Most of us have a go-to coffee order but there's a wide world of caffeinated fun out there to be explored, from nifty products that make mornings at a campsite more pleasurable to boozy drinks that go beyond the espresso martini.
Coffee on the go
Whether you're travelling (remember that?), camping or just need a cuppa in a hurry, you don't need to reach for the jar of instant. Portable pour-over is now a thing thanks to drip coffee bags.
Dubbed parachutes by Sydney's Single O, the single-use bags go straight into your cup and just require boiling water to release their black gold. Choose from three different varieties that come in five-packs ($12.50) or larger packs that give you a taste of all three (from $29). Will & Co's Pour Over Kit works the same way and is available in a fruity and complex Tanzanian variety of coffee and a full-bodied Guatemalan ($5.25 for five sachets). The future is here and it tastes like filter coffee. willandco.com.au, singleo.com.au
Equally convenient but a little more robust on the palate are the coffee bags by Dukes ($9.80 for six bags), which give a serious makeover to what's previously been a slightly nanna way to drink coffee. Made with the Melbourne roaster's house blend, it's a brew that works straight-up or with your favourite milk, featuring notes of red apple, caramel, milk chocolate and cherry. dukescoffee.com.au
And when even a kettle is difficult to come by, cans of Industry Beans cold brew are your morning saviour. The 250ml cans are filled with a single origin Ethiopian cold brew, a sparkling version of the same (hello, hangover cure) and the recently released cascara, a tea made from the cherry of coffee plants, which has rosehip and hibiscus notes and also happens to be a superfood (all varieties $19 for four cans). industrybeans.com
Meet the new breed of coffee cocktails
Okay, maybe you've had more espresso martinis than you care to remember, but there's a bunch of new boozy coffee drinks out there that are putting a fresh spin on the genre.
Blasphemy is the name of the coffee-infused whisky that Melbourne coffee nerds St Ali and Sydney spirit slingers Archie Rose have created ($89, 700ml). But single-malt purists don't need to fret. The blend of Archie Rose's award-winning whisky with not just one but two of St Ali's coffees - Orthodox & Wide Awake - has amped up the flavour profile of every element. Look out. stali.com.au, archierose.com.au
Batched and ready to party, The Everleigh's Coffee House cocktail leaves the mixology to the pros and simply asks you to chill a glass and provide the ice. Sounds like a good deal. In the bottle is Espolon 100 per cent blue agave tequila, Carter's coffee liqueur (from the folks behind Applewood) and a touch of orange bitters. If you like what you're reading, the single-serve bottles ($18) have just been joined by 500ml bottles ($79). everleighbottling.com
If there was anyone that could do a good job of canning espresso martinis, it would have to be Mr Black, the leaders of coffee liqueur in Australia. Since 2013, the crew have been doing their thing on NSW's Central Coast and for the past three years, that's meant testing hundreds of espresso martini recipes before landing on this one. It's a blend of medium-roast and light-roast coffee, Mr Black's cold-brew liqueur and vodka, and is charged with nitrogen for that creamy finish. Shake, crack and you're away ($34.99 for four cans). mrblack.co/au
Switch up your brew method or go-to order
With warmer days ahead, iced lattes are forecast. But iced pourover coffee is just as refreshing and shows off more of the flavours of what's in your cup. If you're already making your own V60 coffee at home, you don't need to do much different to make it cold. Melbourne specialty cafe Bench recommends adding ice to your coffee jug that normally collects the coffee that drips through, so the coffee begins chilling straight away. Or if you haven't tried cold brew at home yet, it's time. Take a look at our guide to how it's done.
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