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CoffeeCups at Caffe Culture 2014!


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!

Taken from Caffé culture website

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




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

Who works at Video!

If you have ever wondered who works at check out this funky video!

We would like to thank Jay(10 years) & Mo(9 years) for taking time out of there school holidays to create this excellent video.

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.









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 - 

Congratulations Joe Meagher!

There is good news in the north-east of England, thanks to the coffee craftsmanship and skill of one particular coffee shop owner.

As we all know, the coffee industry is something of a global one and so it is rather encouraging when someone stands out from the crowd, so that their skills and products can travel beyond national boundaries.

And that is exactly what is happening to the owner of Flat Caps Coffee in Newcastle.

So what is this good news?

Joe Meagher has recently won the regional heat in the north east for the UK Barista Championship.

He is not a newcomer to this success and in fact was awarded best cappuccino maker this year and last year, too.

He also bagged the best signature drink.

The competition requires participants to prepare twelve coffee drinks in just quarter of an hour four signature drinks, four espressos and four cappuccinos.

The aim of these regional heats is to find the national champion who will then go on to represent his country in Australia for the World Championships later in the year.

The next leg of the journey for Meagher is to attend the competition in London in April 2013.

Does he fancy his chances?

It would seem so.

According to reports, Meagher is the national third on points and the top 20 baristas will go to the London competition.

If he strikes lucky again in the capital in April, he could be on his way to Melbourne later in the year, to showcase his skills and product to a much wider audience.

Here at we are proud to be the the supplier of the cups Joe Meagher used to win the regional heat in the north east for the UK Barista Championship and wish him all the best in London.

Grab A Late Bargain With Design My Own

Valentine’s Day, the 14th February, is the day we celebrate our feelings of affection for our boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. It is traditional to do this with a special romantic gift.

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift for him or the perfect token of love for her? Look no further than here!

Our sister site Design My Own have the perfect pint for Him or an elegant wine glass for Her and both can be personalised for only £5.00!!!

not only is this a great deal! There are also further discounts across the range in their January sale.

Check out Design My Own now and pick up a great gift at an even better price!

The Bottle Kiln – Good Food Beautiful Objects!

About the Bottle Kiln

At The Bottle Kiln, the Stone Family have converted a unique historic building into a relaxing and contemporary space for the enjoyment of some of the finer things in life: objects of beauty, delight and indulgence; treats and surprises; home-cooked food and award-winning coffee. It’s a place to meet with friends, wander and browse, or to buy a special present. A visit to The Bottle Kiln is often the beginning of a long and happy relationship.

What is at the Bottle Kiln?

The Shop
is perfect for those who love something special and individual. It has an exceptional collection of decorative accessories, jewellery, toiletries, stationery, cards and giftware to tempt and delight.

The Café
is a warm, contemporary and inviting place for the enjoyment of food, drink and good company. It offers delicious lunches, puddings and temptingly good cakes, all freshly prepared each day in their kitchen, as well as an excellent range of teas and award-winning ground coffees.

Tranquil Garden
behind the old kiln you’ll find a Japanese-style tea garden where you can sit out and eat on sunny days. It has raked gravel and a pretty, meandering pathway around a central water feature and you will find rustic tables and parasols that are dotted about.


The Stone family purchased the derelict site in 1983. Charles Stone designed and built the present complex, of which only the kiln shell is an original building, with substantial help from his sons. The business here has been run by the Stone family ever since.

This site was originally an estate sawmill making pit-props for the Newdigate Estate coal mines. In the mid-19th Century additional buildings were erected to house a small brick works using materials from a nearby clay pit.

Artisan Coffee

At The Bottle Kiln they love great coffee, ranging from…Fresh, fruity, nutty, chocolaty, smoky & complex…  with a gorgeous aroma, wonderful taste and the subtle differences in flavour, body and acidity that make each coffee unique. As well as using only the freshest, quality, craft-roasted beans, and having some of the most talented baristas in the country, The Bottle Kiln are always on the lookout for the latest brewing techniques in order to get the best extraction and provide you with a fabulous coffee experience.

Here at CoffeeCups we are very proud to see are cups in action and hope you enjoy drinking one of The Bottle Kilns finest Artisan coffees on your next visit.

To find out more about The Bottle Kiln visit –

Cafédirect – Made the Small Way!

is a pioneering tea, coffee and hot chocolate company with a unique business model. More than twenty years ago they set out to prove that business can be a force for good and were the first coffee brand in the UK to carry the Fairtrade label.

Today they are still building direct relationships with smallholder growers, because the big thing that smallholders have is pride and passion…and that’s what makes their award-winning hot drinks taste so good. In return they pay growers what they deserve, instead of paying middlemen. And by working together in true partnership they do more,investing over 50% of our profits in growers to create a more sustainable future.

Here at CoffeeCups we are proud to produce products under the Cafédirect brand as nothing tastes better than the perfect Cafédirect beverage in the perfect Cafédirect cup.

I could go on and on about how awesome Cafédirect are but i think their Promotional video does this for me!

For all you need to know about the Cafédirect brand and products visit –

Into Cocktails?… Check these Valentine’s Day cocktails out!

Valentine’s Day is coming up, why not get organised and make it a special night when you are relaxing with your loved one.

Make it romantic with special cocktails specifically created for Valentine’s Day.

We have a couple of cocktails that can be made at home. These cocktails would look great in a personalised glass from our sister website Design-My-Own.

French Sparkle

You get the flavor of the former and the airiness of the latter with a touch of mango nectar to sweeten things up a bit. It is a delightful drink designed for the meant-to-impress occasions, though for all its sparkle, you get the satisfaction of knowing it’s really one of the easiest drinks to concoct.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 oz. Chambord Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz. Champagne
  • 2 oz. Mango Nectar
  • Mango slice and black raspberry for garnish


  1. Shake vodka and mango nectar with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  2. Top with champagne.
  3. Garnish with a mango slice and a black raspberry.

Raspberry Truffle

This Raspberry Truffle is the ultimate dessert cocktail. It’s a scrumptious mix of coffee and raspberry flavours, mixed with premium vodka and topped with a generous supply of whipped cream, it’s the perfect ending to an elegant dinner, or anytime you have a super-sweet tooth.


  • 1 oz Blue Ice American Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • fresh whipped cream


  1. Pour the vodka, Kahlua and Chambord into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled, Champagne glass or tall wine glass.

Top with a pile of fresh whipped cream.

We would love to hear how you get on and if a personalised glass from Design-My-Own made the day extra special.


Caffè Ritazza

Some fabulous decorated items for Caffè Ritazza have come off the kiln and we wanted to share them with you.

Here is Caffè Ritazza’s story!

“At Caffè Ritazza, our aim is simple, to bring to busy travellers great coffee, freshly made food, in a space that is uncluttered and where the service is efficient and friendly.

We are justly proud of our own coffee blend but more than anything else, the dedication, talent and skill of our baristas to ensure that whether it’s a straight espresso or a Flat White, you can be sure of uncompromising taste.

Inspired by the Italian culture of food, we also provide delicious treats, freshly made and well-sourced food prepared everyday in our kitchens.

Caffè Ritazza has become a rendezvous for people happy to escape from the hustle and bustle of life on the go and a haven for those seeking a great coffee.”

At Caffè Ritazza we use only the finest world-class coffees from around the globe, and all our beans are handpicked and sorted for premium quality. We have carefully developed our bespoke coffee blends to match the local taste and cultures of our caffès in many different countries.

All of our teas are premium quality, created with the best selected tea blends, brewed to clearly defined standards and served in tea pots.

At Caffè Ritazza we have an obsession with quality food.
Inspired by the Italian culture of food, we really believe in the pleasure of taste, that’s why freshness is so important to us. Where possible the food you can enjoy in Caffè Ritazza is freshly prepared in our kitchens from well sourced ingredients. It’s good, honest food that creates a great eating experience.
Just as you will experience the very best standards in coffee making at Caffè Ritazza, your eating experience will be just as rewarding.

You can find out more about Caffè Ritazza and your local Caffè here!