BBQ Pork Ribs – Plum, coffee and chipotle.


There is something rare and beautiful about the weather that we have been experiencing for the past couple of days. The typically miserable summers that we are subjected to have been ditched, instead, they have been replaced by sun-drenched evenings and weekends that have lured people outside to enjoy a great British summer.

As we all know, as soon as the sun comes out so do the barbecues.

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Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee

If the gloriously hot weather hasn’t convinced you that we are in the midst of summer, then the sight of people walking around with iced coffees in their hands instead of lattes and flat whites should do the trick. With temperatures soaring, iced coffee becomes our favourite – and with good reason too.

Iced coffee isn’t your normally brewed cup or espresso casually poured over ice. The real iteration of the drink is cold brewed, which does make it sound like a somewhat fancy and technical third-wave technique sprouted by some moustache twiddling barista. But the good news is that it is ridiculously easy to make.

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Coffee in Scotland houses a strong caffeine kick

Ground coffee

If you drink a cup of coffee on a morning in order to get a jolt or two, then you might just want to up sticks and relocate to Scotland.

A team of researchers has found that coffees brewed in the metropolitan areas of the country, such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, contain much more caffeine than their continental equivalents.

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Uganda hoping to improve domestic sells

Ugandan flag

Coffee grown on plantations across Uganda is sold and consumed worldwide, but the majority of people within the country don’t drink locally sourced coffee. What can be done to promote it?

“We need to work with the government to boost the level at which our process coffee is locally consumed,” Joseph Nkandu, the executive director of the National Union of Coffee Argribusiness and Farm Enterprise (Nucafe) said.

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The summer drink: a hot coffee

Black Coffee - Cup

Summer is an absolutely wonderful time of year. It calls for evenings spent in beer gardens, money to be spent on sunglasses, shorts to become your normal attire and days out at the beach and the subsequent battle against the sand as it tries to claim your bag as its own.

It’s great time, we love it.

But, did you know that in the majority of circumstance grabbing a cold drink to stave off the sun’s rays is a bad move?

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Astoria look into water quality with the Plus4You

Water and Astoria Plus4You

Just how much does the quality of water you use when making a coffee alter an espresso’s profile in regards to taste?

Well, the Astoria Plus4You was at the centre of an interesting experiment that looked into such factors, the results of which have recently been published in the latest edition of the Italian sensory magazine L’Assaggio.

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World Cup of Coffee: the finals!


Time has flown by these past few weeks. Just yesterday did it feel like promise, hope and expectation had engulfed England and the Three Lions were roaring with pride – but we all know how that turned out.

There has been the Dutch dismantling Spain, the heroics of Costa Rica and the last-minute actions of Greece. There has also been some slightly unsavoury incidents too – yes, you Luis Suarez – and some, like the Brazilian capitulation in the semi-finals, that have been filed away as totally ridiculous. By and large, it has been a fantastic World Cup and we’re sad to see that’ll it will all be over by the time the next working week begins.

But, we still have to conclude our own Caffe Society World Cup of Coffee. Enough with the sport, it’s time once again for coffee to take centre stage.

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Genetically addicted to coffee

Coffee beans and cup

If you have ever wondered why you cannot start the day without a cup of coffee, or why you simply need a freshly brewed espresso in the afternoon, then the answer could be genetic.

Depending on your point of view, that’s something to be celebrated – in our eyes at least!

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Biscotti: the twice cooked biscuit


Biscotti is the perfect accompaniment to a whole host of hot drinks. When a range of flavours are added to the twice baked biscuit, the nuances compliment coffee and teas in a homely and warm manner that’s too delightful to resist.

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White Stem Borer Breakthrough

Coffee plantation

The Indian Coffee Board could soon be receiving praise from coffee farmers, companies and scientists the world over if recent reports from the Economic Times of India are to be believed.

In an article published earlier today, it has been announced that the coffee authority in India has been researching how to combat the problems posed by white stem borer attacks on plantations and they have recently reached had their own ‘eureka!’ moment.

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