[Product Review] Melitta’s easy coffee system

Calling all coffee lovers! Have you heard of Melitta’s “One Cup Pour Over Brewer”? I had an opportunity to test out their coffee and brewing system at home, and was pleasantly surprised how easy the system was. There were only 3 simple steps to make a good cup of coffee.

First off, some fun facts about Melitta:

  • Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Melitta Canada is part of Melitta North America. The brand entered Canada in the 1960 and was the 1st European brand in Canada. However, the history of Melitta goes back over 100 years.
  • The coffee industry didn’t even know what a coffee filter was until it was invented by Melitta in  invented it in 1908, which had revolutionizing the way coffee was brewed.
  • The cone-pour over system was invented by Melitta Bentz. The original pour over-brewers were created with eight holes at the bottom which has led to the single hole coffee drip system.

Read more about Melitta’s history and products on their website https://www.melitta.ca/

My samples I had received included Melitta’s ‘European Deluxe Roast ‘ground coffee, coffee filters (flavour enhancing and regular), the ‘One Cup Porcelain Brewing Cone’, and the plastic ‘Brewing Cone Pour-Over Filter Cone’.

 

Steps to make a cup of coffee using the “One Cup Pour Over Brewer”:

Step 1. Place the Melitta brewing cone on a mug. Each cone had one small hole at the bottom where the coffee would drip through.

Step 2. Insert a Melitta coffee filter, and scoop in the ground coffee. I added 2 teaspoons of Melitta’s European Deluxe Roast ground coffee.

Step 3. Pour hot water through the cone. That was it! Remove the cone and enjoy the hot cup of coffee.

My thoughts:

The coffee system could not be any easier! The coffee dripped out into the cup immediately; way faster than I thought it would be.

Both coffee cones were pretty, functional and fit on top of standard mug sizes. Although both the porcelain and PBA-free plastic cone (red one) did the same job, my preference was the plastic cone, as it was light weight. Plus, there was something special about about seeing the coffee drip into my cup. The Melitta filters fits in all coffee makers that use a number 2 size filter cone, which makes it versatile.

As for the coffee, the package recommended 2 teaspoons of ground coffee for each 6 oz cup. Although the coffee was flavourful, I felt the taste was a little light. Next time, I will add 3 teaspoons for the same amount of water for a stronger brew.

Overall, the single cup coffee system is a great option for single servings and an easy and fun way to make a good cup of coffee quickly. The pour over coffee systems can be found at Canadian Tire and Home Hardware stores across Canada.

*Disclosure: The samples were provided complimentary for the review. The opinions in the post are my own.

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[Product Review] World Vision Introduces Quarterly Subscription Boxes

In October 2016, I was invited to an event hosted by World Vision (WV) inside Toronto’s beautiful Berkeley Field House where we learned more about ‘World Food Day’ and World Vision’s ‘Hunger Free’ global movement campaign (read about the 2016 event and the campaign).

One quote that resonated with me from World Vision was “Food is wonderful. It engages all our senses. It brings people together. It sustains us and comforts us. It’s the center of many of our celebrations. Many of us show our love through the food we cook, and feel loved when someone cooks us our favourite meal”. It truly does!

Related to the #Hungerfree campaign, I am excited to share that World Vision has started “Hunger Free Quarterly”, which are quarterly subscription boxes exclusive to Canada. These boxes are created from partners who truly celebrate food with the main goal to help communities become hunger free.   The box combines hand crafted products from Kenya made by locals, a booklet with stories and information, as well as recipes. I received the first ever Hunger Free Quarterly box (Volume 1) and was truly amazed with the quality and the story behind every single item in the box.

Inside the box was a hand printed tea towel, spoons, pinch bowls, recipes cards with Chef Dennis Prescott’s recipe, a recipe pouch, and HungerFree Quarterly magazine with stories about food, community and impact.

I know that there are tons of subscription boxes out there, but what makes World Vision’s Hunger Free Quarterly Stand out?

  • The boxes are exclusive to Canada.
  • There are quality items that are practical.
  • There are artisan products that are sourced from Kenya.
  • $20 from each regularly priced box goes toward work to empower more than 15,000 young people to become hungerfree over the next five years through an innovative new project by World Vision and the UN’s World Food Programme in Kilifi, Kenya (Source: World Vision)
  • Each box of HungerFree Quarterly is filled with artisan products that funds further impact by empowering people to rise above poverty, as well as unique recipe cards by chefs & food bloggers and inspiring stories in our exclusive Mini-Mag. (Source: World Vision)
  • The boxes are quarterly rather than monthly. Subscribers can cancel their Hungerfree subscription anytime with no cancellation fee.

The Volume 1 box is still available, with the next quarterly box being shipped out in March. For more information about the HungerFere Quarterly boxes, visit https://quarterly.hungerfree.org/

Overall, with the support of World Vision donors, the money has lifted 200 million people around the world out of hunger over the last 15 years. 8.8 million people including children benefited from food distributions, helping them to fight hunger and malnutrition. Donors like you, make a difference. Let’s work together for a #hungerfree world!

*Disclosure: I had received the Vol. 1 box complimentary from World Vision. All opinions in the post are my own.

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[Restaurant Opening with video] Kinton Ramen 7 in Markham

Website: http://www.kintonramen.com/
Address: 505 Hwy 7 East, Unit #54-58, Markham, ON
Date of First Visit: Jan. 2017, 2 people, dinner

2017 is off to an exciting start as Kinton Ramen has opened its 7th location at the Commerce Gate plaza in Markham. Similar to the downtown Toronto location (Kinton Ramen 5 review), the decor is sleek, modern and open, with a vibrant and loud atmosphere!

Check out the 25 second video of the outside and inside of Kinton Ramen 7

My husband and I had a chance to visit a few days before their official grand opening on January 28th, 2017. The menu at this location serves their famous pork and chicken ramen in the ‘original’, ‘shoyu’, ‘miso’ or ‘spicy garlic’ option, as well as the izakaya (tapas) menu from their Kinka Izakaya restaurants (review here). In fact, this is the only Kinton Ramen location to-date that has the dual menu. More reasons to make a trip to Markham!

Our shared dishes included:

  1. Pork Shoyu ramen with thick noodles ($10.99)

Kinton Ramen 7

2. Tako Wasabi-marinated octopus with wasabi stem ($4.80)

3 Spicy Tuna Tartare ($8.30)

4. Original Karaage- Japanese fried chicken ($8.30)

5. Gindara-grilled miso marinated black cod ($13.90)

6. Crispy Ramen Salad with deep-fried ramen noodles with BBQ pork on greens ($8.80)

7. Ton Ton Don-chopped pork seasoned with Kinton original sauce on rice ($3.90)

8. Almond Tofu ($4.5) and Black Sesame Soy Milk Pudding ($4.5)

Almond tofu and black sesame pudding

Aside from the chicken karaage being a tad overcooked, the other food items were consistent to their other locations and delicious. The highlights of the evening for me was the ramen, tako wasabi, black cod, and the black sesame pudding.

Hopefully the restaurant will work out their flow to accommodate a packed crowd as our food orders came out slow during the busy evening. Also, hopefully this location will get their liquor licence soon to accompany the izakaya dishes.

Overall:

The stand out of the Kinton Ramen location is that they serve both izakaya style dishes and their famous ramen. Opening a location in Markham was a smart move and I foresee the restaurant doing well.

Kinton Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary but the reviews in the post are my own. I was not asked to provide a review.

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Tickets for Recipe For Change 2017 available now!

Mark your calendars and get your tickets for Food Share’s 8th annual signature event-Recipe for Change! 

Thirty of Toronto’s top chefs reflecting Toronto’s diverse food scene will prepare their favourite dishes in an intimate setting at the St. Lawrence Market. Guests are invited to connect, celebrate and savour all while supporting vital food literacy work and school food and farm programs in Toronto.

I am so thankful to cover the event once again (2016 and 2015 experience). With the ticket price, it’s all you can eat and drink! Come stuff your faces and support Food Share, and “party for the future of food”!

About Recipe for Change/FoodShare:

FoodShare Toronto is Canada’s original direct field to table Community Food Hub. Since 1985, FoodShare has modeled a food system that is sustainable and accessible to everyone. We deliver good healthy food, and food education to underserved schools and communities through programs focused in fresh produce distribution, food literacy education and nutrition, urban agriculture, and community cooking. All programs support a variety of health, economic, environmental, community, and social benefits, and seek to improve food access for people and communities currently underserved by the food system. Find out more at www.foodshare.net.

Tickets are selling out quickly. Get your Tickets! ($115-135). 

 

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