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Coloured Cups The New Trend?

When it comes to cafés, every owner wants their own spin on it; what makes one café any better at presenting the same drink done in the same way? The cup has a lot to do with it, we have found

We’ve always said that to serve the perfect coffee you need the perfect coffee cup, and of course that is down to each café to define; one thing we have noticed though, is that our colour glazed cups are in high demand!

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With a rise in stepping away from traditional coffee shops in the last few years, we find that lots of artisan coffee roasters and cafés are interested in making their own mark and doing something “a bit different” from the usual white Italian style cup and saucer that has come to be the standard, smaller Italian style cup and saucer…Typically people want more for their money now more than ever, and with places such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks offering larger coffees at a competitive price, the smaller businesses and coffee shops have to step up their game a little bit and meet the market demand.

One thing that I have always noticed in Starbucks is the cup I’m drinking from, it is something unique about that particular coffee brand that you can’t get anywhere else, you look at their mug and instantly identify it as theirs. Okay, they have their logo embossed on those as they are specially made, but the message is there, whether or not it’s a conscious thing, we do identify a brand by the cup we drink from on some level.

That being said, it is easy  to see how and why ranges such as the Steelite Carnival and Craft ranges are becoming so popular; because each coffee shop wants to differentiate from the others in the same area, perhaps even the same stretch of shops, it has become something of a fashion statement to serve your coffee in something a little different

For example, walking into a rustic café you could expect to possibly see Steelite Craft, designed to have all of the appeal of old fashioned, hand-made rustic crockery but with all the durability of hotel standard items, these are used primarily because they look great when suited to the correct kind of shop, and can really help set the mood, especially when you go for a mix of colours across all the different colour varieties.

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Walking into a more modern café, who’s branding has a very distinct colour scheme, or if it is just generally bright, you may find that they use something like the Luna Blue or Steelite Carnival ranges (Sapphire, Sunflower and Fern), or possibly Enrica Red. They may even mix and match these vibrant sets of items. These items are all right on trend and look fantastic!

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The artisan cafes tend to stick to tradition, or go for the more sophisticated black or grey colour glazed items, simply because darker colours give of a feeling of sophistication, class and style. Latte art in an Ena or Enrica Black item looks fantastic because of the coloured glazing on the outside and the white on the inside. Our newest coloured range is the Mocca Grey items, which follow a similar style, with a gunmetal grey finish.

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So if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, get ahead on the trend and serve the perfect coffee, head over to our colour glazed cups section or give us a call and ask about our coloured items!

 

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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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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!

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!

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.

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.

Coffee sausages

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Most of us love a decent cup of coffee the past decade has seen the rise and rise of coffee the world over, as we fall in love with the humble coffee bean.

There are many ways of drinking our coffee from lattes to espressos to mochas to cappuccinos.

However, people are becoming more creative with the consumption of coffee.

 

Many of us will be familiar with the use of coffee in baking think of the traditional coffee and walnut cake, for instance.

However, a butcher in Lincoln has gone one step further in using coffee as an ingredient in his product.

The story was reported on by This is Lincolnshire and tells the tale of Andrew Beeson.

This butcher has won awards for his sausages the pork, leek and onion sausage was awarded the Butcher’s Choice at the Bucher’s Pride Sausage Competition 2013.

However, Beeson has been inventive with his new speciality sausages.

Why?

He has created the Mocha Real Ale sausage.

Apparently, these sausages were commissioned by Batemans Brewery, as the Mocha Coffee and Chocolate Ale was awarded the prize in the Great British Beer Hunt 2012.

What do you think?

Would you like to taste coffee in your sausage?

Or in your ale?

Or your cake?

Or perhaps you just prefer to leave it in your coffee cup.

Coffee and cellulite

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There have been some interesting articles about coffee and cellulite in the news of late.

Women, ever plagued by the orange peel effect on particular areas of their body (often areas such as thighs), are on the hunt for creams and treatments that can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The beauty market is littered with varied and expensive products.

What has coffee got to do with any of this?

There is a new product on the market called the Cinq Mondes Slimming Coffee Cream.

This 43 pot of cream includes caffeine as a key ingredient which, apparently, helps to drain toxins and break down fat cells this is all aimed at breaking down the fat under the skin that is held responsible for cellulite.

Alongside green coffee, the ingredients of this product also include grapefruit acids and kola nut.

For those who want toned and smooth pins on the beach, no doubt this new cream could be enticing.

But it’s not the only alternative.

Another beauty website has been promoting coffee as a way to reduce cellulite in a less expensive way.

They suggest a make-your-own scrub to banish cellulite, without breaking the bank.

However, the key ingredient is caffeine, as it is said to boost fat metabolism.

Check out the recipes on the web which mix ingredients such as oil, sugar, vanilla extract and coffee grounds, to make a scrub to slough away dead skin and apparently ‘absorb’ fat.

Fancy trying one of these out?

Think it will work?

Caber Coffee – Delivering The Taste!

Here at CoffeeCups we are very proud to see are cups in action and Caber Coffee have kindly sent us some great images of the cups we printed for them.

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Here is a small insight in to what Caber Coffee are about and what you can expect from their services.

Over 25 years ago, Caber Coffee’s father and son team set out to make speciality coffee and coffee equipment available to all types of businesses up and down the North East and the rest of Scotland.

With commitment to quality, hard work and an unrelenting thirst for product knowledge our venture grew and grew. Gaining reputation and credibility we became one of the best known and trusted coffee shop suppliers in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

Basing our foundations of service on trust, quality and unparalleled value for money, Caber has built its range of products up to include traditional coffee machines and barista tools, specialist beverages and related items and includes a complete range of our own label Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffees that can be traced back to the co-operatives, farms and locations where they were grown.

“We’re confident we can offer you the best selection of coffee as our roasters have actually been to the farms to hand select our blends and see for themselves how Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance are helping the families and the communities who produce the coffee.”

Caber Coffee Ltd. is recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation and our complete range of beverages is sustainably sourced and ethically produced with our exclusive Ethyco Coffee brand donating 2% of all ingredient sales back to Social Enterprise projects in the immediate and local areas.

This commitment to welfare coupled with a dedication to customer service and satisfaction (it’s not just anywhere that will send the owner of the company to install your coffee machine) is what makes Caber’s customers return time and time again.

Our genuine passion for the product is clearly demonstrated through how we educate our clients about the coffee production process really helping them to understand what to look for in a blend and pick exactly the right one for their requirements.

For more information about Caber Coffee why not visit there website - www.cabercoffee.com