In honour of UK coffee week 16th-20th April 2018, a week of fundraising to support Project Waterfall, The Sphinx has opted for a few traditional and other fun ideas to incorporate coffee into your life. These are lots of ways that you can use coffee and show your support for all the coffee growing communities and businesses around the world.  It’s as simple as buying a cup of coffee or even becoming the ultimate coffee maker by taking a barista course!

Drink it!

As I sit here in the Campus Starbucks writing this article and sipping on my iced caramel Frappuccino (had to make the most of the one sunny Saturday in Liverpool), the only advice I can give you is to join in on the fun and pick up a caffeinated beverage! Whether you’re a coffee drinker or not I’m sure hanging out in a coffee shop will help get you in the spirits for this week. Don’t forget that this week various coffee shops across the country are helping to fund Project waterfall, an organisation focused on making sure clean water can be brought to coffee-growing communities. If you want to find out more make sure to click on the link here or here.

Bake with it

Coffee has been known to intensify flavours such as chocolate when cooking, even a teaspoon can help get you a great tasking cake. The harshest of critics like Paul Hollywood would be proud of. The Sphinx has chosen our favourite truffle recipe for you to try and may just prove why coffee will be your secret cooking ingredient. (However, if you’re too lazy to bake, there’s no reason to miss out with Caffe Nero’s cappuccino cake, we promise you won’t regret it).

Ina Garten’s Truffle Recipe:


  • 300g of dark chocolate
  • 300g of milk chocolate
  • 250ml heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee (mixed with 3 tablespoons of hot water.
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • (Optional 50g white sugar and 50g cocoa powder for decorating)


  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and place them in a heat-proof mixing bowl.
  2. Next, heat the cream in a small saucepan until it just boils and turn it off when done.
  3. Carefully pour the cream through a sieve into the bowl with chocolate.
  4. Using a whisk, slowly stir the cream and chocolates together until the chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Next whisk in the coffee, and vanilla. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  6. With 2 teaspoons, spoon round balls of the chocolate mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or for as long as you can resist eating them!
  8. Gently roll each dollop of chocolate in your hands to roughly make a symmetrical round ball.
  9. If you want you can choose to roll them in cocoa or sugar for extra flavour and picture worthy.

For the full and original recipe click the link available here for Foodnetwork.

Get a little adventurous and try coffee flavoured ice cream

If baking isn’t really your thing then why not try and eat something new with coffee? Coffee ice cream is the answer to your mid-day cravings and with the weather hopefully warming up this week, it seems like the perfect treat. The creamy, sweet goodness is beautifully complemented with a hint of coffee especially Haagen Dazs Coffee flavour or for a more budget-friendly fix opt for Tesco’s Columbian Coffee ice cream.

Try something creative and make an exfoliator

We know this may sound weird, but coffee has been known to have many skincare benefits. It’s great for making your own exfoliating scrub and saving you money. Sounds like a win; great skin for less money. Try mixing 2-3 tablespoons with one tablespoon of your choice of oil and one tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix the dry ingredients together followed by the oil and use this 2-3 times a week. For more DIY methods using coffee check out Samantha Freeman’s link below.

Take a barista course

This is definitely for those who want to up their Instagram content with being able to create their own latte art. We recommend taking a barista class to see how the other half live with coffee by not just drinking it. There are various places to book a course in Liverpool, but we must warn you that it’s not the most budget-friendly activity. However, it’s definitely rewarding, just look at that picture! Here are a few places that we recommend and links straight to their websites:

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