Caffe Society’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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On the 26th September we will be joining forces with our sister company, the always colourful CS Catering Equipment, to hold our own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

You may know us as the experts from beans, machines and everything in-between, but alongside revving up our in-house espresso machine to serve up lattes, macchiatos and cappuccinos, we’ll also be entering the kitchen – with varying amounts of confidence – and selling a wide range of homemade cakes and confectionery.

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Coffee fuelled London buses

London Bus

On the Caffe Society blog we have looked at the potential for coffee powered cars on a couple of occasions in the past. Whilst that is admittedly an amazing advancement that we look forward to adopting sooner rather than later, one eco-entrepreneur wants to fuel something a bit bigger than a car with waste coffee.

London buses.

You wait for one story about coffee propulsion engines and a few turn up at once…

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Coffee output to increase in Uganda!

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Uganda could see the amount of coffee that they export this year rise by as much as 3% thanks, in part, to the presence of some favourable weather patterns.

It is great news for the biggest exporter in Africa, who are now expecting pass in excess of 3.5 million bags of coffee to the global market this growing season.

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Those in the media drink more coffee

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Which profession is most indebted to coffee?

Millions of us get up every morning and have a cup of coffee before we arrive at work, but the industry that you are in could well determine how much caffeine you take on board during the day.

A recent study shows that if you’re a journalist, or work in the media in some capacity, the chance is that you’ll drink more coffee than anybody else. …continue reading Those in the media drink more coffee

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

“It’s chewy and odd,” says the food critic Marina O’Loughlin. “It’s slippery and strange, but weirdly more-ish. I love the way it comes with a flat straw so I can scoop out the balls and they plop into my mouth.”

O’Loughlin is talking about Bubble Tea, one of the fastest growing drink trends around at the moment.

The origin of this ‘slightly squishy’ tea is 1980s Taiwan. It began as an evolution from the traditional drinks that street vendors sold and after some experimentation they came up with Bubble Tea.

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Mazagran – Another type of cold coffee

Mazagran

With the relatively warm weather set to stick around for the next couple of weeks at least, we have decided to embrace this autumnal summer in the only way we know how: grabbing a cold coffee and heading into the great outdoors.

Now, there are numerous espresso-based beverages that are in vogue at the moment, none more so than cold brews. However, we’re always thinking outside the box and so we’re going to tell you about an extremely versatile cold coffee that’s adored in Portugal: the Mazagran.

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Borer blamed for Yunlin County coffee downturn

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After coffee crops were reported to be anywhere between 30 and 40 percent lower than last year, farmers in the Yunlin County of Taiwan have admitted they are currently battling the coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei).

One official from the Gukeng Township stated that since the fields were infested by the pest last year, coffee output suffered as attempts to rid the borers failed. The use of available pesticides were, apparently, completely ineffective.

“Coffee farms affected last year have at least a 90 percent chance of seeing a recurrence if sufficient preventive measures are not taken,” said Sun Wang-tien, a head of a local agricultural and economics section.

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Coffee’s genome is mapped out

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After a long research period scientists have mapped out coffee’s genome sequence and their findings will, it is believed, shed light on the genes responsible for its flavour, caffeine content and aroma.

It is expected that this piece of work – available in the latest edition of the journal Science, will help people to breed naturally decaffeinated or extra strength coffees in the future.

However, it has also shown that caffeine has evolved differently in coffee than it did in other items such as tea or cocoa.

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The coffee nap

Cup of coffee

As I am currently writing this the clock is slowly ticking and tocking towards 3pm. With the pendulum swaying backwards and forwards, every second is passing. And with each second, the desire for a lovely mid-afternoon nap rises. Sadly, if I was caught napping at my desk whilst working the consequences might not be too palatable.

The obvious alternative would be to drink a cup of strong coffee, push through the drowsiness and ride that caffeine kick for as long as it lasts. That’s generally how it works in offices – well, according to my experiences anyway.

However, if you can spare a few minutes to enter a gentle slumber during the afternoon you should combine a brief period of shut-eye with a cup coffee and reap two benefits. Supporters of this practice know it to be the famous coffee nap.

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Infighting in the Kenyan coffee industry

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There appears to be some infighting within the Kenyan coffee industry, according to a couple of newspaper reports published in the country.

One of the local Nyeri county Governors, Nderitu Gachagua, recently launched an attack against two national politicians.

During his tirade he actively accused them of purposefully attempting to sabotage his county’s coffee pool initiative. The two that were in Mr Gachagua’s line of fire were Kabando wa Kabando and Peter Weru, both of whom have been accused of attempting to slow down sales to ward off potential customers.

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