I remember when my coffee expertise only extended as far as over-syruped Starbucks drinks. All I knew was that I liked my coffee sweet and strong, and finger-lickin’ foamy. After working the espresso bar myself, it’s become obvious that there is so much more to know. So if you’re new to coffee culture (thus undoubtedly confused) I recommend you follow my beginner’s guide to your first time ordering espresso.
We’ve all experienced that panic-stricken moment of despair right before we reach the register—quivering and shaking, sweating bullets, studying the menu board and then finally we’re asked the dreaded question “What can we get for you?” Your heart stops beating. You are in the twilight zone. You need caffeine. Everybody else around you understands and speaks espresso. Everyone except for you.
View original post 1,159 more words
Some of us here at Boston Coffee would love to try “Death Wish” – we think we’re tough enough to take it!
World’s strongest coffee’ has 200% more caffeine than the average cup of joe
‘Death Wish Coffee’ comes with a health warning as well as a money back guarantee if it isn’t the strongest java you’ve ever had.
CATERS Wednesday, July 10, 2013,
Caters News Agency
A coffee enthusiast has named his highly caffeinated dark roast “Death Wish Coffee.”
View original post 273 more words
With ethics in coffee sourcing such a priority in the coffee and cafe market, we have been searching for a long time for a partner that would fill this requirement.
Ideally, they would not only be a responsible sourced bean, but also a trusted, recognisable brand that would be known for their philosophy, have an organic offering, but most importantly; have great tasting coffee with sophisticated flavour profiles and aroma in wholebean, ground and soluble instant. We also wanted something that ‘ticked all the boxes’ that would be suitable for those public bodies who would usually look for Fairtrade products. We’re pleased to say that we have found this with our new offering; Cafédirect. On top of all that, it’s very reasonably priced too.
At Cafédirect we do things differently. We build real and direct relationships with smallholder growers, because the big thing smallholders have is pride and passion and that’s what makes our award-winning range of hot beverages taste so good. In return for their quality crops, we pay growers what they deserve and over the past 20 years we have reinvested over 50% of our profits back to the growers to create a more sustainable future and ensure we provide our customers with top quality products every time – Cafédirect provide a wide range of quality foodservice solutions.
Dedicated to the out of home sector, Cafédirect understands the differing needs of operators across the diverse channels of the market. Whether you’re a neighbourhood coffee shop or entire stadia, our range of award-winning products has been specifically developed for you. We strive to offer a full support service to help our customers maximise their hot beverage sales. By selecting Cafédirect you are choosing delicious hot beverages and also making an important choice in the way that your customers see you and how you do business, and we are with you all the way.
We are very excited to be stocking Cafédirect and can’t wait to get some of our current customers to try this excellent coffee ( editor’s note: Their espresso is to die for. Smoother than a tiger in a tuxedo. No bitterness, just smooth and almost sweet, but enough bite to handle being used in milk for lattes ect. ) If you would like to learn more about Cafédirect, please feel free to visit their website, and if you would like to try some of their products and be sent a price list, please contact us directly. We don’t think you will be disappointed.
“Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. Macmillan is here to make sure no one has to go through it alone. Whatever you raise, you will be helping to improve the lives of people affected by cancer across the UK.”
Whomever you are – chances are you know someone who has been directly affected by cancer. This Friday, September 28th is your chance to help – even just a little.
MacMillian is the UK’s largest and best known cancer support charity and every year, they launch their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to help raise funds for their work. If you’re out and about and spot the Coffee Morning balloons, buntings, etc – stop and put a few pounds or pence into the box and help yourself of a cup of coffee. It might only be pocket change, but collectively it all adds up. In 2011 MacMillian raised £10,079,153 to help support and give practical guidance to people living with cancer.
Or, you can find a coffee morning near you:
If you’re just not able to get to a coffee morning, please drop your pocket change into a collection bucket at Sainsbury’s, Boots or with volunteers doing a street collection next time you see them – it will help someone in need at perhaps the most difficult time of their life.
Italian ingenuity for toting their espresso with them has gone from the road to the Sea. Or river. And possibly back on the road via a a caravan ( but I can’t see Italians in caravans. It might be a social / racial prejudice, but I think it would be a fairly positive one ) We brought you the news that Fiat and Lavazza were teaming up for an onboard espresso machine to ship with the new Fiat 500’s. Now, they have taken to the water.
Introducing an espresso machine for your boat. Or caravan. Or anywhere that restricts you to a 350w or a 12V
“Espresso 12 has been developed by people who love travelling for people who likes freedom, since it is perfect to be installed and used on every type of vehicle both for leisure and business.
On a boat, camper, truck, coach or in the car.
Espresso 12 is a real coffee machine, a sturdy professional italian espresso coffee machine to prepare premium quality espresso shots!
Further more Espresso 12 is not a common coffee maker since it has been tested to resist to vibrations and it is a very compact product which has an extremely low energy need to function.”
At the very least, canal boat and caravan holidays will no longer be punctuated by weak offerings of instant granules with skimmed milk in a chipped mug. Proper espresso adds a sense of luxury and occasion to the most unlikely of surroundings. Just because you’re away from home or your favourite cafe, doesn’t mean you have to suffer bad coffee.