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Caffe Culture 2014 in Review

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Once again we hit the road this year and got ourselves to Caffe Culture; a two day event at the London Olympia showcasing innovative products, great coffee, artisan roasters & more. We were at stand A16 advertising our new show offer. For us, once again it was a success!

 “Judging by the number of people we spoke to on the stand, the show was a success. We were surprised how many new coffee shop owners we spoke to – 40% off all the people who left their details at the stand were at the show to find suppliers for their new coffee shop. Hopefully this is a sign that the market is buoyant.” – Simon Martin, Director

We spoke to both new and existing customers about their cafes and tableware, and the new cafes took a special interest in our bespoke crockery pack, complete with logos and enough items to run a 24 seat café.

Now in its 9th year, it still remains the sole event in the UK entirely dedicated to the café industry for showcasing important ideas and products for new & established cafes. The seminar sessions help suppliers and owners learn more about what’s on show as well as ideas for boosting output alongside profit.

 

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There were a lot of well-known coffee shops and distributors at the event such as Black Circle Coffee, La Cimbali UK and Lotus Bakeries along with coffee suppliers and many other businesses in the café industry

Our main objective this year was to focus on new business, trying to attract as many new cafes as we could; our show bundle, which was a bespoke crockery pack, boasted  cups, saucers, plates, bowls in lots of sizes, with enough tableware to serve a 24 seat café for the low price of £395 (ex.vat). The pack also included decorating your items with one or two coloured logos and delivery: the perfect set for a new café!

This year’s event managed to dedicate a decent amount of time to an emerging trend: lots of artisan cafes and eateries were on the show floor presenting their products. This year, however there is an emphasis on street food; with many artisan cafes choosing to serve their food from roadside with a dedicated seminar all about street food.

“The show seems to have changed slightly over the last few years which a greater percentage of exhibitors taking small stands to promote niche products. The number of large, mainstream suppliers in attendance has decreased. This has given the visitors more choice of new suppliers across a wider range of products, and reflects the increased variety of food and drink sold by coffee shops in the last few years” – Simon

The artisan coffee roasters were out in full force also, producing unique blends and latte art to match, baristas from all over descended on the Olympia to show off their talent for making the perfect coffee, and no doubt would have shown a great interest in all of the coffee machines on display; a must see for baristas attending!

There were also lots of seminars focusing on current drink trends in cafes; giving cafes old and new something to watch out for & to catch right on trend as well as tips of the industry such as how to build and maintain a top class reputation, and why some cafes fail and, more importantly how to make sure yours doesn’t!

Overall, the event was a success, we managed to speak to plenty of new cafes and managed also to speak to some of our oldest customers about upgrading their older items. We feel confident in saying this year has gone well, and that we’ve certainly attracted plenty of new customers as well as having the chance to catch up with our long standing clients. We’ll certainly be back next time!

“Caffe Culture have stated that the number of visitors over the two days was similar to 2013 and that had been borne out by the number of people we spoke to. “- Simon

Did you attend Caffe Culture? Did we speak to you? Don’t worry, if you didn’t get chance to come see us; there’s a lot to do and see in such a short time, and we’re just as  happy to take your call at our office & deal with any questions or enquiries you may have. New Café? As about our starter bundle, our dedicated sales team can help you get the right quantities for your café!

“We will be back in 2015. Caffe Culture is the perfect show for us because it gives us the chance to speak directly to coffee shop owners in large numbers – a great way to spend a couple of days!”­

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Coffee on the road; Cafes on the Yorkshire route of Tour de France!

Tour De france is in just under 70 days, and of course it will be coming through Yorkshire, even through our city of Sheffield! But what about the other places along the way? Where can you go for a coffee during the Tour De Franc

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One of the bigger places along the route is the old city of York, famous for many things including its magnificent Cathedral. While the contestants are cycling through, or if you’re in the area just visiting during the tour, you can grab a coffee directly on the route at Kafeneion in the (hopefully) nice weather

Kafeneion Café Bar is “a calming port of call from the bustling city centre” which boasts a superb cup of coffee and delicious cake and a range of fresh sandwiches or paninis. While on your way through you can unwind in the “luxurious” atmosphere created by the ambient music and couch seating

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The tour is definitely not short of historic places on its route, even stopping by Haworth, world famous for being the home of the Brontë sisters (& their museum) and the preserved heritage railway. While there you could stop by 10 the Coffee House or the Fleece Inn for a coffee, just off North Street.

10 the Coffee House has received plenty of great reviews for its afternoon tea and sandwiches that are freshly made and well presented. When looking at reviews the people suggest trying some of their rare varieties of coffee and their scones.

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Langsett Village, just outside of Sheffield boasts two great coffee outlets with a view. The Bank View Café overlooks the moorlands of Yorkshire; and is perfect for a drink in the summer; there are plenty of local activities and things to do and see.  Nearby you will also find the Waggon & Horses Inn, sitting on the edge of the Pennines, four miles from Penistone. Enjoy traditional home-made food and real ales by a wood fire while looking out onto the reservoir

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Evidently the tour has been popular with the patrons of the Wagon, and they have a lot planned. Visiting that day? You can enjoy an independent film festival, a bike-themed makeover and even a brass band

So, whether you are cycling ahead of the race or taking a position road-side; there is no shortage of great coffee!

 

Beerspresso Machine To Begin a Coffee and Beer Trend?

It may be across the pond in Atlanta, but with the recent budget changes in the UK, the beerspresso machine of Taproom Café seems like a great idea! The Espresso machine has been gutted and repurposed into a 12-tap “Beerspresso” machine, it includes a glass rinser mounted into the drip tray plus three additional taps for chilled water, filtered water and sparkling water.

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The inventor, Jonathan Pascual is a seasoned barista who came up with the taproom café concept and launched a kickstarter for it, which blitzed the $15,000 goal in just a week!. More specifically, the plans for the café are to get each barista certified at the Counter Culture’s Atlanta Regional Training Centre, and all the beer will have a focus on local craft ales, also, they will be locally sourcing cake and sweets from local bakeries. The goal for all of this to be in motion is May.

It would appear that the coffee and beer trend has even caught on in America, with a few places opening in England hoping to do the same. The idea itself is simple, coffee and beer bring people together, but in different places, so why not combine the two?

The concept of coffee and beer/ale houses is not a new idea, however it has seen a recent turn in popularity, and it is still on the rise. It could be that we see more and more of these emerge as the trend catches on, potentially even big chains could get behind it, and why wouldn’t they if it’s a good idea?

This trend could see a rise in coffee and beer bars across the UK, especially with beer being slightly lower in price thanks to the new budget.

But will it work? Will the idea take off? Will coffee and beer cafés become something seen one every high street or just a passing trend?

 

London Coffee Festival Coming Soon!

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At the beginning of April, coffee retailers, suppliers and cafes will be gathering in London to partake in the London Coffee Festival as part of the UK Coffee Week! With many names such as Black Sheep, Costa, UE Coffee Roasters and even Starbucks in attendance

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The London Coffee Festival celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene.   With over 20,000 visitors expected, The London Coffee Festival promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. “

In total there will be over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet stalls to visit, tastings and even demonstrations from some of the world’s finest baristas. Alongside this there will be workshops, coffee labs, “Coffee Based Cocktails”, Live DJs & Music, art exhibitions and some of London’s finest fashion designers; such as Milk & Sugar and food retailers from across the UK

“The Lab” will consist of programmes and live demonstrations such as coffee art and science, different brewing techniques and new tastes, with interactive workshops tackling ethical issues and tips for setting up your own coffee shop!

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“The Coffee Art Project” is an art competition with a coffee theme, with fundraising at heart it hopes to showcase the talent and skill of some well-known and up and coming artists; The aim is to capture the essence of coffee and the coffee shop experience. The artists are masterful in all kinds of craft ranging from Hand-Drawn design to videography. So far, over 80 artists are lined up for the event after its previous success.

The prize is £1500 with the chance to have the art appearing on Coffee By Tate for a year! The five shortlisted runners up will get £250 and the visitors are able to vote for their favourite piece.

“The World Coffee Tour” Presented by Union Coffee Roasters is a showcase of the finest coffees from around the world, showing their distinct flavours and the factors that cause this, Union will be giving live roasting demonstrations of different coffees throughout the weekend.

“The True Artisan Café” is a presentation from Europe’s best coffee shops and roasters, allowing people to sample the best bespoke coffees and cocktails, listen to some live DJ sets as well as learning how to make a professional coffee, best thing is it is all for charity! Raising more than £4000 for Project Waterfall!

 

“The Milk Bar” By Cravendale, also called the M.I.L.K BATTLE is taking place on Thursday and Friday, it will see baristas with a knack for latte art lock horns in a showdown until the Sunday final where one barista will be crowned victorious and will claim the prize of a trip to a coffee country of origin.

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“Poetry Café” is an even where visitors can share their favourite pieces of poetry and also budding poets are encouraged to submit their favourite words.

The event will also host the UK Barista Championships, where baristas will compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge along with presentation and all round ability!

“The Science of Espresso” is presented by a team from L’Accademia di Cimbali, demonstrating that coffee can be just as geeky as science! The crew will be focusing on grinding, temperature, pressure and milk as the key elements of great coffee, their success at last year’s even has driven them to make this year’s show all about 100 years of excellence and the future of coffee.

There are two industry days being held on the 3rd and 4th April, with the public event being held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday including an Espresso Martini Launch Party.

So are you heading down to London this April for the event? What are you looking forward to seeing? You can tweet us your pictures from the event @coffeecupstweet

You can find more info about the event here 

Or from their Twitter @LdnCoffeeFest 

 

Drive-in Coffee Place for Cyclists

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There are a lot of drive-through places, but not many cater to cyclists. Sure, you can still go through the drive through on your bike, but it’s not the best experience in the world to be treated to the exhaust of other vehicles waiting in line – and some places expressly disallow cyclists at their drive-through’s.

With the goal of providing cyclists with a better coffee experience when they’re on the go, urban authorities in Zurich teamed up with a team of designers to set up the Velokafi.

The Velokafi is essentially a bike-through coffee drive-in that is dedicated to serving cyclists. The highlight is perhaps the wooden tables with slits for the bike wheel that lets people have their coffee without getting off of their bike. To compensate cyclists for getting the word out about the coffee shop, baristas hand out free cups of coffee to cyclists who check in to Velokafi on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

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The Velokafi is part of Zurich’s strategy to improve their transportation infrastructure by 2025. Looks like things are going pretty well so far.

Enticing, hey?

Perhaps this idea will catch on elsewhere and David Cameron will introduce this system in London?

We look with interest to see what else Zurich will come up with to reduce car use in the city.

Coffee company’s Tweet to success!

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Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis has given a small business a boost by tweeting that it is one of his six favourite businesses.

Windsor-based coffee business Roasterb Coffee Company was one of six who featured on the guru’s Small Business Sunday initiative.

Each week thousands of hopefuls describe their small business in a tweet to him from 5-7.30pm on social media site Twitter with the hashtag #SBS.

The 53-year-old entrepreneur, who has 357,000 followers on Twitter, then personally reviews and selects his favourite six small businesses.

After choosing he re-tweets the businesses message, which gained the Windsor start-up company 200 more followers and an increase in orders.

A Roasterb spokesman said: “It is great to have support from Theo because it’s been challenging trying to raise our profile.

“To personally get recognised for our hard work and good coffee helped spread the word about our signature coffee blends. It shows hard work, ethical business and good coffee always pays off.”

Here at coffeecups.co.uk we also love to dabble in twitter marketing.

Why not add us as a friend – @coffeecupstweet and look out for great discounts and give a ways.

 

Cherry-Streusel Coffee Cake

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Are you looking for something new to pair with your coffee? Or maybe you just like baked goodies. Both apply to me, actually. While I am not particularly skilled at baking, I am lucky enough to have friends who can’t seem to stop themselves from whipping up baked goodies.

This cherry-streusel coffee cake is a sweet addition to any breakfast or brunch menu, heres how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup frozen sour cherries, thawed and drained well
  • 1 cup Streusel
  • Milk Glaze

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch tube pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Spoon about half the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the cherries in a single layer on top of the batter; avoid placing any cherries against the pan’s edge, as they may stick or burn if not fully encased in batter. Top with the remaining batter, making sure it is evenly distributed, and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top of the batter.
  4. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and let cake cool 10 to 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack, then re-invert (so streusel side is up), and let cool completely. Spoon glaze over the cake, letting it drip down sides. Let cake sit until glaze is set, about 5 minutes, before serving. Cake can be kept at room temperature, wrapped well in plastic, for up to 4 days

Celebrity coffee – Rockin and Roastin

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You might remember that Peter Andre recently opened his first coffee shop in south London.

Others, such as Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine), have also been inspired to become involved in the coffee industry, leaning towards a charitable bent.
Jackman was moved by the plight of coffee farmers during his visit to Africa and has since been motivated to help them.

But another famous face has hit the coffee headlines of late, another celebrity who hopes to get involved with a coffee business.

Who is it?

The answer is Joey Kramer, the drummer from the famous band, Aerosmith, is gearing up to start his own coffee brand.

What will it be called? Rockin’ and Roastin’ Coffee of course.

He intends to be up and running with his new business venture later in the month.

As reported in the Boston Herald, this new coffee brand is a collaboration between the celebrity musician and also North Andover’s Comfort Foods inc.

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How would you get hold of this brand?

It is to be sold in local markets, apparently and also distributed by Comfort Foods.

As is increasingly popular these days, the coffee is marketing itself on being an organic product.

Use of coffee to administer mercury

There has been a rather alarming news story around of late and it all has to do with the use of coffee by a dental nurse, to poison her boss.

Sounds rather grim, doesn’t it?

Coffee is something that should be a joy, not a source of poison.

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What’s the story?

Ravinder Kaur has hit the headlines thanks to her court trial.

As reported by the BBC, this dental nurse has been charged with poisoning her boss, by adding mercury to her coffee.

The administering of a poisonous substance is denied by Ms Kaur.

Why the alleged crime?

Apparently Kaur was in trouble after disappearing for lunch and leaving a patient in a dental chair.

She had also received warnings for bossing her colleagues around at work unfairly.

After receiving a final warning, Kaur is said to have put mercury in her boss’s cup of coffee.

Kaur’s boss then suffered from sickness and stomach cramps.

Her boss, Ms Knowles, thought that the coffee did not taste quite right and when pouring it away, she noticed the residue of grey sludge.

Ms Kaur argues that she has been set up because of the fact she gave them warning that she was going to report an alleged breach of patient confidentiality.

The case continues.

Do these latte-st sculptures make a mocca-ry of art?

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 THIS amazing latte art is all the work of one talented barista.

Reviewed by The Sun newspaper Kazuki Yamamoto, 26, creates the wacky creations for the customers at the shop where he works in Osaka, Japan.

 

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And he now reckons he has notched up over 2,000 of the crazy coffee characters for his patrons.

He said: “I’ve been working in the cafe from the age of 20, but I started the designer cappuccino two years ago.

 

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“I use a cocktail pin and spoon, steamed milk and delicious espresso. I have been practicing at the end of the working day and during breaks. It has become what I am known for when customers come to the shop.

“I do about 3 cups a day and estimate that I have drawn about 2000 types ever.

 

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He added: “However, there is a drawback; the coffees can get cold because it takes time to do the more delicate designs.”

 

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The foamy faces have now become a global web sensation, with people all over the planet admiring them.