Sunday, 27 November 2011

Holiday Entertaining with the President. Part One: Care for a Cuppa?

'Tis the season to be cozy.
Roaring fires, fuzzy slippers, and hot drinks.
Welcoming your friends in from the cold with a little something sweet, and a little something to help them thaw out.

President's Choice, Canada's favourite national brand, has a few delicious holiday treats to make your holiday even more special.

The Holiday Coffee Collection

PC Winter Blend Dark Roast Coffee

An exclusive blend of some of the world’s finest arabica coffee beans, President’s Choice Winter Blend is a rich, bold, full-bodied dark roast with an enticingly sweet, chocolatey aroma.

PC Decaffeinated Dulce De Leche Flavoured Ground Coffee
A luxurious blend of 100% arabica decaffeinated coffee with rich dulce de leche caramel cream flavour – well-balanced & pleasantly aromatic with a hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect coffee lover’s indulgence.

PC Candy Cane Flavoured Ground Coffee

A luxurious blend of 100% arabica coffee with enticingly sweet candy cane flavour – well-balanced and pleasantly aromatic, it’s the perfect holiday indulgence. Made with 100% arabica coffee. 

The President advises: Your Best Brew

Automatic drip

It's one of the easiest methods and makes several cups so it's great for entertaining guests.

Directions:
Use 1 1/2 tbsp. of extra fine or fine ground coffee per 3/4 cup of fresh cold water. Fill coffee maker with the desired amount of water. Put coffee grinds in filter and turn on.
French press

In a French press, the coffee grinds pass directly through the water, which results in a richer, deeply flavourful coffee. Great for 1 to 3 people.

Directions:
Use 1 1/2-2 tbsp. of regular ground coffee per 3/4 cup of cold water. Boil water, then cool slightly from boiling point for best flavour. Pour water into press and stir 5 times so grounds rise to top of pot. Close lid and let steep 3 to 5 minutes before plunging filter down through coffee.

Coffee Essentials from the President

Profile

Choose the coffee profile that appeals to your tastes and preferences: light & lively, medium & balanced, smooth and full-bodied or bold & intense.

Grind

Choose the right grind. Use extra fine or fine grinds for drip coffee filters; medium grinds for French press and percolators; and extra fine grind for espresso machines.

Water

Your cup of coffee is made of almost 99% water. Using cold, fresh filtered water will result in the best taste.

Portions

Use 1 1/2 tbsp. of ground coffee for every 6-ounces of water (hint: a cup is 8-ounces). If you prefer a stronger or weaker profile you can slightly adjust the portions.

Brewing

Make only as much coffee as you need and enjoy freshly brewed coffee immediately. Any coffee left brewing in the pot will taste bitter after
20 minutes.
Care

Leftover coffee residue can build up on your coffee maker and alter the taste of your coffee. After brewing, wash your equipment with warm, soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.

Storage

Store your coffee in airtight tins or bags to help preserve flavour and aroma imparted by essential oils. These oils can dissolve if exposed to air for a prolonged time.

And what about those of us who like our afternoon warmth in tea form?

Check out the Chocolatey Mint Tea, a perfect balance of soothing goodness for a chilly afternoon.
PC Chocolatey Mint Black Tea

A delectable black tea blend with peppermint, cocoa shells, spearmint and all natural flavours, President’s Choice® Chocolatey Mint Black Tea is a delicious indulgence served hot or cold.

Ingredients
Peppermint leaves, cocoa shells, black tea leaves, natural flavour, carob pod, spearmint leaves, stevia leaves, cocoa bean powder.

And don't forget the cookies!

PC sippers are perfectly paired with select holiday treats including:

PC Mini Biscotti Assortment
Assortment includes: roasted almond, white chocolate cranberry, dark chocolate chunk.

PC Milk Chocolate Covered Butter Toffee with Roasted Almonds
Delightfully creamy milk chocolate combined with roasted almonds and crunchy buttery caramelized toffee.

PC Candy Cane "Eat the Middle First" Cookies
Made with crunchy pieces of real candy cane, this version of our famous crème-centred cookies has a delightful minty twist. Dunk them in a cup of hot chocolate for a true holiday flavour experience.

PC Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
Deliciously sweet treats, President’s Choice Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are the perfect flavour combination – shortbread-style cookie, topped with creamy peanut butter filling and coated in milk chocolate with a sprinkling of crunchy dry-roasted peanut pieces.

This is going to be the most delicious holiday ever!