Ginger and spice


We're so happy to have Hakanoa Handmade's drinks syrups and ginger beer available at Cafe Royale.  Rebekah Hay established Hakanoa Handmade a few years ago to provide people with properly brewed ginger beer that's dry and refreshing, and not too sweet - the kind that's made with fresh ginger, a live yeast starter and raw, organic sugar. She makes a lime & chilli ginger beer too, which is halfway to being a spiced up Moscow Mule - genius.  

More recent concoctions include a spicy chai syrup, a lemon, ginger and Manuka honey syrup and a pure ginger syrup.  The spicy chai has depth and savour from the organic black tea, and just a hint of sweetness for balance.  It's a million miles from the cloying sweetness of most coffeehouse drinks syrups. We add it to hot water to make a spiced tea drink, and to steamed milk to make the best ever chai latte. 

The ginger syrup is a revelation.  We make it into a ginger toddy by adding hot water and a slice of lemon, or into a ginger latte by adding textured milk.  It's a wonderful addition to black tea as well. 

It can be hard being a non-coffee drinker in coffee-mad New Zealand, or to find something to spice up your afternoon tea that won't keep you up all night. But fret no more!  Hakanoa Handmade's tasty ginger toddy, chai tea, chai latte and ginger latte (and our super matcha latte) are just the thing.  


The sweetest sugar


We're using organic, unrefined fair trade sugar in our cakes and biscuits.  Our sugar is a glorious golden colour because the way it is milled locks in the natural molasses from the cane rather than stripping it out.  The molasses gives the sugar a fudgy depth of flavour not found in refined white sugar. 

Apart from the flavour benefits, we prefer our fair trade unrefined sugar because is produced where the sugar cane is grown, meaning it has had the value added where it matters the most – in the country of origin – not in a refinery elsewhere.  Fair Trade certification gives us confidence that the Indian farming cooperative that grew our sugar was paid a reasonable price for the cane they grew and milled. It means the farmers can cultivate the quality of their crops, send their kids to school, get health care, and build a sustainable community.

That the sugar is also certified organic makes it even sweeter for us. Organic sugar cane fields are green cut and are not burned or treated with herbicides or synthetic fertilizers - better for the growers and their families, better for the environment, and better for the person who eats it. 

So go on, try that Coconut Orange Pannacotta.  Y'know you want to.