It’s official. This is hands down the most exciting dinner date I’ve ever had. Why? It was a 5 course coffee infused meal, with a side plate of blindfolds! With Nespresso launching their new Prodgieio machine, they teamed up with Currys and Edinburgh’s very slinky G&V hotel to create an extra special menu just for us. I’ve never eaten coffee infused food before … and I’ve never sat down to a dinner table with a blind fold on before, so I knew whatever the outcome of this event I was going to be remembering it for a lifetime!
It’s amazing how tricky it is to drink wine and eat food without being able to see it. We all had a few minutes to try and memories where everything was, (the knife was on the side plate to the right and it was pointing towards the wine glass, which I 100% feared of spilling all over myself!), before putting our little masks on and getting ready for a taste sensation. The only thing I knew in advance is that I had ordered the vegetarian menu, so at least I didn’t have to panic about that! After the waiter tapped me on the shoulder I knew the food was in front of me and I prepared myself to get stuck in.
It was at this point I started to wonder if I was ever confident of being able to stuff a fork full of food into my mouth without being able to actually see where the fork was pointing and where my mouth was. I’m proud to say that my 31 years of practising (at least) 3 times a day had paid off: not a single drop of food on my lap!
So what did we get?
First course: A tomato, basil and mozzarella starter with a coffee infused dressing – which was totally delicious starter, but you know you’re not going to disappoint most people if you hand them a plate of cheese. The dressing was quite sweet with a nice little coffee kick to it. I’d have that again!
Second course: Coffee infused risotto, which was pretty strange – a bit like I had been sipping on coffee between bites. It was an interesting thing to try, not something I would venture in at home!
Main course: Stacked roasted root vegetables (meat eaters got pork belly or fish) with a deep fried coffee custard on the side. I know, that sounds totally crazy. It was a bit like tofu in texture with a sweet coffee flavour. I actually quite enjoyed it, but it was quite a strange pairing. I’m the kinda gal who really enjoys sweet and savoury together, but a few people I was with didn’t quite feel the same way!
Dessert: there was actually 3 desserts in store for me, so you know I was super excited about this part! The first was a coffee panacota, which was really nice. The second was an espresso infused ice cream which was literally the nicest thing ever, and some truly delicious chocolate truffles. All served with a really delicious cup of decaf coffee which I made using the new coffee machines.
Being a caffeine free coffee drinker, I didn’t actually ever realise that the machines do have decaf pods available. Just because I don’t want the buzz, doesn’t mean I don’t want the flavour, so this experience has definitely opened a whole new world of possibilities! My secondary concern was that these pods look crazy bad for the environment, but I learned at the event that the company actually has a free recycling service which you can get to your door (bit of an environmental contradiction, but they’re trying!), or you can pop into one of their shops to drop them off. The ground up coffee is actually perfect for adding to your garden and helping flowers grow, so at least it’s only the pods you should hang onto for disposal.
And I have to say, the new Prodigio machine has Gadget Of The Year written all over it. It’s a great gift for those who love to do everything on their smart phone and come home to the smell of coffee (and let’s face it, most of us fit into this category!) This machine is special in it’s own way – you can turn it on using your phone. That means coffee in an instant, or you can have it set up to make you a fresh cuppa joe as soon as you wake up – swoon! Perhaps you’d rather come home after a long day of work to the sweet smell of a brew on the go – whatever your preference you can do it all at the touch of the button. Pretty neat, right? Plus you can make both short and long drinks and you can even do lattes and cappuccinos with the fresh milk and frother unit that’s attached. I might be new to the market of coffee machines, but I already feel like I’ve found my champion…