The 29th September is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, a huge fundraiser for the cancer charity, so as people rush to fill their kettles up and down the country, we take a look at some classic and contemporary selections to get the coffee and tea party started…

KETTLE’S BOILED

BEANIES DESSERT COFFEE MINI STASH

Three 50g pots of Beanies coffee: Amaretto Almond, Gingerbread and Cinder Toffee flavoured coffee, presented in a gift box in case you want to bring a little something for your coffee morning host.

Price: £7.49 from Iwantoneofthose.

 

GRAZE’S TEA BOX

Contains 24 sachets of graze’s unique afternoon infusion tea, with Assam, Kenyan and Earl Grey. It’s getting rave reviews…

Price: £2.99 from graze.

 

SUPERIOR SELECTION, 72% DRINKING CHOCOLATE FLAKES

These 72% chocolate flakes are created from the purest of ingredients including fine cocoa, cane sugar and Bourbon vanilla pod. Also ideal for topping desserts (or we might be tempted just to eat it straight…!).

Price: £7.99 from Chocolate Trading Company.

 

PERFECT POTS

LE CREUSET STONEWARE CAFETIERE COFFEE PRESS – ALMOND

Some say the French press is the best way to serve coffee, using coarsely ground coffee beans steeped in boiling water for a stronger, more intense flavor – and your brew will stay hotter for longer in the durable stoneware jug. Loose tea leaves can also be steeped in this cafetière using the filter plunger in the same way. Just don’t mix the two.

Price: £55 from Iwantoneofthose.

PERSONALISED CHERRIES 4 MUG TEAPOT

For a traditional style teapot Emma Bridgewater is the queen. This glorious personalised Cherries teapot will wow your guests and holds enough tea for four. A cheeky message on the pot will really get the gossip going (just a suggestion).

Price: £59.95+ £1 per character from Emma Bridgewater.

EVA SOLO TEA MAKER RED

For a more contemporary teapot try this insulated glass carafe which contains a stainless steel tea infuser, to let the tea leaves do their thing. The glass body already retains heat but the red Neoprene jacket is a modern tea-cosy that will keep the tea hot for up to 30 minutes. This award-winning design also features a lid that opens automatically when poured.

Price: Was: £65.00, Now: £55.00 from Red Candy.

ENTERTAINING EXTRAS

SAGE BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL BES875UK BARISTA EXPRESS BEAN-TO-CUP COFFEE MACHINE – STAINLESS STEEL

For those who are utterly serious about their coffee, The Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine is the Bees Knees. Boasting 18 grind settings from coarse to fine, the machine will prepare fresh, tasty coffee in under a minute. For larger coffee mornings, the machine will turn out 25 shots of espresso before it needs refilling. Now that’s a seriously hyped-up party! It also dispenses instant hot water, and comes with a milk frothing jug and six-cup warming tray. Sadly it does not do foot massages but otherwise it’s amazing.

Price: £470.00 (You Save: £129.95) from Iwantoneofthose.

PINK HEARTS TEASPOON

Share the coffee-morning love with this pretty teaspoon, and why not get matching spoons/forks/knives for your cakes too?

Price: £5 each from Emma Bridgewater.

COLOUR CHANGING UNICORN MUG

It’s not quite a racehorse but it does have its own colours…they appear when you pour hot liquid into the cup (surprise!) – and jolly cheerful they are too!

Price £10.95 from Genie Gadgets.

OUT & ABOUT

STANLEY 1.3L CLASSIC FLASK

As the name suggests, this is a Classic Flask that will keep your beverage warm until you’ve reached the racecourse and unpacked your picnic. So there’s no excuse to miss the Coffee Morning just because you’re off to the races.

Price: £44 from Millets.

MINIPRESSO

Don’t tell anyone you’ve got one of these as they’re not really big enough to supply a whole party and you might have a fight on your hands… the MiniPresso is the ideal travel espresso machine for all you who’ve left the house ridiculously early and need a powershot as the day breaks. Simply fill with ground coffee and hot water, and then push the piston. Hey press-to!

Price: £47.95 from Genie Gadgets.

Karen Sargeant

Karen Sargeant

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