso martini – the mocktail variety, of course.

3. Roast your own beans. This may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply source your green beans and get roasting! OK, there might be a bit more to it than that, but there’s plenty of information online, including a great guide here.

Remember to check out our upcoming article on ways to maximise the health benefits of your detox!

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Dry July Survival Guide: Part Two – Boost your detox

Five tips to getting the most out of Dry July

Welcome to part two of the Dry July Survival Guide. In part one, we explored ways to stay motivated. Part two is all about getting the most out of your alcohol-free month, with additional health and detox tips.

Most people take part in Dry July with the expectation that they’ll see some health improvements; so, whether you’re aiming for weight loss, improved sleeping patterns or better concentration, we’ve got five tips that could help you boost your results even further.

1. Drink plenty of water

Our bodies are 70 per cent water, and drinking an adequate amount of fluids each day helps to keep our kidneys functioning well. The best way to stay hydrated is to sip water gradually as you go about your day. If you replace juice or fizzy drinks with water, you’ll be reducing your calorie intake too.

2. Get some exercise

Hopefully, cutting out alcohol will improve your energy levels. So why not take advantage and get into the habit of doing some daily exercise? If you’re not feeling fit, start off gently. You could take the stairs at work, get off the bus early and walk, or swim a few laps at your local pool. If you are already exercising regularly, why not change things up and do something like a dance class. Now’s the time to step it up and make a daily commitment.

3. Increase your nutrient intake

If you’re already feeling a little deprived, the last thing you’ll want to do is count calories. Instead, concentrate on filling your plate with nutrient-dense foods including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Nutrition Australia has released an updated food pyramid as a visual guide to getting the balance right.

4. Tea’s the key

Tea is thought to help the body detoxify. Many teas are high in antioxidants, which can protect the body from harmful free radicals. For example, T2’s Detox tea contains fennel and liquorice, with high concentrations of flavonoids, alkaloids, and phenols.

5. Meditate

Meditation involves entering a deeply restful state, giving the brain and body time to recharge. Taking ten minutes each day to meditate is also a great way to reconnect with your motivation to continue with Dry July. Check out this handy guide to get you started.

We hope our Dry July Survival Guide helps you to ace your alcohol-free month with flying colours. Are you trying any of these tips? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know.

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School holiday activities the kids will love

As the school holidays loom, kids are tired, grumpy, and looking forward to a break. Parents, on the other hand, are racking their brains for ways to keep the little ones entertained for an entire two weeks. Outings and day trips are great fun, but can be hard on the wallet. So we've put together some suggestions for craft and cooking adventures you can enjoy with the kids – better still, you won't even have to leave the house!

HOLIDAY COOKING IDEAS

Kids love to roll up their sleeves and get into the kitchen, and despite the inevitable mess, they learn life skills that set them up for long-term health and wellbeing.

Make your own pizza
So simple, yet so delicious. Kids love getting involved with making the dough, choosing the toppings and decorating their own pizza. For the pizza base, you can follow these straightforward instructions from Jamie Oliver. As for the toppings – the choice is yours. The more traditional-minded will spread tomato sauce over the base, then add mozzarella cheese and ham. For the more adventurous, the world is your oyster. Raspberry and mascarpone pizza, anyone?

Pssst! If you own the De'Longhi MultiCuisine it's even easier to make a pizza that's evenly cooked - here's the recipe.

Note: Children should be supervised when cooking with the Multicuisine and any appliance.

Crazy chocolate cake
This cake has no eggs, milk, or butter and you don't need a mixer or even a bowl. Don't believe us? We're not pulling your leg, promise. Crazy cake stems from the time of the Great Depression, when fresh ingredients were in short supply.

To make your very own crazy cake, mix your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar and baking soda) in a cake tin, then make three depressions in the mixture. Fill one hole with vinegar, the second with vanilla and the third with vegetable oil. Pop it in the oven, and hey presto – a deliciously moist chocolate cake. This is a fun one to make with the kids and has the advantage of minimising mess.

For a fun alternative, try a chocolate mug cake, which can be made in less than five minutes. Keep the kids occupied decorating and eating them!

HOLIDAY CRAFT IDEAS

Kids love art and craft activities, and flexing their creative muscles is even more fun when they get to hang out with mum or dad at the same time.

Make your own play dough
It's easy to make play dough at home, and it costs a mere fraction of the store-bought variety. If you have some basic baking ingredients in your cupboard, including food colouring, you won't even have to make a trip to the store. The kids will love combining the food colouring to make every shade of the rainbow, and you can make enough to keep little fingers busy for hours. As an added bonus, this no-cook play dough recipe lasts six months in the fridge.

Make a crafty zoo
We think the key to a good craft activity is creating something the kids want to play with all afternoon (and that ideally won't have you cleaning up for hours). We love the idea of a miniature zoo, populated by cute animals the kids have made themselves.

You will need a few craft supplies for this one – K-Mart has a good selection, or you could pay a visit your local art supplies store. Try these animals for starters, we think they'd look great around the watering hole together.

For time-poor parents, we love Clever Patch – an Aussie website where you can choose from a wide range of crafty ideas, together with instructions and templates. Simply select your preferred craft activity, and click a button to add the necessary materials to your cart. Easy-peasy.

Are you trying any of these activities? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know.

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