Malawian Coffee and Vanilla Eggnog Recipe

7th December 2015

If you’re anything like me, your coffee intake is about as essential to your body’s overall functionality as air and water. But other than hesitantly looking at my bank balance or wondering when the post-5-cup caffeine shakes were going to stop, I’ve never really considered the consequences of my coffee consumption. So when the amazingly talented and genuinely lovely Kimberly from The Little Plantation, who I’d met earlier on in the year at a photography workshop that you can read more about here, got in touch about participating in this blog party to promote the issues of Malawi and their coffee trade, I immediately wanted to get involved…

Because a) it’s something that really deserves some recognition, the coffee is great b) I’d get the chance to create a totally banging eggnog recipe and c) WHO WOULDN’T.


When you’re downing your morning coffee in a desperate attempt to feel alive at 7am, I get that ‘where did this come from’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s worth thinking about. It’s why myself and 11 other bloggers have come together from across the world to create 12 very different recipes using a specific type of coffee, Malawian coffee to be exact. This isn’t supposed to be some kind of moral tirade about the social responsibilities of your choice in coffee, it’s simply to show you that Malawian coffee is just as good an option as the poster girls from Columbia, Ecuador and Brazil.

Mostly because, it’s delicious. When buying coffee, the things you need to consider are the quality/taste of the beans, pretty obvious stuff, the roasting process and almost most importantly, the ethical side of things. Malawian coffee scores well on all three but because there isn’t the marketing, the funding and infrastructure for trade in their country, it means that coffee producers in Malawi are getting unfairly overlooked. It also doesn’t help that Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the majority of the population in extreme poverty – almost the entire population earns less per day than the poorest in developed countries like Sweden. Because consumers like you and I are obsessed with Columbian ground, Malawian coffee isn’t being pushed through lack of consumer interest, so anything we can do, however small, could make some form of difference for coffee farmers.

SO. Why the eggnog? Mainly because I am pretty much a walking, talking egg. Also because to me, it’s one of the most underrated Christmas drinks out there, who doesn’t like something rich, sweet and creamy at Christmas? The coffee blends perfectly with the creaminess of the eggnog and stops the drink being overly sweet. Plus as no-one else was making liquid refreshment for this blog party, I thought someone better step up…Time for some alcoholic, caffeinated eggs.


You will need:

-2 cups whole milk or 1/4 litre
-1/4 cup double cream
-1/2 granulated sugar
-4 egg yolks
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 double espresso shot of Malawian coffee

Pour the 2 cups of whole milk into a deep saucepan and heat over a LOW heat until it comes to a bubble boil. Be careful not to let it go to a rolling boil or the milk will curdle.

Simmer gently.

Next separate the yolks of the four eggs from the whites and add the yolks to the sugar. Beat the eggs and sugar with a whisk until light in colour and fluffy to the touch – fluffiness is really important here.

Now you need to temper the eggs to make sure both liquids are similar in temperature – you don’t want to end up with sugary scrambled eggs. Not even I go that far. Start by adding a tablespoon at a time of the milk to the egg mixture. Add tablespoon by tablespoon gradually and mix until warm. Once the temperature nearly matches that of the milk, add the rest of the egg mixture to the pan. Now add the double cream, vanilla and nutmeg and gently heat through.

Next make a double espresso shot with your coffee. If you don’t have access to an espresso machine then just filter the coffee extra strong. I just added double the coffee that I would usually use and almost halved the water.

Place this in the bottom of your glass with a single shot of amaretto, (rum or brandy also works if you don’t like it too sweet).

Strain the eggnog with a sieve and pour into your glass. Add some nutmeg or even a cinnamon stick for garnish and done. I prefer this drink as a winter warmer but a lot of people serve eggnog chilled. If you do choose to do this, just add the coffee after it’s cooled or if you’re super keen, maybe even cold brew your coffee for an extra load of flavour. I’ll be doing a post soon showing you how to do this so watch this space! Consume within 3 days.



That’s it from me! But he rest of the recipes are here for you to check out! (p.s they’re absolutely incred.)

You can also follow the hashtag #loveMALAWIcoffee on Instagram and Twitter for more incredible photos and info throughout the day! It’s worth saying that none of us are getting paid for this post nor does any of the money that you spend buying the product come to me, but if you want to buy some Malawian coffee for yourself then from the 7th December (the day of this party!) to 31st December Coffee Direct is offering 20% discount using voucher code: #loveMalawicoffee.


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  • Reply Carole 7th December 2015 at 7:52 am

    This looks like one of those things I could just drink way too much of – the ingredients alone make me want to down one right now! Lovely photos too. :-) xo

    • Reply Maria 8th December 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Honestly, it’s really dangerous…I must have got through about 2 litres in ‘prep’ for this. Good times 😀 Thanks so much Carole and don’t even get me started on your photos & recipe, just SO amazing. xx

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation 7th December 2015 at 11:07 am

    Oh Maria I had a tiny tear in my eye. First cuz I was totally moved by your words then cuz your egg comment just made me laugh out loud. In class I hasten to add.
    Thanks for being a part of this and thanks for representing the booze!
    Hugs Kimberly

    • Reply Maria 8th December 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Hahaha thanks Kimberly! Genuinely such a major honour to be part of this. You’re amazing, the whole fact that you came up with this idea in the first place is just so lovely & I goddamn love your blog. I’ll stop gushing now… xxx

  • Reply Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table 7th December 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Why NOT eggnog? I loved discovering your blog through this blog party – this recipe and all of your work are absolutely stunning!

    • Reply Maria 8th December 2015 at 7:32 pm

      @Ksenia – well EXACTLY. Same to you in a big way, just to let you know you’ve gained a stalker now… 😉 xx

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