So, two days ago we were invited by Magnum Cafe for a blogger gathering in an exciting and interesting event called “Introducing Magnoffee: Magnum & Coffee”. It was held at the Magnum Cafe in Grand Indonesia. They also invited the coffee expert and enthusiast, Toni Wahid, owner of www.cikopi.com and also Riri Odang who is a Senior Brand Manager of Magnum. Magnum has been largely known as one of the best Belgian chocolate coated ice cream and now, they're experimenting with something new using coffee.
There were lots of food bloggers that I've only known through their amazing blogs and I was very happy to have a chance to meet them. They even generously prepared some snacks and drinks for us before we start the presentation. I don't know if this was because I haven't eaten that time or not, but the snacks are actually really satisfying. I especially love the fried chickens, which I think I had too much of!
Mr. Toni kindly shared his knowledge about coffee and he even said that the best coffee beans to him is actually Indonesian's. Wow! I think that's something we have to all be proud of. He even showed us how he combined coffee with Magnum's delicious ice cream to make an Affogato, which is a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso, and called for one volunteer who didn't like coffee to try it. Affogato is perfect for those who doesn't really like coffee and allows them to actually enjoy some and with coffee that's personally made by Mr. Toni combined with Magnum's ice cream, who could ever resist?
This is just espresso with Magnum's original vanilla ice cream. We were given samples of it and there're a few ways to enjoy it. You can either dip the ice cream and then enjoy the coffee from the ice cream, or you can put the whole ice cream into the coffee and just enjoy it from the cup. I usually am not a big fan of espresso shots, but with Magnum it was actually yummy. This is something that I might actually enjoy sometimes. Although I was a bit out of focus, cause instead of enjoying the coffee, I was actually enjoying the ice cream more. Oops?
Mr. Toni also teaches us how to brew our own coffee at home with these tools bellow that you can easily find. 10 grams of coffee and 100-150 grams of hot water (depends on how thick you want the coffee to be). Don't use the water that's too hot though, cause you might burn the grinned coffee beans (preferably 90°C). Well, now I can make my own coffee! :)
After Mr. Toni shown us all those things, we were separated into 4 groups to make our own style of Affogatos. We were given many ingredients to make our perfect Affogato, there was 4 glasses of espresso, 4 mini Magnum ice cream (Classic and Almond), milk, simple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and let's not forget the whipped cream! I had a lot of fun with the other food bloggers, experimenting with our crazy ideas of an Affogato. In the end, we made such a messy art but what matters is that we enjoyed it, right?
These are some of our creations! Just kidding HAHA, this was made by professionals (Magnum Cafe), definitely looked a lot more tempting than what I did, lol. Mr. Toni said that the great quality Belgian chocolate of Magnum can be proved by how it doesn't easily melt even when it's put in a hot coffee.
You can enjoy these all soon in Magnum Cafe, so be sure to try it out when they finally launched it! Overall, I had a great time in this event, it was both fun and educational. I even got a chance to have some quality time with other amazing food bloggers.