It’s the first thing I do every morning… Each morning. Make coffee. Or as we call it here ‘effe een bakkie doen’. So it’s a pretty important part of our morning ritual. Maybe even more so for Tom than it is for me, as he drinks coffee the entire day.

Coffee is important, very important.

And so when there is a new coffee brand on the market, like  VELOURS NOIR we like to test it.

We’re pretty old fashioned when it comes to coffee, we make coffee in a filter machine. No cups, no pads or grinding machine here (our one attempt to upgrade our coffee machine led to such disaster that we’re cured for a while at least)

It’s not that I have anything against pad, beans or cups… We simply haven’t gone there yet. But you never know what the future might bring!

When I received the new coffee brand VELOURS NOIR here, I was intrigued. Because the taste of coffee can vary wildly. We did a test once and let me say that the cheap coffee did not score very well. As it turns out; making a good coffee, requires some work and dedication. Time for a test of VELOURS NOIR.

And here at Simone’s Kitchen a test is not a test, without also trying the coffee in an actual recipe. Because it also determines the result of your end product. end.

Notebook at hand and writing down combinations of flavor I could think of that went well with coffee.

From Dubai I had an enormous batch of dates so I figured a coffee date cake would be absolutely perfect. And while baking ofcourse I had my first cup of VELOURS NOIR and I can report we liked it a lot!

The coffee is robust without becoming too bitter and also in the cake the coffee taste was quite pronounced. Combined with the dates and the mixed nuts this is a delicious cake for a good cup of coffee. The dates made sure that the cake stayed moist inside. In the batter I used half chestnut flour and the other half regular flour… It’s winner!

VELOURS NOIR FIRE&ICE ROASTING makes sure that the flavors and aroma’s are kept in optimum condition and is available in beans, cups, pads and filter coffee. So also for all the people that have a regular machine, like we do. VELOURS NOIR is exclusively sold at Albert Heijn.


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Coffee date cake

This recipe is inspired by a recipe from Momzright via Allrecipes.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 10


  • 200 gr chopped and pitted dates
  • 1 tsp baking solda
  • 1 cup strong VELOURS NOIR
  • 2 tbsp butter soft
  • 210 gr sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 gr flour
  • 100 gr chestnut flour
  • 120 gr mixed nuts pistache, walnut, pecan or any other nuts you like
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 175 C. Grease a caketin and cover with baking paper.
  • Put the dates in a small bowl and sprinkle the baking powder on top. Heat the coffee until boiling and pour this over the dates and the soda. Leave to soak for a while
  • In a medium bowl mix the butter, sugar and egg well until combined. Stir the vanilla through
  • In a separate bowl mix the flour types, spices and the salt. Add this to your butter mixture and stir it through. Add the nuts last and your date mixture. Stir it all together until combined and put in your cake tin.
  • Bake for an hour in the preheated oven or until the cake is done. Leave to stand for 5 mins before you take it out of the tin.
  • Remove the paper and leave to cool on a cake rack
  • Ofcourse delicious if enjoyed with a cup of VELOURS NOIR
Course: Dessert
Author: Simone van den Berg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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