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Snack at home with friends: easy, unique ideas

Having a snack at home with friends and don't know what to make? Looking for unique and easy sweet snack ideas? Look no further, because we have everything you need right here: how to make a good cup of tea or coffee, dessert ideas to accompany these drinks and tips for serving coffee at the table in style, as if you were in the best coffee shop in the world. Your guests will definitely go for seconds!

How to make a good cup of coffee

 

To make a good cup of coffee, like the ones served at your favourite bar, using quality products is just as important as having a good French or Italian coffee machine. Although pod coffee machines have become fashionable, coffee seems to taste different in a French press or filter coffee maker. According to experts, the coffee obtained is more intense and concentrated. Plus, this type of coffee machine, especially the French one, is very easy to use and hygienic, and stainless steel machines will last a lifetime.

However, as mentioned, it's the product that makes the difference when it comes to making a good cup of coffee. Sometimes we get to the supermarket and we grab the first pack of coffee we see, but you should take a moment to read its characteristics so you can enjoy a better taste and offer your guests a unique experience.

We're sure that you've heard of Arabica coffee, Robusta coffee, roasted coffee, coffee blends, coffee beans, ground coffee etc. Well, we haven't become coffee experts overnight and the coffee you choose will depend on your own personal taste but we can recommend that you opt for coffee beans. Coffee beans preserve their flavour and aroma better. In terms of choosing a variety, we personally would go with a 100% Arabica because it has less caffeine and is more balanced, with less acidity than Robusta.

If you're looking for a fruity coffee that all your guests will like, we have one with notes of black chocolate and nuts that you're bound to love: PÅTÅR, an organic UTZ-certified coffee available in our Swedish Food Market. Not only will you be savouring 100% Arabica coffee but it's also made using the best sustainable practices for both people and the planet.

Tea time!

 

When you invite guests over for a snack or coffee, bear in mind that not everyone likes this drink. You should, therefore, have some fail-safe alternatives at home, such as teas and infusions. Green tea, peppermint, chamomile or Rooibos tea are the most common and the ones you can always muddle by with. If you'd like to offer something a bit more sophisticated or unique, we recommend having a slightly wider range of teas: white tea, black tea, rooibos, black chai and ginger, red berries, mint etc.

Our Swedish Food Market offers a wide variety of organic teas that are UTZ-certified, which guarantees that the raw materials have been obtained through sustainable farming practices and under good working conditions for collectors and producers. Our options include sachets or loose leaf, so you can infuse at home in a teapot or with an individual filter for infusions.

Remember that a lot of people have milk in their tea! So you're not caught off guard, simply serve the tea with a jug of hot milk. Want to keep amazing your guests? Keep some honey handy so no one is missing a thing.

Sweet treats to serve with coffee

 

In reality, you know that any sweet snack goes well with tea or coffee, but if we want to be five-star hosts we have to offer our guests something extra special. To do this, you could always make a homemade cake or tart — your friends or family will appreciate the gesture and your effort. Desserts that never fail and are liked by most people include apple pies, brownies, shortbread biscuits or classic crepes.

However, if the kitchen isn't your thing or you don't have time to bake, you'll always find various, delicious sweet treats in our in-store Swedish food section. Many of our desserts are also frozen so you can keep a backup in your freezer for when you get an unexpected visit. For example, we have apple pie, almond cake, gooey chocolate cake, waffles, pancakes and cinnamon rolls. When you get home, all you need to do is leave them to defrost for half an hour and garnish to taste with red berries, cream, vanilla sauce or chocolate sauce!

How to serve coffee at the table

 

Want to set the table for coffee with your guests in a formal and elegant manner, or an informal and casual manner? If your guests have rocked up unexpectedly or you're just having a quick coffee, the best thing is to opt for coffee with pastries. Place a fruit bowl or a serving tray in the centre of the table with various sweet treats: oatmeal cookies, cinnamon rolls or biscuits with chocolate filling. You can use your everyday mugs but give the table a unique touch with some coasters and unique napkins.

For organised events where you'll be serving desserts that require a spoon, you can really focus on the details and display your most beautiful and special coffee sets and tableware. We really like mixing and matching sets to add a splash of colour and joy to each table: white and blue or white and pink.

These occasions are also the best time to take out that coffee set you inherited from the family that hardly ever makes it out of the cabinet. Enjoy it and proudly show it off! Did you know that floral tableware is making a comeback? It's perfect for adding a sophisticated, homely touch to your gatherings.

Another detail that will top off your table is table linen. You can opt for different individual place mats or for natural tones, which are flying off the shelves.

We hope you found this article helpful! If you want to make your own homemade desserts for your guests or you're looking for ideas for other occasions, we have some for you right here:

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember that any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original purpose, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return them.