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CoffeeCups at Caffe Culture 2014!

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It’s that time again and we here at coffeecups are preparing to hit the show floor at this year’s caffé culture exhibition on 14-15 May at the Olympia Exhibition Centre!

With top companies such as Lotus, Teapigs and many more attending, there’s plenty to see for those thinking about starting a café or those who already own one, looking to inject some life into their business, there will be plenty to do

Boasting an exclusive show offer and no minimum order, Coffeecups hopes to reach out to new and existing customers alike; you won’t want to miss us!

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With around 5,000 trade visitors attending over two days to do business, the Caffè Culture Show is the UK’s café bar market’s main focal point of the year. Talented people who own and run independent coffee shops, cafes and restaurants across the UK as well as senior buyers with top-level purchasing authority from the high street chains, department stores, hotels and health clubs visit the show to see the latest products, gather new ideas, get expert advice on choosing the right products and make new contacts.


Exhibiting at the show is the most cost-effective way to reach your target audience and is the only café bar event in the UK dedicated to conducting business. “

There will be practical demos and free seminars to attend, including customer satisfaction, street food and reviews of trends for the year, which will be great for any new businesses.

 

With the new feature of street food at this year’s event, companies hope to attract cafes and restaurants to the streets selling their products due to the rising trend.

 

So if you’re heading down to London this year for caffe culture, why not pay us a visit at our stand? We’re located at stand A16, you won’t be able to miss us!

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 

 

Oscars Nominees In Latte Art!

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Leonardo Di’Cappuccino, anyone?


One very talented barista has recreated some of the lucky winners and nominees of the Oscars in the foam of a latte!

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Mike Breach, in a promotion with illy USA of York decided to pay tribute to the 2014 Oscar nominations by recreating some of the stars and films!

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With the increasing popularity of latte art, perhaps it will see a more permanent fixture as a staple part of the coffee shop experience, who knows, latte artists could be turning up at your local café should they become popular enough

Are there any talented baristas who try their hand at latte art at your local café? Tweet us a picture @Coffeecupstweet, let’s see some talented baristas at work!

 

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You can see more at his Tumblr account

Worst Drought in Years Hits Brazil’s Coffee Trade

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At this time of year the coffee plants in the mountains of Brazil are usually in bloom, but last month a drought hit Brazil worse than has been seen for decades, seriously damaging the yields of Arabica coffee beans. This weather has hit the record books and has caused desperate measures across the country, even to the point of water rationing extreme enough (according to some newspapers) for some areas to only receive water once every three days. As a result of all of this, Arabica coffee could inflate in price by as much as 50% on the market

Luckily, at the moment the retail prices are stable: as most coffee roasters have enough of a supply of coffee to cover their production for a few months, however the inevitable backlash from the extremes of weather means that most people will notice a creeping increase in the price of their Arabica coffee this year, reaching their highest price in 14 months.

Before any of this started, there had been concerns for the coffee market already, with there being an shortage as it stood before the drought, causing a global coffee deficit, with roughly millions of  bags less being produced than previous years, the apparent reasoning for this was that there was somewhat of a glut in Arabica coffee at the end of last year, there was enough of it to mean that the Arabica coffee futures fell by up to a quarter

The rise in the price of coffee is completely unavoidable, as the developing world has begun to have a market for it including Brazil itself, India and China. Inevitably with more people drinking coffee, demand rises and supply may struggle to meet or adjust to the new levels of demand.

The drought is also causing issues for those who take sugar in their drink too, as it has meant that sugar cane cannot be harvested as efficiently either.

How to Make Black Russian and White Russian Drinks!

In the spirit of the Winter Olympics in Russia going on right now, we’ve been looking into famous coffees from Russia, perhaps the most famous of which are the Black Russian and White Russian, so while you’re sat at home or at a bar with your friends enjoying some winter sport, why not settle down with one of these famous drinks?

We’ve found some recipes for both drinks right here so you too can enjoy one hot or cold while the athletes compete for the Gold!

Black Russian

Everyone knows this one, it’s just as classic as the White Russian and is largely the same!

Ingredients: (Source: www.drinksmixer.com)

1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
1 tsp amaretto almond liqueur
5 ozhot black coffee
1 1/2 oz whipped cream
1 tsp sugar

To prepare build ingredients in an old fashioned glass and serve over ice, stir well

Here’s a little info from Cocktails.about.com:

“The Black Russian is a simple vodka and coffee liqueur drink. This popular lowball is known throughout the world and is so popular that it (and the White Russian) should be one of the first that every aspiring bartender should memorize.

Experiment beyond the common coffee liqueurs like Kahlua to create different tastes. One like the creamier Cafe Boheme paired with 42 Below’s Manuka Honey vodka is a great match for a nightcap or an after dinner drink.”

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White Russian

A bar favourite and very versatile when it comes to creating more from the same ingredients!

About this drink : (Cocktails.about.com)

“The White Russian is a drink everyone should know. It’s a simple, creamy vodka mixed drink with a nice coffee flavor that makes a great after dinner sipper.

If you skip the cream you’ll have a Black Russian, give the White Russian a shake at the end and you have a Dirty Bird, add amaretto and you have a Roasted Toasted Almond, add cola and the drink is a Colorado Bulldog, replace the vodka with rye whiskey and you have a Sneaky Pete. The related drink list to the White Russian is almost endless.”

Ingredients: (Source: http://liquor.com/recipes/white-russian/) 

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Kahlúa

Heavy cream

“Add the vodka and Kahlúa to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with a large splash of heavy cream and stir.”

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Did you know: The story goes that the Black Russian was created in the late 1940s by Gustave Tops in Hotel Metropole in Brussels, he was serving a drink to Perle Mesta, the American ambassador. Apparently, Gustave wanted to make her a signature drink. The white Russian came a lot later, around the 1960s, and was popularised by Jeff Bridges as the Dude in The Big Lebowski, famously drinking  8 of them throughout the film, and dropping a ninth. (source: Liquor.com)­­

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“Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here!”

Fancy Serving one or two up yourself? Do it right with our selection of Glassware!

A Must-Have for Coffee Lovers on Valentines Day!

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How many times have you heard “do you want to grab a coffee sometime?” or words of that nature in the movies at the start of a budding romance?

Going out on a coffee date has been a popular cliché in Hollywood for longer than any of us can remember, but isn’t just in the movies that this happens, no, you will, more often than not find couples in coffee shops chatting over a vanilla latte about their day or week, especially when the weather outside isn’t so pleasant.

February is creeping ever closer and when it comes, love is in the air; February 14th marks St Valentine’s day for those lucky couples who want to splash out and treat that special someone, it is also a day for new romances to begin

Here at Coffeecups and over at www.design-my-own.co.uk, we stock latte glass sets which always sell great at this time of year, as some people would rather get a coffee at home and have a romantic day in, and we can help with that with our decorated latte glasses!

Get your significant other’s name on the glass, maybe even a special message, some hearts maybe? Over at Design-My-Own we have plenty of pictures to choose from

So go ahead and make the special day that much more special with a latte for two set, the ideal romantic gift from coffeecups!

 

International Coffee festival to be held in Bangalore- India

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The world’s best brewers are to gather in India this year for the international coffee festival.

Growers, exporters and retailers from around the world are going to take part in the event.

India has become the world’s fifth-largest exporter of coffee and is responsible for 4% of the world’s production , with domestic consumption rising exponentially in the last year.

India’s leading retailer for coffee, Cafe Coffee Day, which opened in the 90s. With over 1000 stores it is growing to a point where a new store is opening almost every week

American coffee giants Starbucks have also begun opening stores in India, seeing a gap in the market, they are followed by Costa and other leading retailers.

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Indian coffee is becoming more and more popular as an export, with Italy and Germany being their leading customers, some believe it is because of the unique qualities that the

beans present from being grown under the trees in the shade, which gives it a unique taste: This is why it is very popular in the foreign market, according to Indian coffee growers.

Appearing at the event is a very special organic coffee range grown by tribal populations in the Araku Valley, Southern Andhra Pradesh. The production of this unique blend has involved over 100,000 tribal workers and is considered perhaps some of the best coffee in India.

The event is expected to fetch about 1000 Delegates and 100,000 visitors, and it hopes to promote the consumption of coffee in a nation that has always been one of tea drinkers, it remains to be seen the impact it will have.

One for the road – Bike shops serving coffee

 

 

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Cyclist like coffee, right? So why not serve it in your shop?

Coffeecups.co.uk will be attending NEC Cycle Show on the 26th September with the a great offer designed to enable bike shops to serve coffee to their customers.

We want to really encourage bike shops to serve coffee in their shop to get customers through their doors, and maybe after a nice refreshing cup of coffee, they will buy some supplies from the bike shop.

The idea is to provide bike shops with bean to cup machines and customized crockery that will put the shop on the cyclist’s route, turning the shop into a destination for cyclists, all the while directing customers through your doors, to your products, generating more business.

For more information on this great idea, head down to the NEC Cycle show, stand B23  on the 26th September, and have a chat with Simon or Al. Catch us there and ask us how to put your shop on their route!