Senses of summer – Part 2

Belinda from The Curated Life is back with more tips on how to prepare your home for summer in a way that satisfies all your senses.

Don’t forget taste
For me, summer is all about entertaining. There’s nothing better than an impromptu BBQ with friends in the garden on a beautiful sunny day, so come spring I love spending an afternoon in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes ahead of the party season. Especially when it comes to mixing cocktails a little differently. Most Aussies love the classic Espresso Martini – have you tried adding new flavours like mint or strawberry, or even changing the liquor to a spiced rum or Fernet Branca? Obviously, the espresso is the essence of a good Espresso Martini, so I would strongly recommend that you don’t change that!

A sight for sore eyes
After a long winter I love to bring a sense of light and freshness back into my home and one of my favourite places to do this is in the kitchen. It’s where I spend most of my time entertaining friends, so I love for my benchtops to look just as inviting as the rest of my entertaining spaces. One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen is with well-chosen appliances and accessories. This season I’m loving the Argento Flora range from De’Longhi. This gorgeous kettle and toaster set in Jasmine Beige is the perfect way to add a summertime feel to your benchtops. The range has been inspired by nature, so it looks great styled alongside a natural wood chopping board or serving platter and large, loose foliage cut fresh from the garden.

Music to my ears
Now that our homes look, feel and smell great, all that’s left to prep ahead of our summer parties is an amazing playlist. It’s something you often just think of at the very last minute, but music is so critical to a great event. If you’re not great at pulling together a fun, eclectic mix that will keep your guests’ moods up, then spend a little time listening to some of the pre-designed playlists on platforms like Spotify, till you find one that you like. Try searching for ‘summer hits’, ‘party’ or maybe even ‘best of the 90’s’?

Enjoy and happy summer!

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Inspiring coffee recipes

So many of us fall into the routine of drinking the same kind of coffee day after day. But come spring we want to spice things up a bit, so we have asked our friend Chris Trigg to provide us with some fresh coffee recipes.

Chris is a barista at specialty coffee company ONA coffee, a coffee enthusiast and a firm believer in automated coffee machines. Just like us. He has put his PrimaDonna Elite Experience to the test and created three exclusive recipes for our De’Club members. Enjoy and show us your creations by tagging @delonghi_au.

Espresso martini
45ml vanilla flavoured vodka
45ml coffee liqueur
45ml espresso (Use 2 x ‘espresso function’, extra strong aroma, small size)
Ice cubes

Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake! It’s important to use fresh ice and add it last before shaking so the drink doesn’t get watered down. Once you start feeling condensation on the outside of the shaker, it’s good to go! Open it up, double strain it into a chilled martini glass, garnish with 2 or 3 coffee beans and enjoy!

Honey iced latte
60ml espresso (Use 2 x ‘espresso function’, extra strong aroma, small size)
200ml milk
Espresso ice cubes
1 tsp honey
Sprig of rosemary

This tasty twist on the classic iced latte is a great way to keep the drink chilled without it being watered down by melting ice. Just freeze some espresso in an ice cube tray ahead of time. Add two shots of fresh espresso into a glass with a teaspoon of honey and mix thoroughly before adding the frozen coffee ice cubes. Top it up with milk and feel free to add more honey to taste. Pop in a sprig of rosemary and serve!

Brew and berry lemonade
200ml brewed coffee (Use the ‘long function’, medium aroma, large size)
100ml lemonade
Slice of lemon

A real crowd pleaser. Use brewed coffee that has been left to cool, and you could make your own lemonade, but readymade works just fine. Simply add these ingredients into a glass with ice and sliced strawberries, and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Stay tuned for more refreshing coffee recipes to keep you cool in the warmer months.

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Why Three Birds love coffee

Who knew coffee could taste (and look) this good?

When you’re a self-confessed coffee addict but your dream home isn’t anywhere near your favourite cafe' – quick, move house! Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but before you pack up your worldly goods and move on out, have you considered bringing the cafe' to your home? We’ve discovered the perfect way to get your daily fix without opening the front door.

This latest home reno is nowhere near a cafe', so we wanted to bring the cafe' into the home by creating spaces and zones where you can share a coffee together with family and friends, or alone with a book.

Of course, the kitchen is also home to a coffee machine and as a cafe' owner myself (The Tuckshop in Glenhaven), I’m a super fussy coffee snob when it comes to my brew. I’ve spent a long time trying all the at-home coffee machines to find one that recreates the magical drop I get from my best barista at my cafe'. So, you can take it from me that this De’Longhi machine is the Queen Bee of coffee makers. I actually fell in love so hard that I had to get one for my own kitchen too!

Not only does she make great tasting coffee, but is really easy to use and no hassle to clean. You can customise your own order, as well as your mates, then save it to get the same perfect coffee every time, at the touch of a button.

Everyone has that one friend who’s always on some sort of caffeine detox, right? (Who even are these people! Can we still be friends?) So, a kettle is always a good idea alongside the coffee machine when they knock your cafe' quality coffee for a peppy tea. When it’s as gorgeous as this minty green goddess from De’Longhi you won’t even have to hide it out of sight (as is my usual advice when it comes to small appliances). And it gets bonus points for matching the toaster as well. I can’t wait to share all the other ‘cafe' moments’ zones we’ve created in this little suburban home. Spoilt for choice - Stay tuned!

Best coffee regards,
Three Birds Renovations

Featured products: PrimaDonna Elite Fully Automatic Coffee Machine and Argento Flora breakfast range.

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Receive the ultimate in-home barista service

If you love coffee as much as we do, then anything less than barista quality coffee won’t do. That's why our tailor-made Fully Automatic Coffee machines deliver barista quality coffee, hassle-free, at the touch of a button and all in the comfort of your own home. It's the best of both worlds – perfect coffee, simple
to use.

If you're keen to start pumping out lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites and a whole lot more, then our new
in-home Elite Experience set-up service will have you up and running in no time. We'll come to your home and set-up the machine, customise your preferences and configure your profiles.

Enjoy our Elite Experience* set-up service when you purchase a machine from the PrimaDonna range:
PrimaDonna Elite Experience
PrimaDonna Elite
PrimaDonna Class

As part of our new experience, you will receive:
- A two hour visit from one of our own coffee experts. They will teach you how to personalise your machine to you and your family’s specific coffee taste and show you how to use it to create that perfect barista quality coffee every time.
- Exclusive access to tips and tricks and coffee recipes.
- A coffee gift pack including a milk jug, coffee glasses and coffee beans.
- Perfect coffee from your PrimaDonna every single day.

To see if you’re eligible for the Elite Experience in-home barista service, head to: delonghicoffeemachines.com.au/elite-experience or to try one of our barista quality coffees
for yourself, head to an in-store demonstration near you.

*Available in selected central suburbs including: Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Brisbane,
Perth and Adelaide.

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Father's Day made easy

Choosing the perfect gift for Father’s Day can be a task and a half. What do you get a dad who really does have everything? We’ve compiled a list of gifts for dads of different tastes. Forget the generic go-to of socks and undies, give a gift you know he’ll love!


PrimaDonna Class
Through De’Longhi’s commitment to innovation, a great cup of coffee is now only a touch away. The PrimaDonna Class is available in two sleek finishes, stainless steel or an impressive black, and holds up to 360g of fresh coffee beans of your choice, to deliver the ultimate barista quality coffee from the comfort of your kitchen. The machine allows you to adjust the aroma, coffee strength, temperature and milk to espresso ratio using either the CoffeeLink app or the machine interface. With the De’Longhi CoffeeLink app, coffee lovers can remotely select their favourite beverage, create a new recipe and adjust all settings through their phone. The machine also allows you to personalise and save a profile for yourself, your friends and family so you can recreate their order at the touch of a button.
RRP: The PrimaDonna Class range starts from $1,698.99

The Dinamica range can serve up to 13 coffee recipes. Your chosen coffee beverage can be enjoyed with just one touch or through the Drink Menu on the new LCD display. De'Longhi's exclusive LatteCrema system uses a mixing device that automatically delivers a dense, rich, long lasting milk foam - just like a professional Barista.
RRP: The Dinamica range starts from $1,199

The De’Longhi Magnifica is a sleek coffee machine which offers multiple coffees at a touch of a button. The machine allows you to make coffee beverages at the correct temperature, with the perfect density, colour and taste thanks to bean to cup technology. The manual milk frother allows for milk based coffees to be customised to the desired level of aroma and quantity for each recipe.
RRP: The Magnifica range starts from $599


Single Zone Wine Cabinet
The ultimate gift for the wine obsessed Dad. Sip in style with this beautiful and practical stainless steel, single zone wine cabinet that allows users to set their desired temperature according to the wines they want to store. Seven sturdy beech wood shelves allow for 74 classic Bordeaux-style bottles to be arranged, stored and viewed with ease.
RRP: $1,499.00


With versatile cooking functions, allowing you to cook as a closed contact grill, raised oven grill, or open BBQ grill, the MultiGrill is perfect for the Dad that loves getting creative in the kitchen. Each plate has a separate thermostat that can go from 60°C-230°C, perfect for searing juicy steaks. Not to mention, with a dedicated app to ensure perfect cooking and removable dishwasher safe plates, the messy bits are all covered!
RRP: $299


Air Purifier Heater and Cooling Fan
De’Longhi’s new multifunctional appliance gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘comfort’. Experience the sensation of continuous air flow that is shaped to encompass you. Surround yourself in warm or cool air that is cleansed of harmful particles providing you and your family with a healthy home environment all year long.
RRP: $699.00

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