Pancake Day 2020: recipes for the best brunch ever

We love food-based holidays. Roast turkey and stuffing day, chocolate egg day, chocolate hearts day… it’s all gravy, baby (or at least the first is)....

How to make a pumpkin spice latte

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house; and in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room; and in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard; and in the dark, dark cupboard there was a dark, dark shelf; and on the dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box; and in the dark, dark box there was a… batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup! At...

Mocha brownies with coffee icing recipe

1hr 15min prep and bake time\ 48 servings Ingredients: Brownies: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar 4 teaspoons ground coffee, or more to taste 1 tablespoon hot water 4 large eggs 1 cup plain flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt Icing: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups icing sugar 1 tablespoon espresso-ground coffee 1 1/2 tablespoons milk Method: Prep: 20...

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe

This is the ultimate in classic cakes. More interesting than a Victoria sponge, more classy than a Swiss roll - the coffee content even gives you a plausible excuse to keep it away from the kids (more for you!). The coffee-flavoured sponge is studded with softly crunchy walnut pieces, which bring a hint of bitterness - balancing out the sweetness of the rich, creamy filling. Dust with icing sugar, and you’ve got a cake to...

Coffee meringue recipe

Ingredients: 4 egg whites 115g caster sugar 115g icing sugar 1tbsp espresso ground coffee 1tsp of vanilla essence Couple of coffee beans Method: Heat the oven to 200C Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff, shiny peaks Gradually mix in the caster sugar, spoon by spoon, until fully combined Add one third of the icing sugar, the espresso powder and vanilla essence and fold in carefully until combined. Repeat with the other two thirds...

Caffeinate your Christmas Party: 5 Recipes to Bring the Buzz!

The nights are dark, it’s cold outside, and you’re generally exhausted 24/7 from trying to juggle buying presents for 30-odd people, your actual full-time job, an endless parade of carol concerts and nativity plays and now you’ve decided to hold a dinner party?! There’s only one thing to get you through this: coffee, and lots of it. Open with a cocktail Thirsty guests are unhappy guests. And we’re not talking tap water - start as...

Christmas cocktail recipes

We teamed up with Baileys to create the ultimate Christmas cocktail kit to help you celebrate in style. Our Head of Coffee, Will, curated the Baileys Blend* to make sure you enjoy the best Flat White Martinis and Affogatos come Christmas time. So take a peek at the recipes below for the perfect post-Christmas dinner pick-me-ups. (Also, if you want to brush up your stovetop technique, check out our stovetop brew guide here before you...

Coffee shortbread recipe

This coffee shortbread recipe is a twist on a classic recipe and great served with a coffee cappuccino. Wholemeal flour adds a light nutty note to blend with the expresso and chocolate. Prep: 15 Mins Bake: 20 mins Serves: 12 Skill Level: easy Ingredients: 225g Plain wholemeal flour 125g Cornflour 125g unrefined light muscovado sugar 2tsp espresso coffee 50g dark chocolate broken into pieces 225g butter (unsalted) cut into pieces Chocolate-covered coffee beans for decoration...

Cappuccino pavlova recipe

Ingredients: - 250g caster sugar - 4 teaspoons espresso-grind coffee - 4 large egg whites - 1 pinch of salt - 2 teaspoons cornflour - 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar - 300 millilitres double cream - 1 teaspoon cocoa powder Method: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/350°F. Line a flat oven sheet with baking parchment and, using a 23cm/9inch cake tin, draw a circle on it Mix the sugar with the espresso powder in...

'Rum & Chill' coffee cocktail recipe

Wondering how to prepare an amazing coffee cocktail that is going to make your summer even cooler? Will has the perfect recipe for you: “Rum...

Affogato recipe

Affogato coffee - an Italian dessert to impress In Italian, ‘affogato’ means ‘drowned’ - which, when you read the recipe, makes perfect sense. To be...

Alcohol-infused coffee: our tips and tricks

Espresso martinis aren’t the only to bring coffee beans and booze together. Check out our top tips for infusing coffee with alcohol (we’d say vodka, rum or - ideally - the Brazilian spirit cachaca!). The slow and steady method (which most people tend to do): Put 50g of whole coffee beans into 700-750ml of your chosen spirit. Some people choose to crack the beans slightly between two spoons in order to speed up the process...

Irish coffee recipe - Pact Coffee style!

There’s nothing better than a coffee, right? Well, unless it’s St Patrick’s Day of course, and then there’s nothing better than an Irish coffee! While Saint Patrick’s Day typically celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, it’s also considered a little time out from any lent-imposed food and alcohol restrictions. Now, we’re not recommending you go back to drinking instant, we’re simply encouraging you to embrace your inner-Irishman! So, whether you’re actually Irish or just enjoy...

How to Make Iced Coffee at Home - Pact Coffee's Recipe

When the weather outside is uncharacteristically not frightful, then a steaming cup of coffee is probably not what you’re after. If the sun has finally got its hat on, try our iced coffee recipe for a very refreshing change to your morning coffee: Ingredients: Double espresso (or a very short, strong coffee from your usual method!) Semi skimmed milk Ice Demerara sugar Method: Brew a short, punchy coffee. A double espresso works best Melt 1...

Coffee Banana Bread Recipe

We’ve come over a little Alan Titchmarsh for today’s recipe. Nope, we’re not wearing smart-casual trousers or presenting a programme on Classic FM - we’re getting inspired by soil! Did you know..? Bananas and coffee both tend to enjoy the same soil types and the same climates. The World Agroforestry Organisation are busy making the most of this fact by ‘intercropping’ to increase yields and make better use of land. So since coffee and bananas...

Espresso coffee pancake recipe

You love coffee, you love pancakes. Why do they have to exist in isolation? Coffee-infused pancakes are an excellent option for an extra-caffeinated, ultra delicious breakfast. Or brunch, lunch, dinner, or midnight snack for that matter… Ingredients: 120g flour 2tbsp sugar 1tsp baking powder 1tsp baking soda 1/4tsp salt 240ml buttermilk (give it a shake) 1 large egg 2 shots Pact Coffee espresso 1tbsp unsalted butter. Method: Melt butter in the microwave and allow to...

Pact Coffee ice cream recipe

To celebrate weather’s subtle hints at sunshine, we’ve decided to bring you a (slightly premature) super summery recipe! Enter Pact Coffee Ice Cream. This recipe is so simple and so tasty. But the best thing is, if you’re not ready to embrace icy treats just yet, it keeps well in the freezer. So you can save it for a not-so-rainy day! Ingredients: 300ml double cream 175g condensed milk 30ml Pact coffee 1 tsp vanilla essence...

Espresso martini recipe

Pact Coffee HQ is fast becoming known for more than just great coffee and a cracking collection of old vinyl. Every time we invite customers down to join us, and the sun is past the yard arm, we reach for the cocktail shaker and are soon sipping espresso martinis, and doing our best to look debonair. Espresso martinis are a great way to kick off an evening, not least because of the heady combination of...

Banana latte smoothie recipe

Move over William Shatner and jog on Sean Connery, because today’s recipe features the ultimate smoothie. But this smoothie doesn’t have twinkly eyes or suggestive eyebrows, instead it’s packed with bananas, coffee and gob-smacking deliciousness. Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 1 cup of milk Ice cubes Raisin-soaked coffee (left over from your coffee banana bread) OR a cold espresso Chocolate powder for dusting Method Combine the banana, milk, ice and coffee in a blender or smoothie...

Savoury coffee recipes: 4 dinner ideas

Coffee is generally a great ingredient to have in your kitchen. It will punch up a casserole or stew no end (bring on the winter...