Blanco y Negro

As I may have mentioned on a few occasions of late (or should I say of latte?)… coffee is my new obsession.

Especially really, really good coffee.

I will admit that I didn’t really know my ass from my elbow when I first got the java bug, but thankfully I had friends who did.

Milly has been completely obsessed with a company called “Pact” for a while now so gave me a voucher so I could try them for one fine English pound.

It’s a little company in London who drop some of the best ground and roasted coffee beans in the world right through your letterbox. So you can pad downstairs in your footsy pyjamas (no? just me?) and brew yourself a mug.

Long story short, I am well on my way to becoming something of a coffee snob and thought I’d share the love.

It’s nice to support little London companies so just like Milly did for me, I’m giving you the secret £1 voucher… but first I’m going to share my favourite coffee based desert with you.

It’s a Spanish number called Blanco y Negro and it was my parent’s favourite after dinner treat when my brother and I were kids.

Right, grab your coffee.

Brew it up.

Boil the water & leave it to cool for 1-2mins. Then pour it over your coffee grounds (double the amount you’d usually use, you want this to really pack a punch) and leave it to mingle in the cafetiere. Don’t be tempted to stir it, apparently you shouldn’t.

After about 5mins, plunge the press to the bottom of the jug.

Pour about half a cup per person.

Pop a scoop of vanilla ice-cream into each cup.

Stick a chunk o’ chocolate in the top & serve it up sharpish!

The ice-cream will melt and swirl into the coffee below.

Stir it up & slurp away!

A cracking coffee pudding in just under 8mins.

You can’t say fairer than that, can you?

Oh I almost forgot your code! Go to Pact & pop LONDONER (easy to remember, right?) into the voucher section. You’ll get a 250g bag of heaven for £1.

I’m pretty sure it’s only in the UK right now, but I’ll find out.

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  • Laura

    It’s like a coke float but with coffee! What more could a girl want? Going to have to try out this beauty ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    Heroine In Heels

  • As silly as it sounds, coffee is one of those things I desperately want to ‘get in to’. Now I’m getting older, foregoing after dinner expressos or going to ‘coffee mornings’ and drinking tea is starting to make me feel unsophisticated. I also can’t participate in the standard student-y conversations of ‘I stayed in the library all night last night- but it was okay! I had three cups of coffee!’ Instead, I’m there nursing my cans of red bull.. Unfortunately however, I love the smell of coffee or coffee in cake (or chocolate or….), just not straight out of the cup! Maybe if I try some of this coffee, I can finally change my mind…!


    • Rosie

      Espressos are actually why I got into it in the first place!
      By the time we finish supper I’m usually ready to crawl into bed so have to have an espresso to keep up and go out dancing!
      You could always give mochas a go and see if they ease you in. xx

      • I might have to do that… although knowing me, it’ll end up far more chocolate than coffee! =p
        KJ xx

  • Nichola Allan

    Ooh, so rare that we get to feel smug over the US with our UK-only offerings! I am not a big coffee person at all, and with all the treats starbucks is offering I feel I should keep it this way, lest it open me to a world of extra calories and expenditure! But I enjoy the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      Haha probably a wise decision Nichola! You could always try it with hot chocolate…

      • Lucy

        I’m not a coffee drinker either, but I’m very keen to try it with a hot choc!

        Lucy x

  • Izzi C

    I had something like this in Italy , delicious! Trying to get more into coffee because it’s one of those ‘social’ drinks isn’t it. Love the blog as always

    • Rosie

      Europeans seriously know what’s up when it comes to after-dinner treats & staying up late! Thanks Izzi x

  • Kat Cheng

    Thanks Rosie! Just ordered and looking forward to my first bag! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rosie

      No worries Kat!

  • I’m a huge fan of proper coffee – a cappucino addict! Love the thought of dunkin some ice cream in coffee!

    Btw I tried making your Seared Tuna with Soy & Wasabi glaze last night…bloody gorgeous!!!!

    Happy Monday Rosie xoxo

    • Rosie

      Oh good, I’m so glad it went down well!
      Let me know if you try this one & how it goes! x

  • I love the smell of coffee and I’m partial to a coffee and walnut cake, but i just can’t drink the stuff. Looks amazing though!

  • That sounds gorgeous. I’ve ordered my little sample bag and will see how I get along with it. I don’t really make coffee at home so this’ll be fun!

    • Rosie

      I’m sure you’ll love it Amber-Rose! (what a lovely name!) x

  • Hazel @ fresherfood

    Ordered! Looking forward to trying it. Such a good discount too.

  • Amelia Florence

    Lovely, thanks for this Rosie! I’m the most horrendous coffee snob when it comes to drinking out, but I never know where to start when I make it at home. Using my code now, can’t wait to try it! xx

    • Rosie

      Any time A! x

  • Sarah

    This looks so delish! I am a sucker for a good coffee drink.

    The Purse Snatcher

  • Rebecca

    Thanks so much Rosie. I’m just starting to get into coffee and this is such a treat for only ยฃ1! You’re a doll for sharing x

  • Charlotte

    Coffee is so photogenic, I was I could force myself to like it! xx

  • Harri

    I too have just ordered it – looking forward to my first bag! thanks for the tip Rosie!

  • Kristi

    Hi Rosie.
    I love reading your blog and recently went to Kanali restaurant in Crete with my boyfriend…the food and view were amazing!! I’m heading to Brighton with my friends in a couple of weeks for the weekend and wondered if you could recommend anywhere to stay or eat?
    Keep up the good work x

  • Looks delish! Unfortunately get all hyper if I’m drinking coffee so would have to try this decaf. Just to drink lots of coffee when I lived back in Sweden but can’t handle the caffeine at all these days, lol. Kram

  • Anita

    Life is too short for bad coffee! You need to try out Monmouth Coffee too…amazing coffee and the people in the shop are so helpful and knowledgable about the stuff. Thanks for the voucher! x

  • I had this first in Prague and was in love! Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liv Reeves

    I hate coffee (and tea) am i even english?

    but this post makes coffee look delicious! xx

  • Harriet Wild

    Ooh sounds great, I’ve ordered a bag and already impatient for it to arrive. Thanks for the discount X

  • I just ordered. Thank god. Just in time for my November trying not to spend all my money on take-out coffee challenge. Thanks Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Skye McAlpine

    Looks sublime. So creamy. I can almost smell the coffee.

  • Emma T

    I Looove coffee but my boyfriend is the real coffee snob! Go to Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden, they let you try shots of the different beans so you can see which is your favourite before you buy… my fav was the Nicaragua and Simons was the Kenyan, we go to London quite a bit and he ALWAYS has to stop there!

    As always I love the blog Rose! You’re fab xx

  • I am a big fan of Affogato, this one in special looks delish!

  • Melanie

    What a business venture! I’m signed up and sent it to all the coffee drinkers I know. This is definite dessert idea for a dinner party (or after dessert treat even). I plan on making your salted caramel syrup as well, I imagine that would go lovely with proper coffee.

  • Johanna Filipson

    That looks absolutely AMAZING! I’ve tried to stay away from Coffee in the mornings (that caffiene crash at noon made me fall asleep on top of my school books) but an afternoon treat like this one with its unavoidable crash is definitely welcome! /Johanna

  • Anoseforfood

    We signed up to Pact last week and had our first coffee. Amazing. I love the concept of such freshly ground beans. Only problem is…I get migraines with coffee…So will have to pace myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie

    I worked in a coffee shop for a few years in college and it was the best job to date! We’d serve up an Italian version of this called “affogato” which uses gelato instead of ice cream. My fave was pistachio or hazelnut gelato which made a creamy flavored coffee treat…yum.

  • saradujour

    I’m afraid I’m still in that coffee phase of “not knowing my ass from my elbow”, haha. I love flavoured lattes and mochas, but have to let Starbucks’ baristas do the work for me, because I’m clueless!

    This treat looks scrumptious. If I ever get myself together, I’ll give it a try!


  • Courtney Elizabeth

    I love it! It’s like the Spanish version of an affogato. I love coffee, but my lazy self relies on my Keurig machine every morning. Perhaps it’s time to get a French press!

  • Emily Davenport

    Holy cow- ice cream in coffee? Mind officially blown. This sounds amazing!!!

  • cremaluisa

    Blanco y Negro, has always been a favourite in my house,Marisa.xx

  • Delta

    HI Rose,

    Just tried your voucher, unfortunately it looks like Pact have actually debited the 6.95 from my account so I know have ‘5.95 credit’ in there, seems like a pointless deal to me. I was willing to try it as I normally use nespresso, but thought I’d give a drip a go, but this makes me have less faith in the company to be honest. Such a shame!

    • Rosie

      Hey Delta,
      Apparently you pay ยฃ1 and Pact add ยฃ5.95 credit to mean your first bag is free (instead of ยฃ6.95). So don’t worry, you’re still only paying ยฃ1.

      Apparently the least complicated way of doing it! x

      • Delta

        It’s terribly confusing! But thanks for the explanation ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Elizabeth Craney

    As a fellow coffee snob, I have to say, there is some amazing coffee in the U.S. (haven’t been to the UK, so I can’t speak for that), but NOTHING compares with Italian coffee! I think I walked around Italy in a non-stop caffeine high, just because I couldn’t stop buying cappuccini! So incredible. I’ll have to give this treat a try though!


  • Guest

    This might actually help me with my pledge to stop buying Starbucks everyday and do one of those “don’t buy you’re daily coffee, buy a cafetiere, have ยฃ… more cash” incentives. Nice one.

  • Coffee is definitely one of my favorite things, although I can be a bit stupid sometimes and just go pick up my favorites at Starbucks. I’ve found a few places that have truly amazing joe though – if you’re ever in SF again, Philz and Blue Bottle are delicious! Thank you for this gorgeous treat!

  • I don’t even like coffee but I really want to try this out!


    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • Guest

    I’ve been thinking ahead to Christmas already ( I know very early) but I feel like this would be SUCH a great gift! Coffee grounds and press for a coffee snob seems perfect. I for one would be thrilled to get that as a present in the dead of winter. Thing is, I’m I live in NYC so I don’t think they’ll ship here ๐Ÿ™ If you find any companies that ship outside of the UK PLEASE let us know! Thanks Rosie! Amazing post as usual ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Michelle

    I was just speaking about this last night, amazing!

  • Yum! I’ve always loved a nice swirl of ice cream in some dark coffee or rich espresso. You should try getting your own little espresso maker! It is quite fun to experiment in your own home!


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  • The slow pace

    Hi Rosie! That looks amazing! When I visit my auntie in Italy we prepare something very similar but instead of vanilla ice cream we use Italian tartufo. That is my favourite coffe treat! No! Wait! Coffee with condensed milk. In Spain we called it cafรฉ bombรณn! Simple yet delicious!

  • Looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Thanks for the voucher ๐Ÿ˜€ Never heard off doing that before, usually a good old Irish coffee for after a meal or on a colder night is my favourite but I’ll definitely be giving this a go!

  • Megan {Willow Way Blog}

    This looks beyond amazing – so trying this!

  • Sarah D

    I don’t know why, but it makes me super happy when other people get into good coffee. I became sort of a coffee snob when I was living in Germany, and now I am living in Costa Rica and I have access to amazing, inexpensive coffee all day, every day. All the cafes around here have ice cream/ coffee drinks, but I have yet to order one so I think I will make one of these bad boys tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ Salud!

  • Karen Fleischman

    You should try my favourite coffee drink,It’s. Called a B52 coffee.Take a cup of your favourite brew and add 1/2 shot of Kahlula and 1/2 shot of Baileys Irish Cream and 1/2 shot of Grand Marnier. Top with whip cream and enjoy!

  • Sarah Libros

    Headed over to order some right now! Can’t wait to give this method a try.

  • Emily

    I have been (and always will be) a coffee lover. There’s just something so comforting and exciting about it- plus the options are endless. The idea of a coffee “float” is brilliant! I can’t wait to make one of my own. (:

  • TheUniStudent

    Mon dieu!

    This looks incredible, an amazing combo howww have I never seen this before? You are an eye-opener as ever Rosie.

  • Hannah

    Omg wish this was available in the US. Sounds amazing.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  • Nelya Zlamanyuk

    That sounds amazing right, especially in this chilly weather!

  • Andrew Vicars

    Wow, I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life but I think I might now!
    Those look awesome!


  • zooks

    footsy pajamas are solidly on my x-mas wish list — any recommendations for where to buy?

  • Emily

    Thanks so much Rosie, just ordered my ยฃ1 bag… Might end up having a bag every 2 weeks as well! My mum bought me a coffee pot when I went to uni so at least I had something good to drink on my late night antics so I’m really looking forward to this!

  • This is awesome! Thanks for sharing the code! I shall pass it on to my followers too ^_^

  • Anna

    i hear ya, im a terrible coffee addict ๐Ÿ˜€ going to try your recipe!

    Anna xx

    Little Pretty Mess

  • Sepideh

    I love local coffee shops that actually have proper coffee!! There’s one close to my school that I always go to and love studying there! They even have good lunches (SCORE!)

    And I love ice cream in coffee like that – what a good treat!!

  • Oh goodness… YUM!!


  • Regina Israel

    That totally reminds me of home…Coffee and ice cream is such a summer dessert in Spain!

  • Marci Gallagher

    Oh yummy!!! I will for surely have to try this!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ceri

    First pack arrived today and I’m very happy with the results ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the discount you little legend you
    x x x

  • Sophie Hurst

    This looks so yummy!

    Maybe one day I will make it myself


  • I’m really not keen on coffee, like I make a funny face when I have to drink some (for example when I’m driving for a long time). Is it weird, that this has really made me want to like coffee? And think that maybe I just haven’t tried any proper good coffee? I get this sometimes, and it’s always weird. It’s usually because of good branding (like in this case too), I love the concept and their website, so I think I should like it.
    The last time this happened was with coconut water. And it didn’t work, I still don’t really like it (I pretend sometimes though). Let’s see what’ll happen here.

  • Gabriella

    Just order my first batch from Pact and can’t wait to try out this recipe on Thursday when it arrives – thank you! Xx

  • Have you tried Lamboghini coffee I’m more partial to a hot choc. Mmmmmm

  • Ahhhhh! These are called ‘affogato’ in Italy! It means ‘drowning’. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I thought they were kinda retro now but you’ve really made them look relevant again!