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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!

Who works at CoffeeCups.co.uk? Video!

If you have ever wondered who works at CoffeeCups.co.uk 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.

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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 

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 Coffeecups.co.uk 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.

History

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 – http://www.bottlekiln.co.uk/

Cafédirect – Made the Small Way!


Cafédirect
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 – www.cafedirect.co.uk