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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!
Coffee growers in Peru are experiencing a fall in produce due to roya fungus infecting the plants, its government has said.
Peru, as one of the leading exporters of organic coffee will probably produce 4.2 million quintales (45 kg bag), rather than the 6 million quintales of 2012, an agriculture magazine has reported.
This doesn’t come as a huge shock as the government had predicted a 20% drop because of the fungus this year, meaning they will likely fall behind their competitors.
Roya Fungus, also known as “Coffee Rust” causes the plants to shed their leaves prematurely causing them to fail in their produce and had got so severe in Guatemala back in February that a state of emergency had been declared.
The fungus is found in Africa, South America, Asia and Australia, with the first ever report of it being in Kenya in 1861, reaching Sri Lanka by 1869. It is cited as the sole cause of Lipa’s coffee industry collapse, almost wiping out the entire Arabica coffee species. Interestingly, “coffee rust” has been found in tea and rubber plants too.
For those of us in Europe this means a potential increase in South American coffee, however this is merely speculation and the effects of this outbreak are yet to be seen.
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A lot of businesses and people know us for branding Cups and Glassware for Bars, restaurants and Cafes, or even personalised gifts for your upcoming wedding or event, but how about a Personalised Dog or Cat Bowl?
Alex, Our General Manger volunteers for Boxer Rescue Northern England in her spare time, fostering, transporting and home checks so that Boxers who have been abandoned, neglected or given up through no fault of their own can find a new loving home.
Boxer Dog Rescue Northern England like many rescue organisations are totally self-funded and rely on donations and fundraising events to keep the rescue operational 365 days per year. The rescue runs entirely by volunteers who use all of their spare time to help Boxers in need.
On 21st July 2013 Boxer Dog Rescue Northern England hosted their annual Family Fun Day in Ormskirk, Liverpool.
Alex and the team at Quickfire Tableware designed and produced the prizes for their Fun dog show. Each winner received a Tankard and a Dog Bowl in recognition of their achievement, which were personalised with the title and date.
The Fun Day was a great success for the rescue and they raised over £3,000 to assist with the costs of helping to keep the rescue going.
If you are interested in adopting a Boxer or would like any further information on the Rescue, please visit their website www.boxerdogrescue.co.uk .
If you would like to enquire about getting these products made for a rescue, business or even to treat your best friend to a new bowl please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to arrange a graphic and quote for you.
However, there have been a variety of coffee and cat news stories of late.
First, have you heard about coffee houses which cater especially for cat lovers?
It is a Japanese trend to have cat cafes for animal-lovers who would like to pet a feline friend, while supping on their caffeine fix of the day.
These coffee shops have a variety of friendly cats on the premises that will charm and relax visitors as they sit and drink their beverage.
Often popular in cities where pet-ownership can be difficult, this idea has recently been taken on by a coffee shop owner in London.
The fad seems to be spreading.
Secondly, what about the cat coffee table?
For those who are familiar with the ways of cats, our feline friends often like to find somewhere unusual and comfortable to chill out and snooze.
As reported on the Technabob website, a coffee table has been created which has a ‘cat bed’ built into the design an ideal space for a curious kitty to crawl in and make themselves comfortable.
This coffee table also uses a transparent material for the table top, so that you get a good view of the snoozing cat.
Cupping is to coffee as tasting is to wine. It is about getting to know the different tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. Professionals who are into this activity are called master tasters.
Basically, cupping involves sniffing the coffee and actually sipping it to taste the flavor. Tasters then analyze and take note of the feel of the drink in their mouth or what they term as the body, its sweetness, acidity, flavor and aftertaste.
To effectively tell which kind of brewed coffee stands out, one needs to learn the technique of cupping.
By gaining this new skill, you will be surprised to find out the existence of a wide variety of coffee flavor and aroma. As you know, coffee is grown in the different parts of the world and if you’re a
coffee-holic, becoming a master taster might be for you.
There are many schools offering this course today that can take a few days. The sessions can take place at the roasters shop or at a cafe involving a number of interested adults.
Each session normally accommodates from six to 10 people. Then samples of each coffee are provided on the table.
Tasters do not always agree on which coffee is the best. That’s normal, though, because not everyone shares the same palette. What counts is that participants respect each other’s opinions and be open to learning more as time goes by.
The experts would say that practice and the willingness to learn from other people are the keys to becoming a successful cupper. Add to that are having a humble disposition and the commitment to contribute substance to every session.
It’s not all the time that workshops on coffee making and tasting are held particularly in London. But thanks to this one establishment, people are now eager to learn about the right way of roasting coffee which they can do so through such workshops.
In North London, Caravan Coffee Roasters is offering a series of workshops to interested coffee addicts. These activities take place at the restaurant’s roastery in King’s Cross.
The concept launched by the restaurant is to provide an avenue for diners interested to learn about coffee production to try their hand at making and tasting this most well loved drink worldwide. So apart from being a dining place, it also serves as an in-house roaster.
The workshop is very informative and when several people are in attendance, it can be a fun learning experience. The activity is lead by a head-barista, Baptiste Kreyder, who explains the different kinds of coffee beans, the production aspect, as well as the different tastes of beans and blends. Attendees are also taught how to match a specific type of coffee with food. At the end of the workshop, a mini-tasting event takes place with complimentary pastries.
Beyond the basics, those craving to learn more can try coffee roasting, home brewing, latte arts, espresso making and cupping. New coffee workshops will be introduced on April 13.
Caravan is the first establishment in London to house a restaurant and roastery in one site. It’s original site is in Exmouth Market while the second site which opened in August 2012 is in King’s Cross.
why not check out Caravan Coffee here- www.caravankingscross.co.ukand enroll yourself on one of there workshops
You know that carbon emissions cause rising temperatures and they, in turn, cause extreme weather. But it’s not just your weather that rising temperatures are threatening. According to a study by researchers at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, rising temperatures could make wild arabica coffee extinct in 70 years.
The study, in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, used computer modeling to find ”that 38 to 99.7 percent of the areas suitable for wild arabica will disappear by 2080 if predictions of rising temperatures pan out.” Since coffee is climate-dependent, even the slight fluctuation in temperature can put Arabica coffee at risk. And in turn, the livelihoods of those involved in manufacturing it.
The researchers wrote:
“The models assume intact natural vegetation, whereas the highland forests of Ethiopia and South Sudan are highly fragmented due to deforestation. Other factors, such as pests and diseases, changes in flowering times, and perhaps a reduction in the number of birds (which disperse the coffee seeds), are not included, and these are likely to have a compounding negative influence.”
“The extinction of arabica coffee is a startling and worrying prospect,” said Aaron Davis, who led the study and is the head of coffee research at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
“In a telephone interview, he said the findings made it even more important for organizations such as the World Coffee Research collaboration to continue work to improve the genetic strength of cultivated arabica by preserving wild types.”
Your office coffee mug you use for just about every beverage could cause you to fall ill, says an expert.
People rarely take their office coffee mug home for washing and many times they scrub it at the office with sponges and brushes that have been used by everyone, making a home for bacteria.
In fact, Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, says 20 percent of mugs carry fecal bacteria.
So, cleaning your office cup is very important, said Gerba.
He suggests bringing your favorite cup home daily to be washed in a dishwasher on the hottest temperature possible.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, then first fill the cup with hot water and put a teaspoon of baking soda in it, letting it sit overnight. And then, finally wash it in hot water as you normally would.