In the September edition of The Perc. we ran a little competition asking for pretty Pact pictures, uploaded with the hashtag #pactcoaster. The results were absolutely charming as you’ll see from the winning entries below…

Taken by @grayd125

Taken by @grayd125

pactcoaster2

Taken by @carminaberns

pactcoaster1

Taken by @lexy375

Taken by @charlottekeeys

Taken by @charlottekeeys

Taken by @glasgowgirlie

Taken by @glasgowgirlie

Taken by @jesssriv

Taken by @jesssriv

Taken by @joe198804 (and featuring the Origami Coffee Fox from the September issue of The Perc.)

Taken by @joe198804 (and featuring the Origami Coffee Fox from the September issue of The Perc.)

Taken by @andy.rcole

Taken by @andy.rcole

Taken by @lomasca

Taken by @lomasca

Taken by @craigmwalsh

Taken by @craigmwalsh

Do you have a game-changing idea for how to improve Pact? If so, we want to hear it. That’s why we’ve relaunched Pact People Power (otherwise known as our way of adding a dose of democracy to your coffee drinking experience).

PactPeoplePower

Pact People Power is an open forum that allows you to share your ideas with the Pact community. If there’s something you want to see us try, then let us know! There’s no right or wrong suggestion – there may be plenty of people like you who feel the same way.

To make a suggestion for improving Pact, visit the Pact People Power forum and enter your idea. While you’re there, you can also vote for other people’s innovations.

So get your thinking caps on and head over to the forum. We don’t want those lightbulb moments to go to waste now, do we!

Rainbow birthday cake recipe

The joy of a good cake can sometimes make you see rainbows, figuratively speaking at least. This one, however will have you seeing both literal and figurative rainbows. Or perhaps you could make two for a “double rainbow all the way“!

Anneliese whipped up this colourful cake to help us celebrate Pact turning two years old, and we were all extremely impressed and felt compelled to share it with you. So get baking, brew a brew of Pact Coffee or two, pin a tail on the donkey and share in the fun, because it’s our birthday!

Rainbow birthday cake recipe

Ingredients

For the cake
125g of butter (softened)
125g of sugar
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
Food colouring

For the icing
1 packet cream cheese
175g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Rainbow sprinkles

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃, before greasing and lining four circular cake tins with baking paper.
  2. Add sugar and butter to a mixing bowl and stir until they’ve formed a creamy texture and are pale in colour.
  3. Stir eggs in one at a time.
  4. Sieve flour over mixture and fold in gently – it shouldn’t be runny in consistency. Divide the mixture evenly into four bowls and add food colouring.
  5. Pour each batch into a tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. When it’s cooked, leave to cool.
  6. To make the icing simply combine the icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  7. Make sure your cake is cool before icing. Decorate lavishly, brightly and with plenty of candles.

PACT TIP: We went with the Pact colours but feel free to make yours in any hue you please.

Rainbow birthday cake recipe

In September at Pact HQ, a ‘fresh fashion statement’ meant sack-shorts. But trends change quickly here, so in October the only garment to be seen in is a limited edition ‘Love Fresh Coffee’ T-shirt:

Limited edition Pact Coffee T-shirt

 

This most excellent garment has been designed by our very own Anneliese (whose fashion resume includes Burberry if you don’t mind) and printed just 300 times.

So, how can you make this the latest addition to your carefully curated T-shirt collection?

For the month of October we’ll be sending a limited edition T-shirt
to Pact customers who encourage three friends to sign up for a £1 bag of Pact Coffee.

It’s easy to get your mates on board:

  1. Simply login to your Pact Account Page
  2. Share your personal invitation code.

It takes no time at all, and we’ll help you keep track of your referrals along the way. So all you need to do is get into the sharing spirit!

Free T-shirts for Pact Coffee customer recommendations

Freshly ground
There’s a reason why we grind your Pact Coffee at the last possible moment, and it comes down to one word: freshness. Basically, coffee tastes best when it’s freshly ground. Getting Pact to grind your coffee for you is a great way to maintain that great, fresh taste, but if you’re keen to step it up a notch, it’s surprisingly easy to grind your coffee at home.

Even more freshly ground
Home grinding has always been a bit of a minefield. I am regularly asked questions about people’s home grinders, grind settings and for recommendations on which grinder to invest in.  I think it’s a common misconception that grinders need to cost a lot of money, but it’s not the case. Hand grinders can actually be an inexpensive tool, and go miles towards getting the most from your beans.

The best news is yet to come…

Our friends at CoffeeHit have just released a pretty special new grinder – the Rhino and they’re offering it up to Pact customers with a 25% discount.

Meet the Rhino
Unlike its animal namesake, this kit is pretty compact. Amazingly though, it can also hold up to 40g of beans – enough to brew two big mugs of coffee. The Rhino also has the ability to adjust the grind size, so you can grid to suit a whole range of brewing kits.

I’m not the kind of guy to recommend something without trying it out, so we held a Pact HQ roadtest. We found that it takes just a minute and a half to grind enough beans for an Aeropress, which is about as long as it takes a kettle to boil. And the resulting grinds were excellent.

Needless to say, I think the Rhino is awesome and I think you will be too. So, for the next month the Pact community gets 25% off the price of a Rhino grinder from CoffeeHit.

Simply click here and use the voucher code: PACTCOFFEE.

PSST… if you pick up a Rhino, don’t forget to change your Pact order to whole beans!